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Ready, Set, Semester Go!

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This week, The Graduate School spent a good amount of time putting last minute preparations together for Fall semester which begins next Monday. Evan Nelson and Susan Caraher visited graduate program directors for all of our programs and distributed some Welcome Back to School kits with resources and helpful tips to get the academic year off to a good start. (We’ll catch up with our College of Education and Human Development faculty later in the month after they have had a chance to settle into their brand new offices in their brand new Education building.) There’s no doubt that by close of business on Tuesday, Evan and Susan were feeling the distances they’d walked around campus, as well as a great sense of achievement to have successfully navigated the School of Medicine!

Alas, no rest for the weary. Wednesday they were back bright and early, together with interim dean, Wayne Swisher, TGS recruiters David Konerza and Mike Hinschberger, Admissions Specialist Matt Anderson and grad assistant Moussa Nombre, to welcome our new graduate students for Day 1 of orientation. About 115 students (local, interstate and international) came together in the Memorial Union to meet TGS staff, learn important information about policies and hear from invited speakers about the resources and services available to them as they undertake their graduate career at the University of North Dakota. Information sessions were followed by a great student panel where newcomers were encouraged to ask the “tough” questions about being a grad student, and what to expect of UND and their new community. A fun and informative discussion ensued.

For those new to the university, the resource fair was able to answer many questions with more than 30 offices and organizations available from UND and the Grand Forks community. We followed that up with our 4th annual City Bus Tour, taking a busload of new students on a Grand Forks Highlights tour. This is becoming one of the mainstays of our orientation activities, and with tour guide, Juan Pedraza of University Relations, it’s a fun and informative guide to the history of the city, too!

To round out an already packed day, The Graduate School hosted the annual Welcome Picnic in beautiful University Park. The weather was perfect and Dining Services threw a good feast of burgers and sides for around 100 people. The best part was seeing the new connections and friendships being made by many who arrived in the morning not knowing anyone. This was evidenced by groups who stayed long after the burgers were gone. Students connected with one another not only by program but also across programs, and we hope this continues throughout their time here.

Thursday’s orientation program focused on Graduate Teaching and Research Assistants. After a short introduction by Dr Swisher, and University Registrar, Dr Suzanne Anderson, students broke into their new assistant roles to learn more about responsibilities, expectations and available resources. Student panels for each group completed the day and addressed questions about teaching and research.

A huge thanks to all of our speakers, student panelists and resource fair volunteers. We literally could not do it without them!

We’ve posted few pics from the picnic here, and will also post more to our Picasa album.

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Meet Darwin

TGS Picnic 3

TGS Picnic

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TGS Picnic 2

TGS Picnic 2

TGS Picnic 3

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Written by School of Graduate Studies

August 19, 2011 at 9:02 am

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  1. […] was also the first day I had walked around campus since the start of the fall semester and it was nice to see so many students around again.  Many in our group commented that they will […]


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