College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Unit Head Mailing 9-22-09

1GVSU Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa

2Time to Comment on University Strategic Plan Draft

3. Service Learning News

4. Support for the Admission and Retention Efforts

5. CLAS Important Dates      

1.       GVSU Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (attachment) – Mary Schutten

Call for Faculty Nominations of Student Leaders- Student Life

Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Grand Valley State University Circle is seeking nominations of student leaders. Members must have an endorsement from a GVSU faculty member in their academic program. Membership in Omicron Delta Kappa is open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students who rank in the upper 35% academically of their respective college (approximately a 3.3 GPA).


Members must show a record of leadership in one or more of the following phases of campus life: Scholarship; Athletics; Social Service/Religious Activities/Campus Government; Journalism; Speech and the Mass Media; Creative and Performing Arts. Please see the application form for more details.


2.    Time to Comment on University Strategic Plan Draft

As you read in an e-mail on September 4 from Julie Guevara, the University's new draft Strategic Plan is open for comment.  In the coming year, CLAS will need to align its own updated plan with the Board approved plan (this could come at their mid October meeting) so the time to comment on the university plan draft is now.  The updated plan can be accessed at: www.gvsu.edu/strategicplanning/ .  Please review it and provide your comments to: stratplan@gvsu.edu .


3. Service Learning News – message from Mary Schutten

One of the things the college is emphasizing this year is service learning. There are two efforts underway in the Community Service Learning Center (CSLC) that we want to bring to your attention:

1.    The CSLC is providing grants to faculty to foster the use of Service Learning as a pedagogy, primarily in general education courses. Look for more information including how to apply on October 1, the proposed launch date.

2.    The CSLC is creating a web site for faculty and staff designed as a teaching, research and engagement tool for service learning similar to our peer institution, James Madison University, www.jmu.edu/csl

Please share this information with your faculty and look for more information from CSLC in the coming weeks.



4. Support for the Admission and Retention Efforts – message from Mary


Thanks for your willingness to help support the admissions and retention efforts of the university. We could use a few more names to represent CLAS for the Oct 6, 27, 28 east side of the state events and several departments are needed to provide department faculty for the upcoming admissions events on campus:

T 9-29-09 7:30 pm, F 10-16-09, 9:30-11 am, S 10-31-09 9:30-11 am. Please send Andrea Marks those names soon.




5. CLAS Important Dates      

Important Dates



Sept. 22

Rashid Khalidi-Guest Lecturer—Fall Arts Celebration

Eberhard Center, 2nd Floor, 7:00 P.M.

Sept. 28

Hot Topics In Human Genetics

Loosemore Auditorium, 7:00 P.M.

Sept. 30

Unit Head Meeting

2204 KC, 3:00-5:00

   Sept. 30

Nomination form for early promotion/tenure due

B-4-232 MAK

Oct. 1

Budget Requests due for 2010-2011

B-4-232 MAK, Pat Haynes

Oct. 1

Faculty Award Nomination Packets (Pew awards and Outstanding Teacher)

B-4-232 MAK

Oct. 3

CLAS Alumni Board Meeting


Oct. 12-16

Mid Term Week


Oct. 13

Round 1 Schedule due to UH


Oct. 14

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00

Oct. 15

Facilities Requests

B-4-232 MAK

Oct. 16

Alumni-In-Residence Luncheon

By Invitation

Oct. 17

CLAS Mindgating


Oct. 20

Mid-term Grades due at noon


Oct. 20

Round 1 Schedule Due

Dean’s Office (electronic [Pam Kellogg] and hard copy [B-4-232 MAK])

Oct. 21

HRRC Department Policy


   Oct. 23

CLAS Research Colloquium

308 PAD, 2:30-5:00 P.M.

Oct. 28

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00

Nov. 1*

Distinguished Contribution to a Discipline Award Nominations

R&D Committee (301C DEV)

Nov. 1*

Outstanding University Service Award Nominations

Office of the Provost

*Since Nov. 1 falls on a Sunday, we have been assured these offices will accept nominations on Nov. 2.

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