College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



Unit Head Mailing 7-28-09

  1. Service Learning and other volunteer activities 
  2. Engaging Skills: Dealing with divisive issues in classroom or work group
  3. Grades
  4. Data request from Joe Godwin, Provost’s Office, due August 10, 2009.
  5. CLAS Important Dates      

1.    Service Learning and other volunteer activities – from Mary Schutten

In collecting data related to service learning and other volunteer activities for 2007-08, the Provost's office found that GVSU qualified for the President's Honor Roll, a national award, related to volunteering and service learning. This is a prestigious membership that Grand Valley desires to maintain.


The Provost's office must submit current data very soon. I have contacted all internship coordinators as listed for your department but if there are others involved in service learning [tutoring, research for community etc..] please let us know so that we can more accurately represent CLAS activities. For example, some students tutor in reading [ENG 308], other classes volunteer to help in the community taking oral histories, collecting data etc. The information for service learning that would be needed would be the course and number of hours per students- we will look up the class size if it is not available.


There is also a co-curricular category; this is where volunteer activities of students occur outside of class, like hosting a Relay for Life event, reviving the African Community Center etc.


The Provost's office has requested this prior to the beginning of the academic year so please respond to Heidi Nicholson nicholhe@gvsu.edu with the information by Aug. 18.


Service learning data needed:

·         # students

·         # of hours

·         course code and #.

For co-curricular,

·         the activity

·         # students

·         # of hours.


We know there wonderful things related to service learning happening in several CLAS courses.  We plan to post this information on the CLAS website as well as submit it to the Provost's office.


Thank you so much for your help on such short notice.




2.  Engaging Skills: Dealing with divisive issues in classroom or work group

Workshop for CLAS Faculty

 Engaging Skills: Dealing with divisive issues in classroom or work group

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

9:30 - 11:00 AM

B-1-138 MAK


CLAS Faculty are invited to attend a workshop led by Robert Stains, Vice-President of the Public Conversations Project, Watertown, Massachusetts.  The Public Conversations Project guides, trains, and inspires individuals, organizations, and communities to constructively address conflicts relating to values and worldviews.  For more information about the project:  www.publicconversations.org


This workshop addresses the issue of communicating across differences. Participants will build new skills that can be used in their classrooms or unit.  In particular, through a classroom case study and an exercise, participants will address the dynamics of “stuck conversations” and learn about creating spaces for reflection instead of reaction.

Registration for the workshop is required, due to limited space and an e-mail survey that needs to be completed by participants before the workshop.  Workshop is limited to 24 participants and will be assigned on first come, first serve basis. This is the workshop Ed Aboufadel spoke about this spring during the Unit Head Meeting. This workshop is funded by the Dean’s office. To register send your name and email address to Keesha Hardiman (hardimak@gvsu.edu) by August 15.


3.    Grades

Grading opens on Monday, August 3 and grades are due by noon on August 10.



4.    Data request from Joe Godwin, Provost’s Office, due August 10, 2009.

Please complete the questionnaire that is attached (.docx) and return to Joe Godwin godwinj@gvsu.edu as requested.


5.    CLAS Important Dates

Important Dates



July 31

Send Teaching Liberal Education Pieces: additional content for CLAS Web site


Aug. 3

Banner opens for grading


Aug. 10

Banner closes for grading at noon


Aug. 19

New Faculty Orientation


Aug. 19

CLAS New Faculty Social (new TT faculty and UHs only)

Alumni House

Aug. 20

New Faculty Orientation

Pew Campus

Aug. 24

Draft Fall Contracts to Unit Head


Aug. 25

Unit Head Retreat

Bicycle Factory


Aug. 26

FTLC Fall Teaching Conference, 8:30am – 3:00pm

Register at GVSU Training & Workshops

Aug. 27

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting

10:30-12:00-Louis Armstrong Theatre, followed by lunch under the tent

Aug. 28

Convocation/University Picnic

11:30a.m.  Fieldhouse/followed by picnic @ Carillon Tower

Aug. 28

Draft Fall Contracts to Dean’s Office

B-4-232 MAK by noon

Aug. 31

Fall Classes Begin



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