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The Weekly Blast: November 6, 2009

VETERANS’ DAY
The University will be closed Wednesday, November 11 in honor of Veterans’ Day.
Thursday, November 12, will follow a Thursday class schedule.

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK
This week’s exercise is from Sarah Boyer. “Paragraphish Thing about Pictures and Sentences” is a great generative writing exercise that asks students to start thinking, imagining, and writing. To check it out click on:
http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html
(there is a delay in getting the exercise in the database, but it will be there soon)

IT’S A PROCESS: THOUGHTS ON TEACHING WRITING BLOG
What happens when public schools start thinking like private schools? How do you think this will affect our students? Check out the conversation on the Resource Center teaching blog at: http://blogs.umass.edu/pmwoods/

TUESDAY WORKSHOP – NOVEMBER 10
Deirdre Vinyard and Andrea Lawlor will be presenting the TBA workshop on November 10, 2009 from 11:15-12:30 in Bartlett 125. Please remember that all workshops are mandatory for new TOs. All others are welcome.

DIVERSITY ON TAP REINVENTS ITSELF
The exciting discussions and Friday afternoon camaraderie continue!

Friday November 13, 4 PM at ABC
Friday November 20, 4 PM at Northampton Brewery

Celebrate your upcoming weekend, a bit early, and discuss the relevance diversity plays in our teaching, our writing, and living.

We'll just rotate the brewery every week, but Fridays. Beer. 4(pm). Diversity

If you have any questions about Diversity on Tap or the Diversity Committee, feel free to ask any one of our committee members: Morgan Lynn, Anne Bello, A’Dora Phillips, Linh Dich, Natasha Azank, Sarah Stanley, Sarah D’Stair, and Christiane Beuermann.

PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL CLASSES DURING THANKSGIVING WEEK
The University’s Thanksgiving recess begins AFTER the last class on Wednesday, November 25, and classes resume Monday morning, November 30. Please hold ALL regularly-scheduled classes during that week, the week before, and the week after. As we state in our Handbook, instructors should NEVER cancel class except for illness or emergency. If you have any questions about this, please let me know. – David Fleming

ANTHOLOGY NEWS
The Anthology Committee is in need of more Unit II essays that reflect students’ responses to texts from our new book, Other Words. Please continue to drop off these texts in the Anthology File box. Also, regarding Unit III, we realize that it will take longer for you to check that citations are correct and that there is a Works Cited page done strictly according to MLA format. Nevertheless, please target those essays you think have promise as you read them so that we can get them as soon as is reasonably possible.

The committee sends its heartfelt thanks to all of you who are taking the time to submit papers and making sure that students revise these papers. – Pat Zukowski


FINAL CONFERENCE AND FINAL GRADES
Now that we are entering November we are starting to make our end-of-the-semester plans. As you make your plans be sure to keep in mind the following important dates for final conferences and final grades.

Final Conferences: The last requirement for ENGLWRIT 112 is the final conference. These final conferences are MANDATORY for the students and for you. Writing Program policy, which is an aspect of University policy, is that these conferences are to be held during final exam week (not during the reading period or during the last week of class). This semester, examination week runs Monday, December 14 through Saturday, December 19. Finals conferences can be held anytime during this week.

Final Grades: Final Grades MUST be submitted through SPIRE no later than Wednesday, December 30 at noon. We strongly encourage you to make sure you have access to your section on SPIRE before the deadline. We also strongly encourage that you complete your final grades and submit them in advance of this deadline.

Hard copies of your grades MUST, also, be submitted to the Writing Program Office by noon, Friday, December 18. If you have trouble meeting this deadline please see Becky or Heidi.

UMASS AMHERST CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN (UMACC):
Materials for the UMass Charitable Campaign were put in mailboxes last week. All donors whose pledge forms are returned to UMACC, 305 Whitmore by Friday, November 27 will be entered into a drawing for one of five $50.00 grocery store cards. You may either mail your pledge directly to Whitmore, or hand it to me. I promise to return it before the drawing deadline. - Becky
Feel good about helping others. Every gift, even a small gift, makes a difference in your community and beyond.


IMPORTANT DATES:

November 10 Unit 4 TBA Workshop

November 11 Veterans’ Day – No Classes

November 13 Diversity on TAP

November 26 – 27 Thanksgiving break

December 14 – 19 Final Exam Week – Final Conferences

December 18 Hard Copy of Final Grades to Writing Program

December 30 Final Grades - LAST day to submit through Spire

January 15, 2010 General Meeting

 
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