Graduate School Weekly Newsletter

August 7, 2018    Events and Deadlines

This newsletter is distributed to dept. heads, graduate program directors, contact staff, and graduate faculty.  

Graduate Program Directors

Graduate School Staff Update

The Graduate School is pleased to announce Ms. Julie Eisenhut as our new Office Specialist. Julie's primary responsibilities include coordination of Graduate Council meetings, processing graduate faculty nominations, managing graduate course and curriculum proposals, and updating the graduate catalog. The Graduate School staff are excited to have Julie join our team. 

Save the Date for New Graduate Program Directors meeting

September 6, 9:30-11:00am, 121 Eisenhower Hall
September 10, 3:30-5:00pm, 121 Eisenhower Hall

New graduate program directors need to attend only one of the meeting times above. If unavailable for both meeting times, please contact Dean Shanklin to schedule a separate meeting.

The Graduate School also is working to schedule an update meeting with all department heads, graduate program directors, and program contact staff in early October. Meeting information will be shared in the next newsletter.

Fall Graduate Student Orientation

The Graduate School and other campus support units will host welcome and orientation activities for new graduate students admitted to graduate programs for the summer and fall 2018 terms during the week of August 13th. A schedule of sessions and activities is available on the Graduate School website. Students who plan to attend are asked to register in advance by August 10. Though not required for attendance, advance registration facilitates event planning and makes for a quicker check-in process at orientation. Graduate programs are encouraged to promote orientation activities to their new and current graduate students. 

Graduate Students

Health Insurance Information Session Video Recording for GTAs, GRAs, and GAs

GTAs, GRAs, and GAs who were unable to attend the Health Insurance Information Session hosted on July 30 are invited to view a video recording of the session. Information about the KBOR health insurance plan also will be shared with incoming graduate students at the GTA/GRA/GA orientation session on August 15.

Updates on International Student Health Insurance
  1. The waiver email was sent on August 1 and was sent only to those students who are enrolled for fall semester. The waiver email will be sent at several intervals throughout August, so international students who enroll after August 1 will still receive the email.  The deadline to submit the waiver is August 31
  2. International students that have a GRA/GTA/GA can ignore the waiver email.  There is a different process for them to enroll in health insurance.
  3. International graduate students who do nothing and do not have a GTA/GRA/GA will be automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) and their KSIS account will be charged accordingly.  However, they will not receive an email from United Healthcare to access their account until mid-September.  If they need a health insurance card before that or would like access to that account sooner, they should click on the “enroll now” option when they receive the waiver email.
  4. The cost for the basic Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is $709 per semester.  The new Summary Brochure lists the costs for adding dependents
  5. For students who would like to purchase insurance other than United Healthcare plan should review the new guidelines for having the waiver approved before purchasing any insurance.

Summer 2018 Graduation Deadline: August 10

This Friday, August 10, is the deadline for graduate students to complete all requirements for being a summer 2018 graduate. Graduate students and their advisors should visit the Graduation and Commencement page for more information and review the deadlines for graduation and ETDR submission checklists to ensure all requirements are complete by this Friday.