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Spring 2017 Welcome and Orientation Activities for Graduate Students

A variety of welcome and orientation activities are scheduled for NEW and CURRENT graduate students prior to the start of the spring semester (throughout the week of January 9-13). On-campus activities listed below are scheduled on the Manhattan campus. Links also are provided to information for students in Global Campus programs.

Online Registration

Advance registration is requested for most of the sessions and activities listed below.   
Registration for January 11th activities has closed, but you are still welcome to attend these sessions and register on-site. Registration for January 12th and 13th activities will remain open until 5:00pm on January 10th. 


January 9
Required Orientation for International Students

Who Should Attend? All new international students must attend International Student Orientation on Monday, January 9. Visit the International Student and Scholar Services website for ISC check-in and orientation schedules and for additional orientation activities for international students.

Other Requirements

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

  2. Attend Graduate School Orientation - Wednesday, January 11 (see below)


January 11
You're Hired! Expectations, Payroll, and Benefits for NEW GTAs, GRAs, and GAs
10:00 - 11:30am
Room 227, K-State Student Union

Who should attend?  New and returning graduate students who will be employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), or Graduate Assistant (GA) for the first time in Spring 2017. Students who were previously on an assistantship and are starting a new type of assistantship (e.g., switching from GTA to GRA) do not need to attend this session if they previously attended this orientation.

Topics covered in this session:

  • Expectations 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
  • Introduction to required Title 9 training


Welcome and Orientation for All New Graduate Students
12:45 - 3:45pm
Main Ballroom, K-State Student Union

Who should attend?  ALL NEW GRADUATE STUDENTS, including those who previously earned an undergraduate degree at K-State, are very strongly encouraged to attend this orientation, which will provide information unique to graduate study. 

Activities and Topics

  • Graduate Student Meet and Greet Networking Session
  • Keys to a Successful Graduate School Experience
  • Graduate Student Safety, Wellness, and Strengths
  • Graduate Student Life: Support and Advice from Your Peers 
Graduate Student Services and Resources Fair
 3:45 - 5:00pm
KSU Ballroom, K-State Student Union

Who should attend?  New AND returning graduate students are invited to attend the fair to learn about the many services and resources available to them on campus and in the surrounding community.

Obtain information about services and activities available on campus while enjoying hot chocolate or coffee and sweet treats. You’ll also have a chance to enter your name into a drawing to win one of several prizes donated by fair vendors! 


January 12
Orientation for Graduate Students with Teaching Responsibilities
9:00am - noon
College of Business Building Lecture Hall (BB 1088)

Who should attend?  New and continuing graduate students who will be employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) for the first time should attend this session. Other graduate students who anticipate becoming a GTA in the near future, are not on a GTA appointment but have teaching responsibilities, or have an interest in teaching are welcome to attend. Those who have attended this session in a previous semester and would like a refresher also are welcome to attend.

Hosted by: Teaching and Learning Center (TLC)

Please direct questions to Tucker Jones, tuckerj@ksu.edu


January 13
"Acclimating to American Graduate-Level Writing" a workshop for international graduate students
9:00am - noon
International Student Center

Who should attend?  This workshop is designed for international and English Language Learner (ELL) graduate students. NEW and CURRENT graduate students are welcome to attend.  The workshop will focus on transitioning to American 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.

Hosted by: The Writing Center


Other Important Information for New Graduate Students
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.

Prepare for your move to K-State in Manhattan
Visit the Transitioning to K-State page to prepare for your move to K-State and the Manhattan area. New graduate students are highly encouraged to tour the Transitioning to K-State pages AND attend on-campus orientation and welcome activities listed above. 

Connect with a Graduate Student Ambassador. 
K-State Graduate Student Ambassadors are here to be a welcoming presence for all potential graduate students. They come from a variety of academic backgrounds and disciplines, from large cities and small towns all around the world, each with a unique perspective. Learn more about our Graduate Student Ambassadors and strike up a conversation by email! 

Sign-up for a campus tour. 
The Graduate Student Ambassadors provide year-round walking tours of the K-State Manhattan campus that highlights areas of interest to graduate students. Learn more about campus tours for graduate students, and make an appointment today!  
Global Campus Student Check-List and Orientation Videos 
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 do not need to attend the on-campus welcome and orientation activities in Manhattan. These students should view the check-list and orientation videos for distance students.

Questions about Spring 2017 graduate student welcome and orientation activities may be directed to the Graduate School at gdschgra@ksu.edu or 785-532-6191.