CLAS Acts December 2007

Carillon at Christmas

December 2007
Volume 1, Issue 4

Our Mission: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life.  CLAS Dean's Office Monthly Newsletter for Faculty  
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Dean Antczak's Office Hours Weekly in 312 Padnos:
Monday 8-9:15am; Wednesday 1-2pm and by appointment                                      

Mark Your Calendar CLAS Holiday Party & Luncheon December 7, 2007

CLAS Research Colloquium Winter 2008 January 24 February 21 March 20

'Harry Potter Lexicon' author and publisher to speak  The world-renowned founder of the Harry Potter Lexicon Web site, Steven Vander Ark, and book publisher Roger Rapoport, who are currently involved in a legal battle with author J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros., will speak Wednesday, December 5, from 7-9 p.m., in Loosemore Auditorium.    

From the Library RSS Feed:  Call for Submissions: Author Recognition
from University Libraries by lynell For GVSU faculty and staff who have published work in 2007, the University Libraries cordially invite you to submit for recognition your work published in 2007.  Publication examples may include a book, a chapter, an article, or a conference proceeding. To have your work included, please submit citations in APA style and your contact information by December 15, 2007.          

Holiday Carillon Concert
Allendale Campus Cook Carillon  
Friday, Dec.7, 1:00 PM and

Beckering Family Carillon on Pew Campus
Monday, Dec. 24, 9:30 PM

A free concert, tour, refreshments and door prizes. Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, GVSU carillonneur. For more information call 331-3484.  

From the Dean's Desk Frederick J. Antczak, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The leaves may have taken a wonderfully long time to fall this year, but the wind and snow have finally done the job.  Nonetheless, the term managed to blow by quickly.  As the year comes toward a close, I find myself with the happy task of interviewing the first candidates for new faculty positions.  This year the task is a large one-a good thing-and an uplifting one.  We are looking forward to the CLAS Holiday Luncheon next Friday (December 7 in the Grand River Room, 250 KC, including my favorites, the GVSU Tuba and Brass Holiday Ensemble).  This is a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and to meet staff and faculty from other departments. We promise that the food will be almost as good as the company. I look forward to seeing you there, anytime between 11:30 to 1:15. 'Tis also the season for the Faculty and Staff Campaign .  That's as good a topic as any to elicit the obligatory Ho-Ho-Ho, but I do hope the season finds you willing and able to help build Grand Valley.  Fuller participation is, as always, the goal.  While 100% may have some aesthetic appeal, the real reason that strong participation is important becomes apparent when I (and other representatives of our units) speak with foundations and corporate donors to the University: their first question is about the commitment of the faculty and staff to annual giving.  So every gift, large or small, contributes to our ability to bring in external funding. In December, Associate Dean Gary Stark will be checking Round 1 of the schedule and arranging for faculty interviewers for the Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competitions.  Gary is also teaching the History of Western Civilization. In addition to her routine projects, Associate Dean Sherril Soman will be working on special projects related to curriculum. This month she will wrap up in preparation for handing the reins back to Maria Cimitile who returns from sabbatical in January, as well as grading the CHM 115 lab section she is teaching. Associate Dean Jann Joseph is and will be working on new faculty orientation, implementation of mentoring plans as well as follow up with mentors and mentees, the Padnos Hall remodeling, the Plan for Distributing New Space, and AP staff support and professional development.  And I look forward to a month packed with new candidate interviews.       This has been an amazing semester of extraordinary accomplishment by, and recognition of, so many people of our faculty and staff, and by our students and alumni.  My congratulations for a great semester--I continue to be amazed by you, and how, because of you, things keep getting better and better in our College. And once you tuck your final grades safely into Banner, from the whole team in the College Office, have a wonderful break full of holiday cheer--but come back safely for an even better new year!      Is there a topic you would like to see covered in this faculty newsletter? E-mail suggestions to

Featured Center

Statistical Consulting Center No Mean Asset  

The Statistical Consulting Center (SCC) in MAK 1133 was established in 2001 within the Department of Statistics.  Dr. Neal Rogness  has served as the Director since the fall of 2005.    The SCC offers comprehensive consulting services to faculty, staffs, and students, including assistance with the initial planning of experiments and surveys through the presentation of the final research conclusions.   The SCC provides support for research projects such as composing a questionnaire; methods of data collection, handling, and analysis; the use of statistical computer programs, and the interpretation and presentation of results. The Center provides an educational experience for students with majors or minors in statistics by involving them in the operation of the center. Assistance is by appointment and appointments can be made through the center's website (    During the 2006 - 2007 academic year, the SCC had 216 appointments with 150 unique clients.  Nearly 200 of the appointments were with clients currently affiliated with GVSU.  Of these, approximately 40% and 50% were with faculty/staff and graduate students, respectively.  The highest percent of appointments were made from individuals affiliated with the College of Liberal Arts and Science (32%), followed by the College of Health Professions (25%) and the College of Education (17%).]   The SCC has worked hard to increase awareness of its services across the University.  In addition to the website, the SCC distributed promotional magnets to the GVSU community a few years back.   After serving as the center's director for the last three years, Neal is stepping down from this role.  Replacing him will be Dr. Phyllis Curtiss who served as the SCC Director for the first two years that the center was in operation.  Rogness shared, "I've very much enjoyed working with the clients and the students.  Serving as a statistical consultant is a wonderful way to learn about a great diversity of topics from a wide variety of disciplines as clients bring their research ideas in for discussion.  It's also very rewarding to play a role in helping others achieve their research goals."      

Please Note: Commencement Commencement is Saturday, December 8 at the Van Andel Arena.  Faculty are to meet at 9:30am in the robing area in the upper concourse S.E. corner entrance.  Parking permits were posted to all who have confirmed.  Direct any questions to LeaAnn Tibbe on ext. 1-2345.

Banner Takes a Holiday Banner and its dependent systems will be unavailable from 1:00 a.m. December 22 through midnight on December 30, 2007.  This downtime is attributable to required system upgrades. If you have questions regarding the upgrades, please direct them to Information Technology.