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Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2015

March 30 – April 3, 2015

Join the Graduate and Professional Student Association and Graduate Student Life in celebrating Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2015! During this week, we honor the contributions of Mason’s 10,000+ graduate and professional students.

This year, Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week will be held March 30 – April 3, 2015.

View the calendar of events below!

Monday, March 30

9:00-11:00am
Muffin Monday at the Graduate Student Center
Johnson Center 310
Stop by the Graduate Student Center before you go to the office, classroom, or lab for a continental breakfast, featuring muffins, coffee, tea, juice, and fruit!

7:30-9:00pm
Graduate Student and Alumni Happy Hour
Johnson Center 240K
The Women and Gender Studies Center will be hosting a happy hour for graduate students. All graduate students are welcome. Beer, wine, and snacks will be provided.​

Tuesday, March 31

3:00-4:00pm
Conversation with Cody: Strategies for Graduate Student Success
Johnson Center, Room A
Join Dr. Cody Edwards, Associate Provost for Graduate Education, for a conversation about strategies you can use to succeed in graduate school. Topics will include (but are not limited to) how to develop an effective relationship with your advisor/mentor, opportunities to build your research and writing abilities, and professional development. Bring your questions and a willingness to participate in the discussion! Pizza and soda will be provided. Pre-registration is required.

Register for Conversation with Cody now.

7:00pm-9:00pm
Graduate Student Social at Prince William Campus
Pizza, Wings & Thangs
Come and celebrate Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week among fellow graduate students. Food will be provided and happy hour will be available. Sponsored by University Life – Prince William.

Wednesday, April 1

3:00-4:00pm
Professional Associations: Network Now, Get Hired Later
Johnson Center, Room F
What is a professional association? What are the benefits of joining? How do I find relevant professional associations for me and my field? These questions and more will be answered during this interactive workshop for Mason graduate and professional students. Plus, you will have the opportunity to join a professional association at the end of the presentation! This event is sponsored by University Career Services, the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA), Graduate Student Life, Women and Gender Studies, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Register for the Professional Associations: Network Now, Get Hired Later workshop now.

3:30-7:00pm
Graduate Student Center Coffee Break
Johnson Center 310
Visit the Graduate Student Center on the third floor of the Johnson Center for our monthly Coffee Break, featuring free coffee,tea, and snacks from 3:30 to 7:00pm! Meet the Graduate Student Life staff and fellow Mason graduate students, and learn about campus resources. Stop by on your way to class and say hello!

5:30-7:30pm
Ice Cream Social at Arlington Campus
Founders Plaza
It’s no April Fool’s joke–free ice cream! Join fellow graduate and professional students for ice cream and mingling, courtesy of University Life – Arlington.

Thursday, April 2

3:00-6:00pm
Free Massages in Student Involvement
The HUB, Suite 2300
Take a break and relax with a free 10-minute chair massage! Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-serve basis. While you’re visiting the Student Involvement office, learn more about the Graduate and Professional Student Association and other ways to get involved on campus!

8:00pm
Mason Unplugged Featuring Mary Lambert
Center for the Arts
Mary Lambert is a Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and spoken word artist from Seattle. After gaining international attention for writing and singing the hook on Macklemore and Ryan Lews’ double platinum’ “Same Love,” Mary’s career as a solo artist continues to gain tremendous momentum. For more information about the show and tickets, visit this website.

Friday, April 3

1:30-2:50pm
Thriving in Graduate School Workshop: Communicating Your Research
Robinson B106
Looking for ways to communicate your research to a broader audience or colleagues or potential employers? Does your 30-second elevator pitch last 5 minutes? In this workshop, we’ll identify communication strategies and ways to think about your research with a general audience in mind. We will practice some of these strategies in small groups.

Register for the Communicating Your Research workshop now. For more information about the Thriving in Graduate School Workshop series, visit the Thriving webpage.

9:00pm
Pride Week Drag Show
Johnson Center Atrium
Come join some of DC’s finest drag queens and kings (as well as Mason’s own student performers!) as they strut their stuff during our annual hit drag show! This year’s show will be a fabulous time.

March 31 – April 2

Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) Elections
Vote for next year’s advocates for the Mason graduate and professional student body! For more information, visit the GAPSA Elections page. Election results will be announced on April 3.