CLAS Advising Newsletter - January 2014

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center Newsletter

Volume 2 - Issue 3

January 2014

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 Registration Information How to Schedule An Appointment Pre-Professional News Teacher Certification 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. Registration Information General Information The course schedule for the 2014/2015 academic year, including spring/summer 2014, 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. **Please Note: 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. 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 The process for receiving Financial Aid in spring/summer has recently changed. Please visit the Financial Aid website or contact them 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.
How To Schedule An Appointment Making an Appointment with your CLAS Academic Advising Center Students are able to make an appointment to meet with an academic advisor in the CLAS Academic Advising Center by stopping into our Center, located in C-1-140 MAK, or by calling us at 616-331-8585. Please note that we are not able to set up appointments via email. Making an Appointment with your Faculty Advisor Students can determine who their faculty advisor(s) are by looking in the upper left corner of their myPath. Once the faculty advisor is identified, there are a few ways to schedule an appointment with them. Students may call their faculty member's office to schedule an appointment, send an email, or stop in during walk-in hours. To learn when a faculty advisor holds walk-in hours, contact the major department and they will be able to provide that information.
Visit the Pre-Professional Webpage for up to date information for new and current pre-professional students Pre-Professional News Upcoming Workshops *Personal Statement Workshop Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 3:00-5:00pm - Frederik Meijer Honors College, Room 114 * Professional School Application Workshop: The Details! (two dates, same presentation) Monday, February 17, 2014 - 4:00-6:00pm - Russell H. Kirkhof Center, Room 2266 Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 2:30-4:30pm - Russell H. Kirkhof Center, Room 2215 *Health Care Experience Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 4:00-6:00pm - Loutit Hall, Room 101 *Professional School Fair Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 11:00am-3:00pm - Russell H. Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room Other Important Dates * If you are applying to the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Early Assurance Program, the application deadline for GVSU is midnight on February 13, 2014
Teacher Certification News Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) Preparation In order to be prepared for the Professional Readiness Exam (required of all students applying to the College of Education), it is recommended that students utilize the resources available to them. These include: *Downloading and reviewing the Study Guides and other materials from the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification website * Visiting the GVSU Mathematics Lab and Writing Center for math and writing support Please note that there are more resources being developed to help students be successful when taking the PRE. Keep an eye on the CLAS Academic Advising Center Website for more information. TB Test The TB Test is no longer required for admission into the College of Education. Applications Due Applications for the Fall 2014 semester are due no later than 5:00pm on February 4th. These can be turned in on the 4th floor of Building C of the DeVos Center downtown. For more information, please contact the College of Education at 616-331-6650.
Reminders and Helpful Resources *Study Abroad Applications The Study Abroad Application deadline is February 1st. Also, the Barbara H. Padnos International Scholarship application is due February 15th. *Speech Lab Get prepared for individual and group presentations by meeting with a peer consultant in the Speech Lab. Located in Lake Superior Hall, Room 240 and in the Mary Idema Pew Knowledge Market. For appointments and more information go here *Career Center The CLAS Academic Advising Center met with The Career Center recently and learned that they have many events coming up. Check out their website for a complete list of these.

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