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!
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: https://goo.gl/forms/YqSTenUmMQRRmv3k1.
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 https://publicaffairs.vpcomm.umich.edu/undocumented-students-at-u-m/
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.
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 http://womeninanimation.org/scholarship/
Can't find stuff in the libary? Wanna tell 'em what you think? Then do it here: https://umich.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_83bJB1N4RTaPlnT
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
January 9 - 21, 2017
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Questions or comments?
Please email: email@example.com
January 7, 2017
Welcome back to school and Happy New Year, Stampers! I hope the short break allowed you at least a little respite from the hectic end of the term. There 's a lot of stuff going on, so read on!
Here's an opportunity to perfect your figure drawing skills. Check out figure drawing on Tuesday nights 6:30-9:00 sponsored by Ann Arbor Women Artsists at 4844 Jackson Road Suite 100. Contact Kathy Hiner at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 989-751-3062 if interested. You'll need a car tog et there.
News from Mike Vitale, Mr. DIgital Fabrication:
Make your Online Reservations for the Digital Fabrication Studio!
- Go to stamps.umich.edu
- Click on “Current Students”, then “Undergraduate”
- Along the left side of the page, you will see "Digi-Fab Studio Signup", click on this.
- Supply the information needed in each step of the Google form
- Follow the link at the end of the google form to Web Checkout
- Choose "Stamps Digital Fabrication Studio” as your checkout center
- Hit the “+” on the “Future Reservations” bar
- Input the time you wish your appointment to be.
- Digital Fabrication Studio Monitors will then review your request for Approval
It will not be approved if…
-Your file isn’t ready
-The machine you’ve chosen isn’t capable of doing what you’re proposing
-Any other reason we will explain to you in email and ask you to re-reserve a time once changes have been made
We may edit your reservation time before approving if it is judged to be too short or too long for the process you are describing
Before everything gets crazy again, take a minute to check out the Wonderful Wednesday posters. We've changed the start time (11:30) and focused the agenda on the things you told us you wanted more of.
First year students: if you didn't meet with your advsior in December, go ahead and make an appointment now to spend some time reflecting on how that first semester went. For most of you it was great--at least your grades were!
Before the end of the month, advisors will send sophomores copies of their progress toward degree (PTD) forms. PTDs show how your courses count and make it clear what more you need to take during your junior and senior years so you can graduate on time. Your advisors will want to meet with you in March to check on your prepartion for the soohpre reivew so, make those appointments early.
Juniors -- right now is a good time to think about your job prospects. There's a great Wonderful Wednesday session this week that will get you jump-started.
Seniors--hang in there.
December 12, 2016
If working on your schedule has made you crazier than ever, please be sane and check your email. Some time Tuesday I will send everyone a list of ArtDes courses that have sections with seats available. Either snatch them up (if open) or add your name to the waitlist. Questions? Askanadvisor@umich.edu. Need an appointment, go to stamps.genbook. And finally, request overrides at email@example.com.
December 3, 2016
Stampers, you did a great job on Giving Tuesday. The Empty Bowls (thanks Ceramics Club) fundraiser sold out Tuesday and earned $2750 ($5500 with the match) for the SOS Community Outreach of Washtenaw Co. And Giving Blue Day brought in over $15,000!!! Again this year, you decided the money raised should go toward Stamps student scholalrships. I know some people may tire of hearing it, but Stamps students really are the best.
Animators and re-animators. Join the club. Michigan Animation Club. For details and meeting schedule conact the MAC Vice Monster Expert Sarah Ovresat at firstname.lastname@example.org
ADC grant applications are OUT. Check your UM email. If you are a Stamps student, your student fees fund the ADC grants. So read the email and apply.
AND, if you'd like to be one of the ADC "deciders," then send a letter to ADC explaining why you'd be worthwhile member (2 semesters). Stamps.email@example.com
To those of you who took an incomplete winter, spring, or summer terms, you have until midnight Friday the 9th to turn in your work, have it graded, and hope your instructor actually posted your grade. If the I isn't changed by then, it becomes an E forever. In this case E also stands for eternity.
Finally, sad news. Mike Vitale reprots that a flex shaft has been kidnapped from its teaching cart in the storage hallway in metals. He went ot find it and somone had made off with it. As of Saturday afternoon, no ransom note had been found. If you know anythign about this flex shaft, please let Mike know. He's heartbroken.
Registration continues this week, extending stress and anxiety into the last full week of classes, just in time for those final few minutes spent working on that project that will not end.As large mammals, we all experience the panic of flight or flight. And as large mammals we can control it by breathing deeply and taking the time to remember that the symptoms of a panic attack rarely last longer than 30 minutes. Please make sure that you get sleep and eat (good) food.
November 28, 2016
Two opportunties for Stampers winter term: take an acting class or become an art director. Check your email for details. The acting class (ThtreMus) counts as academic/experiential credit and the art direction classes (SAC) count as studio credit.
If you are a first or second year Stamper and you want to serve on the student advisory board known as ADC (Art/Design Collective), send your name to Stamps.ADC@umich.edu by the end of the week (Dec 2). Be sure to include some information on why you'd be a good fit to work on any or all of the 35 responsibilities of ADC: award student grant monies, manage the lecture series dinner invitations, represent the student body to the administration, hold the Back to School Bash in September and serve on the Work Commons Comittee.
November 18, 2016
This is not a message about thanksgiving (noun). Or Thanksgiving (holiday). It's about having a restful break and coming back with enough energy for the last couple of weeks of classes.
And now for some deadlines:
In case you've forgotten, proposals for a self-directed international experience are due Thursday, Dec 1. This is the only date. It comes around one time a year. Miss it and you have to wait for a whole year.
If you took an incomplete last winter, spring, or summer, you are almost out of time. The replacement grade needs to be posted to your transcript by Friday Dec. 9. If you have already turned in your work and you're waiting for your instructor to grade it, you need to nudge nudge nudge. No, you may not borrrow my sharp pointy stick. Get your own. Seriously, if you need help nudging, let me know.
Remember that I stick around late on most Mondays, waiting for you to drop in with whatever random questions you have. I won't be here the Monday before Thanksgiving, but I will be the 28th and the 5th.
And last of all, here are soem things you need to know about registration
Read the course description on our website. That's where you'll find the prerequisites for our classes. http://stamps.umich.edu/courses
We're serious about the course prereqs. If you register and haven't met them, I'll have to ask you to drop the course. Unfortunately, I often don't get around to checking until after registration is over, so you could wind up with nothing. Yikes!
One exception : ArtDes 309, Figure Painting.
Only ArtDes 205, Organizing Visual Space, is required to take Figure Painting. If you have taken 205 and want to paint, grab this course and hang onto it!!!
If you have a financial hold on your record and you cannot pay it off before you are supposed to register, email me, Joann, immediately and directly. I can help you reserve your classes if I know early enough that there's a problem.
Classes in Stamps are usually capped at 19 students but there are some exceptions. 1. ArtDes 220, Sophomore Studio is capped at 15.
2. ArtDes 225, Entanglement, is capped at 16.
3. Courses numbered 200-299 are capped at 3 and then filled from students on the waitlist. We do this so sophomores and juniors will have a better chance to get the prerequisites they will need later on.
If the class is closed and you want to enroll, get on the waitlist. Please. You will be so happy you did, and I will be, too.
Also known as "permissions to register." Read more about them in the student handbook.
During early registration (23 Nov - 9 Dec) I issue overrides twice a day: before noon and after noon. Override issued before noon expire that day. Overrides issued after noon expire the next day. Check your UM email daily to see if you are the lucky winner of the override of your dreams. It's so sad to lose an override.
Taking a Class Twice
Yeah, we don't do that anymore. Unless you failed it the first time around. Then it's ok.
October 30, 2016
I'm writing this while I watch Goldfinger, 52 years after it came out and oh dear! It really hasn't worn well, although the scenery is good and there's a very sweet 64 mustang convertible in it, white with a red interior.
So here's what's coming up for advising.
1. The deadlne to drop a course with a "W" on your transcript is coming up. You have until Friday, Nov. 11 at 11:59 pm.
2. You have almost two weeks to enter your work in the Undergrad Juried Exhibition (18 November). Spruce up your best project from this term and show it off. You'll be better for it--healthier, more intelligent, and you have that aura of confidence and mystery that others find so intriguing.
3. Senior audits are history. Done. If you missed yours, there's always next year.
4. Sophomores and juniors: if you need to see your advisor about registering for classes for winter term, make your appointment NOW. It'll be harder to get one after Thanksgivng break.
5. First Years: schedule your end of term advising meeting after Dec 1.
October 24, 2016
ASK ME WHATEVER & GET AN ANSWER
Joann's Open Office from 4:30-5:30 every Monday. Starts today. Drop in and ask, tell, complain, whine, weep, laugh or groan. No issue too small. Fortune telling today and Hallowe'en only.
CARVING VINYL PUMPKIN PATCHES: CHAINSAW OPTIONAL
Design and Cut a horrifying Hallowe’en vinyl stencil
Use it to carve the Jack-o’-lantern of your nightmares
Free pumpkins, free vinyl, free, free, free
2-4 pm Sunday, October 30th. Meet in digital fabrication (1074)
Carve in the Courtyard en plein air
END ACADEMIC CLUELESSNESS – CHECK YOUR UM MAILBOX
Senior Audits – if you requested an audit, you’ll get it by Tuesday, 1 November
Opt in for Grade and Credit Notifications -- message dated 12 October from the RO has full information
A Message from the UM Libraries asking for your ideas:
You are invited to participate in a 10-15 minute Library survey about our services and spaces, with the purpose of better serving your needs and enhancing your academic experience, in the Hatcher and Shapiro libraries, in particular.
If you choose to provide us with your name and contact information you will be entered into a raffle with a chance to win a $50 Michigan Theater membership or $20 Zingerman’s gift card! Your response will be completely anonymous and will provide valuable feedback.
Please click here to begin: http://umlib.us/brightspotsurvey The survey will expire on Monday, October 24 at 11:00 pm.
If you would like to help us dig even deeper into how our Shapiro and Hatcher services and spaces can better support you and the campus, please stop by our Library Experience Insight Exchange sessions on November 9th. Session details:
UM Faculty and Staff: 3:00pm - 4:30pm at Hatcher Gallery Lab and Exhibit Space
Students: 5:00pm - 6:30pm at Shapiro Design Lab
Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 17, 2016
I fell asleep during fall study break and when I woke up, Zach Kolodziej and Mike Vitale had hijacked this space for their own nefarious purposes. Mark your calendars for these two free and relaxing events. You'll need the distraction as we move into the last half of the term.
1. Create vinyl stencils so you can carve a perfectly horrifying jack-o'-lantern next Friday or Saturday (the 29th or the 30th). All materials furnished, including LIVE PUMPKINS for the first 10 or 20 Stampers. More details next week.
2. And from Zach, this open letter (sadly, without the excellent posters in his original message) inviting all Stamper to an as yet unnamed art critique group:
Have you ever gazed into the eyes of your sandwich wondering why you are so attracted -- appetized -- by the look and feel of thinly sliced meats and vegetables between perfectly rectangular bread? Have you ever watched Lionel Messi dribble a soccer ball wondering why the sphere seems magnetically drawn to his foot, orbiting him like a planet? Welcome to an unnamed art critique group.
If you have any better ideas, please come to the "MMass MMeeting" sponsors by M&M's -- yes that’s right, the famous Rapper! -- LIVE in the Design Lab UNO -- yes that’s right, the UNO AMERICAN GRILL ON NORTH CAMPUS -- in the Duderstadt Center! We'll be meeting on Wednesday October 26th @ 8PM to discuss art, performance, media, and more. The basic format I have devised (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) is as follows:
1. people find something that interests them
2. they bring in related materials
3. they lead a discussion on that topic
4. we move on to the next person feeling ecstatic primal love awakening in our souls
Our first meeting we'll just have a loose discussion, meet+greet with M&M, and potentially pizza. Feel free to bring in materials (photos, books, video links) though! I may show weird video clips to inspire contemplation! Also feel free to bring your own artistic, scholarly work, or facebook rants in for discussion and critique for any/all meetings!
October 7, 2016
Drop in & get Joann to solve your problem
No appointments, no calls, no hassle -- just drop in
Starting October 24th, every Monday, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Wander in through the side doors, I'll be there
Drop in and talk to Karen (counseling psychologist)
The past two weeks have been hard for a lot of us
No clients, no paperwork, no appointments -- just talk
Wednesday and Thursday, 12 & 13 October
11:30 -1:30, Room 2030
September 30, 2016
New Late Drop/Add Process Just in Time to Drop/Add
Goodbye to all the tired green drop/add forms. Forget tracking down your professor to get a signature. Now you can late drop or add a course anytime and anywhere, using the miracle of ENHANCED FUNCTIONALITY. Relax in the comfort of your luxurious residence hall and drop classes left and right while sipping a refreshing beverage.
Between right now and Friday, November 11, you can drop a class by exercising the drop option on Wolverine Access. The request will go to your professor, then to an advisor, then to an administrator, and finally to the Registrar’s Office, where the magic really happens. This is faster than you’d think, often happening in less time that it takes to travel from Central to Stamps to get a signature. The best part: the 5 pm deadline is now 11:59 pm.
That’s it. You will, of course, receive a “W,” and you still have to pay attention to the drop deadline (your request must be entered by 11:59 pm on Nov 11), but otherwise, a few taps on a keyboard and you will be freed from stress, anxiety and threat of failure. And you'll get a "W."
Everyone who signed up should hear by 1 November. If you did not sign up, maybe you should. Just a thought. Senior Audit Request Form.
What Did the Stamps Class of 2019 Do Last Summer?
Sophomores need to schedule a meeting before fall break with their advisors to talk about what went right or not their first eyar and to sketch out plans for their second year. Specific topix: the international experience, course sequences, and BFA or BA.