College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Summary of Scheduled Events  for Faculty and Staff During the “Start Up Week” 2015

[Note: New Tenure Track Faculty have additional events]


Thursday, August 6, 2015 

Faculty are on contract.


Tuesday, August 25

2015 Grand Valley State University Faculty and Staff Picnic  

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

L. William Seidman Center
Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Usher in the fall semester, as we enjoy a taste of Italy - food, drinks, and music al fresco - with colleagues and friends. Buon Appetito!

Casual Attire

Parking Available in Watson Lot

For more information, please contact Jill Craig of the Office of the President at


Wednesday, August 26

The 21st Annual Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning
Sponsored by the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center

“Reflection on Transformative Teaching Practices at GVSU”

8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Eberhard Conference Center

Pew Grand Rapids Campus

For more information, visit or email


Thursday, August 27

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty and Staff Meeting

Coffee and Conversation, 9:30 a.m.   Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus  

Faculty and Staff Meeting, 10:00 a.m.   Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus

Meeting documents (links will be live closer to the event):

New Faculty Biographies
New Visiting, Affiliate, Staff and Retirees
Personnel Decisions 
CLAS Faculty and Staff Awards

CLAS Faculty on CLAS and University Committees

Followed by “Follow the Dean to Lunch” 

Located East of Kirkhof Center Near Zumberge Pond (Lunch Served in the Thornapple Room)

Lunch Menu (will be posted closer to the event)


Friday, August 28

Opening Address by President Thomas Haas 

10:00 a.m.  Louis Armstrong Theatre

GVSU Opening Convocation, 11:30 a.m.  Fieldhouse Arena

(Robing begins 20 minutes prior to the ceremony in the Fieldhouse Dance Studio.)


All-Campus Picnic Lunch

12:30 p.m. Campus-wide Picnic (Parking Lot C, Adjacent to the Fieldhouse) 

RSVP for Convocation by visiting

CLAS faculty and staff are especially encouraged to attend.

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