2019 Geography Graduate Student Orientation

August 19, 2019
(All day)
Department of Geography, Walker Buildng

Incoming Graduate Student Orientation Activities

Monday, August 19

319 Walker Building

  • 9:00–10:30 a.m. Meeting with Grad Program Officer (Brian King)

  • 10:40–11:00 M.S. students only (Caudill)

  • 11:00–11:30 5-Year Ph.D. students only (Diaz)

  • 11:30 a.m.–noon Ph.D. students only (Gutierrez, Chen, Flanagan, Kotikot, Lange-Maney, Misquitta, Zeller Zigaitis)

(When free, complete working papers with Jess Perks and office keys from Missy in the GEOG main office, 302 Walker Buildng)


Lunch (on your own)


1:00–2:00 p.m.
Budgeted time to get student ID cards (20 HUB-Robeson Center), office keys (GEOG main office), parking passes (1 Eisenhower Parking Deck), and other misc. items


2:00 Orientation meetings in 319 Walker Building:

  • 2:00–2:45  Student Health Insurance (Judy Bechman)

  • 2:45–3:00  EMS Library (Elise Gowen)

  • 3:00–3:15  Break

  • 3:15–3:30  Geography Grad Student Representatives

  • 3:30–3:45  Grad Mentor Committee

  • 3:45–4:00  Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG)

  • 4:00–4:15  Graduate and Professional Student Association

  • 4:15–5:00 Website and photos, round 1 (Angela Rogers)


Tuesday, August 20

8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Meet in 319 Walker Building for breakfast
Local-area field trip (Grad Reps)


Wednesday, August 21

8:15 a.m. –1:00 p.m.
Meet at Walker Building loading dock for Team-building with Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center (9:00 a.m. to noon event. Depart Walker by 8:30. Lunch provided afterwards in 319 Walker Building)


Orientation meetings in 319 Walker Building

  • 1:00–2:00 TA 101: Survive and Thrive

  • 2:00–3:00 Teaching tips for new TAs (experienced TAs)

  • 3:15 Website pictures retakes as needed (Angela Rogers)


Location TBD

Reception with Head of Department (Cindy Brewer)


Thursday, August 22

8:00–10:00 a.m.
Faculty officers
Meetings with TA or RA advisers if requested


208 Walker Building
Computer labs overview with Bob Hibbert


10:10 am –noon
208 Walker Building
Mandated Reporter Training with Bob Hibbert/Brian King


Lunch (on your own) and allow time to travel to the Bryce Jordan Center


1:00–5:00 p.m.
The Bryce Jordan Center
New Graduate Student Orientation (mandatory for international students)
More information at: http://gradschool.psu.edu/current-students/new-graduate-student-orientation/

Friday, August 23

10:00 a.m.–noon
Faculty offices
Entry interviews with faculty committees

concurrent with

319 Walker Building
Laptop clinic —get PSU wireless, printing, etc. working on your own computer (Bob Hibbert and grads)


Noon –1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)


319 Walker Building
Faculty presentations & reception


Jessica Perks - jdw213@psu.edu - 1 814 865 3434
Department of Geography Resident Graduate Program
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