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New Graduate Student Orientation

On Wednesday, August 16, 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 mentoring, scholarship and research integrity, and graduate student health insurance.

Schedule of Events

Time Event
10 - 11 a.m. Optional Campus Tours
1:00 - 1:05 p.m. Welcome and Overview
Suzanne Adair, 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

Matthew Krott, 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”
Suzanne Adair, 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
Amy L. Cotner
3:10 - 3:25 p.m. Office of Student Conduct
Suzanne Zeman
3:25 - 5:00 p.m.

Graduate Student Services and Benefits

5:00 p.m. Graduate School Reception


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