Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 6-4-13
For Unit Heads
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: Spi nning 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 email@example.com for planning purposes.
For Unit Heads
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 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.
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.
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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
July 26 Fall draft contracts hand delivered to Unit Heads July 29 at noon Fall contracts due to Dean's Office Cindy Laug Aug.2 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 Convocation 11am; Field House
Aug. 26 Fall 2013 Classes Begin