Student Academic Affairs Newsletter

G411 Mason Hall · University of Michigan · Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1027 · 764-6810 Volume XXV · Number 1

LS&A Student Academic Affairs


OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT DEAN
1402 Mason Hall, 764-7297
ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER
1255 Angell Hall, 764-0332
ACADEMIC STANDARDS
1255 Angell Hall, 764-0332
ACADEMIC AUDITORS
1413 Mason Hall, 763-3101
Hours: M-F 7:30-3:30
ACADEMIC INFORMATION & PUBLICATIONS
G411 Mason Hall, 764-6810
STUDENTS' COUNSELING OFFICE
G150 Angell Hall, 763-1553

Related Offices


COMPREHENSIVE STUDIES PROGRAM (CSP)
G155 Angell Hall, 764-9128
HONORS PROGRAM
1228 Angell Hall, 764-6274
OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
G513 Michigan Union, 764-4311
RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE ADVISING
134 Tyler, East Quad, 763-0032
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LS&A Advising Info

Beginning Tuesday, September 2 and continuing through Friday, September 12, 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. A "quick-line" for very short questions will be open all day. Concentration advisors will see students beginning Wednesday, September 2. Contact the individual departments for appointment information.


LS&A Graduation Procedures

Planning to Graduate in December, 1997?

If so then you must submit diploma application and concentration release form (for AB/BS candidates), or diploma application and BGS senior release form (BGS candidates), SIGNED BY YOUR ADVISOR. Diploma applications, concentration release forms, and BGS release forms are available in 1255 Angell Hall and 1413 Mason Hall and should be returned to 1413 Mason Hall when completed. (HONORS PROGRAM students should pick up all graduation forms from 1228 Angell Hall and return them there when completed.). The LAST DAY to submit graduation materials if you want your name printed in the December commencement program is November 5.

December LS&A Commencement Exercises will be held in Hill Auditorium on Sunday, December 14. All graduates of the Summer and Fall Terms may participate. An information sheet about the December commencement exercise will be available in 1413 Mason Hall by the middle of the Fall Term.


Pre-Professional LS&A Advising Assistance

All academic advisors are available in 1255 Angell Hall to assist students with general questions about academic preparation for business, law, and medical school.

For more specific questions, individual appointments may be scheduled with the following preprofessional advisors in the office:

Business
Marla Horton
Law
Karen Wittkopp
Medicine
Nancy Anderson
Wendy Wyte

Tidbits


Mini Courses

For information about any available Fall Term one-credit mini- and short courses, pick up a copy of the mini-course listing (available in the Advising Center).


Race & Ethnicity, Quantitative Reasoning, and Junior/Senior Writing Courses

Updated listings of Fall Term courses which may be used to meet Race & Ethnicity, Quantitative Reasoning, and Junior/Senior Writing requirements are available on the Student Academic Affairs website.


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.


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:

Ask.LSA.Advising@umich.edu

and an answer or referral will be sent in response.


Winter Term Course Guide and Time Schedule

The Winter Term LS&A Course Guide will be available on-line at the Student Academic Affairs website on Friday, October 24, 1997.

Time Schedules and LS&A Course Guides for the Winter term are expected to arrive at 1255 Angell Hall on November 7 and 11 respectively.


From the Desk of the Assistant Dean...

Welcome to the 1997-98 academic year, one that promises to be filled with many new ventures. New classes, new opportunities, new friendships, new learning. I extend to each and every one of you my very best wishes for a most productive and exciting new year.

I have some new things to report about important changes in Student Academic Affairs also. First, we successfully concluded this summer our search for a new Director of our Academic Advising Center. Dr. Alice Reinarz comes to us from the University of Texas at Austin where for the past six years she has been directing their Undergraduate Advising Center and has gained a national reputation for her work there. She begins her position with us as the new year gets underway and looks forward to its challenges with enthusiasm and excitement.

Of equal note is the news that Dean Goldenberg this past spring approved the hiring of some half dozen new fulltime academic advisors for the Advising Center. Extensive searches were conducted, a large applicant pool was scrutinized, and we were very happy to have join our staff in time for the Summer Orientation Program the following new general advisors: Jane Chung-Apley, who has earned her M.A. and achieved Ph.D. candidacy in History of Art; Chris Bass, who is a Registered Nurse and who, more recently, earned her M.A. and achieved Ph.D. candidacy in American Culture; Dr. David Brawn, who holds his Ph.D. degree in Anthropology; Cathy Conway Perrin, who earned her M.A. in Spanish; Dr. Teresa Schulz, who, after earning her B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Geophysical Sciences, went on to a second M.S. as well as her Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Space Sciences; and John Stratman, who has earned his M.A. in English and achieved Doctor of Arts candidacy in English Composition.

Other staff changes in the ranks of our academic advisors occurred over the summer and, as a result, we were also able to welcome in August Dr. Gabe Keri as a new fulltime advisor. Gabe earned his B.A. in Political Science, his M.A. in Student Affairs and Leadership, and his Ph.D. in Student Development in Postsecondary Education.

As you can see, we have added to our ranks advisors with a diverse range of academic backgrounds and high levels of achievement in the liberal arts. They also bring much teaching experience in various classroom settings. We are very excited about this cohort of new advisors and believe they will prove critical in our continuing efforts to improve and strengthen our academic advising programs.

When you visit the Advising Center in 1255 Angell you will also notice that, in order to accommodate the new advisors,we have had to move the central student files area out of the Advising Center. This office is now located just a few feet away in 1407 Mason Hall.

Finally, let me invite you to visit, if you haven't yet, our new Student Academic Affairs website. Although this site is only partially constructed at this point, there is much new useful information easily accessible, and when you look up a course description you can find out now the course time, location, and availability with just a click of the mouse.

More LS&A Advising Info


Academic Advisors Available in Residence Halls

LS&A Academic Advisors hold regular office hours in the residence halls listed below. If you live in one of these halls, you might find that visiting your building's academic advisor might be more convenient to your schedule. The advisors welcome individual conversations as well as small group discussions (in case you and your roommate, or a friend down the hall have similar questions).

Residence Hall Academic Advising Fall Term 1997 Office Hours

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


Peer Advisors Available in Residence Halls

The Academic Peer Advisor (APA) Program is another outreach effort to students in University housing from the LS&A Academic Advising Center. These student advisors have been trained extensively in College policies, procedures, and curricula and can be of valuable help in dealing with issues of academic difficulty or course planning. If they don't have the answers, they are knowledgeable sources of referral. Feel free to stop by during the hours listed below and get acquainted with your APA.

Residence Hall Peer Advising Fall Term 1997 Office Hours

APAs generally meet with students in the residence hall advising offices. Inquire at the front desk for help if you need the location.


Have you Declared your Concentration Yet?

By the junior year (55 credits toward a degree program), LS&A students should have selected a concentration program and/or degree program. Students pursuing an AB or a BS degree should consult a concentration advisor and complete a Declaration Form which indicates choice of concentration. Students wishing to do a Bachelor in General Studies should see a BGS advisor and also complete a Declaration Form. Declaration Forms are available in the Advising Center and should be returned there when completed.


New Student Academic Affairs Website

In mid-August, Student Academic Affairs unveiled a new and updated website designed to make information easier to find. In addition to a whole new look, the site has also added the ability to check times, location, and availability for each class right from its course guide description. In addition to course guides, the site provides information on subjects ranging from Academic Standards to Study Abroad opportunities. Be sure to visit the site at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/saa.


LS&A-SG Looks to Students for Guidance

As an LS&A student, each year you give a dollar of your money to LS&A Student Government, and what do you get for it? The answer, sadly, is often not a whole lot. Your current government, however, would like to change that. In the past the only time typical students heard about LS&A Student Government was when being annoyed by the flood of campaign posters that cover campus during elections.

LS&A Student Government should serve as a resource, not an annoyance, to all LS&A students. That is its purpose and that is what we elected members want it to do. Currently, however, the government is severely underutilized. The question now becomes, what can LS&A Student Government do for its students?

First, you should know that we allocate money to student organizations on campus, and this money is the largest chunk out of our budget. We would happily support a greater number of student organizations, but they must apply for and collect the funds. (Applications are available outside our office on the fourth floor of the Michigan Union.) Also, if you are a student interested in getting directly involved on campus, we appoint students to various College and University committees, including this year a new Student Advisory Panel on Academic Advising.

We also can, and do, lobby the LS&A administration for academic changes, and we create events and activities for all LS&A students. We have the ability to influence as well as to bring about change on campus, but without guidance from you LS&A students we do not always know the causes and issues that are most important to you.

Please feel free to attend our LS&A Student Government meetings which are held every Tuesday evening at 6:00 in 2002 LS&A Building. You may also email us at LSA-gov@umich.edu, or stop by our new office in the Union. Voice your concerns and your government will respond.

Lauren Shubow, President
LS&A Student Government

Incomplete Grade?

An "Incomplete" (I) grade may be reported by an instructor when a student has taken a final exam in a course, but a small amount of work is unfinished. If you are an LS&A student and your instructor agreed to report an Incomplete grade, regardless of whether or not the course was an LS&A course, then:

  1. You should have an understanding with the instructor about the work you must complete.

  2. You must complete the work by the end of the fourth week of your next Fall or Winter term or by an extended deadline supported in writing by the instructor an approved by the Academic Standards Board (1255 Angell Hall) or the Honors Office (1228 Angell Hall). Your instructor is not obligated to agree to a time extension. LS&A students with Winter, Spring, or Summer Term 1997 Incompletes who enroll in the College for Fall Term, 1997, must complete the work by Tuesday September 30.

  3. An Incomplete not finished by September 30 or an approved time extension arranged prior to the September 30 deadline lapses to a failing grade and lowers the term and overall grade point averages, unless the course was elected pass/fail.

  4. The instructor has ten calendar days following September 30 or an approved extended deadline in which to report a final grade.


Touch-Tone CRISP

Phone: 998-1881
Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight, seven days a week.

Touch-Tone CRISP Help
Phone: 763-5174

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Touch-Tone Grades
Phone: 998-1645
Hours 7:00 a.m. - 12 midnight, seven days a week.

Touch-Tone Grades Help
Phone: 764-9220
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday


Fall Term 1997 Calendar


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.

Professional School Admission Test Dates


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


Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
October 4, 1997
December 6, 1997
February 7, 1998


Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
November 1, 1997
December 13, 1997
April 4, 1997


Dental Admissions Test (DAT)
October 4, 1997