This fall, more than 1,000 incoming graduate and professional students participated in the annual New Graduate Student Orientation, or NGSO.
The day-long event featured welcoming remarks from the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division, Fiona Doyle, and other campus leaders; 25 unique workshops offered over four breakout sessions; and complimentary lunch. Chancellor Carol Christ and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos delivered closing remarks.
Many schools and academic departments host their own orientations for their graduate students, so NGSO sessions were designed to help graduate and professional students make connections outside of their discipline and learn about campus resources. The campus-wide orientation — although itself not mandatory — provided opportunities for students to complete the required Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Education Training that is mandatory for all incoming students across the University of California system.
Organizers were also excited to launch NGSO’s first paperless program, making all sessions available online in advance of the event, and via the GradBook app. “Having an online program really helped us cut down on our carbon footprint this year,” said Ellen Gobler, Senior Public Events Manager and NGSO Co-Chair. “While we had a few programs on hand for accessibility purposes, we are excited to continue building towards a more sustainable event moving forward.”
For the second year in a row, NGSO was followed by GradFest — a graduate student organization and campus resource fair co-hosted by the LEAD Center, the Graduate Assembly, and Graduate Division. Organizers expanded the event to offer more opportunities for student engagement, including a prize wheel, giveaways, and photo booth. A Spring GradFest, open to all current graduate and professional students, will take place in Pauley Ballroom on February 7, 2018.
For students who weren’t able to attend NGSO or make it to one of their preferred sessions, slides and handouts can be found at the NGSO website.