College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 4-24-12

For Faculty

1. Advising Updates

2. Last Date of Academic Activity Follow-up:

For Unit Heads

3 Your Units’ Best Photos From 2008-2012

4. CLAS Important Dates


For Faculty

1. Advising Updates: Mary Schutten

The Registrar’s Office recommends that students apply for their graduation audit one semester prior to the expected graduation. This is intended to provide some opportunity for the student to address unknown issues that may arise from the audit.

Here is a helpful link for advising designed by two students in WRT 200 on the use of MyPath that you may want to share with your advisees.


2. Last Date of Academic Activity Follow-up: Jerry Montag, Registrar

To all faculty -

I have received a few questions this week regarding the Last Date of Academic Activity (LDAA) and I want to share this response with you. Beginning with the current (Winter 2012) semester, you are required to enter a Last Date of Academic Activity for students receiving F or NC that corresponds to one of the following three categories:

  1. The student never attended your class
  2. The student attended all semester but did not satisfactorily earn a passing grade 
  3. The student stopped attending your class at some time during the semester

You received an email listing that gives the dates to enter for students receiving F or NC grades who fall into categories 1 and 2 for each of your sections.

In reference to category 3, if the student stopped attending at some other point during the semester and will receive an F or NC grade, you will be required to determine the last date of academic activity and enter that date.

Examples of Academic Activity:

  • Physically attending a class
  • Submitting an academic assignment either in class or on Blackboard
  • Taking a quiz or an exam
  • Attending a study group that is assigned by the institution
  • Participating in an online discussion about academic matters

Note: Academic Activity does NOT include academic advising or logging into an online course without active participation.

If you have any additional questions, please contact me as soon as possible. I may be reached at or 331-3801.


For Unit Heads

3. Your Units’ Best Photos From 2008-2012

Have a great shot that tells the story of what your unit is all about?  Not those stiff group shots—instead, your discipline in action.  Weed out the ones with Sparty T-shirts on the participants or low res phone-cam shots.  We want some really great ones to include in the CLAS Quadrennial Report.  No later than May 25.  Thanks!


4. CLAS Important Dates


Important Dates



Fall 2012 book orders are now overdue
and please place all outstanding orders ASAP in order to help keep costs down. Thank you!

April 23 - 28

Final Exam Week


April 28



April 30

New faculty position requests due

Courtney Sherwood

May 1

Final Grades in Banner due before noon

Banner and Blackboard close at this time


May 2

Unit Head Meeting

2263 KC, 3:00-5:00

May 3

Traverse City Commencement


May 7

Classes begin 1st 6 weeks and 12 weeks


May 11

Names of representatives for CLAS Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence

May 28

Memorial Day Recess – offices closed


June 18

Classes End 1st 6 weeks


June 19-20

Final Exams


June 20

CLAS on the Green Golf Outing


June 25

Grades due 1st 6 week classes before noon

Banner and Blackboard close at this time


June 25

Classes Begin 2nd 6 weeks


July 4

Independence Day Recess – offices closed


Aug. 3

Classes End 2nd 6 weeks and 12 weeks


Aug. 6-7

Final Exams


Aug. 6

Submission deadline for Issues course proposals


Aug. 13

Grades due 2nd 6 weeks and 12 weeks before noon

Banner and Blackboard close at this time


Aug. 15 & 16

New Faculty Orientation


Aug. 21

Unit Head Retreat


Aug. 22

FTLC Conference


Aug. 23

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting


Aug. 24


Field House

Aug. 27

Fall 2011 Classes Begin




Page last modified April 24, 2012