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International Graduate Student Orientation 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

8:30 a.m.

Sayles Hall

Receive your name tag and check out clicker 

9:00 a.m.

Dean’s Welcome Breakfast
Sayles Hall

  • Get to know your Graduate Student Peer (GSP) and your group members
  • Welcoming remarks: Peter Weber    
  • Overview of International Orientation: Elke Breker

10:00 a.m.

Academic Life, Resources and Expectations
Sayles Hall

  • “What is Brown and U.S. learning culture all about?”: Vanessa Ryan and Don Operario
  • Navigating Brown’s Libraries: Jean Bauer
  • Academic Code: John Tyler
  • Community Expectations: Maria Suarez

11:15 a.m.


11:30 a.m.

Academic Life Continued

Master’s Students: Sayles Hall with Don Operario
Ph.D. Students:  Kasper Multipurpose Room with Vanessa Ryan 

12:30 p.m.

Lunch with Brown Faculty, Deans and Directors

Master’s Students: Sayles Hall
Ph.D. Students: Kasper Multipurpose Room

Small group conversations in Graduate Student Peer groups

2:00 p.m.

Staying Legal -- Immigration 101
Sayles Hall

Elke Breker and Sara Sanford

3:00 p.m.

Accessing Resources: Campus Life at Brown and Beyond
 Sayles Hall

Margaret Klawunn, Stephen Zins, and Shontay Delalue
Discussion of Resource Packets and Brief Tour with GSPs


Optional Informal Activities

Friday, August 22, 2014

9:00 a.m.

Sayles Hall

Remarks from Risa Gilpin, International House of Rhode Island

10:00 a.m.

Concurrent Session: Cultural Adjustment and Lingo in the U.S.

Master’s Students:  Sayles Hall
Ph.D. Students:  Kasper Multipurpose Room

  • Cultural Adjustment: Elke Breker and Sara Sanford
  • Lingo in the U.S.: Rachel Toncelli
12:00 p.m.

Walk to International House
8 Stimson Avenue 

12:15 p.m.

Lunch at International House

1:30 p.m.

Walking Tours: Campus & Surrounding Neighborhood

GSP Groups

2:30 p.m.

Transitions: Navigating Graduate Student Life in the U.S.
MacMillan 117

Peer Panel discussion 

3:30 p.m.

Ice Cream Social
Graduate Student Lounge


Optional Informal Activities

Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 2014
Optional Informal Activities and Enrichment Opportunities will be available.