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Unit Head Mailing 1-4-11

1. THEM: Images of Separation Exhibit (January 11 through February 5, 2011)

2. Student Success Documents

3. Recruitment Season for the Lake Michigan Writing Project

4. Reminder - Call for GVSU Author Recognition (deadline 1-14-10)

5. GVSU Report from CUR's visit

6. CUR Quarterly

7. *Engaged Scholarship and Evidence-based Practice* Oct 2-4, 2011

8. CLAS Important Dates

1. THEM: Images of Separation Exhibit (January 11 through February 5, 2011) (attachment -THEM Flyer )- Linda Goossen

Hi,  As a member of the Ohio Sate University Alumni Association of West Michigan and a faculty member at GVSU, I am serving on a steering committee bringing the THEM:Images of Separation Exhibit to Kendall College of Art and Design from January 11 to February 5, 2011.  This exhibition is a collection of 35 works from the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University.  Many of you may be familiar with it.  I would like to extend an invitation to faculty, staff, and students at GVSU to attend the exhibit, including the opening reception and the lecture with Dr Pilgrim, the Museum' curator.  Attached is a flyer about the exhibit. 

I am sending this out to the dean's offices in the hope that you could send it out to the faculty in your college, so that those who are interested can inform their students about the exhibit when classes resume in January.

Thank you so much. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions,

~Linda G
Linda  Goossen, Ph.D., MT (ASCP) Associate Dean, College of Health Professions


2. Student Success Documents (attachment 1, attachment 2, attachment 3  )- Nancy Giardina
For your information, use and distribution are 3 documents that represent work finalized in the Fall, 2010 semester.  This work was aimed at updating and revising the structure and charge for undergraduate academic advising at GVSU, as well as providing students with a "Blueprint for Student Success" to help guide students' curricular and co-curricular experiences on the path to graduation.  This work related to undergraduate student advising and student success also represents clearer alignment with the recently refreshed University Strategic Plan, 2010-2015.  Thank you to all the students, faculty, staff and administrators who contributed to the development of these documents. Please forward this information to your colleagues and staff.  If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Giardina in the Provost's Office.

3. Recruitment Season for the Lake Michigan Writing Project - Lindsay Ellis

Dear colleagues,
Its recruitment season for the Lake Michigan Writing Project.  We are looking for a few inquisitive, high quality teachers to join us for our Summer Invitational Institute.  They can teach at any grade level, in any content area.  Our month together (June 27-July 21) is a chance to work collaboratively to improve our writing instruction.  Writing is thinking, we believe, and should accompany and enable everything else that we learn. So, if you know of a K-Community College teacher who would bring expertise and curiosity to our Summer Institute, would you please encourage them to apply?  Applying is online at  The deadline is February 14th.
Alternately, if you would like to email me with a name of a teacher and where he/she teaches, I would be happy to send a personal note.     On a related note, each summer we accept ONE FACULTY fellow for our Institute.  The position is accompanied with a $1,000 stipend.  Faculty fellows read and write alongside classroom teachers, share lessons learned from their own pedagogy, and are given space and time to work on their own research and writing projects.  Please consider applying to join us this summer! Thanks for your help to improve the teaching of writing in schools across the area from which so many of our GVSU students come.  A paragraph is included below that you might cut and paste into an email to a teacher you respect. All best, Lindsay  Optional email content to teachers: Knowing what a fine teacher you are, Im writing to invite you to apply for a fellowship at GVSU with the Lake Michigan Writing Project.   These fellowships include free tuition or stipend to attend the Summer Invitational Institute here, which runs June 27-July 21 (3 credits) and free tuition or stipend for the Teacher Research Institute which runs during the 2011-2012 school year (3 credits). The Summer Institute is a four-week experience designed to nurture your growth as a teacher and writer in any content area.  Fellows read, write, and reflect on their teaching practice for a month each summer with respectful, curious, fun-loving colleagues. The goal of the LMWP is to help make teaching a fulfilling career by inviting teachers into a community of supportive peers. The National Writing Project has a wonderful website at http://nwp.orgwith information about its over 200 sites across the country, its resources, and its community of excellent teachers.  GVSUs local Lake Michigan Writing Project has a website too ( if you want to see what's happening in our area.
You can apply for the LMWP fellowship by filling out the form on the website ( or by emailing or calling the LMWP administrative assistant, Sue Spears, for a paper application (at spearss@gvsu.eduor 616-331-2994). 
I hope you choose to apply for a fellowship.  I think you would add so much to the program.   Lindsay Ellis, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of English and Director, Lake Michigan Writing Project  

4. Reminder - Call for GVSU Author Recognition (deadline 1-14-11)

  last year's bibliography When was the last time you got the recognition you deserved? This is a reminder that the deadline (January 14th) is close at hand. Library Dean Van Orsdel invites you to submit your 2010 published works for recognition and honor. The Author Recognition Reception is March 17, 2011.


5.  GVSU Report from CUR's visit (attachment)- Susan Mendoza


In early November, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) hosted two consultants from the Council on Undergraduate Research.  John Mateja and John Swift were tasked with reviewing the climate and culture of undergraduate research and scholarship and providing recommendations to strengthen the program

Please find their report attached.  OURS will be utilizing this report in the strategic planning process in January of 2011.  Any comments or feedback are greatly appreciated.

Warm regards and have a relaxing break,

Susan Mendoza
Director of Undergraduate Research and Integrative Learning


6. CUR Quarterly (attachment) - Mary Schutten

Submissions for the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the Spring 2011 issue of the CUR Quarterly are being accepted until January 15, 2011. 



7. *Engaged Scholarship and Evidence-based Practice* Oct 2-4, 2011 (attachment) - Provost Davis

Happy New Year:

Please see the attached notice.  I'd love to see good attendance from GV at this meeting -- especially important for those of you engaged in consulting, service and scholarship in the community.  Deans, please let appropriate faculty members in your colleges know about this opportunity -- a chance to let the rest of the state and others know more about GV!
Hope you've had a good break.  ~Gayle *************************** When:       *October 2-4, 2011 Where:     *Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing, Michigan Theme:     *Engaged Scholarship and Evidence-based Practice* Who Should Attend:    *University and college faculty and staff members; higher education administrators; undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; community partners For More Information: Julie Crowgey (517-884-1407)
Attached is a one-page flyer containing this information, and we hope that you will distribute it broadly. Also attached is the formal invitation, which includes more information on the history of the Annual Outreach Scholarship Conference. We hope you and your colleagues will consider participating in the 12thAnnual Outreach Scholarship Conference. Sincerely, Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Ph.D. Associate Provost, University Outreach and Engagement University Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology Kellogg Center, Garden Level Michigan State University


8. CLAS Important Dates


Important Dates Event Location
Jan. 7 Assessment Conference EC, 9:00-4:00
Jan. 7 Final Registration  

Jan. 10 Classes Begin  

Jan. 10 Winter Personnel Materials are due to departments  

Jan. 12 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00

Jan. 20 CLAS Research Colloquium 308 PAD, 2:30-5:00

Jan. 26 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00

Jan. 28 Student Summer Scholars Applications Due  

Jan. 31 Student Scholars Day Application Opens  

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