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New Graduate Student Orientation

New Graduate Student Orientation

On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, the Graduate School will sponsor a half-day orientation session for all new graduate students, including new international graduate students. This half-day session will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center from 1 to 5 p.m. and will be followed by the annual Graduate School Reception at 5 p.m. in the South Annex of the Bryce Jordan Center. The afternoon session will cover important topics for new graduate students, including mentoring, scholarship and research integrity, and graduate student health insurance.

The health insurance session is mandatory for all new international graduate students.

Current students will offer an optional one-hour campus tour for new graduate students starting at 10:00 a.m., prior to the orientation session.  The tour will begin at the main entrance of the Kern Graduate Building (across the street from the library) and conclude at the HUB-Robeson Center.  Graduate students will have ample time to get lunch before participating in the Orientation at the Bryce Jordan Center.


Schedule of Events

Time Event
10:00 -11:00 a.m. Optional Campus Tours
1:00 - 1:05 p.m. Welcome and Overview
Sarah Ades, Associate Dean for Graduate Student Affairs
1:05 - 1:20 p.m. Executive Vice President and Provost’s Address
Nicholas P. Jones
1:20 - 1:40 p.m. Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School’s Address
Regina Vasilatos-Younken
1:40 - 1:55 p.m. Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) Overview
Living in the Penn State and State College Community

Brianne Pragg, President, GPSA
1:55 - 2:10 p.m. Scholarship & Research Integrity
Katie Bode-Lang, Director of Education and Quality Management
Office for Research Protections 
2:10 - 2:30 p.m. “Mentoring Matters”
Sarah Ades, Associate Dean for Graduate Student Affairs
2:30 - 2:50 p.m. Break
2:55 - 3:10 p.m. Title IX Matters – Office of Student Affairs
Christopher Harris, Title IX Investigator
3:10 - 3:25 p.m. Office of Student Conduct
Suzanne Zeman
3:25 - 5:00 p.m.

Graduate Student Services and Benefits

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
    Kate Staley
  • University Health Services
    Karen Kline, Manager of Student Insurance 
    • United Concordia - Dental
      Sheila Stohler
    • Highmark Blue Shield - Davis Vision
      Kurt Keul
5:00 p.m. Graduate School Reception

Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School (814-865-2516) in advance of your participation or visit.

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