CLAS Advising Newsletter - November 2013

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center Newsletter

Volume 2 - Issue 2

November 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 Winter Schedule Checks Scholarship Information Graduate Records Exams (GRE) Pre-Law Advising 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. Winter Schedule Checks As the Fall semester comes to an end, students may want to start thinking about next semester. Students can stop in the Center and have an advisor review next semester's courses and make sure that students are prepared to finish the academic year strong! Don't forget that we have walk-in advising on Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00pm! Tuition is due December 13th by 5pm
Scholarship Information The scholarship page on the Financial Aid website has been updated. It is now easier than ever for students to search and find scholarship opportunities that they may be eligible for. Incoming Student Scholarships GVSU Department and Endowed Scholarships Outside Scholarships and National Awards Scholarship Search Tips Scholarships are a great way to help fund a student's education and reduce the need for loans!
Graduate Records Exam (GRE) There are many factors that go into getting accepted to graduate school programs. Graduate schools typically look for a solid GPA, strong letters of recommendation, internships and volunteer hours in a relevant area, research projects, personal statements, and a good score on the Graduate Records Exam (GRE). The GRE measures readiness for graduate study. It is broken up into three parts: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning. The Analytical Writing section looks at how students analyze an issue or argument and how they can come up with supporting examples. The Verbal Reasoning section measures reading comprehension and requires students to hone in their vocabulary skills. The Quantitative Reasoning section utilizes arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. The test lasts 3 hours and 45 minutes and costs $185. The test can be a huge factor for admission to some graduate programs so it is critical for students to prepare for the exam early. It is recommended that students start to prepare for it months in advance. For more information about the GRE, visit and/or contact Heather Chafin and Brian Eikenhout in our office. Note - All GVSU students can stop by the CLAS Academic Advising Center to find the newest edition of the "Official Guide to the GRE" in our Resource Room.
Pre-Law Advising Although GVSU does not offer a "Pre-Law" major, we do have several majors that can be selected that will prepare students for law school. Many students considering law school may select a major such as Political Science, Philosophy, Business, and Criminal Justice, among others. Students are strongly encouraged to select law-related courses from outside their major. GVSU offers a wide range of these courses in Criminal Justice, Women and Gender Studies, Political Science, Management, and Accounting. To get connected to pre-law information, be sure to join the Pre-Law Society. Find it through OrgSync and Facebook! Brian Eikenhout is the advisor in our office that works with Pre-Law students. An appointment can be scheduled with him by calling our office at 616-331-8585. We also have three pre-law faculty advisors: Kristine Botsford Mullendore, J.D.
Professor of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies 271C DeVos Mark Richards, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science 1106 AuSable Hall John Uglietta, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy B-3-209 Mackinac Hall
Visit the Pre-Professional Webpage for up to date information for new and current pre-professional students Pre-Professional News Suture Clinic The CLAS Academic Advising Center's Pre-Professional Team hosted the second bi-annual Suture Clinic on November 9, 2013, which was led by medical students in the Surgery Interest Group at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. There were 46 GVSU undergraduate students in attendance between the two sessions, who learned how to do multiple types of sutures by practicing on bananas and pigs' feet. This event will be held again in the Winter 2014 semester. Stay tuned for more details! Test Prep Courses The Test Prep Course will be offered again in the Winter 2014 semester for students who are preparing to take the DAT, MCAT, PCAT, and OAT. The course will be on Thursday evenings starting in mid-January and running through March, and the sessions will be taught by GVSU faculty. Registration will open soon for the course, so please stay tuned! Health Care Experience Workshop On October 29th, the Pre-Professional Team along with College of Health Professions, the Kirkhof College of Nursing, and the Career Center hosted the bi-annual Health Care Experience Workshop. Representatives from Spectrum Health, Mercy Health (formerly St. Mary's), Mary Free Bed, Goodwill, Porter Hills, International Service Learning, and Homewatch Caregivers were on hand to answer questions about their volunteer and employment opportunities in health care settings. Notes from this workshop (including contact information of the presenters) can be found on the CLAS Academic Advising Center's website:
Teacher Certification News EDF 315 Online Course for Community College Students The College of Education (COE) has partnered with community colleges around Michigan to allow students there to take an online version of EDF 315 - Diverse Perspectives on Education. This is a wonderful opportunity for transfer students interested in teaching, as this would allow them to get an early start on making progress toward teacher certification. All students will be required to have permission from the College of Education to take the course. If interested, students should call the Student Services Coordinator, Annukka Thelen, in the COE at 616-331-6650. Current GVSU students can also take this course, but would still need to get permission from the College of Education.
CLAS Advising Center News Louie Comes to Transfer Orientation! As the CLAS Academic Advising Center was gearing up for an awesome day of transfer orientation last week, we had a surprise visit from Louie the Laker! Battle of the Valleys The CLAS Advising Center raised over $60 for the Battle of the Valleys Fundraising Challenge. We hope to do even better next year!
Reminders and Helpful Resources *Time-For-Ten A new program from the GVSU Career Center where students can have a walk-in appointment with a career consultant (learn more) *Final Exam Week Final exams start December 9th and go through the 13th. Find the Fall 2013 final exam schedule here.

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