CLAS Advising Newsletter - April 2013

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center Newsletter

Volume 1 - Issue 4

April 2013

Contact Information Location: C-1-140 Mackinac Hall Phone: 616-331-8585 Fax: 616-331-8610 Email: Website: Hours Monday - Thursday: 8am - 6pm Friday: 8am-5pm Walk-In Advising: Wednesday 1pm-4pm
In This Issue About Us Heading Home for the Summer Duplication of Credits Pre-Professional News Teacher Certification News CLAS Advising Center News 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. Who are the College's Professional Advisors? 5. How do I make an appointment?
Mission 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. Vision 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. Heading Home for the Summer With final exams this week, many students will soon be leaving campus to head home for the summer. Remember to review the " taking a course outside of GVSU" guide if planning to take summer courses at another institution this summer. Summer is an excellent time to not only rest and enjoy the sunshine, but also to: Complete an internship Job Shadow Gain research experience Study for the GRE or MCAT Learn about graduate programs and more! For more ideas or information, please contact either a faculty advisor or an advisor in the CLAS Academic Advising Center. Have a great summer and we will see you in the Fall!
Duplication of Credits There is a policy at GVSU about how many credits can be duplicated between majors and/or minors. The advisors in our Center get asked questions about this policy often. Another way to talk about duplicated credits is to call them credits that get "double dipped". So the courses count in one area and also in another at the same time. *If a student is completing two majors, then they need to have a minimum of 60 credits that are unduplicated (or that do not double dip) between the two majors. *If a student is completing more than one minor, than each minor must contain 20 credits that are unduplicated in the other. *If a student is completing a major and a minor, which is very common, there must be 20 credits in the minor and 30 in the major that are unduplicated. Still have questions? Please do not hesitate to contact the CLAS Academic Advising Center for more information!
Visit the Pre-Professional Webpage for up to date information for new and current pre-professional students Pre-Professional News Inaugural Suture Clinic The first ever Suture Clinic took off without a hitch on Saturday, April 13th. Five grad students in the College of Human Medicine at MSU presented the clinic and did an outstanding job. Thank you to John Lelli, Alex Brenner, Aron Slear, Christopher Reece, and Hannah Hollandsworth! 23 GVSU pre-med students participated and are excited for the next clinic!
Student Spotlight Below are some of GVSU's very own students who have been selected to participate in amazing research opportunities. Congratulations All! * Michael Dykstra - The Ohio State University SUCCESS Program * Anthony Hage - University of Michigan Perrigo Fellowship * Craig Russo - Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program * Emily Andrews - Van Andel Summer Internship Program
Teacher Certification News Professional Readiness Exam Did you know that the Basic Skills Test has been revised? The test will now be called the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE). The PRE will be offered starting October 2013. The math and writing subtests have been revised. Please find additional information and practice materials at
CLAS Advising Center News Caroline Cascini to Retire Our heartfelt wishes go out to Caroline Cascini as she embarks on the next phase of her professional development - RETIREMENT! Caroline has served the Grand Valley State University Community for 20 years, beginning as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychology and moving on to set up the Social Science Advising Center, then combining with other advising centers when the CLAS Academic Advising Center was formed in 2008. She has been instrumental is keeping students informed about changes in the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) and presents information sessions every semester which are highly attended by GVSU students. Come and help us celebrate her achievements on Tuesday, April 30 from 3-5:00 pm at the Alumni House. "I want to thank all the students I've worked with over the years - whether in my role as professor or, more recently as an academic advisor. It has been a gift to be able to play a small role in your journey, and a privilege to have been trusted to share your hopes, fears, dreams, hardships and triumphs. You have enriched my life, and taught me a great deal. Know that I'll be thinking of you as you move forward on your journey and that I will take my memories of you along with me on the next segment of my own pathway. Make life a grand adventure - take some risks, learn and love!" Omicron Delta Kappa Induction Congratulations to the CLAS Academic Advising Center Grad Students! They were inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society. Well done you three!

Reminders and Helpful Resources *When students and faculty return in the Fall, they will notice some changes around campus. In addition to the opening of the new Mary Idema Pew Library, construction will be underway on the new Science Building just south of the Rec Center. *Remember to pay your tuition for Fall and Winter semesters. Tuition is due: Fall - August 16th by 5pm Winter - December 13th by 5pm *View the GVSU Events Calendar at to find events and workshops taking place this summer. *Have a great summer!!

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