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The Weekly Blast: April 29, 2011

TECH FELLOWS PRESENTATIONS – MAY 2 at 4:00-6:00pm – BART 105
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 Bart 105.


CELEBRATION OF WRITING MAY 4 – GOODELL 604 – 11:30-3:00pm
It’s finally here—the Writing Program’s Celebration of Writing! Join us for a wonderful day of celebrating all the great writing being done in our classes this year. MFA and Writing Program alum, and editor/writer for the Advocate, James Heflin will be our keynote speaker. Best Text winners and students selected for next year’s Student Anthology will be honored. Plan to stop by sometime during the day for refreshments and to see what our students in the Experimentals, Basic Writing, College Writing, and Jr-Year Writing have been doing! Schedule of the day’s events will be in your mailboxes. Any questions see Peggy Woods at pmwoods@acad.umass.edu or Heidi Terault at hterault@acad.umass.edu.


EXERCISE OF THE WEEK
Our last Exercise of the Week for the semester is brought to us by Liz Fox. “A Whole Lotta Peer Review” is a great exercise that allows students to receive feedback from multiple peers. It, also, could easily be adapted as a final meeting activity. To see the full details click on:
http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html

The Resource Center Staff would also like to thank everyone who has contributed to the database this year! We have a great database because of the great things you are doing in your classes and your willingness to share! Thank you!


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. 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

STUDENT READING AT FOOD FOR THOUGHT – MONDAY, 5/2 at 7pm
The students in the Experimental Writing Workshop: Queer Writing,” co-led by Andrea Lawlor and Morgan Lynn, will be holding a reading and open mic at Food For Thought Books on Monday May 2 at 7pm. Please come! Please bring stuff to read! And pass it on to friends, students, etc...


DEADLINE FOR MAGAZINE PUBLICATION
Friday, April 29 is the deadline for requesting magazine publications at Print Services. Please remember to hand out class magazines to your students before they leave for summer break.


CONTRACTS
Contracts for teaching Basic and College Writing this upcoming academic year, 2011-’12, have been prepared and are ready for you to sign.


FINAL GRADES
The deadline to submit grades through Spire is Tuesday, May 17 at noon. 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. We strongly encourage you to make sure you have access to your section on SPIRE before the deadline. We also encourage that you complete your final grades and submit them in advance of this deadline.

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. As space becomes available I try to move instructors out of 68 and into other rooms. Please let me know if you wish to stay in Bartlett 68.

Instructors not teaching for us next semester need to clean out their office and return their key to Becky. Library books need to be returned and class magazines distributed to your students. All items left behind will be tossed. - Becky


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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