College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 4-9-13


For Faculty


1. Spring Celebration Roundup

2. Forwarding these messages from departments

3. Classroom and hallway safety 

4. End of Term in a Nutshell


For Unit Heads


5. CLAS Important Dates ______________________________________________________________________

For Faculty

1. Spring Celebration Roundup


Our thanks to all of the presenters at the CLAS Sabbatical Showcase and Spring Celebration last week.  The dean’s address (The Currency of Character: Scarcity, Abundance and the Next Transitions ) and the reports of the Faculty Governance committees are posted online for your reference.  CLAS Curriculum Committee   CLAS Faculty Council   CLAS Faculty Development Committee   CLAS Personnel Committee

2. Forwarding  these messages from departments


                Celebrate a brilliant career and a new dawn for Deanna Morse (School of Communications)

Retirement open house,  April 24, 3-5pm (remarks at 3:30) in Alumni House.


                Come and celebrate 20 years of service to GVSU by Caroline Cascini (CLAS Advising Center)

Retirement Open House, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 3-5:00 pm (remarks at 3:30), Alumni House


3. Classroom and hallway safety


It has been pointed out by some unit heads that in the classroom buildings there is an increase in the number of students gathered on narrow hallway floors working on small group assignments. In the older buildings in particular, groups of students sitting or lying in the narrower hallways pose a risk as well as impede the flow of traffic. If you are sending students to the hallways to work, please direct them to the more open areas of the building or possibly an adjacent room. Thank you for your help.


4. End of Term in a Nutshell


Q.  How do I find out when my final occurs? 


Q. Must I have a culminating experience?
A. Yes.  As the semester draws to a close here’s a reminder about the policy for final exams.  University policy states that all classes must meet for a culminating experience during final exam week, on the appropriate scheduled exam day and time. In the event that the course structure involves a take home final or is an online course, the due date for submission of this exam should be the scheduled exam day and time. Both the Provost and the Dean expect compliance with this policy. There are no exceptions to this university policy. 


Q. What’s the inclement weather policy during exam week?


Q. Grades are due when?
A. All grades must be in before noon on April 30.  Please review your grades to make sure none are inadvertently missed.  Also, any grades of F require a last date of academic activity, and awarding an I (incomplete) includes filling out a short form.  Failure to complete these requirements holds up all of your grades for that course—not just that one F or I.


For Unit Heads

5. CLAS Important Dates

Important Dates



Apr. 10

18th Annual Student Scholarship Day


Apr. 11

CLAS Sabbatical Forum

3:30-5:00pm; 308 PAD

Apr. 12

2012-2013 Fiscal Year-End Projections due

Pat Haynes

Apr. 17

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC; 3:00-5:00pm

Apr. 22

Banner Opens for Final Grading


Apr. 22-26

Final Exam Week

Final exam schedule

Apr. 27


3:00pm; Commencement

Apr. 30

Final Grades due before noon


May 1

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC; 3:00-5:00pm

May 2

Traverse City Commencement


Traverse City Commencement

May 6

Classes begin 1st 6 weeks and 12 weeks


May 27

Memorial Day Recess – office closed


June 17

Classes End 1st 6 weeks


June 18-19

Final Exams


June 24

Grades due 1st 6 week classes before noon

Banner and Blackboard close at this time


June 24

Classes begin 2nd 6 weeks


July 4

Independence Day Recess – offices closed



Classes end 2nd 6 weeks and 12 weeks


Aug. 5-6

Final Exams


Aug. 12

Grades due 2nd 6 weeks and 12 weeks before noon

Banner and Blackboard close at this time


Aug. 14 & 15

New Faculty Orientation


Aug. 20

Unit Head Retreat


Aug. 21

FTLC Conference


Aug. 22

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting


Aug. 23



Aug. 26

Fall 2013 Classes Begin




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