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Graduate Connect Week 2013

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Welcome to Graduate School at OSU!

OSU Graduate Connect week, September 16 - 20, 2013, will offer several opportunities for new and current graduate students to learn how to best prepare themselves for a successful graduate school experience and make steady progress toward a degree. This week will provide orientation events for new students, workshops for new and current students, and networking opportunities for all. To kick off these important events, on September 16, the OSU Graduate School will present a day of general orientation and workshops, and a “Resource Fair” for new students. The same evening, the Graduate School will host an evening “Picnic in the Park” for all graduate students and their families to meet and network. In the days that follow, many other orientation events for new and current students will be offered campus-wide. See below for a complete listing of orientation events that will be held during Grad Connect Week.

Additionally, many departments have their own events for new and current students. See this list of department specific orientation events for more details.

General Orientation and Workshops

Monday, September 16, 2013

General Orientation, Workshops, and Resource Fair

Dean Brenda McComb and the Graduate School team welcome all new graduate students, and strongly encourage them to attend the general orientation and resource fair. Valuable information will be shared and insightful conversations will be had concerning academic and professional expectations of graduate students. New students will meet peers and begin creating long lasting connections. An introduction to student services and other OSU services will be provided. The Resource Fair (open from noon to 3:00 pm) will expose students to additional services, both on and off-campus. There will be a range of workshops that will make one’s transition into graduate school easier. Registration is required. All new students should have received an email with an invitation to register. Please contact us with any questions or concerns about registering for this career building event.

Picnic in the Park
  • for All Graduate Students and their Families
  • September 16, 5:30-7:30
  • in the large park on the east side of campus, across from Furman Hall and 14th St  [map]

The OSU Graduate School will be hosting a "Picnic in the Park", co-sponsored by the Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE) and the Associated Students of OSU (ASOSU), for all graduate students and their families to relax and enjoy an evening with their peers and friends. Registration is required to attend this event. All current and new students and their families are welcome. All students should have recieved an email with an invitation to register. Please contact us with any questions or concerns about registering for this community building event.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Library Day Workshops

The Valley Library presents an entire day of workshops geared specifically for Graduate Students at OSU.  Topics range from data management to thesis publication tools, library resources to information gathering and survey tools.  Many more are offered as well.

International Graduate Student Orientation (ISO)
  • REQUIRED for all new international graduate students
    (unless they attend the general International Student Orientation, on September 23 - 25)
  • lobby of the International Living Learning Center [map].
  • September 17, at 8:30am
  • More Information Online

At the beginning of each term, INTO OSU and International Student Advising and Services (ISAS) hold a mandatory orientation program for new international students. This program is designed to provide you with valuable information and facilitate your transition to OSU. If you cannot make International Graduate Student Orientation (ISO) on September 17th, no worries! You will still be able to attend the general International Student Orientation (ISO) from the 23rd to the 25th and receive all the same important information.  

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New International GTA Orientation

Orientation sessions will cover the foundations needed for working effectively in classes with OSU students: OSU policies, essential teaching and learning concepts, strategies for communicating effectively with students and more. Whether you're supporting a recitation, leading a lab section, grading for a large lecture or designing and teaching your own course, we'll have something for you!  This orientation is intended for New International GTAs only, and registration is required.

University Day

Celebrating the people and achievements of OSU is what University Day is all about! Join in the celebration at University Day 2013 on Thursday, September 19 at the LaSells Stewart Center and the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Visit the expo to learn more about other departments across campus and resources both for you and for students. Meet friends from across campus — and make some new ones — at the free lunch. Learn something new at one of the afternoon sessions. Get inspired about the coming academic year from our keynote speaker and join us in congratulating the outstanding people receiving this year’s awards.

Friday, September 20, 2013

New GTA Orientation

Orientation sessions will cover the foundations needed for working effectively in classes with OSU students: OSU policies, essential teaching and learning concepts, strategies for communicating effectively with students and more. Whether you're supporting a recitation, leading a lab section, grading for a large lecture, or designing and teaching your own course, we'll have something for you!  This orientation is intended for ALL new GTAs, including international GTAs, and registration is required.

Toastmasters Club Meeting

Toastmasters club helps people to overcome their fears about public speaking and become better leaders.  At toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment.  A typical toastmasters club is made up of 20 to 30 people who meet once a week for approximately an hour.  Each meeting give members several opportunities:  Conduct meetings, give impromptu speeches, present prepared speeches and offer constructive evaluation. 

The Oregon State Toastmasters club has been in existent for almost 50 years (50 years in 2014) and it is a lunch time club that meets right here on campus (Crop Science Building, room 119) every Friday at 12 noon.  Our meeting is less than one hour (50-55 minutes), so you will have the opportunity to get back to your studies, research, work or social activities.  You can come for part of the time or stay for the whole meeting.  The benefits of belonging are numerous?keen listening skills, ease in front of a group, time management skills, critical thinking, self-confidence, relationship building ? in a positive and friendly environment.  Don't wait too long, you can meet your goal. 

One toastmaster members, Colin Duncan, is a graduate student at the college of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric science, majoring in Marine resource management, and is the club winner for the Club Humorous speech contest. He will be competing in the Area contest on September 25, 2013 at 6:30 at HP Campus. 

The Following Week

Monday, September 23, 2013

General International Student Orientation (ISO)
  • REQUIRED for all new international students
    (who have not attended the International Graduate Student Orientation, on September 17)
  • LaSells Stewart Center and CH2M Hill Alumni Center [map]
  • September 23 - 25, at 8:30
  • More Information Online

At the beginning of each term, INTO OSU and International Student Advising and Services (ISAS) hold a mandatory orientation program for new international students. This program is designed to provide you with valuable information and facilitate your transition to OSU. Oregon State University wishes to give Graduate students the choice of attending an early International Graduate Student Orientation (ISO) on the 17th before the general ISO begins on the 23rd. If you attend ISO on the 17th then you do not need to attend the general ISO on the 23rd.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Multicultural Graduate Student CONNECT
  • for All Graduate Students, Staff, and Faculty
  • Native American Longhouse, Eena Haws [map]
  • September 25, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • RSVP Online

Oregon State University graduate students are invited to attend the Multicultural Grad CONNECT, a reception that provides resources and networking opportunities to support your success.  “Multicultural CONNECT” supplements departmental orientations and is an opportunity for incoming underrepresented graduate students to meet current underrepresented graduate students, staff and faculty from other departments.  This event is open for all OSU graduate students, especially those who define themselves as students of color and LGBTQ students. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE) -- Welcome Back BBQ
  • for all graduate students and their families
  • September 26th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Avery Park at Maple Grove Shelter, Corvallis [map]
  • Event Details

Join CGE for their Welcome Back BBQ! They'll be celebrating the new academic year with food, drink, live music, and games!   This event is open to all graduate students and is a family-friendly and pet-friendly event.  All food and drinks are provided, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free food options. The Coalition of Graduate Employees is the labor union representing OSU’s Teaching & Research Assistants.  CGE represents the interests and rights of OSU’s graduate employees through the bargaining and maintenance of a fair working contract. They strive to create a community of graduate employees empowered to advocate for collective issues.

October Events

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE) -- Open House
  • for all graduate students
  • October 4th from 3:00pm – 7:00pm
  • CGE Office, Westminster House Basement (23rd and Monroe, Corvallis) [map]
  • Event Details

Questions about your employment contract? Want to pick up your free CGE member tee shirt? Still not sure what CGE is?  Come to the CGE Open House to meet the officers of CGE for answers to your questions or just to chat!  Light refreshments will be provided. The Coalition of Graduate Employees is the labor union representing OSU’s Teaching & Research Assistants.  CGE represents the interests and rights of OSU’s graduate employees through the bargaining and maintenance of a fair working contract. They strive to create a community of graduate employees empowered to advocate for collective issues.

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