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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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OWL Homecoming Open House


September 21, 2013 1:06 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

Place: The Purdue Writing Lab - Heavilon 226

Time: Friday, September 27th, 2013 1:30 - 3:30

Since 1994, the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) has helped writers from the Purdue University and the Greater Lafayette Community to those across the US and the Globe. The Purdue OWL has allowed Purdue University to increase its global presence and to advance its academic mission by aiding writers with things ranging from comma usage to proper MLA and APA citation. Last year, we served over 240,000,000 pages to users from all seven continents.

Come join us as we begin to celebrate our 20th anniversary and meet some of the people that have helped make the OWL a world-class writing resource.

Light refreshements will be served.


Giving to the Purdue OWL


September 16, 2013 12:01 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

Over the past two decades, the kindess of our users enabled us to more efficiently complete our mission of delivering quality writing resources to writers all over the globe. Recently, we've received a number of requests to make it easier to make a give to the Purdue OWL. We're very pleased to announce that we have finally been able to respond to these requests. You can now make a tax-free gift to the Purdue OWL completely online. For more information, click here


Purdue Writing Lab Fall 2013 ESL Conversation Groups


August 22, 2013 9:56 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

We are pleased to announce that the topics for the weekly ESL conversation groups have been posted. You can see the scheduled topics by clicking here

If you are a Purdue University student or scholar whose first language is not English, our Lab's conversation groups are a terrific way to improve your fluency and expand your vocabulary. The conversation groups are also a great way to meet other Purdue community members, share perspectives and experience, and learn more about other cultures.


Purdue Writing Lab Fall 2013 Brown Bag Schedule


August 19, 2013 12:19 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

Please mark your calendars for the Fall 2013 Brown Bag workshops, hosted by the Purdue Writing Lab. These workshops offer opportunities for English 106, 106i, and 108 instructors to share pedagogical strategies and materials for the composition classrooms. This year, the workshops will take place on Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 PM in the Writing Lab (Heavilon 226). Dates and topics are listed below:

August 29 — Using Conferences Effectively 
September 12 — ESL Students in the ENGL 106 Classroom (with guest presenters Gracemarie Mike and Aylin Atilgan and ESL Specialist Vicki Kennell)
September 19 — Re-Thinking Literacy Narratives (with guest presenters Liz Lane, Daniel Liddle, and Fernando Sánchez)
October 3 — Podcasts and Audio Assignments (with guest presenters Kyle Vealey and Jeff Gerding)
October 17 — Designing Effective Assignments (with guest presenter Daniel Kenzie)*
October 31 — ICaP Showcase Information Session 
November 14 - Primary Research (with guest presenters Stacy Nall and Kamal Belmihoub) 
November 21 — Rubrics and Assessment Strategies

A special thanks to our Writing Lab/ICaP, Mary McCall, Laison for arranging these professional development opportunities and for penning this post. 


Purdue OWL ESL Resources: Audience Considerations


August 15, 2013 1:16 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce that our newest resource for ESL Writers has gone live. This resource discusses a number of audience considerations for writers to consider when writing for North American academic audiences. 

The new resource can be accessed by clicking here.

We would like to thank content developer Elena Shvidko for her work on this resource.  


Purdue OWL YouTube Channel: What the Writing Lab Can Do for You


August 15, 2013 11:40 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue Online Writing Lab is pleased to annouce the launch of our newest vidcast, "What the Writing Lab Can Do for You." This vidcast has been designed to offer potential visitors an inside glimpse at the writing tutorials that take place at the Writing Lab everyday. This video has been designed to help you know what to expect when you come to visit us for writing assistance. 

Our newest vidcast can be accessed by clicking here.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab would like to thank content developers Dan Liddle, Dan Kenzie, and R. Scott Partridge for the hard work in designing, filming, and compiling this vidcast. We would also like to extend a warm thanks to the Writing Lab Tutors who stepping in as talent for this piece: Aylin Atiglan, John Bomkamp, Dan Kenzie, Xin Hou, Slaney Ross, and Megan Grassl. 


Purdue OWL Graduate School Applications: Research Statements


August 12, 2013 10:23 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce that our newest resource for graduate school applications has gone live. This resource discusses writing research statements as part of a graduate school or workplace application. 

The new resource can be accessed by clicking here.

We would like to thank content developer Marie Balsley Taylor for her work on this resource.  


Purdue OWL ESL/Second Language Writing Resources Update 3


August 12, 2013 10:08 am
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce that the final batch of our revised ESL/Second Language Writing resources have gone live. The resource updated in this round are our ESL Students and Plagiarism.

This resource was originally developed by OWL Content Developer Stacy Nall.

The Purdue OWL staff would like to extend thanks to OWL Content Developer Ghada M. Gherwash for her efforts in revising these resources and in making them more appropriate to students of a wider range of proficiencies.


Purdue OWL Writing Letters of Recommendation for College-bound Students


August 8, 2013 2:56 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce that our new resource for writing letters of recommendation for college-bound students has gone live. This resource is targeted towards high school teachers and guidance counselors who may be asked to write these letters for their students. 

The new resurce can be accessed by clicking here.

We would like to thank content developer Reme Boulin for her work on this resource.  


Purdue OWL ESL/Second Language Writing Resources Update 2


June 24, 2013 12:00 pm
By Joshua M. Paiz

The Purdue OWL is pleased to announce that the second batch of our revised ESL/Second Language Writing resources have gone live. The resources updated in this round are our Tips for Writing in North American Colleges.

These resources were originally developed by OWL Content Developer Tony Cimasko and originally updated by then OWL Content Developer Joshua M. Paiz.

The Purdue OWL staff would like to extend our warmest thanks to OWL Content Developer Ghada M. Gherwash for her efforts in revising these resources and in making them more appropriate to students of a wider range of proficiencies.


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