Begin Making Connections

One of the biggest pieces of advice we can share is to get connected as soon as possible. Our students who have been the most successful were the most connected.

Now is your chance to start connecting with others, and the best way to do so is through our on-campus orientation, offered at the start of every term. There are opportunities to connect with individuals both within your department and within the Ball State community. Networking with your peers, faculty, and staff can make your experience in graduate school memorable. These connections can also form into lasting relationships, which can be beneficial to your success in future endeavors.

Fall Orientation

Fall 2018 Date: To Be Determined

Our fall on-campus graduate student orientation is the largest of our sessions because the majority of our students start in the fall. Typically, this orientation is the Thursday before classes start. These events are not mandatory but highly suggested. During Fall Orientation, the Ball State University bookstore raffles off four $250 gift certificates.

Our Fall 2018 orientation session date and agenda have yet to be finalized.  Check back here for updates.  In the meantime, you can view 2017's schedule below as an indication of a typical Fall orientation session.

Schedule of Events

Morning sessions are optional. The general orientation session begins at 1 p.m.

8:30–10 a.m.
Student Center, Forum Room (2nd Floor)

Doctoral Student Session

The most successful doctoral students are proactive rather than reactive. During this interactive session, the Graduate School’s dean and a graduate faculty member lead a discussion regarding stages of doctoral completion, keys to dissertation success, creating a professional record for your career, graduate and teaching assistantships, and achievement motivation.

10:30 a.m.–noon
Student Center Cardinal Hall

Making Meaningful Connections in Graduate School

Learn to network with peers, faculty, and staff, and take a campus tour.

Noon–1 p.m.

Lunch on your own

Ball State Dining offers convenient locations right on campus. Or you can go to downtown or to The Village, which has many great restaurants just off campus.

1-3:10 p.m.
Pruis Hall and Whitinger Business Building

Keynote Speaker

Amelia Clark
Regional Vice President for Meridian Health Services

Amelia holds a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University. Amelia is active in the community, serving on the Boards of the Indiana Primary Health Care Association, the YMCA of Delaware and Blackford Counties, Delaware County Christian Ministries and the Alumni Board of the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University

A health care advocate for over 15 years, Ms. Clark will speak about using your undergraduate and graduate skill sets to create opportunities in your career and in your local community.

3:30–4:45 p.m.
Whitinger Business Building

Breakout sessions 30 minutes in length

Choose two sessions to attend:

  • Session One: 3:30-4 p.m.
  • Session Two: 4:15-4:45 p.m.

Staying Connected: Using LinkedIn As a Career Advantage
Eilis Maire Wasserman
Assistant Director and Career Coach, Career Center
Location: Whitinger Business Building, room 138

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
Susan McDowell
Professor, Department of Biology
Location: Whitinger Business Building, room 139

Mentorship throughout your graduate career and even past can help develop you into the professional you want to be. During this breakout session, Susan McDowell will share 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
Katherine Denker
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Location: Whitinger Business Building, room 141

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?
Augusta Wray
Proposal Manager for Sponsored Projects Administration
Jessie Roark
Research Information Coordinator for Sponsored Projects Administration
Location: Whitinger Business Building, room 144

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 Projects Administration will offer information on resources and databases available to faculty and students to assist in identifying funding opportunities and support the grant writing process.

Discovering Muncie
Delaina Boyd
Director, Office of Community Engagement
Erin Moore
Communications Coordinator, Government Relations and Community Engagement
Location: Whitinger Business Building, room 152

If you attended our prearrival webinar, you heard a small portion of what Muncie has to offer. Delaina Boyd and Erin Moore will share their stories of discovering Muncie’s options for a healthy lifestyle, its arts and culture, and making community connections.

The Next Step: Graduate Research at the Ball State University Libraries
Jennifer Sebai
Head of Information Literacy Programs
Brenda Yates Habich
Information Services Librarian
Location: Whitinger Business Building, room 151

If you attended our prearrival webinar, you got a small glimpse into what resources you can find at the University Libraries. Join Jennifer Sebai and Brenda Yates Habich as they share information about the resources and services for graduate students.

Our spring and summer orientations are held on the Friday before classes start.

The event is usually a 90 minute session focused on:

  • success strategies for graduate school
  • career services resources
  • library resources
  • course registration instructions and questions
  • technology resources
  • wellness center resources

Spring and summer orientation agendas will be provided during the on-site session.

Spring Orientation 2018 will be held on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST.

Register for 2018 Spring Orientation