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The Weekly Blast: October 2, 2009

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK
Although the “Masked Magazine Exercise” is a great beginning for “Inquiring into Self” it would also serve to further any discussion related to text, context, and image. To see more for this exercise designed by Airlie Sattler Rose click on:
http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html

LIBRARY TRAINING DAY – THURSDAY OCTOBER 8, 2009
The library training day for all new TOs will be Thursday 10/8 at 11:15-12:30 in the Calipari Room in the W.E.B. DuBois Library. Led by the Madeline Charney, this session will teach us how to teach our College Writing students about the resources they will need for our Adding to the Conversation unit.

LIBRARY TRAINING IN ENGLWRIT 112
All College Writing instructors need to introduce their students to the research resources, both print and electronic, of UMass Libraries. This is a key part of Unit III: Adding to a Conversation. We recommend that you do this around October 28-29. 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.

SPECIAL PROJECT MONEY
Interested in doing a special project for your class? Check out how you can apply for funds at:
http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/call%20for%20experimentals.html

DIVERSITY ON TAP!
Thursday, October 8 at 8:30, the Diversity Committee and Friends 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!

2009-2010 DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARDS
Nominations for the 2009-2010 Distinguished Teaching Awards are now being accepted. The Distinguished Teaching Award is the highest recognition of teaching awarded to faculty members and teaching assistants/associates. To nominate your favorite professor or TA, tell us why your nominee should receive a Distinguished Teaching Award. All nominations must include your name, mailing address, and email address. Nomination forms are available online at http://www.umass.edu/provost/award/campus/dta.html.

Only current and former students may nominate faculty members. Teaching
assistants/associates may be nominated by faculty members or current and
former students. Please submit all nominations by Friday, October 23, 2009 to:

Distinguished Teaching Award Committee
Center for Teaching
301 Goodell
(413) 545-1225
(413) 545-3829 (fax)
dta at provost.umass.edu

Check out the DTA monuments in the Campus Center or http://www.umass.edu/provost/award/campus/dta.html to see if your favorite instructor has already won the Distinguished Teaching Award. Faculty members and teaching assistants/associates may only win the award once.

COLUMBUS DAY HOLIDAY:
Monday, October 12, is Columbus Day and the University will be closed. REMINDER - Tuesday, October 13, will be a Monday’s schedule. Those of you that teach Fridays are expected to hold classes October 9.

IMPORTANT DATES

October 8 Library Training for new TOs

October 8 Diversity on TAP

October 12 Columbus Day

October 13 Monday class schedule will be followed

October 23 Distinguished Teaching Award nomination due

November 25 – 30 Holiday

January 15, 2010 General Meeting

 
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