Grad Student Welcome Days

Fall 2019 Events

Welcome Week Tabling

Monday, Aug. 26, 4:00-7:00pm
Van Metre Hall Lobby
Arlington Campus
Stop by the University Life table to say hello, learn about upcoming events, and like our social media platforms to get a free candy bar!

SciTech Campus Welcome Fair

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 11:00am-2:00pm
Katherine G. Johnson Hall
SciTech Campus
Students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of University Life and other offices that provide direct and indirect support to them on the SciTech and Fairfax campuses, connect with fellow students, and sample food from Science and Technology Campus restaurants.

Welcome Week Tabling

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 4:00-7:00pm
Van Metre Hall Lobby
Arlington Campus
Stop by the University Life table to say hello, learn about upcoming events, and like our social media platforms to get a free candy bar!

Welcome Week Tabling

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 4:00-7:00pm
Van Metre Hall Lobby
Arlington Campus
Stop by the University Life table to say hello, learn about upcoming events, and like our social media platforms to get a free candy bar!

Arlington Campus Welcome Fair

Thursday, Aug. 29, 5:00-7:00pm
Van Metre Hall, Rooms 125 and 126
Arlington Campus
Attend the annual welcome celebration to sample local Arlington restaurants, learn about student organizations and resources, and enjoy free give-aways from campus and community resources.

College Colors Day

Friday, Aug. 30
Arlington Campus
Show your Mason spirit by wearing your green and gold! Make sure to wear your Mason gear every Friday!

Gradstravaganza: Graduate Student Welcome

Friday, Sept. 6, 4:00-7:00pm
Mini-Workshops: 4:00-5:30pm in Johnson Center 3rd Floor Meeting Rooms
Picnic: 5:30-7:00pm at Mason Pond and the Center for the Arts Lobby
Fairfax Campus
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, and giveaways, including t-shirts! Families are welcome!

Mini-workshops for graduate student success will be held 4:00-5:30pm in the Johnson Center meeting rooms on the third floor.

The picnic will be held 5:30-7:00pm at Mason Pond and the Center for the Arts Lobby.

Brought to you by Graduate Student Life, Student Involvement, the Office of the Provost, and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA).

Remember to bring your Mason student ID with you. For more information, visit the Gradstravaganza page!

UL Arlington Open House

Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 9-12, 3:30-6:30pm
Van Metre Hall, Room 222
Arlington Campus
Join us in Van Metre Hall Room 222 for free snacks and to learn about student resources available for you!

Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School: Graduate School Reading Strategies

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 3:00-4:15pm
SUB I, Suite 3129
Fairfax Campus
In the first workshop of this year’s series, Graduate School Reading Strategies, learn techniques for reading research articles, texts, and other literature to increase comprehension and application of knowledge in an efficient way.

For more information and to register, visit Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School page.

Happy Heart Walk

Date: TBD
Van Metre Hall Lobby, 12:00pm
Arlington Campus
Meet at noon to take a one mile walk around campus. Together lets build community and promote heart health.

Building Community: A Networking Event for Graduate Students of Diverse Identities

Monday, Sept. 16, 3:30-5:00pm
Patriots Lounge, SUB I
Fairfax Campus
Graduate Student Life; Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Queer Resources; Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics; and the Office of the Provost invite graduate students of diverse identities (including graduate students of color, graduate students who identify as LGBTQ+, and first-generation graduate students) to a welcoming and networking reception to kick off the academic year. This is a great opportunity to meet graduate students across disciplines and build community to enhance your Mason experience. Faculty and staff of diverse identities and other Mason community members who are interested in fostering inclusion and graduate student success on campus are also invited!

For more information, please contact Graduate Student Life at gradlife@gmu.edu or visit the events page.

Meet the Dean

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 12:00-1:15pm
Van Metre Hall, Room 222
Arlington Campus
Join Annamaria Nields, Associate Dean at the Antonin Scalia Law School to discuss all things Mason! Enjoy free snacks and ask about career advice, work life balance, and learn more about different programs on the Arlington campus!

Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School: Online Course Strategies Webinar

Friday, Sept. 20, 12:00-1:00pm
SUB I, Suite 3129 and Online
Fairfax Campus
While online courses offer students flexibility and convenience, they can present their own set of challenges. Join us for a workshop (either face-to-face or online) to learn how to manage your time, how to learn in an online environment, and how to use self-regulation strategies to achieve your academic goals. Information about logging on to access the online livestream will be provided to registered participants.

For more information and to register, visit Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School page.

Graduate Student Career Workshop: Résumé Writing for Grad Students

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2:30-4:00pm
University Career Services Resource Room (SUB I, Room 3400)
Fairfax Campus
When you apply for jobs and internships, you need to be able to communicate your skills, experiences, and qualifications effectively to prospective employers. Join Graduate Student Life and University Career Services for a Graduate Student Career Development Workshop on résumé writing to learn what you can do to craft the strongest document for your future job search. You will also be ready to share your skills and qualifications at the Fall Career Fair on October 2 & 3!

Participants will learn the specifics of writing a résumé and have an opportunity to write and/or peer review drafts. Please bring a draft of your résumé, if you have one.

For more information, visit the Graduate Student Life Events page.

Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School: Overcoming Procrastination 

Thursday, Sept. 26, 12:00-1:15pm
SUB I, Suite 3129
Fairfax Campus
Do you find yourself constantly putting off projects, assignments, or commitments? You may be caught in the “not now, later” trap. Learn the reasons why you might be putting off your work and strategies for how to break out of the procrastination cycle.

For more information and to register, visit Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School page.

Grad Night In

Thursday, Sept. 26, 4:00-9:00pm
Fenwick 1014B
Fairfax Campus
Need a break while on campus? Want to meet with your cohort? Working on a group project? Want to meet other Mason grad students and also get some work done? Join Graduate Student Life at Fenwick Library for Grad Night In, a monthly collaborative study date just for Mason grad students! We will provide caffeine and snacks; come with your work and a friend! Come by Fenwick Library, Room 1014B, and stay for a minute or stay for a while — we hope to see you there!

For more information, visit the Graduate Student Life Events page.

Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference

Friday, Sept. 27, 8:00am-6:00pm
Johnson Center
Fairfax Campus
The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning invites graduate student instructors, faculty, and staff to the 2019 Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference addressing the theme, “Teaching the Whole Student.” Find out more and register by Sept. 23.

Graduate students may apply for a limited number of free admission scholarships. To apply, send 2-3 sentences explaining how attending the conference will support your career goals/what you hope to gain from participating to the Stearns Center no later than Friday, Sept. 18; approved applicants will be given a one-time-use discount code.

For more information, check out the Innovations in Teaching and Learning conference webpage.

Movers and Shakers Mixer!

Thursday, Oct. 3, 5:30-7:30pm
Van Metre Hall, Rooms 125 & 126
Arlington Campus
Join the Arlington Campus for a professional networking event for Mason Graduate Students & Arlington Community Leaders! Make sure to watch for registration details! Space is limited.

Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School: Managing Academic Anxiety

Friday, Oct. 4, 10:30-11:45am
SUB I, Suite 3129
Fairfax Campus
The pressure in graduate school can be overwhelming, especially when it comes time for exams, program benchmarks, or a thesis/dissertation defense. Any time you are asked to perform, tension can interfere with you doing your best. This workshop examines the reasons for performance anxiety and explores strategies for coping with it.

For more information and to register, visit Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School page.

What is "Grad Student Welcome Days"?

Grad Student Welcome Days highlight events and workshops designed to facilitate students' successful transition to graduate and professional education at Mason. These programs have been designed to connect new and continuing graduate and professional students to key information, strategies, and resources to promote their success and well-being within the first six weeks of the semester. Check out our poster for a list of all events and dates!

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