Advising Blog

Stamps Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs Joann McDaniel posts here with tips for student success. If you have questions, email or schedule an advising appointment.

Whaddya Mean No News? It’s all good.

September 17, 2017

Hi Stampers,

There's a lot of good information here. I try to include critical and tiemly information, but if there's something you'd like me to address or answer or explain, let me know (email me).  I am handsomely paid in bitcoins, gold dust, and magic powder, so you may as well get your money's worth. 


In case you hadn’t heard, Stampers, John Lewis has had to cancel his book signing and talk on the 21st because of a meeting of the Black Congressional Caucus. I don’t know what that means for the Penny Stamps lecture this Thursday, but I bet Bill Burgard does (so check Canvas).


UM Religious Observances

I have already reminded the faculty that some of you will be absent in the next couple of weeks for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  If you must be absent from class, please talk to your teacher beforehand. If you work out in advance with them what you can do to keep from falling behind, they’ll be better able to help you and you’ll be less stressed.


Course Withdrawal Deadline

This coming week marks the start of the 3rd week of school. So what, you ask? Here’s what. Monday the 25th is the last day to withdraw from a class without “penalty.” If you drop a class before midnight next Monday, it completely disappears from your record and you get your class fee back. If you wait until Tuesday, you get a “W” and you’re charged for the class.  Same deadline to declare a course pass/fail (juniors and seniors only).

If you want to withdraw from a foundation class (ArtDes 100, 105, 115, 120, 125 or 150), you will need permission (write askanadvisor). First year students who want to drop one of these courses may do so only in cases of severe illness or extreme distress. Contact your advisor as soon as possible!


More Resources for Mental Health

Wolverine Support Network is a student organization on campus dedicated to promoting and addressing mental health and well-being through weekly peer-facilitated group meetings and bi-weekly community-building social events. Created in 2014 as the nation’s first collegiate peer-to-peer support model, and with over 1,000 groups met to date, WSN helps to create an empathetic and inclusive community on campus, and acts as a resource for its students throughout the year. Click the link below to take the first step in prioritizing your well-being, and join this incredible campus community!” 


International Study Help Right Here

Juniors - The deadline for W2018 study abroad applications is Oct 1.  This is under two weeks away.  All apps are in M-Compass.  Can't find them?  Keep reading....  

First Years & Sophomores: start preparing for your international experience!  Get accurate information in a relaxed atmosphere, available at these fine locations:

            International peer advising hours:  M and W - 11:30-2:00   Advising Office

            International group advising:  Tues- Noon-1:00  Room 2147

            Do It Yourself Resources - available 24/7



An Invitation to All Stampers from Dean Guna:

One of the things I don’t get to do enough in my role as Dean, but which I enjoy immensely, is to meet with students. My busy schedule coupled with your busy schedules makes it particularly challenging to find the right time and/or place to meet. I am eager for more opportunities to meet with you personally and more informally to understand how you are doing with life and work here.
Several times each semester, I am going to be holding some regular office hours in the Work Commons, and will be available during that time to meet with any student who would like to. There will also be coffee and cookies.
You will find me sitting in the Work Commons on the following dates:

Tuesday September 19, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Wednesday October 25, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Tuesday November 28, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Looking forward to meeting many of you soon.

Beyond the Studio but not Without Images

September 10, 2017

Hello, Stampers. One of the great things about the Stamps community is that it’s small enough for you to have a loud voice. When there are only about 585 undergrads, every one makes a difference. I encourage every one of you, particularly new students, to get involved in some way in the life of our School.  Engaging outside the calssroom is going to make your academic experience here more meaningful, and you’ll be surprised how much you learn outside the studio.  Here are some suggestions:

  1. Join ADC, the student advisory group that represents the interests of Stampers to the administration, oversees Work Commons, administers the ADC Student Grant Program, and manages student dinners with the Penny Stamps speakers.  ADC need 3 new members:  two first year students and a junior.  Interested?  Send an email to with “Membership” in the subject line. Explain what you want to work on and why you would be a good choice.  The first meeting is Sept 20 at 4:30.
  2. Speak up and tell ADC what you think or ask a question or make a suggestion.  Send your Opinions/Questions/Suggestions to  Subject line should have “Opinion,” “Question,” or “Suggestion.”
  3. Dinner with a Penny Stamps speaker.  Here’s the request form:
  4. Join the Michigan Animation Club. Mass Meeting Friday, 15 Sept, 6pm-8pm in Design Lab 1 (Duderstadt Center). Absolutely no experience is required to join; they will teach you the basics of 2D and 3D animation through student and sponsored projects. New skills, more experience, additions to your portfolio, and colleagues. Cookie provided.  Contact:  Michelle Sheng at
  5. Do something. Your Student Handbook has suggestions.

Have a great week, and think about this Werner Herzog quote from time to time: For such an advanced civilization as ours to be without images that are adequate to it is as serious a defect as being without memory.




PS. Celebrate our birthday!  Five years as the Penny W. Stamps School of  Art & Design. Wednesday, 20 Sept, 11:30-1 in Work Commons. Eat CUPCAKES and sign a card for Penny (who is a REAL person).

Welcome Back, Stampers!

August 29, 2017

Welcome back to school, Stampers!  I missed you (seriously).  And a big welcome to all 170+ of our fantastic new students, too!  To help you feel even more welcome, we’re going to stuff you with sugar and fat the first week of classes. Like Hansel and Gretel but without the witch.

     Tuesday morning: Timbits, outside the Stamps Main Office

     Tuesday afternoon (starting at 4): Ice Cream Sundae Bar in the Work Commons

     Wednesday morning: more Timbits, outside the Stamps Main Office

     Thursday 11:30-1:30: CAPS Coffee and Donuts, outside the Stamps Main Office

For those of you with fairly urgent problems, Stamps Advising will have WALK-IN HELP Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept 5 and 6.  If you have a more routine need (progress toward degree, for example) please schedule an appointment with an advisor or come to peer advising (look for the peer advising schedule in next week’s blog). That way, we can help you without being rushed and your fellow students with time-sensitive issues will be a little less crazed.


Study Abroad Notes:

Juniors - Make your W2018 study abroad plans NOW.  If you need individual help, NOW is the time to secure an appointment and get your questions answered before the 01 Oct application deadline. 

THREE options for you

     1. GenBook appointments available Th, 8/31 - F, 9/8  

     2. International peer advising begins W, 9/6

     3. International group advising begins Sep 12 @ noon - room 2147



Have a GREAT first week of school!

Joann (no "e" and lower case "a")

Our Long Registration Nightmare is Over

April 14, 2017

Many thanks to all the Stampers who paid attention (mostly), got help (eventually), asked questions (even the “stupid” ones), spotted errors (you’re all so visual!), showed up (good for you!), quit crying (with the help of Kleenex), stayed calm (relatively calm), said please and thank you, and generally made registration less agonizing than it could have been.

For those few of you who are still having trouble with registration, please read to the bottom of this post.


$75 and all the delicious food you can eat!  Help give directions at Stamps Graduation, Saturday, April 29. Email Brian Banks,


Going abroad during Spring, Summer or Fall term?

A Stamps-sponsored study abroad program, non-UM program or independent international experience?    

Pre-departure orientation sessions begin Monday, April 17.

Only one session is required. Select one session from the following dates/times:  

M, April 17, 11:30-1:30
Fri, April 21, 1:00-3:00
Tu, April 25, 11:00-1:00
W, April 26, 1:00-3:00

Bring your laptop, a pen, and your lunch/snacks to room 2147 A&AB.


Joann returns to genbook. Appointments now available for the week of April 17-21.

Absolute LAST day for walk-in registration help: Tuesday, April 18, 5-6 pm.

Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines

April 10, 2017

Going abroad Spring, Summer or Fall term?  

The final International Workshop will be held on Monday, April 10, 11:30-1:30, room 2147.  This is a work session. Bring your laptop and questions about how to complete your M-Compass application.  

Attendance at one pre-departure orientation session is MANDATORY.  They begin Monday, April 17, 11:30-1:30, room 2147.  Additional dates/times will be announced later.   

Win a plane ticket!  Delta Airlines is sponsoring a competition for U-M students.  One round trip plane ticket will be awarded for students studying abroad through a U-M sponsored education abroad program!  Submit your 2000 word essay by May 12.  Details and application on following link:


U-M Library Undergraduate Research Award

In recognition of the extraordinary academic achievements of our undergraduate students, the University Library announces the seventh annual U-M Library Undergraduate Research Award for excellence in library research conducted in support of an undergraduate student project.

 It would be great to see Stamps represented! Research papers and projects created anytime during Spring 2016 through Winter 2017 terms are eligible. You will also need a faculty sponsor to apply. 

 The awards are as follows:

Maize Award for Single-Term Projects                Blue Award for Multi-Term Projects

   First Place        $1,000                                         First Place        $1,000

   Second Place   $   500                                        Second Place   $   500

   Third Place        $   250                                       Third Place        $   250

   Global Award    $   500                                       Global Award    $   500

Interested faculty and students can find additional information about this award at:

 The application deadline is Thursday, April 27, 2017.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the award committee at:


Lavender Graduation

Lavender Grauation is a celebration of LGBTQIA+ graduates of the University of Michigan! Graduates from any school/college in the University from any academic level are welcome to participate. All participants will receive a FREE rainbow 2017 tassel, lavender cords, and a Lavender Degree!

Families, students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to join the celebration, which will include our annual Honorary Lavender Degree speaker, awards, a musical performance, and a reception with light appetizers.

Lavender Graduation takes place Thursday, April 27, 4:30-6:30pm with a reception from 6:30-7:30pm in the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA).
If you are graduating, REGISTER HERE:

You MUST register for Lav Grad by Friday, April 14th at 5pm!

Should you have any questions please contact us at or call (734) 763 4186

Information on Stamps registration,  Fall 2017

March 30, 2017

Here’s information about registration for Stamps classes for fall 2017.  Note: If you have a financial hold on your account, you will not be able to register. Please let me know if this is the case.



Register as soon as you can (your registration date and time are in your Student Center on Wolverine Access)
Have a backup class you can take in case you can’t get in to your first choice.
The longer you wait to get help, the worse the problem will be.
If you want a course –any course—and it is closed, get on the wait list.
Check your UM email every day after 1pm if you are hoping for an override



1. Almost everything you need to know in in the section on Registration in the Student Handbook (pp. 69-72). 

2. Stamps is not offering any classes during spring or summer terms this year.

3. Three-hundred and four-hundred level studios are open to juniors and seniors. Only. Rising sophomores, the 200s are your playground (see #2).

4. All two-hundred level ArtDes studios classes will have at least 12 seats set aside for       sophomores.

5. Two-hundred level courses will close after 3-5 people have registered. When they close, the wait list will open.

6. If you want a seat in a closed ArtDes class, you MUST be on the wait list.

7. Put yourself on the wait list.  Don’t know how? Page 71 (section on “overrides”) of the handbook.



1. Every afternoon and most mornings I (Joann) check the wait list and issue overrides so you can enroll in the class. 

2. Here is the schedule for issuing overrides

            a. if I issue you an override before noon, it will expire at midnight

            b. if I issue you an override after noon, it will expire at midnight the next day

            c. use it or lose it.

            d. overrides show up in your UM email. Check it every afternoon or evening.

3. Once a course is truly full (16-19 students) I will send everyone on the wait list an email message telling them the course is full.  That way, you can decide either to wait or you can pick your back up class.




M-Th peer advisors are on duty during the mid-day break (11:30-1:30)


April 3-5 and April 10, 11, 12, 13

5-6 pm

Advisors will be available to help you with your schedule 

Walk in (side door across from room 2043 will be open)

Late Drop/Add? Hail, yeah!

March 12, 2017

Late Drop/Add Deadline (“W” on transcript)

Friday the 17th at Midnight

Go to Drop/Add on Wolverine Access


LSA Advising for Stamps Students: Joint Degree or Transfers

     I.  Walk-In Wednesdays @ Walgreen for quick questions

      Patrick Hill, LSA Advisor for Stampers

      Room B207 Walgreen

      10:30 to 12noon through April 5th

   II. More complex issues?  Call (734) 764-0332 for a 30-minute appointment.

   III. W17 Cross Campus Transfer to LSA Information Sessions

                Location: G243 Angell.     All sessions begin @ 4:00PM

                Tues., Mar 21 - Jeff Winters

                Mon., Apr 3  - Annie Loechle

                Wed., Apr 19 - Patrick Hill


Course Previews: March 16 (Thursday) at 1:30-3 pm in A&A Auditorium


Stamps Scholarship Competition

The time for continuing Stamps students to apply for scholarships!

Link to the application page:


Hail Yeah: Sign a card, get a t-shirt and some pizza (supplies limited)

Wednesday the 15th from 11-1

Outside the Stamps Main Office

Thank alums who gave $ to Stamps to enhance YOUR art and design experience.

Students who sign a card get a free Hail Yeah! T-shirt and a piece of pizza 

when the world is puddle-wonderful

March 3, 2017

more from [in-Just]

and eddieandbill come 
running from marbles and 
piracies and it's 

when the world is puddle-wonderful 

Three opportunities for artists/designers that could make a difference in the way you work:

1. Wonderful Wendnesday field trip to the faculty studios. March 8.  Contact Brian Banks at for details

2. Call for Art for the Central Collabration Area at the Dude, spnsored by the Spectrum Center. If you are an LGBTQIA+ artist/designer or if your work addresses LGBTQIA+ issues and you want a great venue for yoru work, contact Brandon Rumsey at

3. There's whole office of Academic Innovation at UM and they're hosting three Student Design Jams. Unfortunately, their web site needs some serious design action. Here's a link to their student design jams:   Data visualization or userx students may find this really useful.  Look for 

      Student Design Jam – Transcripts for the Future, 7 March

      Student Design Jam – Online Learning with edX, 14 March

      Student Design Jam: Problem Roulette, 21 March

[in Just-]

March 3, 2017

As a matter of fact, I had a lovely spring break.  Thanks for asking.  I hope yours afforded you some time to crawl out of your rat rut onto a peaceful shore in a warm clime. If not literally,  then metaphorically.  Here's the first stanza of e.e.cummings; poem, [in Just-]

in Just- 
spring          when the world is mud- 
luscious the little 
lame balloonman 

whistles          far          and wee 

There's no way to deny it: mid-term is done, and now begins the final mad rush to finish. First years are faced with the terrible beauty of choosing their own courses unfettered from their parents wishes, sophomores approach their reviews with anticipation and dread, and seniors finishing IP and Capstone begin to age visibly. All teh while, juniors revel in the last few weeks of a great year! Yes, it's spring at Stamps. 

First years and sophomores, if you haven't heard from your advisor yet about meeting #3 (first years)  or the sophomore review meeting (sophomores, obviously), you will very soon. Feel free to write your own advisor to ask about scheduling your appointment.

News Flash: Sun in February

February 17, 2017

Hi Stampers, 

There's a lot here and it's all good. Right now it's sunny and beautiful and warm.  This never happens in February.  Enjoy it as much as you can, and look forward to a balmy 60 degrees Saturday.  And Spring Break is just around the corner. I'll be in Cancun. OK.  I lied.  Let's get serious.  


Your instructor may give you a  progress report if you're struggling in class.  The progress report will tell you what you need to do to improve. Please don't be shy or embarassed about talking to your instructor or to your advisor. We want you to do well, adn we want to help you. Every one messes up at some point (even if they deny it).


Will be announced at the Stamps Gallery in downtown Ann Arbor Tuesday,  Feb 21, at 5:30.


...I learned from upperclassmen. Seniros share their tips and wisdom with you, Wonderful Wednesday, 11:30-12:30, February 22, Room 2030.


Dean Guna will be in the Work Commons Wednesday, February 22 from 4-6 pm.  Come by and ask him questions,  tell him what you think,  point out something we need at Stamps.  He listens. Plus there will be cookies.

I FORGOT TO STUDY ABROAD (Spring Break in Cancun doesn't count)

Do you have questions about study abroad, but never have time for peer advising? Worried about meeting the deadline for your M-Compass application?
You’re in luck! This Sunday Feb. 19, from 12 - 6 pm, international peer advisor Beth Reeck will be on call to help you find answers. Take a break from studio work and stop by the couches outside the Stamps front office this weekend. Bring your queries about program applications, scholarships, passports, and more.
Maybe that’s not enough, though. Do you have questions that go deeper than peer advising? Do you also have free time on Mondays?
You’re in luck again! Sandy Wiley will hold open international workshop hours in Room 2147, from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, on Monday. 
Whether or not you stop by, the deadlines are coming. The March 1st deadline for DIS Copenhagen, SACI Florence, Burren Ireland and non-UM study abroad applications happens over Spring Break! So ask your questions now, before you have to figure it out on your own. 

And as always, regular peer advising hours are posted on the SWAPC double doors. 

ANIMATION CLUB  Friday,  the 17th, 6pm-8pm in the beautiful Design Lab 1 in the Dude on North campus. Contact Michelle Sheng.


The 2017 Social Justice Art Festival brings together community members, social work students, and other members of the University of Michigan family to explore art as a tool for social justice.  In keeping with this year’s theme, “In Our Space: Using Art to Name our Reality,” the community-created artwork highlights a myriad of social justice topics, from intersectionality to advocacy to body acceptance. The festival fosters community conversations about what it means to claim, move throughout, and inhabit space.

The Social Justice Art Festival is March 18 at Trotter Multicultural Center from 12 to 6 pm. Locally sourced and cultivated coffee and tea will be available to purchase. Contact for questions.

If you go to only one event…

February 12, 2017

... then go to the Stamps Undergraduate Juried Exhibition
Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division Street (between Liberty and Washington)
Exhibition Dates: February 17 - February 24, 2017
Exhibition Reception: Tuesday, February 21 from 5 - 8 pm

First Year Stampers, look at the "Milking the System" checklist in the handbook and check this one off.  Then resolve to enter your own work next year.  

All Stampers: Stop by the Front Desk on Tuesday to pick up a chocolate heart from your Academic Advisng Team (Joann, Brian,  John, and  Romy)

And a Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

Pass/Fail Option is Still Available

February 5, 2017

For those of you who are juniors or seniors and who want to take a class Pass/Fail, you can.  It's not too late. Go to Wolverine Acccess (backpack/regsitration)  and look for the Pass/Fail option. Remember : you can take any course Pass/Fail EXCEPT an ArtDes course.  The new deadline is March 15.  Plenty of time.


Nominate your instructor for the Golden Apple, the student-based award given to one professor every year for outstanding teaching and student engagement. Nominations are due Friday, February 24th.  Here's the nomination form:


New Flash: Disappearing Blog Haunts Elderly Dean

January 31, 2017

So, Friday I wrote up a lovely post but it wound up somewhere between print and oblivion.  

First things: Our incompletely documented students and out international students, staff and faculty are under a lot of stress (I realize how obvious this statement is).  To see the UM’s official policy statements on immigration matters, here’s the link

For those of you who missed Dean Guna’s message, check your UM mail for “Our Commitment to Each Other.”

And now for some very mundane advising matters...

Are you beginning to realize that maybe you should have taken that course pass/fail? Do you think it’s too late?  Recent changes to Stamps policy now allow you to make that change until March 15. After that, the grade is all yours.

Some of you juniors are looking forward to being in IP next year. Or maybe you just know it’s coming.  I can’t judge your enthusiasm. But your advisor (or a reasonable proxy) will soon let you know whether you are ready and eligible to enroll in IP. Remember, you need to have completed all your studio classes except for two and you have to have earned at least 96 credits. Before fall registration begins, advisors will send messages to their BFA students to let them know what they’re missing.

Wonderful Wednesday on Feb 8 will be a noon to 2 event at Pierpont.  It’s CAPS PlayDay! And we need it more than ever.  Mark your calendar to engage in play and reduce your stress and anxiety.

Finally, some of you read this, but I bet most don’t. So, if you’re reading and you want to win a crispy totally fungible $10 bill, be the first person to email me with the answer to this question: what is your dean’s full name? Not the ass’t dean and not the assoc. dean.  The DEAN!  And spelling counts.

Telegraphic Blogging

January 20, 2017

Four items, folks. Count 'em.

LAST DAY to drop a course without getting a "W." Tuesday. The 24th. At midnight.  

Cookies with the Dean.  Dean Guna.  Work Commons. Monday.  The 30th.  4-6 pm. 

A thousand bucks. Animation scholarship from Women in Animation.  Now rttaking applications.  To find out more visit

Can't find stuff in the libary? Wanna tell 'em what you think? Then do it here:

See Deans/Get Cookies

January 13, 2017


 I still sit around every Monday afternoon (4:30 or 5 until 5:30 or 6) waiting for someone to come in and ask me questions, tell me jokes, complain, weep, or engage in mockery -- mopery.  No appointment.  Come on in through the side door--it should be open. Stickers will be available.

I DO have competition.  Dean Guna is holding open sessions in the Work Commons several times this term.  First one is Monday,  30 January,  4-6 pm. COOKIES.  He's going to have COOKIES.  Drop in and talk. You'll be glad you did.  And then,  ask your friends in other schools when was the last time they got to speak truth to power with a mouth full of free chocolate chips.   I rest my case.

Here's an opportunity to see Stamps student work right across the street

In Honor of MLK, Jr. Day, Stamps in Color presents

Redefining Identity
January 9 - 21, 2017 
Duderstadt Gallery
Opening ​Reception: Monday, January 16, 2017 from 7 - 8 pm 
For more information, go to:

If you like animation, want to be an animator, are an animated person,  or if you just want to join a club, try the Animation Club.  They meet Fridays in the Dude. Contact Michelle Sheng for details.

And finally, a few whispered words from the Jamie the librarian ...

Future of the Library Town Hall 

What distinguishes the University of Michigan Library and how is that represented in the spaces and services offered in the Hatcher and Shapiro Library buildings? Through the 2016-2017 school year, brightspot strategy, in collaboration with library administrators, has been exploring the future of the Hatcher and Shapiro Library spaces and services.
Join us to hear about the current vision for these facilities and share your feedback at a town hall discussion. We'll share a draft presentation of the vision as well as storyboards to illustrate what the library could become. We welcome you to join us for the entire session or briefly drop in to share your input.
U-M Library Staff
Wednesday, February 15
2160 Shapiro
Please RSVP

Questions or comments? 
Please email: