2018 New Graduate Student Orientation

The Office of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce we will host the first campus-wide orientation, open to all graduate students, on August 17, 2018 from 1:00PM - 5:00PM at the brand-new Burge Union.

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What is the event? The New Graduate Student Orientation is a comprehensive introduction to campus resources for incoming graduate students, providing targeted assistance and information in everything ranging from academic course enrollment to health insurance.

Who should attend? All new graduate students are welcome to attend. Representatives from a variety of offices across campus will be in attendance to share important campus resources. These resources will be invaluable during your time at KU. Note: this is not a substitute to other required orientations.

What topics will be covered? Topics include finding health insurance, navigating class registration, exploring campus research assets, financial aid, among others.

How will this differ from my program’s orientation? Program orientations will review information specific to your academic program. This campus-wide orientation will cover resources that are available to all students.

Will there be any food or beverages served at the event? Heavy hors d’ouerves and beverages will be served during the second half of the event.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies by Wednesday, August 1 at graduate@ku.edu.

The following is a schedule of events during the 2018 New Graduate Student Orientation. Campus Tours will be hosted by the Office of Graduate Studies during the morning before the start of the event. A sign-up sheet will be available for the three available time-slots in early August. 

 

 

Campus Tours 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Time
Event
Location     
What You Will Learn
9:00 AM
Campus Tour Group  1
West Entrance
Graduate Studies will give a guided tour of KU Lawrence Campus buildings and offices/relevant services within each building, as well as highlight specific campus landmarks.
10:00 AM
Campus Tour Group  2
West Entrance                       
Graduate Studies will give a guided tour of KU Lawrence Campus buildings and offices/relevant services within each building, as well as highlight specific campus landmarks.
11:00 AM 
Campus Tour Group  3
West Entrance
Graduate Studies will give a guided tour of KU Lawrence Campus buildings and offices/relevant services within each building, as well as highlight specific campus landmarks.

 

Orientation  1:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Time
Event
Location
What You Will Learn
1:00 PM 
Introductions/ Outline of the Afternoon

Forum CD
Graduate Studies will introduce the facilitators of the orientation and give you an outline of what will be covered during the afternoon
1:05 PM  Resources on        Campus Forum CD

Major KU Lawrence Campus offices will present resources directly relevant to graduate students. The list of Attending Offices & Resources can be found below. Topics discussed will be:

  • Financial Aid & Scholarship Support
  • Academic & Research Support
  • Community & Group Support
  • Campus Employment & Tax Form Assistance
  • Health Insurance
  • Campus Health & Wellness Services
  • Dispute Resolution
2:15 PM Student Panel Forum CD Student-led Q&A session with current KU graduate students from the schools of: Journalism, Engineering, Education, and College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
3:00 PM Building Your Community  Forum CD

Tabling Event led by KU Lawrence Campus offices and resources to provide one-on-one Q&A, assistance in course and voter registration, among other services. The list of Attending Offices & Resources can be found below.

You will have received the KU New Graduate Student Orientation Checklist in the weeks before the 2018 New Graduate Student Orientation. This checklist is meant to assist you in locating specific campus resources to your school/College, department, and program of study.
The following Offices will be present at the Graduate Student Orientation to answer questions and present on available campus resources. The materials distributed by each office at the Finding Your Community tabling event will be available in the third column. We have also posted a Comprehensive List of Non-Academic Resources and Comprehensive List of Academic Resouces.

 


Office/Resource

Orientation Role

Materials Distributed
Academic Achievement and Access Center (AAAC) Presenting & Finding Your Community Table View Handouts: (1)
Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity Presenting & Finding Your Community Table View Handouts: (1)
The Commons Finding Your Community Table View Handouts: (1)
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Presenting & Finding Your Community Table View Handouts: (1)
Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity Presenting & Finding Your Community Table View Handouts: (1) (2)
Financial Aid & Scholarships Presenting & Finding Your Community Table
View Handouts: (1)
Human Resource Management--Graduate Student Health Insurance
Presenting & Finding Your Community Table
 
International Programs Presenting & Finding Your Community Table  

International Student Services


Presenting & Finding Your Community Table

 
KU Libraries
Presenting & Finding Your Community Table
View Handouts: (1) (2)
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Presenting & Finding Your Community Table

View Handouts: (1)

KU Ombuds Office Finding Your Community Table

View Handouts: (1)

Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center
Presenting 

View Handouts: (1)

Student One Stop (SOS) Office Presenting & Finding Your Community Table View Handouts:  (1)
Spencer Museum of Art Finding Your Community Table

View Handouts: (1)

Student Involvement & Leadership Center
Presenting & Finding Your Community Table

View Handouts: (1)

Shared Services Center--On-Campus Employment Finding Your Community Table

View Handouts: (1)

Student Legal Services Presenting & Finding Your Community Table

View Handouts: (1)

KU Student Senate
Finding Your Community Table
View Handouts: 
Center For Research Methods & Data Analysis Finding Your Community Table
 
KU Writing Center Finding Your Community Table                                         


View Handouts: (1)                  

KU Fights Hunger A resource to connect students with food resources and increase food security at KU. Some listed resoureces include: Campus Cupboard, @FreeFoodatKU, and others.
Watkins Memorial Health Center A comprehensive medical care and outreach center. Access your secure myWHS portal to schedule appointments, and access your personal health records.
This section can be printed here. Parking options for the 2018 New Graduate Student Orientation are as follows. A snippet of KU Parking and Transit Department’s Campus Map is shown below to assist in navigation. The full map is available here.

The event is located at the Blue Building labeled BURGE
Open Parking (with or without a purchased KU Parking Pass) is available at the Yellow Lots: 71, 90, 125, and 127. During this day, you do not have to purchase a pass to park in these lots. Detailed information on the purchase of parking passes, as well as rules regarding parking, are available through KU Parking and Transit.
Restricted Parking, requiring an hourly charge, is available at the following Orange parking garages: AFPK, CDP1.
The Lawrence Transit System, coordinated with KU on Wheels, is a convenient transportation option and alternative to parking on campus. Free to ride for all KU students, details on routes can be found here. A free bus app is also available, with live updates to bus locations and arrival times.
On the morning of the 2018 New Graduate Student Orientation, we will offer several sections of group tours of campus. You will receive an email prompting you to mark your interest in participating in the tours. Closer to the event, we will ask you to specify a time preference.
If you are unable to make a Campus Tour, or have other questions surrounding campus buildings, check out a virtual tour of campus instead!
KU has partnered with VeoRide to bring a fleet of KU bikes to the KU campus and Lawrence community. At 4:30PM, a brand representative will meet interested students on the north-side of the Burge Union for an instructional ride-along for this new community resource!

Other Orientations & Welcome Events

  International Student Orientation

New International Student Orientation, called "YOU at KU--International", is a mandatory program that most international students are required to attend, including international graduate students. "YOU at KU--International"  is designed to ease the transition to the U.S. and to KU. More information, a registration form, and a program brochure is available at International Student Services Orientation. Please make sure you also check on your expected arrival date in the U.S. and at KU.

  Departmental & School Orientations

Many departments/schools offer orientation events for new graduate students. Please contact your department/school about orientation and other important information for new graduate students. Information will be posted here as we receive it from the department/school.

  Graduate Welcome Fair

Date: August 14, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Burge Union

Graduate Students are invited to attend the annual Graduate Welcome Fair. Representatives from offices across campus -- like the Registrar, the Parking office, museums and centers, and student organization -- will be available to answer your questions about their services and opportunities. For additional activities, please see the Graduate Studies Events page.

  New Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Conference

Date: Monday, August 13, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Budig Hall

Led by the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), new graduate teaching assistants will attend this mandatory conference as part of their training process. Please contact CTE with questions about this event.


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