WELCOME TO TEXAS

An orientation created for graduate students.

Each fall, the Graduate School presents an orientation designed specifically for new graduate students.

This year's orientation is scheduled for
✶ Monday, August 25th ✶.

Your fellow graduate students, faculty, and staff will introduce you to UT Austin with engaging presentations on such topics as financing your education, preparing for your first day of teaching, and much more.

Continue to the schedule to find out more ⇓

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SCHEDULE ... Monday, August 25, 2014

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Open check-in Student Activity Center (SAC) Auditorium

8:15 a.m. Campus Walking Tour SAC Auditorium

9:00 a.m. Opening Session SAC Auditorium
The official welcome to the University of Texas at Austin.

Dean’s Welcome Judith Langlois, Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies

Faculty Keynote Robert A. Duke, Professor of Music and Human Learning; Director, Center for Music Learning

9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Session 1 SAC Auditorium

Negotiating the Faculty/Student Relationship
| Liz Cullingford & Richard Corsi
Senior faculty will discuss the importance of cultivating a strong relationship with faculty in your academic program.

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10:45 - 11:15 Session 2 SAC Auditorium
Money Matters
| Dr. Tom Melecki, Director of Student Financial Services
Paying for your graduate education can be complicated. Learn what it will cost to attend graduate school and live in Austin. The session will discuss different funding options, as well as provide an insight to student loans and graduate student debt.

11:30-12:15 Concurrent Sessions
Establishing In-State Residency
| Deana Williams, Assistant Director of Admissions | Legislative Assembly Room 2.302
Receive a brief introduction to the State of Texas residency requirements and pose specific questions to the University residency expert.

Student Services | Terry Kahn, Associate Dean of Graduate Student Services | SAC Auditorium
A discussion of the top 10 rules every graduate student should know before starting their studies at UT Austin. Also, hear from a representative of the Graduate Coordinator Network regarding the VERY important role graduate coordinators play in each department.

Preparing for the First Day of Teaching | Molly Hatcher, GSI Coordinator | SAC Ballroom South
Your first class meeting is the time to establish the classroom environment you want for the entire semester by setting the tone of the class, clearly communicating goals and expectations, and getting to know your students. In this session, you will learn strategies for creating a dynamic and focused first day of class that will get students engaged from the outset.

Presentation materials included: Sample First Day Activities [.pdf] | Sample Participation Guidelines [.pdf]

1:15 - 2:00 p.m. Information Fair | SAC Ballroom North
New graduate students meet experienced graduate students to discuss life on campus and in Austin.

6:00 p.m. Graduate Student Assembly Social at Tap 24

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Contact us with questions:
Meg Askey | maskey[at]austin.utexas.edu