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


CLAS Weekly Mailing 08-25-21



1. CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium Schedule Announced 

2. You're Invited! Tuesday, September 14 And 15 




3. Faculty Advising Tips and Student Success Information 



4.  Important‌ ‌Due‌ ‌Dates  

5. Upcoming‌ ‌Events 



1. CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium Schedule Announced 

The CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium will begin the academic year on Zoom.  If you are not already on the list and want to receive the Zoom code for each of the remote sessions, please sign up.   

Closer to each event, speakers and topics will be listed on the Research Colloquium webpage

Save these dates (Presentations will begin at 3 p.m.): 

Friday, Sept 17 

Friday, Oct 15 

Friday, Nov 19 

Thursday, Jan 20 

Thursday, Feb 17 

Thursday, March 17 


2. You're Invited! Tuesday, September 14 And 15 

 Wasting no time, the Department of Visual & Media Arts has planned some exciting programming to kick off the new year together! 

Our esteemed Padnos Artist-in-Residence, Sean J Patrick Carney, has invited New York-based artist Azikiwe Mohammed to visit us on September 14 and 15. 

Sean says: The VMA is home to critical thinkers and cultural producers working across a variety of media, so an interdisciplinary, socially engaged artist like Mohammed is the perfect fit. From photography to interactive sculpture to mutual aid work, Mohammed's creative practice transcends genre and meets publics outside the walls of gallery spaces.  

The first of Azikiwe’s presentations will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 14, at GVSU's Seidman Center in downtown Grand Rapids. With everyone’s safety in mind, we’ll be gathering outdoors, under a lovely event tent near the Grand River. 

On Wednesday evening, September 15, Azikiwe will engage students on our Allendale Campus, leading a conversation regarding some of the salient issues facing artists today. Exact time and location TBD. 

Free and open to the public. 

About Azikiwe 

His expansive approach is most evident in the long-running project Jimmy's Thrift of New Davonhaime, a series of elaborate installations which take the form of a neighborhood second-hand shop, populated by intricate neons, painted mirrors, and approachable tchotchkes, all overseen by the artist as the store's friendly proprietor, Jimmy.  

While at GVSU, Mohammed, who was recently profiled in the New York Times, will deliver a public lecture detailing his diverse projects, including not just his exciting studio practice, but also his free art school the Black Painters Academy and his mobile pantry the New Davonhaime Food Bank. It is a true honor to be hosting Azikiwe Mohammed as our first visiting artist of the 2021-22 school year, and I can't wait to introduce him to the community. 
About Sean  

Sean J. Patrick Carney began his esteemed role as the Padnos Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Visual and Media Art in the Fall of 2020. As one aspect of being the PAIR, he has been teaching courses in our Visual Studies program. Beyond the classroom, Sean has been committed to his own dynamic studio practice, which includes a major studio/writing project, while also publishing articles in Art Forum, Art Forum, Art News, Harvard Urban Review. Here is a link tree of recent work   



3. Faculty Advising Tips and Student Success Information 


  1. Drop/Add Week – students are able to make changes to their schedules through Friday, September 3 at 5:00 pm. Be aware that you may find new students in your classes each day as they get settled in to their final schedules, and also be prepared for questions on making up any missed work. We ask that you accommodate these students as appropriate. 

  1. Faculty Repository – just a reminder, the CLAS Faculty Advisor Repository continues to be a great source of information regarding all GVSU policies and procedures that pertain to academic advising, as well as a wealth of information on student success. Book mark it for easy access! 

  1. The CLAS Academic Advising Center will be holding both virtual and in-person drop-in advising sessions every day during the first week of classes. For in-person, just visit the Center in C-1-130/140 MAK; for virtual, refer the students to the virtual front desk for check-in. 

  1. The Registrar’s Office provides a wealth of information regarding the academic calendar and important dates, all graduation policies, FERPA regulations, Banner training and more.  

  1. Students of Concern: Students with academic or other concerns are often best assisted directly and discreetly by faculty and staff who have the closest relationships. The Dean of Students Office has provided a reference guide for "tips" on how to help students, and how to refer a student for either academic (via the online Navigate system) or non-academic (via the online CARE system) concern. 

  1. Navigate Training for Faculty Advisors Now on Sprout - The Student Academic Success Center is offering introductory Navigate training through Sprout. These sessions are open to all faculty and provide a comprehensive review of the advising platform specifically geared towards faculty advising. For units who are interested in a dedicated training session for their faculty, Matt Musser is available to provide this support ([email protected]). 






4.  Important‌ ‌Due‌ ‌Dates      ‌        ‌ ‌ ‌                ‌ ‌     ‌ ‌ ‌   ‌     ‌ ‌ ‌                   

Aug. 30          Classes begin                ‌ ‌     ‌ ‌ ‌   ‌     ‌ ‌ ‌                   

Aug. 30          All materials must be uploaded to candidate’s personnel Blackboard site by 5 p.m. Unit  copies candidate’s personnel Blackboard site to the unit personnel Blackboard site at 5  p.m.         

Sep. 1           The electronic sabbatical site is open for eligible faculty to submit proposals. Proposals  are due by 11:59 p.m. on September 1. The Sabbatical website provides a proposal  template and helpful information for completing the proposal.         

Sep. 3           Last day to Add, Register, or Pay by 5:00 p.m. 

Sep. 6           Labor Day Recess 

Sept. 9 Tentative: Annual Schedule software training on Coursedog, 10-11:30am 

Sept. 20 Tentative: 2022-2023 Annual Schedule First Round opens in Coursedog 

Sep. 30      Nominations for Promotion to associate professor as part of winter actions due 

Sep. 30     Fully vaccinated 

Oct. 11-15   Mid-term Evaluations 

Oct. 15              Tentative: Annual Schedule First Round in Coursedog due to Dean’s Office, Tracy  McLenithan 

Oct. 13              Units submit promotion materials (promotion to Professor) to the Dean’s Office. Earlier  submissions are welcome. 

Oct. 25-26          Fall Break 

Oct. 29                Drop with a “W” grade deadline 

Nov. 24-26         Thanksgiving Recess 

Nov. 29               Tentative: 2022-2023 Annual Schedule Final Round opens in Coursedog 

Dec. 11               Classes End and Commencement 

Dec. 13-18         Final Exams 

Dec. 21              Grades due before noon 

Jan. 7                Tentative: 2022-23 Annual Schedule Final Round due to Dean’s Office, Tracy McLenithan 

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5. Upcoming‌ ‌Events         ‌ ‌ ‌              

 Aug. 25 &27 Provost’s Cabinet  will hold discussions on operational matters for fall, with Q&A, next Wednesday, August 25 at 2:00 pm and Friday, August 27 at 3:00 pm. Register here or on the Office of the Provost website to obtain meeting details. 

Aug. 25  Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning. Register in Sprout         

Aug. 26    In-person coffee and conversation, 8:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Under the tent near Zumberge Pond 

Aug. 26   CLAS Fall Startup meeting, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  [Zoom]   

Aug. 27      GVSU Arts Celebration “Honest and Unrefined: Art Outside the Academy”.  Aug. 27 – Nov. 5, 2021. GVSU Art Gallery, Haas Center for the Performing Arts     

Aug. 27     Convocation 

Sep. 8     Unit Head Meeting: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m, KC Room 2204 Pere Marquette Room    

Sep. 9     Summer Scholars Showcase 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in 2250 Kirkhof Center (Grand River Room). 

Sep. 9      Science on Tap: Ask an Anatomist. 8 p.m. 

Sep. 10    Paleo-Olympics, 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.   

Sep. 14    Padnos Artist-in-Residence, Sean J Patrick Carney, 7:30 p.m., Seidman Center (Downtown)

Sep. 17    CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium. Add yourself to the Zoom link list. Note: You only need to sign up once to receive all Zoom links for the colloquium this AY. 

Sep. 22      Unit Head Meeting: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., Zoom    

Sep. 22      Unit Head Meeting: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., Zoom    

Sep. 30      Opening Reception for Honest and Unrefined: Art Outside the Academy: Sep. 30, 2021; 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.   GVSU Art Gallery, Haas Center for the Performing Arts      

Oct. 4        GVSU Arts Celebration Tesla Quartet Beethoven concert.  7:30 p.m. Cook DeWitt.     

Oct. 5       Undergraduate Research Fair 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in 2250 Kirkhof Center (Grand River Room). 

Oct. 15    CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium. Add yourself to the Zoom link list

Nov. 10-11 Teach In. For more information, contact Prof. Karen Gipson, faculty lead for the 2021 Teach-in, at [email protected] . 

Nov. 19      CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium. Add yourself to the Zoom link list

Dec. 6     GV Arts—Holiday Concert, Fountain Street Church, 7:30 p.m. 

Additional MTD events will appear in the next issue of CLAS Weekly Mailing.  Have events in our college to share?  [email protected]





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