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


CLAS Weekly Mailing 11-10-21


1. AD Candidates’ Presentations 



2. Advising Tips: Complete Withdrawal, Tutoring Support, Counseling and Mental Health Support 


3. Students curious about postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge? 

4. Opportunity for Undergrad and Graduate Students 


Unit Heads 

5. Low Enrolled Section Management 



6. Important Deadlines      

7. Upcoming Events      


COVID Policy Links      






1. AD Candidates’ Presentations  

Each candidate for the AD for Inclusive Excellence position will make a Zoom presentation.  The position announcement gives the new AD a substantial amount of freedom to “shape the position” using their own experiences and expertise. We have recommended that candidates focus their presentations on how they anticipate doing that.  They will address the questions "What are the most important things you think the College should do to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and access?" and "What actions would you like to take as AD to do those things?". Questions to the candidates following the presentations will be submitted through the Zoom chat mechanism. 


The Zoom links have been sent to the CLAS faculty and staff by email.  The presentations are open to all GVSU faculty, staff, and students.  

Felix Ngassa, Monday, 11/15, 10 a.m. 

Dwayne Tunstall, Wed. 11/17, 10 a.m.  

Majd Al-Mallah, Th 11/18 10 a.m.  

Presentations will be recorded.  When available, access information will be posted on the Candidate webpage. 

After the presentations, please send your comments by using this online form.  Comments received by Saturday, November 20 at midnight will arrive in time for committee consideration. 



2. Advising Tips: Complete Withdrawal, Tutoring Support, Counseling and Mental Health Support 


 Complete Withdrawal 

Students withdrawing from all courses during an academic term must submit an electronic complete withdrawal form and forward the form via email to the to the Registrar’s Office at [email protected]. Students do not need to obtain the signature of their faculty or professional advisor on the form. The deadline for submitting a complete withdrawal form for any semester is 5:00 pm on the Friday of the last week classes (December 10, 2021), prior to the start of final exams. After this date, students will need to appeal for a complete withdrawal through the Academic Review Committee. 


Tutoring Support 

Tutoring continues to be offered for a wide variety of classes. The Tutoring Website provides a full list of the services available to students through the end of the semester, along with links to the appointment scheduling information. 


Counseling and Mental Health Support 

The University Counseling Center provides an array of services—all with the purpose of improving the mental health of the GVSU community through counseling, education, and consultation. If you feel concerned about a student’s mental health, the University Counseling Center offers a variety of services tailored to each student’s individual needs: 



3. Students curious about postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge? 

Amy Roberson, Regional Manager for North America at the Cambridge Admissions Office, is hosting an online postgraduate admissions information session on November 18. 

Attendees will learn about the steps of the application process and what the University of Cambridge looks for in prospective students. 

Please forward this invitation to anyone who might be interested and encourage them to register. 

To register, click on the register buttons below. For more information about postgraduate admissions, visit For questions, email Amy Roberson at [email protected]


4. Opportunity for Undergrad and Graduate Students 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors the Professional Opportunities for the Student Workforce to Experience Research Program (HS-POWER) for undergraduate and graduate students. HS-POWER is open to students majoring in a broad spectrum of homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines as well as DHS mission-relevant research areas. 

10-week appointments with start dates beginning around Summer of 2022. 

Benefits: Weekly Stipend $600 Undergraduate $700 Graduate Additional benefits as determined by specific project location and requirements. 

In response to the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, hosting sites may modify their operation schedules and access to facilities to ensure the health and safety of their entire workforce while maintaining operational effectiveness. Hence, the appointment dates and location are subject to change contingent on host site availability and may result in a virtual placement. 

Learn more and apply


Unit Heads 

5. Low Enrolled Section Management 

 Any course expected to be canceled for low enrollment, and any greyed-out course that will not be opened, should be cancelled before December 1.  Questions may be directed to George McBane





6.  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                   

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. 1      5 p.m. deadline for Special Projects Graduate Assistantship Proposals 2022-23     

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            


7. Upcoming‌ ‌Events         ‌ ‌ ‌                        


Nov. 1-12 GVSU Study Abroad Fair, two weeks of virtual and in-person events,  

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

Nov. 18     PK-12 Connect Brown Bag Lunch and Learn (CECI Presentation TBD)

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

Nov. 29     Chamber Music Recital, SVS, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 2       PK-12 Connect Lunch and Learn (Samhita Rhodes from PCEC):

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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