College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Unit Head Mailing 11-4-08   

1.    Mandela-Parks Event

2.   FRONT Great Lakes Movie Tour

3.   Co-curricular Efforts to Enhance Student Success:  First Year and Beyond

4.   CLAS Important Dates

1.    Mandela-Parks Event- (see attachment) You and your students are invited....

"Art Songs by Women Composers of African Descent" by Charsie Randolph Sawyer, Professor of Music, Calvin College


Lecture and Recital

Friday, November 7, 2008

11:00am - Noon

Cook-DeWitt Center Auditorium


Charsie Randolph Sawyer is a very versatile, exciting and gifted soprano. Dr. Sawyer is a professor of music at Calvin College where she teaches applied voice, American Music, Music Theater/Opera Workshop and Gospel Choir.  Dr. Sawyer is active in the ongoing research on the music of African-American composers. She has a special interest in the music of women composers from within this group.


She has accrued an impressive list of awards and prizes during her career as an artist. Among the most notable of these are the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Award, the Cultural Heritage Award, Giants Award, Community Cultural Awareness Award, Phi Kappa Lambda, the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award and the Christine Witter Award from the San Francisco Opera Merola Program. She was also a finalist in the Chicago Lyric Opera American Artist Competition. She has appeared with the San Francisco Opera (as part of the Merola Program), the North Carolina Opera, the Michigan Opera Theater, the Charlotte Opera, the Charlotte Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony, Opera Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Cantata Choir and a host of other regional organizations.


Sponsored by African and African American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Music.


Questions?  Contact the Area Studies Center, 331-8110 or areastudies@gvsu.edu.


2.    FRONT- Great Lakes Movie Tour – Elena Lioubimtseva (see attachment)

‘Please share with your faculty’

What if you lived by the largest body of fresh water in the world but could no longer afford to use it? In the face of an imminent global water crisis, this film brings the issue home through an American story that powerfully connects water, race, and poverty. The Water Front follows one women’s quest to keep her community’s water from being shut off. Food & Water Watch and director Liz Miller have joined forces for a six-month tour of this award-winning documentary.

 Join us Wednesday, November 12 at 7:00 pm at the Kirkhof Center 2215

 Event is hosted by Food & Water Watch, Geography and Planning Department, Political Science Department, African and African-American Studies Program, Annis Water Resources Institute, Sustainability Initiative, Student Environmental Coalition, and West Michigan Environmental Council.

3.    Co-curricular Efforts to Enhance Student Success:  First Year and Beyond (please review attached file for further discussion at 11-4-08 Unit Head Meeting).


4.   CLAS Important Dates

Important Dates



Nov. 5

Unit Head Meeting

3:00-5:00, 2215/2216 KC

Nov. 14

Staffing Plans for W09 due

Pam Kellogg

Nov. 19

Unit Head Meeting

3:00-5:00, 2270 KC-note location change

Nov. 21

CLAS Research Colloquium

2:30-5:00, 308 PAD

Nov. 21

Draft W09 Contract letters to Unit Head


Nov. 25

Draft W09 Contract letters back from Unit Head


Nov. 26-28

Thanksgiving Recess


Dec. 1

Out of the Box Lunch


Dec. 3

Unit Head Meeting

3:00-5:00, 2215/2216 KC

Dec. 4

GVSU Holiday Party

3:00-5:00, Grand River Room

Dec. 5

CLAS Holiday Luncheon

11:30-1:15, Pere Marquette Room,KC

Dec. 8-12

Final Exam Week


Dec. 16

Final Grades Due from faculty



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