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New Graduate Student Orientation

On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, the Graduate School held a half-day orientation session for all new graduate students, including new international graduate students. The afternoon session covered important topics for new graduate students, including mentoring, scholarship and research integrity, and graduate student health insurance.

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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