1. Summer class for all graduate students, EAD 991A Advanced Educational Law
The K-12 Unit has arranged to offer Advanced Educational Law this summer. The course is particularly suited to students interested in administrative positions or to students seeking to better understand the legal implications of current education policy. The course is also open to
Doctoral and Masters students.
Class Meeting times: Wednesdays, 4:10 – 9:00 p.m., C209 Wells Hall
May 18th – June 22nd, 2011 3 credits
see attached flyer for more information

For more information, contact the instructor, Dr. Regina Umpstead umpst1r@cmich.edu.

2. The Urban Education Perspectives Speakers Series invites you to attend its third presentation for this academic year.
Tuesday April 5, 2011 6:30 p.m-Wharton Center Pasant Theatre Dr. Pedro Noguera will present "Still Leaving Children Behind: Urban Education & Civil Rights in the 21st Century."


Dr. Noguera is an urban sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment. Dr. Noguera is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS).


For further details, please see the attached flyer.

3. The deadline date for FINAL APPROVAL of an electronic Thesis or Dissertation to The Graduate School is FIVE working days prior to the first day of classes for the ‘next’ semester.
So, as a reminder, the deadline for graduate degree candidates to submit their Master’s Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation to The Graduate School for Spring 2011 is Friday May 6th 2011. The summer 2011 deadline date is Thursday August 25th 2011.
· Prepare your Master’s Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation following the specific instructions in the Graduate School Formatting Guide.
This Formatting Guide sets forth the thesis and dissertation requirements established by Michigan State University. Individual departments or schools may have additional requirements or may specify requirements in greater detail. The Graduate School must approve these additional requirements. The graduate student has a responsibility to learn what, if any, special departmental/school requirements may apply. The thesis/dissertation should be prepared in accordance with the instructions of this guide.

Michigan State University will only be accepting electronic submissions via ProQuest at www.etdadmin.com/grad.msu. The Graduate School staff reviews only the PDFs that are uploaded through ProQuest. Be aware that a submission via ProQuest does not mean that the document has been ACCEPTED (FINAL APPROVAL). The review process is interactive and can take anywhere from a few hours to weeks, depending upon the extent of the necessary revisions and how diligent the author is when making the necessary revisions.



4. Doctoral Support Group #3
Time Management Workshop
This is a four week intensive workshop that is designed to help graduate students acquire the time management skills that are necessary for success in completing an advanced degree. The volume of work that characterizes many graduate programs combined with a relative lack of external structure make it necessary that graduate students possess the ability to effectively manage their time. In order to ensure that participants acquire skills they will be able to implement after the workshop, this group does not attempt to provide a one-size-fits-all approach to time management. Rather it will attempt to help students design and implement a time management style that compliments his or her individual personality. The group will run for four 2-hour sessions on consecutive weeks. All support groups are confidential.

Dates: (Thursdays) 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Room 6, Basement in Student Services

Attendance at all four sessions is mandatory for participation in the group. This group is limited to 25 individuals.
Registration is required. To register, send an e-mail to gradwrsp@msu.edu that includes your name, department, and the title of the workshop you wish to attend (Doctoral Support Group #3)

For more information about the group contact Aislinn Sapp at: aislinns@cc.msu.edu or 517-355-8270.The Gender, Justice, and

5. Environmental Change (GJEC) Program, at the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), is pleased to announce two fellowships for MSU graduate students for the 2011-12 academic year. Generous funding provided by MSU’s Graduate School has allowed for the development of three $10,000 fellowship opportunities in the following categories:

GJEC Dissertation Research Fellowship
Eligibility for Dissertation Research Fellowship: Ph.D. students at MSU who have completed all requirements for their degree with the exception of their dissertation research. Applicants must have dissertation projects that focus specifically on the gender dimensions of environmental and/or agricultural change.

GJEC Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Eligibility for Dissertation Completion Fellowship: Ph.D. students at MSU who have completed all requirements for their degree program including dissertation research. Applicants must graduate by Spring 2012, and their dissertations must focus on gender as it relates to environmental and/or agricultural change.
Funding must be used during the 2011-12 academic year. Applications are due April 15, 2011, and are available at http://www.gjec.msu.edu/fellowships.htm and http://gencen.msu.edu/resources/funding.htm.






6."Cerebral Malaria Sequelae: Beyond the Body Count"
Dr. Gretchen Birbeck
Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology

April 1, 2011 / 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm / 201 International Center

“Severe malaria, which affects primarily children in sub-Saharan Africa, kills 2-3 million children annually. Pediatric cerebral malaria is universally fatal without medical care and has a 15-25% mortality rate, even when medical care is provided. Until recently, the burden of malaria was primarily calculated based upon this devastating body count. Recent work led by Gretchen Birbeck in Blantyre, Malawi and southern Zambia has determined that even among survivors, there are devastating consequences with ~30% developing gross neurologic problems including motor and language deficits, epilepsy and severe neurobehavioral disorders. This previously unappreciated malaria-associated morbidity indicates that the impact of this ancient disease on human capacity and resources is greater than ever appreciated. Dr. Birbeck is an Associated Professor in the Department of Neurology & Ophthalmology (College of Osteopathic Medicine) as well as in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics (College of Human Medicine). She is Director of the International Neurologic & Psychiatric Epidemiology Program at MSU and spend ~6 months annually providing clinical services and conducting research in southern Africa.”



7. RCAH Graduate Fellowship Program
Michigan State University, The Graduate School
2011-2012
The Graduate School at Michigan State University (MSU) and the MSU Residential College in
the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) are sponsoring a graduate fellowship program for doctoral
students with interests in teaching, learning, engagement, and assessment in higher education.
The primary goals of the RCAH Graduate Fellowship Program are to provide professional and
career development opportunities outside of regular classroom instruction for a diverse group of
graduate students as mentors, tutors, and group leaders in various aspects of the RCAH and to
contribute directly to the scholarship of teaching, especially in the areas of the humanities, world
language proficiency, the visual and performing arts, and civic engagement.

The Program is for doctoral students who are enrolled in programs associated with the Colleges
of Arts & Letters, Music, Education, Social Science, Communications Arts and Sciences, and
Agriculture and Natural Resources. Students selected for this full-year program will participate
in group meetings twice a month and smaller discussions with fellowship recipients, outside
speakers, and/or faculty members on topics related to teaching, learning, and engagement.
Fellowship recipients will work toward defining a small project related to the scholarship of
teaching and/or the scholarship of engagement. This will complement other work done as part
of the Certification in College Teaching Program (http://grad.msu.edu/teaching.htm). Assistance
with projects will be provided by faculty mentors in the RCAH. Fellows will be encouraged and
supported to disseminate project results on websites, at conferences, and/or in peer-reviewed
journals. Each fellow will receive $7,500 to help support project expenses and/or travel to a
conference to disseminate findings. Selected fellows may also be eligible for a second year in
the program.

Applicants should be enrolled full-time in a program leading to a Ph.D., be in good academic
standing, and making progress on their degrees. Applicants should submit the attached
application form; a cv.; and a two-page application essay that addresses reasons for applying;
RCAH courses or extracurricular programs of interest; names of potential RCAH faculty
collaborators; how the applicants’ experience intersects with the RCAH’s emphasis on
undergraduate education in the arts and humanities, the scholarship on teaching and learning,
world language proficiency, the visual and performing arts, and/or civic engagement; and how
participation in the program will enhance their professional development. Awards will be made
to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panel, have demonstrated academic
achievement, are committed to a career involving teaching, and show potential to contribute to
the RCAH programs in a meaningful way. In addition to these criteria, applicants demonstrating
experience or interest in the arts and humanities will be privileged. Applications must be
submitted on or before April 8, 2011. Announcements of fellowship recipients for the 2011-
2012 academic year will be made by April 30, 2011.

All applicants will be invited to the RCAH Fellows Symposium held April 13, 2011.

For further information or questions regarding the program, please see the RCAH website
(http://rcah.msu.edu) or contact Professor Joanna Bosse, Residential College in the Arts and
Humanities, Snyder C210 or by email at jbosse@msu.edu. Applications should be submitted
electronically to Dawn Janetzke at janetzk7@msu.edu.



8. MSU’s CULINARY SERVICES PARTNER WITH MSU COUNCIL OF GRADUATE STUDENTS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR JAPAN’S RECOVERY

Michigan State University’s Culinary Services department is joining the MSU Council of Graduate Students (COGS) to raise money for the earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts in Japan March 28 – April 30 at campus retail food locations.
The collection will continue through the end of April.**

Starting Monday, March 28, collection canisters for the American Red Cross will be available at the registers of all campus Sparty’s locations, as well as Union Pizzeria and Serrano’s at the MSU Union. Customers can also purchase American Red Cross paper badges in $1 and $5 denominations for recovery efforts.
―As Spartans, our home may be East Lansing, but we’re all citizens of the world, said Bill Kost, associate director of retail food services for MSU Culinary Services. ―We encourage all students, faculty, staff and guests to give what they can to help provide some much needed relief for the people of Japan.
The COGS Full Council voted to allocate up to $1,000 in matching funds for the relief effort. Other student groups on campus are also coming together to help support Japan. Stefan Fletcher, COGS president, said the Pan-Hellenic Council voted to match up to $500 of what is collected and the Residence Halls Association agreed to match up to $1,000 of what is collected.
We’re so grateful for the support of Pan-Hellenic Council and RHA, said Fletcher. ―COGS is still in discussion with other campus governance groups regarding matching funds for this cause.
Visit www.eatatstate.com for more information on campus retail food locations and hours. Visit www.cogs.msu.edu for more information on COGS.
Culinary Services is a department of the Division of Residential and Hospitality Services.
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