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The Weekly Blast: April 30, 2010

CELEBRATION OF WRITING: WORDS NEAR & FAR -- MAY 5, 2010:
This year’s Celebration promises to be fun-filled! Students from this year’s experimental writing workshops will display and read their work. The new “Experimental Database” will be launched. Work from College Writing, Basic Writing, and the Technology Fellows will be displayed. The Best Text Contest and Student Anthology winners will be honored. Henk Rossouw, former foreign correspondent for The Chronicle of Higher Education and current MFA student will be our keynote speaker. And there will be food! Please be sure to stop by Goodell 604 anytime between 11:30-3:00!

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK:
For our final exercise of the week this year, Airlie Sattler Rose gives us two options for the Final Reflection. Both of these options could be used as a Final Reflection or for a way to begin the final reflection. To see the full details click on: http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html.

The Resource Center staff would like to thank everyone who contributed to the database this year!!

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. Final 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.

FINAL GRADES:
The deadline to submit grades through Spire is 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.

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

NEWS FROM THE ANTHOLOGY COMMITTEE:
Thanks to all who took the time to contribute essays for our consideration. The competition for being selected for publication is intense: from hundreds of papers, we had to winnow our choices down to a maximum of 5 texts per unit in 112 and 2 texts per unit in 111. Final selections have been made for the 2010-2011 Student Writing Anthology. You can check to see if any of the papers you submitted will be published in the book by going to the Writing Program Web site—all information is located there. Please do come to the Celebration of Writing to share this exceptional accomplishment with your student. Awards will be given out at 1:00 pm.

On another note, now is a good time to remind you that you should be winding up your search for any papers you wish to submit to us from spring semester 2010. Procedures are the same as in the fall: please make certain that each paper is accompanied by a completed release form to be found under “Forms” on our Web site. Your final conferences present a good opportunity to make sure these forms are filled out properly and thoroughly. Attach the form to the essay and put it in the metal file box right outside Pat Zukowski’s door. In selecting texts, please consider that we will be publishing very few, that the essay should be exemplary in terms of meeting the program’s goals for the assignment, that the writing be of very high quality, and that the piece is teachable in the sense that it offers rhetorical choices that will advance students’ understanding of the elements of effective writing. Also make sure that if a paper uses citations that citations and the Works Cited page are done in strict keeping with current MLA format. The final due date for spring submissions is May 21, 2010. Thank you, and have a great summer!

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:
Friday, May 28 is the last paycheck for the year. If you don’t have direct deposit please give Becky self stamped addressed envelopes.

IMPORTANT DATES:

May 5 Celebration of Writing: Words Near and Far

May 18 Grades due on Spire

May 28 Last paycheck


 
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