College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Unit Head Mailing 12-1-09

1.            Advisor Development Committee Blackboard Site

2.            Online Course Offerings

3.            Invitation from Mathematics Department

4.            CLAS Important Dates      

1.    Advisor Development Committee Blackboard Site--message from Leijhi A. Koval

As you are all aware, several new initiatives designed to enhance academic advising experiences for students, faculty and staff have been developed as a result of the Advising Self-Study and the NACADA consultant recommendations from 2005/2006. Recommendation #8 of the report charges the university to provide resources and programs to support faculty and professional advisor training/development initiatives. 

In order to facilitate this recommendation, a university Advising Development Committee was formed. The committee has been working diligently to provide the campus community with a  comprehensive  Advising Handbook which covers many topics to assist faculty and staff with academic advising. The Advisor Handbook is currently in draft form and can be accessed through the Advisor Development Committee Blackboard site. All faculty and professional advisors have been given access to the site.

On behalf of the Advising Development Committee, I would like to ask you to forward this request to your faculty. We would like them to peruse the site and provide the Advisor Development Committee with feedback to help provide relevant content that will be beneficial in their roles as advisors. The Blackboard site welcome paragraph provides the link to the handbook and directs the users to send feedback to me at kovalle@gvsu.edu .

Thank you.


Leijhi A. Koval, Director 
Early Alert and Student Success  Program
Student Academic Success Center

2. Online Course Offerings (attachments:   hybrid   look up classes  samples of web search) –message from Maria Cimitile

A few issues of clarity with regard to online offerings have been raised lately. Building on conversations that took place last year with Continuing Education, IT, and Nancy Giardina, the following definitions will now be the official language used to designate courses. These definitions will be used in Banner to help represent courses more accurately for students. Faculty Governance, as represented by Robert Adams, Chair of UCC, has approved the definitions.

Please use the designations to mark the upcoming 2010/11 schedule. The Records Office will be happy to assist you if you have any questions. Please contact them directly.


GVSU Traditional Course: A Course where the content is delivered face-to -face on campus during class meetings.  Web technologies may be incorporated into the course delivery.

GVSU  Hybrid Online Course : A Course that blends online and face-to-face on campus meetings.  At least 50% of the content is delivered online.

GVSU  Online Course: A course where all of the content is delivered online.  There are no face-to-face on campus meetings.

Attached are screen shots of Banner that marks the differences in course designations.

Dr. Maria Cimitile
Interim Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs


3.    Invitation from Mathematics Department – message from Ed Aboufadel

CLAS Faculty and Students are invited to two events on Tuesday, December 8, in the Mathematics Department:

1.  Unveiling of a plaque honoring Don Vander Jagt, his wife Barbara, and their scholarship.  Don was a founding member of the Department of Mathematics at GVSU, serving from 1964 until his retirement in 2006, including 25 years as department chair. In addition, Don served for many years as Grand Valley's faculty representative to the NCAA through which he championed both academics and athletics.  Don passed away earlier this year.


Barbara Vander Jagt will be at the unveiling, which occurs at 11:45AM in A-2-178 MAK.


2.  SumMore Mathematics Open Hands-On Workshop, 4:00-6:00PM, C-wing, 2nd floor.


As part of a project by the MCTM Scholarship Endowment Fund Committee, students in Math 480/686 are creating summer mathematics activity books.  Summer math books contain activities and short problems that help students:


.     Broaden their ideas of what mathematics is,
.     See mathematics in their daily lives,
.     Find examples of the use of mathematics in their environment, including home, yard, museums, walks in their neighborhoods, etc.
.     Apply mathematics to health issues,
.     Play games that deepen their conceptual understanding or sharpen their algorithmic skills,
.     Gather data and analyze the data mathematically, and, most of all,
.     Have fun with mathematics!

We will have two activities available from each of seven books: Grades 1, 4, 5, 6, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Probability and Statistics.

They are fun activities:  some real-life, some games, all piloted with kids!  Refreshments provided!


4.    CLAS Important Dates      

Important Dates



Dec. 2

Unit Head Meeting

2204 KC, 3:00-5:00

Dec. 3

GVSU Holiday Party

Grand River Room, 3:00-5:00

Dec. 4

CLAS Holiday Luncheon

Pere Marquette Room, KC, 11:30-1:15 p.m.  menu

Dec. 4

Caroling Trombones

1:00-1:30 p.m, KC Atrium

Dec. 4

Carillon Holiday Open House

1:00-3:00 @ Carillon Tower Plaza

Dec. 12



Dec. 14-18

Final Exam Week


Dec. 15

Round 2 schedule to Unit Heads

Due back January 7

Dec. 22

Final Grades Due from Faculty


Dec. 24

Offices closed until Jan. 4, 2010



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