Weekly Mailing to TT, AFF, VIS, AP, PSS in CLAS

CLAS Weekly Mailing 03-24-21


1. Strategic Planning Update   

2.  Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Workshop Registration 



3. Write Winning Grant Proposals 

4. Student Scholars Day 

5. From the Office of Fellowships 

6. Promotion of Spring/Summer courses 



7.  Important Due Dates     

8. Upcoming Events    



1. Strategic Planning Update   

Last week, APs across the College, 3 CLAS units, and graduate program directors and graduate faculty participated in visioning conversations. 

Total CLAS Faculty/Staff who have participated at least once: 472  

Total CLAS Faculty/Staff who have submitted comments via the College Strategic Planning Website: 8   


2.  Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Workshop Registration 

Research suggests that many students who commit academic misconduct do not do so intentionally. Academic misconduct primarily stems from a lack of understanding and preparation. During this workshop, participants will learn about GVSU’s Academic Integrity policies and identify best practices for avoiding academic misconduct. 

April 8, 2 p.m., Addressing Academic Misconduct (Faculty & Staff) .  




3. Write Winning Grant Proposals 

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is pleased to host a 2-part virtual live-stream seminar entitled “Write Winning Grant Proposals” on Thursday, May 6, 9am-12:30pm and Friday, May 7, 9am-12:30pm.  The presenter, John Robertson, PhD, is excellent and I highly recommend this workshop.   

You may also find the same information online at the Seminar Website, including a link to the two-day livestream event Agenda.  Please RSVP by sending an e-mail with your Name, Title and Dept. to [email protected].  You will receive a reply e-mail with a brief survey intake form that includes a choice of grant writer workbook and mailing options.   

Please register early.  The deadline for complete registration is 4/16/2021. 



4. Student Scholars Day  

Student Scholars Day (SSD) is held once each year to celebrate the scholarship and creative work performed by GVSU students. The day showcases faculty-mentored student work, shared through many venues, including (but not limited to) oral presentations, discussion and panel sessions, fine arts exhibits and performances, and poster presentations. Recorded presentations will be available online April 12-26. We will feature plenary sessions with GVSU alumni who will share their experience with how research at GVSU contributed to their careers. 

  • Dr. Michael Dykstra, ’15 (Physics) on April 14 from 12-1 p.m. 
    “Physics, Mayan Health, and Harvard Med: Charting a Path Through Uncertainty” 

  • Dr. Littisha Bates, ’04 (Sociology)) on April 14 from 4-5 p.m.  
    “From Success to Significance: Leveraging the Ivory Tower for Public Good” 

  • “Communicating with the Media and Policymakers: How to make your research translatable” Hosted by the Scholars Strategy Network of Michigan on April 15 from 1-2 p.m. 

For more information and to join live sessions, please visit our website: 



5. From the Office of Fellowships 


Interested in international service? Curious about the Peace Corps ? Eager to learn more about the application process? Join this Information Session to hear from and ask questions of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers as well as the Peace Corps Recruiter for our region.  

Curious about fellowship opportunities leading to a career focused on using your language skills in the intelligence and security fields within the U.S. government (across many different agencies and departments, at home and abroad)? This is a great opportunity to learn a critical need language.  

  • NEW EVENT: Teaching English Abroad Information Session – April 16, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. 
    Are you interested in teaching English abroad? If so, join us to learn more! The Office of Fellowships is conducting an informational about fellowships that support the experience of teaching abroad: The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET), English Program in Korea (EPIK), Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), U.S. Teaching Assistantships at Austrian Secondary Schools (USTA), and many more! Please consider attending this event because fellowship-sponsored experiences like these open doors for future careers - they are great experiences in themselves and will stand out on your resume and broaden your cultural humility and intercultural skills. 


  • Would you like to pursue a Masters in Ireland with funding from a Major Fellowship? 

George J. Mitchell Scholarships ( support one year of study at one of nine universities in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The award covers tuition and room charges, and provides a stipend plus an allowance for travel in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe. The Program awards approximately 15-20 scholarships to U.S. citizens who are current undergraduates or recent graduates (please note age restrictions detailed on website). The Mitchell Scholarship program welcomes students in any discipline, not only Irish Studies majors, and welcomes students of every background and ethnicity, not just Irish-Americans. And note! - The U.S.-Ireland Alliance expects Mitchell Scholars to become active members of our nonprofit organization, our alumni scholar community, and to remain connected to the island of Ireland. We urge applicants to consider this before applying. If you are just looking for a program to pay for your graduate degree, this is not the program for you. 


The 2022-2023 Application cycle has just opened! Here is the link to the application page (signing up is the first step in the process):


Campus Endorsement and Application Timeline for the Mitchell Scholarship Program:  Internal GVSU Deadline: Monday, August 16, 2021. The external (final) deadline for submission of your application with the institutional endorsement letter is in late September. Current students and recent alumni must be endorsed by Grand Valley State University in order to apply for the Mitchell Scholarship program.   


6. Promotion of Spring/Summer courses 

In recent years CLAS has produced a poster for the college to highlight Spring Summer courses.  With far fewer students on campus, we will not be creating that poster this year.  If you would like your CLAS colleagues to know about offerings in your unit this Spring/Summer, we will be happy to run blurbs at the end of CLAS Weekly Mailing about these courses (up to 100 words) so that advisors in the college will be aware of them (see first example below the Calendars).  We will also put them up in our MAK ground floor display case, post on Facebook, etc.   You can submit up to two courses on the online form.  Log in again for additional courses. If in addition you want to make an 8-1/2 x 11" poster and email it to [email protected], we will post it in our ground floor display case in MAK.




7.  Important Due Dates           


Mar. 30  Nomination to full professor form to Heidi Nicholson         

Mar. 31   Minor facilities requests for Summer 2021 – minor furniture changes, whiteboards, small department-funded projects.  Submit directly to George McBane ([email protected]).  Prior discussion to establish feasibility, cost, etc. recommended.        

Mar. 31   Fellowship deadlines:     

Apr. 1   Mental break day, no classes.       Homework or other assignments may not be due on the April 1 break day.  

Apr. 2 Supervisor prints off a hard copy of the form (with filled out information) and meets with the PSS employee to discuss, by April 2.       

Apr. 6   North America Language and Culture Assistants Program (NALCAP) – April 6, 2021 – North America Language and Culture Assistants Program (NALCAP) Deadline    

Apr. 8  Unit heads send unit commencement plans to Monica [email protected]  

 Apr. 9    5 p.m. – Drop with a “W” deadline for Winter 2021          

Apr. 15  First Dibs Classroom Requests due to Cindy Laug ([email protected])   

Apr. 23 Supervisor signs/dates the form and scans (for PSS employees), then emails to GV Performance Management by April 23.       

 Apr. 23 Supervisor finalizes evaluation (for non-PSS employees), including meeting with employee [Supervisor may begin with feedback as soon as they have received the submitted evaluation from their employee.]       

  May 7   Facilities requests for Summer 2022 – changes requiring construction, full-classroom furniture changes, new electrical installations, etc.  Submit to Mona Silva ([email protected]) on Facilities Request Form available at       

 May 21    Catalog copy changes due to [email protected]     
Jun. 1   Unit Self-Studies due in GV Advance       



8. Upcoming Events           


Mar. 25    GVSU Padnos/Sarosik Civil Discourse Symposium      

Mar. 30   Indigenous History, Historical Ecology, and the Environmental Tipping Point in the Southern Amazon.  Contact Jim Penn for Zoom link. 

Mar. 31     Unit Heads Meeting (Zoom)           

Mar. 31     Peace Corps Information Event. Students interested in international service: Learn more about the application process. 3:30 p.m. Hear from returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Peace Corps Recruiter for our region.   RSVP for this event to receive a Zoom link.    

Apr. 9     Using Trophic and Movement Ecology to Inform Fisheries Management and Ecology, AWRI. 2 p.p. Contact [email protected] in advance for the Zoom link. 

Apr. 13   Graduate Showcase 2021    

Apr. 16   Graduate Dean's Citation Awards Virtual Event   

May 4  College Meeting (Zoom) 2-3:30 p.m.




GPY100 Physical and Environmental Geography

Spring 2021: 6 weeks (May 10 - June 23)

Sec. 01, Online, asynchronous, CRN: 36394

Sec. 02, Online Tuesday 10-11:50 am, CRN: 37313

Instructor: Professor Elena Lioubimtseva, Ph.D.

Physical and environmental geography is critical for understanding the interactions among natural processes and phenomena. GPY100 examines major global environmental issues, such as global climate change, water resources, deforestation, soil erosion, and human connections with natural systems and phenomena. Taught on line, with both synchronous and asynchronous delivery options and flexible self-paced format, GPY100 uses rich interactive multimedia tools, virtual guided field trips, and opportunities for remote engagement in local environmental sustainability projects. No prerequisites, relevant for most majors, required for Geography and Group Social Studies, Physical and Life Science elective for Environmental and Sustainability Studies.

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