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New Student Orientation

WELCOME to WEILL CORNELL GRADUATE SCHOOL ! 

The New Student Orientation (NSO) will be a week-long experience consisting of a variety of events, information sessions, and fun events designed to welcome and introduce new graduate students to the Weill Cornell Graduate School (WCGS) community, and of course, New York City. Incoming graduate students will also have the opportunity to meet other new and returning graduate students, faculty members and graduate school staff as you kick off your first year here.

WCGS 2016 Orientation will be during the week of Monday, August 22 for all new graduate students with a welcome dinner Sunday evening, August 21. The schedule is listed below. You can also download the schedule (PDF) PDF iconhere. For events indicated with an asterisk (*), attendance is mandatory. 

NSO is organized by the Graduate School Executive Committee (GSEC). GSEC represents the academic, social and administrative interests of the graduate student body, and acts as a liaison to WCGS administration. 

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Sunday, August 21

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5:00pm–8:00pmWelcome Dinner Sponsored by: Graduate School Executive Council (GSEC)WCMC Belfer Research Building 413 E 69th St, Room: BRB-204-A/B & Belfer Terrace

Monday, August 22

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9:00am–1:00pmSnacks and Swag sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations for the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences
*9:30am–10:45amGSEC Orientation Overview and Ice Breaker - Meet with the Orientation Committee to discuss the upcoming week. [Breakfast will be included]WCMC Belfer Research Building 413 E 69th St, Room: BRB-302 A/B/C
*10:45am–11:15amWelcome to the Graduate School - Jacob Sneva, PhD, Director of Education Administration; Gary Koretzky, MD, PhD, DeanWCMC Belfer Research Building 413 E 69th St, Room: BRB-302 A/B/C
*11:15am–1:00pmHR Enrollment and Processing - Domestic and International StudentsWCMC Belfer Research Building 413 E 69th St, Room: BRB-302 A/B/C
*1:00pm–2:00pmLunch (Introduction of Staff) - Jacob Sneva, PhD, Director of Education AdministrationWCMC Belfer Research Building 413 E 69th St, Room: BRB-302 A/B/C
2:00pm–4:00pmCampus Tour [Not mandatory for students who started on July 1]From Lunch
2:00pm–4:00pmStudent ID – Security OfficeAnnex Building 523 East 70th St
2:00pm–4:00pmClass Photos – Art and Photography1300 York Ave, A-162 (1st floor)
4:30pm–9:00pmYacht Ride [Cash bar]WCMC Lasdon House Lobby 420 E. 70th St

Tuesday, August 23

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*8:45am-9:00amWelcome Breakfast - W. Marcus Lambert, PhD, Director of Diversity and Student ServicesWCMC Belfer Research Building 413 E 69th Street Room: BRB-204 A/B/C
*9:00am-9:40amStudent Services/Overview and Responsible Conduct of Research Requirement - Randi Silver, PhD, Associate DeanWCMC Belfer Research Building 413 E 69th Street Room: BRB-204 A/B/C
*9:40am-10:00amHousing and Student Services (Part I) - Kevin Rakowsky, Director of WCMC Housing; Rachael Ryan, MSKCC HousingWCMC Belfer Research Building 413 E 69th Street Room: BRB-204 A/B/C
*10:00am-10:40amGraduate School ITS Orientation - Christine O'Connor, Associate Director of ITS-Client ServicesWCMC Belfer Research Building 413 E 69th Street Room: BRB-204 A/B/C
*10:40am-11:10amSecurity Presentation - Anthony Medaglia, Director of Security; Alex Rodriguez, Security ManagerWCMC Belfer Research Building 413 E 69th Street Room: BRB-204 A/B/C
*11:10am-11:30amHousing and Student Servies (Part II) - Marcus Lambert, PhD, Director of Diversity and Student ServicesWCMC Belfer Research Building 413 E 69th Street Room: BRB-204 A/B/C
11:30am-12:30pmDevice Connections - Laptops, Phones, Tablets, Computers, etc.WCMC 1300 York Avenue, SMARTDesk (in the library, near the entrance)
12:30pm-1:30pmLunch (on your own)
*1:30pm-3:30pmProgram MeetingsContact your Program Meetings
*3:30pm-3:50pmA Safe Learning Environment Course - Joseph Murray, MD, Associate Dean of Student Affairs & Equal Opportunity ProgramsWCMC 1300 York Avenue: Room A-250
*3:50pm-4:10pmWellness Program - Conor Liston, PhD; Mary Charlston, MD, Chief, Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluative Sciences ResearchWCMC 1300 York Avenue: Room A-250
4:30pm-4:45pmSuveg Pandey, Graduate StudentWCMC 1300 York Ave Room: A-250
4:45pm-5:30pmBreakout SessionWCMC 1300 York Ave Rooms: A/B/D/E/F/G/H/ J/K
6:00pm-8:00pmFinding my Community: A Diversity Mixer:WCMC Belfer Research Building 413 E 69th Street Room: BRB-204 A/B/C

Wednesday, August 24

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9:00am-12:00pmBreak (Device hook-up)WCMC 1300 York Avenue (1st Flr) SMARTDesk (in the library, near the entrance)
12:00pm-1:00pmLunchWCMC 1300 York Avenue (2nd Flr) Archbold Commons
*1:00pm-1:20pmFinance/Grants & Health Insurance - David Christini, PhD, Associate DeanWCMC 1300 York Avenue: Room A-250
1:20pm-1:35pmHealth Insurance - Laura Elsesser, Student Services Coordinator/DSOWCMC 1300 York Avenue: Room A-250
1:35pm-1:50pmPayroll - Barbara Harville, MS, Manager of Grants & FinanceWCMC 1300 York Avenue: Room A-250
1:50pm-2:10pmGrants and Fellowships - Xiaoai Chen, PhD, Grants AdministratorWCMC 1300 York Avenue: Room A-250
2:10pm-2:30pmBreak (Device hook-up)WCMC 1300 York Avenue (1st Flr) SMARTDesk (in the library, near the entrance)
*2:30pm-3:00pmRegistration - Carlene Bryan-Alexis, MA, Assistant Registrar, Education AdministrationWCMC 1300 York Avenue: Room A-250
*3:00pm-3:30pmRegistration: How to Register for Courses in LEARN online (BCMB) - Carlene Bryan-Alexis, MA, Assistant RegistrarWCMC 1300 York Avenue (2nd Flr) Room A/B
*3:00pm-3:30pmRegistration: How to Register for Courses in LEARN online (Immunology, Pharmacology) - Shamika Jackson, Assistant RegistrarWCMC 1300 York Avenue (2nd Flr) Room C/D
*3:30pm-4:00pmRegistration: How to Register for Courses in LEARN online (Neuroscience, PBSB) - Carlene Bryan-Alexis, MA, Assistant RegistrarWCMC 1300 York Avenue (2nd Flr) Room A/B
*3:30pm-4:00pmRegistration: How to Register for Courses in LEARN online (TPCB, TPCBM) - Shamika Jackson, Assistant RegistrarWCMC 1300 York Avenue (2nd Flr) Room C/D
*5:00pm-7:00pmFaculty and New Student MixerWCMC Harkness Courtyard (north of 1300 York Avenue entrance)
9:00pm-11:00pmBed, Bath & Beyond (Discount shopping experience)WCMC 445 E 69th St: Olin Lobby

Thursday, August 25

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*9:00am-11:00amRadiation Safety Course - Chris Saganich, Senior PhysictWCMC 1300 York Avenue, Room A-950
*11:00am-1:00pmBiological/Chemical/Fire Safety Course - James Crandall, Director of Environmental Health & SafetyWCMC 1300 York Avenue, Room A-950
1:00pm-2:00pmLunch (on your own)
*2:00pm-2:45pmStudent Health Services - Edgar Figueroa, MD, Director of Student Health Services; Jonathan Avery, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical PsychiatryWCMC 1300 York Ave Room: A-250
3:30pm-5:00pmIce Cream Social with GSECWCMC Harkness Courtyard (north of 1300 York Avenue entrance)
6:00pmCentral Park - GSECWCMC 445 E 69th St Olin Lobby

Friday, August 26

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*11:00am-12:30pmLibrary Orientation and Treasure Hunt- Prizes & FunWCMC 1300 York Avenue (2nd Flr) Weill Auditorium
2:00pm-5:00pmScavenger Hunt - GSECWCMC 445 E 69th St: Olin Lobby
6:00pmSweets and Eats Crawl - GSECWCMC 445 E 69th St: Olin Lobby

Tuesday, September 20

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6:00pm-8:00pmDinner with Dean KoretzkyWCMC Belfer Research Building 413 E 69th St Rooms: BRB-204 A/B/C

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