Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Name the Office of Graduate Studies Mascots - A message from Dean Flores

Please read the following letter from our Dean of Graduate Studies about how you can win $50.  I think it is a fun and creative way to help pay for supplies or books.  Come by the office and see me if you want to take part in this contest. 

Dear Graduate Students

Welcome back to the second semester in RIT's history!   We hope your winter break was a productive one and that you are energized and ready to go.  The purpose of this email is to invite you to visit our office and to use the facility as a meeting, study and networking space.  We have snacks and coffee/tea available on a daily basis.  To encourage you to use our facilities, we are instituting a one-time contest, one time award, name the OGS office mascots.  As you come in, you will see five delightful stuffed animals with welcoming smiles.  They are fully compliant with RIT's pet policy and excellent listeners.  The challenge is, they do not have names.  If you come up with the best set of names for our office pets, you will receive a $50 Barnes & Noble gift certificate good for the purchase of books or other educational materials, directly supported by the Dean's checkbook.  Please submit your entries to Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success Rauncie Ryan in person before Feb. 7th at 5 p.m..  Winner will be announced on Feb 14th, with a personalized Valentine card from the newly named pets, celebrating their passage from anonymity to public life.

We are located on the third floor of building 87 (Innovation Center) in room 3100.

Dean Hector Flores
Office of Graduate Studies

My Official Welcome back!

Greetings and welcome back!

As your Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success I want to officially welcome you back from winter break.  I hope you had a wonderful time.  I am feeling very excited about the future of Graduate Studies at RIT.  I have been working on ways to keep you more connected with each other and with events that are happening on campus.  While you were gone on break we went live with our new website. 

You will also find our Graduate Student Success workshop schedule on our website.  I am looking forward to seeing you at those workshops. 

I will be writing on a regular basis in a blog that is linked on our community page.  You can see my blog at the following link.  This is a good way to put in your comments and share your ideas with me.

If you are on Facebook you should also join our Graduate Student Success Facebook.

I also wanted to share with you an exciting new meeting that the Office of Graduate Studies is sponsoring.  On Friday January 31st we will have the first meeting of a new Toastmasters group here on campus.  The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the meeting room next to the Office of Graduate Studies.   If you do not know about Toastmasters then I would encourage you to go to the following link and watch this video about what a meeting is like.

You can find out more about toastmasters on their official website.

Student Life Survey
Some of you will be randomly chosen to take a survey about student life for graduate students at RIT.  This survey will go out in March.  Be on the lookout for more information about this survey.  It will help us to hear the issues that are important to you. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

3monththesis blog

This is a blog about writing your thesis that I am finding helpful. 


Check it out and share what you think.  

Workshops for Spring

You can register for our workshop series on our website now
Here is the lineup so far for this Spring.  I hope to see you there!

The Graduate Student Success workshops are workshops sponsored by The Office of Graduate Studies, The RIT Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services and Graduate Departments across the university.  All of these workshops offer ways to become more successful as a Graduate Student.  Please note the time and location for each workshop since they are offered in different locations with different start times.  If you have any questions please contact Rauncie Ryan at LRRGLA@rit.edu 

February 12th - 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.mWorkshop pending - location to be announced 

February 26th  11:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m. - Writing a thesis - join with other graduate students as we share experiences in writing a thesis and tips to help you get through the process.  - Stan McKenzie Commons on the first floor of Liberal Arts Hall, bldg 6

March 7th  2:00 - 2:50 p.m. -Effective Job Search Strategies - Carlson bldg 76, room 1125

March 10th 3:00 - 3:50 p.m. -Using Social Media in your Job Search - Carlson bldg 76, room 1125

April 2nd 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Presenting your Research - Join us for a discussion about how to present your work at a conference or symposium.  This is a great workshop for those preparing to present at our Symposium on April 18th. - Stan McKenzie Commons on the first floor of Liberal Arts Hall, bldg 6

April 4th  3:00 - 3:50 p.m. -Interviewing Tips -Stan McKenzie Commons on the first floor of Liberal Arts Hall, bldg 6

April 23rd  12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  -Publishing your research - This forum will be hosted by an RIT graduate student and will have a panel of students who have published their work.  By popular demand we are repeating this workshop which we originally had in the fall. - Stan McKenzie Commons on the first floor of Liberal Arts Hall, bldg 6

April 29th  4:00 - 4:50 p.m. -How to Write a CV - Carlson bldg 76, room 1125

May 7th  12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  -Special Guest Speaker - Speaker to be announced - Stan McKenzie Commons on the first floor of Liberal Arts Hall, bldg 6

Check back often workshops may be added as the semester progresses.  We are listening to what you have requested and trying to take care of all your workshop needs.  If your department is holding a workshop that all graduate students would be welcome to please contact Rauncie at the email address above so it can be added to our great lineup of workshops for graduate student success.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hockey night for Graduate Alumni and Current Graduate Students at RIT

Join fellow graduate alumni and current graduate students for this year’s Graduate Studies Hockey Night and Tailgate Party.

Saturday February 15th
Tailgate party 5:30
Game time 7:05
Limited tickets available, sign up today!!

Click here to register

Our new website is live!

I am very excited that our website is now live.  You will begin to see more posts to my blog now that you can find me through our Graduate Studies website.  I welcome any feedback you have.