Unit Head Mailing 3-29-11

  1. Special Thanks to our CLAS Unit Head/Directors
  2. Art Courses Open to All Students, regardless of major: Fall 2010
  3. Request for Faculty to provide high impact data items for the President's Honor Roll Application
  4. Important Dates

1.  Special Thanks to our CLAS Unit Head/Directors

Here's evidence of the quality and contributions of our unit heads: I was so glad to receive positive feedback from Faculty Council about the active help and gentle courtesy of the unit heads in recruiting nominations for governance committees, That not only makes our process more robust with choices.  It's an example of how shared governance is working in CLAS at the department and unit level.  This is a good news story from every angle, and the kudos go to our great cadre of unit heads.



2. Art Courses Open to All Students, regardless of major: Fall 2010 (attachments:  Ceramics, Drawing)- Jinny Jenkins

The Department of Art and Design is offering two studio art courses for the Fall 2010 semester that are open for all students, regardless of major.  No permits or overrides are needed!  Please help to spread the news about these classes and encourage your students to register for them!

1. Art 380-03, Selected Experiences in Studio Art: Drawing, 3 credits, TR, 2:00 - 4:50 pm, CAC 1704, CRN 19500.  Instructor: Virginia (Jinny) Jenkins,,616-331-3846


2. Art 380-02, Selected Experiences in Studio Art: Ceramics, 3 credits, F,112:00 am - 5:15 pm, CAC 1422, CRN 10920.  Instructor: TBA,,616-331-3846


3. Request for Faculty to provide high impact data items for the President's Honor Roll Application (see attachments):

The Provost's Office has stated, "We are gathering information to submit the GVSU 2011 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Application.  As you know, GVSU has been awarded this special honor since 2008 and we seek to again attain this honor in 2011."  

Chante' Liggins, a Peace Corp volunteer and CLAS alumna recently wrote: People always say, "Education is the key to success," but I've always been taught that it's what you do with it that truly matters.

Please encourage your faculty to return the reporting form ( attached) so that we can share the many activities that engage our students throughout their GVSU experience. We ask that the form be saved with faculty last name and unit so that we can use this data for a variety of reports as well as use it for next year's reporting request.

A sample form and more information is also included ( attached). FYI:

  • Time frame: SP/SU 10 through Winter 2011
  • Activities to be reported in classes: internships, service learning, writing intensive, capstone, group work/collaborative projects, research, diversity/global learning, learning communities
  • Co-curricular activities: the above list of activities that occur that are not part of a class (e.g. S3 grants, alternate spring breaks, community events)

Thank you for your support of our students.


4. CLAS Important Dates


   Important Dates Event Location
Mar. 30 CANCELLED: Unit Head Meeting   Mar. 30 Elections - CLAS Governance voting ends  
Mar. 30 50th at Noon Cook DeWitt Center, 12:00-12:45 Mar. 31 Graduate Showcase 2011 Hager Auditorium in CHS, 4:30-7:30 Mar. 31 Year End Equipment Requests Due Pat Haynes (
Mar. 31 Draft S/S contracts to UH  
April 1 Catalog Copy Changes due Jerry Montag (
April 1 Faculty members interested in applying for Fulbright grants are encouraged to attend a presentation 3 p.m. at the DeVos Center, University Club room. A reception will follow at 4:15 p.m.
April 4 Draft S/S contracts due back B-4-232 MAK
      April 6 CLAS Sabbatical Showcase and Spring Celebration Grand River Room, KC 11:00-2:00 p.m.
April 10 President's Honor Roll Data due Mary Schutten (
April 13 Student Scholars Day   April 18 Salary Conferences begin (tentative)   April 20 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00 p.m. April 25 Banner Opens for Final Grading   April 25 Final Exam Week   April 30 Commencement  
May 3 Final Grades due by noon   May 4 Unit Head Meeting 2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00 p.m. May 5 Traverse City Commencement  


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