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New Graduate Student Orientation

Fall 2018 Orientation 

Welcome to the community of scholars at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette! Plan now to join us for the New Graduate Student Orientation on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Please review the following agenda for the Fall 2018 Graduate Student Orientation along with the required materials and sessions for students who are new GAs. Registration is now closed but we look forward to seeing you there even if you haven't had a chance to rsvp.

* If you receive a Graduate Assistantship or Fellowship, you are required to attend the Human Resources session during your assigned session at Orientation to complete necessary payroll paperwork. Please bring originals and copies of the following documents with you to the Human Resources session. Human Resources must review original copies of all documents.

U.S. Citizens: 1) a valid U.S. Passport or birth certificate, 2) a Social Security card, 3) a state issued driver's license or picture ID and 4) a voided check or Direct Deposit Form from student's financial institution
International Students: 1) an unexpired foreign passport (as well as a copy), 2) Visa (as well as a copy), 3) I-20, 4) I-94, 5) a Social Security Card (speak with the Office of International Affairs about obtaining a Social Security Card) and 6) a voided check or Direct Deposit Form from student's financial institution

Agenda & Breakout Sessions

9:00-9:30 am
Dupre Library

Library Tour:
Take time to learn about the research tools available that will be essential to your success in graduate school.

9:30-12:00
Burke-Hawthorne Hall Lobby
12:30-4:30
Moody Hall Lobby
Orientation Check-In
Students can check-in for orientation and receive some great new grad student materials.
 
10:00-10:45
Burke-Hawthorne Auditorium
New to Lafayette and UL Lafayette?
This early session is designed for students new to UL Lafayette and the Lafayette area. We’ll walk students through the basics of being a student at UL Lafayette and a transplant to the heart of Acadiana. 
11:00-11:30
Burke-Hawthorne Auditorium

Welcome to Graduate Studies at UL Lafayette
Greetings from the Dean of the Graduate School, the Provost, and other members of University leadership.

11:30-12:15
Burke-Hawthorne Auditorium
Getting off to a Good Start in Your Graduate Program
Learn about best practices for starting grad school off right from some of our most knowledgeable graduate coordinators.
12:30-1:00
Burke-Hawthorne Auditorium

Ensuring a Culture of Safety and Respect
We're committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students, and this session is led by some of our campus experts. All should plan to attend, but this session is mandatory for all Graduate Assistants and Fellows.

1:00-2:00

121 Moody Hall

Lunch on Your Own

Human Resources: Paperwork and Policies for Graduate Assistants
HR session for continuing graduate students who are not new graduate students but who are being hired for the first time as a GA, GTA, GRA. **

2:00-3:00

Master's & Grad Certificate Students: Burke-Hawthorne Auditorium

Doctoral Students (DNP, EdD & PhD): 103A Moody Hall

Making the Transition to Graduate School
What do veteran grad students wish they had known when they were sitting in your seat? Hear from current grad students about what to expect and tips for making a successful transition to the next level of study.

3:10-3:50
103 Moody Hall
103A Moody Hall
121 Moody Hall

Breakout Sessions #1
Session A: Career Planning from the Start
Session B: Staying Well in Grad School: Tips & Resources
Session C: Human Resources: Paperwork & Policies for Graduate Assistants and Graduate Fellows (Last Name A-F) **

4:00-4:40
103 Moody Hall
103A Moody Hall
121 Moody Hall

Breakout Sessions #2
Session A: Knowing What you Need & Where to Find It
Session B: Finding the $$$: Research & Travel Funding for Grad Students
Session C: Human Resources: Paperwork & Policies for Graduate Assistants and Graduate Fellows (Last name G-P) **

4:50-5:30
103A Moody Hall
121 Moody Hall

Breakout Sessions #3
Session A: Finding the $$$: Research & Travel Funding for Grad Students
Session B: Human Resources: Paperwork & Policies for Graduate Assistants and Graduate Fellows (Last name R-Z) **

7:00 pm
Alumni Center

Welcome. Welcome Back!                     
At the beginning of each academic year, our graduate community gathers to reconnect and to meet new colleagues. You're a part of this community. Come and connect!