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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


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

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:

Summer 2005 WPA Newsletter now available online

The Summer 2005 issue of the Newsletter of the Council of Writing Program Administrators is now posted on Digital WPA at this address:

Contents include letters from the Outgoing President and the Incoming president, reports from the Summer 2005 WPA Workshop and Conference in Alaska and plans for the 2006 conference in Chattanooga, information about the Network for Media Action, and announcements about other activities of the organization.

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Summer 2005 Newsletter of the Council of Writing Program Administrators

From the Outgoing President Chris Anson

As the Executive Board makes its transition in membership this month, I want to take this opportunity to say how much it has meant to me to lead this remarkable organization over the past two years.

As you'll see in this newsletter, the Council's work continues to expand, both in the number of its programs and services and in its reach. This year we moved from a mainly paper and snail-mail based organization to one that is fully digitized. Our Web site is now highly interactive, and as Dave Blakesley, its architect, is fond of pointing out, its potential is almost limitless. The new capacities the WPA portal has yielded now allow us to provide more convenient membership services, such as electronic membership renewals, links to all aspects of the organization, and opportunities for membership interaction. A newly constituted Membership Committee will be studying possibilities for enhanced benefits, especially those that can be provided online. Dave's work electronically archiving past issues of the WPA Journal makes a significant scholarly resource available to WPAs and others with a few keystrokes.

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.