College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 6-4-13

For Faculty

1. Media Ecology Association Annual Convention: “Media Ecology Unplugged”—Free!

For Unit Heads

2. First Annual Request for Out of State Experiential Learning Sites- Action Needed

3. Unit Head Goal Setting with Dean Antczak

4.  Important Dates


For Faculty

1. Media Ecology Association Annual Convention: “Media Ecology Unplugged”—Free!

This is a quick reminder about the upcoming Media Ecology Association Annual Convention: “Media Ecology Unplugged” being held at the downtown campus of GVSU June 20-23.  In appreciation for Grand Valley’s generosity as host of the event, Grand Valley students and faculty may attend the event (minus the Saturday evening banquet) for free.  This international convention addresses the significance of media not simply as tools, but as environments that profoundly reshape the human and extended life-world.       

Featured speakers include Morris Berman, cultural historian, critic, and author of Twilight of the American Culture and the soon to be released: Spinning Straw Into Gold: Straight Talk for Troubled Times; Lance Strate, one of Neil Postman’s most accomplished students, Professor of Communication and Media Studies, prolific author and editor in the study of Media Ecology, Director of the Professional Studies in New Media Program at Fordham University and one of the founders and a past president of the Media Ecology Association; and Dominique Scheffel-Dunand, Associate Professor in Linguistics at York University, Toronto (researching across semiotics, discourse, cross-cultural communication, etc.).  She is also Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at York University, and the current Director of the York University Research Centre on Language Contact at Glendon College. 

Schedule of events: http://www.media-ecology.org/activities/convention_program_2013.html

 Planning to attend? Contact Valerie Peterson at petersov@gvsu.edu for planning purposes.


For Unit Heads

2. First Annual Request for Out of State Experiential Learning Sites- Action Needed


This year has presented several opportunities and challenges. One opportunity has been provided us by the number of students engaging in experiential learning opportunities in CLAS—the highest ever. And a challenge that emerged--the students who participate in out-of-state experiential learning (internship, clinical, externship, research etc.). Given the current climate and context in higher education—growing competition for students, students “shopping” between institutions, online programming used to entice learners to institutions—the Provost’s Office must gather additional types of data related to GVSU’s “reach” into other states. The university must determine how many Grand Valley students are engaging in learning experiences in each of the United States on an annual basis.

The list of states and the two questions to answer are attached in an Excel spreadsheet:

  • Please place the numbers of students by state who, in the last year, were engaged in experiential learning (internship, clinical, research, externship etc.) Please fill in numbers only for those states that hosted Grand Valley students.
    • N.B. Taking an out-of-state online course does not fall into the category of experiential learning.
  • If any of the placements were associated with a federal program, please list the number of these placements in the second column next to the appropriate state.
  • Save the spreadsheet with the unit name and return.

 Please return your completed electronic file to Associate Dean Mary Schutten by July 12, 2013.Thank you for your assistance with this important—and now annual--task.


3. Unit Head Goal Setting with Dean Antczak

Dean Antczak will have goal setting meetings with each Unit Head to review your department goals.  Tracy McLenithan will contact you soon with available dates.

4. CLAS Important Dates


Important Dates



June 17

Classes End 1st 6 weeks


June 18-19

Final Exams


June 19

CLAS on the Green Scholarship benefit golf outing

The Meadows Golf Course

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


July 17 by 5pm

Fall staffing plans completed

Send notice to Cindy Laug (laugc@gvsu.edu)

July 26

Fall draft contracts hand delivered to Unit Heads


July 29 at noon

Fall contracts due to Dean’s Office

Cindy Laug


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

Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room

Aug. 21

FTLC Conference

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

Aug. 22

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting

9:30am, Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center

Aug. 23


11am; Field House

Aug. 26

Fall 2013 Classes Begin




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