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The Weekly Blast: April 23, 2010

COURSE EVALUATIONS:
Course evaluations must be completed and returned to the office by Tuesday, April 27.
Please remember that, unlike midterm evaluations, these evaluations are required. Directions for administering evaluations are on the envelope. These evaluations take 20-30 minutes for your students to complete and are best administered at the start of class.

FINAL CONFERENCE:
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 Thursday, May 6 through Thursday, May 13. Finals conferences can be held anytime during this time. If you are not holding your final conference in your Writing Program assigned office, please let Becky know so that she will be able to direct your students to the proper place.

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK:
This week Matt Weingast brings us “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over” an exercise that asks students to do one more proofread and revision before they their final drafts are done. To see the full details click on: http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html

IT’S A PROCESS:
Are “Tweets” forever? Should “Tweets” be forever? Share your thoughts on the Resource Center blog: http://blogs.umass.edu/pmwoods/

CELEBRATION OF WRITING: WORDS NEAR & FAR -- MAY 5, 2010:
Plans are under way for the Writing Program’s Celebration of Writing. The experimental writing classes promise to have great displays and readings. We are also looking forward to presentations from this year’s Technology Fellows. Several College Writing sections will also have displays. Henk Rossouw, former foreign correspondent for The Chronicle of Higher Education and current MFA student will be our keynote speaker. If you would like to display any of your students’ work from last semester or this current semester, please contact Peggy (pmwoods@acad.umass.edu).

ARE YOUR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN BECOMING WRITING TUTORS?
The Writing Center is just starting to interview applicants to English 329H, the required course for tutors in our Center. So...there's still a little time to get an application in. Please let your students know about this great opportunity. For more information about how to apply, see http://www.umass.edu/ writingcenter/fpthome.html.

SUMMER CONTINUING ED INSTRUCTOR FOR COLLEGE WRITING:
We are looking for someone to teach one section of College Writing during the second session of summer session. The class will be held from 6/8-7/13. The class will meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00-12:00noon. If interested please contact Heidi (hterault@acad.umass.edu) by April 28, 2010.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR RECORDING FINAL GRADES:
The deadline to submit grades through Spire is noon, Tuesday, May 18. A failure form will need to be submitted to the office for each student that fails the course. Becky can provide you with the form. All incompletes MUST be approved (in advance) by Pat Zukowski or David Fleming.

Online instructions of using SPIRE for grading are available right in SPIRE. Select HELP from the SPIRE menu (or select SPIRE HELP at the top of the page), then press FOR INSTRUCTORS, then press RECORD GRADES.

The Registrar's Office website also contains an online tutorial with step-by-step instructions for using SPIRE for grading. This is available to anyone at: http://www.oit.umass.edu/spire/for_instructors/grades/record.html

FINAL GRADES:
The Writing Program Office no longer needs a hard copy of final grades.

OFFICE KEYS:
If you are teaching for the Writing Program next fall you can expect to keep your same office and key. If you are not returning please be sure to clean out your office before you leave and return the key to Becky. As space becomes available I try to move people out of 68 and into another room. It is likely that those sharing 68 will have a different office next semester.

PAYCHECKS:
Since I have received a few inquiries about the date of the last paycheck I thought I would let everyone know that date is Friday, May 28.

IMPORTANT DATES:

April 27 Completed course evaluations due back in the office

April 28 Deadline for Summer Continuing Ed Instructor

May 5 Celebration of Writing: Words Near and Far

May 18 Grades due on Spire

May 28 Last paycheck



 
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