wp home > general info > blast 2011-04-15The Weekly Blast: April 15, 2011
End of semester course evaluations are ready for pick up Tuesday, April 19. Directions for administering evaluations are on the envelope. Please read them carefully and convey the directions correctly to your students. These evaluations take 20-30 minutes for your students to complete and are best administered at the start of class. Course evaluations must be done by Thursday, April 28. It’s best not to Please do not wait until the last day to do your evaluations.
NOTED WRITING SCHOLAR ANDREA LUNSFORD TO SPEAK ON CAMPUS APRIL 19
The English Department will be hosting Prof. Andrea A. Lunsford of Stanford University for the annual Walker Gibson Lecture on April 19 at 4:00 pm in Bartlett 316. The title of the talk is "Rhetoric and New Media: Writing in the 21st Century University." All Writing Program TOs are invited to attend!
FINAL MEETING FOR BASIC AND COLLEGE WRITING
Just a reminder that there is a required final class meeting in Basic and College Writing, held during the final exam period and scheduled by the University. As stated in the Englwrit 112 standard syllabus, “A final meeting for this course . . . will be scheduled during final exams week and will serve as the culminating event of the course. This mandatory class meeting is a chance to reflect as a group on the writing you’ve done over the semester. Be sure to account for this meeting when making end-of-semester plans” (4). For further reading, go to the Resource Database (http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html) and click on “Unit #5” to see the PDF document, titled “Final Exam for College Writing,” that we wrote last summer about this activity. This week and last week’s Exercise of the Week are also great things to do during this time. And remember that the University has a policy in place for students who have conflicting exam schedules: see http://www.umass.edu/registrar/gen_info/final_exams.html . Also be aware that some students registered with Disability Services will think that this is a traditional “exam” and will request special accommodations even though this is not a testing situation. You may want to clarify that for all your students. -- David Fleming, Director
EXERCISE OF THE WEEK
“Future Writing” by Hari Kumar is a great end of the semester activity (final meeting class during finals week) that enables students to bring together everything they have learned about the rhetorical situation and the writing process. To see the full details click on: http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html
DREAM SHEETS and PRACTICUM FORMS – FALL 2011
A packet of information containing the Dream Sheet and Practica form was put in your mail boxes on Wednesday, April 13. Please return the completed forms to the envelope on the bulletin board in the Writing Program office, room 305, no later than Friday, April 22.
Just a reminder that the Grad Lab (Bartlett 307A) is a place for graduate students to work on their own course work, class materials, writing, etc. In order to keep it a work space for everyone, please do not hold meetings and conferences with your students in the lab. If you are looking for a space to hold student conferences other than your office, please see Peggy. She would be happy to help you find an alternative space.
ANTHOLOGY NEWS AND A CALL FOR UNIT II PAPERS FOR THE 2012-2013 BOOK
I wish to thank all who submitted such wonderful essays to the 2011-2012 Anthology competition. The committee is just about finished making our final decisions (not an easy task), and the winners’ names will be released soon! We are now collecting texts for the 2012-2013 text. Please look through your spring semester Unit 2 papers and make your submissions to the 2012-13 Anthology. The final due date for Unit 2 papers is April 15. If there is any problem with getting your texts in by that date, please see me. Thank you. – Pat Zukowski
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! Our keynote speaker will be James Heflin, UMass MFA graduate, musician, and Arts Editor for the Advocate. If you have any questions about the event please contact Peggy Woods at email@example.com or Heidi Terault at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free, also, to stop by their offices to discuss the celebration.
EMILY DICKINSON’S POETRY 101
Thursday, April 21
English Dept. Conference Room, Bartlett Hall, UMass Amherst
Emily Dickinson is one of the greatest poets of all time, and she
lived her entire life in Amherst. Ever wondered what’s so great about her poetry? Want to know more about her life and work but aren't sure where to begin?
“Emily Dickinson's Poetry 101” is for you! Organized by the Emily
Dickinson Museum and led by UMass graduate student Henk Rossouw, the program includes a brief biographical introduction to the poet and her poetry and a discussion of selected poems.
Free and open to members of the UMass community!
Participants will receive a 44-page chapbook of Dickinson poems.
Refreshments will be served.
Contact Henk at email@example.com for more information.
This program is part of The Big Read: Emily Dickinson (April 2-May 21), which is sponsored by the Emily Dickinson Museum. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.
For more information about the Big Read: Emily Dickinson
UMASS ENGLISH GRAD. CONFERENCE – REAL WORLDS: (dis) LOCATING REALITIES SATURDAY, APRIL 16th 9am-6pm BARTLETT HALL
This year's conference is all about multiple realities, how they are formed and demarcated, and the problems inherent in this practice. At question are states of mind, lived experiences, and subcultures that complicate or challenge traditional notions of reality and perceived states of normalcy. 2011's roundtable will focus on the intersections of art and technology and is proud to present artists and professors from the University of Massachusetts as well as the curator of a new exhibit at Mass MoCA featuring internet memes.
Please come out and support your fellow grads (as well as some colleagues from universities across the country) as they present their work. Panels begin at 9am and will continue until 5:45pm, with a reception at the University Club to follow from 6-8:30pm. Our schedule, as well as panel lineups, is available on our website: http://www.umassenglishgrad.com/schedule
Tickets are $10 and include breakfast, lunch, and the reception with appetizers and beverages, as well as support UMass' own English Graduate Organization.
If you have questions please contact Elise Swinford or Ashley Nadeau.