University Annoucements: All Posts

Writing Placement Test

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

English Writing 112
Writing Placement Test
Wednesday, December 4th at 5:30 pm, Bartlett 206.

Students are required to take the test before they can register into EnglWrit 112 college writing. Students that have taken EnglWrit 111, basic writing do not have to take this test. Registration for the test is not needed.

For more info, visit www.umass.edu/writingprogram

Interesting in enrolling in EngWrit112 next semester? Then you need to take the writing placement test!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The Writing Program will be giving the “Writing Placement Test” on the following dates.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
5:30 – 6:30
Bartlett 206

Thursday, November 7, 2013
6:00 – 7:00
Bartlett 206

Since another testing date this year cannot be promised, students wishing to register into EngWrit 112 (college writing) for Spring 2014, need to take the test in November. Students that took this test during freshman orientation do not have to take it.

The next testing date will be on the first day of classes, January 2014

Nominate Your Favorite Instructor!

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Do you know an exceptional professor or teaching assistant/associate? Nominate him or her for a Distinguished Teaching Award!  The Distinguished Teaching Award is the highest recognition of instructors at UMass, so show some love by nominating your favorite instructor.

To nominate an instructor:

  • Write a brief letter describing why your nominee should receive a Distinguished Teaching Award.
  • Include your name, email address, mailing address, and signature.
  • Submit via email to dta@provost.umass.edu OR fax to 413-545-3829 OR deliver to 301 Goodell.
  • Submit your nomination no later than Friday, October 18.

If you have any questions, call the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development at 413-545-5142.

Speak at Commencement!

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Apply to be the 2013 Undergraduate Student Commencement Speaker and share your thoughts as a graduating senior!

Who is eligible:  Graduating Amherst campus senior, Class of 2013

Subject matter: Your proposed speech must be written by you as an individual, no group or collaborative submissions. It should be of general interest to graduating seniors as well as to parents and other guests.  It may address your impressions and experiences, both academic and extra-curricular. It may express your thoughts as your look to the future.

Format: Submit approximately two typed pages, double-spaced, or the equivalent of three to four minutes speaking time. Speeches exceeding this limit will not be considered.

Selection process: A non-voting staff person will delete the name of each author after which a committee of students (majority), staff, and faculty will review the proposals.  Three to five individuals will be invited to audition before the committee in March, after which the speaker will be selected.

Deadline: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

More information is available here.

21st Century Leader Awards

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Do you think you are a good candidate for the 21st Century Leaders Award? Talk to your professors and ask to be nominated!

The award  recognizes the strong academic record and exemplary achievement of undergraduate students who further distinguished their intellectual accomplishments, and enhanced the reputation of the University by contributing to the campus community through their leadership skills, academic achievements, community service, and artistic or athletic accomplishments.

Nominees, who must be graduating seniors in 2013, will be characterized by their determination to fulfill their academic potential and achieve personal goals. They will be recognized for high academic performance and for the prestige and honor they bring to the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 8, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.

More information is available here. 

Writing Placement Exam, January 22

Monday, January 14th, 2013

The Writing Program will be administering the writing placement exam, which does not require registration:

– Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Location: Tobin 204

This test is important, as students must take this course to be placed into College Writing (Englwrit 112), which, along with Basic Writing (Englwrit 111), must be satisfied to graduate. Students will take this test to determine which of the two is appropriate for them.

It consists in writing an essay in response to a short excerpt.

Placement essays should demonstrate clear organization, relevant support and examples, and an adequate understanding of sentence structure.

While you will mostly likely be placed into Basic Writing or College Writing, a few students may be waived from both based on their performance, but will not receive credit for this waiver.

For more information, contact Deirdre Vinyard, Placement Officer and Deputy Director of the Writing Program. For more information on the placement test, see this webpage.

Undergraduate Research Conference

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Each year, the University of Massachusetts Amherst conducts an undergraduate research conference, with representation from an incredible amount of majors and students, many of which will be coming from other schools in Massachusetts. This year’s conference will happen on April 26, 2013, in the UMass Campus Center. In Spring 2012, there were 3 presentations from Political Science majors, and 1 from legal studies. The conference is a forum for the presentation many types of work, including:

– Thesis research
– Creative work in the visual and performing arts
– Independent study
– Community service
– Study abroad experiences

This conference is an opportunity to give you real experience in conducting research and presenting the results in a larger forum, which will help you to enhance the strength of your resume. In addition, the scope and area of your project has few limits, and can be presented in two different formats, which can be done individually or as a group: a poster presentation or an oral presentation.

Previously, there were 4 steps to apply to this conference. Exact details may be found here, when they update the exact steps:

1) Find a faculty sponsor– all projects must have a faculty member to work with you
2) Decide on the format, both in terms of poster/oral, and in terms of individual/group.
3) Register for the conference by February 13th. Registration will open in early January. This will require you to fill out an application, with the information you have collected about your faculty sponsor, the format of your presentation, and who is in your group.
4) By February 13th, the group leader or individual presenter will have to submit an abstract related to your topic.

Finally, all the information you could need related to this conference can be found on the Honors College’s website, which will soon be updated for the 2013 conference..

Feed Phil A. Pig on December 5th

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Phil A. Pig, an initiative started by the UMass Alumni Association, as well as other organizations who are interested in encouraging giving back to UMass, will be running the Final Piggy BankIt Roundup of the semester on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, from 10 AM to 2 PM, on the Campus Center Concourse.

This program is designed to help students by collecting change. They will have pig-shaped cookies, drawings for cool UMass stuff, and gift cards from local companies. All proceeds from the Piggy BankIt Roundup go towards the Piggy BankIt Scholarship, a scholarship for students.

Don’t forget that all donations from students will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the UMass Amherst Foundation Board.

R1 Exemption Exam on December 3rd

Monday, November 26th, 2012

As part of the University’s General Education Requirements, each student is required to fulfill a Basic Mathematics requirement. This requirement, more commonly known as your R1 requirement, can be fulfilled either by taking a course, or by getting a passing score on an R1 exemption exam. These exemption exams are given several times each semester.

The last exam for Fall 2012 will be held at 6:30pm in Marcus 131 on Monday, December 3. If you can’t make it, there will be 3 in the spring semester as well.

If you are interested in taking a course instead, you can search for a course which would fulfill the requirement by going to SPIRE, searching for classes normally, but then making sure to select the correct option within the drop down “Gen Ed Category”.

More information can be found here, for students having enrolled after Fall 2010, or here, for students who enrolled prior to Fall 2010. Finally, the General Education Program maintains a lot of frequently asked questions, which can be found here.

Spire has a new look

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Have you logged into Spire recently?! If so, you may have noticed some changes. Basically, your menu bar is gone! The SPIRE Main Menu is now a dropdown menu at the top of your SPIRE pages, as shown above.

The Office of Information Technology explains how to navigate the new Spire here.