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The Weekly Blast: April 22, 2011

COURSE EVALUATIONS
End of semester course evaluations are ready for pick up. 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 wait until the last day to do your evaluations.


DREAM SHEETS and PRACTICUM FORMS – FALL 2011
Reminder: Dream Sheets and Practica forms are due this Friday, April 22. Please return the completed forms to the envelope on the bulletin board in the Writing Program office, Bartlett 305.


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. Date, Time, and Location cannot be changed. 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
This week Nick Sansone brings us another great option for the Final Reflection and Final Meeting. “Writing Tactics & the Final Reflection” asks students to present on three specific tactics they have utilized at some point during the semester. To see the full details and Nick’s Final Reflection assignment click on:
http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html


TECH FELLOWS PRESENTATIONS – MAY 2, 4:00-6:00pm
Have you been wondering what the Tech Fellows have been doing all year? The Tech Fellows have been working all year on projects that integrate technology in new and challenging ways in writing. Come see what they have done on Monday, May 2 from 4:00-6:00pm in the Grad Lab (Bart 307A).


DEADLINE FOR MAGAZINE PUBLICATION
Friday, April 29 is the deadline for requesting magazine publications at Print Services. I forgot to include the information in last week’s blast and the end of the semester is approaching. Please request your magazines as soon as possible. Published magazines need to be handed out to students before their last day of class. - Becky


GRAD LAB
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.


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 pmwoods@acad.umass.edu or Heidi Terault at hterault@acad.umass.edu. Feel free, also, to stop by their offices to discuss the celebration.


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, June 10.

 
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