On-Campus Orientation Schedule

Fall 2014 Graduate School Orientation Agenda
Thursday, August 20, 2014

Register for Fall 2014 Graduate School Orientation here

8:30 - 10:00 AM  Doctoral Student Session Location:   Student Center, Room 301
10:30 - Noon
New To Ball State
This overview session includes a campus tour and introduction of resources available for graduate students who did not attend Ball State as an undergraduate.

Location: Student Center, Cardinal Hall A-B
Noon Lunch
Location: On your own 
1:00 - 3:10 PM 
Welcoming Session

This session for ALL new graduate students will discuss the transition to graduate school, success strategies for a positive graduate school experience, and will include a panel of current students sharing valuable resources.

Keynote Address: What SHOULD You Be Learning?: It's Not Just the Stuff in the Curriculum!

Speaker: Melissa Norcross, VP of Strategy and Finance at Ontario Systems

Pruis Hall

3:30 - 4:45 PM  Break-Out Sessions
Students may attend two sessions.
Session One: 3:30-4:00 pm
Session Two: 4:15-4:45 pm

Location:  Miller College of Business, Whitinger Business Building (WB)

Staying Connected: Using LinkedIn as a Career Advantage
Speaker: James Mitchell
Location: WB Room 136
LinkedIn is a powerful tool that can help you connect to professionals in your field. Learn tips for using it to its full potential.

Finding and Keeping Your Mentor
Speaker: Dr. Sharon Bowman
Location: WB Room 138
Mentorship throughout your graduate career and even past that can help develop you into the professional you want to be. During this breakout session, Dr. Sharon Bowman will share tips and ways to keep your mentor. You will learn what to look for in a mentor, how to approach a potential mentor, and how to keep the lines of communication open beyond your graduate study.

Your Digital Presence
Speaker: Dr. Katherine Denker
Location: WB Room 139
Social media is a popular tool for students to communicate and express their ideas. Enjoy an engaging conversation from a current faculty member who will provide strategies to ensure your digital presence reflects your professional and academic personality.

How Do I Fund my Research?

Speaker: Augusta Wray and Jessie Roark
Location: WB Room 140
Research is an essential aspect of your graduate school career, and can benefit greatly from external funding. Augusta Wray and Jessie Roark from Ball State’s Sponsored Programs Office will offer information on resources and databases available to faculty and students to assist in identifying funding opportunities and support the grand writing process.

The Next Step: Graduate Research at the Ball State University Libraries
Speakers: Lisa Jarrell and Brenda Yates-Habich
Location: WB Room 144
If you attended our pre-arrival webinar, you got a small glimpse into what resources you can find at the University Libraries here at Ball State. Join Brenda Yates-Habich and Lisa Jarrell as they share information about the resources and services for graduate students.
 5:00 - 7:00 PM  Downtown Mixer
Students will travel with their departments to attend a social mixer in Muncie's downtown at its newest coffee shop, The Caffeinery. 
 Schedule subject to change, please check back for the most recent updates.