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


CLAS Weekly Mailing 10-27-21



1. Strategic Visioning (and Teaching Roundtables) 

 2. You Could be a Clinician 



3. Advising Tips: Withdrawal Deadline and Advising Materials 




4. Important Deadlines     

5. Upcoming Events     


COVID Policy Links     






1. Strategic Visioning (and Teaching Roundtables) 

Units continue to discuss the CLAS draft visioning plan and to provide the Dean’s Office with feedback. It has been our tradition for more than 10 years to gather the Monday before Thanksgiving to discuss ideas and best practices at the annual Teaching Roundtables. This year, the Teaching Roundtables will be moved to the Winter Semester so that we can meet and talk about ideas related to curriculum, inclusive pedagogy, and student success that we identify as priorities for our vision. 


2. You Could be a Clinician 

CLAS organizes the once-a-term Repair Clinic with our partner Housing. Over the last five years, we have provided 412 services completely free to GVSU students. We have a roster of volunteers who receive notice of upcoming clinics and can participate when they like. While many who volunteer have some advising, sewing, knitting, gluing, or plier-wielding skills, some serve as greeters who quickly catch on to how we triage. With a few recent retirements, we find we could use some more greeters in our ranks and, of course, those with applicable skills are always welcome, too. The next clinic will be in February, but interested faculty and staff can sign up anytime on the Repair Clinic webpage. After four clinics, volunteers earn the coveted Big Blue Button. N.B. Volunteers must be faculty or staff of GVSU. 



3. Advising Tips: Withdrawal Deadline and Advising Materials 

The deadline date for students to withdraw from a Fall 2021 is Friday, October 29 at 5:00 p.m. 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. 




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

Oct. 29       Drop with a “W” grade deadline       

Nov. 3        Enroll in your benefits through November 3 by logging in to the eBenefits system.  

Nov. 7      Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 7, 2021, at 2:00 a.m.    

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

Nov. 1   Study Abroad Kick Off Event, 2250 Kirkhof Center, 12 - 4 p.m. 

Nov. 1-12 GVSU Study Abroad Fair, two weeks of virtual and in-person events
Nov. 2   Geography and Sustainable Planning Open House, Speaker: Carolyn Ulstad, Transportation Program Manager, Groundwork and GVSU Alumni. Presentation:  "Michigan may become a safe haven for climate refugees, so we need to grow with resiliency in mind"6-7 p.m.  Alumni House, Perry Dining Room.  

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

Nov. 3-5     Climate Change Education Solutions Summit 2021: Vulnerability and Justice. 

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

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, [email protected] .          

Nov. 11      Science on Tap: The Chemistry of Your Thanksgiving Dinner. 8 p.m. SpeakEZ Lounge, 600 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids         

Nov. 12     Great Lakes Watershed Management System: An online platform for modeling, quantifying, and delivering agricultural conservation, AWRI Seminar.  Muskegon.  

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. 4    Princeton Review free/online virtual exam, MCAT Practice Test (December 4) 

Dec. 4    Princeton Review free/online virtual exam, GRE Practice Test (December 4) 

Dec. 4    Princeton Review free/online virtual exam, DAT Practice Test (December 4) 

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. 29  2022 Mosaic Lecture.  Dr. Mariel Vazquez, professor of Mathematics at UC Davis  

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

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) 

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