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Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 6-24-14

 

 

For Faculty and Staff

 

1. CSSM Reduction-from Fred

 

For Unit Heads

 

2.  CLAS Important Dates

 

 

For Faculty and Staff

 

 

1. CSSM Reduction-from Fred

 

Like last year, the Provost Office is cutting CSSM (operating budget for day-to-day needs) across the board by 1½ %.  Last year, we ponied up equally.  This year you should know that the College Office's budget will take the entirety of that hit.  Your department will have, other factors being equal, the same CSSM to work with.  You may see some of the effects of this in fewer or smaller matches for special allocations, more Spartan food and beverage setups for College events, and the like.  Certainly equipment requests will be reviewed more closely, and the College's donation for some special purchases may be made contingent on departmental participation to some degree.  Our aim, though, is to absorb the shock this year, so that faculty may go about their duties undiminished by the diminished overall funding.  Long term, if such cuts continue the College won't be able to absorb all of them.  Some of your planning this year should go to what you might do if CSSM is cut again in 2015-16, and perhaps the report of the Principles of Equitable Allocation Taskforce (PEAT) this fall will give us some additional insight.  This year's CSSM cut, however, will be absorbed by the College.

 

For Unit Heads

 

2.  CLAS Important Dates

 

Important Dates Event Location
June 24-26 G3 Camp    
July 4 Independence Day Recess   July 21 Fall Staffing Plans due   July 25 Drop Deadline - grade W - 2nd 6 weeks   Aug. 1 Classes end 2nd 6 weeks and 12 weeks   Aug. 4-5 Final Exams   Aug. 6 Regular faculty on payroll   Aug. 11 Grades due from faculty before noon -second 6 weeks and 12 weeks Banner and Blackboard close at this time       Aug. 13 & 14  New Faculty Orientation  Wednesday; 8am to 4:30pm AM - Kirkhof Center; PM - Mary Idema Pew Learning and information Center  Thursday, 8am to 3pm Pew Grand Rapids Campus, DeVos Center    Aug. 13 CLAS New Faculty Social By invitation only Aug. 19 Unit Head Retreat 3000 James H Zumberge Hall Aug. 19 University Faculty and Staff Picnic Great Lakes Plaza; 5:00pm Aug. 20 Faculty Teaching and Learning Center Conference  
Aug. 21 CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting  PAC
Aug. 22 Convocation  
Aug. 25 Fall Classes Begin