2019 Graduate Student Orientation to take place

In an effort to ease the transition, Brock University’s Faculty of Graduate Studies will be hosting the 2019 Graduate Student Welcome Reception and Orientation.

Brock Graduate Student Welcome Reception and Orientation is the first of many events and workshops the faculty will host throughout the 2019-2020 academic year. It provides graduate students with a unique opportunity to meet new friends who are pursuing a masters, doctoral or graduate diploma and to also engage with staff and faculty members.

The reception and orientation are set to take place in Pond Inlet on September 5 from 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Students will begin the afternoon by receiving welcoming remarks from the Interim Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dr. Diane Dupont. Following her remarks, attendees will receive a special keynote address from Brock President Gervan Fearon To close the night off, the students in attendance will receive the opportunity to partake in the Graduate Student Services fair and reception.

The fair is expected to introduce incoming graduate students to the number of services available during their period of study. Attendees will be able to engage in dialogue about managing finances and handling tuition fees, achieving scholarships both internally and externally, major research paper (MRP) and thesis preparation and engaging with the three main support services available.

  1. VITAE: Essential Skills for Graduate Students offers a series of workshops, programs and resources tailored to students’ unique interests and seeks to provide them with the essential professional skills and competencies that employers are seeking.
  2. The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) is a student organization that represents the interests of all graduate students at Brock and acts as the main voice of Brock’s graduate student populous. The GSA hosts a number of social events and encourages students to come out and attend. Notably, Brock GSA is responsible for the administration of the Health and Dental Plan, the U-Pass, the Graduate Lounge and GSA Financial Aid.
  3. Center for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) offers a series of workshops on teaching and learning of specific interest to TAs, including a TA Day orientation and the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW), which is a peer-based experiential instructional development program. Held over three days, the ISW is designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness for both new and veteran instructors.

The faculty of graduate studies will be hosting a number of events throughout the month and later in the academic year as well. During the fall term, students can expect to see a variety of graduate scholarship information sessions being hosted, as well as iterations of their Re-tool for Grad School series of workshops. During the winter semester, the faculty will be hosting their annual research café, professional development conference, writers retreat and faculty of graduate studies Awards.

Interested students are encouraged to remain engaged with the graduate studies department throughout the year via their website at brocku.ca/graduate-studies. There, information can be found about the resources available to graduate students at Brock and also about any new events and opportunities that may arise throughout the year. For the most up-to-date information on an array of upcoming events across the school year students can pick up copies of The Brock Press at various locations on and off campus. Students can also engage with the press via brockpress.com or on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @thebrockpress.

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