College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

CLAS logo

Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 5-14-13

For Faculty

1. Call for volunteers for CLAS on the Green

2. Faculty Tips for Syllabus Development

3. Campus Update

For Unit Heads

4. Important Dates


For Faculty

1. Call for volunteers for CLAS on the Green

It’s time for our 2nd Annual CLAS on the Green. This golf scramble will be held at The Meadows on the afternoon of Wednesday,  June 19, with all net proceeds going toward the newly created CLAS Student Scholarship Fund. As you might expect, the planning committee is in need of several volunteers to run the registration table and a variety of events throughout the day. Volunteering is a wonderful way for non-golfers to play a vital role in the success of CLAS on the Green. So if you’re not playing, if you can afford to give an afternoon of your time on June 19 and if you would like to help fund the CLAS Student Scholarship Fund, please consider joining your colleagues by volunteering for CLAS on the Green—if you have interest in serving as a volunteer, please contact Monica Johnstone via email at Thank you in advance for your time and support of our students.

2. Faculty Tips for Syllabus Development 

As one semester draws to a close, plans for the next semester are beginning. Creating a syllabus is one of those beginnings. In the latest email from the PEW FTLC, there is an excellent page of information for developing a syllabus that also includes sample policy statements that could prove useful. In particular, students are increasingly focusing on syllabus content related to grading scales, disability support, and academic integrity so it is highly recommended to clearly address these in all course syllabi.  

Feel free to share this link with your colleagues. ~Mary


3. Campus Update (Attachment) 

From the GVSU Notices Board: On Monday, 5/13/13, the southeast side of parking lot H will be closed for reworking and adding to the walkway and the east side of parking lot K will be closed for expansion.  Both of these lots will be closed until 6/21/2013.   Please see the updated construction map.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact 331-3000.  Thank you.

For Unit Heads

4. CLAS Important Dates

Important Dates



May 15

Presidential Honor Roll data sheets due

To Courtney Sherwood

May 27

Memorial Day Recess – office closed


June 17

Classes End 1st 6 weeks


June 18-19

Final Exams


June 19

CLAS on the Green Scholarship benefit golf outing


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

8:30am – 3:00pm; Eberhard Conference Center

Aug. 22

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting


Aug. 23


11am; Field House

Aug. 26

Fall 2013 Classes Begin



Page last modified May 14, 2013