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The Weekly Blast: January 22, 2010

GREETINGS:
Welcome back to the Writing Program. Hopefully you all had a relaxing break and are ready to teach again for the Writing Program. Looking forward to seeing you all and having a good semester. - Becky

THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR A GREAT SPRING SYMPOSIUM!
I wanted to thank everyone who helped make last Friday's "Spring into Teaching" Symposium such a great success. The Writing Program is so fortunate to have such talented and committed teachers and staff. Thanks to Peggy, Deirdre, Heidi, and Becky for helping organize the event. Thanks to all the attendees for your attention and enthusiasm. But most of all, thanks to the presenters! They were: Christian Pulver, Megan Trexler, Jack Christian, Sarah Finn, Christina Jones, Morgan Lynn, Liane Malinowski, Luke Phelan, Adam Cogbill, Gabe Durham, Francesca Chabrier, Joseph Mason, Jessica Ouellette, Natasha Azank, Linh Dich, Sarah D’Stair, Anne Bello, Sarah Stanley, A’Dora Phillips, and Kathleen Baldwin! -- David

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK:
Our first Exercise of the Week this semester is by Mark Koyama. “The Writer’s Toolbox” is a great strategy to subvert the 5 paragraph essay and to introduce a new paradigm for understanding writing. To see this exercise and others click on: http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html

DIVERSITY ON TAP is Back!
This week, January 22, Diversity on TAP will meet at 4PM at the ABC.
The next On Tap will be on Friday January 29 at 4 PM at the Northampton Brewery.

Celebrate the beginning of the semester, 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

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. In the standard calendar for spring, we are recommending that you hold this meeting either right before or right after spring recess. For MWF sections, we’re suggesting sometime around Friday, March 12; for MW sections, Wednesday, March 10; and for TuTh sections, Tuesday, March 23. To learn more about the library visit, go to http://blogs.umass.edu/ugradlib/college-writing/ . This page will be updated by the librarians for spring semester; but you can click now on “Reserving a Library Instruction Classroom” and reserve a computer classroom there. We recommend that you do this as soon as possible so you’ll be sure to get a room when you want it and so you can include that date in the calendar you give your students.

NEW UNIT III “PATHS” TO BE PILOTED THIS SEMESTER
The Curriculum Committee has been hard at work this year devising some new “paths” through Unit III that we think will enliven and improve student work during that part of the curriculum and better connect it to the other units of the course. We unveiled the new paths at the General Meeting on January 15 and encourage you to try one of them out with your students this spring. A summary of the paths can be found under “Unit III” on the Writing Program Teaching Database or by clicking here: http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/downloads/three%20paths.pdf . Special thanks to the members of the Curriculum Committee: Landis Duffett, David Fleming, John Gallagher, Emma Howes, Morgan Lynn, Megan Trexler, Deirdre Vinyard, Peggy Woods, and Danna Zeller.

GEORGE SAUNDERS ON CAMPUS FEBRUARY 23!
George Saunders, author of “The Braindead Megaphone” (Other Words, pp. 239-248), will be speaking on campus February 23, 2010, at 7:00 pm. That’s perfect timing for using the essay in Unit II of your College Writing class and asking your students to attend the talk.

SPECIAL PROJECT MONEY:
Interested in bringing a guest speaker to your class? Taking your students to a play or movie? Doing a more book-like publication? The Writing Program has small funds available for these purposes. To see more information about doing and applying for special project money see our website at: http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/special%20projects.html

LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD JUDGES:
We are looking for volunteers to help judge the Writing Program’s Best Text Contest. This is a great way to see what kinds of writing the students are doing across all our sections of College Writing. The time commitment involves reading the submissions and meeting two-three times. If interested and/or if you have any questions please see/contact Peggy (pmwoods@acad.umass.edu) or Heidi (hterault@acad.umass.edu).

SCHEDULING COMPUTER LABS:
If you would like to use the Writing Program Computer Labs on Fridays please contact Peggy (pmwoods@acad.umass.edu).

W-2 FORMS:
W-2 forms are available in the office. Please pick yours up as soon as possible. I am required to mail them to the address printed on the form by January 28.

NO SHOW FORMS:
No Show Forms are due today, January 22. Please return them whether you drop students from your class or not. There are several students waiting to register for 111 and 112 when space is available.

DO NOT LET STUDENTS SIT IN YOUR CLASS:
Please do not let students sit in your class unless they are registered for it. We do not override seat capacities.

OFFICE HOUR FORMS:
Reminder: Office hour/address forms are due Friday, Jan 29. Please complete the entire form, including the address section.

OFFICE ROOM ASSIGNMENTS:
The room assignment list is posted on the office bulletin board. You may pick up your key from me and return your old one. Office space is slim pickin’ so if you do not plan to use your office please let me know. Keep me posted if you do not hold conferences in your office. - Becky

SYLLABUS:
Please drop off a hard copy of your syllabus and grading policy to the office. The deadline date for this is Friday, January 29. Let me know if you are using the standard syllabus and I will print one for your file. - Becky

COPY MACHINE:
Each instructor is allotted 600 single sided copies per class. A weekly list with total counts is taped to the wall behind the copier. Once you’ve reached 600 copies your number will be removed from the machine. Experimental class TOs can print 250 copies per class. Our copy machine is to be used for Writing Program work only.


 
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