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Unit Head Mailing 3-22-11

  1. Advising Update
  2. Final 50that Noon Lecture Series on March 30, 12:00
  3. Undergraduate Research, a Venue to Share Experiences
  4. Call for Proposals: 12th Annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference
  5. Study Abroad Update
  6. Review of the Summer 2011 contracts - Pam Kellogg
  7. Free Online Violence Prevention Course
  8. Important Dates
  1. Advising Update

List of Auditors: An update list of auditors assigned to review student's work is included below. This is helpful when contacting an auditor to make an update/substitution in a student's program.



A, T-V  Shaelyn Baas
B Angie Christensen
" Brenda Engelsman
C-D Kristen DePree
E-F Tracie Samdal
G Judy Conroy
H-J, X-Z Heather Noah
K-L Janice Ponstein
M-N Tracy London
O-R  Kristin Kuczera
S Sue Peterson
W JoAnn Windberg


MAPWORKS: Effective Fall 2011, MAPWORKS data will be collected for first year students only. Since second year students will no longer be surveyed, the MAPWORKS navigator position(s) created for the support of second year students can be eliminated.


2. Final 50that Noon Lecture Series on March 30, 12:00

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Noon-12:45 p.m.

Cook-DeWitt Center

Discussants:  Ron VanSteeland and Vern Ohlman

Title:  "Incorporating the Village Experience into GVSU Campus Design"

Mr. Ron VanSteeland, former Chief Financial Officer, and Mr. Vern Ohlman, architect and designer for the GVSU campus, will discuss the master plans and building design features on the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses.

For additional information please contact Professor John Kilbourne (Movement Science).


3. Undergraduate Research, a Venue to Share Experiences

Call for Undergraduate Research Highlights: Summer 2011 issue of the CUR Quarterly

Submissions for the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the Summer 2011 issue of the CUR Quarterly are being accepted until April 4, 2011.  Highlights consist of brief descriptions of recent (past six months) peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications in scholarly journals. These publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate co-authors. To be considered for publication as an Undergraduate Research Highlight, a submission should include the information listed below and MUST CONFORM TO THE FORMAT OF THE EXAMPLE PROVIDED BELOW.  Submissions must be sent via the electronic submission form.

Should you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your highlight, please send your question to the Highlights Editor by email (Nicole Bennett - 

Questions regarding the submissions process may be directed to the CUR National Office at or 202-783-4810. Submissions not selected for inclusion in the Quarterly will be posted to the Highlights portion of CUR's web site. 


Parker JS, Stewart GS, Gantt C. Research and intervention with adolescents exposed to domestic violence. Fam Ther. 2006;33:45-52. (University of South Carolina Upstate) 

The present study examined characteristics of adolescents exposed to domestic violence and tested a group intervention protocol utilizing expressive writing (EW) as a coping method for this population. The experimental group used "Positive Points", a list of personal strengths, in the writing intervention based on the hypothesis that their use would increase cognitive insight and positive word usage. A significant group effect was found and all participants demonstrated positive overall emotional change as a result of EW. Jennifer Parker is an assistant professor of psychology. Gina Stewart and Courtney Gantt, both senior psychology majors, participated in the research for independent study credit. The research was supported by a USC Scholarly Research and Development Award and a mini grant from the USC Upstate Center for Undergraduate Research, which was awarded to Gina. Gina is currently in a doctoral program in psychology at the University of Mississippi. Courtney is employed and in the process of applying to graduate programs.

ITEMS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DESCRIPTION (through the electronic submission form):

-Title of the article and full journal citation (inclusive pages). -A brief description (3-5 lines) of the research and its significance.

-Title and department or program affiliation of the faculty member.

-A brief description of the student co-author(s).  Include the year of study in which the student(s) undertook the work, the opportunity through which the work was undertaken, (independent study project, summer project, REU program, senior thesis project, etc.), and the current status of the student (graduate school, employed, still enrolled, etc).

-The source of funding for the work.

4. Call for Proposals: 12thAnnual National Outreach Scholarship Conference

March 31, 2011 -Proposal submissions due (deadline extended) May 2011 - Registration opens October 1, 2011 - Preconference workshops and events October 2-4, 2011 - 12th Annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference This year's event is hosted by Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.  
The Theme for 2011 is Engaged Scholarship and Evidence-Based Practice FIVE TRACKS WILL EXPLORE: Methods and Practices of Community-Based Research and Creative Activities Translational Science and the Diffusion of Innovation Globalization and International Engagement Technologies as Tools for Engagement Leadership and Professional Development for Engaged Scholarship WHO SHOULD ATTEND? University and college faculty and staff members who are involved in engaged scholarship or studying the impacts of engaged scholarship Higher education administrators who are interested in increasing the support their institutions provide faculty, staff members, and students to engage with communities through scholarship and evidence-based practice Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who are engaged in service-learning activities or who are studying the impact of service-learning and community engagement Community partners who are working with colleagues and universities to foster and strengthen collaborations


5. Study Abroad Update

GVSU study abroad courses are typically numbered in the x80 or special topics category. You have the opportunity to move these study abroad courses to a regular course number via a fast track process that begins by e-mailing Carolyn Shapin-Shapiro   the course code and number plus the range of credit hours for study abroad in your unit.


A question was asked about these courses:

We're frequently asked to approve equivalencies for study abroad credit that students earn in external programs (that is, programs that are not GVSU faculty-led), and in many cases where there isn't an exact GVSU match this ends up being 380 Special Topics credit. The question is: has it been contemplated, or would it be appropriate, to use this new designation for these kinds of transfer equivalency credit as well as for GVSU faculty-led study abroad courses?


UCC did discuss this and here, for your information, is the response:

UCC thought that the special topics designation was appropriate in this case. If the course taken abroad doesn't fit into an existing GVSU course, then it is by definition a "special topic". It doesn't violate the new policy, which is focused on GVSU depts. Keeping x80 courses on the books. We were not presented any evidence that would indicate a need for a new reserved number for transfer courses. We would be happy to discuss the issue further if someone could conceive of a need.


6. Review of the Summer 2011 contracts - Pam Kellogg

We have new dates (see CLAS Important Dates below) for review of the draft versions of the summer contracts.


7. Free Online Violence Prevention Course

One way the Centers for Disease Control is helping the nation prevent violence is a free on-line course that's available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's called Principles of Prevention. The course-which offers continuing education credits-teaches key concepts of primary prevention, the public health approach, and the social-ecological model. Participants complete interactive exercises to learn to help prevent five types of violence:
• Child abuse and neglect • Intimate partner violence • Sexual violence • Suicide • Youth violence The course is designed for those working to stop violence from ever happening. It helps professionals move from the problem to the solution. This course teaches the fundamentals of effective violence prevention methods and incorporates the growing body of research on what works.

The Principles of Prevention course includes:
• Interviews with leading experts in the field • Dynamic graphics • Interactive exercises • Compelling storytelling that makes the case for violence prevention The course is available at For additional information on Principles of Prevention, contact Jennifer Middlebrooks (

8. CLAS Important Dates


  Important Dates Event Location
Mar. 22 Faculty & staff: Queer Theory seminar (sponsored by Allies & Advocates and CLAS); contact Dr. Laurel Westbrook ( for the pre-seminar reading. B-4-243 MAK; 4:15-5:30pm
Mar. 23 Elections - CLAS Governance voting begins  
Mar. 23 Liberal Arts Panel-Career Conversations Kirkhof Center » RM 2215/2216
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Mar. 26 MI Regional Science Olympiad   Mar. 28 Graduate Showcase 2011 Loosemore Auditorium, 4:30-7:30 Mar. 28 Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony Grand River Room, KC, 4:00 Mar. 30 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00 Mar. 30 Elections - CLAS Governance voting ends  
Mar. 30 50th at Noon Cook DeWitt Center, 12:00-12:45 Mar. 31 Graduate Showcase 2011 Hager Auditorium in CHS, 4:30-7:30 Mar. 31 Year End Equipment Requests Due Pat Haynes (
Mar. 31 Draft S/S contracts to UH  
April 1 Catalog Copy Changes due Jerry Montag (
April 4 Draft S/S contracts due back B-4-232 MAK
      April 6 CLAS Sabbatical Showcase and Spring Celebration Grand River Room, KC 11:00-2:00 p.m. April 13 Student Scholars Day   April 18 Salary Conferences begin (tentative)   April 20 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00 p.m. April 25 Banner Opens for Final Grading   April 25 Final Exam Week   April 30 Commencement   May 3 Final Grades due by noon   May 4 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00 p.m. May 5 Traverse City Commencement