College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Summary of Scheduled Events for New Tenure Track Faculty During the “Startup Weeks”


Wednesday, August 19

Academic and Student Affairs Division Orientation for New Faculty  (Day 1 of 2-Day Provost-Sponsored Orientation)

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Kirkhof Center and Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons

Allendale Campus

Details regarding this 2-day event are mailed by the Provost Office.


CLAS New Faculty Social

Date:  Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Time:  6:00 p.m.   Beverage Reception

6:30 p.m.   Dinner

Location:  GVSU Alumni House and Visitor Center


New Faculty RSVP here

Unit heads and new faculty mentors RSVP here

Menu for the CLAS New Faculty Social: 

Mixed Greens with Dried Cranberries and Raspberry Vinaigrette (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Citrus Herbed Chicken Breast with Lemon Jus (Gluten Free)

Quinoa and Veggie Stuffed Red Peppers (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Marinated Roasted Red Skin Potatoes (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Roasted Seasonal Vegetables (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Rolls and Butter

Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, and Ice Water


Alternating Dessert

Flourless Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free)

Lemon Berry Tart


Biographical sketches of our new colleagues coming soon


Thursday, August 20

Academic and Student Affairs Division Orientation for New Faculty  (Day 2 of 2-Day Provost-Sponsored Orientation)

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Richard M. DeVos Center

Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Details regarding this 2-day event are mailed by the Provost Office.


Tuesday, August 25

2015 Grand Valley State University Faculty and Staff Picnic

5:00 p.m. – 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

RSVP to before August 18th.  For more information, please contact Jill Craig of the Office of the President at or (616) 331-2183.


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

Guest are encouraged to park in the Conference Guest Parking Lot on Fulton Street, underneath the U.S. 131 overpass.

For more information, visit or email  


Thursday, August 27

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting

Date:  Thursday, August 27, 2015

Time:  9:30 a.m. Coffee and Conversation

10:00 CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting

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

CLAS Faculty on CLAS and University Committees

Location:  Louis Armstrong Theatre (Performing Arts Center)

Followed by “Follow the Dean to Lunch” (Located East of Kirkhof Center Near Zumberge Pond)


Lunch Menu

Chicken & Roasted Veggie Kabobs (Gluten Free)

Roasted Veggie Kabobs (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Mixed Greens Salad (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Fresh Fruit Salad (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Assorted Desserts

Assorted Soda and Bottled Water


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.   Parking Lot C

CLAS faculty and staff are especially encouraged to attend.


The P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science Dedication and Reception

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Remarks at 2:15 p.m.

Self-parking Available in Lot C

Please RSVP by August 20 by visiting  For questions, contact Jill Craig, Office of the President, at or (616) 331-2183.


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