2016 Orientation Schedule

Monday, August 22 – Sunday, August 28

  • ESL Classes
  • Speaking, writing & beyond - English boot camp by Graduate Studies and the Rassias Center
    Summary: English language course focusing on pronunciation and Grammar skills. Participants get selected by their departments (in which case participation is mandatory).
    Date August 22-28
    Time 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Location - TBA

Wednesday, September 7

  • Lab Safety: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    Location: Dartmouth Hall, room 105. 
    For first year students in MCB, Biology/Ecology, Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems, and Society (EEES) Program, Program in Experimental and Molecular Medicine, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Quantitative Biomedical Sciences. Mandatory session.
  • Lab Safety: 1:30 p.m to 4 p.m. 
    Location: Kemeny, room 007. 
    For Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics. Mandatory session.

Thursday, September 8

  • How to Succeed at Graduate School In the U.S.: Orientation Session for International Students
    10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
    Location: Spanos Auditorium, Thayer School. Mandatory session.
  • Building a Respectful Community
    3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
    Location: Life Sciences Center, Arvo J. Opik 1978 room 100. Mandatory session.
  • Graduate Studies Office Barbecue
    Location: Life Sciences Center lawn.
    5 to 6 p.m. 
    Food/beverages provided by the Graduate Studies Office. Partners and children welcome. 
  • Ethics Panel
    6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Location: Life Sciences Center, Arvo J. Opik 1978 room 100. Mandatory session.
    Aine Donovan, Executive Director of Dartmouth’s Ethics Institute, will facilitate an interactive discussion. Our purpose is to engage you in a discussion about some of the complex ethical issues that face professionals conducting research today, whether your area of study is in the sciences, the social sciences, or the humanities. Over the summer, we are asking that you watch a Nova special. This case study will serve as the foundation for our evening discussion about professional ethics. The faculty panel will weigh in on issues that emerge from the NOVA presentation about professional ethics, but we will also call upon you to discuss the potential implication for researchers in the 21st century. We anticipate a lively discussion between faculty and students over these complex issues. This is a fun event where you will get to know more of the people on campus who can help you, and also your fellow students in the different graduate programs at Dartmouth.

​Friday, September 9

  • Health Services Orientation: ​Immunizations and Pre-matriculation Medical Information Check. 
    9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
    Location: Dick’s House, 7 Rope Ferry Road. 
    Health Services will hold a pre-matriculation immunization clinic for first-year graduate students. This is the time to meet with a member of the Medical Records staff to resolve any outstanding issues regarding medical information and immunizations. Required immunizations will be available.
  • First Year Graduate Student Orientation
    12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
    Location: Life Sciences Center, Arvo J. Opik 1978 room 100. Mandatory session.

Saturday, September 10

  • North Park Cheese & Wine Mixer
    7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Location: 24 North Park. Please come and join new and old graduate students in their celebration of the new school yearWe will be serving a variety of wines and cheeses, as well as some champagne and desserts, throughout the event, so please bring your appetite! For those of you that are new to the college, this event is completely free, and we just ask that you bring your student ID and another photo ID to ensure that you are over 21 if you plan on having some wine.

Sunday, September 11

  • Graduate Student Council Barbecue
    2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
    Location: Rockefeller Overhang/Courtyard. The GSC will hold a barbecue with lawngames for incoming first year graduate students. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be catered by Stinson's.

Monday, September 12

  • TA panel
    4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Location: DCAL, 102 Baker Library. Join us to ask questions of a panel of experienced TAs who will talk about their experiences and what they wish they had known before they started. 

Wednesday, September 14

  • International Graduate Mentorship Program (IGMP) Social. 
    8 p.m. to 10 p.m. 
    Location: One Wheelock. A great chance to meet new incoming graduate students and also catch up with the old ones. There will be plenty of pizza, drinks, and music. Everyone is invited, international and local students. Come one, come all!

Wednesday, Sept 21

  • DCAL’s Future Faculty Reception 
    4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
    Location: DCAL, 102 Baker Library. Come to learn a bit about the support for graduate students and postdocs offered by DCAL, The Office of Outreach, and the DCPDA (Dartmouth College Postdoc Association). 

Tuesday & Wednesday,  December 6 & 7

  • TA Orientation
    This is an opportunity to learn from experienced TAs about a variety of topics, such as the first day of class, connecting with students, time management, resources at Dartmouth, diversity in the classroom, lesson design, grading, and tricky situations.  You will also have the opportunity to do some practice teaching. 
    The Orientation will be on two days:
    Tuesday December 6, 9am-4pm, including lunch
    Wednesday December 7, 10am-1pm, including lunch

Please register: http://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event/2759496  and http://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event/2759497

Wednesday, December 7