College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Unit Head Mailing 4-13-10

1.  Personal Statements and Statements of Purpose Writing Workshop

2. Happy Message from the Provost Office

3. Upcoming seminar - "Depression and Suicide Prevention in Young Adults”

4. CLAS Important Dates   


1. Personal Statements and Statements of Purpose Writing Workshop (attachment) – message from Amanda Cuevas

Most nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships require you to write a personal statement or statement of purpose. These statements are a crucial element of any application. They are designed to give the selection committee a sense of who you are and how closely your goals and strengths match the ideals of a specific award. In this workshop, you will learn strategies on how to write strong personal statements and statements of purpose that will engage a selection committee’s attention and make you stand out from the crowd! This workshop is geared toward students who are serious about applying for nationally competitive awards during the 2010-11 academic year.

Personal Statements and Statements of Purpose Writing Workshop
April 20th from 3:00-4:50pm in 115 HRY
April 22nd from 5:00-7:00pm in 114 HON

Advanced registration would be appreciated. Please e-mail
fellowships@gvsu.edu if you plan to attend and/or if special accommodations are needed. For more information or any questions, please contact Amanda Cuevas, Director, by phone at 331-3219 or e-mail  fellowships@gvsu.edu

2.  Happy Message from the Provost Office

You will remember that the distribution of the last 1/3 of your salary increase for 09-10 was held, pending the university's meeting some budget and enrollment goals. This note is to let you know that the last 1/3 of your increase will be paid out as a lump sum in your May 15 paycheck.   Please let your faculty and AP staff know this.


3. Upcoming seminar - "Depression and Suicide Prevention in Young Adults”

On May 13th, the Executive Director of the Mental Health Foundation, will be on campus to do a presentation from noon - 1:00 pm on "Depression and Suicide Prevention in Young Adults."  It will be held in KC2266.


Although one of every eight teenagers suffers with depression, the diagnosis is often missed, as depressive symptoms are often mistaken for the typical "ups and downs" of teenage life. We thought that this type of presentation would be not only of interest to our faculty and staff who may have young adults in their lives that are dealing with depression, but would also be helpful to faculty and staff who are working with our students.

Could you please circulate this information to your faculty and staff?  With the following stats, I think it's important that we are all aware of this growing problem.

·    Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 14 and 25 in the United States.

·    Ten percent of U.S. college students admitted serious thoughts about suicide. Seven percent had a suicide plan.  

Susan Sloop
Work Life Consultant

4. CLAS Important Dates      

Important Dates



April 14

Student Scholarship Day


April 21

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC, 3-5:00

April 24

Classes End


April 26-30

Finals Week


April 26

Banner Opens for Final Grading


April 30

Nomination form for promotion due (for Fall review)

B-4-232 MAK

May 1



May 4

Final Grades Due by Noon


May 5

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC, 3-5:00

May 5

Request for new positions


May 6

Traverse City Commencement


May 10

Classes begin first 6 and 12 weeks


May 31

Memorial Day Recess


June 21

Classes end first 6 weeks


June 22-23

Finals first 6 week classes


June 28

Grade due first 6 week classes at noon


June 28

Classes begin second 6 weeks


July 5

Independence Day Recess


Aug. 9

Classes End second 6 and 12 weeks


Aug. 10-11

Finals second 6 and 12 weeks


Aug. 16

Grades due second 6 and 12 weeks at noon


Aug. 18 & 19

New Faculty Orientation


Aug. 18

CLAS New Faculty Social

Alumni House

Aug. 24

Unit Head Retreat

Alumni House

Aug. 24

University Picnic-50th Celebration

Field House (P.M.)

Aug. 25

FTLC Conference


Aug. 26

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting

TBA-followed by lunch

Aug. 27


Field House

Aug. 30

Fall 2010 Classes Begin



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