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The Weekly Blast: October 9, 2009

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.

PRACTICA MEETINGS WILL BE TUESDAY OCTOBER 13
Please remember that due to the Columbus Holiday schedule all practica will be meeting this coming Tuesday (10/13) from 4-5pm.

EXERICSE OF THE WEEK
This week Elise Swinford brings us “50 Words,” an exercise that enables students to work on the skill of creating concise and effective summaries. Check it out at:
http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html

WORKSHOP – THURSDAY OCTOBER 15
Our “Adding to the Conversation” Workshop will be held on October 15, 2009 from 11:15-12:30 in Bartlett 125. David Fleming and Emma Howes will be presenting. For the workshop please bring Other Words, the Student Anthology, and the Penguin. Please remember that all workshops are mandatory for new TOs. All others are welcome.

DIVERSITY ON TAP!
All TO’s Welcome!
Thursday, October 15 at 8:30, the Diversity Committee and Friends will meet at Wiggins Tavern.
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!

MID-TERM GRADE REPORT / D OR F FORMS:
Thursday, October 22, 2009 is the last day students may withdraw from a course and receive a ‘W’ on his/her transcript. Make sure you inform the students of this date. If you have students in your course who are in danger of receiving a D or F, please fill out a mid-term grade report. Please be as specific on the form as possible. Make two copies of the form giving the original to the student, a copy to Becky for the Writing Program files, and keep one for yourself. If you need to mail the form to a student Becky can help you locate an address. If you have any questions please see your course director, resource center staff mentor, or any member of Writing Program staff. You can pick up the forms in the office or download them from the Writing Program website at: http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/downloads/DFform.pdf. The report is due Wednesday, October 21 if not sooner.

CRITICAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY IS COMING YOUR WAY
Almost everything about the Anthology -- the Release Form, where to submit essays, essays deadlines, and the shape of the whole book -- has been revised. This information will appear in your mailboxes on Tuesday, October 13 in a memo entitled “Anthology 2010 - 2012: Essential Information for Submitting Papers.” We will also be attaching copies of the new submission forms for your perusal and use. We are eager for you to submit your Unit 1 essays, which we imagine have now been read. But please do not submit papers until you have read the memo. The final due date for submitting Unit 1 essays will be October 23. Thank you.

BEST TEXT CONTEST
You will be receiving information about the Writing Program’s Best Text Contest in your mailboxes. We will be awarding first, second, and third place prizes for Basic Writing and College Writing. We will also be awarding a prize for the best multi-media essay in either Basic Writing or College Writing. Please announce and strongly encourage your students to submit. For more information please see our website at http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/studentwriting.html. If you have any questions, please see Peggy or Heidi.

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.

THE WRITING CENTER: A RESOURCE FOR WRITERS
The Writing Center has been bustling, so thank you for spreading the word to your students. Now that the semester is in full swing, please encourage your students to make an appointment at least one or two days in advance through our website: http://www.umass.edu/writingcenter. Walk-ins are always welcome, but available times do fill up quickly. We are located in the lower level of the DuBois library and are open Su 2-6, M-W 10-9, Th 10-6, and Fri 10-2.

[Note: Now that we are abuzz with activity during paper season, it might be helpful to know our one policy for teachers: we ask that teachers *not* require or even offer extra credit for Writing Center visits since our mission is to serve students directly--rather than through classes—and since we have a limited number of available tutors. Thanks for your understanding.]

2009-2010 DISTINGUISED 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


IMPORTANT DATES

October 12 Columbus Day Holiday

October 13 Monday class schedule will be followed

October 15 Adding to the Conversation Workshop

October 15 Diversity on TAP

October 21 Mid Term Grade Report due in the office

October 22 Last day for students to drop with a ‘W’

October 23 Unit 1 Student Anthology Submissions Due

October 23 Distinguished Teaching Award nomination due

November 26 Thanksgiving Break

November 30 Classes Resume

January 15, 2010 General Meeting


 
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