Coordlink November 2012
This document contains the archive of the CoordLink newsletter from November 2012.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Spring 2013 New Graduate Student Welcome
Friday, January 18th
Location and time TBA
Fall 2013 New Graduate Student Welcome
Wednesday, August 28th
Assistant Dean Position - Office of Professional Development and Engagement
The pvl for this position has been posted. A minimum of 5 years of experience in a student-related field, preferably focused on academic/student services in higher education. Proven experience interacting with faculty, staff, and students. Ability to provide creative leadership in the coordination and development of professional development activities. Knowledge of and experience with communications and strategic planning is preferred.
SKILL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Graduate Coordinators handle a variety of administrative tasks. In order to maximize your effectiveness and efficiency with these tasks, invest in your personal skill and professional development where you can. Click on the links below for more information on campus and electronic resources available to you:
Financial Aid and Loan Repayment
Sandi Nowakowski from the Office of Student Financial Aid was a guest speaker at last month's coordinators' meeting. She talked about changes to graduate student financial aid and loan repayment. Please share this information with your students, or have them contact Sandi at email@example.com or call 265-2027.
Important announcement from ISS
International graduate students on F-1 and J-1 visas have special rules regarding enrollment in online credits. Please go to http://iss.wisc.edu/fands.html to read all of the requirements. If your students have questions, have them contact ISS: ISS@studentlife.wisc.edu or 608.262.2044.
Interactive Guide for International Students – Created by ISS. This is a great resource for your international students.
Fall Degree Deadlines
November 12 — Graduate students are eligible to enroll in spring 2013 classes (except students on probation, who need to wait for all fall grades to be reported with a 3.0 cumulative GPA).
November 23 — Request for all Master's and Ph.D. Degree Warrants
December 14 — Last day for grad students to withdraw (drop all courses) for the fall semester. Note that the deadline to do so with a refund is long past: 9/14/12 for full refund, 9/28/12 for half refund.
December 17-January 18 — Fall Degree Window Period**
**Window Period: This is the time between the end of one degree period and the beginning of the next. If you were registered in the previous semester and all degree requirements were met by the end of the window period, your degree will be granted at the end of the next semester and you will not have to register or pay fees for the next semester.
TRENDS IN GRADUATE EDUCATION
The Year of the MOOC
Not familiar with this phrase? MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses. This fall, 370,000 students are enrolled in online courses offered by Harvard and MIT. And not be to undone, Stanford, through a for-profit called Coursera, entered the fray by offering courses in algorithms and cryptography. For free. Coursera is reaching more than 1.7 million "courserians" this fall. If you'd like to know more, here's an interesting read from the NY Times.
Using Twitter to interact with your students
"Twitter is all about facilitating conversations...." Pete Cashmore, @Mashable
More and more of your students are using Twitter to send short messages to friends, find information about brands and to find jobs. Twitter is the third largest social media platform being used by college students today according to a recent survey of 2,000 students by Digital Media IX.
Social media Platforms Used by College Students - Digital Media IX
Now would be a great time to enter the Twitterverse. This trend is just going to keep growing.
Getting started is easy. Go to twitter.com and set up an account. Then follow us @UWMadGSEd to get the hang of the kinds of things people tweet about. The Grad Ed account targets new and current students for example. We post notices about professional development events, deadlines and articles of interest for students. In fact, please feel free to share our handle with your students so they can follow us.
If you'd like more information from the Digital Media IX survey mentioned above go to http://www.jeffbullas.com/2012/05/07/how-social-and-mobile-is-the-new-igeneration/. Happy Tweeting.
QUICK HEALTH TIPS
University Health Services
24-Hour Mental Health Crisis Services: 608-265-5600 (option 9)
Recognize. Respond. Refer.
We hope you received the UHS Red Folder in your mail box this week. This valuable resource guide was produced by UHS for faculty and staff who might be a student's first contact when they are experiencing a mental or medical health issue. It was designed to be a one-stop reference that can be easily left by the phone. Please let Al Joranlien know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you haven't received the folder and would like one.
Michelle Harris has joined the Graduate School in the accounting office.
Petra Schroeder has been named interim associate dean for administration. Nick Novak from RSP is serving as interim assistant dean for research administration in Petra's place.