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International Graduate Student Orientation 2015

Sponsored by the Office of International Student & Scholar Services, the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life & Student Services

Thursday, August 27, 2015

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.

Check-in and Breakfast
Kasper Multipurpose Room, 75 Waterman Street and Main Green

 Pick up your nametag and get your seating assignment. 

10:00-11:15 a.m.

Welcome to Brown: Academic Life, Resources and Expectations
Salomon 101, Main Green

Dean Peter M. Weber opens this session on U.S. learning culture and Brown’s specific environment. Greeters and guides include Joel Simundich, Elke Breker and Risa Gilpin. Learn how to navigate Brown libraries with Ian Straughn. Focus more deeply on the Academic Code with John Tyler and on community expectations with Maria Suarez.

11:15-11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions on Academic Life, with Lunch in Peer-Led Groups

Master’s Students: Sayles Hall, Main Green, with Don Operario
Doctoral Students: Kasper Multipurpose Room with Vanessa Ryan

At your assigned table, meet your Graduate Student Peer (GSP) and fellow group members. Over lunch, discuss topics introduced by deans.

1:30-1:45 p.m. Break

1:45-4:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions:

Staying Legal – Immigration 101 with Elke Breker and Kelsey Dennis; 
Campus Life at Brown and Beyond with Ricky Gresh, Lauren Watts and Michelle Nuey | See presentation , division support overview & graduate student resources 

Master’s Students: Sayles Hall
Doctoral Students: Kasper Multipurpose Room

4:00 p.m.

Graduate Student Council Ice Cream Social (optional)
Vartan Gregorian Quad, 103 Thayer Street
(Rain plan: Josiah’s )

Friday, August 28, 2015

8:30-9:15 a.m.

Light Breakfast
Kasper Multipurpose Room

9:30-10:20 a.m.

Peer Panel: Navigating Graduate Student Life at Brown and in the U.S.
MacMillan 117, 167 Thayer Street

10:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions:

Professional and Career Resources with Beverly Ehrich, Alexandra Mathwig and Ryan Maloney; 
Lingo in the U.S. with Rachel Toncelli

Master’s Students: MacMillan 117
Doctoral Students: Metcalf Friedman 
Auditorium, 190 Thayer Street

12:30 p.m.

Lunch at International House
8 Stimson Avenue 

Optional Events:

Thursday & Friday Evenings & Over the Weekend
Meet other graduate students and have fun at a variety of casual activitites and events. See Graduate Student Council website for details.

Monday, August 31

Academic Conventions in U.S. Writing for Graduate Students with 
Rachel Toncelli (advance registration required)
Sign up via the Writing Center website for a two-hour workshop at 9:00 am or 2:00 pm.
Smith-Buonanno G12, 95 Cushing Street