Memo to Instructional Staff, GSIs: January 14, 2005

TO:

FROM:

DATE:

RE:

LSA Faculty and GSIs

Esrold A. Nurse, Assistant Dean

January 14, 2005

 

Greetings and welcome back to the Winter 2005 term after what I hope was a pleasant, albeit short holiday break. Once again, this is a gentle reminder of College policies and relevant information.

The last day for students to drop or add classes without getting permission, as well as to elect a course pass/fail is Tuesday, January 25, 2005. The student deadline for finishing incomplete work from last semester is Tuesday, February 1. 

This is an important term for students completing their sophomore year because it is typically when they make major decisions. Don’t be surprised if these students look to you for advice about your department’s majors and minors. It may be helpful to check with your department advisor for major information to pass on to students. The annual Major Fair is also a good opportunity for students to learn about the various LSA majors and minors. The Fair is scheduled on Wednesday, March 23, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, in the Michigan Union Ballroom located on the second floor.

You have received a message from President Coleman about students whose lives may be disrupted or affected by the Tsunami in South East Asia. Attempts are being made to contact all LSA students who come from the affected countries. If you observe students with repeated absences in your courses or who exhibit behavior that concerns you, let us know. We hope you will contact us at anytime when you have concerns, but we are trying to be especially vigilant because of the potential difficulties related to the Tsunami disaster.

The 2005 Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium is in full swing; you may want to highlight as appropriate in your classes. See the following website: http://mlksymposium.umich.edu

In addition, you may want to draw students’ attention to activities related to the current LSA theme semester, “Cultural Treasures of the Middle East,” and the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program. See: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/lsa/theme/ and http://aareads.aadl.org/ for more detailed information.

As always, we in Student Academic Affairs are available to help clarify issues regarding student concerns or academic policy. Don’t hesitate to call us or email with inquiries.

Best wishes for a successful term.


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