Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 11-13-12

For Faculty

1. Final Exam Schedule Compliance

2. Confidentiality of Student Work


3. Student Summer Scholars Program (S3)

4. Call for Submissions: AUTHOR RECOGNITION

5. WK Kellogg Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship

6. Send in your 2013 upcoming events

7. Stewardship

8. Michigan Academy - Call for Papers

9. GVSU Family Health Center Open House



For Unit Heads

10. CLAS Important Dates


For Faculty

1. Final Exam Schedule Compliance

As the semester draws to a close here's a reminder about the policy for final exams.  University policy states that all classes must meet for a culminating experience during final exam week, on the appropriate scheduled exam day and time. In the event that the course structure involves a take home final or is an online course, the due date for submission of this exam should be the scheduled exam day and time. Both the Provost and the Dean expect compliance with this policy. There are no exceptions to this university policy. 


2. Confidentiality of Student Work

A reminder to safeguard student work is also appropriate. While it seems efficient to place graded student work in the halls, this practice breaches confidentiality procedures. Please remind colleagues that all student work should be returned in a manner that ensures confidentiality and reduces the likelihood of student theft of the graded work of other students.


3.  Student Summer Scholars Program (S3)

Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) has now opened the online application for our Student Summer Scholars program (S3). The program provides funds for a student and faculty mentor to devote twelve weeks to a research and/or creative project during the 2013 spring/summer semester. 


The Undergraduate Research Council and OURS will be providing two information sessions for faculty and student interested in S3. The workshops will provide information about S3, the application process and tips on creating successful proposals. This opportunity is open to faculty and students interested in applying or learning more about the program. 


The information sessions will take place on the following:

·         Wednesday, November 28, 4 pm in 502C DeVos at the Pew Campus

·         Tuesday, December 4, 8:30 am in2201 Kirkhof Center at the Allendale Campus

If you have any questions regarding S3 or the S3 workshops, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship at 616-331-8100 or at


~Susan Mendoza, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship


4. Call For Submissions: AUTHOR RECOGNITION (attachment)

The dean of the Grand Valley State University Libraries cordially invites you to submit your 2012 published works for recognition and honor. If you have not been notified by the library that we have your publication information, please contact us so we may recognize your work. Publication examples may include a book, a chapter, an article, proceeding papers, visual media, short stories, or other published work. A printed bibliography citing your accomplishments, and those of other Grand Valley authors, will be created in conjunction with this event.


To have your work included, please email your submission to by Friday, January 11, 2013.






4:30-6:00 p.m.


5. WK Kellogg Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship--Upcoming Deadline

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship Program seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields-science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-into teaching mathematics or science in high-need Michigan secondary schools.

Please encourage your best and brightest to consider this opportunity. If you would be interested in having either Dr. Caryn King, Project Director or Dr. Barb LaBeau, Project Assistant Director, present to any of your classes including capstone courses, please email


Purpose:  To increase the quantity and strengthen the quality of Michigan math, science, and technology teachers, the WKKF-WW Michigan Teaching Fellowship offers recent graduates and career changers with at least a 3.0 GPA in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) a stipend of $30,000 to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master's degree program, in exchange for a commitment to teach for a minimum of three years in high-need secondary urban or rural schools. The program provides Fellows with this stipend to support their preparation for teaching, including in-depth clinical experience in one of six selected Michigan teacher education programs. Once their preparation is complete and Fellows obtain teaching certification, they will be part of a cohort teaching in high-need schools. The schools, along with university partners, will provide mentoring and support throughout the three-year Fellowship period.


The Fellowship includes a $30,000 stipend, admission to a master's degree program at one of six participating Michigan universities (GVSU, EMU, WMU, MSU, WSU, and U of M), -preparation in a high-need urban or rural secondary school, support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment, guidance toward teaching certification, and lifelong membership in a national network of Woodrow Wilson Fellows who are intellectual leaders


Eligibility: The Fellowship is open to college seniors, graduates, and career changers who:

-demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals;
-have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency; -have attained, or expect to attain by June 30, 2013, a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university; -have majored in and/or have a strong professional background in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math); -have achieved a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale (negotiable for applicants from institutions that do not employ a 4.0 GPA scale)


All application submissions must be complete by January 21, 2013.

To learn more, visit  or contact Dr. Caryn King at


6. Send in your 2013 upcoming events

I checked the CLAS Events Calendar for early 2013 events and found there were none!  Please put me in the loop for all the wonderful events (that are open to others in CLAS) so that I can help you publicize them.  Thanks! 


7. Stewardship

Due to some recent concerns from donors, this is a reminder that when you are referring to a named space, please remember to include the full, proper name on any printed material, website, social media, etc.

It is very easy to begin shortening some of the names-for example, using "Loosemore Auditorium" rather than the correct name, "Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium"-but we have to remember to be good stewards of these tremendous gifts.

If your staff have a question regarding the proper name to be used, please have them contact Danielle DeWitt at 1-5703 or Thank you.

~Karen Loth, Vice President for University Development


8. Michigan Academy - Call for Papers and Conference Information

Please see information on the Michigan Academy  conference on March 22, 2013 at Hope College, Holland, Michigan.  You can access link at website.

Thank you,

~Daren Gross, Director, Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters


9. GVSU Family Health Center Open House (attachment) 

The GVSU Family Health Center is hosting an open house this Friday afternoon in recognition of Nurse Practitioner Week.  The center recently went through a transformation in order to better serve patients with primary and specialty health care services.  They are excited to reintroduce the facility to GVSU students and faculty and individuals and families throughout our communities.  A special visit from Senator Jansen at 1:00 p.m. will kick off the event. 

A link to the GVSU Family Health Center web page is included for additional information.

Thanks so much,

~Kelley Monterusso, Assistant to the Dean, Kirkhof College of Nursing


For Unit Heads

10. CLAS Important Dates 


Important Dates Event Location
Nov. 16 CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium 2:30-5:00pm; 308 PAD
Nov. 19 CLAS Teaching Roundtables 2012 11:00am-12:30pm; Pere Marquette Room (2204 KC) Registration required
Nov. 19 Draft Contracts to Unit Heads  

Nov. 20 Draft Contracts from Unit Heads 5:00pm

Nov. 21 No classes; Offices Open  

Nov. 22-25 Thanksgiving Recess  

Nov. 28 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC

Dec. 1 Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition 
Dec. 3 Round two schedule to UH (tentative); due back to Dean's Office January 11 (tentative)  

Dec. 6 GVSU Service Award Holiday Party 3:00-5:00pm

Dec. 8 Commencement Van Andel Arena
Dec. 10-15 Final Exam Week  

Dec. 10 Banner opens for final grading  

Dec. 12 CLAS Holiday Open House 11:30am-2:00pm; Pere Marquette Room (2204 KC)
Dec. 12 Cook Carillon Tower Holiday Open House 1:30pm-3:00pm; Carillon Tower Plaza (Allendale)

Dec. 12 Dueling GVSU Trombones and Tubas 1:00-1:30pm, KC Balcony

Dec. 12 Unit Head Meeting 2263 KC

Dec. 18 Grades are due from faculty before noon  

Dec. 21 Office Closed at 5pm until January 2nd  

Jan. 2 Offices Open   Jan. 7 Classes Begin  



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