Issue For June 26, 2006
The Purdue OWL News is back and completely ad-free!
Writing Question of the Week
This is usually a question submitted by an OWL user to the OWL Tutors. If you have a question you need answered quickly, ask one of our OWL Tutors or call the Writing Lab's Grammar Hotline at 765-494-3723. And remember, both services are free for everyone!
What happened to the Purdue OWL News? Did you guys just give up or what?--Many Readers, Across the Planet
Glad you asked! Because of the major work of redesigning the Purdue OWL Family of Sites, the OWL Staff didn't have enough time to edit the Purdue OWL News. But we've not forgotten it, and now offer many improvements to the Purdue OWL News, including:
- Hosting the Purdue OWL News mailing list on the OWL server, which has been upgraded and has the power to manage this list's almost 20,000 subscribers!
- Offering an enhanced, Web version of the Purdue OWL News at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/purdueowlnews/, which will soon have all of the archived issues from when the list was hosted on the steak- and cigarette-ad-filled Topica.com site.
- Providing an RSS feed for our blogging readers and others who use RSS. The RSS feed is only a summary of the contents of each issue.
- Increasing ease of interaction through Web forms for answering and submitting questions of the week, and contacting the OWL News Editors.
- Guaranteeing a completely spam-free experience for Purdue OWL News Readers; we will never, under any circumstance, share our email list with anyone.
Like what you see in the new format? Have any suggestions or problems? Let the OWL News Editors, currently me and Dana Driscoll, know at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/purdueowlnews/.
--Karl Stolley, OWL Webmaster
The OWL Help Nest
Each week we publish Purdue OWL News readers' requests for advice or information and the responses from other Purdue OWL News readers.
Usually this section of the OWL News will have questions and answers submitted by our users. Since we've been away for more than a year, we have none this week! But you can help out by submitting your burning question at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/purdueowlnews/#nextweekqs or offering your answer to the questions below.
Next Week's Questions
What's Your Question?
If you have a question you'd like to ask our readers, please send it via our simple Web form.
What's Happening on the OWL at Purdue
- OWL Eye On...Farewell to Chris Berry! Chris has been our OWL Coordinator for the last two years. He's now taking a break from technology, spending some time in the "real world" away from his computer, and he will be finishing his dissertation in the field of American Modernist poetry this year. Thanks, Chris, for all of your hard work!
- OWL Eye On...Welcome Dana Driscoll! Starting July 2006, Dana will replace Chris as the new OWL Coordinator. Dana is a PhD student in the Rhetoric and Composition program at Purdue. She holds a Masters of Arts in Linguistics from SUNY Stony Brook and a Bachelors of Arts in English from California University of Pennsylvania with minors in Information Systems and Women's Studies. Her research interests include writing centers, writing program administration, empirical research and methodologies, technology and writing, and sociolinguistics. Dana is very excited to be working on the OWL and hopes to contribute extensively to its development in the coming years.
- OWL Eye On...Continued Work on the New OWL. If you haven't seen it yet, the new OWL is located at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/. We're currently working on improving the design (the look of the Web version of the Purdue OWL News at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/purdueowlnews/ is a hint of improvements to come), and adding important features like a local search engine to help you find what you need quickly.
What's Happening in the Writing Lab
- OWL Eye On...Welcome Wendy Madore! Wendy joined the Writing Lab in June as the Managing Editor of the Writing Lab Newsletter (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/wln/). She is a Purdue 'lifer' having grown-up in the Lafayette community and attended the university for her undergraduate studies in Art History and Political Science. After a brief assignment with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, she returned to Purdue in 1998. She has held various positions in the Krannert Graduate School of Management, Discovery Park, and most recently the College of Agriculture as a project manager for the Integrated Striga Management programs in Niger and Tanzania.
- OWL Eye On...Award Recipients. Joy Santee was a recipient of the East Central Writing Center's Association Tutor of the Year Award, and Karl Stolley received the Kairos Graduate Student/Adjunct Service Award. Additional information can be found at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/writinglab/topic/awards/.
- OWL Eye On...Summer Hours and Operation. The Writing Lab will offer tutoring and ESL conversation groups throughout the summer. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Friday, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Conversation groups for ESL students are held on Monday and Tuesday, from 3:00pm to 4:00 pm, and on Wednesday and Thursday, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Workshops on writing-related topics are offered by request. Please call 494-3723 for more information about workshops, tutorials, and conversation groups.
This week's OWL News was edited by Karl Stolley, OWL Webmaster.