Orientation activities

Graduate Student Orientation

Incoming graduate students from Waterloo, Brantford and Kitchener will converge on the Waterloo campus Sept. 6 for Graduate Student Orientation. The day will begin in the Turret (on the third floor of the Fred Nichols Campus Centre) with a welcome from Matthew Smith, acting dean for the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies; Natalia Gleba, president of the Graduate Student Association; and university president Deborah MacLatchy. After the official welcome, graduate students can pick a couple of workshops to attend, followed by dinner at the Turret. Lego Grad Student will be our keynote speaker (who/what is Lego Grad Student? Check out his Tumblr).

For a full list of the day’s activities, including a list of the workshops, visit the Graduate Student Association’s website.

Be sure to follow the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (@LauriergradFacebook) and the Graduate Student Association (@wlugsaFacebook) on Twitter and Facebook and use the hashtag #wlugradlife.  

See below for program-specific Orientation activities. 

Applied Computing

Please contact graduate coordinator Hongbing Fan (hfan@wlu.ca) if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 5

10 a.m. in N2090 (Science Building)
Welcome, introduction, getting to know the department and resources.

1 p.m. in N2090
Meet course instructors, fill out TA forms, learn about co-op programs. 

Applied Politics

Please contact graduate coordinator Yasmine Shamsie (yshamsie@wlu.caif you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 5

9:15 to 10:00 a.m. in DAWB (Dr. Alvin Woods Building) 1-101A
Campus tour. Meet all political science teaching and instuctional assistants (graduate TAs and undergraduate IAs). With Michelle Brake and Mike Plascecnzy. 

10 a.m. to noon in DAWB (Dr. Alvin Woods Building) 1-101A
Departmental training for TAs and IAs. All instructors with assistants will be present. With graduate coordinator Yasmine Shamsie and Andrea Brown.

Thursday, September 7

9:00 to 11:20 a.m. in R138 (202 Regina Street)
Orientation and program overview for MAP students. With Yasmine Shamsie and graduate course instructors. 

4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Veritas Cafe
Departmental welcome reception; light refreshments served. 

Biology

Please contact graduate coordinator Tristan Long (tlong@wlu.ca) if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 5 

11:00 a.m. in the Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science Atrium (Lodge Street)
Meet and greet for graduate students, faculty and staff. Coffee, tea and treats will be served. With Scott Ramsay (chair) and graduate coordinator Tristan Long.

1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in BA (Bricker Academic) 112
Training session for all teaching assistants in the Department of Biology with graduate coordinator Tristan Long. 

Biological and Chemical Sciences (PhD)

See Biology and Chemistry. PhD students can attend TA training for the department in which their assignment has been established. They are welcome to attend any/all biology and chemistry activities. 

Chemistry

Please contact graduate coordinator Lillian DeBruin (ldebruin@wlu.ca) if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 5

10:00 a.m. in N1046 (Science Building)
Meet and greet with graduate students, faculty and staff. Orientation to the program and department. With Ian Hamilton (chair) and graduate coordinator Lillian DeBruin. 

1:30 p.m. in N3017 (Science Building)
Course-specific TA training with lab co-ordinators Sherilyn Van De Wynckel, Andrew Frank and Joe Meissner.

Communication Studies

Please contact graduate coordinator Alexandra Boutros (aboutros@wlu.ca) if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 5

10:00 a.m. in DAWB (Dr. Alvin Woods Building) 3-105
Orientation to the program and program expectations, followed by a meet and greet lunch with faculty. 

1:15 p.m. in DAWB (Dr. Alvin Woods Building) 3-105
Talk with Humera Javed and Adria Joel of the Diversity and Equity Office.

Friday, September 8

10:30 a.m. in N1058 (Science Building)
This workshop by Kyra Jones of the Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence will help prepare TAs who will be leading first-year tutorials.

Community Music

Orientation will be held at the first class. Contact graduate coordinator Lee Willingham (lwillingham@wlu.ca) for more information. 

Criminology

Please contact graduate coordinator Carrie Sanders (csanders@wlu.ca) if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 5

9:30 a.m. to noon in CB207 (Carnegie Building)
Introduction of faculty members; icebreaker activities, review of resources and development supports, information session on gendered violence and expectations of graduate school. With deans of Liberal Arts, Human and Social Sciences, Carrie Sanders and Rob Kristofferson. 

Noon in CB207 (Carnegie Building)
Meet and greet over lunch. 

1 to 4 p.m. in CB207 (Carnegie Building)
Graduate coordinator Carrie Sanders will review key information on program requirements and expectations. Second-year MA students will give a campus tour. 

4 p.m. at The Bent King
An opportunity for students to ask questions informally and get to know faculty and other graduate students. 

Cultural Analysis and Social Theory (CAST)

Please contact graduate coordinator Herbert Pimlott (hpimlott@wlu.ca) if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 5

Noon in 1C17 (Arts building)
Introduction to the program, colloquium and expectations with graduate coordinator Herbert Pimlott.

12:40 in 1C17 (Arts building)
Introduction to the University Teaching Foundations certificate workshops and program with Sarah Wall from the Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence. 

1:15 in Veritas Cafe
Meet and greet over lunch with faculty and students. 

Divinity and Theology (MDiv and MA)

Friday, September 8

6:30 p.m. to Sunday, September 10 at Crieff Community Hills
Orientation weekend for all new and returning students. 

Economics

Please contact graduate coordinator Azim Essaji (aessaji@wlu.ca) if you have any questions. 

Tuesday, September 5

8:45 a.m. in LH2067 (Lazaridis Hall)
Photoshoot for incoming MABE students, with Helen Kaluzny.

11:00 a.m. in LH 2066 (Lazaridis Hall)
Orientation to the program and program expectations; overview of career services and library services. 

English 

Please contact graduate coordinator Jing Jing Chang (jchang@wlu.ca) if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 5

10 a.m. in 2C4 (Arts Building)
Introduction to and overview of program and departmental resources; how to establish work-life balance; Q and A session on how to succeed in the MA program in English

11:30 a.m. in Veritas Cafe
Lunch with Graduate Students of English and Film Studies Association (GSEFSA) and learn about tips on how to survive grad school and the various fun activities and academic-related events that GSEFSA will be hosting throughout the year. Lunch with Allen Tripp, PhD student in English and Film Studies and president of the GSEFSA. 

1:30 p.m. in 2C3 Arts Building (for EN119; 2C17 for EN107; FS 102 in DAWB 3-108 Dr. Alvin Woods Building at 1 p.m. on Sept. 7)
Meetings with individual Instructors (for TAships) to review TA assignment and responsibilities and to complete TA Job Responsibilities forms. Graduate student should go to the session led by the professor to whom they've been assigned. Graduate students will have been contacted by the instructors. Mariam Pirbhai (EN119); Tamas Dobozy (EN107); Russell Kilbourne (FS102) in DAWB 3-108 at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 7. 

Finance

Tuesday, September 5

1:30 to 4 p.m. in LH 2066 (Lazaridis Hall)
Overvew of the program objectives and structure with graduate coordinator Ning (Tony) Tang (ntang@wlu.ca)

Geography and Environmental Studies

Please contact Brent Wolfe (bwolfe@wlu.ca) if you have any questions. 

Friday, September 8

10 a.m. in Arts 2E7 (Arts Building)
How to navigate the degree and orientation to graduate studies in Georrgaphy and Environmental Studies

11:30 a.m. in Waterloo Park
Orientation to the Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography (W-LPIG) with program director Steven Roberts

Global Governance

Contact Kelly Brown (kbrown@wlu.ca) for information. 

History

Please contact graduate coordinator Susan Neylan (sneylan@wlu.ca) if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 5

10 a.m. in DAWB 3-103 (Dr. Alvin Woods Building)
Introduction of the key officers of the program and course instructors; introduction to library resources; meet the TriU Grad Student Association rep and learn of program information. Students will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and to discuss their interests. Department expectaitons of TAs in History will be explored, and the TA Job Responsibilities forms will be completed. Discussion on common practices, strategies for success, where to get assistance and brainstorming about responses to common scenarios that arise in tutorials or marking assignments will be discussed. Lunch provided.

Friday, September 8

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in DAWB 4-149 (Dr. Alvin Woods Building)
The Tri-U Doctoral Students in History orientation includes a full meet'n greet (includes doctoral students at Uguelph and Uwaterloo), to discuss the elements of the program (with time for Q&A), to learn strategies for success in the program, particularly in the first year. Lunch is included. With Adam Crerar, director of the Tri-University Graduate Program, and senior PhD candidate Ian Miller.

Human Relationships (PhD)

Friday, September 8

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in BA 431 (Bricker Academic)
Orientation to the program, objectives and expectations with graduate coordinator Kristine Lund (klund@wlu.ca).

Kinesiology

Please contact graduate coordinator Mark Eys (meys@wlu.ca) if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 5

1:45 p.m. in Kinesiology main office, BA 501 (Bricker Academic)
Life as a Kin grad student and Life as a Golden Hawk, plus Q and A session, led by Lana Pfaff and Jennifer Lawley, co-presidents of the Kinesiology Gradute Student Council.

Friday, September 8

2 to 4 p.m. at the Hawk's Nest (third floor of Fred Nichols Campus Centre)
Department orientation and meet and greet with faculty and students in the graduate programs. 

International Public Policy

Contact Kelly Brown (kbrown@wlu.ca) for information. 

Management

Friday, September 8

11:00 a.m. in LH 4114 (Lazaridis Hall)
Introductions, overview of the program and expectations followed by a reception at 1 p.m. Refreshments provided. Please contact graduate coordinator Madhu Kalimipalli (mkalimipalli@wlu.ca) for more information.

Mathematics

Please contact graduate coordinator Zilin Wang (zwang@wlu.ca)if you have any questions. 

Tuesday, September 5

10 a.m. in LH 3058 (Lazaridis Hall)
Introduction to courses, advisors, regulations, deadlines, thesis and project preparation, training and workshops.

11 a.m. in LH 3058
Review of TA duties specific to the Mathematics Department.

Music Therapy

Please contact graduate coordinator Heidi Ahonen (hahonen@wlu.ca) if you have questions.

Tuesday, September 5

9:30 a.m. in A431 (John Aird Centre)
Music therapy presentations followed by a annual general meeting of the Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research. 

Noon in A204 (John Aird Centre)
Orientation to the program and lunch (on your own) from 1 to 2 p.m.

2 to 4 p.m. in A431 (John Aird Centre)
Music therapy presentations continue. 

Philosophy

Please contact graduate coordinator Neil Campbell (necampbell@wlu.ca) if you have questions.

Tuesday, September 5

10 a.m. in DAWB 4-101 (Dr. Alvin Woods Building)
Welcome and general orientation to the program, important dates, tips for success, TA assignments

11 a.m. in DAWB 4-101 and 4-106 (students will be informed which meeting to attend at the 10 a.m. meeting)
Meet instructors and discuss TA duties, responsibilities and best practices; complete TA Job Responsibilities Form

3 p.m. in Veritas Cafe
Departmental welcome reception. Meet the faculty. 

Psychology

Please contact graduate coordinator David White (dwhite@wlu.ca) if you have questions.

Tuesday, September 5

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in N2005 (Science Building)
Overview of the department, the programs, and resources available to students. Other items to be discussed may include safety and security, health issues and emergencies, research ethics, and computer resources.

Religion, Culture and Global Justice

Please contact graduate coordinator Ashley Lebner (alebner@wlu.ca) if you have questions. 

Tuesday, September 5

2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in Wilf's Restaurant and Bar
Objectives and opportunities of the MA in Religion, Culture and Global Justice. Special attention given to the TA experience and program requirements and how to make the most of the Laurier experience.

Social Justice and Community Engagement

Please contact graduate coordinator Rob Kristofferson (rkristofferson@wlu.ca) if you have any questions. 

Tuesday, September 5

9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in CB207 (Carnegie Building)
Introduction of faculty members; icebreaker activities, review of resources and development supports, information session on gendered violence, expectations of graduate school. With deans of Liberal Arts, Human and Social Sciences, Carrie Sanders and Rob Kristofferson and more.

Noon in CB207 Carnegie Building Commuter Lounge
Meet and greet over lunch with faculty and coordinators. 

1 p.m. in RCE319 (Research and Academic Centre East-Circle Room)
Introduction to the program and key faculty/staff, distribution of keys and information regarding space on campus; discussion of progression through the program. 

4 p.m. at The Bent King
Opportunity for students to ask questions informally and get to know faculty and other graduate students.

Sociology

Please contact graduate coordinator Morgan Holmes (mholmes@wlu.ca) if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 5

11 a.m in DAWB 5-148 (Dr. Alvin Woods Building)
Introduction to faculty members and overview of elective courses offered

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in DAWB 5-148
Lunch and orientation to the graduate program. Meeting with faculty regarding TAships and tour of department and MA resources. 

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