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  • NEW GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT

    ORIENTATION

    2010

    SPONSORED BY

    THE OFFICE OF GRADUATE STUDENT LIFE, THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST

    AND THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION

    BOSTON COLLEGE

  • NEW GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION 2010

    www.bc.edu/offices/gsc/programs/orientation.html

    Dear Incoming Graduate and Professional Students:

    Welcome to Boston College! As a new graduate or professional student,

    you join a community of scholars that comprises one third of the student

    population at Boston College.

    New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation is for you to

    become acquainted with university and Boston area resources, meet faculty

    and staff, and get to know students from other schools and disciplines.

    We have an exciting orientation program planned for Thursday,

    September 2, 2010, as well as many activities throughout the first weeks of

    the fall term. Please join us for any or all welcome events as you settle into

    your new life as graduate and professional students at Boston College!

    Sincerely,

    The Office of Graduate Student Life

    The Office of the Provost

    The Graduate Student Association

  • NEW GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION 2010

    www.bc.edu/offices/gsc/programs/orientation.html

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Schedule of Orientation Events 3-5

    Additional Activities 6-8

    Practical Matters to Attend to ASAP 9

    Contact Information 9

    Campus Services at a Glance 10

    Boston Neighborhoods Information 11-13

    Getting Around Town 14

    Academic Calendar 15

    Resource Fair Participants 16

    Notes 17

    Maps 18-19

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  • NEW GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION 2010

    www.bc.edu/offices/gsc/programs/orientation.html

    SCHEDULE OF ORIENTATION EVENTS Thursday, September 2, 2010

    Graduate and Professional Student Interfaith Prayer Service

    9:00am, Murray Graduate Student Center (MGC) Please join us as we gather together in prayer to welcome one another and greet the new

    academic year. In an effort to honor the diversity among us, this prayer service will draw from

    the wellsprings of a variety of religious traditions. ___________________________________________________________________________

    Office of Graduate Student Life Coffee Hour

    9:30am, Murray Graduate Student Center (MGC) Drop in for coffee, breakfast munchies and conversation with other incoming graduate and

    professional students. While youre here, explore the Murray Graduate Student Center and fa-

    miliarize yourself with the study areas, computer lab, dining and living room facilities, GSA of-

    fices and the Office of Graduate Student Life.

    ________________________________________________________________________

    Program Check-in Station

    10:00am-3:00pm, Higgins 300 Please check-in with our graduate student volunteers to pick up your Information Packet. All

    events are optional, so please join us when you are able. The Murray Graduate Student Center

    will be open all day for you to relax and enjoy refreshments between sessions. ____________________________________________________________________________

    Welcome Session and Returning Student Panel

    10:30am, Higgins 300 At this session the Office of Graduate Student Life, the Office of the Provost and the Graduate

    Student Association (GSA) will formally welcome you to Boston College, and a panel of veteran

    graduate and professional students will give you a first-hand sense of what you can expect at BC. ____________________________________________________________________________

    Graduate and Professional Student Resource Fair & BBQ

    12-1:30pm, Murray Function Room, Yawkey Center A fair to introduce new graduate and professional students to BC and Boston area services. Sign

    up for services and meet representatives from offices and groups throughout the BC community

    (a list of participants can be found on page 16). BBQ Lunch will be provided. ____________________________________________________________________________

    Campus Tour

    12:30pm, departs from the street entrance to Yawkey Center ____________________________________________________________________________

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  • NEW GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION 2010

    www.bc.edu/offices/gsc/programs/orientation.html

    SCHEDULE OF ORIENTATION EVENTS, CONT. Thursday, September 2, 2010

    Getting to Know BC: A Crash Course!

    1:30pm, Higgins 300 (concurrent session; repeated in afternoon) At this session, returning graduate and professional students will whisk you through the basics of

    what you need to know about BC! Learn about libraries, graduate student computer labs and

    study spaces, the BC shuttle, where to eat on campus, and much more. ____________________________________________________________________________

    Getting to Know Boston: A Crash Course!

    1:30pm, Higgins 310 (concurrent session; repeated in afternoon) At this session, returning graduate and professional students will take you on a whirlwind virtual

    tour of what you need to know about your new home in Boston: where to shop, where to eat,

    how to get around, and of course, where to have fun! ___________________________________________________________________________

    Getting to Know BC: A Crash Course!

    2:15pm, Higgins 300 At this session, returning graduate and professional students will whisk you through the basics of

    what you need to know about BC to survive your first weeks, months, and years here! Learn

    about libraries, graduate student computer labs and study spaces, the BC shuttle, where to eat on

    campus, and much more. ____________________________________________________________________________

    Getting to Know Boston: A Crash Course!

    2:15pm Higgins 310 At this session, returning graduate and professional students will take you on a whirlwind virtual

    tour of what you need to know about your new home in Boston: where to shop, where to eat,

    how to get around, and of course, where to have fun! ____________________________________________________________________________

    Educational Tools to Get You Started at BC

    3:00pm, Higgins 300 Lean how students stay plugged in at BC. This session will introduce you to the universitys

    MyFiles virtual hard drive system, Library research tools, and Blackboard Vista. ____________________________________________________________________________

    Money Management for Graduate and Professional Students

    3:00pm, Higgins 310 Get insider tips about how to manage your finances while in graduate school. ____________________________________________________________________________

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    SCHEDULE OF ORIENTATION EVENTS, CONT. Thursday, September 2, 2010

    Catholic Liturgy

    4:15pm, 9 Lake Street (School of Theology and Ministry Chapel, Brighton Campus) All are welcome. ____________________________________________________________________________

    Campus Tour

    4:15pm, depart from the check-in station in front of Higgins 300 and ends at 2101 Common-wealth Avenue ____________________________________________________________________________

    Welcome Reception

    5:00pm, 2101 Comm. Avenue, First Floor (Former Cardinals Residence, Brighton Campus) Faculty, staff and members of the GSA, and special speaker Professor Seth Jacobs will welcome

    you to BC. Enjoy food and drink, and meet members of your new community. . ____________________________________________________________________________

    Grad Nite Out

    7-9pm, Joshua Tree

    Join new and returning graduate and professional students to watch the Sox and of course to eat

    free food! Take B-line to Griggs Street. Cross the street on the right. Joshua Tree is at 1314 Commonwealth Avenue right before Griggs Street. ____________________________________________________________________________

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  • NEW GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION 2010

    www.bc.edu/offices/gsc/programs/orientation.html

    ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

    Friday, September 3, 2010 Graduate Fellows and Teaching Assistants Orientation Sponsored by the Connors Family Learning Center

    Begins at 9AM. Contact Sue Barrett at [email protected] for more information. ____________________________________________________________________________

    Tuesday, September 7, 2010 University Libraries Reception for Graduate Students 4-6pm, ONeill Library Reserves Reading Room

    The Boston College Libraries will host a reception for new graduate and professional students.

    This will be an opportunity for students to meet Tom Wall, University Librarian, as well as the

    subject librarians who are liaisons to the academic departments and schools. Students will also

    learn about the array of resources and services the Libraries offer. Food and drink will be

    served. ____________________________________________________________________________

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010 Graduate International Student Association (GISA) Fall Welcome Party 6:00pm John Courtney Murray, S.J. Graduate Student Center

    The Graduate International Students Association extends a warm welcome to all of you. Buil

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