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WPA Posts from Jim McDonald in Lafayette, Louisiana

With his permission, I am copying here Jim McDonald's posts about effects and after-effects of Katrina sent to the WPA-L listserv over the last few days. Jim is at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Posts appear in reverse chronological order.--Shirley Rose

Mon 9/26/2005 11:42 AM
Re: Hurricane Rita

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette closed 12:30 pm Thursday in anticipation of Hurricane Rita but will probably reopen tomorrow morning.
About one quarter of the city lost power, but I think most electricity has been restored. Lafayette lost a number of trees and had some flash flooding with 10 inches of rain and some storm surges in low-lying areas along the Bayous Teche and Vermillion but suffered less damage than three years ago with Hurricane Lily. Some buildings were damaged by fallen trees, but I haven't seen much wind damage.

College Statements on Katrina Aid

This thread is for folks to post links to their college's info on aid to students and faculty effected by Hurricane Katrina.

If you do not find what you're looking for here, you might check the information from the Chronicle of Higher Ed:

KATRINA UPDATE: The Chronicle has set up a special page for announcements from colleges affected by the hurricane, and from associations and government agencies. Check regularly for updates. --> SEE http://chronicle.com/katrina
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CFP and Invitation: WAC 2006

Please distribute to colleagues across the curriculum, and y'all come to South Carolina in the spring!

Eighth International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference
May 18-20, 2006
The Conference Center & Inn at Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina
http://www.clemson.edu/pearce/wac2006

Proposal Deadline: September 26, 2005.

We are delighted to announce the Eighth International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. We encourage proposals from all disciplines and from cross-disciplinary teams on a wide range of topics of interest to faculty, graduate students, and administrators at two- and four-year colleges. These topics include:

WPA Plenary Discussion

At the July 2005 WPA Conference, participants heard compelling Plenary addresses by Malea Powell and Paul Prior. We invite participants to share thoughts about the addresses and/or the discussions that followed in breakout groups. We also invite discussions and queries from other WPA members on the topics raised in these addresses.

WPA in Anchorage

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!

Blogging Anchorage 2005

Here's my first blog entry, a quick demonstration of the type of content that you can include in your blogs at Digital WPA. It describes a purely hypothetical situation. (-:

Last night, on my way to the opening reception at the conference, I ran into someone I thought I recognized but couldn't place. I snapped this photo.

So he proceeded to tell me that he was hoping to find the WPA conference in Anchorage a transformative experience. I said, "I sure hope so for the sake of your ethos back on campus!"

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