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


CLAS Weekly Mailing 10-06-21


1.    Global Virtual Panel: Climate Action Leadership in a Volatile World 



2. Important Deadlines  

3. Upcoming Events  

COVID Policy Links 






1. Global Virtual Panel: Climate Action Leadership in a Volatile World 

Are universities and colleges fit for purpose in a world of growing climate extremes? What is academia doing to tackle the climate emergency and what more needs to be done? Are universities going far enough and fast enough in a carbon-constrained world? Are leaders embracing more holistic curricula or locked into defending disciplinary silos? Can any academic institution claim to be truly Sustainable? 

In the run up to GCCW 2021, GCCW/University of Tasmania are hosting a high-profile virtual panel event bringing together all the major higher education climate action initiatives on the above topic to be held on October 12/13 depending on time zone. 



  • Professor Rufus Black, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania, Australia, and leading the Global Climate Change Week initiative 

  • Professor Ian Jacobs, Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, Australia, and leading the International Universities Climate Alliance initiative 

  • Professor James Longhurst, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Environment & Sustainability, of the University of the West of England and leading EAUC, the Climate Leadership in Higher Education initiative 

  • Steve Muzzy, Climate Programs Senior Manager, leading the Second Nature initiative 

  • Dr Stacy Richards-Kennedy, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global Affairs, the University of the West Indies, and leading the Global University Consortium on SDG-13 initiatives 


  • Professor Lesley Hughes, Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development) Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia. 





2.  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 you are on campus. (VAT)    


Oct. 8        In the cases of joint appointees, the unit head in the secondary unit submits feedback on the FAP to the primary unit head.         

Oct. 8-Nov. 30   Unit process for reviewing FAPs      

Oct. 11    Teach-In proposals due. Contact Prof. Karen Gipson, the faculty lead for the 2021 GVSU Teach-in, [email protected].      

Oct. 11-15   Mid-term Evaluations       


Oct. 27       Unit Head Meeting – 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: KC Room 2204 Pere Marquette  

Oct. 15       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. 18      Fall Science Update Call for Presenters (RMSC)     

Oct. 25-26    Fall Break       

Oct. 29         Drop with a “W” grade deadline       

Nov. 17      Unit Head Meeting: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Zoom  

Nov. 18       Fall Semester IIE General Information Session on the Fulbright U.S. Student Awards. Virtual, 6-7 p.m.  Registration is required:  Fulbright U.S. Student Virtual Information Session - Events - Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships - Grand Valley State University (  


Nov. 24-26    Thanksgiving Recess       

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

Dec. 1        Completion of FAP review process. Units do not need to forward FAPs to the Dean’s  office but should store electronic copies of all FAPs.    

Dec. 8      Unit Head Meeting: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Zoom   

Dec. 11        Classes End and Commencement       

Dec. 13-18      Final Exams       

Dec. 21       Grades due before noon       

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

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


3. Upcoming‌ ‌Events         ‌ ‌ ‌                    


Oct. 8    AWRI Seminar: Managing the cost of reproduction in an East African cichlid fish, 2 p.m., Lake Michigan Center  

Oct. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17   Side by Side by Sondheim, LAT, 7:30 p.m. /Sundays  2 p.m.      

Oct. 14    Science on Tap: “Insulin At 100”, Speaker: Chris Pearl, BMS, SpeakEZ Lounge | 600 Monroe Ave.  Grand Rapids NW, 8 p.m.  The event will also be live-streamed via  Facebook:  


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

Oct. 21     Jazz Concert, LAT, 7:30 p.m.      

Oct. 22-23  History Department’s annual Great Lakes History Conference. Info and registration.     

Oct. 23     Choir Concert. TBD      

Oct. 29     Symphony Orchestra Concert. LAT, 7:30 p.m.      

Nov. 5      Wind Symphony + Concert Band, LAT, 7:30 p.m.      

Nov. 3       Majors Fair   11 a.m.-2 p.m., KC RM 2250 Grand River Room (CAAC)     

Nov. 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14  Mac Beth, Black Box Theatre, 7:30 p.m. / Sundays 2 p.m.       

Nov. 9      Varsity Glee Club Concert, CDC, 7:30 p.m.      

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

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

Nov. 29     Chamber Music Recital, SVS, 7:30 p.m.      

Dec. 4       Fall Dance Concert, LAT 7 p.m.      

Dec. 4       Early Music Ensemble, SVS, 7:30 p.m.      

Dec. 5       Fall Dance Concert, LAT, 2 p.m.      

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

Feb. 8,     Faculty Awards Convocation, 4 p.m. location to be announced  





Hardware and Software Purchases  
All GVSU funded computer hardware and software must be purchased through the IT Technology Supply Office. These items should not be charged to university Pcards.  

Hardware and software that is funded by faculty professional development funds or internal grants must also follow the IT purchasing policy. No purchases should be made until the IT Technology Supply Office provides pre-approval. Links to GVSU IT Technology policies and procedures are below.  



If you have any questions about this information, contact Michelle McCloud, CLAS Assistant Dean for Finance, [email protected] or 331-2263.  


Recruitment Expense Policy Remains in Place  

Recruitment Expenses Policy  (requires unit head log in)  



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