I'm here at the reception enjoying the music, food, and conversation. And David Blakesley is trying to convince me that I can blog. Okay, this is fun but I'm not ready to commit to blogging as a regular activity. Trying something new is something I should do more often.
Here are some photos from the reception tonight . . .
I'm here in Anchorage at the opening reception for the WPA 2005 Conference. Chris Anson and Shirley Rose have just delivered their welcoming remarks. Chris is the outgoing president, and Shirley is our new president. Both have worked really hard to make this conference a reality. Jeff White and Trish Jenkins, our local hosts, have done a marvelous job as well. Jeff is talking to us right now about catching shuttles and the "sweltering heat."
The weather outside is beautiful, about 70 degrees and no rain clouds in sight.
It's going to be a great conference!
Just in time for WPA 2005 in Anchorage! WPA Members can now post messages to a personal blog space at the Digital WPA site. You can use this space to "blog a conference" or just about anything else. Readers will be able to read and respond to your blog content. You can also include rich HTML content (if you choose) or just type away and let Drupal do some of the formatting work for you.
The CWPA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the election of Susan Kay Miller from Mesa Community College (AZ) to membership on the CWPA Executive Board. Susan will be serving in the position left open by Cynthia Martin's resignation. Her term will end June 30, 2007.
Professor Miller is a full-time faculty member in the English department at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona, where she teaches writing, linguistics, and English as a second language. She is especially interested in two-year college writing programs, second language writers, and effective ways of incorporating technology into writing instruction. She currently serves as the chair of the Composition Committee in her English department, a group which recently led a successful three-year effort to revise the previous, current-traditional first-year composition curriculum with a rhetorically-based approach inspired by the WPA Outcomes Statement. The new curriculum was adopted throughout the Maricopa Community College District in April 2005 and will affect over 80,000 students district-wide. The success of this effort has encouraged the Composition Committee to lobby for a permanent WPA at Mesa Community College, a position which has never existed in any of the English departments in the district.
I just have a quick question about the subscription service offered.
When you have paid for the subscription, do users automatically gain access to restricted areas, or does it take a couple of days/hours to process?
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Story out of Columbia, MO:
A sociology prof has designed "SAGrader" software to cut down on redundant comments he has to make on student papers. He got NSF funding to develop it. Check out the "sophisticated" feedback the program can give students (after the prof manually programs the program).
Hopefully the below link will work -- it's an AP story linked on Netscape News.
Wow! Check out the last paragraph of this story - a great invitation for WPA-NMAers to respond!
In case people missed it, here's a link to Dennis Baron's post to WPA-L that includes the column he wrote on the new SAT writing exam for the Chronicle of Higher Ed.:
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