College of Liberal Arts and Sciences




Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 4-16-13

For Faculty

  1. G3: Grandparents, Grandkids, Grand Valley Camp

For Unit Heads

  1. Summer away message
  2. Syllabus of Record ‘Fast Track’ Process – UCC
  3. CLAS Important Dates


1. G3: Grandparents, Grandkids, Grand Valley Camp

G3: Grandparents, Grandkids, Grand Valley Camp Registration deadline is soon approaching!  If you are looking for an exciting summer camp that gives you and your grandchild (or your parents and your kids) a university experience, this is the camp for you!

The registration deadline for this summer’s camp is April 30th.  The three day camp will take place June 25th – June 27th and includes: 

  • Seven G3 classes and class materials;
  • Two night’s accommodations in a GVSU living center;
  • Special evening programs and activities designed for all ages;
  • Seven meals in campus dining halls or special event venues;
  • T-shirts for both Grandparent and grandchild.

Go online for more information and the opportunity to register at

Also, you may email


2. Summer away message

Unit heads should remind faculty, if they’re going away for part or all of the summer, they should put messages to that effect on phone and email, and refer the student to the department.


3. Syllabus of Record ‘Fast Track’ Process- UCC

After consulting with the chairs of the college curriculum committees UCC is adopting a “fast-track” procedure for the expedited review of SORs. This fast-track process is used if a unit verifies with Records that no SOR exists, or if the unit determines that the existing SOR does not match current practice in the course. The fast-track process cannot be used to change any aspect of an existing course (description, credits, prereqs, etc.).

The process is outlined on the UCC website (as is the outline for a Syllabus of Record). This link is to the memo outlining the process.

Judith Corr is currently the chair of CLAS CC, beginning in May, Carolyn Shapiro-Shapin will serve as chair for the summer months. Regina Smith will serve as chair for 2013-14 beginning in mid to late August.




4. CLAS Important Dates


Important Dates



Apr. 17

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC; 3:00-5:00pm

Apr. 22

Banner Opens for Final Grading


April 22

Preliminary Spring Enrollment Check


Apr. 22-26

Final Exam Week

Final exam schedule

Apr. 27


3:00pm; Commencement

April 29

Final Spring Enrollment Check


Apr. 30

Final Grades due before noon


May 1

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC; 3:00-5:00pm

May 1

Search/Position Requests for 2013-14 due


May 2

Traverse City Commencement


Traverse City Commencement

May 6

Classes begin 1st 6 weeks and 12 weeks


May 27

Memorial Day Recess – office closed


June 17

Classes End 1st 6 weeks


June 18-19

Final Exams


June 24

Grades due 1st 6 week classes before noon

Banner and Blackboard close at this time


June 24

Classes begin 2nd 6 weeks


July 4

Independence Day Recess – offices closed



Classes end 2nd 6 weeks and 12 weeks


Aug. 5-6

Final Exams


Aug. 12

Grades due 2nd 6 weeks and 12 weeks before noon

Banner and Blackboard close at this time


Aug. 14 & 15

New Faculty Orientation


Aug. 20

Unit Head Retreat


Aug. 21

FTLC Conference


Aug. 22

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting


Aug. 23



Aug. 26

Fall 2013 Classes Begin




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