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Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 6-24-14



For Faculty and Staff


1. CSSM Reduction—from Fred


For Unit Heads


2. CLAS Important Dates



For Faculty and Staff



1. CSSM Reduction—from Fred


Like last year, the Provost Office is cutting CSSM (operating budget for day-to-day needs) across the board by 1½ %.  Last year, we ponied up equally.  This year you should know that the College Office’s budget will take the entirety of that hit.  Your department will have, other factors being equal, the same CSSM to work with.  You may see some of the effects of this in fewer or smaller matches for special allocations, more Spartan food and beverage setups for College events, and the like.  Certainly equipment requests will be reviewed more closely, and the College’s donation for some special purchases may be made contingent on departmental participation to some degree.  Our aim, though, is to absorb the shock this year, so that faculty may go about their duties undiminished by the diminished overall funding.  Long term, if such cuts continue the College won’t be able to absorb all of them.  Some of your planning this year should go to what you might do if CSSM is cut again in 2015-16, and perhaps the report of the Principles of Equitable Allocation Taskforce (PEAT) this fall will give us some additional insight.  This year’s CSSM cut, however, will be absorbed by the College.


For Unit Heads


2. CLAS Important Dates


Important Dates



June 24-26

G3 Camp  


July 4

Independence Day Recess


July 21

Fall Staffing Plans due


July 25

Drop Deadline – grade W – 2nd 6 weeks


Aug. 1

Classes end 2nd 6 weeks and 12 weeks


Aug. 4-5

Final Exams


Aug. 6

Regular faculty on payroll


Aug. 11

Grades due from faculty before noon –second 6 weeks and 12 weeks

Banner and Blackboard close at this time




Aug. 13 & 14

 New Faculty Orientation

 Wednesday; 8am to 4:30pm

AM – Kirkhof Center; PM – Mary Idema Pew Learning and information Center

 Thursday, 8am to 3pm

Pew Grand Rapids Campus, DeVos Center 


Aug. 13

CLAS New Faculty Social

By invitation only

Aug. 19

Unit Head Retreat

3000 James H Zumberge Hall

Aug. 19

University Faculty and Staff Picnic

Great Lakes Plaza; 5:00pm

Aug. 20

Faculty Teaching and Learning Center Conference


Aug. 21

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting


Aug. 22



Aug. 25

Fall Classes Begin




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