College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Unit Head Mailing 8-26-08  


1.      Distinguished Alumni-In-Residence   

2.      International Faculty and Friends Program for 2008-09 – message from Ed Aboufadel   

3.      CLAS Important Dates  




1)      Distinguished Alumni-In-Residence – deadline extended to Sept 12

Attention for the following departments identified as 2008 Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence participants:  School of Communications, Geography and Planning, Writing, Biomedical Sciences, Statistics, Mathematics, Sociology, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Physics.      

Good news  . . . it’s not too late for your department to participate in this year’s CLAS Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence Program!  The deadline for you to submit your honoree information to the Dean’s Office has just been extended from August 29 to September 12.  To make it even easier for you, the electronic form that you need to use can be accessed from our CLAS website or directly here.   Biographies must be submitted by Monday, September 22 at http://gvsu.edu/clas/index.cfm?action=home.dar_page1 .    If you haven’t already selected an honoree and wish to do so, you need to hustle now to make that selection, confirm with your honoree, and begin making travel arrangements. 

Additional information about the CLAS Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence Program can be found in the attached document “CLAS Alumni-in-Residence Program”.


2)      International Faculty and Friends Program for 2008-09

I have been working with a team of faculty and staff to organize the International Faculty and Friends Program for 2008-09.  As you can see on the attached flyer, there will be monthly events with an international flavor to bring faculty together.  I am requesting that you inform the faculty in your college about this program, especially our opening reception that will be at 3:30 on Thursday, September 4 at the Alumni House. 

Ed Aboufadel 
Unit Head, Mathematics


3)      CLAS Important Dates


Important Dates





Sept. 3

Unit Head Meeting-3:00-5:00

2215/2216 KC

Sept. 6

CLAS Alumni Board Meeting

B-4-243 MAK

Sept. 8

Schedule Training Meeting,

10:00 a.m.

2215/2216 KC

Sept. 8

Music at Grand Valley, Fall Arts Celebration

8:00 p.m. Louis Armstrong Theatre

Sept. 12 (extended deadline)

Distinguished Alumni-In-Residence Selection**





Sept. 15

Award Submissions due to Dean’s Office

B-4-232 MAK




Sept. 17

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC

Sept. 18

Tenure/promotion dinner*

Alumni House

Sept. 19

CLAS Research Colloquium

2:30-5:00, 308 PAD

Sept. 24

New MAK Open House

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Sept. 24

Stephen Greenblatt- Guest Lecturer-Fall Arts Celebration

EC, 2nd Floor

Sept. 29

Nomination form for promotion/early tenure due

B-4-232 MAK

Oct. 1

Budget Requests for 2009-2010

Pat Haynes, B-4-232 MAK

Oct. 7

Art Gallery Exhibit, Fall Arts Celebration

5:00-7:00, Art Gallery, PAC

Oct. 11

Mindgating Film Festival and William James College interactive discussion

KC Communications Studio

Oct. 15

Facilities Requests due (form on website)

B-4-232 MAK

Oct. 24

Oct. 25

Dance Stars Across America, Fall Arts Celebration

8:00 p.m. Louis Armstrong Theatre

2:00 p.m. Louis Armstrong Theatre

Oct. 29

Poetry Night, Fall Arts Celebration

7:00 p.m. Eberhard Center

Oct. 31

CLAS Casual Costume Friday






* By invitation only

**Fall 2008 participating departments for A.I.R. event are:

School of Communications (COM)                     

Geography (GPY)                                                

Writing (WRT)                                                     

Biomedical Sciences (BMS)                                

Statistics (STA)                                                    

Mathematics (MTH)                                             

Art and Design (ART)                                          

Sociology (SOC)                                                  

History (HST)                                                       

Modern Languages and Literatures (MLL)           

Physics (PHY)                                                     



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