Graduate Orientation, Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 9:00AM-4:00PM
Time Activity
Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center
9:00 am – 9:45 am

Campust tour (optional) -Meet tour guide at Carolina Club

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Breakfast at The Carolina Club

  • Light breakfast
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Welcome to Carolina!

Graduate School Leadership

  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Kate McAnulty, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Student Affairs
  • 10:10 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Suzanne Barbour, Ph.D., Dean of The Graduate School
  • 10:15 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Stephanie Schmitt, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Academics
  • 10:20 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. Brian Rybarczyk, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Professional Development and Funding

University Resources

  • 10:25 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. Ken Pittman, Campus Health
  • 10:35 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Joshua Canzona, University Ombuds
  • 10:40 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Michele Hayslett, University Libraries
  • 10:45 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Eric Everett, Research Ethics
  • 10:50 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. Theodore Nollert, Graduate and Professional Student Government
10:55 am – 11:15 pm

(Stretch Those Limbs/ Talk to your neighbor)

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Faculty Panel Facilitated by Dean Suzanne Barbour

  • Chris Clark, Political Science
  • Trenette Clark Goings, Social Work
  • Martin Johnson, English and Comparative Literature
  • Bill Rivenbark, Government
  • Meghan Shanahan, Public Health
  • Kumi Silva, Communication
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Student Panel Facilitated by Associate Dean Kate McAnulty

Kenan Memorial Stadium, Blue Zone (a short walk from the Carolina Club)
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Resource fair, lunch, and networking at the Blue Zone

Meet Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG), learn about student mental health and wellbeing resources, student affairs, and more. See all resource fair participants.

Sonja Haynes Stone Center, Hitchcock Room
2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Breakout sessions I - Hitchcock Room

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Optional tour

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Breakout sessions II - Hitchcock Room


Breakout sessions

  • Coping with Imposter Syndrome
    What is imposter syndrome? How do you manage it? This session covers how your fellow graduate students have negotiated, reframed, and navigated their journey at UNC-Chapel Hill. Come with any questions you may have, and let’s talk about getting well-equipped for your start at Carolina!
  • Transitioning to the American University
    The ISSS office is partnering with The Graduate School’s Diversity and Student Success office (DSS) and The Writing Center to offer breakout sessions for new international students. During this session, returning international students will share their perspectives about acclimating to the United States and UNC-Chapel Hill. The session will also provide details about programs for international graduate students through Global Grads and an opportunity to connect with other new students.
Campus Health
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Thank You Desserts sponsored by Campus Health

Bell Tower Amphitheatre
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

New Graduate Student Social (co-sponsored by Graduate and Professional Student Government)

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Campus tour (optional) -Meet tour guide at Stone Center

Parking and Transportation

Parking on campus is very limited, please plan ahead and use mass transportation if possible.