wp home > general info > blast 2009-03-06The Weekly Blast: March 6, 2009
EXERCISE OF THE WEEK:
In the exercise “How to Tell the Chancellor About your Crazy Weekend,” Tim Zajac brings us an exercise that enables students to explore different audiences’ expectations. To get the full details click here.
DIVERSITY ON TAP!
All TO’s Welcome!
Thursday, March 12 at 8:00, the Diversity Tap will meet at
The Moan and Dove in Amherst
Join members of the Diversity Committee to discuss issues related to writing and the classroom every Thursday evening! Bring questions, concerns, and classroom situations and enjoy a lively discussion!
WRITING PROGRAM IN THE NEWS!
Check out the recent articles about the Writing Program in Wednesday’s Daily Collegian: http://www.dailycollegian.com/news/umass_writing_program_receives_certificate_of_excellence-1.1594172 and in this week’s In the Loop, the UMass faculty/staff bulletin: http://www.umass.edu/loop/talkingpoints/articles/84780.php.
College Writing Student’s “This I Believe Essay” accepted by NPR:
Hi All! I just wanted to spread some good news about one of my students, Daniel Wu, getting "published" on NPR's "This I Believe" website for a piece he wrote and presented in my 112 class. Here's a link to his "This I Believe" essay:
http://thisibelieve.org/dsp_ShowEssay.php?uid=56582&lastname=Wu&firstname=Daniel&yval=0&start=0. He's really excited about it. If you want more info on how I set up my Unit 4 "This I Believe" section, let me know. It's a great opportunity for students to be part of a national conversation. Amber Engelson (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
MID TERM GRADE REPORTS:
The last day students can drop classes and receive a “W” is Tuesday, March 24. Please provide feedback to the students before spring break on their performance. Mid-Term Grade reports (D/F) are due in the office by Monday, March 23 if not sooner. You can print the form from our website or pick one up at the office.
BEST TEXT CONTEST—DEADLINE APRIL 10, 2009:
Please be sure to submit essays for the Best Text Contest. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for essays written in Basic Writing and College Writing. We will also be awarding a prize for the Best non-traditional essay form. Check out the Writing Program website for more details or see Peggy or Heidi.
LIBRARY TRAINING IN ENGLWRIT 112:
All College Writing instructors need to introduce their students to the research resources, print and electronic, available through UMass Libraries. This is a key part of Unit III: Adding to a Conversation. We recommend that you do this soon after students return from spring recess. For MWF sections, we’re suggesting sometime around Friday, March 27; for MW sections, Wednesday, March 25; for TuTh sections, Thursday, March 26. You can reserve a computer lab in Du Bois Library by going to the librarians’ blog for College Writing: http://blogs.umass.edu/ugradlib/college-writing/ and clicking on “Reserving a Library Instruction Classroom.” Do this as soon as possible so you’ll be sure to get a computer lab when you want it.
WRITING CENTER APPOINTMENTS:
Thanks to all who've spread the word about the Writing Center. If you could please encourage your students to make appointments online (www.umass.edu/wcenter)--especially as the semester picks up pace--we'd really appreciate it. You might also like to know that there are Writing Center bookmarks in the Writing Program office; please share these with your students. – Haivan
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME:
Daylight savings time starts Sunday. Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.