Why is Re-Orientation needed?

New students are normally nervous, excited, and even eager when they come to the New Student Orientation. By the end of orientation most of them walk away with a general understanding of program requirements, the services available to them, who the faculty are, and they begin their student journey with a positive outlook. Yet, survey results show that, by the time they finish coursework, many of them linger, find themselves disoriented, "life" happens, and  getting through the final milestones becomes a challenge.

Why should I participate?

The goal of this event is to provide students with strategies for successfully completing the next phases of their graduate studies after coursework (quals, proposal, and dissertation) and to help them create a plan for their career beyond CGU.

What should I wear?

The dress is business casual.

What should I bring?

Something to takes notes on/with.  Your questions.

Will there be food?

Yes, we will provide a Continental breakfast, lunch, and a reception at the end of the event?

Can I come for just part of the day?

No. This event requires your presence at all of the sessions for you to get the best outcomes from the experience.

What if the RSVP is closed?

Send an email to the Student Success Center (student.success@cgu.edu) asking to be put on the wait-list. We will let you know within 36 hours of the program if space opens up.

What if I RSVP-ed and cannot come?

Please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer the place to someone else on the wail-list. At the very latest, you should let us know 48 hours ahead of the event.

Will this event be recorded?

Yes we will record the sessions and they will be available on YouTube at a later date.

What if I have a question not answered here?

Please email the Director Career Development, Christine Kelly, at Christine.Kelly@cgu.edu.


Re-Orientation Re-Orientation


Second Annual Re-Orientation
February 3, 2017

What is Re-Orientation?

A day of programs focused on career planning, managing your financial aid, and preparing for quals/ proposal /dissertation. The idea behind the name came after talking to many doctoral students who felt isolated and lost after finishing coursework; specifically, after taking quals. The SSC team began to focus attention on the trajectory of a doctoral student and saw a need to re-orient and re-engage students at this pivotal point in their academic careers at CGU.

Reorient: /ˌrēˈōrēənt/

   1. change the focus or direction of
   2. find one's position again in relation to one's surroundings

Re-Orientation Schedule

February 3, 2017   
8:30am - 5:30pm

Stauffer Hall of Learning
Albrecht Auditorium, unless otherwise noted
925 N. Dartmouth Avenue, Claremont, California

8:15 to 8:55 - Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 to 9:15 - Introduction with Jacob Adams, Interim President

9:15 to 10:45 - Faculty Panel

Strategies for Moving from Coursework to Completion with Patrick Mason, Jason Siegel, Michelle Bligh, and Melissa Rogers

10:45 to 11:00 - Break

11:00 to 12:00 - Managing the Post Coursework Process with Shamini Dias

When coursework ends and your time to dissertation stretches out in front of you, there is a sense of delicious anticipation; it is time at last to focus on your research. And yet, you can also experience a loss of direction. This session focuses on creating a structure for yourself, mapping a timeline to completion, planning milestones and checkpoints to make sure you are on track to finish, and fitting in opportunities to develop key aspects of your academic portfolio.

12:00 to 1:15 - Lunch in DesCombes Courtyard

1:15 to 2:00 - Smart Thinking with Financial Aid with Beverly Green

Do you know how to find out your repayment options for Federal student loans after you graduate? Do you know who to contact for information to start paying or deferring your Federal student loans? Do you know your loan balance? 

2:00 to 2:15 - Break

2:15 to 3:15 - Strategies for Managing the Writing Process with Mark Pedretti

This session will focus on building the sustainable writing practices necessary for undertaking a long-term project like a dissertation systematically and comfortably — without making yourself crazy. We will discuss productive writing habits, the importance of support through the writing process, and campus resources that can help you from research through revision.

3:15 to 4:30 - Concurrent Sessions:

Planning Your Non-Academic Career Path with Christine Kelly

What do you do with your PhD if you don't want to be a professor? This is a tough question to answer since there are multiple paths you can take.  In this session we'll discuss how to blaze your own trail and find the best path for you.

Planning Your Academic Career Path with Shamini Dias

Entering and succeeding in an academic career takes careful planning and time. This session helps you focus on how to best prepare yourself to enter an academic career. We will introduce the Academic Career Road Map and strategies for developing a strong academic portfolio so that you are well equipped and ready to begin your academic job search process.

4:30 to 5:30 - Reception in Stauffer Lobby

Christine Kelly • 909.607.2532 • Christine.Kelly@cgu.edu • 131 E Tenth St.

Staging Enabled