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Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing 7-22-14

For Faculty and Staff

1. Invitation to a Fall Breather

2.  Assistance from a statistician

 

 

For Unit Heads

3. 2015-2016 Schedule Copy Deadline – From Sherril Soman

4. CLAS Important Dates


For Faculty and Staff

1. Invitation to a Fall Breather – Fred Antczak

I invite faculty, as they are laying out their fall 2014 syllabi, to plan to give no reading, no assignments, no homework for the weekend before the drop deadline (i.e., the weekend of October 18 and 19).  I am not suggesting that you take any time away from class, nor even that you decrease by an iota the amount of work in the fall course.  I’m simply asking you to redistribute it, so that for that weekend across as many courses as possible, there’s no assigned work.  I’m asking for a specific weekend because distributing it on different weekends would dilute its noticeable effect.  And let me underline that this is optional, at the instructor’s discretion in every case.  If you’re teaching a course where this won’t work, please do what’s best for your students’ learning. ~Fred

2.  Assistance from a statistician (STA 319 Flyer for F14 Clients)

Greetings GVSU faculty/staff member:  Perhaps you have research/data analysis that has languished due to time conflicts or you’re in need of assistance from a statistician.  If so, please take a look at the flyer in the attached Word document which offers the assistance of students in STA 319 (Statistics Project) during the Fall 2014.  I look forward to hearing from you.

~Neal Rogness, Department of Statistics

 

For Unit Heads

3. 2015-2016 Schedule Copy Deadline – From Sherril Soman

Attachments:

Approved Fall and Winter Time Blocks

Spring Summer Time Blocks

Schedule Deadlines 15-16

TopTenRulesofScheduling2015-2016

 

We are at the time of year where we begin to think about scheduling for the 2015-2016 academic year.  As has been our standard practice we are providing relevant information that will help you as you begin the scheduling process.

 Attached you will find the following documents:

1.         Schedule deadlines

2.         Top 10 rules of scheduling approved by the Provost’s Cabinet.

3.         Approved standard Time Blocks for spring/summer

4.         Approved standard Time Blocks for fall and winter semesters.

Units should make plans now to return all three credit courses to the standard time blocks.  Courses that are for other than three credit hours must begin or end on a standard block.

Please note that we are in the process of updating the room detail list to accommodate the new lab science building and other construction projects.  The room detail list will be available to you early in the fall semester.

 

4.  CLAS Important Dates

 Important   Dates

Event

Location

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

 PAC

Aug. 22

Convocation

 

Aug. 25

Fall Classes Begin

 

 

 

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