Week of October 9th, 2009

1.China Colloquium

October 12, 2009, 3-5 p.m. in 252 Erickson

In May of 2009, 8 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.

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.All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.

2.The Global Initiative Forum for Future Teachers (GIFT)

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009 in 252 EH, 6-8pm.

Inspired by the work of LATTICE, The Global Initiative Forum for Future Teachers (GIFT) is a forum established to help pre-service teachers and/or people who are interested in becoming global educators by creating a global community at Michigan State University where they can interact and share experiences through informal learning. GIFT is an opportunity for future educators to gain a global perspective in a diverse and changing world.

Educating Global Citizenship
Speaker: Dr. Margo Glew, Patrick Leahy, Kim Hatzl, and Study Abroad peer coordinator.
Tue. 10/13/09 at 6-8 pm
252 Erickson Hall

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3.Developing Your Written Credentials and Preparing Application Materials: CV’s, Cover Letters, and More
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Room 6, Student Services Building
In developing your written credentials and preparing application materials for the academic job search, it is crucial to represent your professional experience, accomplishments, expertise, and qualities in the most impactful manner possible. This workshop is designed to help Ph.D. students learn how to present their written credentials and application materials in the strongest possible manner and to provide insight from the perspective of the search committee. Learn what the search committee is looking for and how to write your way into an interview. Participants should bring a copy of their curriculum vitae. Presenter: Dr. Matt Helm, Director, Ph.D. Career Services.

Registration is required. To register send an email to: gradwrsp@msu.edu. Please include your name, department, e-mail address, name of the workshop, and date of the workshop.
This workshop is limited to 60 participants on a first come, first served basis.

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: gradwrsp@msu.edu. 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 sessions.

This program is a collaborative effort between The Graduate School, Graduate Wellness by Design,
PREP, Employee Assistance Program, Health4U, Olin Health Center, and the Counseling Center.
For more information or for future events visit grad.msu.edu/wellness
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