College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Summary of Scheduled Events for New Tenure Track Faculty During the “Startup Weeks” 2016


Wednesday, August TBD

Academic and Student Affairs Division Orientation for New Faculty  (Day 1 of 2-Day Provost-Sponsored Orientation)

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Kirkhof Center and Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons

Allendale Campus

Details regarding this 2-day event are mailed by the Provost Office.


CLAS New Faculty Social

Date:  Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Time:  6:00 p.m.   Beverage Reception

6:30 p.m.   Dinner

Location:  GVSU Alumni House and Visitor Center


New Faculty RSVP here

Unit heads and new faculty mentors RSVP here

Menu for the CLAS New Faculty Social: *(posted closer to the event)




Biographical sketches of our new colleagues coming soon


Thursday, August 18 TBC

Academic and Student Affairs Division Orientation for New Faculty  (Day 2 of 2-Day Provost-Sponsored Orientation)

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Richard M. DeVos Center

Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Details regarding this 2-day event are mailed by the Provost Office.


Tuesday, August 23 TBC

2016 Grand Valley State University Faculty and Staff Picnic

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

L. William Seidman Center

Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Usher in the fall semester, as we enjoy a taste of Italy - food, drinks, and music al fresco - with colleagues and friends. Buon Appetito!

Casual Attire

Parking Available in Watson Lot

RSVP to presidentrsvp@gvsu.edu before August 18th.  For more information, please contact Jill Craig of the Office of the President at craigji@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-2183.


Wednesday, August 24 TBC

The 22nd Annual Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning

Sponsored by the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center


8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Eberhard Conference Center

Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Guest are encouraged to park in the Conference Guest Parking Lot on Fulton Street, underneath the U.S. 131 overpass.

For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/ftlc or email ftlc@gvsu.edu.  


Thursday, August 25

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting

Date:  Thursday, August 27, 2015

Time:  9:30 a.m. Coffee and Conversation

10:00 CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting (live links closer to the event)

New Faculty Biographies
New Visiting, Affiliate, Staff and Retirees
Personnel Decisions 
CLAS Faculty and Staff Awards

CLAS Faculty on CLAS and University Committees

Location:  Louis Armstrong Theatre (Performing Arts Center)

Followed by “Follow the Dean to Lunch” (Located East of Kirkhof Center Near Zumberge Pond)


Lunch Menu (posted closer to the event)



Friday, August 26 TBC

Opening Address by President Thomas Haas

10:00 a.m.   Louis Armstrong Theatre

GVSU Opening Convocation

11:30 a.m.   Fieldhouse Arena

(Robing begins 20 minutes prior to the ceremony in the Fieldhouse Dance Studio.)

All-Campus Picnic Lunch

12:30 p.m.   Parking Lot C

CLAS faculty and staff are especially encouraged to attend.




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