College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Questions?  Contact CLAS Faculty Council Chair Stephen Matchett.

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Announcing the Annual Out-of-the-Box Events!



OOTB 2016

Out of the Box and Beyond the Margins—Connecting with the modern student

This year’s OOTB will be preceded by a “Book club” discussion.

Please join us for a conversation on the best ways to connect with and mentor disengaged, distressed or struggling students.

We have selected a book by Kristen Renn and Robert Reason, College Students in the United States: Characteristics, experiences and outcomes, 2012

College Students in the United States accounts for contemporary and anticipated student demographics and enrollment patterns, a wide variety of campus environments and a range of outcomes including learning, development, and achievement. Throughout the book, the differing experiences, needs, and outcome of students across the range of “traditional” (18-24 years old, full-time students) and non-traditional (for example, adult and returning learners, veterans, recent immigrants) are highlighted. The book is organized, for use as a stand-alone resource, around Alexander Astin’s Inputs-Environment-Outputs (I-E-O) framework.

The Dean’s office will purchase the books for the first 20 Faculty interested in participating in the Blackboard conversation.

To request a free copy of the book, click here for the email link. If this link does not work with your browser settings, email mclenitt@gvsu.edu with your name, department, and campus address.

Book discussion will take place on Blackboard between February 15 to March 6.


Faculty may participate in either or both the Blackboard and an OOTB panel discussion event.

The ideas generated during our Bb conversation will be used for the following OOTB discussions.  The OOTB panel discussions will address the challenges of "connecting with the modern student" and will feature these guests:

  • Aaron Haight (Dean of Students Office)
  • Eric Klingensmith (Counseling)
  • Kathleen Vanderveen (Inclusion and Equity/DSR)
  • Colleen Lindsay Bailey (Housing – Mapworks Data)
  • Takeelia Garrett (Housing and Ombuds)  


OOTB Discussions, both in KC 2259 (please select only one): 

  • Tuesday, March 22 noon-1:30PM  REGISTER
  • Wednesday, March 23 noon-1:30PM  REGISTER

Note: Clicking the registration link will bring up anonline form that asks for name, department, and if you have any dietary restrictions. If the link is not operating properly, please e-mail clas@gvsu.eduwith the same information.

OOTB outcome: Creation of Tool kit to help faculty member connect with the “modern student”.



Come join us for great conversation, new ideas, and good food!

We encourage faculty from all CLAS disciplines to participate. We expect innovative, creative thinking to emerge as faculty with diverse perspectives develop “out-of-the-box” solutions to common issues related to resources and opportunities.


For individuals with dietary restrictions,  accommodations will be made. 

How many faculty can participate at each event?  30ish

Should I attend multiple times?  Please attend only one session.

 Menu (funded by the CLAS Deans Office):

to be posted closer to the event

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