Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week

April 6-10, 2020

Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week celebrates the contributions of graduate students to the mission of the University of Kansas, raising awareness of their efforts in teaching, research, and service to the campus. 

Events for Graduate Student Appreciation Week are listed below. If you have an event you would like to add, please email the event details to graduate@ku.edu. Though called a "week," events celebrating graduate students take place through out the month of April.

Graduate Student Appreciation Week Event Date
Graduate Studies Virtual Pet Café  

The Office of Graduate Studies will host a Virtual Pet Café with Rue the Cat and her human, Vice Provost Jennifer Roberts. Graduate students are encouraged to join the group, introduced their pets, and get to know other pets and their humans. You do not have to have a pet to join in. :) 

April 6, 2020  

3:30-4:00 PM
Join via ZOOM

Graduate Studies Professional Development Online Programming Recommendations  

We have compiled a list of top recommended Professional Development videos to share for graduate students who need a break from research or writing. If you have additional resources you want us to share, email graduate@ku.edu.  

  • A Guide for Using Zoom to Facilitate Your Final Defense - PDF

April 7, 2020  

Graduate Studies Virtual Pet Café  

The Office of Graduate Studies will host a Virtual Pet Café with Rue the Cat and her human, Vice Provost Jennifer Roberts. Graduate students are encouraged to join the group, introduced their pets, and get to know other pets and their humans. 

April 8, 2020  

3:30-4:00 PM
Join via ZOOM

Graduate Studies Self-Care Online Programming Recommendations  

We have compiled a list of top recommended Self-Care videos to help cope with the current stress and challenges of the COVID-19 situation. If you have additional resources you want us to share, email graduate@ku.edu.  

April 9, 2020  

Graduate Studies Virtual Pet Café  

The Office of Graduate Studies will host a Virtual Pet Café with Rue the Cat and her human, Vice Provost Jennifer Roberts. Graduate students are encouraged to join the group, introduced their pets, and get to know other pets and their humans. 

April 10, 2020  

3:30-4:00 PM
Join via ZOOM

Museum Studies & Indigenous Studies

In addition to a daily motivational email, Brandy Ernzen, Graduate Coordinator for both programs, has weekly phone calls to check in with students individually to make sure they're adjusting well academically, mentally, physically, and supply/food- and supply-wise. Our directors are also checking in with students via email.

We are celebrating Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Month with a series of activities listed below:

  • Daily email motivations to stay engaged (sending 7 days/week) 
  • Ideas of things to share: Beautiful or fun photos, workout routines, playlists, recipes, short poems, etc.
  • Cookie/other baked goods/fresh fruit deliveries to students still in the area
  • Plans for an end of the semester virtual toast with sparkling grape juice to celebrate and congratulate each other for all we have been through and accomplished.  
  • Virtual hangout time for everyone in the program to chat casually outside of a classroom environment 
March-April (and into May)
University of Kansas Libraries

Mission-critical resources
Though our library facilities are closed to the public, KU Libraries remain committed to providing the KU community access to mission-critical resources and services.
 
To assist faculty and graduate students in transitioning toward and implementing online instruction at KU, we have several ways in which to connect:

  • KU Libraries continue to support library instruction for courses by arranging virtual delivery options with instructors. Please contact us to discuss your needs and potential approaches.
  • KU faculty, staff, and graduate students may use Document Delivery to request digital copies of journal articles and book chapters from KU Libraries collections, or Home Loan Delivery to request physical materials be mailed to them. All materials currently on hold and future requests will be delivered electronically or by mail, so on-site pickup is unnecessary.
  • We provide hundreds of subject and course guides to support research and assignments for a variety of course disciplines. 
  • KU Libraries' Ask a Librarian service continues to offer research help via chat and email while library facilities are closed to the public.
  • KU librarians are available for research consultations via Zoom or other virtual methods. Please contact us to arrange a consultation.
  • We offer video tutorials that showcase best practices for conducting research using library databases. 
  • To ease the shift to remote teaching, we offer our copyright and online instruction guide. Please contact copyright@ku.edu for more on copyright, fair use, and online instruction.


Access to Watson Library
From Monday through Friday, Watson Library is offering minimal on-site and essential services to KU faculty, staff, and graduate students who are in urgent need. As of next week, access can be arranged between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Please note that building doors will be locked during public closure. Visitors will be asked to call the desk upon arrival (785-864-8983), prompting library staff to provide access to the building through the main entrance.
 
Technology for Graduate Students
KU is committed to supporting graduate students' educational goals during this time of change, encouraging them to participate in distance learning and access to library resources from their places of residence. Students are allowed to access university Wi-Fi from a personal vehicle parked on campus, provided they still meet social distancing requirements. Those who need access to Internet service or computer hardware should reach out to KU Information Technology on the Lawrence campus at itcsc@ku.edu and kuecservices@ku.edu on the KU Edwards Campus for guidance and assistance. Several internet service providers are also offering service at no-cost, low-cost, or with waived fees.

As a last resort, students who need computer access will be allowed entry to the Watson Library computer lab, which has been reconfigured to support appropriate physical distancing and frequent cleanings. Please note that while KU Libraries locations are closed to the public, these few select computer workstations will be available for KU student use in support of online course work at Watson Library, Monday through Friday, during limited hours (10 a.m. - 6 p.m., beginning next week). Computer workstations may be reserved using our calendar reservation system.

KU Libraries are here to support and help you and navigate the transition to an online learning environment. Throughout this transition and for the rest of the semester, you will find an updated and complete list of services and resources at lib.ku.edu/remote. Thank you!

April-May 2020
 
 
 
 
 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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