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Upcoming Rackham Workshops

Posted: October 30, 2009

Click 'Read more...' to see the list of Rackham's upcoming workshops. Please note that pre-registration is required for all of the workshops listed and can be completed here: http://www.rackham.umich.edu/Events/wssel.php.

3rd Annual Graduate Parent Resource Fair**
Saturday, October 31, 2009

Description
Join us at this annual event to learn about local organizations and businesses that provide resources and programs for children and their parents. Meet with representatives from local businesses and organizations like Java Jungle, Lamaze, Work/Life Balance, the WIC program (to name a few). Back by popular demand are face painting, balloon animals, arts & crafts and workshops like parent & toddler music appreciation, learning about dinosaurs and playtime! Food and beverage will be provided. At 12:00 noon there will be a costume parade around the 4th floor, so bring your child dressed in a costume.

Time and Location
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, 4th floor, Rackham Building

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Intro to Professional Responsibilities in the Research Community
Monday, November 2

Presenters
Kate Barald, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology; John F. Mansfield, Associate Research Scientist, Materials Science & Engineering; Lynette Hoelter, Director of Instructional Resources & Development, ICPSR

Description
Just as faculty are responsible for modeling and enforcing the norms of academic integrity, graduate students are responsible for acquiring a thorough understanding of these standards and ensuring they motivate their responsible conduct of research and professional ethics. The panel will discuss and answer questions from the audience on these issues as they affect today's global scientific workplace.

Time and Location
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Amphitheatre, 4th Floor, Rackham

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Woman to Woman: Success Strategies for Graduate School**
Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Description
Join faculty panelists as they share their personal experiences and offer suggestions and strategies for success in graduate school. The discussion will be followed by a reception to facilitate networking among graduate students and faculty. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

Time and Location
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Assembly Hall, 4th floor, Rackham Building

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Cross-Cultural Adjustment Series: Field Trip to Meijer
Sunday, November 8, 2009

Description
Adjusting to a new culture is a multi-faceted process, from learning about new foods to preparing for a different climate. This off-campus workshop will give participants an opportunity to shop at Meijer, a Michigan-based “superstore” that sells groceries, clothing, furniture, home goods, electronics, and much more. Participants may choose for themselves whether they want to shop on their own or as a group. Upon arriving at the store, we’ll go first to the winter clothing section, where the workshop coordinator will give a brief presentation about clothing suitable for Michigan’s cold weather. Then we’ll proceed to the grocery aisles, where participants can walk through with the workshop coordinator, asking any questions they have about the various products as they arise.

A bus will take students between Rackham and Meijer according to the following schedule:

1:00 pm – Bus departs from Rackham Building (915 E. Washington St) PROMPTLY at 1:00 pm; students are strongly advised to arrive by 12:45 pm.

3:15 pm – Bus departs from Meijer (3145 Ann Arbor – Saline Rd) PROMPTLY at 3:15 pm; students are strongly advised to check out with any purchases no later than 3:00 pm.

For those who miss either bus or who would like to spend longer shopping, the AATA bus route #16 runs between the Blake Transit Center downtown (331 S. Fourth Ave) and Meijer. U-M students with a valid M-Card ride for free. The schedule for this bus can be found at:

http://www.aata.org/rideguide.asp?route=16 (remember to look at the Sunday schedule, not the weekday schedule)

This workshop is part of the Cross-Cultural Adjustment Series (CCAS) of workshops organized by Rackham Graduate Student Affairs. These workshops focus on the needs of international graduate students, but are open to all domestic and international graduate students and their family members. Please feel free to bring your questions and concerns to the any of these discussions. Contact Kim Greenwell, at kgreenwe@umich.edu for more information regarding the CCAS workshops.

Time and Location
1:00 – 3:30 pm, front of the Rackham Building and Meijer (Ann Arbor-Saline Rd)

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Writing and Completing the Dissertation
Tuesday, November 10

Presenter
Louis Cicciarelli teaches writing in the Sweetland Writing Center and the Department of English Language and Literature and has directed Sweetland’s Dissertation Writing Institute since it began in 2003.

Description
This workshop provides strategies for completing the dissertation. We will discuss managing your materials, staying motivated despite obstacles, and putting the pieces together to articulate an argument that is both coherent and relevant to the field.

Time and Location
11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham

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Rackham’s Introduction to Yoga**
Tuesdays 11/10, 11/17, 12/1 and 12/8 (skipping 11/24)
5:00 - 6:15 pm

Cost for the four-week series: $25 (includes a yoga mat for you to keep) or $15 (if you bring your own mat)

2nd and 4th floors, Rackham

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Rackham’s Introduction to Yoga**
Tuesdays 11/10, 11/17, 12/1 and 12/8 (skipping 11/24)
6:30 - 7:45 pm

Cost for the four-week series: $25 (includes a yoga mat for you to keep) or $15 (if you bring your own mat)

2nd and 4th floors, Rackham

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Cross-Cultural Adjustment Series: Tips & Resources to Improve Your English Language Skills**
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Description
For many international graduate students, life at U-M and in Ann Arbor involves full-time immersion in a second language. The ability to speak more than one language fluently is an increasingly valuable skill, but acquiring it can seem overwhelming at times. Fortunately, there are many resources on campus, online, and around Ann Arbor to help in this process. This workshop, presented in association with the English Language Institute (ELI), aims to:

  • Equip participants to assess their own language development goals
  • Identify campus and Ann Arbor resources for English language study and practice
  • Introduce free English learning websites for self-study*
  • Provide tips for efficiently enhancing one’s English language skills, given an already extremely busy graduate student schedule

*Participants are invited to bring laptops to this event, so the group can explore various online resources together.

This workshop is part of the Cross-Cultural Adjustment Series (CCAS) of workshops organized by Rackham Graduate Student Affairs. These workshops focus on the needs of international graduate students, but are open to all domestic and international graduate students and their family members. Please feel free to bring your questions and concerns to the any of these discussions. Contact Kim Greenwell at kgreenwe@umich.edu for more information regarding the CCAS workshops.

Time and Location
6:30 – 8:30 pm, East Conference Room, Rackham Building, 4th Floor

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Imposter Syndrome**
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Description
Do you find yourself plagued by feelings of doubt and constantly asking yourself the question “how did I get here and when will they find out I don’t belong?” You are definitely not alone. Many graduate students wonder whether they really belong in graduate school, especially during their first year. Confronting the Imposter Syndrome will enable you to confront the root of many of the other obstacles you may also be facing such as: procrastination, worry, anxiety, lack of confidence, and stifled performance. Join us in this roundtable discussion where we will address this syndrome and develop concrete strategies for overcoming its effects.

Time and Location
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, West Conference Room, 4th floor, Rackham Building

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The Role of Your Mentors as You Complete Your Program
Thursday, November 12

Presenters
Theodore Goodson, Professor of Chemistry

Description
As your focus shifts from research and dissertation to completing the degree, the role of your mentors also shift as they assist you in launching your career. This workshop will consider the ways in which you can best work with your mentors to map out the strategies and take advantage of their networks and experience.

Time and Location
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham

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Graduate Student Affairs – General Social Event: Taste of Vietnam Lunch**
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Description
This lunch will provide an introduction to the delicious world of Vietnamese cuisine, famous for its light flavors and use of herbs such as lemongrass, mint and cilantro. Open to all graduate students. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options will be provided.

Catered by Saigon Garden (1220 S. University).

Time and Location
12:00 – 2:00 pm, Assembly Hall and East Conference Room, Rackham Building, 4th Floor

Remember: Pre-registration is required for ALL of the workshops above at http://www.rackham.umich.edu/Events/wssel.php.

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