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Graduate School Orientation Agenda

Please review the following agenda for the Fall 2017 Graduate Student Orientation before registering. You'll want to review the breakout sessions below to make sure you pick what is most interesting to you. Registration can be found at the bottom of this page. 

All Day
Student Union
Cajun Card Services
Your Cajun Card—your university ID—will be one of the most important items in your wallet. For those who haven’t yet received their Cajun Card, you’re welcome to visit Cajun Card Services in the Student Union. All you need to bring is a form of picture-ID and your ULID number.
7:30am
Dupré Library
Campus Tour
Optional campus tour, starting at Dupré Library, for those wanting the grad student view of campus.
8:30am-1:00pm
Student Union
2nd Floor Foyer
Orientation Sign-In
Students can sign-in and receive Orientation materials.
9:00-9:45am
Student Union
Constantine Forum
The UL Lafayette Experience
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 Cajun Country. 
10:00-10:30am
Constantine Forum
Welcome Session
A general welcome session for all new graduate students.
10:45-11:30am
Student Union
Constantine Forum
Grad Coordinators, Grad Mentors, & You: Creating & Maintaining Good Relationships
It’s important to get off to a good start in grad school. Hear firsthand from a Graduate Coordinator panel about  doing just that. Graduate Coordinators serve as a student’s primary academic advisor, and as such, an amicable yet professional relationship should be built with them from day one.
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch On Your Own
11:30am-2:00pm
Student Union
2nd Floor Foyer
UL Lafayette for You: Mingle & Meet
Students are welcome during this time to learn about campus organizations and resources through an informational yet informal networking session.
12:30-1:15pm
Student Union
Constantine Forum
Session A: Making the Transition to Graduate School
(for those beginning Master’s or Graduate Certificate programs)
Hear from current Master’s-level students regarding what to expect as a grad  student from course work to scheduling to final exams. The student panel will also provide insights and advice for making the transition to graduate studies as a life style,   providing tips for time management, interactions with faculty, friends, and family, and stress management. 
Magnolia
Conference Room
Session B: Making the Transition to Doctoral Studies
(for those beginning Ph.D., Ed.D., or D.N.P. programs)
Current doctoral students will share their own experiences when entering a doctoral program and with the transition from the Master’s level to the doctoral level. Students will discuss research strategies, the advisor-advisee relationship, and the dissertation writing process.
1:30-2:15pm Breakout Sessions #1
Constantine Forum Session A: $$$ for You: Research and Travel Funding for Grad Students 
Being successful in Grad School means conducting and presenting research—and that means having access to money to fund research and travel. This session will introduce you to the ins-and-outs of applying for and using University funds from the Graduate Student   Organization, Student Government  Association, and individual graduate programs. 
Magnolia Conference
Room
Session B: Knowing What You Need and Where to Find It
This session will discuss the offices on campus that can help you deal with graduate school in the form of counseling, testing, disability, and academic assistance. While open to all students, those with teaching responsibilities will find this session especially useful when working with undergraduate students from all ends of the academic, athletic, and personal spectrum.
2:30-3:​15pm Breakout Sessions #2
Magnolia Conference Room Session A: Career Planning from the Start 
Grad School is but one step in your journey to a career. Building the best resume or CV means being career-focused from the start of your graduate studies and throughout. Learn about career planning strategies from Career Services representatives and select graduate faculty at this session.
Pelican Conference Room Session B: Staying Well in Graduate School: Tips and Resources                                                
Sure grad school is tough on the body and mind, so how do you stay healthy throughout your studies? Attend this session to learn tips and strategies for maintaining your mental and physical health while pursuing your graduate degree. Representatives from Student Health Services and Bourgeois Hall will be on hand to talk about the resources available to UL Lafayette graduate students.
Constantine Forum Session C: Human Resources: Paperwork and Policies 
(Mandatory for all GAs, GRAs, and GTAs  and Fellows with last names starting with A-M)    
Presentation of Human Resources and Graduate School policies and completion of University employee paperwork.
3:30-4:10pm
Constantine Forum
Culture of Scholarly Integrity & Public Safety                                                        
This session for all students will address our culture of scholarly integrity, Title IX, the Student Code of Conduct, and campus safety. While all students should attend, the session is mandatory for all Graduate Assistants (GAs, GTAs, and GRAs) and Fellows.
4:15-5:00pm Breakout Session #3
Magnolia Conference Room Session A: Maintenance Required: Developing and Maintaining a Positive Relationship with Your Advisor
As a grad student, your success is based not only on your academic achievement and abilities, but also on developing a positive working relationship with your advisor. Whether you have a great relationship with your advisor or one that needs a "tune up," this session will leave you with helpful tips for performing everything from preventative maintenance to breakdown repair to lifetime maintenance.
Pelican Conference Room Session B: At Your Fingertips: Library Resources at UL Lafayette                                                 
Attend this session to hear from University librarians about the services that the UL Lafayette Dupré Library provides to ensure your success with your research, instruction, and writing.
Constantine Forum Session C: Human Resources: Paperwork and Policies 
(Mandatory for all GAs, GRAs, and GTAs and Fellows with last names starting with N-Z)    
Presentation of Human Resources and Graduate School policies and completion of University employee paperwork.

7:00pm                            Alumni Center

Welcome and Welcome Back Reception
A social event for ALL graduate students, new and returning, as well as graduate faculty. There’ll be food, music, and a chance to meet and mingle with the UL Lafayette Graduate community.

 

Now that you've reviewed the agenda, you are ready to register for Fall 2017 Graduate Student Orientation. 

Register for orientation by clicking here.