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Fall 2015 Welcome and Orientation Activities for Graduate Students

**Information for the FALL 2016 orientation activities will be posted in late spring/early summer 2016. The information below is from Fall 2015 orientation activities and will give you an idea of what to expect for Fall 2016 orientation.**



Registration has closed for many of the welcome and orientation activities. Graduate students who need to attend Graduate School orientation activities on August 19 or Orientation for New GTAs, GRAs, and GAs, on August 20 may still attend these activities. However, materials and handouts may not be available for students who did not register by August 12, but these materials may be collected from the Graduate School at a later date.

Graduate students may continue to sign up for campus tours (if space is available). August 19 is the deadline for Graduate Teaching Assistants to register for the GTA orientation (August 20, 9-noon) and for International students to register for the Acclimating to U.S. Graduate-Level Writing Workshop (August 21, 9am-noon).

Graduate School Orientation Sessions and Activities - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ALL NEW GRADUATE STUDENTS, including those who previously earned an undergraduate degree at K-State, are very strongly encouraged to attend the orientation and informational sessions on August 19, because these sessions will provide information unique to graduate study. We hope new students also will attend the services and resources fair.

CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS also are welcome to attend the afternoon informational sessions and the services and resources fair.

Orientation for ALL NEW Graduate StudentsLocation

9:15-10am      Check-in and Networking

10am-11am     Keys to a Successful Graduate School Career

11am-noon      Graduate Student Life: Support and Advice from Your Peers

KSU Ballrooms,
Union 2nd floor


Informational Sessions for New and Current Graduate StudentsLocation

1:30-2:25pm    Guide to Using KSIS and KSOL/Canvas

2:30-3:15pm    Library Services and Resources for Graduate Students

Forum Hall,
Union Ground Floor


K-State and Little Apple Graduate Student Services and Resources Fair
and Ice Cream Social


For new and current graduate students

View a list of services and resources participating in the fair!  (updated August 10)

Students who register to attend the Fair will be entered into a raffle to win a
gift from one of the K-State or Little Apple Fair participants.  Must be present to win!

Grand Ballroom,
Union 2nd floor


Orientation Activities for New GTAs, GRAs, and GAs - Thursday, August 20, 2015
New and continuing graduate students who will be employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), or Graduate Assistant (GA) for the first time should attend appropriate orientation sessions coordinated by the Graduate School, the Teaching and Learning Center, and their employing unit.
Orientation for New GTAs with Teaching ResponsibilitiesLocation


Hosted by: Teaching and Learning Center (TLC)

**Separate registration is required for this session.**
Registration deadline is Wednesday, August 19

Please direct questions to Whitney Jeter, wjeter@ksu.edu

Bluemont Hall Room 101




Orientation for ALL NEW GTAs, GRAs, and GAsLocation

9:30-11:30am or 1:30-3:30pm

Topics covered in this session:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Using HRIS online self-service
  • Payroll
  • Health insurance available to eligible GTAs, GRAs, and GAs
  • Tuition payment options for GTAs, GRAs, and GAs
  • Title IX Training*

GTAs, GRAs, and GAs need to attend only one of the two sessions
(9:30am or 1:30pm). However, the afternoon session is filling up.
GRAs and GAs are encouraged to sign up for the morning session
possible so that GTAs (who must attend the separate GTA orientation
in the morning) may attend the afternoon session of this orientation.

Hosted by: Graduate School

Town Hall
Leadership Studies Building 





*NOTE ABOUT TITLE IX TRAINING: You may have received notifications from your department/program about face-to-face Title IX training sessions for GTAs, GRAs, and GAs being held on other days in August and September. If you are beginning an assistantship appointment in Fall 2015, you should attend the entire orientation session on August 20, which will include a face-to-face Title IX training session. If you attend this session, you will not need to attend Title IX training scheduled on other days.

HOWEVER, there is a separate online training related to Title IX titled Alcohol and Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP) that ALL students must complete by August 24. Students should have received an email with a link to access the online ASAP training.

Requirements and Optional Activities for International Students


  1. Check-in at the Graduate School, 103 Fairchild Hall, AND at the International Student Center (ISC) upon arrival to KSU

  2. Attend International Student Orientation - Monday, August 17
    Visit the International Student and Scholar Services website for ISC check-in and orientation schedules and for additional orientation activities for international students.

  3. Attend Graduate School Orientation - Wednesday, August 19


Acclimating to U.S. Graduate-Level Writing workshop
August 21, 9am-noon, International Student Center
This workshop is designed for international and English Language Learner (ELL) graduate students. It will focus on transitioning to U.S. graduate-level writing expectations and on writing issues and frustrations frequently encountered by ELL and international students. Participants will discuss the impact culture has on writing norms, faculty writing expectations, and much more. They’ll leave the workshop with a greater understanding of cultural expectations around writing and increased confidence about their positions on and contributions to a U.S. university campus.

**Separate registration is required for this session. Registration deadline is August 19**

Campus Tours
Sign up for a tour to get acquainted with the K-State campus! Limited space is available for the tour times listed below. Additional tours may be added depending on interest and availability of tour guides. This is an outdoor walking tour lasting 45 minutes to an hour.
  • August 18 at 10:30am and 1:00pm
  • August 20 at 4:00pm
  • August 21 at 10:30am
Sign Up Here!

Department/Program Activities

Individual departments or graduate programs may schedule welcome and orientation activities specifically for their graduate students. Please consult with your department or program about activities they have planned for you in addition to the orientation activities listed above.

Virtual Orientation
Visit the Virtual Orientation to prepare for your transition to K-State and the Manhattan area.

NOTE: Virtual Orientation does not provide the same information as the on-campus orientation and welcome activities listed above. The Virtual Orientation will provide you with information that is useful prior to your arrival to K-State. New graduate students are highly encouraged to tour the Virtual Orientation AND to attend on-campus orientation and welcome activities listed above.

Distance Student Orientation 
Students completing a graduate program through K-State’s Global Campus who will not be residing in the Manhattan area and will not be utilizing on-campus resources should view the orientation videos for distance students.



Questions about Fall 2015 graduate student welcome and orientation activities may be directed to the Graduate School at gdschgra@ksu.edu or 785-532-6191.