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Spring 2019 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 14-18). On-campus activities listed below are scheduled on the Manhattan campus. 

Orientation Video Recordings

If you were unable to attend spring 2019 welcome and orientation sessions hosted by the Graduate School on January 16, we encourage you to view video recordings of the sessions.  


January 14

Required Orientation for International Students

Who Should Attend? All new international students must attend International Student Orientation on Monday, January 14. 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, 113-119 office suite in Eisenhower Hall, AND at the International Student Center (ISC) upon arrival to KSU

  2. Attend Graduate School Orientation - Wednesday, January 16 (see below)

January 16

You're Hired! Expectations, Payroll, and Benefits for NEW GTAs, GRAs, and GAs
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Location: Wildcat Chamber, 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 2019. 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 for GTAs, GRAs, and GAs
  • Using HRIS online self-service
  • Payroll
  • Health insurance available to eligible GTAs, GRAs, and GAs
  • Tuition payment options for GTAs, GRAs, and GAs
  • Information about Title 9 training for KSU employees 
Welcome and Orientation for All New Graduate Students
Time: 12:45-3:40pm
Location: Wildcat Chamber, 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
Time: 3:45-5:00pm
Location: K-State Student Union Courtyard

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.  

January 17

Orientation for Graduate Students with Teaching Responsibilities
Time: 8:00am-noon
Location: 1078 College of Business Building

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 18

"Acclimating to American Graduate-Level Writing", international grad student workshop
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 Incoming Graduate Students page to prepare for your move to K-State and the Manhattan area. New graduate students are highly encouraged to tour the Incoming Graduate Students 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!


Questions about Spring 2019 graduate student welcome and orientation activities may be directed to the Graduate School at gdschgra@ksu.edu or 785-532-6191.