[portfolio_slideshow] The New Graduate Student Orientation drew more than nine hundred students last Tuesday to Dwinelle Hall to advise them of the many resources available to them during their time at Berkeley. The Graduate Assembly and Graduate Division co-sponsored the event. Words of welcome were offered at NGSO by Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, the Vice Provost of Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division Andrew Szeri, and the Graduate Assembly President Max Gee. The workshops at NGSO provided helpful information on a variety of topics including student health services, establishing residency, and campus libraries, but others offered insights into maintaining good mental and physical health, said Ellen Gobler, Senior Public Events Manager in the Graduate Division, who helped organize the event. “During NGSO we endeavor to provide resources for relaxation and invigorating the body and mind as well as for academic success,” said Gobler. Other topics covered in the workshops during NGSO included navigating funding options through fellowships and grants, an information session on organizing and activism at Berkeley, and how to get involved with the UCB Student Union. Free breakfast and lunch were also provided. “During the meal breaks the students could mingle and network so we hope that they used the opportunity to meet and start friendships with other new students,” said Gobler. Missed the New Graduate Student Orientation? Download the handouts (PDF).