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Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 1-10-12


  1. Niemeyer Awards Nomination deadline is Feb. 3
  2. Seeking a planning team for Liberal Arts Alumni Panel
  3. AP Awards Nominations- due March 2, 2012
  4. Celebrating Women Awards 2012
  5. Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition - volunteers still needed
  6. Angela Davis Writing Project

For Unit Heads

       7.  CLAS Important Dates


  1. Niemeyer Awards Nomination deadline is Feb. 3 

The Niemeyer awards nominations are due to our office ( by Feb. 3rd. You can find the nomination on the provost website

2. Seeking a planning team for Liberal Arts Alumni Panel - Megan Riksen

Dear CLAS Faculty:

I am seeking to put together a planning team for the second Liberal Arts Alumni Panel which will be held on March 21 from 5:30-7:30pm in the Kirkhof Center.  This panel will include 4-5 GVSU CLAS alumni who will share their career stories with current students.


Participation in the planning team will require the following:

Attending a meeting on January 27 from 11am-12pm in the Student Services Building Room 203 to discuss the event and brainstorm ways to build on the successes of the initial event.


Recommending alumni to invite to participate in the panel (recommendations can be brought to the meeting on the 27th or provided afterwards).

                                Assisting in the promotion of the event to students.

Attending (not required) the event on March 21 from 5:30-7:30pm in Room 2215-16 Kirkhof.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Megan Riksen in Career Services  331-3311.

Thank you,
Megan Riksen Assistant Director, Career Services


3. AP Awards Nominations- due March 2, 2012


To nominate, please visit us at

Nomination process open through March 2, 2012.


4. Celebrating Women Awards 2012- due February 15, 2012

All faculty should have received a flyer from the Women's Commission about awards with a due date of February 15.  Please give serious consideration to nominating your worthy colleagues.  Information on the awards can be accessed on the Women's Commission website. 


5. Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition - volunteers still needed

Three volunteers are still needed to interview at the January 14 Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition. 


6. Angela Davis Writing Project 
This is an invitation to join the Angela Davis Writing Project at Grand Valley State University.


This past semester, a group of seven or eight of us from different parts of the university met five times and read seven writing projects. We enjoyed intense and productive conversations with each author about their work. Members of the group consistently welcomed high levels of constructive commentary on their writing projects, which included book chapters, scholarly articles, and creative works. We are open to many other kinds of projects as well.


A main practical objective of this project is to read and discuss current projects under way by project members that in some aspect fulfill the imperatives described below. The project members should meet regularly to discuss current work, to provide one another with insights, and challenge one another to complete, present, and publish scholarly projects.


The project is named for well-known activist and scholar, Angela Davis, whose work, life, and commitments represent the intersections of radical, working-class, black, feminist, internationalist, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and questioning (lgbtqiq) politics, identities and communities, and agendas for individual and collective liberation and equality.


The aim of the ADWP is to provide a productive space for scholars who share this global and local vision to engage in the praxis of writing, teaching, and activism.


An ultimate aim will be to build, to connect, and to form alliances, in order to challenge political, ideological, and disciplinarian boundaries (including our own) in the process of being and becoming educators, learners, and human beings.


We share Angela Davis' own stated outlook: the dialectical unity and contradictions of utopia, reality as it is (or was) and the work of making change, with a special focus on words, cultures, ideas, ideologies, and the industry of scholarship.

Please contact us to express your interest.



Tracy Flemming                                       Joel Wendland

African/African American Studies         Liberal Studies Department

Brooks College                                         Brooks College




7. CLAS Important Dates

Important Dates Event Location
Jan. 11 Unit Head Meeting - CANCELLED  
Jan. 14 Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition 
Jan. 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events   Jan. 17 Digital Measures Training HRY 111, 3:00-4:00 Jan. 18 CLAS Unit Head Mediation Training* 2266 KC, 3:00-5:00
Jan. 19 CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium
Theme: climate change 308 PAD, 2:30-5:00

Jan. 21 Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition  
Jan. 25 Unit Head Meeting 2266 KC, 3:00-5:00

Jan. 27 Student Summer Scholars Applications due  

Jan. 30 Student Scholars Day Application Opens  

Feb. 2 Faculty Awards Convocation Loosemore Auditorium, 4:00 p.m.

Feb. 3 Niemeyer Award nominations due 
Feb. 4 Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition 
Feb. 8 Unit Head Meeting 2263 KC, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Feb. 11 Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition  
Feb. 15 Facilities Request Due  

Feb. 15 Celebrating Women Awards 2012
Feb. 16 CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium 308 PAD, 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Feb. 16 Materials for W12 Contract Renewal due to CPC  

Feb. 17 Student Scholars Day Registration Closes  

Feb. 20 Banner Opens for Mid-term Grading  

Feb. 22 Unit Head Meeting 2263 KC, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Feb. 23 Materials for W12 tenure/promotion due to CPC  

Feb. 28 Banner closes at noon for mid-term grades  

Mar. 2 AP Award Nomination packets are due  


*Reminder for those unit heads signed up for this training.