College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 6-26-12

For Faculty

1. Governor approves GVSU science lab building

2. President’s Honor Roll

For Unit Heads

3. CLAS Important Dates


For Faculty

1. Governor approves GVSU science lab building  

Gov. Rick Snyder signed the capital outlay bill June 25 in Detroit, giving approval for Grand Valley State University’s proposed science lab, classroom and office building.  Read more at:  http://www.gvsu.edu/gvnow/index.htm?articleId=7409BCB1-A683-54DF-429CA9D67F5326B3

2. President’s Honor Roll (attachment

Dear Colleagues,

This is an opportunity to showcase the many ways that you positively impact your students. The annual reporting of high impact practices provides a way to highlight the service learning in your courses, the internships you oversee, student-faculty research, and other student oriented  co-curricular activities.  This is reported via the President’s Honor Roll, a national award that GVSU has received each year of its participation. This data is collected each AY which spans SP/SU 11 through Winter 12.

GVSU has established exactly what are considered “high impact” practices. This will help focus your reporting.  The categories have broadened from past requests and include:

Service Learning:

  • Internships,
  • community-based learning within a course,
  • diversity/global learning,
  • research,
  • learning communities,
  • writing-intensive courses,
  • capstone courses, and
  • collaborative assignments and projects

CLAS updated the service learning information from the 2011 report with this year’s current student numbers so if you have no changes in the service for your courses, we will place those in the report “as is”. Don’t remember? We provided your unit head with that information.


Co-curricular: not involving a course, but involving elements of service learning.


Please complete the attached form [attachment] for any new service learning courses and/or co-curricular activities save it with your last name and unit, and return it to me or Roxanne Mol by July 10, 2012.


Thank you for your impact on our students and your participation in this project to recognize your contributions!

~Mary Schutten


For Unit Heads

3. CLAS Important Dates


Important Dates



July 4

Independence Day Recess – offices closed


July 16 by noon

Fall staffing plans due to Cindy Laug


July 24

Fall draft contracts hand delivered to UH


July 25 by 5:00pm

Fall contracts due to Dean’s Office

Cindy Laug

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

324/330 KEN

Aug. 22

FTLC Conference


Aug. 23

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting


Aug. 24


Field House

Aug. 27

Fall 2011 Classes Begin




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