The Graduate Affairs Committee, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the Teaching Support Center, and the Geograd Society organize welcome and orientation activities for the incoming student cohort the week of Labour Day. Some of this is specific to Teaching Assistants while the rest applies to all new graduate students. The latter will include information on such things as: departmental offices, departmental resources, and health and safety. Some of this is self-directed (e.g., contact the Graduate Administrator to obtain office space and keys, activate computer and print accounts, get details about how to obtain ID card) while the rest involves both a meeting with your entire cohort and a full department casual "meet and greet". On the second weekend of term the cohort of incoming students goes on a Graduate Retreat (see below).
Geography's Orientation Day activities, Retreat, and Health and Safety session are mandatory for all new GeoGrad students (marked in light blue). The Teaching Support Center's TA day is highly recommended for those of you who will be teaching assistants.
|Day and Time||Location||Item||Who|
|TBD||TBD||ITA Day - Teaching Support Centre - International graduate teaching assistant workshop||International TA's|
|Sept 4 (Mon)
|NCB 101||International Student Orientation Day
International and Exchange Student Centre - Reception and Orientation Program
|International & Exchange students|
|Sept 5-12||Graduate Administrator||- submit signed waiver for Retreat
- notify about food restrictions
|Sept 6 (Wed)
|HSB 40||TA Day - Teaching Support Centre - graduate student teaching assistant workshop||all TA's|
|TBD||Alumni Hall||School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies graduate student orientation||new grads|
|Sept 7 (Thurs)
Welcome Message Grad Chair & Chair
Debates in Geographic Thought - brief
|12:30-12:45||SSC 1004||Health and Safety
(Karen Van Kerkoerle)
|13:00-13:30||SSC 1004||Society of Graduate Students
|13:30-14:00||SSC 1004||Graduate Teaching Assistants' Union
|Teaching Support Centre
(Dr. Beth Hundey)
|14:15-14:30||SSC 1004||Environment and Sustainability Program Information Session
|new Geog/EnvSus grads|
|14:30-14:45||SSC 1004||Let's Talk About Science
|15:00||SSC 2322||Scavenger Hunt - meet outside main office
deadline identify dietary restrictions for Retreat (below)
|16:15-18:30||TBD||Pizza Meet & Greet||all grads|
|Sept 8 (Fri)
|SSC 1004||GeoGrad Society Co-Presidents
(Merlin Chatwin & Kate Schieman)
|14:00-15:00||SSC 1004||Ice-breaker introduction
|16:00-18:00||off site||Meet and greet||all faculty/grads|
|18:30-20:30||off site||Dinner||all grads|
|20:30||off site||Night out||all grads|
|Sept 11 (Mon)||grad classes and undergrad classes start - make contact with instructor for whom you are the TA||all|
To make an appointment email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|SSC 2217||Karen V. will take your photo for the geograd webpage||new grads|
|TBA||Migration and Ethnic Relations (MER) program information session||new grads interested in MER|
9:30 Fri -
|Meet at loading dock - SSC||Grad Retreat (See below)||new grads|
In addition to the various departmental meetings and campus activities, all new students participate in a subsidized weekend retreat where additional familiarization, briefing and program preparation are undertaken in an informal setting. The retreat is also meant to help students get to know their cohort of peers - which is typically 20-25 students - and to explore issues about being a grad student (at UWO). The Graduate Affairs Committee representatives and the new students travel by van and typically stay at least one night. Meals are provided; participation is mandatory.
There is a $25 fee for the Retreat.
What to Bring
In addition to the usual clothes, toiletries (plus towel) and personal items you normally take on an overnight trip, some suggestions.
We are staying in heated buildings.
Often a fire is lit in the outdoor pit ...
We will be outdoors some of the time ...
You will want to make some notes...
Faculty Facilitators 2017
There are two main types of sessions - team challenges and discussions. You will remain on the same team for all team challenges, but the groups will be mixed up for the discussion sessions.
|Day and Time||Location||Item||Comments|
|Stevenson Children's Camp||Department of Geography graduate student retreat||see above and below|
|10:00||depart Social Science (loading dock area, parking lot - Social Science)|
|10:30||arrive Stevenson Children's Camp|
|10:45||Welcome & Itinerary - (TBD)|
|Team Challenge Session - (TBD)|
|Discussion Session - Degree and Program - (TBD)
|Discussion - Social Relations Introduction (TBD)
|Role Playing Preparation - Introduction (TBD)|
|Role Playing / Discussion - Presentations
|free time (bonfire, cards, games, chat...)|
|9:00||Team Challenge Session - (TBD)|
|9:30||Discussion - Research and Funding
|11:30||depart for UWO|