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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 

           Available via D2L 

Orientation will be available via D2L and accessible to all graduate students. The orientation will cover the basics of graduate school, current policies and procedures that impact students, and professional development opportunities as well as highlighting other campus resources. Orientation is not required, but will be accessible all year for students to access. 

Teaching Orientation for GTAs and Graduate Students Interested in Teaching Development 

          Open August 3, 2020 via D2L 

The orientation will include recorded presentations, teaching resources specific to graduate teaching assistant roles, and learning and engagement opportunities. A D2L course shell will be used to administer this programming. Graduate students will need to register for this opportunity: Students should contact Shelly Bayer ( with any questions. 

Graduate School Awards and Professional Development Program Live Q&A

           Thursday, October 8th - Noon 

Are you interested in learning more about the awards and scholarships that are available to graduate students? Have you thought about participating in the Professional Development Program (PDP), but aren’t sure you have the time or if the program is right for you? Please join the Graduate School staff on Thursday, October 8th at 12pm CST via zoom. We will provide a brief overview of the awards we offer and how to earn a PDP certificate as well as answer any questions you may have. We will also be giving away a door prize to one lucky participant!

Graduate Student Send Off

          Wednesday, November 18 - Noon 

Join the Graduate School staff as we end the Fall 2020 semester with our final zoom event of 2020. Staff will be on hand to answer questions, there will be a game and prizes. We hope to see you there!

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. 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.


Tips for Managing the In-person/Online Teaching Environment  (Teaching)             

Teaching is challenging when the students are all in the same space. What do you do when you have students in person and attending virtually all at the same time? This situation will still be challenging, but this session will provide some tips and practical advice.

     Wednesday, September 23 (1pm-2pm) @

Registration Link:


Practicing with Zoom’s Features  (Teaching) 

Engagement is crucial to increasing student learning, especially in the online learning environment. Attend this session to have the opportunity to PRACTICE using Breakout Rooms, Reactions, Polling, and the Chat.           

     Monday, September 28 (4pm-5pm) @  (This session will not be recorded and must be attended via live Zoom session.)

Registration Link:


Self-Advocacy Workshop (Mandatory)

     Tuesday, October 20th  3:00-4:00pm

Live Session Zoom Link

This required PDP workshop presented by Dr. Nicole Lounsbery, Director of the Graduate School, will provide information and advice about navigating your experience as a graduate student and how to advocate for yourself now and in the future. 


How to Use Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) to Enhance Discussion and Engagement (Teaching)

VTS is a simple strategy that creates complex results. Research indicates that VTS increases civil discourse and critical thinking for students who participate. Learn the basic steps to incorporate VTS into a lab kick-off or at times when you present a visual, a chart or a diagram to your students.

     Tuesday, October 27 (4pm-5pm) @

Registration Link:


Building Your Teaching & Learning Knowledge by Reading Current Research  (Teaching)

Teaching is its own discipline. Participants will be expected to read a selected research article focused on teaching or learning. The workshop will provide them with an opportunity to discuss the article with their peers and determine ways to apply the research to their own teaching.                                                  

     Thursday, November 19 (11am-12pm) @

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Financial Preparedness  (Wellness)

     Ongoing – recording on D2L

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!


Wellness & Graduate School Success  (Wellness)

     Ongoing – recording on D2L

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.


Self-Care for Grad Students  (Wellness)

     Ongoing – recording on D2L

Are you experiencing stress? Are you experiencing anxiety? The life of a graduate student is challenging, now more than ever. Check out this video created by three SDSU professors focused on stress, stress management, and self-care. They ask great questions, and then they provide an opportunity to practice with a couple of tools. Self-Care Isn’t Selfish.


Responsible Conduct of Research  (Research)

     Ongoing – recording on D2L

This workshop will be presented by Dr. Dianne Nagy, Research Integrity & Compliance Officer. The workshop will feature important information about proper research protocol and answer questions related to researching as a graduate student and/or employee at SDSU. 


Revised Common Rule  (Research)

     Ongoing – recording on D2L

Presented by Dr. Dianne Nagy, Research Integrity & Compliance Officer at SDSU. Learn about new federal regulations for human subjects research. Changes affect exemption categories, continuing review, and informed consent.


Would Your Resume Make the Cut  (Career Development)

     Ongoing – recording on D2L

Graduate School Assistant Director, 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.


Ace Your First Year on the Job  (Career Development)

     Ongoing – recording on D2L

Presented by the Office of Career Development. This presentation will teach you all you need to know about navigating your first year on the job successfully.


Entrepreneurship & Leadership  (Leadership)

     Ongoing – recording on D2L

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.


Building Leadership Skills  (Leadership)

     Ongoing – recording on D2L

Krista Haug, Student Services Program Assistant in the Graduate School at SDSU, will share valuable information about the importance of gaining leadership skills as a graduate student. More and more employers are searching for potential employees who have these valuable leadership experiences. We will tell you how you can make it happen, even with an already-busy graduate student schedule!


Engaging Audiences  (Communication)

     Ongoing – recording on D2L

Guest presenter Ashley Pikel, a Graduate Teaching Assistant from Communication Studies, will discuss ways to keep your audience engaged during any public speaking experience.


Graduate Student Guide to Social Media  (Communication)

     Ongoing – recording on D2L

Kristen Kponyoh, Graduate School Assistant Director, 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.


Thesis/Dissertation Bootcamp  (Communication)

     Ongoing – modules linked on D2L

* This topic is most relevant and beneficial for Option A (thesis) Masters Students and Doctoral Students. Academic writing is an essential skill for graduate success and degree completion. These modules will help you get started and keep on track with your writing.


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 21, 2021 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 2020-21 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 
        Tuesday, September 15th at 3:00 pm