CLAS Academic Advising Center

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center Newsletter

Volume 1 – Issue 1

September 2012




Contact Information

Location: C-1-140 Mackinac Hall

Phone: 616-331-8585

Fax: 616-331-8610





Monday - Thursday: 8am - 6pm

Friday: 8am-5pm

Walk-In Advising: Wed 1pm-4pm


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In This Issue

Welcome to our Newsletter

Pre-Professional News

Teacher Certification News

Introducing Walk-In Wednesdays

Events and Workshops

Reminders and Helpful Resources

About Us

 1. Who does the Center serve?

 2. What courses are required for my CLAS major and/or minor?

 3. Who are my advisors?

 4. How do I make an appointment?





The CLAS Academic Advising Center offers accessible, accurate, timely, and consistent academic advising to all students pursuing majors and/or minors offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


The academic advising and support provided by the CLAS Academic Advising Center at Grand Valley State University are an integral part of a student-focused, learner-centered, and collaborative relationship between students, faculty advisors, and professional advising staff. We strive to integrate student learning and student goals and abilities with the development of an appropriate academic plan.

Welcome to our Newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Academic Advising Center Newsletter! This newsletter is designed as a tool for anyone interested in learning more about the CLAS Academic Advising Center and the services we provide. We hope to reach our students, faculty, and staff within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and around the University to keep everyone informed of events, policies, and news that may be of importance.

We would like to thank you in advance for taking time to look around our first issue. We hope you find it helpful and relevant.

Please keep in mind that we are always here to support our students and colleagues. Visit our About Us page to learn more about the advisors and support staff who work every day to support and assist our students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences!







Pre-Professional Workshops and Resources

Preparing for your Professional School Interview

Tuesday, September 25th

4:00-6:00 pm

Location: 132 LHH

Presenter: Ginger Lange, Career Services Office, GVSU

Health Care Experience

Monday, November 5th


Location: Loutit Lecture Hall – Room 101

MSU Early Assurance Program Information Session

To Be Determined

Michigan Medicine Education Day

October 6, 2012 in East Lansing. This is a conference for premedical students to learn about the medical school admission process from all six medical schools in Michigan.















Pre-Professional News

  1. New Advisor

This semester, the CLAS Academic Advising Center welcomes a new member of the team. Julie Amon has been hired as the new Pre-Professional Advisor.

There are now two advisors that work with Pre-Professional students in the Center, Julie and Jo Ann Litton. Students with last names that start with the letter A-L will meet with Jo Ann, whereas students with last names that begin with the letter M-Z will meet with Julie.

Learn more about Julie in her own words below:

I am thrilled to be joining the CLAS Advising team as an Academic Advisor for pre-professional students!  Although I am originally from Grand Rapids, I have spent the past four years as an Academic Advisor at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb, Illinois.  During my time at NIU I worked primarily with pre-nursing and students in other health-related majors in the College of Health and Human Sciences; I also taught a freshmen seminar course called “The University Experience” and an “Introduction to Health and Human Sciences” course at NIU. Returning to GVSU now truly feels like coming home—I definitely consider myself to be a Laker for Life!  I earned my M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley in 2008 and my B.S. in Psychology from GVSU in 2003.  During my master’s program, I worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Advising Resources and Special Programs Office (now known as the Student Academic Success Center), and I also did internships in the admissions offices at both GVSU and Grand Rapids Community College.   I am looking forward to being part of the Grand Valley community again as part of the CLAS Advising team!

   2. Resource Room

Did you know that there is an amazing resource room in the CLAS Academic Advising Center? In the Resource Room, you can find materials to help you with test preparation, career exploration materials, information about graduate and professional schools, and more.

Click here to learn more about the variety of materials available to you every day!               



For more information on Professional Programs, click here














Teacher Certification News

  1. Important News Regarding the Elementary Minor and MTTC Test

Over the last couple of years, Grand Valley State University has been working toward transitioning from the Elementary Distributed Minor to the new Elementary Certification Minor. This new minor was designed to continue Grand Valley’s reputation for preparing outstanding teachers. Each of the new courses have been developed with keen attention paid to the Michigan Department of Education standards for elementary preparation.

Students with a catalog year of Fall 2010 or later, are able to declare the new Elementary Certification Minor in myBanner. The Subject Area Test for this new Elementary Certification Minor will be offered starting Fall 2013. 

For more information about the new Elementary Minor and the transition process, please click here.

If you are completing the Elementary Distributed Minor, please be aware that the last time the Elementary Distributed Subject Area Test will be offered by the State of Michigan is July 2013. If you are currently seeking the Elementary Distributed Minor, or have many of the old courses completed, please be sure to take this test before the deadline. We recommend that you take the test during one of the earlier MTTC testing dates to ensure that if you don’t pass the test, you still have other testing dates left to retake the test and to guarantee that you pass it before the July 2013 date.

If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact the CLAS Academic Advising Center or the College of Education's Student Information and Services Center.

CLAS Academic Advising Center - 616-331-8585

College of Education - 616-331-6650

  2. Declaring Education Majors and Minors

Need to know how to declare an education major on Banner? Click here for step by step instructions.  

  3.  New Computer Based Tests

Make note that Michigan Test for Teacher Certification will be offering Early Childhood Education, English, Integrated Science (Elementary), and Language Arts through "computer based testing" starting December 2012.

For more information visit their website at














 Introducing Walk-In Wednesdays


Starting this Fall 2012, the CLAS Academic Advising Center will be offering walk-in advising on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

For questions regarding:

  • Schedule Changes
  • General Education Requirements
  • myPath and myBanner
  • CLAS Major and Minor Requirements
  • Quick questions about application processes for College of Education and Professional Programs
  • Late add/drop/complete withdrawal
  • Resource Room

Please stop in to meet with an advisor! If your advising questions are a bit more complicated, you can always set up an appointment for a more detailed advising session.




You can also find the GVSU Events Calendar at







 Events and Workshops

 1. CLAS Students

* There are many campus events and workshops offered by the CLAS Academic Advising Center. For a list of these events, please click here for more information. 

* The Student Academic Success Center is offering some student success workshops this semester that you mind find helpful. Find a list of these by visiting their website here.

* The Writing Center is offering several Student Veteran Writing Workshops this semester.

October 8th, 10th, and 12th and December 3rd, 5th, and 7th at noon in room 2243, Kirkhof Center - Allendale Campus

  2. CLAS Faculty and Staff

* Appreciative Advising: Putting Theory Into Practice

Friday, September 28th 12:30-4:30pm in Room 340, Bicycle Factory - Pew Campus












 Reminders and Helpful Resources

  1. Adding a Class to your Fall Schedule

Did you know that if you need to add a class after the deadline that there is a process that must be followed? Please see the Late Add Request Information found here. Please note, there requests are approved in only truly extenuating circumstances.

  2. Dropping a Class

During open course enrollment you are able to drop a course at any time. Once the first week of the semester is completed, you are no longer able to drop a course without receiving a W on your transcript.

If you are considering dropping a course, please review our decision tree for guidance.

Remember to check with the Financial Aid Office at (616) 331-3234 if you receive any type of financial aid before dropping a course.

  3. Applying for Graduation

Please remember to fill out a graduation application a semester before you wish to graduate. The form can be found here.  

Be sure to check with your professional and faculty advisors to review your graduation requirements.

  4. Student Success Resources

The CLAS Academic Advising Center has many academic success resources listed on our website. Learn more about these here.



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