CLAS Advising Newsletter - August 2013

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center Newsletter

Volume 2 - Issue 1

August 2013

Contact Information Location: C-1-140 Mackinac Hall Phone: 616-331-8585 Fax: 616-331-8610 Email: Website: Hours Monday - Thursday: 8am - 6pm Friday: 8am-5pm Walk-In Advising: Wednesday 1pm-4pm
In This Issue About Us Getting Ready for Fall New Library Resources Pre-Professional News Teacher Certification News CLAS Advising Center News Reminders and Helpful Resources About Us 1. Who does the Center serve? 2. What courses are required for my CLAS major and/or minor? 3. Who are my advisors? 4. Who are the College's Professional Advisors? 5. How do I make an appointment?
Mission The CLAS Academic Advising Center offers accessible, accurate, timely, and consistent academic advising to all students pursuing majors and/or minors offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Vision The academic advising and support provided by the CLAS Academic Advising Center at Grand Valley State University are an integral part of a student-focused, learner-centered, and collaborative relationship between students, faculty advisors, and professional advising staff. We strive to integrate student learning and student goals and abilities with the development of an appropriate academic plan. Getting Ready for Fall We here at the CLAS Academic Advising Center are so excited that everyone is back for the start of the Fall semester! As students are heading to campus and getting ready for the semester to begin, they may be wondering what they should be doing the first few weeks to ensure a successful semester. Here are some ideas: Stop by our office (C-1-140 MAK) and make an appointment to meet/talk with a professional academic advisor here in the center. We would love to review schedules, talk about the upcoming semester, and answer any questions Start strong by utilizing the tutoring options available. For a list of tutoring services, click here Get to know Professors by utilizing their walk-in advising hours. They are there to help! Find a good study spot and make time to visit it as often as possible.
New Library Resources As students, faculty, and staff make their way around campus, they may notice that the new Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons is now open! This is a great new addition to GVSU, with lots of resources available to the entire campus community. Check out the GVSU Libraries YouTube Channel for how to videos and tutorials on utilizing all the library has to offer.
Visit the Pre-Professional Webpage for up to date information for new and current pre-professional students Pre-Professional News Fall 2013 Pre-Professional Workshops * Getting Started as a Pre-Professional Student Date/Time - Thursday, Sept. 26 from 4-6pm Location - Seymour and Esther Padnos Hall of Science, room 261 Note: for first and second year students * Interview Skills Workshop Date/Time - Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 4-6pm Location - Russel H. Kirkhof Center, room 2204 Note: Co-Hosted with Career Services and the College of Health Professions * Healthcare Experience Panel Date/Time - Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 4-6pm Location - Russel H. Kirkhof Center, room 2204 Note: Co-Hosted with Career Services, College of Health Professions, and the Kirkhof College of Nursing White Coat Ceremony Congratulations to all of the GVSU Lakers who were inducted into Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine during the White Coat Ceremony this past weekend! We are so proud of your accomplishments and wish you well as you begin this journey.
Teacher Certification News College of Education Prerequisite Courses The College of Education will be moving EDS 378 (elementary) / 379 (secondary) - Universal Design for Learning from the Teacher Assisting semester to make it a College of Education prerequisite course. The College of Education prerequisite courses will then be: EDF 315 - Diverse Perspectives in Education EDI 337 - Introduction to Learning and Assessment EDS 378/379 - Universal Design for Learning PSY 301 - Child Development College of Education Admission If students are planning to apply for Teacher Assisting or Student Teaching in the Winter semester, they will need to turn in their applications between September 3rd and 16th this fall. Professional Readiness Exam Reminder that the Basic Skills Test has been revised. The test will now be called the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE). The PRE will be offered starting October 2013. The math and writing subtests have been revised. Please find additional information and practice materials at
CLAS Advising Center News New Senior Academic Advisor The CLAS Academic Advising Center has welcomed a new academic advisor! Dr. Nikki Gaines will be advising students in the School of Communications and the Department of Movement Science. Learn more about Dr. Gaines in her own words below: It is beyond words, the amount of joy I have to rejoin my Laker family as a Senior Academic Advisor for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). I started my journey at Grand Valley in the fall of 1994. As a freshman from Detroit, I was enthusiastic about my new life as a Laker. After earning my B.S. in Criminal Justice in 98', I pursued a M.Ed. with a specialization in College Student Affairs and Leadership. During my master's program, I worked as a graduate assistant in Health and Wellness and in the Office of Housing and Residence Life. I also interned at the University of Detroit-Mercy in the office of International Services. After I graduated with my M.Ed., I accepted a full-time position at GVSU as a Living Center Director in the Office of Housing and Residence Life. In the summer of 2008, I decided to depart from my beloved Grand Valley to pursue my doctorate full-time at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, OH. As a doctoral fellow, I worked in the College of Education and Human Development as an academic advisor. In May 2012, I graduated from BGSU with a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. Less than one year post-doctorate, I graciously accepted this position at my alma mater. I am excited to be able to once again give back to a school that has continued to give to me, a Laker for a Lifetime.
Walk-In Wednesdays Walk-In Wednesdays are back! The CLAS Academic Advising Center will have walk-in appointments available to students every Wednesday from 1-4pm. Walk-Ins are designed for advising questions that can be answered in 15 minutes or less. CLAS Student Spotlight We were very excited to see that one of our students won the Art 2 Park Permit Contest. Nathan Kalinowski, a Biomedical Science student, submitted a photo to the contest and won. Here is his photo of the GVSU Arc on the 2013-2014 parking pass:
Reminders and Helpful Resources *Fall 2013 Fellowships Workshops Mary Idema Pew Library, room 230 - 12:00-12:50pm (learn more) *Campus Life Night Fieldhouse Arena - Tuesday, September 3, from 7:00-9:00 pm (learn more) *Having trouble finding a parking spot? Consider taking the bus (learn more)

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