College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Unit Head Mailing 9-23-08  


1.      Jewish Holidays – message from Shel Kopperl

2.      CLAS Important Dates



1.      Jewish Holidays – message from Shel Kopperl

As an active member of the West Michigan Jewish community, I wish to call to your attention the fact that the major two Jewish holidays of the year, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, will be falling on the evening of Monday, September 29, the day of Tuesday, September 30 (and Wed., October 1 for more traditional Jews); and on the evening of Wednesday, October 8 and the day of Thursday, October 9.

I and the rest of the Jewish faculty and staff as well as our Jewish students would appreciate your assistance in encouraging instructors, coaches and advisors to be understanding of student requests to attend religious services on these occasions and to allow them to make up missed work wherever possible.  The area Jewish congregations are offering their hospitality and opening their places of worship to our students who may not be able to travel to their homes to celebrate the holidays with their families.  Not unlike Christmas and Easter, these are the two holidays where all Jews, regardless of how little they may attend formal worship services throughout the year, feel a special need to attend services on these most holy of days.

Thanks for your support.  Shel Kopperl       


2.      CLAS Important Dates


Important Dates








Sept. 24

New MAK Open House

9:30-11:30 a.m., MAK Interior Courtyard

Sept. 24

Stephen Greenblatt- Guest Lecturer-Fall Arts Celebration

"Cultural Mobility: The Strange Case of Shakespeare's Cardenio."

7:00 p.m., EC, 2nd Floor

Sept. 25

Out of the Box Discussions – sponsored by CLAS Faculty Council and CLAS Development Committee

12:00-2:00, 2204 KC

Sept. 29

Nomination form for promotion/early tenure due

B-4-232 MAK

Oct. 1

Unit Head Meeting (continue discussion on time to graduation)

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

Oct. 1

Budget Requests for 2009-2010

Pat Haynes, B-4-232 MAK

Oct. 7

Art Gallery Exhibit, Fall Arts Celebration

5:00-7:00, Art Gallery, PAC

Oct. 10

Distinguished Alumni-In-Residence Luncheon*


Oct. 11


1030 a.m.-6:00 p.m Kirkhof Center locations

Oct. 13-15

NCA Accreditation

Open Forum Dates – see attachment

Oct. 15

Facilities Requests due (form on website)

B-4-232 MAK

Oct. 22

Unit Head Meeting (What Counts As Scholarship?)

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

Oct. 23

Webinar – Faculty Collegiality: A Tourniquet for a Hemorrhaging Department

1:00-2:00 p.m., B-2-226 MAK

Oct. 24

Oct. 25

Dance Stars Across America, Fall Arts Celebration

8:00 p.m. Louis Armstrong Theatre

2:00 p.m. Louis Armstrong Theatre

Oct. 29

Poetry Night, Fall Arts Celebration

7:00 p.m. Eberhard Center

Oct. 31

CLAS Casual Costume Friday


Oct. 31

Out of the Box Discussions – sponsored by CLAS Faculty Council and CLAS Development Committee

Registration is now open

8:00-10:00, 2270 KC

* By invitation only


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