Conference Presentation: Raul Moreno

Raul Moreno will present a pedagogical essay, “Negotiating the Personal/Academic Divide,” at the Intermountain Graduate Conference in Pocatello, Idaho, on February 5. This year’s interdisciplinary gathering on “Challenging Boundaries, Seeking Intersections” is co-hosted by Idaho State University and Utah State University. The essay will soon be available at http://RBMoreno.com.

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Conference Presentation: Todd Mitchell

Todd Mitchell is presenting a session entitled “Putting Your Self on the Line: Bold Ways to Inspire Writing” at this year’s CCIRA Conference in Denver, on February 5th. Todd will also be performing full day author visits in February at Secrest Elementary School in Arvada on February 7th, and Federal Heights Elementary School on the 23rd. At both schools, he’ll be giving talks on reading and writing, and running workshops with faculty and students.

Community Publishing Project: Call for Proposals

The CSU Community Literacy Center (CLC) invites faculty, instructors, and students to submit proposals for a community publishing project in Spring 2011. Such projects should develop a CSU-community partnership or enhance an existing relationship. Projects can be affiliated with a CSU course or independent community-based project.

Publications might take the form of a print journal, a collection of oral histories, a booklet of youth writing/artwork, a community cookbook or other publishable documents.

The CLC will award $200-300 to support the publication of a community-based writing project. Award may be used to purchase materials (for publication production) and publication (for public distribution). Monies may not be used for stipends or salaries.

Proposals (2 single-spaced pages max) should include the following:

• Title of program
• Anticipated community partners
• Brief description of project and goals
• Brief description of community-based publication
• Expected outcomes (including anticipated number of participants and intention of publication)

Applications due by February 15, 2011. Successful applicants will be notified by February 28. Contact Vince at the CLC (clc@colostate.edu or 491-7251) for more information.

Writing Center Class Visits, Spring 2011

To all faculty and GTAs,

The CSU Writing Center invites all instructors of English to set up a promotional visit for your literature, composition, creative writing, or education class.  These brief visits given by a writing consultant introduce students to the services the Writing Center offers.  They take between 5 and 10 minutes and they may be scheduled at your convenience.  If you are interested at any time during the Spring 2011 semester, please contact Bruce Shields, Assistant Director, at writing@colostate.edu, or at 491-0222.  Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to visit during our daytime operating hours.

Please check our hours of operation on our website: writingcenter.colostate.edu. The Writing Center will resume regularly scheduled hours beginning Sunday, January 23rd.

Thank you,

Bruce Shields
Assistant Director
CSU Writing Center

CSU Computer Applications Training (CAT) for Spring 2010: Registration Now Open

Spring Session: January 2011 – March 2011. Registration for CAT classes is now available. Registration is set up as First Come/First Serve. These classes are free and open to faculty, staff and graduate students. The CAT Training Rooms are located in Morgan Library. The full list of courses for this session is:

Access 2010 Queries
Access 2010: Forms & Reports
Access 2010: Tables and Relationships
InDesign CS5 Intro
Make Your Point with PowerPoint 2010: Level 1
Photoshop CS5: Selection & Layer Tools
Improve Your Outlook: Get it on the Calendar
Improve Your Outlook: You’ve got mail
Power Up with Exchange Voice Mail & Outlook Tasks
RamCT: Communication Tools
RamCT: Creating and Managing Assessments
RamCT: Getting Started
RamCT: Gradebook
RamCT: Organizing, Adding and Presenting Content
Camtasia Studio: Create videos
Camtasia Studio: Create videos
Secure Meeting: share ideas with anyone, anywhere
Excel 2010: Level I Parts 1-2
Excel 2010: Level II
Acrobat 9: Create high-impact PDF communications
Dreamweaver CS5: Using Div Tags and CSS
Dreamweaver CS5: Creating/Editing Web Pages
Word 2010: Level I
Word 2010: Level II
Word 2010: Taming Long Documents

The Writing Lab Newsletter

From the site: “The Writing Lab Newsletter is a forum for exchanging ideas and information about writing centers in high schools, colleges, and universities.”

“Articles focus on challenges in tutoring theory and methodology, handling ESL issues, directing a writing center, training tutors, adding computers, designing and expanding centers, and using tutorial theory and pedagogy.”

“In addition to articles, issues contain conference announcements, book reviews, professional news, and a column by and for tutors. The newsletter is published monthly from September to June, with some issues combined into double issues.”

Purdue Writing Lab receives $1.5 million to create new interactive writing tool for high school students

From the article: “The two-year project, called H-OWL, is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project involves creating and testing an interactive extension of Purdue’s Online Writing Lab, which is an online resource that provides information on many aspects of writing, including grammar and mechanics, writer’s block, style guides, and punctuation. The site…received more than 180 million visits last year.”

” ‘The goal is to create an online tool to help high school juniors and seniors meet national writing requirements and to help them make the transition to college-level writing,’ said Linda Bergmann, director of the project and of Purdue’s Online Writing Lab. ‘By making the already popular OWL more interactive, we are creating a resource that students can use to help them write across all disciplines – from language arts to science. We want to incorporate new media and social networking features, as well as aspects of gaming, to engage this young audience and reach the next generation of learners. What we create could help others in education design additional learning tools.’ ”

Read the full article: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/outreach/2011/110110BergmannOWL.html

Freestone: Call for Articles

The FREESTONE, the English Department’s annual newsletter, is looking for story ideas and contributing writers for its 2010-2011 edition. We are interested in covering all aspects of the English Department and are especially interested in stories that share news, outreach projects, faculty and student profiles, department milestones, and connections to the community. While articles are not due until March 2, we must know of your interest by January 21. If you have an idea for a story or would like to write for the FREESTONE, please contact Erin Hadlock, editor, at edhadlock@gmail.com.

The FREESTONE is a chance for the department to showcase its various activities and accomplishments for alumni, students, faculty, and staff.

Articles will be due on March 2, 2011, and should strive to be about 750 words.

Writing for the FREESTONE can provide the opportunity for you to add to your résumé or CV and show off your hard work and accomplishments. You can also give colleagues well-deserved credit by publicly recognizing their achievements. Help sustain the exceptional reputation of our department by letting everyone know how impressive you are!

The following list contains potential topic ideas, but it is by no means exhaustive—if an activity is happening in the English department, it has a home in the FREESTONE.

– The new MA in Creative Nonfiction
– New and retiring faculty members and office staff
– Activities within the Community Literacy Center and other community initiatives
– Literacy through Poetry
– Graduate Student Symposium
– NCTE and CSU
– Departmental budget news

If you are interested in any of these topics, or if you have additional article ideas, please send your ideas to Erin Hadlock, Editor of FREESTONE, at edhadlock@gmail.com.

Deadlines:
Contributors should commit to writing their articles by 1/21.
Articles are due on 3/2.

Sue Doe at the MLA Convention

Sue Doe presented two papers at the recent MLA Annual Convention in Los Angeles, Jan 5-9.  Her papers were “Faculty Governance, A Colorado Approach: Changing Minds by Changing Culture” and “How the March 2011 College English Special Issue Takes on Contingency and Addresses ‘Vision Neglect’.”   She also participated for the third year as part of the Executive Committee for the Part-Time Discussion Group.