Student Academic Affairs Newsletter

G411 Mason Hall · University of Michigan · Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1027 · 764-6810 Volume XXV · Number 2

LS&A Student Academic Affairs

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Dr. Alice Reinarz

Dr. Alice Reinarz Appointed New Director of the LS&A Advising Center

Dr. Alice G. Reinarz, formerly the Director of the Undergraduate Advising Center at the University of Texas at Austin, joined Student Academic Affairs as the new Director of the LS&A Academic Advising Center in September. Alice began her advising career in the Microbiology Department at UT-Austin and subsequently became the first Director of the Undergraduate Advising Center, serving all of the undergraduate colleges on the Austin campus. Under her leadership the Center rapidly developed into a nationally recognized Advising Center, receiving the National Academic Advising Association "Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Award" in 1995. Last year Alice also coedited Teaching Through Academic Advising: A Faculty Perspective.

A native Texan, Alice received both her B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin, and she taught microbiology courses there for more than twenty years. Very active in the education committees of the American Society for Microbiology, the nation's largest biological society, Alice was the 1990 recipient of the Carski Award for Distinguished Teaching. This national award is given annually to one person in recognition of a career of distinguished teaching in microbiology.

Of her move to Michigan, Alice says, "It has been wonderful. In many respects my experience as a new administrator is comparable to being a first year student - full of uncertainty and excitement. I look forward to the opportunity to work with LS&A students and faculty."


Advisors are Available by email

When you have quick questions that do not require an appointment, you can message your own general advisor via email. If you do not remember the name of your advisor, send your question to:

and an answer or referral will be sent in response.

Late Course Descriptions

Course descriptions that were not submitted in time to be included in the LS&A Course Guide are available on the Student Academic Affairs website.

Envi Theme Semester

From the Desk of the Assistant Dean...

Dean Esrold A. Nurse The Fall semester is rapidly drawing to a close. Most midterms are completed and your academic progress is critical at this time in the term. Waiting until Thanksgiving to devote your full attention to your academic responsibilities could be too late. Beyond your course work, there are additional responsibilities that require your attention.

Important deadlines are pending. Friday, November 7th is the ninth week deadline for late drop/add. Any adjustments in your course load must be made by this date. We strongly encourage you to consult with one of our academic advisors if you have any questions about the advisability of dropping or adding a course. We have streamlined the late drop/add process this fall, but on Monday, November 10th, when petitions for an exception to the late drop/add deadline begin, you will need to present serious unforeseeable circumstances that have not been present throughout the term.

Thursday the 20th begins early registration for Winter '98. Planning ahead for the Winter term is complicated by the fact that you are engaged in your current courses. Our academic advisors can be of assistance to you. Plan to seek out your advisor; come in now to schedule an appointment. Please note that during early registration weeks the Advising Center, in addition to having extended hours of operation, will schedule short appointments in the mornings and welcome walk-in students in the afternoons and early evenings. We have found this arrangement to be the most productive use of our time during such heavy student traffic. The short appointments are not intended to replace the more in-depth discussions of longer duration, but we are asking that you schedule the longer discussions in our off-peak times.

I would also remind you to learn, if you haven't already, your December schedule of final exams, as well as the location for each exam and whether you are required to bring your own bluebook to the exam. The Fall '97 examination schedule can be found on page 22 of the University Schedule of Courses.

Finally, let me draw your attention to the new staff in our Advising Center this year. The pictorial directory (found to the right of this column) of twelve advisors new in 1997 speaks for itself. We feel great pride and excitement in having been able to assemble a diverse team of such highly educated and experienced professionals. We also feel especially fortunate in having been able to hire Dr. Alice Reinarz as the new Director for our Advising Center (see separate article on page one). New initiatives and improved services are underway, and I will focus on some of these in my column in the January Newsletter. In the meantime, you have many things to do in the remaining weeks of this term. Manage your time well and do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance. You may send your comments or questions to us through e-mail to: and an answer or referral will be sent in response.

Best wishes for a successful semester!

LS&A Advising Info

Beginning Monday, November 17 and continuing through Friday, December 5, students may see a general advisor in 1255 Angell Hall on a walk-in basis in the afternoon. Short appointments will be available in the morning.

New 1997 LS&A Advisors

Nancy Anderson
Nancy Anderson
(Pre-Medical Advisor)

B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. Cand. in History of Art. University teaching experience. Particularly interested in pre-med studies and liberal arts education, as well as issues related to the future of medical education and health care delivery in the U.S.
Chris Bass
Chris Bass
(General Advisor)

R.N., M.A.and Ph.D. Cand. in American Culture. Community college and University teaching experience. Paticularly interested in American culture and history, and helping students identify their interests and choose concentrations.
David Brawn
David Brawn
(General Advisor)

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. in Anthopology. College and University teaching experience. Paticularly interested in cultural anthropology, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, medical anthropology, race, technology and history, social science, and writing.
Jane Chung-Apley
(General Advisor)

B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. Cand. in History of Art. University teaching experience. Particularly interested in Medieval and Renaissance studies, art history, students of color issues, and liberal arts curriculum and undergraduate teaching.
Cathy Conway Perrin
Cathy Conway Perrin
(General Advisor)

B.A. in Elementary/Bilingual Education and M.A. in Spanish. Elementary, Middle School and University teaching experience. Particularly interested in bilingual education and racial and cultural identity issues.
Susan Gass
Susan Gass
(General Advisor & Study Abroad)

B.A. in French and Art History, M.A. and Ph.D.Cand. in French Literature. High School and University teaching experience. Particularly interested in 19th century French literature, medieval art, and helping students integrate study abroad experience into their academic programs.

New 1997 LS&A Advisors

Gabe Keri
Gabe Keri
(General Advisor)

B.A. in Political Science, M.A. in Counseling, Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Development. Community College and University teaching experience. Particularly interested in issues related to career choice, learning styles, and liberal arts education.
Jean Lererich
Jean Lererich
(ICP & General Advisor)

B.A.,M.A.,Ph.D. in English. University teaching experience. Particularly interested in post-colonial and cultural studies, women's studies, censorship, and the performing arts.
Theresa Schulz
Theresa Schulz
(General Advisor)

B.S. in Physics, M.S. in Geophysical Sciences, M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences. Community College and University teaching experience.
David R. Smith
David R. Smith
(General Advisor)

B.A. in Social Science, M.A. and Ph.D. in History. University teaching experience. Especially interested in North American history, particularly continental migration patterns and the meaning of economic integration.
John Stratmann
John Stratmann
(General Advisor)

B.S., M.A. in English, and D.A.Cand. in English Composition. High school and University teaching experience. Particularly interested in the teching of English in secondary schools (methods and supervision), in addition to writing theory, assessment, and instruction.
Wendy Wyte
Wendy Wyte
(Pre-Medical Advisor)

B.A. in English and M.P.H. (Public Health). University program leadership experience. Particularly interested in public health policy and education, women's health issues and legislation, and substance abuse education.

University of Michigan Winter Commencement 1997

December 14 · Crisler Arena


Winter Commencement Exercises will be held in Crisler Arena beginning at 2:00 p.m. and concluding at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 14, 1997. All graduates of the Summer and Fall Terms, 1997, may participate. All graduates participating in Winter Commencement should enter Crisler Arena via the tunnel entrance beginning at 1:15 p.m. Marshals will direct graduates to appropriate seating areas. Graduates should be in their seats by 1:50 p.m.

LS&A Graduation Procedures:

LS&A students must submit their diploma application and concentration release form (for AB/BS candidates) or diploma application and BGS senior release form (BGS candidates) according to the following schedule. Diploma applications, concentration release forms, and BGS release forms are available in 1255 Angell Hall and should be returned there when completed. The last day to submit graduation materials if you want your name printed in the December commencement program is Wednesday, November 5. Wednesday, December 10 is the last day to submit graduation materials if you plan to graduate in December. An information sheet about the December commencement exercise is available outside 1413 Mason Hall. Honors Program students should pick up all graduation forms from 1228 Angell and return them there when completed.

Commencement Details

A brochure containing all of the details for the commencement ceremony is available outside 1413 Mason Hall. Commencement information is available on the world wide web at:
(NOTE: This is NOT a site maintained by LS&A.)

Residence Hall Academic Advising Fall Term 1997 Office Hours
Res Hall Advising Hours

Residence Hall Peer Advising Fall Term 1997 Office Hours
Res Hall Peer Advising Hours

Advisors and APA's generally meet with students in the residence hall advising offices. Inquire at the front desk for help if you need the location.

Fall Term 1997 Calendar

Winter Term 1998 Calendar

A Message from LS&A Student Government

Early in September, a group of your LS&A Student Government Representatives worked together to create this year's vision for LS&A-SG. That vision reads as follows: As Representatives of the students of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, LS&A Student Government will lead, serve, and advocate on behalf of the students to improve the quality of the undergraduate experience.

This vision is only as good as the steps LS&A-SG takes to fulfill it. So far we have been working on many initiatives to fulfill our obligation to the students who elected all of us. We are working with the new Director of Academic Advising to make the advising center more effective, student friendly, and convenient. We are also working with LS&A administration to instate midterm feedback forms in the ten largest classes in LS&A, thus affecting thousands of students, and allowing those students to help effect change while they are still enrolled in the class. Additionally, we have been collaborating with the LS&A Dean's Office to strengthen and increase the number of Departmental Student Clubs.

We are also hard at work allocating money to student organizations across campus. Over half of our yearly budget is immediately turned around and given back to student groups. If your student organization needs money, you can pick up an application outside our office (4152 Michigan Union.) Also outside our office are applications for appointments to various LS&A committees, as well as open seats on both LS&A-SG and MSA.

MSA and LS&A Student Government elections are coming up on November 19 and 20. Please vote, and feel free to contact us if you are interested in running.

During every LS&A Student Government meeting there is constituents' time, which allows all LS&A students to voice their concerns to the government. We welcome and invite your input. LS&A-SG meetings are every Tuesday night at 6:00 in 2002 LS&A Building. You can also email us any of your concerns at, or stop by our office in the Union, or give us a call at 647-8636. We look forward to hearing from any LS&A Students.

Lauren Shubow, President
LS&A Student Government

Photo Credits

Chalmers H. Knight - All photos except noted
Mark Garrett - David Smith

Professional School Admission Test Dates

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
Call (609) 771-7330

Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

December 6, 1997
February 7, 1998

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

December 13, 1997
April 4, 1998

Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

April 4, 1998

The University of Michigan

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Edie N. Goldenberg, Dean

The Regents of the University
Laurence B. Deitch, Bloomfield Hills; Daniel D. Horning, Grand Haven; Olivia P. Maynard, Goodrich; Shirley M. McFee, Battle Creek; Rebecca McGowan, Ann Arbor; Andrea Fischer Newman, Ann Arbor; Philip H. Power, Ann Arbor; S. Martin Taylor, Grosse Point Farms; Lee C. Bollinger, President (ex officio).

Policy Against Discrimination
The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or Vietnam-era veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the University's Director of Affirmative Action and Title IX/Section 504 Coordinator, 4005 Wolverine Tower, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1281. 313/763-0235; TDD 313/747-1388. University of Michigan Information: 313/764-1817.