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

Wednesday, August

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 (by invitation only)

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 Tenure Track Faculty RSVP  here

Unit heads and new faculty mentors RSVP  here

Menu for the CLAS New Faculty Social and biographical sketches are posted on the event page.

New faculty bio sketches  

Thursday, August 18

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

2016 Grand Valley State University Faculty and Staff Picnic  (always check your invitation for confirmation of details)

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Allendale Campus

Mingle with colleagues and friends to launch a robust new year and celebrate the Laker Effect — the collective impact of our Grand Valley community on students, our state, and beyond.

Casual Attire

Parking Available in Any Faculty/Staff Lot

RSVP to before August 17th.  For more information, please contact Jill Craig of the Office of the President at or (616) 331-2183.


Wednesday, August 24

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 or email  

Register on

Thursday, August 25

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting

Date:  Thursday, August 27, 2015

Time:  9:30 CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting


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 

  • Grilled Chicken Breast (Made without Gluten)  
  • Malibu Burgers (Vegan)
  • Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickles and Cheese Platters
  • Ketchup, Mustard and Mayo
  • Fresh Bakery Buns (GF upon request) 
  • Fresh Fruit Salad (Vegan, Made without Gluten) 
  • Red Skinned Potato Salad 
  • Ice Cream Novelties (some vegan and some made without gluten)
  • Assorted Soda and Bottled Water



Friday, August 26

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.)