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


CLAS Weekly Mailing 03-09-22


1. Art Celebration Open Meeting 


2. Fellowships 


3. Important deadlines        

4. Upcoming events        


COVID Policy 






1. Arts Celebration Open Meeting 

The Steering Committee for the GVSU Arts Celebration invites CLAS faculty and staff to participate in a brainstorming session about the future of the Arts Celebration. We’re interested in your ideas about the role of the arts at GVSU and what the Arts Celebration series can do to showcase the arts at GVSU and in the larger West Michigan community. The meeting will be held via Zoom from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, March 18.  

If you have questions, contact Amorak Huey ([email protected]). For the Zoom code, contact [email protected].  






2. Fellowships 

The Laker Venture Grant application deadline is March 15 - Lakers Venture Grant Program - Center for Undergraduate Scholar Engagement - Grand Valley State University ( Please encourage students with great ideas for summer projects to apply! 

The Lakers Venture Grant award enables an undergraduate student to propose an intensive research, scholarly, or creative project to be conducted or created during the Spring/Summer semester. Awards will be made based on the quality of the proposals. Each award includes up to $2,000 for travel costs and incidentals directly associated with the project (for example: museum passes, least-cost short-term accommodation at the research site, transportation to the research location).  The Lakers Venture Grant award is intended to support travel to and then engagement in an independent research/inquiry experience that could not be accomplished on campus. 


The Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship 2022 (for graduate school support) has a GVSU internal deadline of March 18. See Scholarships and Awards - Phi Kappa Phi - Grand Valley State University ( for the application portal and for more information about the GVSU nomination process. 

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards 54 Fellowships of $8,500 each, six at $20,000 each, and two at $35,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.  The Fellowship Program annually provides funding to first-year graduate students who are pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees across all academic disciplines. Endorsed by their local chapter, Phi Kappa Phi Fellows go on to study at some of the nation’s top graduate schools. 

The Samvid Scholars applications (for two years of support for graduate  study) are due March 31: Samvid Scholars - Samvid Ventures. This is a new, prestigious award. The selection criteria include academic excellence, leadership, service focus, bias toward action and grit. Applicants should be planning to pursue full-time graduate programs in the U.S. in one of the following programs: MD, MBA, JD, MPP/MPA, MPH, EdD, MS/MA in social sciences or STEM.  Minimum GPA is 3.5.  


The Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Award is open with a March 15 deadline: Study Abroad ( 


Many of the big fellowships open this spring with mid-August internal deadlines and early fall external deadlines. Send high-achieving students to Brenda Tooley (Center for Undergraduate Scholar Engagement).  Current juniors are the earliest possible eligible applicants (they’ll work on their essays over the summer between junior and senior years) – and expressions of interest from current seniors, grad students, and GVSU alumni are welcome.  



3.  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. 9    Date by which unit head submits electronic FARs, CVs, and Unit Head Summaries to     Dean’s office (Tracy McLenithan).     

May 9  Classes begin first 6 and 12 weeks      

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. 25 – 29 Final Exams 

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.    

May 30 Memorial Day recess 



4. Upcoming‌ ‌events         ‌ ‌ ‌                                     

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. 18   A life on the move: Unraveling the mysterious evolution of fish migration, AWRI Seminar. 2 p.m. Lake Michigan Center, Muskegon 


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.)    Monday, March 14, 7 p.m. 

GVSU Arts Celebration Lecture registration (Hanif Abdurraquib)     Tuesday, April 5, 7 p.m.


Newsletters/information you may have missed  

GVSU Art Gallery  

GVSU Alumni Relations 

Civic Learning Network blogging - website 

Alert Level 1 article in GVNext 

OURS newsletter including workshops for students intending summer research 

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