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


CLAS Weekly Mailing 10-20-21


  1. Melodies, An Evening of French Songs, Music, and Poetry 

  1. Giving Tuesday Priority for CLAS 



  1. Fellowships 



4. Important Deadlines    

5. Upcoming Events    


COVID Policy Links    






1.  Melodies, An Evening of French Songs, Music, and Poetry 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 

6 -9:30 p.m. 


Cook-Dewitt Center Auditorium on the Allendale Campus  

There will be refreshments and snacks before the show begins!   This performance is presented by the French section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.  

Please send a poem, text or song in French with its English translation, and a short biography in English to Professor Isabelle Cata at [email protected] 


2. Giving Tuesday Priority for CLAS 

Over the weeks leading up to Giving Tuesday (November 30), with the help of alumni champions, we will work to help our donors understand the critical need to support students access to research, field experiences, community projects and other high impact experiences that carry with them some opportunity costs for students who need to work. The fund name is CLAS Fellowships for Liberal Education in Action. One of the ways that we can demonstrate the value of these experiences is telling our alumni, friends, and each other about the transformative nature of these high-engagement experiences.  Your pictures, vignettes, and stories can be shared on departmental social media as well as CLAS social media in the lead-up to the big day. We ask that you keep this fund in mind for your own faculty and staff giving. Thank you! 




3. Fellowships 

Upcoming information sessions, offered by the sponsoring organizations (Cultural Vistas, Peace Corps and the Institute of International Education): 


Gaither Junior Fellows Program - About/Junior Fellows Program - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Deadlines: Internal – December 1; External – January 14. 

Each year, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers one-year fellowships to qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. James C. Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to Carnegie’s senior scholars. Gaither Fellows usually go on to top graduate programs in international relations, public policy, law or economics. See the FAQ for eligibility requirements. To access the materials for this application cycle, now open, students must indicate their intent to apply to the Fellowships Office (to Bren Tooley). All materials are paper-based and are uploaded by Fellowships. 


Truman Scholarship (for current juniors committed to public service) - Who We Are | The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation: Internal Deadline – December 1; external deadline – February 1, 2022 

The Truman Scholarship is the premier graduate fellowship in the United States for those pursuing careers as public service leaders. The Foundation offers multiple programs for Truman Scholars, identifying young people at an important inflection point in their development—when they are college juniors. The Truman Scholars program seeks students who are committed to public service in its many forms and who aspire to a top graduate program in pursuit of their goal. Most Truman Scholars seek law degrees or PhDs in public administration, public policy, public health, international relations, government, economics, urban planning, conservation, and environmental protection. To access the online application, students must receive login credentials from their Institution's Faculty Representative (Bren Tooley). The application cycle will open in November. 


Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship: Deadlines – January 7, 2022 for Fall 2022 fellowship; mid-October deadline for spring fellowship 2023 

Twice yearly, the fellowship’s Board of Directors selects a small group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time project assistants at the participating organization of their choice. Scoville Fellows, through independent projects and active participation with their chosen organization and the larger community dedicated to peace and security issues, have rich opportunities to gain experience and leadership skills and to help translate their social concerns into direct action. In addition, each fellow selects a board member to serve as a mentor and mentor, smoothing the transition to Washington, DC. 


FAO Schwarz Fellowship – Lead the change (two-year paid internships at major nonprofits): Deadline – February 10, 2022 

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is an intensive, transformative two-year experience in the world of social impact.  The program funds paid positions at high-impact nonprofit organizations for recent college graduates with leadership potential who are interested in careers in social change. 


UK Summer Institutes | U.S.-UK Fulbright Commission: Deadline – early February 2022 

The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are fully funded three-to-four-week programs for U.S. undergraduate students, who have no or  little travel experience outside North America. Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university in a thematically focused summer program of credit-bearing study. Students must have a minimum 3.7 GPA and at least two years remaining of undergraduate study following the summer experience. Students with little or no international travel or study experience and students underrepresented in study abroad are highest priority. The application cycle will open in November. 


The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs: Deadline – January 11, 2022 

There are many post-college opportunities for people who want to serve society beyond themselves. Coro is unique. Coro Fellows experience personal and professional growth through Coro’s “city as classroom” experiential learning program. The Coro Fellows Program operates in five cities, offering full-time, nine-month programs. Each Coro center is independent and works in coordination with the other centers. Each Fellows Program in Public Affairs follows a central curriculum of personal and professional development. Each center offers unique experiences as well. A graduate of any center emerges with similar preparation for civic leadership. Coro fellowship locations: Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and St. Louis. 


Charles B. Rangel Summer Enrichment Program ( (for sophomores, juniors and seniors): Deadline February 10, 2022 

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, DC. Preparation and mentoring for graduate study are a focus. The Program covers the costs for tuition, travel, housing, and two meals per day and a stipend of $3,200. 


Humanity in Action Fellowship: Deadline – mid-February 2022 

Humanity in Action Fellowship programs look at the ways in which communities co-exist to create a society. Each program investigates human rights, democracy, and structural injustice. Each bridges the international and the domestic, the theoretical and the practical, the political and the personal. The program cohorts work in one of five cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, and Warsaw, pursuing a year-long fellowship. The fellowship begins in summer with an immersive seminar on site; the following months provide funding and support for the Fellow to pursue a community-focused action project. See Become a Fellow - Humanity in Action and Apply from the USA - Humanity in Action


Fellowships open now for which our students are strong candidates (with quickly approaching deadlines):  


PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Deadline – Monday, November 1, 2021 

The PPIA Junior Summer Institute is a rigorous academic preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. During the program, Fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and in influential roles serving the public good. This fully funded opportunity includes curriculum in economics, statistics, and policy analysis at one of six host sites across the country.   


Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals (fully funded year of internship in career field plus university and language study): Deadline – November 1, 2021.  

A fully funded year in Germany for students of all majors! The application portal is open - U.S. citizens in all majors and career fields between 18.5 – 24 years old are encouraged to apply.  Learn more and to request an application. CBYX webinar for potential applicants (advisors also welcome) will be held on Friday October 15 at 3 p.m. EST.  


Payne Graduate Fellowship Program: Deadline – Monday, November 1 

For graduating seniors and alums interested joining the foreign service at United States Agency for International Development (USAID) after graduate school. Eligibility: U.S. Citizen, cumulative 3.2 GPA as an undergraduate, and intent to pursue graduate study in the following fall. This distinguished fellowship provides funding support for graduate study, fully funded internships in DC and at an embassy, career mentoring, and placement in the USAID Foreign Service. 

JET Program USA – The Experience of a Lifetime (teaching English in Japan): Deadline: November 12 


Critical Language Scholarship Program ( – fully funded summer on-location language study of critical-need languages: Deadline – November 16 

Current undergraduates and graduate students may apply; the CLS is available to graduating seniors as a gap-summer experience before graduate school or a Fulbright U.S. Student award or other academic-year fellowship. 


Udall Foundation - Udall Undergraduate Scholarship: Deadline – January 1, 2022 (Internal) and March 3, 2022 (External, following Grand Valley selection of nominees – see Udall Scholarship - Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships - Grand Valley State University ( for the application process).   

Udall Foundation - Udall Undergraduate Scholarship - The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.  See Udall Foundation - Udall Undergraduate Scholarship - About the Scholarship and Udall Foundation - Udall Undergraduate Scholarship - Apply - How to Apply.  Interested students should contact Bren Tooley to request a university invitation to apply; a faculty committee will select the eight candidates the university is allowed to nominate for the external Udall deadline. 



STEM Fellowship Opportunities (tuition support, fully funded summer research internships, career mentoring and in some cases guaranteed employment) 

DoD - SMART Scholarship: Deadline – December 1, 2021 

With a full scholarship (plus living stipend, book allowance, funded summer internships and travel coverage), students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees will be able to focus on complex research to further the Department of Defense’s mission and create lasting impact. SMART is a one-for-one commitment; for every year of degree funding, the scholar commits to working for a year with the DoD as a civilian employee.  SMART offers a large package of benefits to qualified candidates. Knowledge Base - SMART Scholarship  

RISE-DAAD (STEM research in Germany) – Application Deadline: December 15, 2021 

STEM Research in Germany for undergraduate students from North America, Great Britain, and Ireland. Interns receive a monthly stipend to cover everyday costs. German language is not required; the working language will be in English. 


Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( Deadline – Monday, January 31, 2022  

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the scholars with hands-on, practical experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and the annual Science & Education Symposium, scientific conferences where students present their research, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship. Frequently asked questions for applicants | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( 


Summer Fully Funded Research Internships for Undergraduates 

SULI - Science Undergraduate Laboratory... | U.S. DOE Office of Science (SC) ( Deadline – January 12, 2022 

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities.  


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) | NIST – summer internships available in Gaithersburg, MD, and Boulder, CO.: Deadline – late February 2022 

Undergraduate STEM Internships and Fellowships - ORISE ( at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education – rolling deadlines for a multitude of research internships and fellowships. Check out the database! 

For undergraduate students currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree and looking for an opportunity to enhance their education in a STEM-related discipline. The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education administers a variety of STEM internship and fellowship programs for undergraduate students at national laboratories and federal research facilities across the United States. Summer, fall or spring STEM internship, or a longer-term research opportunity to provide hands-on laboratory experience. 


NIH Summer Internship Program: Deadline – March 1, 2022 

The Summer Internship Program at NIEHS is part of the National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (NIH SIP). NIEHS is located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The Summer Internship Program provides internships to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical/biological sciences to work on a research project that entails exposure to the latest biochemical, molecular, and analytical techniques. 


Amgen Scholars – An Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Science and Biotechnology – Deadlines are determined by host research university and fall in early and mid-February. The application cycle will open in November. 

Each summer hundreds of undergraduates step into some of the world’s premier research universities and institutions to participate in the Amgen Scholars Program. Students conduct hands-on research in the lab alongside top faculty participate in seminars and networking events and take part in symposia with their peers and leading scientists. See more about the application process in the United States at United States – Amgen Scholars.  . 





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 you are on campus. (VAT)      

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

 Oct. 20     Duo multifactor authentication (MFA) needed to access Banner.    
Oct. 22       Applications close in AD for Inclusive Excellence search 

Oct. 25-26    Fall Break         

Oct. 26       An important change will be coming to Blackboard. Starting 10/26, faculty and staff (but not students) signing into Blackboard will enter their name and password as always but will also need to use the university's Duo multifactor authentication (MFA) system.  

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

Oct. 29       Drop with a “W” grade deadline         

Nov. 15      Staffing Plans for Winter 2022 due, early submissions welcome  

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

Dec. 10    Commencement at 7 p.m. in the Fieldhouse Arena on the Allendale Campus for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and BCOIS  


Dec. 11      Classes End and Commencement         

Dec. 13-18      Final Exams         

Dec. 21      Grades due before noon         

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

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


5. Upcoming‌ ‌Events         ‌ ‌ ‌                      


Oct. 21      PK-12 Lunch and Learn Series.        

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

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

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

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

Nov. 3    Melodies, An Evening of French Songs, Music, and Poetry, 6 -9:30 p.m., Cook-Dewitt Center

Nov. 3-5     Climate Change Education Solutions Summit 2021: Vulnerability and Justice. Information on CCES SummitSpeakers info  

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

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

Nov. 11      Science on Tap: The Chemistry of Your Thanksgiving Dinner. 8 p.m. SpeakEZ Lounge, 600 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids        
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.  Masks are required for this event. We discourage attendance by higher-risk populations and prohibit attendance if sick.  This event will be full capacity seating (at the time of writing, please check closer to the event for any changes). 
Dec. 7      Jazz Concert, LAT, 7:30 p.m.       

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

Mar. 14   GVSU Arts Celebration Poetry Night   

Mar. 22   2022 Mosaic Lecture.  Dr. Mariel Vazquez, professor of Mathematics at UC Davis 

Apr. 5      GVSU Arts Celebration Lecture presents An Evening with Hanif Abdurraqib  








CLAS is searching for an Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence  
Tenured faculty from across GVSU are eligible.  The position announcement and application information are available at [PageUp link].  Applications will be accepted through October 22, 2021.  Questions may be directed to the search committee chair, George McBane



Dibs Room Policy    

As announced at the Unit Heads meeting on April 21, classrooms with dibs assigned to specific departments will be subject to minimum weekly usage requirements during Round 1 of scheduling for AY 22/23.  The policy is described in the scheduling section of the Unit Head page.    


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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