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The Weekly Blast: February 12, 2010

PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR:
Reminder: The plans for next year form is due today, Friday, 2/12.

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK:
In “Copy-Editing for Style and Grammar,” Jensen Beach brings us a great exercise to enable students to focus on the difference between GRAMMAR and STYLE as well as makes use of the Penguin Handbook. To see the full details click on:
http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html

IT’S A PROCESS:
As teachers we work to connect what is going on around us locally and globally to our classrooms. Check out the Resource Center teaching blog to see how others are making the connection and to share your own thoughts:
http://blogs.umass.edu/pmwoods/

DIVERSITY ACTIONG GROUP PIZZA:
The Diversity Action Group is hosting an informational session on Monday, February 22 at 5:00 in Bartlett 303. Pizza will be served. The Diversity Action Group will preview its two projects for the semester: A database for diversity-related classroom activities and diversity workshops for TO’s. Join us to learn more! Collaborate with fellow teachers! Grab a slice of pizza! RSVP to Deirdre Vinyard dvinyard@acad.umass.edu (so we get enough pizza!)

EQUIPMENT FOR LOAN:
WP instructors interested in borrowing the office TV, VHS, C/D player, projector or lap top need to reserve the equipment in advance with Becky.

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.

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. For more information see: http://www.comcol.umass.edu/academics/honorsseminar/events.html

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

THE WRITING CENTER IS NOW OPEN IN A NEW LOCATION:
The Writing Center is open for spring semester tutoring. We are now located in the Learning Commons extension, on the other side of the bank of elevators. Drop by and visit. Please let your students know about our new location, and encourage them to make an appointment through our website: http://www.umass.edu/writingcenter. Walk-ins are always welcome, but available times do fill up quickly. We are open Su 2-6, M-W 10-9, Th 10-6, and Fri 10-2.
You can also find the Writing Center on Facebook! Become a fan at http://bit.ly/cUqvLp.

 
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