Graduate Education Week

The Graduate School is celebrating its 6th Annual Graduate Education Week to be held Monday, March 24th through Saturday, March 29th, 2014. Graduate Education Week (GEW) is a celebration highlighting the great work of our graduate students. In addition, the week will serve as an opportunity to attract prospective students and legitimize the need for continued funding of graduate education.

We welcome you to join us as NC State recognizes graduate education. A full listing of events is available below.

We hope to see you at the events!

Monday, March 24

FIT: SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE CLASSROOM & BEYOND | ITTC LABS, DH HILL LIBRARY (9:00AM-11:00AM)

Social media is becoming a more ubiquitous part of our online and offline everyday lives. The classroom itself is an inherently social space, and social media can augment the sense of connectedness between students and the course material. This workshop will introduce novel ways that social media has been used in classrooms in other universities, while also taking note of some of the challenges that have to be considered when putting student learning into a public space. The event will be led by Barry Peddycord, PFL Ambassador and Ph.D. student in Computer Science. Register for the event using the link above.

PDS: STRESS MANAGEMENT: BALANCE THROUGH CREATIVITY | STUDENT HEALTH CENTER ROOM 2301 (11:00AM-1:00PM)

The world of graduate school can be overwhelming and stressful.  Come join us as we explore the physiologic reasons for stress, compare different responses to stress, set goals to handle stress in a healthy way, and practice some stress-reducing techniques. The event will be led by Dr. Beth Overman, Assistant Director of Graduate Academic and Professional Development at the Graduate School, and Dr. Beverly Savinsky, Licensed Psychologist from the NCSU Counseling Center. Register for the event using the link above.

Tuesday,
March 25

UGSA OUTSTANDING GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT AWARDS CEREMONY | MCKIMMON CENTER (12:00PM-1:30PM)

The University Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards. The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 12:00-1:00 pm at the McKimmon Center. This annual event is a celebration of excellence in graduate student teaching and serves as the primary university-level forum for recognizing instructional efforts in the laboratory and classroom. We strongly encourage all departments to participate so that your students may receive the recognition they deserve.

Wednesday,
March 26

9TH ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM | MCKIMMON CENTER (1:30PM-5:00PM)

The 9th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium will showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of graduate-level research at NC State, in addition to providing students with the opportunity to practice their communication skills with those outside of their discipline. The symposium is also designed to demonstrate the importance of graduate level research to state decision-makers.

GRADUATE STUDENT BOWLING | THE ALLEY (7:00PM-9:00PM)

Join UGSA for free food and bowling at The Alley on Hillsborough Street directly across from D.H. Hill Library.

Thursday, March 27

UGSA TOWN HALL EVENT | MANN HALL 323 (4:30PM-6:20PM)

The University Graduate Student Association (UGSA) invites all graduate students to attend our Town Hall Event on Thursday, March 27th from 4:30 - 6:30PM in Mann Hall room 323.

Feel free to stop by anytime and get some FREE PIZZA. Members of the UGSA will be there to discuss issues facing graduate students, such as: Tuition & Fees, Funding for the Libraries and Journal Collections, Transportation and Parking, and anything else on your mind! We want to hear from you about the issues graduate students are facing and discuss solutions the UGSA can help advocate for and implement. 

Friday,
March 28

PDS: PRACTICES THAT FOSTER A VALUES-BASED APPROACH WHEN LEADING OTHERS | CARMICHAEL GYM PLAYZONE (10:00AM-11:30AM)

During this session, participants will gain a greater understanding of their strengths within five practices of leadership that has been researched by Barry Posner and Jim Kouzes since 1982. After completing the survey, participants will engage in a group activity to analyze how the five practices enhanced the effectiveness for completing the task. Discussion of this activity will address issues the group had while completing the task. Participants will be encouraged to connect the five practices to past experiences, as well as how they can be incorporate the practices within their daily lives in the future. Register for the event using the link above.

PDS: PRICELESS: UNDERSTANDING PERSONAL VALUES WITHIN LEADERSHIP | CARMICHAEL GYM PLAYZONE (12:00PM-1:30PM)

When leading, it is important for organizations to know and communicate their core values. During this session, participants will be informed of what the Shelton Leadership Center’s cornerstones (values) are and how its leadership aspires to “walk the talk”. However, in order to walk the talk, an organization’s employees need to have an understanding of their personal values in order to align with the organization’s values. Through an activity, participants will narrow down their top five core values from an original 40 values provided to them. Discussion will seek to compare and contrast how values and the five practices enhance self, as well as group effectiveness. Register for the event using the link above.

THESIS AND DISSERTATION WRITING DAY | D.H. HILL LIBRARY ITTC LAB #1 (1:00PM-4:00PM)

Need a quiet space to work on your capstone, thesis, or dissertation? Want to work around other graduate students at the same stage as you are? Need a change of scenery from the coffee shop you've been frequenting? Thesis and Dissertation Writing Days provide a quiet location for graduate students to work on their capstone projects, theses, or dissertations. A writing consultant will be on hand to answer questions.

PDS: CONFLICT MANAGEMENT | CARMICHAEL GYM PLAYZONE (2:00PM-4:00PM)

Some people probably think it doesn’t really matter “what the fox says.” However, when it comes to dealing with conflict, it might be helpful to know what a “Compromising Fox” might say and do. This session will help you explore your “natural” style of dealing with conflict and how you might be able to incorporate aspects of other styles in different situations to become better at resolving, avoiding, or even engaging appropriately in conflict. You will learn if your default conflict management style is: Accommodating, Avoiding, Collaborating, Competing, or Compromising. The session will help you analyze aspects of conflict through participation in an interactive conflict simulation and follow-up discussion. The discussion will help you explore how your conflict management styles impacts real-world conflicts you encounter and appropriate strategies to use. Register for the event using the link above.

Saturday,
March 29

SERVICE RALEIGH | HARRIS FIELD (8:00AM)

Service Raleigh is an annual citywide day of service started in 1998 by NC State's Student Government and Park Scholars. Each year, volunteers from the university and surrounding community unite to undertake a variety of projects, each of which provides much needed assistance to local organizations. This is a one-day event, typically lasting from morning to mid-afternoon and is family friendly!

The UGSA Community Service Committee has organized a group to participate in Service Raleigh this year. Registration is now open and will close once 2,000 volunteers sign up so go ahead and reserve your spot now. To sign up, go to the website below and once you have provided your personal information, join the UGSA group.

http://www.serviceraleigh.org/registerVolunteer.php?id=UGSA

Group Name: NCSU Graduate Student Association
Group Password: UGSA

On the day of Service Raleigh we will meet at Harris Field, which is across from Bragraw Residence Hall, on the corner of Dan Allen Drive and Cates Avenue. From there we will provide UGSA volunteers transportation to our assigned worksite. Below is an approximate schedule of events:

8:00AM: Arrival, breakfast, find site liaison and group

8:30AM: Keynote speaker and instructions

9:00AM: Depart for your service site

1:00PM: Approximate conclusion of service activities