Weekly Mailing to Tenure line, Affiliate, Visitors, Administrative Professionals, and Professional Support Staff in CLAS


CLAS Weekly Mailing 03-02-22


1. Advising Tips: Withdrawal Deadline and Advising Materials  



2. Outcomes of the election   

3. The Health Professional and Graduate School Fair 


Unit Heads   

4. Template for Sequencing of Unit and College Documents for Personnel Guidelines  



5. Important deadlines       

6. Upcoming events       


COVID Policy 





1. Advising Tips: Withdrawal Deadline and Advising Materials 

The deadline date for students to withdraw from a Winter 2022 course has been extended to Friday, March 25 at 5:00 p.m. Withdrawals after this date require significant documentation and justification.  

The Late Drop process outlines the steps students would need to take to request a late withdrawal. These are approved only in truly extenuating circumstances. 

Students should carefully consider multiple items before making the decision to drop a class. The Decision Tree helps walk students through this process. Always recommend that students visit the Financial Aid Office prior to dropping a course. 

Complete Withdrawal 

Students withdrawing from all courses during an academic term must submit an electronic complete withdrawal form and forward the form via email to the to the Registrar’s Office at [email protected]. Students do not need to obtain the signature of their faculty or professional advisor on the form. The deadline for submitting a complete withdrawal form for any semester is 5:00 p.m. on the Friday of the last week classes (April 22, 2022), prior to the start of final exams. After this date, students will need to appeal for a complete withdrawal through the Academic Review Committee. 





2. Outcomes of the Election   

Congratulations to all of the affiliate and tenured/tenure-track faculty who were elected to faculty governance positions for 2022-23. CLAS Governance and Election webpage

Please notice that there are still several positions that are unfilled for next year, and a whole host of colleagues who will be on sabbatical next year. If you are interested in serving in an open committee seat or as a sabbatical replacement, please contact Faculty Council chair Len O’Kelly at [email protected]


3. The Health Professional and Graduate School Fair 

The Health Professional and Graduate School Fair will be held in-person for the first time since 2019. The fair will take place on Thursday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Grand River Room (Kirkhof 2250). This event is designed for students interested in applying to various health professional and graduate school programs and provides an opportunity for students to ask questions, get information and make professional connections directly with school representatives. We currently have over 50 programs from across Michigan and the country registered to attend. Please spread the word to any students interested. You can view the most up to date list of registered programs on our website. Please contact Dani Lauer ([email protected]) in the CLAS Academic Advising Center with any questions. 



Unit Heads 

4. Template for Sequencing of Unit and College Documents for Personnel Guidelines 


Units that are considering revisions to their personnel documents must use the Template for Sequencing of Unit and College Documents for Personnel Guidelines available on the provost’s webpage. Please contact Donovan for information about the process.  



5.  Important‌ ‌deadlines      ‌        ‌ ‌ ‌                                    

Anytime       Faculty can self-submit an item for the FORUM.   [email protected]           ‌ ‌     ‌ ‌ ‌   ‌                    
Each Day     All members of the GVSU community must fill out the online self-assessment each day they are on campus. (VAT)                 

Mar. 6 – 13  Spring Break. CLAS College office is open.      

Mar. 7    Deadline to apply for CLAS Faculty Fellow positions      

Mar. 9    Date by which unit head submits electronic FARs, CVs, and Unit Head Summaries to     Dean’s office (Tracy McLenithan).        

Mar. 15  CLAS Award Nominations due to Dean’s Office (Kristin Winfrey)        

Mar. 15  Spring/Summer Staffing Plans due to the Dean’s Office      

Mar. 18  Oldenburg Writing Contest deadline for submission. For more information, [email protected]   

Mar. 21   Open Registration Begins       

Mar. 21     Advanced Registration for SS22, F22 and W23 begins 

Mar. 25 Deadline date for students to withdraw from a Winter 2022 course 

Mar. 30  Deadline for nominations to Full Professor    

Mar. 30  Facilities requests for Summer 22 small projects (minor furniture changes, whiteboards, small department-funded projects) should be sent to George McBane. Prior discussion to establish feasibility, cost, etc. recommended.      

Apr. 15 Requests for new dibs room assignments, accompanied by plans to fill them at or above the standards described at Department Dibs Room Use Policy, should be sent to Mona Silva.    

 Apr. 30 Sabbatical Reports deadline for Fall 2021 sabbaticals     

May 2       Final grades due by midnight 

May 6    2022-2023 catalog changes due to [email protected]    

May 6    Facilities requests for work to be done Summer 2023 (more substantial projects needing university funding, renovations, whole-classroom furniture changes, etc.) Submit to Mona Silva on Facilities Request Form.   



6. Upcoming‌ ‌events         ‌ ‌ ‌                                    


Mar. 2   CANCELLED Unit Head Meeting via Zoom      

Mar. 10 Science on Tap: Let's explain nucleosynthesis: A voyage from tiny nuclei to massive stars and beyond. 8 p.m. SpeakEZ Lounge | 600 Monroe Ave. NW Grand Rapids 

Mar. 14   GVSU Arts Celebration Poetry Night. Register for Poetry Night (virtual)        

Mar. 14 India: Our Reluctant, Critical Partner in Asia, Richard M. Rossow, Senior Advisor and Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC. 3-4 p.m., 2263 KC          

Mar. 16   Unit Head Meeting via Zoom      

Mar. 19   Region 12 Science Olympiad Tournament 

Mar. 19   2022 Michigan History Day Region 4      

Mar. 29   2022 Mosaic Lecture.  Dr. Mariel Vazquez, professor of Mathematics at UC Davis           

Mar. 29     Grand Morsels: Why fish don’t freeze, how soap works, and more: The Amazing Chemistry of Water       

Mar. 30   Unit Head Meeting via Zoom      

Mar. 31   New Music Ensemble Composition Competition             

Apr. 5      GVSU Arts Celebration Lecture presents: An Evening with Hanif Abdurraqib. Register for lecture (virtual)                  

Apr. 9   Princeton Review free/online virtual exam, MCAT Practice Test (April 9)              

Apr. 9   Princeton Review free/online virtual exam, GRE Practice Test (April 9)              

Apr. 9   Princeton Review free/online virtual exam, DAT Practice Test (April 9)             

Apr. 13  26th Annual Student Scholar Day      

Apr. 13   Unit Head Meeting via Zoom      

Apr. 14 The Arnold C. Ott Lectureship in Chemistry: Microplastics are Here, There, and Everywhere. 5 p.m. reception for 6 p.m. lecture. Grand River Room, KC.      

Apr. 26   Grand Morsels: The Science of Handwashing      

Apr. 29 7 p.m. Commencement (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Van Andel Arena   


GV Arts Celebration Poetry Night and Lecture postcards available    

All faculty and staff should have received a GV Arts postcard via their unit. If faculty would like a stack to distribute to a class, contact [email protected] to request. More information at Registration is open to the campus community and general public for both events:    

Poetry Night registration (Danez Smith, et al.)    

GVSU Arts Celebration Lecture registration (Hanif Abdurraquib)    



CLAS Vision, Commitments and Action Plan (2021-2025) 

Information on the college plan, the Faculty Fellows job description etc. can be found on the strategic planning webpage


Newsletters/information you may have missed 

GVSU Moves to Alert Level 1 

CUSE including SSD information 

Registrar email about Wait List 


Upcoming Music, Theatre, and Dance events 

New access to Gartner Research: Please visit and sign in using your GVSU email account and password to access Gartner Research. 


Key Info on LastPass from IT from email 2/24/22 

Please visit the following links to setup your new account and access support information for getting started with LastPass:   

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact IT services at (616) 331-2035, at [email protected], or by visiting IT Service Desk Portal


Rick Rossow graduated from GVSU in 1998 and is now the Senior Advisor and Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in DC.  He will speak on the U.S. India Relationship

March 14, free, virtual. Click image to register

April 5, free, virtual. Click image to register

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