And while you are prepping your classes, we invite you to participate in the Fall Breather you heard proposed last year ( http://www.gvsu.edu/clas/unit-head-and-faculty-weekly-mailing-11-12-13-490.htm and http://www.gvsu.edu/clas/clas-acts-december-2013-493.htm).
As Dean Antczak explains, "I invite faculty, as they are laying out their fall 2016 syllabi, to plan to give no reading, no assignments, no homework for the weekend before the drop deadline (Oct. 28), that is October 22 and 23, 2016. I am not suggesting that you take any time away from class, nor even that you decrease by an iota the amount of work in the fall course. I'm simply asking you to redistribute it, so that for that weekend across as many courses as possible, there's no assigned work. I'm asking for a specific weekend because distributing it on different weekends would dilute its effect."