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The Weekly Blast: November 5, 2010

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK
How to help the students make sense of all the information they gather for their Adding to a Conversation paper is something we all struggle with during this unit. Greg Purcell’s “Sifting Through the Information” gets students thinking not just about the raw information they’ll be digging up, but how it fits into an overall pattern. To see this exercise and two good recipes for your next dinner party for click on:
http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html

TUESDAY WORKSHOP – NOVEMBER 9
For our next workshop Deirdre Vinyard and Sarah Boyer will be leading us in a discussion about our TBA unit—the unit you get to design yourself. As usual we will be meeting in Dickinson 112 at 11:15. Remember, this workshop is mandatory for all new TOs. All others are welcome. See you there.

IT’S A PROCESS TEACHING BLOG
Looking to add to a conversation? Check out the Resource Center teaching blog:
http://blogs.umass.edu/

DIVERSITY ON TAP REAPPEARS!
The exciting discussions and camaraderie continue! New Day, New Time!
Celebrate your upcoming weekend and discuss the relevance diversity plays in our teaching, our writing, and living. Drop in any week for discussion, collaboration and fun with fellow Writing Program Teaching Associates. Every other Thursday in the downstairs bar of the Northampton Brewery.

Thursday November 18, 6:30PM at the Northampton Brewery.

Thursday December 2, 6:30PM at the Northampton Brewery

Thursdays. Beer. Diversity. 6:30. Northampton.

ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION UPDATE: WE NEED MORE TEXTS!
The Anthology Committee has read all the essays submitted for units 1 and 2 thus far, including essays collected from spring semester, but we would like to read a larger sample of papers with differing styles and topics before we make our final decisions about those units. Thus, we hope that more essays from units 1 and 2 will be forthcoming, and that we will soon see many papers from our remaining units as well. Our final due date to send the book to the publisher is shortly after winter break, so we need to be reading throughout the semester.

I hope you are not worrying overly much about getting essays edited. The essays will be re-typed and then typeset, and thus will have to be copyedited multiple times. Where we do need your help is with citations and works cited pages. Ask your students to revise for accuracy in these cases and give them a hand if they need it. We also need your help in making sure essays come in with completed Release Forms; we have plenty in the office, and you can download them from the Writing Program Web site under “Forms.”

Finally, I hope that I didn’t make criteria for submission sound too stringent. We are seeking the very good papers our students are capable of, as the current Anthology shows us—papers from freshmen in a first year writing course. It is in that context that you should be making your judgments. If a paper moves you to submit it to the anthology competition, please bring it in!

Thanks to all.

Pat Z.

SPRING 2011 TEACHING SCHEDULE
The spring ’11 Course Schedule is now available to view on the Writing Program’s web site http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/. The RAP office is working on which sections will be assigned as a RAP. As soon as that information is available I will update the spread sheet information on the web site.

REQUESTS FOR TRAVEL FUNDING
If you have been accepted to present a paper at an upcoming conference, please apply for funding (up to $300.00) through the English Department. Email Jenny Spencer (jspencer@english.umass.edu) detailed information about the conference (Name of conference, location, etc) as well as a copy of your acceptance. If additional travel funds are needed, please send an email to Heidi Terault (hterault@acad.umass.edu).

CELEBRATION OF WRITING, SPR ‘11
Attention instructors! The Writing Program is already preparing for our annual Celebration of Writing Festival. Please consider participating in this event. Information about the celebration will be in your mailboxes Monday, 11/8. Our keynote speaker will be James Heflin, a former MFA UMass graduate, musician, and Arts Editor for the Advocate. If you have any questions about the event please contact Peggy Woods at pmwoods@acad.umass.edu or Heidi Terault at hterault@acad.umass.edu. Feel free, also, to stop by their offices to discuss the celebration or the Best Text Contest.

UMASS AMHERST CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN (UMACC):
Materials for the UMass Charitable Campaign will be put in mailboxes this Friday. All donors whose pledge forms are returned to UMACC, 305 Whitmore by Friday, November 26 will be entered into a drawing for one of two grocery store cards. You may either mail your pledge directly to Whitmore, or hand it to me. To keep your gift confidential, feel free to ask me for an envelope. - Becky
Feel good about helping others. Every gift, even a small gift, makes a difference in your community and beyond.

VETERANS’ DAY
The University will be closed Thursday, November 11 in honor of Veterans’ Day.
As a reminder, Wednesday, November 10 will follow a Thursday class schedule.
"The University is open on Friday, November 12."

DON’T FORGET TO TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK
Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 7.

 
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