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Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 11-15-11

For Faculty

  1. CLAS Teaching Roundtables, Nov. 21: Invitation and reminder
  2. RELAY FOR LIFE ~ Making Cancer History
  3. Digital Measures

For Unit Heads

  1. Unit Head meeting dates for Winter 2012 (attachment)
  2. Grad students wanted for Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship [IGERT]
  3. Workshop for staff: Working Effectively with Faculty by Susan Christy on Dec. 7, 2011
  4. CLAS Important Dates
  1. CLAS Teaching Roundtables, November 21: Invitation and reminder

We look forward to seeing you at the Second CLAS Teaching Roundtables on Monday, November 21, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in 2204 KC (Pere Marquette Room). Join us for roundtable sessions with faculty who have been nominated for, or received, teaching awards and recognition. Participants at each table will have lunch as a group, listen to a presentation, and participate in a discussion of teaching ideas and innovations. Please sign up for your preferred table/discussion by Tuesday, November 15th, so that we can complete reservations for our special Thanksgiving lunch. New faculty, experienced faculty, teaching award winners, adjuncts, affiliates, visitors, and administrators - all are welcome to join the conversation.



  1. RELAY FOR LIFE ~ Making Cancer History

GVSU annual Relay for Life is looking for YOU! A team for the Faculty & Staff has been created. Now, it is your turn to take the four easy steps to become a part of the team and to help fight back against cancer. The American Cancer Society provides programs for cancer patients and families, as well as those who are in remission. However, they cannot keep these programs running without your help. Follow these steps to sign up:
  Go to
On the right hand sign, click "Sign Up" Click on Join a Team and Search for GVSU Faculty & Staff  Fill in the information to join ($10 sign-up fee that is put towards your teams fundraising)   Relay for Life takes place on April 13th-14th from 6pm-6am in the Fieldhouse. As the semester progresses, your team captains will provide you with more information. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Andrea Rietveld at We look forward to having you a part of our team!




This year CLAS is asking that all 2011 Faculty Activity Reports and 2012 Workload Plan forms be created using Digital Measures. For those who need a refresher on this program, or are not yet familiar with it, I will be holding 2 more training workshops:  

  • Wednesday, December. 7, 9:00-10:00am; and
  • Tuesday, January 17, 3:00-4:00 pm.

All will be in HRY 111.

It is not necessary to register in advance for these workshops, but I would suggest that before the workshop you log into Digital Measures ( You can also go to the CLAS webpage and at the "Digital Measures" button on the left menu, click on "Log In To Digital Measures". To log in, use your standard username (e.g. " starkg" for me) and your standard network password. If, for some reason, you do not have a DM account, let me know and I will set one up for you. Once you are logged in, I'd suggest you "Watch the video". On the CLAS web page we have also posted a document "Digital Measures Information and Instructions" that provides more information.



4. Unit Head Meeting dates for Winter 2012 (attachment)


5. Grad students wanted for Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship [IGERT] (attachment)

This is a graduate student opportunity that you may be interested in. I expect that BMS, CMB, and BIO will have the most direct connection with the genetic aspects but it looks like they are at least open to students who have majored in humanities, math, or social sciences because of the human health and sustainable development components of genetic modification.


6. Workshop for staff: Working Effectively with Faculty by Susan Christy on Dec. 7, 2011(attachment)

With Human Resources, the Pew FTLC is co-sponsoring a workshop, "Working Effectively with Faculty" with the author of a rather interesting new book by the same title. I saw Susan Christy present at the University of Michigan a few months ago and she led a valuable seminar, particularly for staff new to working with faculty in academic settings. Please encourage unit heads to consider sending their staff to this event. Seating is limited; we can investigate ways to broaden the conversation if interest exceeds capacity.


~Christine Rener

7. CLAS Important Dates


Important Dates Event Location
Nov. 18 CLAS Research Colloquium 2:30-5:00pm. 308 PAD
Nov. 18 CLAS Out of the Box Registration required 10:00-12:00 p.m., 2266 KC
Nov. 21 Draft Contracts to UH  

Nov. 21 CLAS Teaching Roundtables Registration required 11:00-12:30, Grand River Room, KC
Nov. 23 Draft Contracts from UH  

Nov. 23 Offices Open   Nov. 24-25 Thanksgiving Day Recess  

Nov. 30 Unit Head Meeting 3:00-5:00 p.m., 2263 KC
Nov. 30 CLAS Out of the Box Registration required 9:00-11:00 a.m., 2270 KC
Dec. 1 GVSU Service Awards and Holiday Party 3:00, Grand River Room, KC

Dec. 5 Round two schedule to UH (tentative)  

Dec. 7 Digital Measures Training Workshop 9:00-10:00, 111 HRY

Dec. 7 CLAS Holiday Open House 11:30-1:15, 2204 KC (Pere Marquette Room)

Dec. 7 Carillon Holiday Open House 1:30-3:00, Carillon Tower Plaza (Allendale)

Dec. 7 Dueling GVSU Trombones and Tubas 1:00-1:30, KC Balcony

Dec. 8 CLAS Deans Brown Bag Luncheon 12:00-1:30, 271 LSH

Dec. 10 Commencement 10:00-12:00, Van Andel Arena
Dec. 12-16 Final Exam Week   Dec. 12 Banner opens for final grading  

Dec. 14 Unit Head Meeting 3:00-5:00, 2215/2216 KC

Dec. 20 Final Grades due from faculty at noon  
Dec. 23 Offices closed for until January 3, 2012  


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