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Unit Head Mailing 4-19-11

  1. CLAS Asks Seniors, "What's Next?"
  2. CLAS Student Advisory Board-call for members
  3. Unit alignment with CLAS strategic plan
  4. End of the year stress-late withdrawal requests
  5. Important Dates

1. CLAS Asks Seniors, "What's Next?"

1400+ seniors about to graduate have been asked this week to share with us their future plans for the CLAS website. 85 responses have already been received, and we'd like your help to encourage your seniors to participate.

2. CLAS Student Advisory Board-call for members (attachment) - Mary Schutten

One of the college's advisory groups is the CLAS Student Advisory Board. This consists of 15 students who meet twice each semester for food and feedback to the Dean. If the membership by class rank were a canoe, we would capsize as 14/15 members are seniors. Do you have a name or two to suggest to participate in this board? Our desire is a broad representation from across the college. Attached is the current list of students. Please share names with Cindy Laug (

3. Unit alignment with CLAS strategic plan (link to template)

This is just a reminder that unit alignment with the CLAS strategic plan has a due date of August 15, 2011 to the CLAS Dean's Office ( Many units have taken advantage of Julie Guevara's offer to provide ideas on how to proceed. Thanks to those units who have already submitted their work.  Resources:

4. End of the year stress- late withdrawal requests

Occasionally, students request to withdraw from courses at this time of year for a variety of reasons. For your information, a link to the "policy" is attached:

 5. CLAS Important Dates


   Important Dates Event Location
     April 18-22   Reminder: UH informs faculty of salary increase categories   April 19 Passover in 2011 will start on Tuesday, 19 April and will continue for 7 days.  
April 20 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00 p.m. April 22 Good Friday 2011 falls on April 22, 2011  
April 22 AP Assessment process completed   April 22 Final decisions about low-enrolled courses for 1st summer session.   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   May 9 Search Position Requests due sherwoco@gvsu.edu5:00 p.m.
May 9 Spring Classes Start   May 15 Unit * Self Studies due CLAS Dean's office May 30 Memorial Day Recess   June 20 Classes End first 6 weeks   June 21-22 Finals   June 27 Grades due first 6 week classes at noon   June 27 Classes Begin 2nd 6 weeks   July 4 Independence Day Recess   July 18 Staffing Plans due 5:00
Aug. 8 Classes End 2nd 6 and 12 weeks   Aug. 9-10 Finals 2nd 6 and 12 week   Aug. 15 Grades due 2nd 6 and 12 week at noon   Aug 15 Unit Alignment to CLAS Strategic Plan CLAS Dean's office Aug. 17 & 18 New Faculty Orientation KC & DEV Aug. 17 CLAS New Faculty Social Alumni House Aug. 23 Unit Head Retreat TBA Aug. 24 FTLC Conference TBA Aug. 25 CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting TBA-followed by lunch Aug. 26 Convocation Field House Aug. 29 Fall 2011 Classes Begin  

*Due this spring - PSY (BA and BS), PHY (BS), AWRI, BMS (MS and BS)