New Graduate Student Orientation 2020

New Graduate Student Orientation: 2020

New Graduate Student Orientation

 

The live portion of New Graduate Student Orientation was held on August 25th, 2020, but you can view recordings of the different sessions by selecting the following links:

Welcome to the University of Delaware! In addition to the live event on August 25th, there is also the Graduate Student Orientation site on Canvas that consists of a series of online modules created by the UD Graduate College in partnership with students, staff, and faculty from across the University. It will provide you with a variety of tools and information to help you “Get Connected” to UD and succeed right from the start.

These modules are accessible at any time, day or night, and you can work through them at your own pace. Pick and choose the topics that interest you or are most relevant at the time. You can return to them as often as you would like. Get the most out of this site by using it in preparation for your start of the school year but know that it will be available throughout the semester.

This site is designed to inform you about the nuts and bolts of being a student, such as obtaining your student ID card, enrolling in health insurance, registering for classes, and paying for tuition and fees. It also familiarizes you with campus, UD’s diverse community, and the many resources available for your academic success, safety, and well-being. Additionally, we have provided advice on what to expect about the culture of graduate school in general and important updates about how the University is creating a safe, supportive, and rewarding learning environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For additional information, please contact Caitlin Hutchison

GETTING HERE

Graduate College

The University of Delaware Graduate College is located in Hullihen Hall, the UD’s main administrative building. It is part of UD’s main campus and is in Newark (“New Ark”), which offers the charm of a small college town, with easy access to major metropolitan areas. UD also has campuses in Wilmington, Dover, Georgetown, and Lewes, Del.

Clayton Hall

The New Graduate Student Orientation will be held at the John M. Clayton Hall Conference Center on the University of Delaware’s main campus in Newark, Del. Ample free parking is available, and Marriott’s Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware Hotel is conveniently located next door, and other hotels are available.

Driving Directions
John M. Clayton Hall Conference Center: From either north or south, take I-95 to Exit 1 (Newark/Rte. 896) in Delaware. Turn onto 896 N.; this road becomes S. College Ave. and proceeds through campus. Follow S. College to Main St., which is a “T” intersection where all traffic must turn left. Turn left onto W. Main St., staying in the right lane. Proceed 2 short blocks and bear right onto New London Rd./896 N. The main entrance to the conference center is about a half mile ahead, on the right and well marked.

Parking: Please utilize Clayton Hall parking lot for this event. Vehicles in Courtyard Marriot’s parking lots are subject to towing.

Pencader Hall

Pencader Hall will host additional sessions of the New Graduate Student Orientation being held at the John M. Clayton Hall Conference Center.

Travel Plans

The University of Delaware campus is located in Newark, Delaware. You will need to make arrangements to travel from the airport to campus when you arrive in the area.

Lodging

Here is a list of area lodgings that are within a five-fifteen minute drive of the University.

Airports

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) are the two main airports closest to UD’s campus. Shuttle service available.

Train Service

AMTRAK and SEPTA operate a vast network of fixed route services including bus, subway/elevated, trackless trolley, light rail, and commuter rail serving a 2,200 square mile service region.

Bus Service

Bus services at UD includes UD Bus Shuttle, Newark Unicity Bus System, DART (Delaware Transit Corporation) and Greyhound.

Housing

If you’re looking for temporary or permanent housing or just guidance on how to sign a housing agreement explore this resource for more information.

ARRIVAL

New Graduate Student Orientation

Arrival Time

Orientation will take place on Tuesday, August 20th, in Clayton Hall Conference Center. Attendance is REQUIRED for all new graduate students. Check-in and light breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the program beginning promptly at 8:30 a.m. This orientation is required and will introduce you to resources and services, the range of activities and programs, and other important connections available to the graduate student community at UD.

Driving Directions

John M. Clayton Hall Conference Center: From either north or south, take I-95 to Exit 1 (Newark/Rte. 896) in Delaware. Turn onto 896 N.; this road becomes S. College Ave. and proceeds through campus. Follow S. College to Main St., which is a “T” intersection where all traffic must turn left. Turn left onto W. Main St., staying in the right lane. Proceed 2 short blocks and bear right onto New London Rd./896 N. The main entrance to the conference center is about a half mile ahead, on the right and well marked. Ample free parking is available. Marriott’s Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware Hotel is conveniently located next door, and other hotels are available locally.

FREE PARKING: Free parking is available in the Clayton Hall parking lot for this event. Vehicles in Courtyard Marriott’s parking lots are subject to towing.

AGENDA

New Student Orientation

    TIMESESSIONLOCATION
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.REGISTRATION
     Light breakfast refreshments served
Clayton Lobby
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.WELCOME: "Getting Connected"
     Welcome Address
     Robin Morgan, Provost
     Doug Doren, Interim Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Dean of the Graduate College
     Mary Martin, Associate Vice Provost of Graduate and Professional Education and Associate Dean of the Graduate College
Clayton Ballroom
(101 A & B)
9:05 - 9:55 a.m.GRADUATE HEALTH AND SAFETY
     Patrick A. Ogden, Chief of Police
     Tim Dowling, Director of Health Services
     Brad Wolgast, Director of Counseling & Student Development
     Adam Foley, Director of Diversity Education, Assessment, & Outreach
     Tony Goldston, Assistant Athletic Director for Recreation Programming
Clayton Ballroom
(101 A & B)
10:00 - 10:15 a.m.COFFEE BREAKClayton Lobby
10:20 - 11:15 a.m.GRADUATE STUDENT RESOURCES
     Megan Gaffney, Librarian and Coordinator of Interlibrary Loan, Morris Library
     David Robinson, Director, IT-Communications and Customer Success
     Rachel Coppola, Sr. Associate Director at the UD Career Center
     Jennifer Follett, Director, Writing Center
Clayton Ballroom
(101 A & B)
11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
MEET THE STUDENTS
     Moderator: Sindhuja Sundar, Graduate Student Government President
Clayton Ballroom
(101 A & B)
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.LUNCH and COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIRClayton Lobby
1:05 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSION: All Master’s Students
“Your First Semester as a Master’s Student”
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
College of Arts and Sciences (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)
College of Arts and Sciences (Natural Sciences)
Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics
College of Earth, Ocean and Environment
College of Education and Human Development
College of Engineering
College of Health Sciences


Pencader 107
Pencader 115A
Pencader 115B
Pencader 106
Clayton 123
Pencader 103
Clayton 119
Clayton 125
1:05 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSION: Doctoral Students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
UD'S WORLD OF RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
Clayton 101
1:05 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSION: Doctoral Students in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
UD'S WORLD OF RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
Clayton 120
2:05 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ICE CREAM SOCIAL

ADDITIONAL ORIENTATIONS

International Student Orientation

DATE: August 28, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EST

Fall 2020 International Student Orientation (ISO) will be held virtually on Friday, August 28, 2020.

Orientation and other welcome events are designed to help you transition to UD and the U.S. and to complete government check-in so you can be registered in SEVIS.

Teaching Assistant Orientation

The Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning has coordinated with the Graduate College to add a mandatory module for teaching assistants on the New Graduate Student Orientation Canvas site.

  • If you are a first-time TA and an incoming student to UD, you should complete Module 7: Advice for Teaching Assistants Only, in addition to other 6 Modules of the UD New Graduate Student Orientation Canvas site.
  • If you are a first-time TA and a returning student (that is you have spent previous semesters at UD as a graduate student), you will be granted access to the UD New Graduate Student Orientation Canvas site, but only need to complete Module 7: Advice for Teaching Assistants Only.

We have not been notified of any departmental orientations just yet. Please double check with your department or come back later.
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