College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



Unit Head Mailing 4-19-11

  1. CLAS Asks Seniors, “What’s Next?”
  2. CLAS Student Advisory Board-call for members
  3. Unit alignment with CLAS strategic plan
  4. End of the year stress—late withdrawal requests
  5. Important Dates

1. CLAS Asks Seniors, “What’s Next?”

1400+ seniors about to graduate have been asked this week to share with us their future plans for the CLAS website. 85 responses have already been received, and we’d like your help to encourage your seniors to participate.

2. CLAS Student Advisory Board-call for members (attachment) – Mary Schutten

One of the college's advisory groups is the CLAS Student Advisory Board. This consists of 15 students who meet twice each semester for food and feedback to the Dean. If the membership by class rank were a canoe, we would capsize as 14/15 members are seniors. Do you have a name or two to suggest to participate in this board? Our desire is a broad representation from across the college. Attached is the current list of students. Please share names with Cindy Laug (

3. Unit alignment with CLAS strategic plan (link to template)

This is just a reminder that unit alignment with the CLAS strategic plan has a due date of August 15, 2011 to the CLAS Dean's Office ( Many units have taken advantage of Julie Guevara's offer to provide ideas on how to proceed. Thanks to those units who have already submitted their work.  Resources:

4. End of the year stress- late withdrawal requests

Occasionally, students request to withdraw from courses at this time of year for a variety of reasons. For your information, a link to the "policy" is attached:

 5. CLAS Important Dates


  Important Dates



     April 18-22

  Reminder: UH informs faculty of salary increase categories


April 19

Passover in 2011 will start on Tuesday, 19 April and will continue for 7 days.


April 20

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

April 22

Good Friday 2011 falls on April 22, 2011


April 22

AP Assessment process completed


April 22

Final decisions about low-enrolled courses for 1st summer session.


April 25

Banner Opens for Final Grading


April 25

Final Exam Week


April 30



May 3

Final Grades due by noon


May 4

Unit Head Meeting

2215/2216 KC, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

May 5

Traverse City Commencement


May 9

Search Position Requests due

sherwoco@gvsu.edu5:00 p.m.

May 9

Spring Classes Start


May 15

Unit * Self Studies due

CLAS Dean’s office

May 30

Memorial Day Recess


June 20

Classes End first 6 weeks


June 21-22



June 27

Grades due first 6 week classes at noon


June 27

Classes Begin 2nd 6 weeks


July 4

Independence Day Recess


July 18

Staffing Plans due 5:00

Aug. 8

Classes End 2nd 6 and 12 weeks


Aug. 9-10

Finals 2nd 6 and 12 week


Aug. 15

Grades due 2nd 6 and 12 week at noon


Aug 15

Unit Alignment to CLAS Strategic Plan

CLAS Dean’s office

Aug. 17 & 18

New Faculty Orientation


Aug. 17

CLAS New Faculty Social

Alumni House

Aug. 23

Unit Head Retreat


Aug. 24

FTLC Conference


Aug. 25

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting

TBA-followed by lunch

Aug. 26


Field House

Aug. 29

Fall 2011 Classes Begin


*Due this spring – PSY (BA and BS), PHY (BS), AWRI, BMS (MS and BS)

Page last modified April 19, 2011