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The Purdue OWL News is an online newsletter addressing readers' writing-related questions and covering events in the Purdue University Writing Lab and the Online Writing Lab at Purdue (Purdue OWL).

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April 21, 2014 7:32 am
By Joshua M. Paiz


New Purdue OWL Vidcast


March 11, 2014 7:17 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce that a new vidcast has gone live on the OWL@Purdue YouTube Channel. The vidcast, entitled "Purdue OWL 20th Anniversary Vidcast: Full Version" is available here, and it features former director Muriel Harris, late director Linda Bergmann, associate director Tammy Conard-Salvo, OWL coordinator Joshua M. Paiz, OWL technical coordinator Caitlan Spronk, and OWL content developer Gracemarie Mike. This vidcast looks back on the past 20 years of the Purdue OWL before looking forward at possible futures.

Many thanks to content developers Daniel Liddle (Producer) and Karen Feiner (Videographer) for their hard work on this project.   


ECWCA 2014


February 7, 2014 11:17 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue Writing Lab and the Purdue OWL will be well represented at this year's East-Central Writing Centers Association's conference. Eight members of the Writing Lab/OWL staff will travel to Miami Ohio to participate in this years conference.

This year's ECWCA will be hosted by Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on March 28 and 29, 2013


A New OWL Logo


January 23, 2014 3:57 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the roll-out of our new 20th Anniversary Logo. This logo is based on a design created in Mr. Don Unger's ENGL 309: Digital Publishing Course. We would like to thank the student design-team that created the base of this logo: Craig Cainkar, Jessica Schwingendorf, Natalie Merced and Steven Thornton. 

We will be using this logo on all main OWL pages. The original OWL logo will remain in use on our engagement, research, Purdue OWL news, and contact pages. 

If you would like to see other proposed logo designs, created by other students in the ENGL 309 course, click here


Purdue OWL Mail Tutors Service Winter Hiatus


December 10, 2013 7:20 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

As the Purdue Writing Lab will be closed for Winter Break (December 12th - January 13th), the Purdue OWL Mail Tutors service will be on hiatus during the winter holiday. When the service returns in January, messages will be answered in the order in which they were received.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you. We appreciate your patience and understanding. 


The Purdue Writing Lab Prepares for Winter Break


December 10, 2013 7:18 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

ATTN: Purdue University Community, West Lafayette

The Purdue Writing Lab, located in room 226 of Heavilon Hall, is preparing for Winter Break. As part of this preparation, all satellite locations are now closed. The Purdue Writing Lab will be open until Wednesday of Finals Week; it will then close for the duration for Winter Break. 

Both the Purdue Writing Lab and its Satellite Locations will reopen after the start of the Spring 2014 semester, on January 13th, 2014. 


The Purdue OWL 20th Anniversary Collection


November 23, 2013 9:51 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

This spring, the Purdue OWL will formally begin celebrating its 20th anniversary. For twenty years, the Purdue OWL has been providing writing support and instruction to writers from all over the globe. 

To commemorate this event, we will be launching a number of resources dedicated specifically to our 20th Anniversary. These will be coming online throughout the next year. To start, we've launched two new resources. The first is a retrospecitve PowerPoint deck that was shown during our Fall Open House event. This presentation has contributions from a number of OWL administrators past and present. 

The second resource that is currently live is a short vidcast. This vidcast is part of an hour-long sit down conversation with current Purdue OWL staff and founder of the Purdue OWL, Dr. Muriel Harris. 

Additional resources will be added in the coming year. 

To access these resources, click here


Purdue OWL Personal Letter Writing and Newsletters


November 11, 2013 3:11 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce that new resources have come online. These resources focus on general personal letter writing and on newsletter writing. The resource for personal letters can be found here. The resource for newsletters can be found here

The Purdue OWL would like to thank content coordinator Joshua M. Paiz and content developer Ghada Gherwash for their contributions to this resource. 


Purdue OWL Exercises


November 4, 2013 12:30 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

In response to changing needs from our users, we have removed the Purdue OWL exercises as a main item link. If you would like to access the Purdue OWL Exercises, please click here


Purdue OWL Vidcasts Closed Captioning


November 4, 2013 11:37 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce that select vidcasts on our OWL@Purdue YouTube page have been closed captioned. The following videos have received closed captioning: 

Additional videos will be closed captioned in the future, as we continue to strive towards increasing the usability of the Purdue OWL for all of our uers. 

We would like to thank content developer Patrick Love for his efforts on this project.


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