College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



Unit Head Mailing 8-2-11

  1. Transitioning to Outlook   
  2. CLAS Important Dates

  1. Transitioning to Outlook

As you know, GVSU is transitioning from GroupWise to Outlook. We are encouraging CLAS Unit Heads/Directors and COTs to be proactive about setting up a time for conversion to Outlook, so that they can have their choice of week during August, September, and October.

As you may recall, the reason for the change is that this is the end of life for GroupWise, which is not adding any more features and has no future. Outlook has a more user-friendly look and feel. It is cross platform (Mac/PC), its web application has a better interface, and it can be synced with smart phones.

In preparation for the transition, each computer will need to have Office 10 and Windows 7 installed and the GroupWise email archives will need attention if emails are to be saved. Macs will need to have been upgraded to Office 2011.

Unit Heads should contact Tom Norman or Tom Reisterer to choose a week for conversion and to get additional information about the conversion. There is a new shared folder (Outlook@GVSU) with a questions/answers forum. Check out the website which has a tab dedicated to the conversion process…you may want to start there.

2. CLAS Important Dates 


     Important Dates



Aug. 8

Classes End 2nd 6 and 12 weeks


Aug. 8

Official “Report to Work” Day for faculty


Aug. 9

Grading Opens in Banner


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 *


Aug. 17

CLAS New Faculty Social**

Alumni House

Aug. 23

Unit Head Retreat

324/330 KEN, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Aug. 24

FTLC Conference

EC, 8:30-2:00 register on

Aug. 25

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting

10:00 a.m. Louis Armstrong Theatre-followed by lunch

Aug. 26

President’s Address & Convocation

Aug. 29

Fall 2011 Classes Begin


Sept. 5 + 6

Labor Day Recess


*Sponsored by Provost’s office. Special invitations sent from their office.

**Sponsored by CLAS; invitation only



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