Fairfield University Graduate 411

Graduation Edition - September 2012

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Welcome to graduate students and the fall semester!

Another school year is in our midst! It seems like each year goes a little quicker and the summer ends a little sooner. While Labor Day represents the "official" end of summer, I assure you we have planned a fall semester full of fun; just for you!

This newsletter includes stories about what's going on around campus as well as new office locations (the StagCard Office) and the replacement of Jazzman's Café. In addition, we have information about the recent graduate student orientation, the new Open Visions Forum at the Quick Center, and of course, upcoming events for graduate students.

For up-to-the-minute details on fall events such as our networking opportunities, a Halloween themed beer tasting, GSA meetings, free movie Fridays and more; "like us" on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! Welcome all and enjoy your semester!

Office of Graduate Student Life
BCC 408H, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2747 or e-mail us
Keep in touch via Facebook for important updates, free event tickets, and more!

Graduate student orientation recap

On August 25 the Office of Graduate Life hosted the second Graduate Student Orientation and welcomed approximately 50 students! Students were welcomed by Dr. Thomas Pellegrino, Vice President for Student Affairs; given the opportunity to speak with the Dean of their school, meet new graduate students through breakout sessions, and learn about a variety of resources available on campus.

Many offices participated to make this a one-stop shop for new graduate students including the StagCard Office, Public Safety, Library Services, the Registrar, Career Services, and Campus Ministry, just to name a few. Our hope in having so many offices participate was to maximize student opportunities to make connections over a short period of time. Based on our feedback, mission accomplished!

Graduate Student Assembly (GSA)

You've probably seen references to the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) since starting classes at Fairfield. The GSA is quite simply the graduate student body. There is no selective committee or club to join.

All Graduate Students are members of the GSA, which offers perks including, a 50% discount on event tickets at the Quick Center by showing your I.D., free events such as last year's wine tasting and networking opportunities. We hold two meetings per semester to discuss new ideas and concerns. In fact, we often need volunteers to put together these events and thrive on your new ideas!

The extent of your involvement in the GSA is entirely up to you, but students are encouraged to attend a meeting and volunteer or attend an event! The Office of Graduate Student Life is here to make your experience as a graduate student as pleasant as possible, so take advantage of our resources!

Open VISIONS Forum 2012-13 season

The Open VISIONS Forum is a public outreach program engaging the 'life of the mind' with the Connecticut community. Its mission is to integrate the academic perspective of the University's students and faculty with the wide general interests of our regional audience. This year the Open VISIONS Forum season includes Leslie Stahl from 60 Minutes, Fran Lebowitz and Dr. Neil DeGrasse just to name a few. Read more.

Fairfield University's School of Nursing receives $200,000 grant for initiative to produce nurse leaders to be architects of change

With healthcare reform underway, America needs nurse leaders with top-notch business and communication skills to manage busy healthcare teams and Fairfield University is prepared to meet this demand, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Kanarek Family Foundation and the extraordinary commitment of Robin Kanarek, Class of 1996, chair of the School of Nursing Advisory Board and president of the Kanarek Family Foundation. Read more.

Fairfield University part-time student programs restructured to enhance quality

Fairfield University has restructured its programs for part-time students over the past two years in ways that enhance the quality of academic offerings, advising, and support services. As part of this new decentralized approach, the University officially closed its University College (UC) as a distinct administrative unit on July 1 and programs for part-time students will be more closely aligned with the University's schools with part-time programs, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Nursing, the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, and the School of Engineering. Read more.

New and improved Guide to Graduate Life

Fairfield University has a lot to offer graduate students, but you have to know where to look! We have released a new and improved version of the Guide to Graduate Life. The guide walks students through the process of registering as well as providing an updated map with key locations highlighted. The guide also lists contacts for everything from academic advising to obtaining a parking pass. View the PDF.

Stag Sports

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Looking for more detailed stories and updates on your favorite Stags sports teams? Sign up for the e-newsletter just for Fairfield Athletics, the Stags Sports Report. For more Stag Sports, visit the Stags Official Athletics site.

Library Corner

The library is more than books and media! Visit the library in person or online.

Preparing for exams? Need space for a group project? - Book a room at the library!

Research Guides and Help: Best Bets for Starting Your Research Guides are here to help. Check out Best Bets Guides in your discipline.

Research Assistance is available by phone (203) 254-4000, ext. 2178, e-mail, by IM to fairfieldulib, or by visiting the Reference Desk. The library recommends individual appointments for those returning to research after a hiatus. Schedule an appointment.

Citation style guides and RefWorks - Need help creating Works Cited lists? Check out Citation Style Guide Help pages. The library also provides access to RefWorks, a bibliographic manager, to help keep track of resources! E-mail for more information.

Chef's Table - Chef's Table is open from 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

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Join us for a free Friday movie! Movies are shown in the Gonzaga Auditorium at 10 p.m. (with the exception of Thanksgiving week).

View the campus map online: The campus map has been updated to reflect the new construction and renovation projects. Visit the online map.

StagCard office relocation: The StagCard Office has moved to the Barone Campus Center and is temporarily located in the Manor Yearbook office (between WVOF and the Mirror) on the lower level, one floor below the mailroom and the Stag Spirit Shop.

Jazzman's now Einstein Bros. Bagels: Einstein Bros Bagels will be open late, until 11 p.m. during the week, with weekend hours as well. Check them out for their delicious snacks and beverages.

"Like Us" on Facebook! We are trying to reach 500 fans by the end of the fall semester! Tell your friends and family about The Office of Graduate Life Facebook page! Keep up with your fellow Stags with up-to-the minute information about ongoing events, announcements and more!

Upcoming Graduate Student Life Events

Graduate Student Assembly Meetings
Open to all
Thursday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 17 at 9 a.m.
Barone Campus Center, Mezzanine

All graduate students are encouraged to attend the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) meetings to discuss graduate student events and concerns. If you have an idea you would like to share, come to the next GSA meeting! Refreshments will be provided.
Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Life

Open VISIONS Forum: Leslie Stahl "Inside 60 Minutes"
Wednesday, September 19 at 8 p.m.
Regina A. Quick Center

Graduate Student Life is giving away 10 free tickets to see Lesley Stahl. At the podium, Stahl discusses her professional and personal life as one of the first female television reporters. To reserve free tickets (2 per grad student) please contact the Office of Graduate Student Life via e-mail or call (203) 254-4000 ext. 2747.
Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Life and the Open VISIONS Forum

Ascend/Alumni Networking Event
Saturday, September 29 at 9 a.m.
Barone Campus Center, Mezzanine (location has been changed)

This networking event helps graduate students develop strong networking opportunities with professionals and alumni from industries including finance, human resources, and information technology. This event hosts professionals from Ascend, an organization designed to enhance the presence of leaders of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. Breakfast will be served. R.S.V.P. is encouraged.
Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Life, Ascend, and the Alumni Association

Halloween Beer Tasting
Sunday, October 28 at 1 p.m.
Alumni House

No need for a costume to enjoy these festivities! Join your fellow graduate students for refreshments chosen to complement a variety of beers. This event is for graduate students and their guests (limit one guest per student). To enjoy this treat individuals must be 21 and over to attend. R.S.V.P is required.
Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Life

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