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


New Graduate Student Orientation and Mandatory Graduate Employee Training

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Time & Place



10:30 am

Straub 156

Pre-Orientation Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation Presentation

Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation

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

11:30 am

Straub 1st Floor Foyer

Registration Opens

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

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

We will review UO policies and discuss effective responses.

2:50-3:00 pm

Straub 156

Accessible Education

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

We will review UO policies and resources for gradaute students and graduate employees.

3:00-3:20 pm

20 Min Break

3:20-4:00 pm

Straub 156

Student Resources Panel



4:00-4:10 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

Lisa Howard, Director of Finance and Administration, Graduate School

Stipends and Benefits; 

4:10-5:00 pm

Straub 251

Training Grant Fellows

Carrie Chesbro, Assoc. Director, Sponsored Projects Services

Stipends and Benefits; 

4:10-5:00 pm

Straub 245

Raymund Fellows


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.

10:30-10:40 am


Graduate School Dean Janet Woodruff-Borden

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

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

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

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, American English Institute


12:30-1:20 pm



1:20-2:20 pm

International Student Panel and Dessert



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

  1. Each department has a graduate program adviser 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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