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Welcome new graduate students!

New Graduate Student Orientation Schedule

Friday, August 15, 2014

International Graduate Student Orientation

Mandatory for all full-time, international graduate students.

All new international students will need to attend the International Student Orientation on Friday, August 15, 2014. International students should plan to arrive on campus no later than Thursday, August 14, 2014 in order to have time to settle in prior to orientation.

9:00 - 10:00 am Check-In and Refreshments Jefferson 320
10:00 - 11:00 am American Culture Session with
Graduate Student Panel
Jefferson 320
11:00 - 11:30 am Break  
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Academics in American Schools Jefferson 320
12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch Higgins University Center Cafeteria
2:00 - 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions:
Personal Security
Campus Security
International Student Services Office
TBA

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Group Shopping Trip

Optional for all graduate students.

12:00 - 7:00 pm: Bus trip to Wal-Mart and Blackstone Shoppes for a day of shopping. Sign-up sheet will be available during the day on Friday. Buses will pick up students on Maywood Street by the Lasry Center for Bioscience.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Graduate Student Orientation

Mandatory for all full-time graduate students.

All new graduate students should plan to attend orientation on Monday, August 18, 2014. You will have the opportunity to meet your fellow students, get an important introduction to Clark, and learn all about graduate student life.

9:00 - 10:00 am Check-In Atwood Hall
10:00 - 10:45 am Graduate Student Welcome Atwood Hall
10:45 am - 12:15 pm Resource Fair Campus Green
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Lunch Campus Green
1:00 - 2:00 pm Health Services and Health Insurance Atwood Hall
2:00 - 3:00 pm Academic Code of Conduct:
Writing Papers and Research Methods
Atwood Hall
3:00 - 3:30 pm Break  
3:30 - 4:30 pm Campus Security Atwood Hall
4:30 - 5:00 pm Graduate Student Finances Atwood Hall


Departmental Graduate Orientations

GIS for Development and Environment Orientation

Monday, August 11, 2014 to Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mandatory for all students in the GIS for Development and Environment Program.

New students in the GIS for Development and Environment have a program-specific orientation that occurs prior to the all-graduate student orientation, and will need to arrive on campus no later than Friday, August 8, 2014. Additional information about this orientation will be sent separately to these students.

International Development, Community, and Environment Orientation

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mandatory for all new International Development, Community, and Environment students.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch with IDCE Campus Resource Partners Higgins University Center, Tilton Hall
12:30 - 1:30 pm Student Life in IDCE Higgins University Center, Tilton Hall
1:30 - 4:30 pm Concurrent Sessions:
Academic Resources at Clark
Technology Resources at Clark
Q&A with Current IDCE Students
IDCE Career Development
Jonas Clark 104, Higgins University Center Lurie, Sackler 122, Goddard Library
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
10:00 - 10:30 am Check-In and Refreshments Atwood Hall
10:30 - 10:45 Welcome Atwood Hall
10:45 - 11:30 am Introduction of Administration, Program Coordinators, and Staff Atwood Hall
12:00 - 5:00 pm Program Lunches and Orientations Various
7:00 - 9:00 pm IDCE Night at Jillian's Worcester

Play billiards and other games, watch the game on the big screen, and enjoy some snacks! Transportation and game tokens provided.
Jillian's of Worcester
Thursday, August 21, 2014
9:00 am Course Registration

Please register for your courses using the instructions sent to your Clark email address. Erika Paradis is available until 12:00 pm (noon) for registration questions. Her office is located in Room 24 of IDCE House.
 
Friday, August 22, 2014
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation Higgins University Center, Grace Conference Room
12:30 - 3:45 pm Community Service Option

Graduate students who signed up for a community service activity should meet at the designated time and location for their site. Please dress in work clothes with comfortable shoes!

Please sign up at Resource Fair on Monday.

Various
1:30 - 2:30 pm Walking Tours of Clark Neighborhood

Join other new Clark students for a walking tour of Clark’s neighborhood. Led by current Clark students, the tours will help you get to know the restaurants, stores and organizations in the area that are popular with Clark students!

Students must sign up for tours in advance in order to keep tour group sizes small. Please sign up at Resource Fair on Monday.

 
Various Shuttle to Shopping Centers

Please sign up at Resource Fair on Monday.
 
Saturday, August 23, 2014 - Sunday, August 24, 2014
All Day IDCE Fall Retreat Camp Aldersgate, Rhode Island

Graduate School of Management Orientation

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - Friday, August 22, 2014

Mandatory for all new full-time Graduate School of Management students.

Monday, August 18
6:00 - 8:00 pm MBA Waiver Exam
Those who have previously registered to take the waiver exam may do so at this time.
Carlson Hall, Rm 128
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
9:30 - 10:00 am GSOM Welcome

Welcome to the Graduate School of Management! Students will begin to get to know each other and the GSOM community. An overview of the GSOM orientation week will be provided.
Traina Center for the Arts, Razzo Hall
10:15 - 11:45 am Academic Program Overviews

During this session, GSOM students are provided insight in to GSOM's mission and the learning goals for each program. Students will also receive an overview of the curiculum and program requirements.
MBA: Carlson Hall, Rm 128
MSA: Carlson Hall, Rm. 231
MSF: Sackler Science Center, Johnson Auditorium
12:00 - 1:30 pm GSOM Welcome Lunch

Students have the opportunity to get to know one another along with GSOM faculty during lunch.
Academic Commons
1:00 - 3:00 pm MBA and MSA Advising

MBA and MSA students who have not met with an adviser will have the opportunity to do so during this time.
Carlson Hall, First Floor
3:00 - 4:00 pm Case Study Overview: Intro to Case Analysis

Case studies and case analysis are important components of graduate management education. Dean Usoff will describe the case study method and provide tips to help you be more successful with case study assignments. You will be introduced to a particular case that you will work on in teams for discussion on Friday morning.
Sackler Science Center, Johnson Auditorium
6:00 pm Net Impact Meet and Greet

Do sustainability, corporate responsibility and social change ring a bell to you? Are you infatuated with B Corporations, energy efficiency, and meaningful community development? Look no further than Clark's Net Impact Chapter. In this session, you will get to meet the chapter's leadership team, learn about the organization on the national and local level, and sign up for upcoming events! Light refreshments will be provided.
Carlson Hall, Rm 231
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
9:00 - 10:30 am Enhancing Cultural Competencies (MBA & MSA Students)

Participants are divided into two cultures. Each culture has its own norms and language. The simulation conducted by GSOM’s Dr. Arpita Joardar requires participants to visit the other culture and try to function there successfully.
Carlson Hall, Rm. 120, 128, 231
9:30 - 10:30 am CFA Session (MSF Students)

MSF Students will have the chance to hear from an experienced CFA, GSOM’s Professor Steve Ng, on the requirements and benefits of becoming a CFA.
Sackler Science Center, Johnson Auditorium
1:00 - 3:00 pm Career Services Networking Information Session

U.S. business culture is based on individualism; being able to articulate “my point-of-view� is key to social, academic, and professional success. Join Judy Shen-Filerman, CEO of Dreambridge Partners, as she leads a seminar in “Storytelling� where you will have the opportunity to learn how to develop and communicate the most compelling personal and professional stories in the setting of networking and interviewing.
*Students should dress business casual for the Career Services sessions
Traina Center for the Arts, Razzo Hall
3:30 - 5:00 pm Career Services Networking Event

Please join the GSOM Stevenish Career Management Center team, GSOM faculty and staff for a drink and appetizers. This is an opportunity for you to introduce yoursel fand meet your colleagues from Clark!
Higgins University Center, Tilton Hall
6:00 - 8:00 pm MBA Waiver Exam

Those who have previously registered to take a waiver exam may do so at this time.
Carlson Hall, Rm 128
Thursday, August 21, 2014
9:30 - 12:00 pm Working in Teams
Teamwork is a critical component of graduate education, and working successfully in a team is a skill that all students need to have. This session, led by Andrea Aiello, Associate Dean of Academic & Student Services, will provide students with a strong foundation for success in their team-based classroom experiences.
Tilton Hall:
Higgins University Center
1:00 - 3:00 pm MBA Waiver Exam
Those who have previously registered to take a waiver exam may do so at this time.
Carlson Hall
Room 128
12:00pm - 3:00 pm Dual Degree Session & Lunch
12:00: Jenny Isler, Campus Sustainability Coordinator, will give a presentation on Clark University’s sustainability initiatives.
1:30: Jack Foley, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs, will give a presentation  regarding the involvement opportunities in the Greater Main South Community.
Carlson Hall
Room 231
Afternoon Case Study Team Meetings: Open Time
This is an open time for student teams to meet and work on the assigned case studies.
 
6:00 - 8:00 pm MBA Waiver Exam
Those who have previously registered to take a waiver exam may do so at this time.
Southborough Campus
6:00 - 8:00 pm Statistics Assessment
All MSF students and MBA students who received a Statistics waiver can take the assessment during this time. All students are pre-assigned a time and location for this assessment. Please see the Student Services GA, Heather Choronzy, if you need this information.
Jonas Clark, Rm 103 and Rm 105
BioPhysics, Rm 310
Carlson Hall, Computer Lab (First Floor)
Friday, August 22, 2014
10:00 - 12:00 pm Case Study Wrap-Up
Your team should be prepared to discuss the Pine Street Inn case in this session. Dean Usoff will lead the case discussion in a similar way to what you will see in your classes. This session will give you a realistic preview of what you can expect in many of your graduate classes.  After the de-brief of the assigned case, GSOM faculty will provide comments and suggestions based on how they use cases in their classes.

Sackler Science
Center, Johnson Auditorium
Various Optional Community Service Activity
Graduate students who signed up for a community service activity should meet at the designated time and location for their site. Please dress in work clothes with comfortable shoes! Please see the Student Services GA, Heather Choronzy, to sign up!

Andy’s Attic: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Greater  Worcester Land Trust: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Mass Audubon: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Clark Community Thrift Store: 2:30 - 5:00 pm
Locations throughout Worcester
1:30 - 2:30 pm Walking Tours of Clark Neighborhood
Join other new Clark students for a walking tour of Clark’s neighborhood. Led by current Clark students, the tours will help you get to know the restaurants, stores and organizations in the area that are popular with Clark students!
Outside of Carlson Hall
Saturday, August 23, 2014
11:00 am - 9:00 pm Boston Trip and Duck Tour

You will have the chance to explore Boston and take a Duck Tour to see some of the city’s most famous landmarks!

Chartered Duck Tours at 3pm & 5pm
Duck Boat Tour tickets are $20 each and must be purchased during orientation week. Please see the Student Services GA, Heather Choronzy, to sign up! Families of new students are welcome to join this event!
Maywood Street (Buses leave at 11:00 am)