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


CLAS Weekly Mailing 03-16-22


1. Registration Updates 

2. Free College? 



3. Announcement of the Faculty Fellows  

4. SSD Keynote promotes inclusion in STEM 

5. Internal Libraries AD Search: Associate Dean for Collections, Digital Strategy, and Organizational Development 


Unit Heads 

6. Learning Analytics in STEM Education Research (LASER) Institute 

7. Highlighting important email  



8. Important deadlines         

9. Upcoming events         


COVID Policy 





1. Registration Updates 

The 2022/2023 Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter schedules of classes are now available to view in Banner. Students will also receive an email from the Registrar with their assigned registration date. As students prepare for the opening of the registration process, we wanted to direct faculty attention to the CLAS Faculty Advising Repository. This is a handy “one stop” advising resource. Another helpful resource is the CLAS Academic Advising Center where you can access curriculum guides for all CLAS majors and minors for all active catalog years. Registration begins on Monday, March 21


Students will be required to complete seven verification tasks in order to gain access to registration:  

  • Update cell phone 

  • Update personal email address 

  • Update emergency contact 

  • Update local address 

  • Acknowledgement of financial responsibility 

  • Acknowledgement of vaccine requirement 

  • Acknowledgement of instructional method 

Please encourage students to complete these tasks BEFORE their registration date so that they are ready to register when their time occurs! Students may access these tasks using the following steps: 

  • Log in to Banner Self Service at  

  • Select the Student tab, Registration, and Student Registration Self Service 

  • Click on Prepare for Registration to enter the Action Item Processing page 

  • Complete your verification steps. 



This year, for most course sections, students will have the ability to add their name to a waitlist if a section is full. If a seat opens up and they are next on the waitlist, they will receive an email to their GVSU email account notifying them that they are eligible to register. They will have 36 hours to log into Banner and register for the course. Watch the wait-listing video for more information or visit the Registrar’s Office site for answers to frequently asked questions about wait-listing. 


2. Free College? 

On Tuesday, March 22 at 4 p.m. in the Pere Marquette Room, Professor Michelle Miller-Adams will talk about whether college should be free. The talk, based on Professor Miller-Adams’ recently published book, The Path to Free College, will include a discussion of issues of college affordability and possible policy solutions for addressing these issues. It will be followed by an information session on the PLS major and related programs, including IR, Prelaw, Human Rights, and Internship opportunities. 






3. Announcement of the Faculty Fellows  


We are excited to announce the faculty who will lead the implementation of the CLAS Vision, Commitment, and Action Plan.  

Experiential Learning and High-Impact Practices: Dawn Clifford Hart (CMB), Kristin Hedges (ANT), and Len O’Kelly (COM) 

Multidisciplinary Collaboration: Majd Al-Mallah (MLL), Bradford Dykes (STA), Melissa Morison (CLA) 

Enhancing Student Success through Academic Support: Debbie Herrington (CHM), Janet Vigna (BIO) 

A call for team members to work on these projects will go out soon. Please consider joining one of these implementation teams. 


4. SSD Keynote promotes inclusion in STEM 

April 13, 2022 - SSD Keynote: 

Shaping Inclusive Communities Through Being Human in Stem (5 - 6:30 p.m., online) 

Catalyzed by a 4-day student protest highlighting the impact of systemic racism on student experience, the “Being Human in STEM” (HSTEM) course  started as a student-faculty collaboration to investigate the academic literature and lived experiences of marginalized students in STEM at Amherst College and beyond. Offered since Spring 2016, the course is an engine for student-led inquiry and action that has reshaped the STEM culture at Amherst and has been adopted by over a dozen institutions. Join protein folding researchers Prof. Sheila Jaswal & Sam Young (Amherst ‘23) as they share their experiences with the HSTEM course from the faculty and student perspective and discuss HSTEM’s impact on their individual STEM journeys and the broader Amherst STEM community. 


5. Internal Libraries AD Search: Associate Dean for Collections, Digital Strategy, and Organizational Development 

University Libraries are searching for a new Associate Dean for Collections, Digital Strategy, and Organizational Development. The search is internal to the Grand Valley faculty community. If you are interested, please consult the job posting. 


Unit Heads 

6. Learning Analytics in STEM Education Research (LASER) Institute 

The Learning Analytics in STEM Education Research (LASER) Institute is a summer, NSF-funded institute for STEM education researchers looking for an opportunity to develop the capacity to use newer methods in their research. More information and the application for the institute (due March 31). 


7. Highlighting important email  

Unit Heads – please check your email for important messages from the Registrar and Dean regarding waitlists and capacity override requests. 




8.  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. 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 20   Enter all 21/22 Student Learning Outcome Assessment Data into GV Advance 

May 30 Memorial Day recess  




9. Upcoming‌ ‌events         ‌ ‌ ‌                                      


Mar. 17 CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium (register to receive the link if you have not already done so) 

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. 22 Free College talk. Pere Marquette Room, KC. 4 p.m. 

Mar. 23   Unit Head Meeting via Zoom   

Mar. 29   2022 Mosaic Lecture.  Dr. Mariel Vazquez, professor of Mathematics at UC Davis will meet interested students and faculty at the Math Department Peer Collaborating Space 4 –5 p.m.         

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 Rim of the Visible Ground, artist talk by Sean Patrick Carney, 1-2:40 p.m. Calder Art Center 

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     





CLAS Research Colloquium 

You are cordially invited to the final, virtual (via Zoom) CLAS faculty research colloquium of the academic year. The colloquium will take place Thursday, March 17, with the presentations beginning at 3 p.m. 

The speakers will be: 

Brian Smith (Chemistry) “Understanding mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.” 

David Álvarez (English) “Reclaiming the Strait of Gibraltar? French Rapper AbdelMalik's Journey to Morocco.” 

John Weber (Geology) “Trinidad and Tobago Geogenomics: reconciling and synthesizing published genetics data into a comprehensive geologic, paleogeographic and geomorphic model.” 

To join the colloquia, and receive the Zoom link to the presentations, please complete the short form to register to receive the Zoom link (if you have previously completed the form, there’s no need to do so again). Please join your colleagues for collegial and cerebral refreshment! 



GV Arts Celebration 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:      

GVSU Arts Celebration Lecture registration (Hanif Abdurraquib, MacArthur Fellow)      



Newsletters/information you may have missed   

Student Scholars Day 

Community Service Learning Center 

CSCE Newsletter 



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