Announcements for the week of October 2nd

1. Navigating the PhD: A Writing Workshop
A FREE Workshop for Doctoral Students!

This is a two-part workshop series. The series is targeted to doctoral students in the early stages of their graduate program. The titles of the parts are:
Part 1: Demystifying the Dissertation, Personal Management, Forming Committees, Working with Committees, & Comprehensive Exams
Part 2: Topics and Proposals, Writing Strategies, Revision Strategies, The Defense...and Beyond, & Graduate Writing Groups

Each part will be limited to 25 doctoral students. Registration is first come, first served. Although it is highly recommended that you attend both parts, you may register for only one part. Lunch will be served during the sessions. This workshop series is offered every semester. It is offered twice during Fall 2009.

Series 1
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The Writing Center - 300 Bessey Hall
Part 1: Friday, October 30, 2009
Part 2: Saturday, October 31, 2009
Series 2
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The Writing Center - 300 Bessey Hall
Part 1: Friday, November 13, 2009
Part 2: Saturday, November 14, 2009

Additional information can be found at:
Workshop Leaders: The Writing Center Staff
To register: contact The Graduate School at Please include your name, department, e-mail address, the name of the workshop, and the date(s) you would like to attend.
Sponsored by The Graduate School and The Writing Center

2. Great Beginnings- China Colloquium 2009
Please join the MSU delegation on October 12, 2009, 3-5 p.m. in 252
Erickson as they share their experiences and observations about the important outcomes of international graduate student exchange. With plenty of opportunity to converse with both visiting and study abroad scholars, this session will be an interactive dialogue about the benefits of international engagement. It’s also a nice opportunity to gain important information that may help you decide if applying to participate in this exchange in the future is right for you. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend, including graduate students interested in applying for a summer 2010 study trip to Southwest University in China. Dean Carole Ames will give opening remarks.In May of 2009, the Dean’s Office sponsored the first of what will hopefully be annual exchanges between our College of Education and Southwest University in Chongqing, China.

Eight MSU doctoral students traveled to Chongqing and Shanghai , China for a three week study trip, designed to foster collaboration between institutions and explore global perspectives in education research. The College of Education now welcomes 12 of our new Chinese colleagues from Southwest University for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Additional details are listed on the attached flyer. If you have questions, please contact Karla Bellinger in the Office of K-12 Outreach at

3.The Graduate School’s PREP and Graduate Wellness Programs present a Wellness Institute:

Graduate Student Wellness: Staying Steady, Come What May
Saturday, October 10, 2009
8:00am – 12:00 pm, MSU Union, Parlor C

What does it take to get through graduate school while still maintaining a well-balanced life? Is it even possible? We believe it is; and we have the insight to show you how. Graduate students and post-docs are invited to attend an engaging and insightful workshop series that will teach students how to handle it all. From managing stress to managing your finances, each session offers a new set of tools designed to help you succeed in graduate school.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Sign-In and Refreshments
MSU Union, Parlor C

8:30 am – 8:45 am Welcome and Introductions by Matt Helm PhD, The Graduate School
MSU Union, Parlor C

8:45 am – 9:45 am Keynote Speaker: Lisa Davidson, LMSW, Coordinator, Employee Assistance Program
MSU Union, Parlor C

Graduate School can be a challenging experience. Responding effectively to the many demands placed upon you is essential to your academic and personal success. This high-spirited, lighthearted session will introduce concepts that will help you be more relaxed in your personal and academic life and more resilient to the challenges you will naturally face while completing your degree and living your life.

9:55 am – 10:55 am Breakout Sessions (Choose ONE of sessions 1, 2 or 3)
MSU Union, Parlors A, B & C

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions (Choose ONE of sessions 1, 2 or 3)
MSU Union, Parlors A, B & C

Breakout Sessions
The breakout sessions will run concurrently in each time slot. Students must choose two sessions to attend; one per each time slot.

Session 1 Smart Money for Smart People: Financial Strategies for Grad Students
Grad School can challenge your wallet as much as your intellect. This session will teach you the common success strategies and pitfalls in dealing with your money during grad school. Topics will span credit, debt, health insurance, saving, budgeting and more. Question and answer session to follow. Brian Winters, M.A, C.F.P, Financial, Health, and Wellness Educator, Olin Health Center

Session 2 JustBE: An Invitation Toward Mindfulness in the Pursuit and Completion of Your Graduate Degree
In this experiential session, graduate students will be provided with an initial experience in the transformative potential which lies in moving toward a Mindful way of living. Mindfulness as a term will be defined, as well as instruction on Mindfulness based mediation and stress relieving practices that can be put into personal use to help in the completion of your graduate degree.
Bob Eubanks, LMSW, MSU Counseling Center and Matt Helm, Ph.D., The Graduate School

Session 3 The Essential Physical Dimension of Wellness
This session will explore the essential nature of physical wellness as it relates to and underlies the other dimensions of wellness connecting mind, body and spirit. Topics will include eating habits, body image, exercise and movement as play, and the basics and beyond of fitness.
Jonathan Kermiet, MS, CHES, Olin Health Education Services

Registration is required by October 7, 2009 and participation will be limited to the first 100 students who register. To register, send an email to: Please include your name, department, E-mail address, the name of the event (Wellness Institute), and your choice of breakouts for each of the two session.

4. CStat training in SPSS
Title: Data Analysis using SPSS [2nd Offering]
Presenter: Dr. Sandra Herman
Date: Friday October 09, 2009
Time: 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Location: 402 Computer Center
Registration Begins: Friday September 04, 2009
Overview of the SPSS statistical software. This is the 2nd offering of this topic in Fall term and will cover the same material as the 09/18 workshop.

5. Explorations in Instructional Technology sponsored by MSU Libraries, Computing, and Technology, and the MSU College of Natural Science

Except for October 16 (see below), all sessions meet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in 105 Natural Science Building.
Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information contact Byron Brown (

October 9 Assessment in Online Courses – Part 2. The sequel to the October 2 session. Part 2 will include a discussion of faculty needs for better assessment infrastructure support.
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