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New Graduate Student Orientation

New Graduate Student Orientation

On Wednesday, August 17, the Graduate School sponsored a half-day orientation session for all new graduate students, including new international graduate students. This half-day session was held at the Bryce Jordan Center from 1 to 5 p.m. and was followed by the annual Graduate School Reception at 5 p.m. in the South Annex of the Bryce Jordan Center.

The afternoon session covered important topics for new graduate students, including graduate student life and health insurance. All graduate students, both international and domestic on any form of assistance administered through the university, are automatically enrolled in the graduate assistant benefits program that will be covered during this session.

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

New Graduate Student Orientation Schedule

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Schedule of events for the New Graduate Student Orientation
Time Event
10 - 11 a.m. Optional Campus Tours
1:00 - 1:05 p.m. Welcome and Overview
Suzanne Adair, Assistant 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
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”
Suzanne Adair, Assistant 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
Paul Apicella, Title IX Coordinator
3:10 - 3:25 p.m. Office of Student Conduct
Kathleen Shupenko, Associate Director of Student Conduct
3:25 - 5:00 p.m.

Graduate Student Services and Benefits

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 Dean of the Graduate School (814-865-2516) in advance of your participation or visit.

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