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Agenda: New Graduate Student Orientation

The New Graduate Student Orientation was held virtually on August 15, from 8:30am to 2:30pm.

8:30–9:45 am

Welcome & Introduction/Professional Development
Dixie L. Thompson, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Katherine Trubee, Graduate Student Senate President
Ernest L. Brothers, Associate Dean of the Graduate School

9:50–10:20 am

Plenary Session 1—UT Libraries
Michelle Brannen, Head of Immersive Technologies and Spaces

10:25–10:55 am

Breakout Session—Home Sweet Home: A Big Orange Intro
Abby Sherman, Coordinator of Student Services, Graduate School
Courtney Gallagher, Coordinator of First-Year Recruitment, Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Breakout Session—Distance Education Resources and Support
Josh Steele, Associate Vice Dean of Online Programs
Ginny Valentin, Executive Director Learner Services, EdPlus

11–11:30 am

Plenary Session 2—Student Health Insurance
Jaclyn Slack, Senior Account Manager, Hildreth Agency

11:35 am–12:05 pm

Breakout Session—Title IX
Laura Bryant, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Breakout Session—Getting Unstuck: Ombuds Services
Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, University Ombudsperson
Duren Thompson, Educational Program Coordinator

12:05–12:30 pm


12:30–1:00 pm

Plenary Session 3—Financial Aid
Tim Woods, Associate Director, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

1:05 pm–1:35 pm

Breakout Session—Office of Innovative Technologies (OIT)
Rose Parker, Assistant Director
Rosie Sasso, Teaching & Learning Technologies Support Manager
Rochelle Butler, Research Consultant
Rachael Stanley, Learning Technology Specialist
Breakout Session—Health and Wellness
Matilene Osho, Assistant Director, Center for Health Education and Wellness

1:40–2:10 pm

Plenary Session 4—Graduate Student Life
Katherine Trubee, Graduate Student Senate President
Hannah Thompson, Graduate Student Senate Vice President
Bethany Parker, GSS Senator
Jeronimo Silva, GSS Senator
Dana Abu Haltam, GSS Senator

2:10–2:20 pm

Closing Remarks