Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 1-29-13

For Faculty

1. Last Call!  Niemeyer Awards Nomination deadline is January 30

2. Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition - Volunteers still needed

3. G3 Early-bird Rates End January 31

4. Faculty Awards Convocation, February 7

5. Confidentiality of Student Work-FERPA


For Unit Heads

6. Dates for the 2013 Orientation Seasons

7. AWRI Scholarship and Internship Announcements

8. CLAS Important Dates


For Faculty

1. Last Call!  Niemeyer Awards Nomination deadline is January 30

Time to honor wonderful colleagues and students.  The Niemeyer Awards nominations are due to the CLAS Dean's Office ( ) by January 30th For more information, timeline and Nomination Form, go to the Provost website .   [N.B. First announced in our newsletter Jan. 8, 2013].


2. Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition - Volunteers still needed

We are still in need of faculty volunteers for this event.

Feb. 2 - 8 more volunteers

Feb. 9 - 8 more volunteers

If you have not yet volunteered, please consider doing so by e-mailing Courtney Sherwood or call 331-2495. Thank you.

3. G3 early-bird rates end January 31

Don't miss out on early-bird rates for registering for this year's G3 (Grandparents, Grandkids, Grand Valley) Camp.  While registration is open until April 30, lower early registration rates end on January 31.

Grandparents, Grandkids, Grand Valley is a summer camp at GVSU to be held  June 25-27, 2013. Families will spend three days and two nights on campus, sleeping in the living center apartments and eating in the common dining halls along with college students and others on campus.

During the three day educational camp, children ages 8-12 and their grandparents will attend hands-on learning activities in areas like art, history, science, mathematics, engineering, technology, and law enforcement, to name a few. Class sessions will be taught by Grand Valley faculty and held during the day in the campus academic buildings. In the evening, families can choose from a variety of activities including swimming, playing volleyball, using the climbing wall, and playing games. 

G3 is sponsored by GVSU's Regional Math and Science Center and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Registration is now open at or by calling the Regional Math and Science Center at (616) 331-2267.


4. Faculty Awards Convocation, February 7

As you know, the Faculty Awards Convocation honors faculty for major milestone years of service along with awards presented for University excellence in the areas of teaching, scholarship, service, and advising.  We ask that you encourage faculty and staff in your areas to attend to show support for their colleagues.    

  Faculty Awards Convocation

                Thursday, February 7, 2013
                4 p.m. 
                Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium 
                Richard M. DeVos Center 
                Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.  Please contact the Provost Office at 331-2400 or with questions or to rsvp.

Faculty to be honored include (your CLAS colleagues in bold):

Celebration of Milestones

25 years

Marty Abramson, Associate Professor of Special Education, Foundations and Technology
Kathleen Blumreich, Professor of English
Soon Hong, Professor of Statistics
Kay Reick, Assistant Professor of Nursing  Elaine Ragsdale Schott, Professor of Social Work Dale Schriemer, Associate Professor of Music
Paul Sicilian, Associate Professor of Economics

30 Years

Dellas Henke, Professor of Art and Design
Ellen Pool, Associate Professor of Music

35 Years

Barbara Roos, Associate Professor of Communications
Laura Vander Broek, Associate Professor of English

40 Years

Faite Mack, Professor of Leadership and Learning
Jitendra Mishra, Professor of Management Melvin Northup, Professor of Natural Resources Management
Stephen Rowe, Professor of Philosophy and Liberal Studies
Beverly Seley, Professor of Art and Design

Awards for Scholarly and Creative Excellence

Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring Award

David Leonard, Professor of Chemistry
Michael Lombardo, Professor of Biology

Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award

Carl Ruetz, III, Associate Professor of Water Resources

Distinguished Early-Career Scholar Awards

Dawn Hart, Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology
Amy Russell, Assistant Professor of Biology

Pew Awards for Excellence

Pew Teaching Excellence Award for Part-Time Faculty

Michael Seger, Adjunct Instructor of Movement Science

Pew Teaching with Technology Award

Scott Truskowski, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Pew Teaching Excellence Awards

Shannon Biros, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Mahendra Joshi, Assistant Professor of Management Jacquelyn Melin, Affiliate Faculty of Leadership and Learning Roderick Morgan, Professor of Biology
Debra Ross, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Andrew Spear, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Maureen Wolverton, Affiliate Faculty of Liberal Studies 

University Awards for Excellence

Outstanding Advising and Student Services Award

Danielle Leek, Associate Professor of Communications

Outstanding Community Service Award

Zulema Moret, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures

Outstanding University Service Award

D. Robert Adams, Associate Professor of Computing and Information Systems

Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award

Helen Marlais, Associate Professor of Music

University Outstanding Teacher Award

Janet Vigna, Associate Professor of Biology


5. Confidentiality of Student Work- FERPA

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act requires that the university establish a policy and adopt and enforce procedures to protect the confidentiality, accuracy and privacy of the information it collects on its students.   The information collected on students may be viewed by those individuals who have a "business" need to use the data as determined by the University's FERPA Officer; the Responsible Officer at Grand Valley is the Registrar.

Here are helpful links to information regarding FERPA policies at GVSU.


For Unit Heads

6. Dates for the 2013 Orientation Seasons (attachment)

The dates for the 2013 orientation season have been set, both for our incoming transfer students and new freshmen. The attached calendar includes all scheduled events for the coming spring and summer. Once again, the CLAS Academic Advising Center will be providing nearly 1200 individual spots for our newest transfer students - those are indicated on the calendar as "CLAS TSOR" and are listed in Green. There are also several "All University" transfer orientation dates this summer - those are listed in Blue.  The dates for Freshman Orientation are listed as "FTIAC Orientation" and are shown in Red.

Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to staff and facilitate these sessions, both by your responsiveness to our enrollment requests and by your faculty who continue to provide outreach at all orientations. We're looking forward to another successful year!

7. AWRI Scholarship and Internship Announcements 

(RBAnnis attachment), (Scientech attachment) and (Wipperfurth attachment)

Please see attached announcements from AWRI for the Summer 2013 Robert B. Annis Foundation Undergraduate Student Internships and D.J. Angus-Scientech Educational Foundation Internship.  Also attached is Fall 2013 Bill and Diana Wipperfurth Student Research Scholarship Announcement.

8. CLAS Important Dates 


Important Dates Event Location
Jan. 30 Niemeyer Awards nominations and materials due For award details: Tracy McLenithan
Feb. 1 Faculty Activity Reports (FAR) are due to unit (unless an earlier deadline has been set by your unit head)   Feb. 2 Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition CLAS contact is Courtney
Feb. 6 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC; 3:00-5:00pm Feb. 7 Faculty Awards Convocation 4pm; Loosemore Auditorium Feb. 9 Awards of Distinction Scholarship Competition CLAS contact is Courtney
Feb. 14 Materials for W13 Contract Renewal due to Dean's Office (CLAS Personnel Committee) Heidi Nicholson Feb. 15 Facilities requests for new academic programs due
Feb. 15 Student Scholars Day registration closes at 11:59pm
Feb. 18 Banner opens for mid-term grading   Feb. 20 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00pm Feb. 21 Materials for W13 Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor due to Dean's Office (CLAS Personnel Committee) Heidi Nicholson Feb. 21 CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium 2:30-5:00pm; 308 PAD
Feb. 26 Banner Closes at noon for mid-term grading   Mar. 1 Materials for W13 Promotion to Associate Professor only due to Dean's Office (CLAS Personnel Committee) Heidi Nicholson Mar. 1 Research Clusters Grant proposals due  
Mar. 3-10 Spring Break   Mar. 13 UH Summary of Peer Recommendations due Cindy Laug Mar. 15 CLAS Service Award packets due from unit head to Dean's Office Tracy McLenithan
Mar. 15 S/S13 Staffing Plans due Cindy Laug Mar. 21 CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium 2:30-5:00pm; 308 PAD Mar. 25 Spring/Summer draft contract to UH B-4-232 MAK Mar. 27 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00 Mar. 26 Spring/Summer draft contracts to Dean's Office  


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