College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Welcome home!

Whether you graduated since 2004 from the newly established College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) or from one of the earlier divisions that merged to create the College, you are invited to consider  CLAS home.  Together our alumni represent the majority of GVSU's alumni and the heart of its liberal arts tradition.

This page has been established to help you stay connected and up-to-date about the news and events of the College.

Future plans of the CLAS Class of 2013

Join the CLAS Alumni Chapter on Facebook

Watch the CLAS Alumni Career Panel Video

Click here to watch it on GVSU YouTube

 2008 Alumnus Teaching in the Netherlands

Calling for all those interested in joining the CLAS Alumni Chapter!

Read the announcement here.

Alumni Highlights

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From the Chemistry Alumni Newsletter (October 2011)

Chemistry Alumna Wins College of Education Outstanding Educator Alumni Award

When Sarah Toman earned her BS in Chemistry, Education and Mathematics in 2002 from GVSU, little did she know that in less than 10 years she would be conferred with the College of Education Outstanding Educator Alumni Award. After teaching high school for several years, Sarah eventually earned a master’s degree in instruction and curriculum with advanced content specialization in chemistry in 2010. Sarah, who currently teaches at Western Michigan Christian High School (WMCHS) in Muskegon, was a member of the first GVSU Chemistry Department Target Inquiry (TI) cohort. In 2009, Sarah was named the “Mole of the Year” by the National Mole Day Foundation. Through the TI program, Sarah has given numerous presentations on laboratory activities at regional and national meetings such as the national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). At its convocation ceremony in April 27, 2011, the College of Education honored Sarah with the Outstanding Educator Alumni Award. The award, which is selected from nominations submitted by alumni colleagues, peers, and former professors, recognizes the impact of contributions to the education community, as well as enhancements to school initiatives. Members of the COE Alumni Board make the final selection. Sarah is highly respected by her students and colleagues.

“Sarah is a rare exceptional teacher that both challenges and connects with the students”, said a faculty colleague at WMCHS. “Working with a teacher like Sarah makes those around her want to be better at what they do”, said Dena Chilson, Director of Instruction at WMCHS.


Read about alumni in these news items and Spotlights:

Alumni Awards 2011-12--CLAS Alumnus Make Us Proud

CLAS Alumnus to Direct Groundswell Project

Celebrating Alumni Art on Campus

Alumna Sends Postcard from the Peace Corps

Alumna Makes Good in Tinsel Town

History alumnus is making a difference in local school lunches

Alum Interviewed on The Daily Show about Punching Out

English Alum Gets His Own TV Show

MultiMedia III: Alumni Invitational Exhibition

Elaine Videan, '97


Mary Tejeda and the Bright Lights of NYC

Mary Epps, '05

Kevin Michael Schmitz, '06

Social Studies and Grand Valley are All in the Family

Luan Nguyen, Success Writ Large

Leslie Perales, '07

Derek Bailey, '95 & '98

Steve Foote, '82

Alumni Postcard

Megan Ward, '06

Kristine Crawford, '07

Alumna's Postcard from Africa

David Garvey, '92

John R. Beyrle, '75

Michael Judd, '99

Laurie Angell, '81


We'd love to feature your success story, too.  Just e-mail Dr Monica Johnstone, Dir. of Communication & Advancement for CLAS.


Quadrennial Report on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2004-2008
Pages Cover through 14     Pages 15-Back cover   (large files, PDF)

2009 Scholarly & Creative Achievements in CLAS

2010 Service in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

2011 Teaching & Learning in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Our home page is filled with stories of our students' and faculty's successes.  We have a new feature which includes one minute videos of some of our professors (more soon!).  And have a look at the books, DVDs and CDs by our College faculty that are available at the University Bookstore.

CLAS Alumni Board

The CLAS Alumni Board, which held its first meeting in September 2007, now has 19 members representing our college's diverse alumni. These successful and influential graduates of CLAS programs assist the dean to advance the college's mission and strategic goals. At annual meetings and through the work of subcommittees throughout the year, this board encourages ongoing relationships between alumni and the college, the growth of internship and co-op opportunities for students, advocacy with legislators and other influencial friends, and networks to improve career options for our graduates. The most recent meeting of the CLAS Alumni Board was October 8, 2011.


Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence

The CLAS Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence Program provides a venue for departments to invite outstanding alumni back to campus to share their post-graduation experiences with the GVSU community.  Through the program, our distinguished alumni have the opportunity to share their insights about what constitutes strong academic preparation for students.


Homecoming 2011 will be on Saturday, October 29!  This year our theme is GVSU, You Put A Spell on Me.  Come help us celebrate.  See Mindgating page.


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Page last modified July 10, 2013