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


CLAS Weekly Mailing 03-30-22


1. CLAS Vision Implementation Team Members   

2. Advising Tips: Withdrawal Deadline and Advising Materials 


Unit Heads and Graduate Program Directors   

3. Alumni Communications 



4. Important deadlines           

5. Upcoming events           


COVID Policy 






1. CLAS Vision Implementation Team Members   

The CLAS Dean’s Office is seeking faculty and staff to participate in small teams that will lead the implementation of the College Vision and Action Plan (2021-2025). The teams will begin work this summer. Faculty and staff are encouraged to apply for membership in one of the following implementation teams: 

  • Experiential Learning and High-Impact Practices; 

  • Multidisciplinary Collaboration; 

  • Enhancing Student Support Through Academic Support; 

  • Supporting Faculty and Staff. 

Details about the positions can be found here. By April 11, interested faculty and staff should submit a current resume as well as a letter of interest to Tracy McLenithan ([email protected]). Applicants may apply to participate in more than one implementation team. Letters should address how the candidates’ experiences have prepared them to participate in one or more of the implementation teams. 



2. Advising Tips: Withdrawal Deadline and Advising Materials 

The deadline date for students to withdraw from Winter 2022 courses was Friday, March 25. Withdrawals after this date require significant documentation and justification. The Late Drop process outlines the steps students would need to take. 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. 



Unit Heads and Graduate Program Directors   

3. Alumni Communications 

As you know, alumni engagement and connection with our students is an important part of our strategic vision. Alumni Relations will be an important strategic partner in this work. Please welcome Alex Priebe, the new communications director in Alumni Relations and assist him in gathering information about the existing alumni outreach landscape by filling out this brief online form about what your unit is currently doing. Campus Partners Communications Database 


Even if you filled out this form some time ago, please do so now (because newsletters, events, blogs, podcasts, and social media channels come and go). Thank you! 




4.  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. 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    




5. Upcoming‌ ‌events         ‌ ‌ ‌                                        


Mar. 30   Unit Head Meeting via Zoom          

Mar. 30 Medley: A celebration of arts and language, 6 p.m. Cook Dewitt

Mar. 31   New Music Ensemble Composition Competition        

Apr. 1 Philosophy Colloquium: What do Archives Teach Us About Ethics and Interpretation, 3 p.m., MAK BLL-110  


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  CANCELLED Unit Head Meeting        

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. 14  Science on Tap: Electricity and your brain. Barbara Swartz MD, PhD, University of Michigan Health-West. SpeakEZ Lounge, 600 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. 8 p.m. 


Apr. 26   Grand Morsels: The Science of Handwashing    

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






April 5 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 public:        

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


Newsletters/information you may have missed     

Student Scholars Day 



The Department of Statistics will host an open house to celebrate the sustained leadership contributions to GVSU of Professor Paul Stephenson and retired Professor Neal Rogness on Friday, April 22 from 3-5 p.m., with remarks at 4 p.m. Weather permitting, the event will be held under a tent between Kirkhof Center and Zumberge Pond. In the event of rain, the event will be held in KC 2215/2216. Please mark your calendars and join us in celebration of their accomplishments. Questions to [email protected].  

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