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Post-Katrina: Life in America Writing Assignments

I'm pasting in Lillian Bridwell Bowles recent WPA-L post from Baton Rouge.

From: Writing Program Administration on behalf of Lillian B Bowles
Sent: Fri 8/18/2006 11:39 AM
Subject: Post-Katrina, Life in America Writing Assignments

Dear WPA Colleagues,

I met a new first-year writing instructor last weekend who told me that she and her husband are in utter culture shock after their move from another state to Louisiana. The conditions here are still desperate for many Louisianians as we brace for more potential hurricanes. Displaced children

AACU Response to Spellings Commission Report

Dear Members of the Council of Writing Program Administrators

Today the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities issued a response to the third draft of the Spellings Commission Report. The AACU statement is at this URL:

I've also pasted it in below.
The Council of Writing Program Administrators is an Affiliate of AACU.

AACU Letter and Response:
Dear Colleagues,

Today, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is releasing a statement (below) on the draft report of the Spellings Commission on the Future of Higher Education. The commission held its final meeting today, which included discussion of its third draft report, released on August 4, 2006.

Info for Assessment and Tech Institutes Participants

I've pasted-in a copy of Lauren Ingraham's (Local Arrangements Chair) instructions for participants in the WPA Assessment Institute and Technology (see below)Institute in Chattanooga, July 13.


Dear WPA Assessment and Technology Participants:

The local arrangements committee is excited to welcome you to Chattanooga. With just a few weeks to go before the WPA Institutes begin, I wanted to pass along some information concerning airport shuttles, check in procedures, and menu choices that may help your planning process.

Technology Institute is Full!

Enrollment for the 2006 WPA Technology Institute at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga July 13 has reached its limit, so we have closed registration.

The focus of this year’s institute, led by Darsie Bowden and Peter Vandenberg, is multi-media/mixed-media composing in writing programs. More information is available at:

Shirley Rose

OS Techno-Plank Blog

Irv Peckham has set up a blog for those who want to participate in discussions of the "technology plank" for the WPA Outcomes Statement.

Kathi Yancey writes: "We have posted some notes from our deliberations last summer as well as some other notes related to our thinking. Please do read and contribute! We'll include these postings when we work on this effort in TN next month, too."

A session at the upcoming 2006 WPA Summer Conference in Chattanooga will be devoted to discussion of the "techno-plank":
Friday afternoon from 3:30-5:30.

Workshop Registration is Closed

We have closed registration for the 2006 WPA Workshop in Chattanooga, Tennessee July 9-12. Workshop leaders Lauren Fitzgerald and Greg Glau are in the process of giving worshop registrants their "homework" assignments for advanced preparation.

Next year's workshop will be in Tempe, Arizona July 8-11. Begin planning to attend now!

Shirley Rose
WPA President

Call for WPA Journal Editor(s) or Editorial Team

Call for WPA Journal Editor(s) or Editorial Team

The Council of Writing Program Administrators is seeking a new Editor or editorial team for its official journal, WPA: Writing Program Administration.

Our current very distinguished editorial team, led by Managing Editors Gregory Glau, Duane Roen, and Barry Maid, has shepherded the journal through three years of increasing visibility and importance, but they are ready to move on to other work in the field.

The WPA is now calling for applications for the position of WPA Journal Editor or Editorial Team. The term is for three years, with possibility for renewal, and starts in Spring 2007; responsibility for the first issue will be for Fall/Winter 2007 (Volume 31 Number 1) with assistance from Greg, Duane, and Barry.