2017 Fall uLethbridge Graduate Student Orientation (GSO)

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School of Graduate Studies, University of Lethbridge

4401 University Drive West

Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4


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Welcome to the University of Lethbridge! We have designed a series of events to assist with your transition to your graduate program. You will have the opportunity to meet other students, learn about your program and discover the services and opportunities available to you on campus.

The Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) aims to provide students with a balanced introduction to the academic, social and community based aspects of University life. There is a strong focus on providing students with the information on resources, policies, procedures, and expectations for the successful completion of the graduate studies. GSO is hosted by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), with support from the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and other service units on campus.


Monday, September 4, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the First Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness

New Student Orientation, hosted by Student Engagement & Enrollment Services

A university-wide orientation for all new undergraduate and graduate students starting at 8:00 am in the 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness. Graduate students should attend relevant portions of New Student Orientation (NSO) including the commencement ceremony, concurrent information sessions, including a new session for graduate students, and campus tours.

Graduate Students wishing to attend any Monday NSO activities should also RSVP to NSO by clicking here.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. in Turcotte Hall rooms TH204/201

Graduate Student Orientation: Starting and Navigating your Graduate Journey, hosted by the SGS and GSA.

This event is a graduate-specific orientation starting at 8:30 am. A full day of activities providing an opportunity to learn important academic and student services information that are critical for starting a graduate program. Key tips and pertinent information that will enhance your graduate experience and assist you in managing your graduate degree will be provided.

8:30 a.m. SGS & GSA Welcome from Dr. Robert Wood, Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Brendan Cummins, President of the University of Lethbridge Graduate Students' Association

8:50 a.m. Coffee & Keynote Breakfast, Sponsored by the GSA

9:20 a.m. Roadmap to Success – Important Milestones & Deadlines

10:05 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Your Choice of Session (see schedule for options)

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: What I wish I Knew About Grad School...

2:30 p.m. Your Choice of Session (see schedule for options)

4:00 p.m. Wrap up and Closing Remarks

4:15 p.m. Lethbridge Transit Bus Cards Pickup

Workshop: Teaching as a Professional Responsibility (2 options)

Doug Orr from the Teaching Centre will facilitate this professional development workshop twice during GSO week. This session is an introductory workshop covering professional expectations and responsibilities associated with teaching at the University Level. Please select one of these two options:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Library room L1050

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Library room TBD

Workshop: Writing with Integrity

Rumi Graham, Graduate Student Librarian will facilitate this interactive professional development workshop that focuses on completing your graduate level writing activities and eventually your thesis with integrity. Key topics include copyright and plagiarism, applying writing strategies to avoid an academic offence, citing an original idea and an overview of the writing support resources available on campus. Please select one of these two options:

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 10:00-12:00 (noon) in L950.

Monday September 11, 2017, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in L1170A

Friday, September 8, 2017, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Markin Hall Atrium

A great opportunity to “mix and mingle” with peers and meet new friends. Do not miss the fun. Additionally, this year the GSA will be holding their Annual AGM in conjunction with this fun, social event.

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