College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Unit Head Mailing 11-18-08   

1.   New Travel and Expense Policy

2.   Goldwater Award

3.   FACE AIDS Week at GVSU

4.   Call for CUR (Council on Undergraduate Research) Fellow Nominations

5.   Winter 09 Unit Head Meeting Dates

6.   CLAS Important Dates


1.    New Travel and Expense Policy – message from Joe Godwin (attachment and memo)

Please share the new guidelines with your faculty and staff.

2.    Goldwater Award- message from Jeff Chamberlain (attachment)

The Goldwater Scholarship Competition is fast upon us.  Please encourage exceptional sophomores or juniors in math, sciences and/or engineering to apply.  See the attached flyer for a description of the scholarship and the application process.  Please make sure that students realize that the on-campus deadline for applying (with completed forms, recommendations, and transcripts) is January 9, 2009.  Students can contact me if they have any questions. 

Thanks-Jeff Chamberlain


3.     FACE AIDS Week – message from Cindy Hull (attachment of poster, and mini-flyers)


Hello colleagues, I am forwarding information concerning the "FACE AIDS" program that has been sponsored by ANT students over the past few years and in which Jan Brashler has become involved.  Although Jan is on sabbatical, she sent this information on events taking place next week and we would appreciate it if you could pass this on to your faculty and students.  Thank you very much.  Cindy Hull

4.    Call for CUR Fellow Nominations

The Council on Undergraduate Research requests nominations for the CUR Fellows Awards. The CUR Fellows Awards are presented at the biennial National Conference to two CUR members who have developed nationally respected research programs involving undergraduates.  Each CUR Fellow will also be awarded a Brian Andreen-CUR Student Research Fellowship that they will give to a deserving undergraduate at their respective institutions. Awardees have established outstanding records of obtaining funding for their work and for their students, and have published research findings with undergraduate co-authors. They reach out to students of all backgrounds, incorporate research activities into the courses they teach, and lead efforts to institutionalize research on their campuses and across the nation.  In sum, they are leaders and role models for countless faculty and students. Full details of the CUR Fellow criteria and biographies of past CUR Fellows are available at http://www.cur.org/CUR_Fellows.html

Any member of CUR may submit a nomination for the CUR Fellows Awards. A nomination consists of a two-page letter highlighting the nominee’s contributions to all areas of undergraduate research. Additionally, a two page C.V. of the nominee should be included. Although abbreviated, the CV should detail the nominee’s contribution to undergraduate research, ranging from mentoring undergraduate students with resulting publications to promoting undergraduate research beyond the local level.

Both documents should address the criteria used by the selection committee (found at the website given above). The letter and C.V.  must be submitted to the CUR National Office as a single PDF document, uploaded via the following nomination website: http://cur.networkats.com/members_online/submissions/substart.asp

Please note that you will need your Members Only username and password to submit a nomination.

The deadline for nominations is December 5th, 2008.  Questions may be addressed to cur@cur.org

5.    Winter 09 Unit Head meeting dates (see attached)

Attached you will find the meeting dates and locations for the winter semester 2009.

6.    CLAS Important Dates

Important Dates



Nov. 19

Unit Head Meeting

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

Nov. 19 *

Draft W09 Contract letters to Unit Head


Nov. 21

CLAS Research Colloquium

2:30-5:00, 308 PAD

Nov. 21*

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


*New Dates 

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