Gradstravaganza: Graduate Student Welcome
Friday, September 6, 2019
4:00-5:30pm: Mini-Workshops in the Johnson Center, Third Floor Meeting Rooms (Fairfax Campus)
5:30-7:00pm: Picnic at the Center for the Arts Lobby and Mason Pond (Fairfax Campus)
Picnic Rain Location: Center for the Arts Lobby and Grand Tier II
All new and continuing Mason graduate students are invited to Gradstravaganza, Mason’s annual graduate student welcome event! Join fellow Mason grad students for FREE food, mini-workshops highlighting strategies for success in graduate school, connections with campus resources, games, and giveaways, including special Mason Grad Student t-shirts! Families are welcome! Remember to bring your Mason student ID with you. Brought to you by Graduate Student Life, the Office of the Provost, the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA), Mason Recreation, and Student Involvement.
Mini-Workshops for Graduate Student Success
We are offering an array of mini-workshop sessions aimed at promoting your success in your graduate program. All mini-workshops will be held in the Johnson Center on the third floor. Check-in for these sessions will be held in the West Lobby on the third floor by the elevators. Graduate students who participate in the mini-workshops will have the opportunity to receive their T-shirts at the end of the third session and a wristband for expedited entry to the picnic!
Hover over each title in the table to view descriptions of each workshop.
|JC Room A||JC Room B||JC Room C||JC Room D||JC Room F|
|4:00-4:30 PM||Building Your Network Now for Your Job Search Later||Making the Commitment to Writing||Pathway through the PhD||Fellowships and Funding Opportunities in Grad School and Beyond||Resilience in Graduate School: Strategies to Support Your Thriving|
|4:30-5:00 PM||Building an Effective Relationship with your Mentor/Advisor||Building Your Network Now for Your Job Search Later||Budgeting the Grad School Way||Strategies for Success in Your Master’s Degree Program||Managing Limited Time and Multiple Demands|
|5:00-5:30 PM||How to Get On-Campus Employment as a Graduate Student||Building an Effective Relationship with your Mentor/Advisor||Well-Being during Graduate School: Balancing Difficult Decisions||Strategies for Success in Your Master’s Degree Program||Managing Limited Time and Multiple Demands|
Important Information about Mini-Workshops
Check-in for the mini-workshops will begin at 3:30pm in the West Lobby on the third floor of the Johnson Center, near the elevators. Capacity for the mini-workshops will be limited to 55 students each and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please review the mini-workshop descriptions in advance and select first-, second-, and third-choice options.
For the first time this year, we are live streaming selected mini-workshop sessions. Please click on the following WebEx links to join the live stream sessions.
Title: Building Your Network Now for Your Job Search Later
Title: Building an Effective Relationship with Your Mentor/Advisor
Title: How to Get On-Campus Employment as a Graduate Student
Pulled Barbecue Chicken on Rolls (Halal)
Veggie Burgers on Rolls
Vegetarian Baked Beans
Rita’s Italian Ice
This agenda will be updated with further details and instructions for check-in by late August 2019.
4:00 – 5:30pm Mini-Workshop Sessions in the Johnson Center, Third Floor Meeting Rooms
5:30pm Picnic Begins in the Center for the Arts Lobby and Mason Pond
Check-in will be held in the Center for the Arts Lobby and begins at 5:30pm
- All Mason graduate students must check in and should bring their Mason ID. Guests are welcome and must be accompanied by their Mason graduate student host to check in. All participants (Mason graduate students and guests) must check in to receive a wristband in order to access food, activities, and entertainment.
Picnic Buffet begins in Center for the Arts Lobby
Rita’s Italian Ice available outside Center for the Arts entrance (under overhang)
Entertainment and activities begin at Mason Pond
- Crafts: Inspiration Rocks and pennant-making
- Selfie Station
- T-shirts available for Mason graduate students
Lawn games provided by Mason Recreation begin at Mason Pond
- Giant Pong, Giant Jenga, cornhole, ladder golf
- Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA), Mason Libraries, Student Support and Advocacy Center, Global Education Office, College of Education and Human Development, and Volgenau School of Engineering
6:00pm Welcome Remarks
7:00pm Gradstravaganza ends
Gradstravaganza will be held on the Fairfax Campus. The Mini-Workshop sessions will be held on the third floor of the Johnson Center. Check-in will take place in the West Lobby by the elevators on the third floor.
The Picnic will be held at the Center for the Arts Lobby and Mason Pond. Check-in will take place inside the Center for the Arts Lobby. In the event of inclement weather, the Picnic will move inside the Center for the Arts Lobby and Grand Tier II.
To view a map of the Fairfax Campus, visit here.
Parking and Transportation
Free parking for Gradstravaganza attendees is available in Lot K with the following permit. Please print the permit and place on your dashboard. To view a map of the Fairfax Campus, visit here.
The closest public parking to the picnic is available in Mason Pond Parking Deck ($3/hour). You may also park in your regularly assigned lot. For more information about parking, visit the Parking Services website. To view a map of the Fairfax Campus, visit here.
Transportation from Arlington Campus:
- You may take the Metro to reach Fairfax from Arlington. You can take the Orange Line from the Virginia Square-GMU Metro station to the Vienna Metro station. At the Vienna Metro station, there is a Metro to Mason Shuttle that can take you directly to the Fairfax Campus with a valid Mason ID. Visit the Mason Shuttles website for more information. You may also take any Cue Bus from the Vienna Metro station to the Fairfax Campus.
Transportation from Science and Technology Campus in Prince William:
- You may take the SciTech-Fairfax GMU shuttle to the Sandy Creek Transit Center stop. For more information, including the schedule, visit the Mason Shuttles website.
What to Bring
- Mason ID (how to get your ID)
- Blankets or chairs for sitting outside
- Openness to meeting fellow Mason graduate students!