New Graduate Student Orientation and Graduate Employee Mandatory Training

Fall 2018 New Graduate Student Orientations

Orientation events hosted by the Graduate School are a great way to meet other graduate students and gather valuable information about the University of Oregon .

All Graduate Student Orientation and Mandatory GE Training Schedule 

International Graduate Student Orientation Schedule

Speak Test Information


New Graduate Student Orientation and Mandatory Graduate Employee Training

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Time & Place



9:00 am

Straub 1st Floor Foyer

Registration Opens Pick up your name badge, program, ticket for lunch and additional information at the registration desk.

10:30 am

Straub 156

Pre-Orientation Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation Presentation


All Graduate Employees are encouraged to attend this information session and learn about the GTFF health insurance and GTFF membership.

11:45 am-12:50 pm

EMU Green on the ‘O’


Resource Fair

Lunch With Your College

EMU Green on the ‘O’

Join us for a BBQ on the ‘O’, peruse the resource fair and join your colleagues at your College or School’s table. Co-sponsored by the GTFF and the Univerisity of Oregon Gradaute School.

1:00-1:30 pm

Straub 156


Dr. Janet Woodruff-Borden, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School

Dr. Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Vice-President for Equity and Inclusion:

Dr. Michael Schill, University of Oregon President

1:30-2:00 pm

Straub 156

Rehearsals for Life

Abigail Leeder, Office of the Dean of Students & Rehearsals for Life

Rehearsals for Life is a joint project between the UO Graduate School and the Office of the Dean of Students.  The troupe uses their own stories and experiences to find inspiration for their performances and discuss issues of power and privilege.

2:00-2:50 pm

Straub 156

Title IX and Addressing Equity

Nicole Commissiong, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, University of Oregon School of Law

Pete Fehrs, Sr. Labor Relations Coordinator, Human Resource

2:50-3:10 pm

Straub 156

Accessible Education

Hilary Gerdes, Sr Dir Accessible Educ Ctr, Accessible Education Center

3:10-3:40 pm

Straub 156

Success and Socialization for Graduate Students Panel

Colin Brand-Graduate Student Association (GSA);

Jaclyn Kellon- Creating Connections; Johan Bonilla- CMiS;

Kira Egelhofer-Women in Graduate Science (WGS),

Maria Kalnbach, Coordinator, Nontraditional & Veteran Student Engagement and Success

3:40-4:00 pm

Transition to Breakout Concurrent Sessions

4:10-5:00 pm

Straub 156

Graduate Employees Policies and Procedures

Pete Fehrs, Sr. Labor Relations Coordinator, Human Resource

Jill Creighton, Assistant Dean of Students for Conduct and Operations

Jim Blick, Asst. Registrar, Office of the Registrar

Glen Morris, Benefits Administrator GTFF

Human Resources; Student Conduct; FERPA; GTFF Insurance;

4:10-5:00 pm

Straub 145

First Year Fellows and Raymund Fellows

Lisa Howard, Director of Finance and Administration, Graduate School

Stipends and Benefits; 

4:10-5:00 pm

Straub 251

Training Grant Fellows

Christina Wozniak, Administrator, Sponsored Projects Services

Stipends and Benefits; 


New International Graduate Student Orientation

Thursday, September 13th, 2018,

Many Nations Longhouse

International Graduate Student Orientation is presented in coordination with the International Student Orientation Week put on by the Office of International Affairs




10:00 am


Pick up your name badge, program, and additional information at the registration desk.

10:40-10:50 Longhouse Blessing sa Anastasia Zito

10:30-10:40 am


Graduate School Dean Dr. Janet Woodruff-Borden

10:50-11:05 am

Panel: The Graduate School as a Resource

Hannah Schneider-Lynch, Admissions and Recruitment Manager, Graduate School

Lisa Howard, Director of Finance and Admin, Graduate School

Kris Wright, Family GE, Graduate School

Tori Byington, PhD. Assistant Dean, Graduate School

11:05-11:15 am

UO Student Billing Procedures

Dave Doerksen,Accounts Receivable Supervisor, Business Affairs Office


11:15-11:40 am


UO Libraries and Technology

David Woken, Assistant Librarian, UO Libraries

Patrick Chinn, Associate CIO for Customer Experience

11:40-12:00 pm

Health Care at the UO: Health, Counseling and Testing Center

Angela G. Long, MS, MPH, Director of Health Initiatives, UO Health Center

Teresa Davis, Insurance Opportunities Manager, UO Health Center

Becki Penrod, Student Health Benefits Plan Manager, UO Health Center

Asha Stephent, Senior Staff Psychologist, Counseling and UO Counseling and Testing Center

12:00-12:10 pm

International Student and Scholar Services


Andrew Shiotani, Assistant Director, International Student & Scholar Services

12:10-12:20 pm

Mills Center, International Affairs

Sonja Rasmussen,Coordinator for Mills International Center, Mills International Center

12:20-12:30 pm

Language Policy for GTFs Who Are Not Native English Speakers

Trish Pashby, Senior Instructor, American English Institute



12:30-1:20 pm


Many Nations Longhouse

1:20-2:20 pm

International Student Panel and Dessert

Irene Awino, School of Journalism and Communication

Sanan Moradi, Geography

Douglas Imaralu, Non-Profit Management

Hadil Abuhmaid, Media Studies

Keqing Sun, Couples and Family Therapy


Here are a few brief tips for making sure you get off to a great start:

  1. Each graduate program has a Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and a graduate coordinator or secretary.  We strongly urge you to identify these key people - they can be excellent resources.
  2. Obtain any writing materials from your department that describe requirements for satisfactory progress and degree completing.  Keep these items in a permanent file.
  3. Become familiar with the Graduate School's general requirements and policies for all graduate students.
  4. Take a guided tour of campus.  Tours are offered Monday through Saturday.  Call (541) 346-3201 or visit the Office of Admissions web site.
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