CLAS Advising Newsletter - February 2013

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center Newsletter

Volume 1 - Issue 3

February 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 Midterm Grades Academic Standing Policy Registration Information Major of the Month Pre-Professional News Teacher Certification News CLAS Advising Center News Events and Workshops 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. Midterm Grades Here in the CLAS Academic Advising Center we cannot believe it is almost time for midterm grades! As you may know, midterm evaluations will take place February 18th through the 23rd. Faculty will turn in midterm grades by February 26th. Midterm grades are given to all Freshman and to all students whose GPA falls below a 2.0. The CLAS Academic Advising Center will contact all students with a midterm GPA below 2.0 to share important student success information. This information includes tips on starting a study group, meeting with professors, tutoring assistance, etc. Want to see the complete guide? Please click on the link below. Student Success Information Good Luck Students!
Academic Standing Policy Did you know that there is an academic standing policy at Grand Valley State University? This policy helps us to ensure academic excellence here at the University. Credits earned, cumulative grade point average, and current grade point average are used to readily determine a student's academic standing. To determine academic standing, please see the Academic Standing Policy on our website. If a student is placed on Academic Probation or Jeopardy of Dismissal, a registration hold will be placed on their record. These students will need to meet with an advisor before they can register for the following semester(s) courses. This advising appointment can be with a faculty advisor or an academic advisor in the CLAS Academic Advising Center. During the appointment, a Registration Drop/Add form will be filled out and signed by the advisor. The student will need to take the completed form to the Records Department (150 Student Services Bldg.) to lift the registration hold. To meet with an academic advisor, students can contact the CLAS Academic Advising Center at 616-331-8585. Appointments with faculty advisors can be made by contacting the specific academic unit. Important note: Students in Jeopardy of Dismissal have one semester to raise their cumulative GPA above the dismissal level. If the student's cumulative GPA does not rise above the dismissal level and if the current semester GPA is less than a 2.50, the student will be dismissed. Students who get dismissed have an opportunity to petition to return to the University. To learn more about petitioning to return, please see the guide here. This guide can help students and faculty navigate this process.
Registration Information General Information The course schedule for the 2013/2014 academic year, including spring/summer 2013, will be available to view no later than March 1st in Banner. The registration schedule can be viewed here and allows students to see when they can register for classes. Remember that students can sign up for the full academic year when registration opens. Students should begin planning for the coming year as soon as possible. Meeting with a faculty or academic advisor before registering for courses is recommended. Spring/Summer Semester Spring /summer courses are a great way to earn additional credits, which may help decrease the time to graduation. The spring/summer semester is normally split into two six week sessions. These courses are condensed versions of traditional semesters. There is a lot of information presented in a short amount of time and some students find this to be challenging. Determining the number of credits to take during the spring/summer semester depends on the students ability and comfort level. If students have questions about taking courses over the spring/summer, they should talk to either a faculty or professional advisor. Note: Not all courses are structured the same during the spring/summer, with some being longer than six weeks. Please review the schedule for each specific course. Financial Aid To be considered for financial aid loans during the spring/summer semester, students will need to be enrolled in at least six credits. There is a supplemental financial aid application for the spring/summer. This application will be available mid-March, so keep an eye on the Financial Aid website for more information. Note that spring/summer financial aid is usually loans. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 616-331-3234 for more information. How to be a Guest Student An alternative option for taking spring/summer classes is to take them at another institution as a guest student. If interested in learning more about being a guest student, please take the time to review the " taking a course outside of GVSU" guide. This guide offers some information to consider when taking courses at another institution, such as how to apply and how to know what transfers back to GVSU.
Major of the Month The major of the month for February is Geography. Geography is an interdisciplinary, problem-solving field that bridges the natural and social sciences. With this major, students gain an understanding of place, space, and process over space and time. Students also get the opportunity to study where phenomena are located, how they got there, where they are going in the future, and why. City and Regional Planning involves the development of public policy to efficiently and sustainably manage our land use practices, the built and natural environments, transportation infrastructure, growth, and other things. Faculty in this program work closely with students to help them develop as professionals, analysts, and researchers. As a geography major at Grand Valley, students get the opportunity to participate in various activities and student organizations: Association of Student Geographers is a student group at Grand Valley that engages in activities like participating in regional and national academic conference, presenting student research, organizing local service and volunteering opportunities, and many more. For more information on the Association of Student Geographers, please visit Gamma Theta Upsilon is an International Geographic Honor Society Participate in student research opportunities at Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters and Student Scholars Day And more! Please visit to learn more about Geography and find fun opportunities to get more involve with the major.
Open Advising Sessions *Open Advising for BMS, BIO, CMB, and CHM majors Wednesday, March 13, 2013 1:00-4:00pm Russell H. Kirkhof Center - Room 2270 *Open Advising for students in the Frederick Meijer Honors College with majors in BMS, BIO, CMB, and CHM Tuesday, March 19, 2013 4:00-6:00pm Frederick Meijer Honors College Conference Room *Open Advising for BMS, BIO, CMB, and CHM majors Thursday, March 21, 2013 1:00-3:45pm Russell H. Kirkhof Center - Room 2266 Visit the Pre-Professional Webpage for up to date information for new and current pre-professional students Pre-Professional News Early Assurance Program The MSU College of Human Medicine (CHM) has partnered with Grand Valley State University to provide early assurance of medical school admission and enriched experiences for undergraduate students interested in becoming physicians in an underserved region or with an underserved population. Application to the Early Assurance Program (EAP) is open to students in their junior year (or the year prior to completion of their undergraduate degree at the participating institution). Preferences for EAP admission will be given to students who are the first generation to attend college, graduated from a low-income high school, are eligible for need-based grants, and who express and support their interest in a high-need medical specialty area. Applications are due by February 17th at midnight 2013 Professional School Fair Mark your calendar now for the 2013 Professional School Fair, sponsored by GVSU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and College of Health Professions. This specialized fair brings together competitive medical and health school programs to recruit GVSU's bright pre-health professions population. Representatives from medical, dental, pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, physical therapy, speech language pathology, post-bac and related programs will be attending. Schools will have the opportunity to engage hundreds of GVSU Lakers and inform them of admissions criteria, the curriculum, special programs, graduate outcomes, and ways of financing graduate education. Where: Henry Atrium - GVSU Allendale Campus When: Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 11am to 2pm Link to confirmed attendees:
Teacher Certification News New Course Codes The College of Education has revised its courses codes. Please note that the content for these courses has not changed. When registering for courses for 2013-2014, students will need to select the specific area of education where the course is listed, such as EDF: Educational Foundations and Research, rather than ED: Education. The new course codes are: EDF - Educational Foundations EDI - Educational Instruction EDR - Education Reading EDS - Education Special Ed EDT - Educational Technology If you have questions about the new codes, please contact the College of Education (616-331-6650) or the CLAS Academic Advising Center (616-331-8585). Learn Today, Teach Tomorrow Conference Central Michigan University has invited teacher education candidates to the Learn Today, Teach Tomorrow Conference held on their campus on April 6th. Please see the flyer for more information, including cost and registration information.
CLAS Advising Center News I am Grand Valley Awards Two student employees from the CLAS Academic Advising Center have received the I am Grand Valley Award. Well done Laura Dewitt and Therese Rosenberg. We are so proud of you! Outstanding Academic Advising and Student Service Award The CLAS Academic Advising Center would like to say congratulations to Professor Danielle Leek from the School of Communications on being awarded the Outstanding Academic Advising and Student Service Award. You deserve it!
You can also find the GVSU Events Calendar at Events and Workshops * There are many campus events and workshops offered by the CLAS Academic Advising Center. For a list of these events, please click here for more information *The Community Service Learning Center is offering some awesome events. Get involved! See their website for a complete list. *The LGBT Resource Center is putting on some wonderful programs this semester, which include a showing of the film "(A)sexual", the Pride Awards, a Trans* Panel, and the Lavender Awards. * The National Eating Disorder Screening Day will be coming up on February 26th with locations all over campus and many times to choose from. Visit the Counseling and Career Development Center for more information or check out the flyer.
Reminders and Helpful Resources *Students graduating in April must turn in their application for graduation by Friday, March 8th it they wish to have their name appear in the winter commencement program. Bachelor's Graduation Application Master's Graduation Application *The closing of the Zumberge Library and the opening of the new Mary Idema Pew Library is coming fast! See the timeline to stay up to date on this exciting change. * The registration schedule for 2013-2014 can be viewed here. * The course schedule for 2013-2014 will be available no later than March 1st, so keep an eye out for this!

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