Events and Workshops

September

Resource Fair for Graduate Students

Date: Thursday, Sept. 10.
Time: 3 to 6 p.m.
Location: South Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Bernhard Center. 
Open to all graduate students. Representatives from offices across campus will be present to inform new and returning students about services available to them. Runs concurrently with One-Stop Convenience Center, a resource especially geared for students who cannot make it to regular office hours on campus. Students can purchase parking stickers and get information on financial aid, student accounts, immunizations and health care services. No registration required.

 

Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant Workshop: Preparing Competitive Applications

Presenter: Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Director, Graduate Center for Research & Retention, Graduate College
Date: Friday, Sept. 11, 2015
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Walwood Commons, Walwood Hall

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Objectives:
Attendees will learn how to:

  • Follow directions
  • Understand respective application requirements
  • Ensure that they have prepared a competitive proposal
  • Include critical components of good writing
  • Avoid common mistakes in proposal development

 

Well On Your Way: A Holistic Approach to Good Health and Well Being During Graduate Study

Presenters: Mary Connors Werme, Intrinsic Coach and Wellness Manager, BSW, CWWS, CWWPM, and Becky Argue, Holtyn & Associates | Wellness Coach CWWS, CWWPM
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015
Time: 1 to 3 p.m
Location: Walwood Commons, Walwood Hall

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Objectives: Learn about ways to maintain a holistic approach to good health, reduce stress, and strive for lifestyle balance

 

October

Graduate and Professional School Fair

Date: Monday, Oct. 5
Time: 3 to 6 p.m.
Location: East Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Bernhard Center.
Representatives from universities across the United States will be here to recruit WMU students for graduate programs. Many graduate programs at WMU will also be present.

Schools registration

 

Strategies for Navigating the Dissertation

Presenter: Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Director, Graduate Center for Research & Retention, Graduate College
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Walwood Commons, Walwood Hall

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Objectives:

  • How to prepare for the dissertation experience
  • How to enhance communication with dissertation committee members
  • How to manage effectively the dissertation process
  • How to stay focused and “on task”
  • How to address writing concerns

 

Brown Bag Mentoring Circle

Presenter: Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Director, Graduate Center for Research & Retention, Graduate College
Date: Friday, Oct. 9, 2015
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Walwood Commons, Walwood Hall

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Objectives:

  • To cultivate a "culture of mentoring" and support for WMU graduate students
  • To sustain students in their journeys to graduate degree completion
  • To foster a supportive, encouraging environment for student success
  • To help students network with each other and form strong professional alliances
  • To acquaint students with resources (faculty, staff, administrators) and other opportunities that cultivate a holistic learning experience



Financial Literacy: Understand the Art of Financial Management

Presenter: Dr. Judy Swisher, Professor, Department of Finance and Commercial Law, HCOB.
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Time: Noon to 2 p.m.
Location: Dean’s Conference Room: Room 2150 Haworth College of Business

Objectives:
Participants will learn to:

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  • Manage their finances
  • Learn how to prevent/manage debt
  • Attain financial health
  • Understand the intricacies of student loans

 

November

Gwen Frostic Fellowship Workshop: What Applicants Need to Know

Presenter: Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Director, Graduate Center for Research and Retention, Graduate College
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Walwood Commons, Walwood Hall

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Objectives:
Attendees will learn how to:

  • Follow directions
  • Understand respective application requirements
  • Ensure that they have prepared a competitive proposal
  • Include critical components of good writing
  • Avoid common mistakes in proposal development
  • Confer directly with faculty authoring letters of support

 

Learning to Manage Time: A Special Seminar for Graduate Students

Presenter: Paul Knudstrup, President, Midwest Consulting Group, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Walwood Commons, Walwood Hall

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 Objectives:

  • Understand the key components of effectively managing time and tasks
  • Understand how commonly used project and task management techniques can help maintain a successful academic focus and lead to timely completion of tasks
  • Learn a set of skills to track, manage, and complete commitments and assignments
  • Practice those skills within the time constraints of the session
  • Plan a major academic project during the session (such as a peer-reviewed article or dissertation) or add details to an existing plan

 

The WMU International Graduate Student Experience: A Panel Discussion

Presenters: Baochun Zhou, Doctoral Candidate, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Yevgeniya Leont'yeva, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, Libertie Bael Mantilla, Doctoral Student, Department of Statistics 
Date: Monday, Nov. 30, 2015
Time: Noon to  1:30 p.m.
Location: Walwood Commons, Walwood Hall
 

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 Objectives: 

Attendees will learn about the experiences of WMU international graduate students and ways to successfully integrate academically and socially into the American campus environment.

 

December

Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Journal: A General Overview of the Publishing Process

Presenter: Jan Andersen, Owner and President, Beyond Words, Inc., a Midwest Consulting Group Affiliate
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Walwood Commons, Walwood Hall

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Objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of the peer-reviewed journal publishing process
  • Learn the intricacies of the journal selection process
  • Recognize writers’ most valuable resources • Acquire an understanding of what journals WANT and EXPECT from authors who submit manuscripts for publication
  • Use a step-by-step process for taking a potential article through a successful publication cycle
  • Develop a successful publication plan

 

Brown Bag Mentoring Circle

Presenter: Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Director, Graduate Center for Research & Retention
Date: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Emeriti Lounge, second floor, Walwood Hall

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Objectives:

  • To cultivate a "culture of mentoring" and support for WMU graduate students
  • To sustain students in their journeys to graduate degree completion
  • To foster a supportive, encouraging environment for student success
  • To help students network with each other and form strong professional alliances
  • To acquaint students with resources (faculty, staff, administrators) and other opportunities that cultivate a holistic learning experience