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Unit Head Mailing 09-13-11

  1. REMINDER: Research cluster brown bag tomorrow (Sept. 14)
  2. Research Program in the Natural Sciences held at Hope College - deadline Oct. 10, 2011
  3. Posters on the Hill - call for abstracts - deadline Oct. 18, 2011
  4. Records Auditor List 2011-2012-new version
  5. CLAS Important Dates
  1. REMINDER: Research cluster brown bag tomorrow 

REMINDER: As mentioned in the Faculty & Staff meeting and announced in CLAS Acts, tomorrow (Wed., Sept. 14), 12:00pm- 1:30pm, in 0072 KC (lower level) will be the first exploratory brown-bag meeting of Research Clusters.  All interested faculty may attend.   
If you cannot attend but are interested, you can register your interest area by e-mail to receive future correspondence ( 

  1. Research Program in the Natural Sciences held at Hope College  

Would you like to engage your students in exciting learning opportunities through research?

Do you want to learn how to write successful proposals?

Do you want to develop strategies for successfully achieving tenure and promotion?

If so you should consider attending: Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution.  LIMITED SPACE!

Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution
November 18-20, 2011, Hope College, Holland, MI

Starting a successful research program and doing scholarly work at a predominantly undergraduate institution poses unique challenges for a beginning faculty member. A goal of the institute is to give pre-tenured faculty the opportunity to learn from and discuss with experienced faculty how to establish and manage a research program with undergraduates. While at the institute, participants will also prepare plans for starting and/or advancing their individual research programs at their respective campuses. A range of topics will be covered during the institute, and the specific goals include ways to achieve career success in undergraduate research by learning how to:

• select undergraduate researchers

• mentor student researchers and develop and use their research skills

• time management - balancing teaching, research and service activities

• develop and select research projects appropriate for undergraduates

• adapt to an undergraduate research environment vs. that in graduate school

• link research to the classroom and

• develop grantsmanship skills related to gaining external and institutional research support.

For additional information about this Institute, or to register, please visit   

3. Posters on the Hill - call for abstracts - deadline Oct. 18, 2011 

The Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) hosts an annual advocacy event called Posters on the Hill. CUR is calling for students to submit an abstract of their research that represents any of CUR's disciplinary divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). In order to ensure proper review of applications, the above are the only disciplines that may apply. Should your research be inter-disciplinary, please select the division that most closely describes your research.
Abstract submissions will only be accepted by using our on-line submission form. Prior to submitting the form, students should gather the contact information for all co-authors, advisors and sponsors (if applicable), prepare a short vitae/resume, and poster abstract.  

 Please note that CUR membership is required to submit an application. Either the student's home institution must have an institutional membership, or the faculty mentor or student must have an individual membership. We will not review incomplete applications or applications that do not satisfy the membership requirement.

Please be sure that both portions (the electronic application and the electronic recommendation letter) are submitted by October 18, 2011. Please encourage your students to submit. This is a highly competitive program, which makes for a very exciting experience for the students and their faculty advisors alike.


4. Records Auditor List 2011-2012 (attachment) -new version 

Records has again updated their auditor list.


5. CLAS Important Dates  


Important Dates Event Location
Sept. 14 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Sept. 14 Research Clusters Brown Bag Luncheon 0072 KC, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Sept. 15 The Lost Art of Democratic Debate? A Panel Discussion 4:00pm; KC 2215/2216 Sept. 16 CLAS Research Colloquium 308 PAD, 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Sept. 16 Deadline for Grandparents, Grandkids, Grand Valley (G3) camp -faculty in all disciplines welcome For information, contact Margo Dill in the RMSC
Sept. 22 Michael Sandel, Distinguished Academic lecturer, Fall Arts Celebration 2nd Floor -EC, 7:00 p.m. Sept. 28 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Sept. 29 Fall Sabbatical Forum 308 PAD, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Sept. 30 Request for promotion or early tenure during W2012 Personnel Action Submit your completed form to dean's office (B-4-232 MAK)
Oct. 1* Faculty Award Nomination Packets B-4-232 MAK Oct. 3 Budget Requests 2012-2013 due Electronic to Pat Haynes (link to website forms)
Oct. 3 Round 1 Schedule due to UH (tentative)   Oct. 8 CLAS Alumni Board meeting   Oct. 10 Midterms begin. Banner opens for Midterm grading   Oct.12 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC Oct. 14 CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium 2:30-5:00pm. 308 PAD
Oct. 15 Sabbatical proposals due to UH   Oct. 15 Space Requests Due (link to website form)
Oct. 18 Midterm grades due by noon   Oct. 26 Unit Head Meeting  2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Oct. 28 Distinguished Alumni-in Residence Luncheon**   Oct. 28 Unit Materials for candidates for promotion to professor due Dean's office Oct. 29 CLAS Mindgating at Homecoming Expo


*Oct. 1 falls on a Saturday, applications will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 3.

** by invitation only

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