August 31, 2013
Subject: Opening Convocation: You're invited to participate on Tuesday, Sept. 3
August 26, 2013
Subject: Brown Graduate School Orientation
Dear incoming graduate student,
We look forward to seeing you this Friday at 8:30 am on Simmons Quadrangle for Orientation. Please stop by the registration table first to get your Brown backpack and Orientation materials. Then enjoy breakfast on the Graduate School.
To see a mobile schedule of Orientation, try the University's new app, Guidebook. To download, search "Guidebook" from either the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace. Select "school" and Brown. Then choose "Orientation" and "Graduate Students" for event details and campus maps.
Graduate School deans and staff
June 27, 2013
Subject: Graduate Student Orientation 2013
Please join us for Orientation on August 30 to learn about Brown, the Graduate School, and campus resources.
Dean Peter M. Weber looks forward to welcoming you. He and the other deans will provide you with essential information for getting started at Brown.
Registration for Orientation runs from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. at Simmons Quadrangle, and includes a free breakfast to start the day. Orientation sessions include a welcome on the Main Green, separate briefings for master's and Ph.D. students, and a resource fair with service providers and others who can enhance your time at Brown. Don't miss the cookout lunch and afternoon sessions with the Graduate Student Council, where you can ask your questions about life at Brown.
The full schedule is available on the Graduate School website. Please look for upcoming messages from the Graduate School, including reminders to complete the mandatory tutorial on the Brown University Academic and Student Conduct Codes, which was emailed last week.
We look forward to meeting you in August,
The deans and staff of Brown Graduate School
June 17, 2013
Subject: Childcare Subsidy
The Graduate School is forwarding this message to new graduate students, who may not have set up their Brown email account in time to receive this June message from the Provost. It announces a pilot program for childcare subsidies. Applications for the program are due by July 31. See details below.
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In early March, President Paxson and I issued a response to the report of the advisory committee on childcare. Among the steps we indicated we would take to implement the series of actions detailed in that response was the formation of a Childcare Planning Group to advise on these matters. That group has been formed (membership listed below) and began its work in mid-April.
A first priority for academic year 2013-2014 was the design and implementation of a pilot program to provide childcare subsidies to eligible faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate and medical students on a means-tested (using total family income), sliding scale basis. I am pleased to report that applications for that program are now available. For the initial pilot year of the program, the University has allocated $250,000 for subsidies for employees and $100,000 for students. While the amount of subsidy awards per household will depend on the number of applications and demonstrated financial need, we anticipate this program will provide childcare expense assistance to members of the community who will most benefit. The maximum yearly subsidy per household will be $4,000.
The deadline for childcare subsidy applications for next academic year is July 31, 2013. Award notifications will be made in late August, with the first subsidy award checks issued in September.
Because the program is beginning in the middle of the calendar year, the first awards will be available only through a direct check, which is considered taxable income and will be subject to withholdings and reported on W-2 forms. Beginning January 1, 2014, University employees may elect, if they wish, to receive childcare subsidy awards on a non-taxable basis through a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account and will have the opportunity to make that election during fall 2013 Open Enrollment. Non-employees, including students and post-doctoral fellows, are ineligible under IRS rules to utilize Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts and will receive their awards in the form of direct checks. More information about how recipients may receive the subsidy, and the IRS limitations on contributions to Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts, is available on-line.
Detailed information regarding the program is also available on-line, as is the application. Community members may contact the University Benefits office at (401) 863-2009 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions or concerns. I am pleased that we are able to proceed with this important program, and I am grateful to the Committee, chaired by Russell Carey, for their thorough and expedient work.
Provost Members of the Childcare Planning Group:
Russell Carey, Chair, Executive Vice President for Planning and Policy
Rebecca Falcasantos, Graduate Student, Religious Studies
Maud Mandel, Associate Professor, Judaic Studies
David Rollins, Associate Director, Computing and Information Services
David Sobel, Associate Professor, Cognitive Linguistic & Psychological Sciences
AmyUmstadter, Director, Administration & Stewardship, Bio-Med Development
Petia Vlahovska, Assistant Professor of Engineering
Jill Yersak, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neuroscience
Drew Murphy, Director of Benefits and Staff to the Committee
Office of the Provost
Box 1862 - University Hall 114
1 Prospect Street
Providence, RI 02912
June 17, 2013
Subject: New Student Tutorial: Academic and Student Conduct Codes
Dear graduate student,
Brown University’s Academic and Student Conduct Codes are essential elements in the free expression of thought and the academic enterprise. It is imperative that all new students familiarize themselves with these codes, which convey and govern standards at Brown University.
The Graduate School requires this survey-based tutorial for new graduate students and calls on you to take it by August 16. It should take 15-20 minutes to complete. You must finish the tutorial with 100% correct answers; you may correct answers after re-reading the relevant section of the Codes. At the time of entry, Graduate School staff will make sure you have completed the survey.
Please follow the link found in your email to take the tutorial.
I look forward to welcoming you to Brown at the Orientation for New Graduate Students on August 30.
Peter M. Weber
Dean of the Graduate School
June 10, 2013
Subject: Getting Ready for Graduate School
Dear graduate student,
It’s time to get ready for graduate school at Brown University. Please take the following steps by July 1.
- If you have not set up your Brown Account, please use the link to do so now. The account gives you access to electronic services, including a Brown email address. From now on, the Graduate School will send email exclusively to your Brown email address.
- Using the online process described below, please provide a photo for your Brown Identification Card on or before August 1. The Brown Card is the official University identification card. The image should be a passport-style “head and shoulders” image. To submit your photo, log into the secure area of Banner, Applicant and Student section, and use the link for Brown ID Online Photo Submission. (You can find your Banner ID number at the bottom of your admission letter. If you need assistance in identifying your number, send an email requesting assistance to Graduate_Admissions@brown.edu.) Upon arrival on campus, you can pick up your card during business hours at the Brown Card Office.
- Read the Guide to Brown.
- Put the Graduate School’s New Student Orientation on your calendar: Friday, August 30, 2013. More details will follow.
- International students: Make sure the August 23 international pre-orientation meeting is on your calendar.
Thanks and best wishes for the 2013-14 academic year!
Deans and Staff of the Graduate School