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New Graduate Student Orientation

Fall Orientation Dates

Monday, August 17, 2015
International Student Orientation

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015
All Graduate Student Orientation

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Tuesday, August 18 - Friday, August 21, 2015
Graduate School of Management Orientation

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Tuesday, August 18, Tuesday, August 25, and Thursday, August 27
College of Professional and Continuing Education Orientation

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Wednesday, August 19 - Friday, August 21, 2015
International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) Orientation

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Arriving a little early?

As a service to our new graduate students, a free shuttle bus will be running from Clark University to Wal-Mart and to the Blackstone Shoppes on Saturday, August 15 from 12 - 9 p.m. The bus will leave from Maywood Street near the Lasry Building each hour on the hour starting at 12 p.m. (12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m….). It will first drop off students at Wal-Mart, and then bring students to the Blackstone Shoppes before returning back to Clark. Seating on the bus is on a first come first served basis, but it will be making plenty of shuttle runs!

Students who need to pick up supplies for their apartments or for school will find many of the items they need at these stores, and the weekend of August 15 is also tax free shopping on most items in Massachusetts! The Blackstone Shoppes also have many restaurants and a movie theater for students looking for some entertainment before orientation begins.

Fall Orientation Schedules

Monday, August 17, 2015

International Graduate Student Orientation

Mandatory for all full-time, international graduate students.

All new international graduate students should plan to attend this special orientation where we will address the needs and concerns of international students starting their graduate education at Clark.

You should plan to arrive by 9:15 a.m. in order to check in and get your materials for the day. You will need to report to the Daniel's Theater in Atwood Hall, which is labeled as building #6 on the Campusmap.

Time Session Location
9 - 9:30 a.m. Check-In and Refreshments Atwood Hall
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. International Graduate Student Welcome Atwood Hall
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. The US Classroom

Marianne Sarkis, PhD, Assistant Professor, IDCE
Atwood Hall
10:45 - 11 a.m. Break  
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Campus Anti-Violence Education (CAVE) Atwood Hall
12 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch Higgins University Center Cafeteria
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Academic Integrity, Academic Writing, and Plagiarism

Jen Plante, Acting Director, Academic Advising and Director of the Writing Center
Atwood Hall
2:30 - 3 p.m. Intercultural Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)

Patty Doherty, Director, ISSO
Atwood Hall
3 - 3:45 p.m. International Student Panel Atwood Hall

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Graduate Student Orientation

Mandatory for all full-time graduate students.

All new graduate students should plan to attend orientation on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. You will have the opportunity to meet your fellow students, get an important introduction to Clark, and learn all about graduate student life.

You should plan to arrive by 9:15 a.m. in order to check in and get your materials for the day. You will need to report to the Daniel's Theater in Atwood Hall, which is labeled as building #6 on the campus map.

Following a brief welcome from Clark leadership, you will remain in Daniel's Theater for presentations about other important information you will need as a graduate student at Clark. At noon, we will provide lunch and the opportunity for you to meet with representatives from several key offices at Clark one-on-one during our Resources Fair. You will also have the opportunity to take a tour of campus and our neighborhood following lunch.

Schedule

Time Session Location
9 - 9:30 a.m. Check-In Atwood Hall
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Graduate Student Welcome

William Fisher
Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Provost

David Angel, President of Clark University

Davis Baird, Provost of Clark University

Nancy Budwig, Dean of Research

Luis Smith, Acting Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Provost

Graduate Student Assembly Co-Presidents
Atwood Hall
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Services at Clark

Erin Dolan, Assistant Director of Wellness

Kathy Cannon, Controller
Atwood Hall
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Academic Expectations

Marianne Sarkis, PhD, Assistant Professor, IDCE
Atwood Hall
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Safety and Security at Clark

Clark University Police Department
Atwood Hall
12 - 2 p.m. Lunch and Resource Fair Campus Green
1 - 3 p.m. Campus Tours

Tours of Clark's campus, the Goddard Library, and a walking tour of our neighborhood, Main South, will be available.
Atwood Hall

International Development, Community, and Environment Orientation

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - Friday, August 21, 2015

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
12:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Academic Technology @ Clark Sackler Hall Room 121
1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:
Academic Resources at Clark
Technology Resources at Clark
Q&A with Current IDCE Students
IDCE Career Development
JC 102, Goddard Library, JC 104
4:30 p.m. Ice Cream Truck IDCE House
Thursday, August 20, 2015
10 - 10:30 a.m. Check-In and Refreshments Atwood Hall
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Welcome Atwood Hall
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Introduction of Administration, Program Coordinators, and Staff Atwood Hall
12 - 5 p.m. Program Lunches and Orientations Various
8 p.m. IDCE Student Association Welcome Bonfire
Fire Pit, Goddard Library
Friday, August 21, 2015
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Teaching Assistant (TA) Workshop Grace Conference Room, University Center
1 - 3 p.m. Optional Library Tours

Take a tour of the Jeanne X. Kasperson Library (18 Claremont Street) or the Guy Burnham Map and Aerial Photography Library (Lower Level, Geography Building)

Various
Saturday, August 21, 2015
All Day Trip to Hampton Beach
Free transportation to and from Hampton Beach.
Hampton Beach, NH

Graduate School of Management Orientation

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - Friday, August 21, 2015

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

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
3 - 5 p.m. MBA/MSA Waiver exam
Those who have previously registered to take a waiver exam may do so at this time. All students taking an Accounting waiver exam must take that waiver exam during this session.
Jefferson 218
4:30 - 6 p.m. Hawkes Statistics Assessment
Required for all MSF students. Specific location information will be communicated via email.
Jonas Clark 103 & 105 ; Carlson Hall Computer Labs
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
10 - 11 a.m. GSOM Welcome
Join GSOM Dean Dr. Catherine Usoff as she welcomes new GSOM students to Clark! Students will begin to get to know each other and the GSOM community and receive an overview of the GSOM orientation Program.
Jefferson 320
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Academic Program Overviews
During these sessions, GSOM students are provided insight into GSOM’s mission and the learning goals for their Program. Students will also receive an overview of curriculum and Program requirements.
See Below
MBA Overview Carlson Hall
Room 128
MSA Overview Carlson Hall
Room 231
MSF Overview Jefferson 320
12 - 1 p.m. GSOM Welcome Lunch
Students have the opportunity to get to know one another along with GSOM Faculty during lunch.
Academic Commons:
1st Floor Goddard Library
1 - 3 p.m. MSF - CFA Info Session and Student Panel
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 member, as well as hear from second year MSF students about their experiences!
Sackler 120
1 - 3 p.m. MSA - CPA Overview
MSA students will have the opportunity to learn about preparing for the CPA exam, the requirements, and how the MSA Program can help.
Carlson Hall 128
1 - 3 p.m. MBA Advising
MBA students who have not met with an adviser will have the opportunity to do so during this time.
Carlson Hall 231
3 - 5 p.m. MSA Advising
MSA students who have not met with an adviser will have the opportunity to do so during this time.
Carlson Hall 231
4 - 5:30 p.m. GSOM Scholar Reception
GSOM Scholars will be hosted at the President’s House for a private reception. (Invitation Only - Business Formal Dress)
Harrington House (President’s House)
6 - 8 p.m. MBA/MSA Waiver exam
Those who have previously registered to take a waiver exam may do so at this time.
Carlson Hall 128
7 - 10 p.m. Welcome Social (hosted by GSOM Student Council)
Relax with fellow incoming GSOM students and the GSOM Student Council. Get to know your GSOM SC representatives and enjoy food and drinks with them.
Bassett Admissions Center
Thursday, August 20, 2015
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Working in Teams & Academic Integrity
Working in teams is a critical component of graduate education, and working successfully in a team is a skill that all students must master. This session, led by Andrea Aiello, Associate Dean of Academic & Student Services, and Dr. Barbara Bigelow, Academic Associate Dean, will provide students with a strong foundation for success in their team-based careers.
Tilton Hall:
Higgins University Center
2:15 - 4 p.m. Career Services Networking Information Session
Jayne Mattson, guest speaker, will present on "The Power of Networking." She will stress the importance of building a network during graduate school and beyond and will introduce specific strategies and examples for effective networking. Students will have the opportunity to practice these skills during the event that will follow Jayne's talk.
*Students should dress business casual for the session*
Tilton Hall:
Higgins University Center
4 - 5 p.m. Career Services Networking Event
Please join the GSOM Stevenish Career Management Center team, GSOM faculty and staff, and visiting alumni for a drink and appetizers. This is an opportunity for students to introduce themselves and meet colleagues from the GSOM community!
Tilton Hall:
Higgins University Center
6 - 8 p.m. MBA/MSA Waiver exam
Those who have previously registered to take a waiver exam may do so at this time.
Carlson Hall
Room 128
Friday, August 21, 2015
9 - 10 a.m. Career Plan and Communication Assessment
The Career Management Center will deliver a brief Career Plan and Communication assessment to help learn more about each students' career goals and feedback from the assessment will guide the Development of relevant, targeted training sessions offered during the academic year.
Sackler 120
10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learning with the Case Study Method
The case study is a critical component of graduate education, and working successfully in a team is a skill that all students must master. This session, led by Dr. Catherine Usoff, GSOM Dean, will provide students with a strong foundation for success in a team-based case study environment. *Students will be assigned to teams to work on a required case study assignment following this session. Case study assignments are due by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26th by emailing them to gsomstudentservices@clarku.edu. There will be a required Case Study Review session on Friday, August 28th from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Jefferson 320
Saturday, August 22, 2015
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Hampton Beach Trip with IDCE
Visit Hampton Beach, NH (www.Hamptonbeach.org) with fellow graduate students from the IDCE Department! Busses leave for from the IDCE House at 8 a.m. sharp and depart Hampton Beach for the return trip to Worcester at 6 p.m.. The rain date is Sunday, August 23. To sign up for this trip, please stop by Room 24 in the IDCE House between 10 a.m. - 4p.m. weekdays. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, August 20.
IDCE House
Hawthorne Street
Friday, August 28, 2015
10 - 11:30 a.m. Case Study Review
Dean Catherine Usoff will lead a session to review the results of the team case studies.  Following the Aug. 21st Case Study Method session, students will be assigned to teams to work on a required case study assignment. Case study assignments are due by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26th by emailing them to gsomstudentservices@clarku.edu.
TBA - An email regarding the room assignment will be sent out prior to this session

College of Professional and Continuing Education Orientation

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Academic Advising

Pat Gillogly, Director of the MS in Professional Communications, will provide important information about selecting electives, waivers, working in group projects, and class participation
JC 106
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
2 - 2:30 p.m. Internships: Process, Expectations, and Adventure

Laura Myers, Graduate Internship Program Director, will present information about succesfully completing an internship as a COPACE student.
JC 106
Thursday, August 27, 2015
2 - 2:30 p.m. Career Development

Dennis Wadsworth, Director of the MS in Information Technology program, will present information about cultivating a professional identity and resume development.
JC 106