CLAS Advising Newsletter - November 2012

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center Newsletter

Volume 1 - Issue 2

November 2012

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 Laker for a Lifetime Major of the Month Study Abroad Four Year Blueprint for Student Success Pre-Professional News Teacher Certification News 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. 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. Laker for a Lifetime Have you heard people around campus talking about being a Laker for a Lifetime? If not, be sure to check out the Laker for a Lifetime website for information about getting involved, staying informed, and Laker pride. To visit the webpage, just click on the Laker for a Lifetime logo below. Being a Laker is more than just attending classes on campus, it is about contributing your talents and passions to the campus and surrounding communities. Don't forget to watch the awesome video titled "Laker for a Lifetime - I'm on a Boat". It is sure to make you laugh and also make you proud to be a Laker!
Major of the Month If you have walked by the CLAS Academic Advising Center lately, you may have noticed information about our new Major of the Month initiative located on our bulletin board. The goal of the Major of the Month is to highlight the majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Major of the Month for November is Philosophy. Did you know there are numerous opportunities for Philosophy majors? Some of the many career options available are: Teaching - Colleges and Universities Research Library Sciences Law - Prosecution, Defense, etc. Business Religiously Affiliated Areas Social and Community Service Government Journalism Writing Interested in learning more? Click here to go to the Philosophy Department's Homepage. You can also call our office to make an appointment to meet with an advisor. 616-331-8585. Please stop by our bulletin board next month for information regarding the next Major of the Month!
Study Abroad Have you ever thought about studying abroad but do not know where to start? The Padnos International Center located at 130 Lake Ontario Hall can help. Visit their website here to learn more. Joanne Tan, a student at GVSU, explains why students should study abroad and the process of getting started. Please read her study abroad story by clicking her photo below. Joanne Tan atop the Great Wall of China
Four Year Blueprint for Student Success The success of our students is very important to us here at Grand Valley State University, which is why we created a Blueprint for Student Success. This Blueprint for Student Success is a tool that faculty and staff at GVSU use to support our students. The Blueprint provides markers of student success and can help us be sure that we as professionals are supporting students through every year of their college career. Please view this blueprint to learn more about the academic and GVSU community landmarks that exist along the pathway to student success.
Visit the Pre-Professional Webpage for up to date information for new and current pre-professional students Pre-Professional News Are you ready to apply for your seat in a professional school such as medical, dental, optometry, podiatry, pharmacy, or veterinary? Choosing your test prep plan can be a difficult task. Especially when you are getting all sorts of advice from friends and family, not to mention all the online advertisements there are. If you search the Internet or even, you'll be astounded at the number of test prep choices that are available. Are you already overwhelmed and haven't even opened a test prep book yet? Then why not consider registering for GVSU's Test Prep Course? The course is held one night a week during the winter semester for six weeks and three hours each night. Each night a new topic will be covered. So, for example, one night will be organic chemistry and another night biology. All review sessions are led by GVSU faculty who have received strong evaluations from previous years. And who can beat the price of $40? Yes, that's $40 for the entire review course, NOT per night! Meets Thursdays beginning January 17th from 6-9pm in room BL-L-110 Mackinac Hall More information and registration can be found here.
Teacher Certification News Teacher Certification Advising Did you know that if you are seeking teacher certification at GVSU you have a team of academic advisors available to you? This team consists of a Professional Academic Advisor, a Major Faculty Advisor, and a College of Education Advisor. Click here to find out what each advisor does and how you can make an appointment with them. Reminder: 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
Walk-In Wednesdays The CLAS Academic Advising Center is still offering walk-in advising on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. If you have questions about... 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! Walk-in appointments will be kept to 15 minutes or less. 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 * 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 Padnos International Center has lots of study abroad events coming up. See them here * Transitioning Home for the Holidays - Wednesday December 5th from 6-7pm in room 142 North C Living Center (offered by Counseling and Career Development Center) * StressBusters - Tuesday December 11th from 12-6pm. The room is still to be determined, but keep an eye out for this event. Free massages, exercise classes, spa treatments, and more!
Reminders and Helpful Resources Midterm Grades Midterm grades have been posted for all Freshman students and for any student whose GPA is below a 2.0. The CLAS Academic Advising Center has contacted students who have midterm grades posted to share important student success information. Please click here for the Student Success Guide. Winter Schedule Review As the Fall semester comes to an end, be sure to review your schedule for Winter. If you would like some assistance reviewing these or making changes, please stop in to see your advisor. Career Exploration Thanksgiving Break is next week. This break is an excellent time to do some career exploration and shadowing. Need some ideas? Contact Career Services at 616-331-3311. Also, check out a fun and exciting tool offered by the Counseling and Career Development Center called Focus 2. This tool allows you to personalize your career and educational planning. You will be guided through self-assessment, personality testing, and more. To get started go to the Focus 2 website here: Library Hours As you prep for final exams, remember that the library will be open 24 hours the week before and during exams.

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