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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

 

March 2011
Volume 4, Issue8

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FROM THE DEAN'S DESK
Frederick J. Antczak, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

     

Perhaps because it is the month that teases us with the idea of Spring, March is described by poets in terms of frustration and expectation.  As the month containing the vernal equinox, we come to expect a return to balance of night and day, lions and lambs.  Emily Dickinson wrote, “The Persons of Prognostication/ Are coming now.”  All those folks who said "spring will come"? They might not have been wrong.

 

The recent state budget news, while certainly unlikely to engender buoyant fiscal optimism, is much like the scenario for which Grand Valley planned.  No tenure track faculty member's job is at all at risk; no searches will be closed.  We will successfully complete those searches and bring in new and needed colleagues.  We will focus on teaching by sharing our best practices with one another and continuing our traditions of what are now called "high impact experiences" for our students.  We will make the most of the facilities that are coming our way in the next couple years and as Tom Haas tells us, do the best we can with what we have—which has always been the way of things here.  We will continue to support your growing efforts to secure research funding through grants, collaborations, and paperwork for the occasional gift-in-kind (such as the books donated to Classics last year and the recent gift of a mass spectrometer).  We will continue to encourage you to be recognized in the Forum, in the Library’s Author Recognition program (the reception is on March 17), in radio and tv interviews, in our college publications, and on the website because your raised profile helps Grand Valley to be known for its scholarly and creative contributions as well as raising the visibility of the degree for our students.

 

And there is good news.  In just the last month, the GVSU Student Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society received word that the Michigan Chapter has selected them  to receive the Chapter Education Award;  WZZM covered  the Playwright Project involving student Emma Carlton's work with teenagers who are oral deaf; Jim Schaub’s  film Up From the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream  won "Best Film" at the Astoria International Film Festival in Oregon; Alison Reddick was named a Student Senator for the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Society; and Chris Petersmark just won the 2011 Grand Rapids Youth Symphony Piano Concerto Competition.  And a little bird tells me that we’ll want to attend the Celebrating Women Award Ceremony on March 3 to cheer on some colleagues.

 

This month, Laurel Westbrook of Sociology will lead a seminar on Queer Theory for faculty and staff on March 22, and an alumni panel will speak to students about careers in the liberal arts on March 23.  These are both new initiatives that CLAS is working on with Allies & Advocates and Career Services respectively.  Also notable is the third installment of a collective reading convened by Corey Anton in honor of Marshall McLuhan’s centenary (March 25, see the CLAS Happenings poster for details).  And the last CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium of the academic year falls on March 17.

 

Advising time is coming; I’d like to thank everyone who is keeping a keen eye out for the changes the university has made that may affect your advising.  As you know from reminders about this information that you receive from the Unit Head Mailing, this newsletter, on the CLAS Academic Advising Center website, and directly from your chair after the twice monthly Unit Head meetings, quite a bit is going on. So at the risk of redundancy: SS 300 will be dropped from the curriculum effective Fall 2011.   WRT 305 will no longer be required in the General Education program for those graduating in Fall 2011 or thereafter. The General Education Committee is proposing several revisions to the General Education Program about which they have been running fora (the last is March 2). 

 

CLAS would like to remind you about the availability of an important university report—the Accountability Dashboard.  This nine-page document will help you to see where GVSU stands on several different measures.  It might be interesting to check out the state of Michigan's new dashboard too, at http://www.michigan.gov/midashboard.

As we approach Spring Break and then hurtle into the accelerating maelstrom of the rest of the term, it's good to know that the university's on solid ground, put there by what we do best: let's continue to educate our students to shape their lives, their professions and their societies.

Perhaps because it is the month that teases us with the idea of Spring, March is described by poets in terms of frustration and expectation.  As the month containing the vernal equinox, we come to expect a return to balance of night and day, lions and lambs.  Emily Dickinson wrote, “The Persons of Prognostication/ Are coming now.”  All those folks who said "spring will come"? They might not have been wrong.

 

The recent state budget news, while certainly unlikely to engender buoyant fiscal optimism, is much like the scenario for which Grand Valley planned.  No tenure track faculty member's job is at all at risk; no searches will be closed.  We will successfully complete those searches and bring in new and needed colleagues.  We will focus on teaching by sharing our best practices with one another and continuing our traditions of what are now called "high impact experiences" for our students.  We will make the most of the facilities that are coming our way in the next couple years and as Tom Haas tells us, do the best we can with what we have—which has always been the way of things here.  We will continue to support your growing efforts to secure research funding through grants, collaborations, and paperwork for the occasional gift-in-kind (such as the books donated to Classics last year and the recent gift of a mass spectrometer).  We will continue to encourage you to be recognized in the Forum, in the Library’s Author Recognition program (the reception is on March 17), in radio and tv interviews, in our college publications, and on the website because your raised profile helps Grand Valley to be known for its scholarly and creative contributions as well as raising the visibility of the degree for our students.

 

And there is good news.  In just the last month, the GVSU Student Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society received word that the Michigan Chapter has selected them  to receive the Chapter Education Award;  WZZM covered  the Playwright Project involving student Emma Carlton's work with teenagers who are oral deaf; Jim Schaub’s  film Up From the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream  won "Best Film" at the Astoria International Film Festival in Oregon; Alison Reddick was named a Student Senator for the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Society; and Chris Petersmark just won the 2011 Grand Rapids Youth Symphony Piano Concerto Competition.  And a little bird tells me that we’ll want to attend the Celebrating Women Award Ceremony on March 3 to cheer on some colleagues.

 

This month, Laurel Westbrook of Sociology will lead a seminar on Queer Theory for faculty and staff on March 22, and an alumni panel will speak to students about careers in the liberal arts on March 23.  These are both new initiatives that CLAS is working on with Allies & Advocates and Career Services respectively.  Also notable is the third installment of a collective reading convened by Corey Anton in honor of Marshall McLuhan’s centenary (March 25, see the CLAS Happenings poster for details).  And the last CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium of the academic year falls on March 17.

 

Advising time is coming; I’d like to thank everyone who is keeping a keen eye out for the changes the university has made that may affect your advising.  As you know from reminders about this information that you receive from the Unit Head Mailing, this newsletter, on the CLAS Academic Advising Center website, and directly from your chair after the twice monthly Unit Head meetings, quite a bit is going on. So at the risk of redundancy: SS 300 will be dropped from the curriculum effective Fall 2011.   WRT 305 will no longer be required in the General Education program for those graduating in Fall 2011 or thereafter. The General Education Committee is proposing several revisions to the General Education Program about which they have been running fora (the last is March 2). 

 

CLAS would like to remind you about the availability of an important university report—the Accountability Dashboard.  This nine-page document will help you to see where GVSU stands on several different measures.  It might be interesting to check out the state of Michigan's new dashboard too, at http://www.michigan.gov/midashboard.

As we approach Spring Break and then hurtle into the accelerating maelstrom of the rest of the term, it's good to know that the university's on solid ground, put there by what we do best: let's continue to educate our students to shape their lives, their professions and their societies.

 

 

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