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Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 11-3-11

For Faculty

  1. CLAS Deans Brown Bag Lunch Conversations
  2. Student Veterans Writing Workshop
  3. Subcommittee needed following campus climate study results

For Unit Heads

  1. 29th Academic Chairpersons conference: February 9-10, 2012
  1. CLAS Important Dates

1. CLAS Deans Brown Bag Lunch Conversations

As promised, the CLAS Deans will be available for two brown bag lunch conversations this semester-open agenda, everyone welcome and we'll provide drinks and cookies.  Only have a few minutes? -come for 20 minutes and a cookie, or brown bag with us the whole time. Here are the details:

  • Thursday, Nov. 10 11:30-1:00 in B-2-226 MAK*
  • Thursday, Dec. 8, 12:00-1:30 in 271 LSH


*Associate Dean Mary Schutten is not able to attend on this occasion


2. Student Veterans Writing Workshop

With support from FTLC and Student Services, a Student Veterans Writing Workshop is being formed this semester. Faculty are encouraged to announce this information in their classes and advisees (a flyer will follow soon).
Joel Wendland (Liberal Studies Department) and Patrick Johnson (GVSU Writing Center) will lead sessions of the workshop designed to assist student veterans with class assignments, professional writing, cover letters, personal statements and more. Workshop sessions will be scheduled for mid-November through early December. Please let us know days (or evenings) and times that best fit your schedule and/or will be most helpful for completing assignments or other writing projects. Student veterans interested joining the workshop should be in touch with Joel Wendland (331-8192).


--Joel Wendland, Ph.D.
Liberal Studies Department

3. Subcommittee needed following campus climate study results 

Posted on October 26, 2011

The Division of Inclusion and Equity is seeking volunteers to serve on a subcommittee that will delve into data from the myGVSU Survey.
Jeanne Arnold, vice president for Inclusion and Equity, said the "Next Steps" committee would study the quantitative and qualitative data from the climate survey and help develop an action plan. Students, faculty and staff members who are interested in serving on the subcommittee to the Inclusion and Equity Advisory Board should submit their contact information to Jessie Holland by October 28.
  The committee will likely begin meeting in November.


4. 29th Academic Chairpersons Conference: February 9-10, 2012 

This annual forum brings together academic chairperson, administrators, and faculty from all areas of higher education to celebrate their successes, share best practices and innovative strategies, and collaborate with a network of campus leaders.  Visit

If interested contact Gary Stark for further details.

5. CLAS Important Dates 


Important Dates Event Location
Nov. 8 CLAS Out of the Box Registration required 1:00-3:00 p.m., 2270 KC
Nov. 9 Unit Head Meeting 3:00-5:00 p.m., 2215-2216 KC Nov. 10 CLAS Deans Brown Bag Luncheon 11:30-1:00, B-2-226 MAK

Nov. 14 Staffing Plans from UH  

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 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   D

ec. 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