New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation 2013
thursday, august 29, 2013
Congratulations on your acceptance to Boston College! The Office of Graduate Student Life, the Office of the Provost, University Libraries, and the Graduate Student Association look forward to welcoming you to Boston College and to the Boston area during our "New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation" Program
As a new graduate or professional student, you join a community of scholars that comprises one third of the entire student population at Boston College. The purpose of our orientation program is to introduce you to your new community, which includes nearly 5,000 graduate and professional students studying in 8 schools, and to familiarize you with a broad range of University resources and orient you to the greater Boston area. This program is meant to serve as a complement to (not a substitute for) your school/department orientation programs.
To that end, the New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation program includes a variety of activities, ranging from informational sessions to social events, during which you will have an opportunity to meet new and returning graduate students, and to connect with BC administrators and staff throughout the university who are here to support your student learning.
Thursday, August 29th, 2013
9:00am-10:00am Registration Fulton Courtyard
9:00am-10:00am Coffee Hour Fulton Atrium
Meet graduate students over coffee and continental breakfast.
9:00am-10:00am International Student Coffee Hour Fulton 250
10:00am-10:50am Welcome Session Fulton 511
The Office of Graduate Student Life, the Office of the Provost, and the Graduate Student Association will formally welcome you to Boston College.
11:00am-11:50am Returning Student Panel
Panels of current graduate and professional students will talk about their experiences and give you a first-hand account of what you can expect here at Boston College. Each school will have their own panel. Please see the room assignments below:
Graduate School of Social Work Fulton 145
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Fulton 230
School of Theology and Ministry Fulton 235
Connell School of Nursing Fulton 245
Lynch School of Education Fulton 250
Carroll School of Management Fulton 415
12:00pm-12:45pm Lunch and Campus Tours O’Neill Plaza
Enjoy a BBQ lunch outside. Take a tour of campus and see where important buildings are located. Discover the best places to eat, where to print, study spaces, and much more.
1:00-2:00pm Resource Fair and Library Tours Gasson 100
Get introduced to BC and Boston area services. Meet representatives from the offices and groups throughout the BC community and sign up to get involved. Tour O'Neill Library and learn more about the services and support offered by University Libraries.
2:00pm-5:00pm Educational Sessions- choose one session for each time block
*See the bottom of the page for session descriptions
2:00-2:50pm Financial Services Fulton 511 Everything You Need To Know About BC Fulton 220 Spouse, Partner and Family Panel Fulton 245 Educational Tools Fulton 235
3:00-3:50pm Everything You Need to Know About BC Fulton 220 Getting to Know Boston Fulton 230 What to Expect and How to Succeed in a Doctoral Program Fulton 250 Financial Services Fulton 511
4:00-4:50pm Managing, Maintaining, and Developing Relationships Fulton 415 The Graduate Student Academic Experience Fulton 145 Getting to Know Boston Fulton 230 Educational Tools Fulton 235
5:00pm-6:00pm International Student Information Session Fulton 250
5:30pm Welcome Reception Gargan Hall, Bapst Library
Faculty, staff, administrators, and guest speaker will welcome all incoming students to Boston College. Enjoy an evening of food and drink while meting members of the Boston College Community.
Please email email@example.com or call 617-552-1855 with any questions.
If you are a current graduate student and interested in volunteering for orientation please email Tara Bartley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
During Orientation, please tweet your thoughts and connect with everyone you meet that day!: #bcNGPSO
2:00-5:00pm Educational Session Descriptions
2:00-2:50pm; 3:00-3:50pm Financial Services Presented by: Craig Noyes, Direct Loans/Collection Specialist, Office of Student Services
Tuition bills, financial aid, deadlines, forms, permits… they can become overwhelming. The Office of Student Services is here to guide you through your transition to Boston College. Join our forum, where you’ll learn how to navigate the Agora Portal, hear about upcoming deadlines, and start getting the most out of BC without missing any important commitments or opportunities. Bring your questions!
2:00-2:50pm; 3:00-3:50pm Everything You Need to Know About BC Presented by: Brendan Kennedy, Lynch Graduate School of Education '14
This presentation will whisk you through the basics of what you need to know about BC! Learn about libraries, student computer labs, study spaces, the shuttle bus, and other essential BC services.
2:00-2:50pm There's a Grad Student in My Life: Graduate Student Spouse, Partner and Family Panel
The Office of Graduate Student Life welcomes our students’ spouses, partners, and significant others and family members to the BC community. We know that pursuing a graduate degree is something that, in many ways, graduate students and their partners and families experience together. Graduate students and staff will discuss their personal and professional experiences with balancing family life and graduate school, and discuss key resources for parents and families at Boston College. All significant others, spouses, partners and family members are invited to this session!
2:00-2:50pm; 4:00-4:50pm Educational Tools to Get You Started Presented by: Brendan Rapple, Collection Development Librarian, ONeill Library and Sarah Sletzinger, Associate Training and Communication Specialist, Technology Implementation and Communication
Learn how to stay plugged in at BC. This session will introduce you to many of the university’s computing services that are essential to your time here. Learn about the MyFiles virtual hard drive system, Library research tools, Blackboard Vista, Webmail, Agora Portal, and much more!
3:00-3:50pm; 4:00-4:50pm Getting to Know Boston and All That It Has to Offer Presented by: Elizabeth Parolski, Lynch Graduate School of Education '14
This presentation will take you on a virtual tour of everything you need to know about your new home in Boston: where to shop, where to eat, how to get around, and of course, where to have fun!
3:00-3:50pm What to Expect and How to Succeed in a Doctoral Program Presented by: Dr. Darrell Peterson, Director, and Denise Ho, Assistant Director, Office of Graduate Student Life
Starting a doctoral program can be both exciting and intimidating at the same time. We’ve assembled a panel of current doctoral students, faculty and staff to share their best advice on how to effectively navigate the doctoral student journey from start to finish. The panelists will introduce you to key support programs and services, and explain what you can expect to encounter throughout the next few years as a doctoral student at BC.
4:00-4:50pm The Ties That Bind: Managing, Maintaining, and Developing Relationships During Grad School Presented by: Dr. Carole Hughes, Senior Associate Dean, Office of the Dean of Students
Have you considered how your new life as a graduate student might impact your relationships with others? Family and friends may feel as though you don’t have as much time to spend with them as you used to. You may need to renegotiate the terms and conditions of these relationships so that you can maintain them while focusing on your studies. In addition, you will need to implement strategies for developing new relationships with roommates, classmates, faculty and advisors. Come find out how to effectively develop, manage and maintain relationships both new and old during your time as a graduate student at BC.
4:00-4:50pm Ever to Excel: The Graduate Student Academic Experience Presented by: Dr. Pat DeLeeuw, Vice Provost for Faculties, Office of the Provost
Transitioning to a new academic culture, academic expectations and ethical concerns at Boston College, and tips for developing a positive working relationship with your faculty advisor are just a few of the important topics that will be discussed.