Spring 2015 Orientation Activities for New and Current Graduate Students

New graduate students

Graduate students beginning a graduate program in Spring 2015 should attend the appropriate sessions listed below. 

Current graduate students

Current graduate students beginning a GTA, GRA or GA appointment for the first time in Spring 2015 should attend the Orientation for first-time GTAs, GRAs and GAs session. Current graduate students also are welcome to attend other sessions that are of interest to them. 

Program or department specific orientation sessions

Graduate programs may host orientation sessions specifically for their graduate students. Activities listed below are coordinated for graduate students in all disciplines. Graduate students should attend their program-specific activities (if applicable) as well as the appropriate sessions listed below.

Orientation for ALL NEW INTERNATIONAL students

Monday, January 12, 2015
Time TBA

This orientation is required for all new international students. Additionally, all new international students must check-in with International Student and Scholar Services (104 International Student Center) and the Graduate School (103 Fairchild Hall) upon their arrival to the university. Please visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website for more information about check-in procedures and other welcome and orientation activities for international students.

**Registration for January 14 sessions required by January 9, 2015.**

Orientation for ALL NEWLY ADMITTED graduate students

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
K-State Student Union

Whether you are brand new to K-State or earned a bachelor’s degree from K-State, the orientation for all newly admitted graduate students will provide you with important information unique to graduate careers and graduate student life.

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8:45-10 a.m.Check-in, Student Services and Activities Fair and Networking Breakfast
Courtyard, Union ground floor in front of the bookstore
 Check-in to receive your orientation materials, enjoy complimentary breakfast refreshments and pastries, visit booths to learn about student services from across campus and networking with Graduate Student Council leaders.
10-11 a.m.Graduate School Orientation Session
Little Theatre, Union first floor near northeast building entrance

Welcome and Overview--Dr. Carol Shanklin, Graduate School Dean
You will receive important information about requirements, deadlines and procedures that are unique to graduate study and will be introduced to the Graduate School staff to learn who is best able to assist you throughout your graduate career.

Special Performance and Discussion--School of Music, Theatre and Dance
Theatre master's students will give a theatrical performance to introduce you to important Graduate School terms, concepts and policies and to illustrate how to respond in unfamiliar or challenging situations you may encounter as a graduate student.

11-11:45 a.m.Learning from Your Graduate Student Peers
Little Theatre, Union first floor near northeast building entrance

Graduate Student Council Presentation
Meet Graduate Student Council (GSC) executive officers and learn about the major initiatives of the GSC and the many events and activities coordinated by the council to support K-State graduate students.

Panel Discussion with Current Graduate Students
Hear from a diverse panel of experienced K-State graduate students about the excitement and challenges of graduate student life. The panelists will share their personal experiences and give advice on how to have a successful and enjoyable graduate school experience.

11:45 a.m.Lunch Break--on your own
 If you plan to attend the afternoon sessions for new and current graduate students and need directions to the Leadership Studies Building, return to the Little Theatre after lunch and we will gladly guide you to the Leadership Studies Building. We will depart the Little Theatre promptly at 12:55 p.m.

Orientation sessions for NEW AND CURRENT graduate students

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
1:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building

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1:15 p.m.
Orientation for first-time GTAs, GRAs and GAs

All new and current graduate students beginning an appointment for a graduate teaching assistantship (GTA), graduate research assistantship (GRA) or graduate assistantship (GA) in Spring 2015 should attend this session. The session will provide information on the following topics:

  • Requirements and expectations of GTAs, GRAs and GAs
  • Optional health insurance available to eligible GTAs, GRAs and GAs
  • Payroll
  • Recording hours worked via employee self-service in HRIS
  • Tuition payment deferment
3-4:30 p.m.
Library Resources for Graduate Students

Whether you are brand new to K-State or a current graduate student preparing to graduate, this session will provide useful information about library resources available to help you be successful with your research and scholarly activities. The session will provide information on the following topics:

Library Resources

  • Databases
  • Interlibrary loan
  • RefWorks
  • Research assistance
  • Faculty and graduate services

Using Word to Write Your Electronic Thesis, Dissertation or Report (ETDR)

  • Students enrolled in graduate programs requiring a thesis, dissertation or report must submit an electronic copy of the document to the Graduate School. The document must follow specific formatting guidelines. This session will provide an overview of these guidelines and how to use the ETDR template to ensure your document is formatted correctly.
Friday, January 16, 2015
9 a.m.-noon
Hemisphere Room, Hale Library

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9 a.m.
Orientation for first-time GTAs with teaching responsibilities

New and current graduate students who are beginning a graduate teaching assistantship appointment in Spring 2015 should plan to attend this session. This session will include tips for successful teaching, break-out sessions and panel discussions.

Note:  This session is hosted by the Teaching and Learning Center and is different from the GTA, GRA, GA orientation session scheduled on January 14. A separate registration must be completed for this session.