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January 15, 2018


Retention Focus: Preparing students for registration

Students who receive personal attention from faculty members are more likely to stay in school. As registration for spring/summer, fall and winter classes approaches, here are some ways to help students register for the coming year.

• Encourage students to check myPath now so they understand what classes they need to stay on track to a timely graduation. Remind them of the Grand Finish grant (see for eligibility).

• Stress the importance of meeting with their advisors with any issues or questions about their path to graduation.

• Ask students if there are specific challenges they may be facing that would keep them from registering and refer them to the proper department or office for support. 

• Remind students to register for classes beginning March 19.

To do poster

A poster of this image is included in this issue.

There are new course offerings available in-person, hybrid and online for the spring/summer semester. See for details. Classes will be viewable two weeks earlier this year to give students more time to plan.

Classes will be viewable in Banner March 1 and registration begins March 19. 


myName option coming to campus

In February, students, faculty and staff members will have the option to indicate a name different from their legal name.

The new myName process will allow students and employees to use a professional, personal, preferred, display, chosen or use name without making a legal name change.

Individuals can update their name by accessing the myName process through Banner. By indicating a myName, Grand Valley will be able to use myName for internal and external communications except where a legal name is required. The transition of GVSU systems on campus to apply the use of myName will occur over the next calendar year.

The collection of myName is the first update in a series of new myBanner module enhancements that will be delivered beginning February 22. Additional Banner module updates will be released to support the use of myName in other GVSU applications and communications.

For additional information on myName, including examples of where myName will appear, visit


Mileage rate increases

Effective January 1, the mileage reimbursement rate increased for faculty and staff members. 

When traveling on university business, mileage will be reimbursed at 54.5 cents per mile, the new IRS-approved rate. The new rate is effective for all travel that occurs on or after January 1.

Travel before January 1 will be reimbursed at the previous rate (53.5 cents per mile) regardless of when the travel and expense reimbursement forms are submitted for payment. Updated forms are available online at

Questions can be directed to Kim Suber at x12203.


Arnold named next civil discourse professor

As the next Padnos/Sarosik Professor of Civil Discourse, Elizabeth Arnold will teach the subject from her discipline of anthropology.

Arnold, associate professor of anthropology, will create and lead a civil discourse class in the fall 2018 semester and plan a public symposium next year. She assumes the two-year appointment, housed in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, from Jack Mangala, professor of African/African American studies and political science.

The endowed professorship was a gift to Grand Valley established in 2013 from longtime supporters Shelley Padnos and Carol Sarosik. 

Arnold said she will focus her class around climate change and its human impact on the environment. She said as an environmental anthropologist, the course will reflect her expertise in cultural diversity, climate change and sustainability. It ties to civil discourse as people discuss those topics and consider sources of information, she added.

two men standing, shaking hands

Photo by Rex Larsen

Elizabeth Arnold, left, is the next Padnos/Sarosik professor of civil discourse. She is pictured with Carol Sarosik, center, and Shelley Padnos.

"Anthropology has much to contribute to environmental and sustainability discourse," she said. "An increased awareness of cultural variation as well as an increased appreciation of different cultures can inform us and encourage solutions to environmental concerns."

Anne Hiskes, dean of Brooks College, said the urgency around climate change provided a compelling vision for engaging students.

"The timeliness of the topic, combined with Grand Valley's strong reputation and expertise around the environment and sustainability, speak to the long-term potential impact of the new course and the associated public symposium," Hiskes said.

More information about civil discourse is posted online at


Register for Healthy Choices

Registration for the Healthy Choices 2018 program is now open. Benefit-eligible faculty and staff members can register online at and earn up to $500 in rewards.

Healthy Choices is a free, voluntary, and confidential program in which benefit-eligible faculty and staff can take steps to improve or maintain their health and receive monetary rewards. 

Learn more about required components and deadlines online at