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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.

Events for the 2017–2018 academic year will posted throughout the summer. Stay tuned for updates!

Graduate School Orientation 

           August 17, 2018 3:00-5:00 pm 
           Agricultural Engineering Hall Room 100

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.  

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.

Professional Development Program Kickoff Event

Monday, September 10th 3-5pm

Avera 280

Come join the Graduate School staff for the PDP Kickoff Event to start the year with everything you need to know about participating in the Graduate Student Professional Development Program. Enjoy SDSU ice cream as you learn and have the chance to ask questions about the program.


Mandatory Self Advocacy Workshop

Wednesday, September 19th  3-4pm

Avera 041

This is a required workshop for all PDP participants to attend. Dr. Nicole Lounsbery, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School at SDSU will provide information and advice about navigating your best experience as a graduate student.


Responsible Conduct of Research Training  (Research Competency)

Thursday, September 27th  2-3pm

Biostress 119

Presented by Dr. Dianne Nagy, Research Integrity & Compliance Officer at SDSU. Learn important information about the proper way to conduct research at SDSU. Also, use this chance to ask any questions you might have about the subject.


Technology Transfer Training (Research Competency)

Thursday, October 4th  3-4pm

Biostress 119

Camila Fuhr Diel, Licensing Coordinator in the Division of Research & Economic Development 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.


Grad Student Guide to Social Media (Communication Competency)

Tuesday, October 9th  10-10:50am

Avera 382

Presented by Kristen Kponyoh, Graduate Student Services Coordinator in the Graduate School at SDSU. Come and be informed about the do’s and don’ts of maintaining a professional image across social media platforms. Also, learn how to use these valuable tools to your advantage while on the job hunt.


Fall Thesis/Dissertation Workshop  (Communication Competency)

Wednesday, October 17th  2-3pm

Biostress 102

Kristen Kponyoh, Graduate Student Services Coordinator in the Graduate School at SDSU, will provide a thorough rundown of the process of preparing and submitting your thesis or dissertation. This is your chance to ask questions so that you can be more informed which will allow for a smoother process when submitting your final documents.


Building Leadership Skills  (Leadership Competency)

Thursday, October 18th  3-4pm

Biostress 119

Krista Haug, Graduate 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!


Financial Preparedness  (Wellness Competency)

Tuesday, October 23rd  4-5pm

Wagner 157

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!


Entrepreneurship & Leadership  (Leadership Competency)

Tuesday, November 6th  4-5pm

Wagner 157

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.


3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Preparation Session  (Communication Competency)

Thursday, November 15th  4-5pm

Avera 280

Presented by Dr. Nicole Lounsbery, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School at SDSU. Come find out what the fun is all about! If you’ve ever thought about participating in this competition for master’s students, now is your chance to learn what all the excitement is about. SDSU winners have the chance to move on to the regional competition. Attendees will learn how the competition works and how to best prepare for your chance to put your hard work in the spotlight.


Career Fairs  (Career Development Competency)

Dates, times, and locations will vary

Attend any career fair either on or off campus and complete an evaluation (found on D2L) to get credit for attending. Attendance will count toward the career development competency. Contact the Office of Career Development for information about upcoming career fairs.


EndNote Trainings  (Research Competency)

Dates, times, and locations will vary

Attend an EndNote training at Briggs Library to help with citations and organizing your bibliography for your papers including theses and dissertations. Complete an evaluation (found on D2L) following the training to get credit for attending. This training will count toward the research competency. Contact Briggs Library for upcoming EndNote trainings.


Additional workshops including those in the Teaching and Career Development Competencies are To Be Determined as schedules become available.


Professional Development Series: Graduate Recognition Event

          April 23, 2019 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 2017-18 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 
        September 5, 2018 at 3:00pm 
        Avera 280

Graduate Faculty Training Workshops

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018 10:00 am - Noon
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 11, 2019 10:00 am - Noon

Morrill Hall 104
Explanation of Graduate School policies, procedures, and expectations of graduate faculty.