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Campanile in the Fall

This year at a glance

The SDSU Graduate School coordinates a variety of events throughout the year for faculty, staff, and students to gain and share information and resources. For more information about any of the events listed below, contact SDSU Graduate School at 605-688-4181 or e-mail.

Graduate School Orientation 

           August 23, 2019 3:00-5:00 pm
           Rotunda A or Zoom

Orientation is open to any new graduate student. The two hour session will cover the basics of graduate school, current policies and procedures that impact students, and professional development opportunities. There will also be time set aside for students to ask questions of the staff. Light refreshments will be provided. Information will be electronically available following the orientation session. Supplemental material, not covered during the orientation session, will be offered as part of the Graduate School Professional Development Program.  For those who cannot attend in person, feel free to use the Zoom link (

Professional Development Program

For more information about the professional development program or earning the professional development certificate visit the Graduate Student Professional Development page. Recordings and/presentations from events highlighted below will be placed on D2L for distance students and those who are unable to attend presentations in person. If you would like to receive credit for attending a workshop not listed below, please contact the Graduate School for accommodations. Students not completing the professional development certificate are welcome at any of the following events. Events denoted with an asterisk (*) are sponsored by the Graduate School.

PDP Kickoff Event

     Monday, September 9th  3-5pm  Avera 382

Come join the Graduate School staff as we kick off the 2019-20 Professional Development Program (PDP). This event will give you a chance to ask questions, provide input on the events you would like to see during the year, and learn more about how and why you should consider completing the professional development certificate. SDSU ice cream will be provided!

Please RSVP here.


GSR 701: Grad School & Beyond  (Career Development)

      Wednesdays 6-7pm, location TBA, on the following dates

     8/28, 9/04, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/02, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/06, 11/13, 11/20, 12/04

This is a 1-credit course that you will need to register for in Fall 2019. Dr. Charlie Fenster from the Department of Biology & Microbiology will be the instructor. Please note, students from any discipline are welcome to enroll.

The focus will be on skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in a graduate program and post-graduate career including work/life balance, gender issues, and alternative career options. Students registered for this course will automatically receive credit toward the Career Development Competency and will not need to complete an evaluation.

Please contact the instructor or the Registrar's Office for more information. You will need to enroll for this course the same way as any other course through Student Self Service.


Mentoring Students in a Manner to Help Them Grow Academically and Personally  (Leadership)

Tuesday, September 10th  10-11am  Rotunda B or Zoom

Dr. Robert Horton, Distinguished Professor of the Agronomy Department at Iowa State University, will present "Mentoring Students in a Manner to Help Them Grow Academically and Personally".


Interdisciplinary Teams  (Research)

    Tuesday, September 10th  noon-1pm  The Barn 122 or Zoom

Dr. Maaz Gardezi from the SDSU Sociology Department will speak about the opportunities and challenges of bringing together an interdisciplinary team in light of doing research and grant work.

Please RSVP here.


Leadership for Grad Students  (Leadership)

    Friday, September 13th   9-10amSolberg Hall 008  or Zoom

Presented by Ms. Kimberly Gustafson, an Instructor in the SDSU Consumer Sciences Department. She will discuss leadership and management topics as they relate to Graduate Students and the value of these skills and experiences to your future.

Please RSVP here.


Acclimating to Graduate Work (Wellness)

     Monday, September 16, 2019 9:30-10:30am

Is there anything you think might get you down this fall in your graduate work? Monday's webinar is full of tips, tricks and hacks to help you build from strength to strength. Lend your voice to the international discussion on what grad life is like around the world.



Time Management  - A Mindset, Plus a Few Tips (Teaching)

     Thursday, September 19 (4pm-5pm) or Friday, September 20 (1pm-2pm)  Briggs Library – Room 125

Graduate students need to balance their lives to optimize success. It’s difficult due to the demands on each of their roles: student, instructor, researcher, and human. In this session we will discuss the right mindset for successful time management and share a few efficiency tricks.

Registration Link:


EndNote Training  (Research)

     Monday, September 30th  4-5:30pm  Briggs Library 125

Briggs Library is offering EndNote training during the fall semester. EndNote is an app that helps you insert citations and manage bibliographies in your writing. It is offered by the South Dakota Board of Regents to all students. Short 45 minute sessions will be offered during the Graduate workshops on October 10 (for more information see In addition, a full 1 ½ hour session will be offered on September 30, 2019 4:00-5:30 in Briggs Library 125. Register for the September session at Find more information on EndNote at


Would Your Resume Make the Cut?  (Career Development)

     Wednesday, October 2nd  3-4pm Avera 382 or Zoom

Grad Student Services Coordinator, Kristen Kponyoh, will discuss what you need to do to make your resume stand out among the crowd which will make it more likely that you will be asked to interview for desired positions.

Please RSVP here.


Grad Student Guide to Social Media  (Communication)

     Tuesday, October 8th  3-4pm  Avera 382 or Zoom

Kristen Kponyoh, Grad Student Services Coordinator, will cover the do’s and don’ts of maintaining a professional image across social media platforms and information on how to use these valuable tools to your advantage while on the job hunt.

Please RSVP here.


Literature Review Workshop  (Research)

     Thursday, October 10th  4-7:30pm  Briggs Library

SDSU librarians are offering workshops to help with literature reviews. We are offering four different sessions, with each session repeated three times. Attend one, two, or three sessions depending on your interests. Meet Subject Librarians and fellow grad students and enjoy food and beverages in the workshop lounge.

For more information and to register click here!


Responding to Students’ Needs  (Teaching)

     Tuesday, October 15 (4pm-5pm) or Friday, October 18 (11am-12pm)    Library 125 

Presenter:Wellness Center Counselor    

Attendees will wrestle with scenarios and brainstorm solutions regarding struggling students, students with mental health challenges, and students in crisis. An experienced counselor from the SDSU Wellness Center will offer insight and suggestions throughout the discussion

Registration Link:


Developing Cultural Intelligence for a Changing World: An American Indian Perspective (Communication)

     Wednesday, October 16th 3-5pm  Woster Celebration Hall, Alumni Center

James Rattling Leaf, Sr. is a certified associate trainer in Cultural Intelligence (CQ) with a specialty in Tribal/Indigenous Ways of Knowing.  Cultural intelligence (CQ) is a critical part of setting yourself apart in today’s globalized world of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and innovation. It’s the ability to relate and work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds and it goes beyond existing notions of cultural sensitivity and awareness. With cultural intelligence, you’ll know how to strategically use cultural differences to come up with more innovative solutions.

Please join us for this one of a kind workshop! Please RSVP here.


Using Citation Style to Your Advantage: APA, Harvard, & Chicago  (Communication)

     Thursday, October 17th  10am  Join webinar here.

Citations are an important aspect of writing academic papers. The more you know the rules that govern the style you are required to use, the better the quality of your papers. This webinar will give you information about how to use three of the more used citation styles.


Thesis/Dissertation Workshop  (Communication)

     Thursday, October 17th from 2-3pm in Crothers 215 or Zoom

Kristen Kponyoh, Graduate Student Services Coordinator, will provide a thorough rundown of the process of preparing and submitting your thesis or dissertation to ProQuest.

Please RSVP here.


Financial Preparedness  (Wellness)

     Tuesday, October 22nd  3-4pm  Avera 382 or Zoom

Presented by Robyn Jensen, Certified Financial Planner with Ameriprise Financial Services in Brookings. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how graduate students on a tight budget can manage finances and even prepare for the transition to the working world and beyond to ensure a less stressful financial future - priceless!

Please RSVP here.


Technology Transfer  (Research)

     Thursday, October 24th  3-4pm  Avera 382 or Zoom

Dr. William Gibbons, Interim Associate Dean for Research at SDSU, will share valuable information about the rules and regulations that go along with technology transfer while conducting research at SDSU. Get all of your questions answered during this informational session.

Please RSVP here.


Wellness for Grad Students  (Wellness)

     Wednesday, October 30th  3-4pm  Wagner 128 or Zoom

Mariah Weber, Wellness Coordinator at the SDSU Student Wellness Center, will present on wellness topics that are important to Graduate Students. Come and learn about how wellness plays an important role in your success in Graduate School.

Please RSVP here.


Taking Your Graduate Degree to the Work Environment  (Career Development)

     Monday, November 4th  9:30am   Join webinar here.

Whether you are a Masters or Doctoral student you need to think ahead in order to be prepared for your next job. Full of provocative ideas this webinar helps you investigate your job market, position your graduate degree for success whether or not in an academic environment, and understand how you need to present your understanding of the employer, the changes they are going through and what they need from you.


Entrepreneurship & Leadership  (Leadership)

     Monday, November 4th  3-4pm  Avera 380 or Zoom

Jennifer Quail, Director of Entrepreneur Support with the Brookings Economic Development Corporation, will provide information about the possibility of becoming an entrepreneur and just what it takes to be successful in the fast-growing entrepreneurial world. Learn about valuable local opportunities for budding leaders and entrepreneurs.

Please RSVP here.


Sustainability Workshop (Wellness)

     Wednesday, November 13th  noon-1pm    Yeager 206

Jennifer McLaughlin, SDSU Sustainability Specialist, is the presenter. Learn about sustainability, SDSU efforts, and how you can make your life more sustainable.

Please RSVP here.


Engaging Audiences  (Communication)

     Thursday, November 21st  4-5pm  SAV 027 or Zoom

Learn how to capture the attention of your audience whether presenting in front of your peers, a classroom of students, or interviewing for a job. Amber Alvey, Graduate Student in the Communication Studies & Journalism program, will be your presenter.

Please RSVP here.


How to Increase Your Work-Life-Grad Balance & Decrease Your Anxiety  (Wellness)

     Monday, November 25th  10:45am  Join webinar here.

Especially apt for a holiday season, however at any time of year the tricky balance between your grad life, personal life and for some work can be anxiety-producing. Students make comments like: "then I became a mom and everything slowed me down." or "I have limited time as an online student working full time. The good news is that there are efficiency tricks, tools that keep us focused, and a format that ensures success.
This is a work-life balance webinar.


Additional workshops will be added as schedules become available.

If there are workshops or events you have attended that are not listed here but you feel would be relevant to the Professional Development Program, please contact the Graduate School about the possibility of getting credit for attending.


Professional Development Series: Graduate Recognition Event

          April 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm Student Union - Hobo Day Gallery 

Recognition event for those students who successfully met the requirements of the Professional Development Program and for graduate student award winners for the 2019-20 academic year. Recipients will be recognized and presented a certificate. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served. Event is open to all graduate students! 

Faculty Workshops/Meetings 

Fall Graduate Coordinator Meeting 
        Thursday, September 5th at 3:00 pm 
        Morrill Hall 104 

Spring Graduate Coordinator Meeting 
        Thursday, January 23rd at 3:30 pm 
        Morrill Hall 104