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On Thursday, August 22, 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 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and covered important topics for new graduate students, including mentoring, scholarship and research integrity, and graduate student health insurance.

Orientation was followed by the annual Graduate School Reception at 5 p.m. in the South Annex of the Bryce Jordan Center. Representatives from the Graduate School, graduate student groups and other University units were at the reception.

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Schedule of Events 

Time Event

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

William Clark, Associate Dean of the Graduate School

1:40 – 1:55 p.m.

Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) Overview
Living in the Penn State and State College Community

Claire Kelling, President, GPSA
Charles Tierney, Vice President, GPSA

1:55 – 2:10 p.m.

Overview of the Office of Graduate Educational Equity Programs
Tierra Caldwell, Assistant Director, Graduate Educational Equity

2:10 – 2:30 p.m.

Career Services Overview
Elizabeth Fegert, Career Fairs Coordinator

2:30 – 2:50 p.m.


2:50 – 3:10 p.m.

“Mentoring Matters”
Sarah Ades, Associate Dean for Graduate Student Affairs

3:10 – 3:30 p.m.

Title IX Matters – Office of Student Affairs
Christopher Harris, Title IX Investigator

3:30 – 3:50 p.m.

Scholarship & Research Integrity
Katie Bode-Lang, Director of Education and Quality Management
Office for Research Protections

3:50 – 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

5:00 p.m.

Graduate School Reception
BJC South Annex


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