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Advising Blog

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

Changes and more changes

March 18, 2018

Hi Stampers,

With all the curricular changes that dropped this past week, I want to remind you of a couple of things.  First, if you have concerns about any of them, IP or Capstone or anything else, I am interested in hearing them, and explaining what I can. A few of you have written me already (thank you). I thought maybe the Capstone petition on the first floor would have come my way so there could be some dialogue, but maybe that’s still in the works??? Second, the Undergraduate Committee holds their regular meeting tomorrow (Monday) and Capstone is on the agenda. If you can get your comments/concerns to me by 11:30 tomorrow I'll take them with me to the meeting. 

Don’t forget, I’ll be available Tuesday 5-5:45 pm in room 2030 to answer your questions about IP or registration in general.  This week’s Wonderful Wednesday topic is Mysteries of Registration. I’ll lead an info session on registration in general, with time to address specific concerns you may have about your own course selections.

 

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ADC (ART & DESIGN COLLECTIVE) GRANT APPLICATIONS

Now due Sunday, March 25

Link to pdf of application. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2jOk3sGIbOvM052TXptOW1XbUU4Mk1IUnFJZUNfZTNkcnln/view?usp=sharing

 

GRADUATES: If you’re interested there’s still time to participate in

LAVENDER GRADUATION

23rd Annual Lavender Graduation - Save the Date & Sign Up!
Lavender Graduation (LavGrad) is a celebration of LGBTQ graduates of the University of Michigan! Graduates from any school/college in the University and any academic level are welcome to participate. All participants receive a FREE rainbow 2018 tassel, lavender cords, and a Lavender Degree! 
   When: Thursday, April 26th
   Where: UMMA Auditorium
   Time: 4:30-7:30pm
   Doors open: 4pm
   To sign up for Lavender Graduation, visit this link. 
   Deadline: Sunday, April 1st at 11:59pm

You Read it HERE First

March 13, 2018

Hello Stampers,

As hinted at last week, and now,here it is: the big reveal

CHANGES FOR 2018-2019

CLASS TIMES

The old three-hour blocks are gone.  The regular time blocks for studio classes will be 

MW

8:30-10:45

11:15-1:30

2:00-4:15

5:30-7:45

TTh

8:30-10:45

2:00-4:15

7:00-9:15

The time on Tuesday/Thursdays from 10:45 until 2 will be available for meetings, presentations, work time, etc.  The Wonderful Wednesday series of self-help sessions will become Terrific Tuesdays and will be held on .... Tuesdays!  Or maybe we should keep the name Wonderful Wednesday and hold it on Tuesday just to mess with people. You decide. 

 

CHANGES to IP

#1    IP will now be a 9-credit sequence (no longer a twelve-credit sequence). IP students will enroll in 3 credits fall and 6 in winter.  But what happens to those three credits we took away from IP?  Student will replace them with an elective 300 or 400 level studio course.

#2    IP will be optional. That’s right.  BFA students do not need to take IP to earn the BFA. If you are one of the people and we know you exist who doesn’t think IP is the best fit for them and their work, then you do not need to take it. You can replace those IP credits (all 12 of them) with two 400 level studios (6 credits) and 2 studios at the 300-400 level.

Confused?  Conflicted? Want to Know More?    You have three immediate options to ask your questions and find out more:

a. Come to the Course Previews (Pizza and Professors) Thursday the 15th at 1:30 in Work Commons. Advisors will be there to talk with you.

b. Come to the IP info session with Joann at 9:30-11 am this Friday, the 16th in the Street Gallery area across from Work Commons. Look for me with a bunch of doughnuts and coffee.

c. Show up after class on Tuesday, the 20th, room 2030 from 5-5:45 pm. Joann (yes, her.... again) will be there to talk to you 

Can It Get Any Worse?

March 9, 2018

Hello Stampers,

All my wit and wisdom fell out of my head and  is lying by the side of the road covdered in snow, salt and dirt.  That's right. Winter has finally done me in. And in case you thought it couldn't get worse, HA!!! We lose an hour this weekend. And after that, still winter. This is how winter makes me feel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6CQ5bDS1g8  Only grouchier. Enjoy the next 71 hours and try to stay sane andn not hurt anyone.  I'll do the same.

 

Course Previews

This Thursday starting at 1:30, Work Commons

Eat Pizza, See the Fall 2018 Schedule, Meet the faculty, Eat Cupcakes

Advisors will be available in case of emergency

 

Changes are Coming:

To IP and to Course times

 

First Year Students

Get ahead of everyone else and schedule your April appointment with your advisor NOW.

 

2018 Orientation Peer Advisors for Stamps—application deadline is March 16

https://stamps.umich.edu/career/opportunities/2018_orientation_peer_advisors_for_the_stamps_school

 

Commencement Info

https://stamps.umich.edu/calendar/event/17262/

facebook.com/events/2034080783505725/

 

Get Involved with UMMA

Here’s the blurb. I’d really like to show you the graphic that was attached, but no.

UMMA is seeking people—whether students, professionals or care partners—who are interested in joining a creative community serving a vital need.  Meet Me uses a multi-sensory approach including visual art, music, storytelling, and more to offer engaging and enjoyable museum experiences for people living with memory loss and their families and care partners. https://umma.umich.edu/meet-me-volunteer

Snow After Spring Break

March 5, 2018

Welcome back, Stampers!  

One of the fine Michigan traditions is enjoying a snowfall  (coming Tuesday) after Spring Break, which is why only the delusional elderly (me) persist incalling it that.  It's Winter Break to those who prefer that language reflect reality.

Here's some reality for you: the last day to drop a course and get a W is this Friday,  9 March.  If you don't want a W,  that deadline was 6 weeks ago.  Or you can keep the course and take whatever grade you can guilt your instructor into giving you.

For those of you who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors, I refer you to previous posts that still hold true. Nothing has changed,  other than that you now have even less time and fewer choices. How depressing.  But that's the reality of time.

On a happier note, course previews for spring, summer and fall are going to be a whole lot more interesting real soon.  Interesting in what way?  Pizza.  And People. People who are teaching courses you may want to take.  People you can talk to. People you may decide to ask to be your mentor.  And Pizza.  How soon? Real soon.  Thursday 15 March, 1:30-3 in Work Commons.

Finally, if you want to learn how faculty earn big bucks and get great benefits with a degree in art/design (contrary to what everyone says about art and design,  it is possible to earn a living doing it), then attend the Faculty Brown Bag this Thursday, 8 March in room 2030, 11:45-1:25.  Jim Cogswell,  Phoebe Gloeckner, and Holly Hughes will each talk about their current/most recent projects. You would be nuts to miss this. This is as real as it gets. And good,  too!

Sophomore Review and Next Year’s IP

February 16, 2018

Hi Stampers,

The blog today is focusing on second year students who are preparing for their sophomore review and on rising seniors who are palnning to enroll in IP.  First, the second years!

STUDENTS ENROLLED IN SECOND YEAR STUDIO:

It is time to schedule your Advising Meeting #5, the one that is required as part of your preparation for Sophomore Review.  Here’s the link to the Sophomore Review guidelines: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VyxGfk_Kkj5IJf_zIg7zAMGHqZHdri0Fc6ZYcM6LAuE/edit

Advising meetings will begin in March, right after spring break. March 30 is the last appointment date. The focus of the meeting will be your preparation for the sophomore review and your choices for your faculty mentors

Advisors will expect you to bring a hardcopy of your resume and a hardcopy of your two-part reflective statement (see “Final draft of the two-part Reflective Statement” in the Guidelines document). We will review them with you and critique them generally, but they should be “ready to go” when you come it.  Make your appointment early and then use that date as a “deadline” to get your work together. If you wait too long,you may not be able to get an appointment at all.

Advisors will ask you about faculty you may want to identify as mentors and they will explain the mentorship selection process to you.  You do not need to do anything more than have some ideas about who you’d like to learn from and why. 

Need help to prepare for all this?  Keep reading

MENTORSHIP: 

Read about mentorship in the Mentee Handbook (available on the website  5 March)  Check the advising blog later this month for the link to it. 

              Mentorship Basics

  • Each student asks two people to be their mentors
  • At least one of those people must be a professor at Stamps. Go to https://stamps.umich.edu/people and look for the people listed as “Professors.”
  • Students in MDDP must select one of their mentors from their “other” school.
  • If you have another idea for a mentor, let your advisor know

RESUMES

There’s a whole section on resumes on the website: https://stamps.umich.edu/images/uploads/career/Resume_Writing_2014.pdf

Resume Workshops right here in the building 11:30-1:30 

  • 21 February, room 2030
  • 14 March, room 2030

STATEMENTS

  • Jennifer Metsker, Stamps Writing Coordinator      Schedule your appt with her through stamps.genbook.com
  • Sweetland Writing Center 
    • https://lsa.umich.edu/sweetland/undergraduates/writing-support.html
    • On North Campus,  Sun-Wed at the Dude Atrium, 7-10 pm
    • Plus there’s writing help on-line https://lsa.umich.edu/sweetland/undergraduates/writing-support/owl.html
    •  

JUNIORS TAKING IP in 2018-2019

I just sent all of you who are earning a BFA a very imprtant message about how to make sure you're ready for IP.  By "ready" I mean that  you have done all the required courseowrk, not "ready" in any other sense of the word.  Check your UM email. If it's not there, contact your advisor in Stamps asap.

Sophomore Reviews and Faculty Mentors

February 12, 2018

Hi Stampers,

Seniors interested in graduating have to apply to graduate (via Wolverien Access). No application, no graduation.  After you apply, one of our advising team will send you your senior audit. The audit will let you know what you still need to take or do to graduate. It's best to get your senior audit done BEFORE your last semester. That way you'll have your alst semester to take care of the things you thought you'd done but didn't. Each year, without fail, someone comes up short (i.e., doesn't graduate) and it's almost always someone who didn't get an audit. When that happens, there is not much I can do other than sympathize.

Second year students/sophomores just received the guidelines for the sophomore review.  If you didn't, then you are probably not enrolled in 2nd year studio (ArtDes 220).  Or maybe you just didn't notice. It happens. So here's a link : https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VyxGfk_Kkj5IJf_zIg7zAMGHqZHdri0Fc6ZYcM6LAuE/edit#

Beginning right after spring break,  advisors will start seeing sophomores for their fifth required meeting.  You must bring these things with you:  your resume,  your statement, and your plans for selecting your mentors. Schedule your appointment asap--even before you have all this ready. You can use your appointment date as a deadline to get it all done. One note: if you cancel your appointmetn,  the chances of your getting another are very slim, so plan ahead.

First year students--the sophomoe reviews are in April on the 18th and 19th.  Classes will be over by then,  so you'll have no excuse NOT to attend at least a couple of reviews.  Watching a review is probably the best preparation you can have for your own review a year from now.

Hey, Groundhog! Why rub it in?

February 2, 2018

Hi Stampers,

Well, what ELSE did you expect the groundhog to predict? This is Michigan in the winter.  Let's go to the advising blog.

Peer Advising Hours

Peer advisors can handle most of your concerns and questions.  You don't have to make an appointment with yoru advisor. If you can't get in to see your advisor, check with Jiin or Perry Stella. It's quick, it's easy and they have more flexible hours.

All peer advising will take place in the advising center, but on Thursdays, we'll be holding hours in the Work Commons, too!

MON: 11:30-12:30  +  3:00-6:00
TUES: 11:30-1:30  +  4:30-6:00
WED: 11:30-12:30  + 3:00-6:00
THURS: 11:30-1:30 (Perry Stella in the peer advising center + Jiin is in the Work Commons, 12:00 - 1:30)
FRI: 11:30-1:30

 

New Mini Course, ArtDes 365, Performance

Prof. Holly Hughes is going to teach a one-credit studio the second half of winter term. If you want to be part of this course and you are an interarts perforamance major, let me (Joann) know and I'll give you an override. All others, contact Prof. Hughes directly (hahughes@umich.edu).

COURSE DESCRIPTION

How do you develop and present work outside of school?  What is like to work with an independent culture organization?  These are some of the questions you’ll get to explore in this one credit mini course.

All Access Backstage Pass Chicago special project based opportunity that offers students to partner with professional multi-media artists developing new work for presentation in Chicago.   Students would work closely with the artists on some aspect of the development, rehearsal, research or production, and would come to Chicago for five days in June during the performances.   As a class, we’d meet once a week, beginning after break, but much of the work would be done independently on some aspect such as research, documentation, sound, marketing, general production, or possibly as a performer.  (Or perhaps you have another idea!)  No previous performance experience needed.

The two anchor productions are Living Lakes, created by Anita Gonzalez and Joel Martinez Valentin, which involves dance, and video with original music.   The piece looks at the history of African American and Latino/a in the Midwest, particularly in the early part of the last century.   From the turn of the century thru the sixties, prominent actors, musicians and notables of color would visit the resort “Idlewild.”   The piece uses archival photo and film, original music, and employs a mixed-race cast.  (There’s a possibility of being in the cast, if interested!)

The other piece is After Life, by Lisa Biggs, which is a musical ensemble piece about the events in Detroit ‘67 known as the Uprising.  This piece involves a multi-racial cast and uses music and personal narrative to explore this important moment with the emphasis on the stories of women.

We will also have talk backs and conversations in conjunction with the performances. The performances are scheduled for the week of June 12.  Course fees will cover transportation and group stay.

Hey, Groundhog/ Why rub it in?

February 2, 2018

Hi Stampers,

Well, what ELSE did you expect the groundhog to predict? This is Michigan in the winter.  Let's go to the advising blog.

Peer Advising Hours

Peer advisors can handle most of your concerns and questions.  You don't have to make an appointment with yoru advisor. If you can't get in to see your advisor, check with Jiin or Perry Stella. It's quick, it's easy and they have more flexible hours.

All peer advising will take place in the advising center, but on Thursdays, we'll be holding hours in the Work Commons, too!

MON: 11:30-12:30  +  3:00-6:00
TUES: 11:30-1:30  +  4:30-6:00
WED: 11:30-12:30  + 3:00-6:00
THURS: 11:30-1:30 (Perry Stella in the peer advising center + Jiin is in the Work Commons, 12:00 - 1:30)
FRI: 11:30-1:30

 

New Mini Course, ArtDes 365, Performance

Prof. Holly Hughes is going to teach a one-credit studio the second half of winter term. If you want to be part of this course and you are an interarts perforamance major, let me (Joann) know and I'll give you an override. All others, contact Prof. Hughes directly (hahughes@umich.edu).

COURSE DESCRIPTION

How do you develop and present work outside of school?  What is like to work with an independent culture organization?  These are some of the questions you’ll get to explore in this one credit mini course.

All Access Backstage Pass Chicago special project based opportunity that offers students to partner with professional multi-media artists developing new work for presentation in Chicago.   Students would work closely with the artists on some aspect of the development, rehearsal, research or production, and would come to Chicago for five days in June during the performances.   As a class, we’d meet once a week, beginning after break, but much of the work would be done independently on some aspect such as research, documentation, sound, marketing, general production, or possibly as a performer.  (Or perhaps you have another idea!)  No previous performance experience needed.

The two anchor productions are Living Lakes, created by Anita Gonzalez and Joel Martinez Valentin, which involves dance, and video with original music.   The piece looks at the history of African American and Latino/a in the Midwest, particularly in the early part of the last century.   From the turn of the century thru the sixties, prominent actors, musicians and notables of color would visit the resort “Idlewild.”   The piece uses archival photo and film, original music, and employs a mixed-race cast.  (There’s a possibility of being in the cast, if interested!)

The other piece is After Life, by Lisa Biggs, which is a musical ensemble piece about the events in Detroit ‘67 known as the Uprising.  This piece involves a multi-racial cast and uses music and personal narrative to explore this important moment with the emphasis on the stories of women.

We will also have talk backs and conversations in conjunction with the performances. The performances are scheduled for the week of June 12.  Course fees will cover transportation and group stay.

Free Workshops at the Dude

January 29, 2018

First Annual Media & Studio Arts Symposium,  Affecting [sic] Change in the World--New Tools for MEdia Creation and Performance

Duderstadt Center Video Studio, February 12-16

With presentations and workshops from 1:00pm to 9:00pm daily. 

And it's all FREE

• Shooting Cinematic Video on a DSLR - Canon

• Video Editing in 360 & Virtual Reality using Final Cut Pro X - Apple

• Touch Designer: Realtime Visual and Performance Control - Derivative

• Record, mix and master audio for a CD - Paul Blakemore, Bill Lucas, Dave Greenspan

• Listen to and compare a collection of rare hi-end tube amplifiers - Stan Voskov

• Creating Big Weather, a Multimedia Music & Dance piece - Peter Sparling

• Dance and Theatre Lighting - Mary Cole

• 360 Video with positional audio - Collaborative Student Project

• Portable video production on your smartphone - Ryan Wilcox

 

Full Schedule at http://www.dc.umich.edu/symposium

Dinner with Stamps Speakers

January 21, 2018

Hi Stampers,

You can have dinner with one of the Stamps speakers. All you have to do is fill out the form, which is actually shorter than its url: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedX4juIJF44oAJEA9Hp7p3h5mbgtekgZYrq8AHNC7GUgYq0A/viewform?c=0&w=1

One fnal reminder: the early drop deadline is Tuesday at midnight. This Tuesday.

Short, Not Sweet

January 12, 2018

Hi Stampers,

Tuesday, 23 January is the LAST DAY to drop a class without penalty.  After that day, you'll get a W if you withdraw.  This is also the last day to declare a course pass/fail. If you are a first or second year student, you do not have the option to take a course P/F. Sorry, juniors & seniors students only.

First Years: if you haven't met with your advisor this year, you still have a little time to schedule Meeting #2. If you don't,  then make sure you go to your handbook and read the stuff you SHOULD be doing (but aren't) during your first year: page15 or click here

Sophomores: Time to start pre-worrying about the sophomore review.  Do this now : organize your images from your foundation and elective studios. Also time to start finalizing your plans for study abroad --  or to start them.  And just to terrify you some more, next fall you'll need to have your mentors lined up.

Juniors: Check your academic records and your electronic audit. If you are pursuing an MDDP or a BFA in interarts, you can;t get an electronic audit so you actually have to work with yoru advsior (me) in person. Otherwise,  you can check your progress without human interaction.  If you want to take IP next year, you will need 54 studio credits to be eligible (48 for interartists).  

Seniors: Guess again. If you plan to graduate but you don't apply for graduation, you don't graduate.  if you haven't applied you also don't get a Senior Audit. The Senior Audit is the official summary of what you still need to do to complete your degree. You can hope you're ok (do nothing), or you can be sure by aplying for graduation and letting me know you applied.

Living on Mars

January 5, 2018

Hello, Stampers.  I’ll omit all the welcome back stuff and pointedly ignore that we are all living in a frozen biosphere--like Mars only with snow.  And apparently, there was a break between the end of fall term and the start of winter term but no one seems to remember it. I suspect an urban myth. Or alien abduction.

Peer advising has resumed.  Come in through the double doors across from room 2043.

Academic Peer Advising

  • Mon: 4:30 - 6:00
  • Tues: 11:30 - 1:30 + 4:30 - 5:30
  • Wed: 4:30 - 6:00
  • Thurs: 11:30 - 1:30
  • Fri: 11:30 - 1:30

International Peer Advising

  • Tues/Thurs: 10:00 - 12:30

Last Chance for Registration Help

December 8, 2017

Hi Stampers,

All registration problems will be solved.

Tuesday,  Dec 12

4:30-6:30

Come in the side door of the office, across from rooms 2043 and 2044

Joann

All Blogged Out

December 7, 2017

Gasp.


Stampers:
The following two-hundred level courses have seats available right now (even though they are closed), but you must add yourself to the waitlist.


ArtDes 200 (both sections): Social Spaces
ArtDes 202: Intro to Ceramics
ArtDes 205: Intro to Painting
ArtDes 211: Sign and Symbol
ArtDes 215: Fab One: Wood and Metal
ArtDes 217: Fab Three: Bits and Atoms
ArtDes 225: Entanglement
ArtDes 235: Intro to Printmaking
ArtDes 239: Creative Programming
ArtDes 241: Product Design
ArtDes 252: Intro to Metals/Jewelry
ArtDes 255; Intro to Photography
ArtDes 265: Intro to Video
ArtDes 270: Visualizing and Depicting Ideas
ArtDes 275: Color

Nothing About Registration

December 4, 2017

Hi Stampers,

If you took an incomplete last winter term (remember?), then you have exactly until this Friday,  Dec 8 to get your work in and have your instructor post the grade. If you don't,  it's a permanent E (= failure 4 ever). 

For those of you who keep track of these things, Tuesday, 12 Dec is the last day of class. I bet everyone reading this will be happy.  It's been a long semester.