Welcome Week Events

To help decide what you would like to explore this welcome week, here is a list of highlighted events from the graduate student orientation and welcome week events. This includes a mixture of games nights, resource sessions, and Drexel community panels, and more!

Monday

Online Graduate Student Orientation: Session 2

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Monday, September 14, 2020 from 3:00PM-5:00PM via Brazen
AUDIENCE: All graduate students
DESCRIPTION: Steinbright Career Development Center (SCDC), Center for Learning & Academic Success Services (CLASS), Drexel University Libraries, Office of Global Engagement (OGE) & Education Abroad (formerly Study Abroad), Drexel Public Safety (includes Drexel Police), Student Life: Graduate Housing & Commuter Student Resources

Virtual Septa 101

METHOD: SYN (live) – link sent shortly before event starts
WHEN: Monday, September 14, 2020 from 4:00PM-5:00PM
AUDIENCE: All students
DESCRIPTION: Learn how to take advantage of your city in a safe way! There is so much to explore in Philly, we want to show you the best ways to get around all of your favorite neighborhoods using SEPTA and other easy modes of transportation.

Virtual First Bash

METHOD: SYN (live) – visit www.thegoodideafund.com for links
WHEN: Monday, September 14, 2020 from 7:00PM-8:00PM via Zoom
AUDIENCE: All graduate students
DESCRIPTION: Do you want a chance to win prizes and make friends? Do you enjoy Arts and Crafts, Esports, Poetry Slams, Student Music Talent, Trivia, Virtual Escape Rooms, International Culture, Coding, and much more? Whatever your interest, we have something for you. Come hangout with The Good Idea Fund and other student organizations for a night of fun and prizes! Visit TGIF’s website to access all of the Zoom links. We can’t wait see you there!

Tuesday

Risky Business – Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Depression

METHOD: SYN (live) – link sent shortly before event starts
WHEN: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 9:00AM-10:00AM  
AUDIENCE: All students
DESCRIPTION: College is an exciting, fun-filled, chaotic and stressful time. College students not only work hard but often play hard too, and this lifestyle of burning the candle at both ends, combined with often not eating as well as they should, can lead to exhaustion and feelings of stress. In more severe cases, due to the lifestyle, or simply for no known reason at all, students can become depressed and sometimes need help. Depression is the most common health problem suffered by college students This session will discuss some of the warning signs that someone you know could be secretly suffering from depression and may need assistance

Drexel Libraries’ Building Connections to Scholarship Webinar Series: Archives

METHOD: SYN (live)  
WHEN: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 11:00AM-11:30AM via Brazen
AUDIENCE: All students
DESCRIPTION: This webinar provides an introduction to archives and how you can use them in teaching and research. Participants will learn about the key differences between archives and a library, how an archives collects and shares records of enduring value, the variety of archival units at Drexel University and in the Philadelphia area, and some of the many ways people use archival collections.

Launching your “Civic Pathway” at Drexel

METHOD: SYN (live) – link sent shortly before event starts
WHEN: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 5:30PM-7:00PM  
AUDIENCE: All students
DESCRIPTION: In this interactive workshop, explore what it means to advance social change and how to turn your passion into action using tools and support available through the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement

Wednesday

Online Graduate Student Orientation: Session 3

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 11:00AM-1:00PM via Brazen
AUDIENCE: All graduate students
DESCRIPTION: English Language Center (ELC), Center for Scholar Development (CSD): Fellowships, Office of Equality & Diversity (OED), Office of Disability Resources (ODR), Drexel Writing Center, Drexel Business Services (includes DragonCard Office, Dining and Parking Services)

Online Graduate Student Orientation: Session 4

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 3:00PM-5:00PM via Brazen
AUDIENCE: All graduate students
DESCRIPTION: Graduate Student Association (GSA), International Graduate Student Association (IGSA), PRAGATHI: The Indian Graduate Student Association & Drexel IEEE Graduate (DIG Forum), Drexel Black Graduate Student Union (DBGSU), Drexel Recreation Center, Student Life: Campus Engagement

Speed Friending with Drexel CHI User Experience Club

METHOD: SYN (live) – link sent shortly before event starts
WHEN: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 8:00PM-9:00PM via Zoom
AUDIENCE: New students
DESCRIPTION:  Speed Friending with Drexel CHI will offer freshman the opportunity to have short 3 minute conversations with other new students via Zoom about any number of fun topics! Drexel CHI will go over some interesting introduction prompts that students can use in their random meetings in addition to ice breaker questions to ask to get things rolling. Join us if you’re interested in chatting with cool new people in a fun and exciting way.

Campus Engagement Presents: Vritual $1000 Drag Bingo Hosted by Shea Coulee

METHOD: SYN (live) – link sent shortly before event starts
WHEN: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 9:00PM-10:30PM via Zoom
AUDIENCE: All students
DESCRIPTION:  Her name is Shea Coulee & and she didn’t come to play… Coulee returned to the runway and snatched the crown on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 5. Join us for Virtual Drag Bingo hosted by Shea featuring $1000 worth of prizes! It’s an event you don’t want to miss!

Thursday

International Students: American Teaching Methods & Academic Success Virtual Session

METHOD: SYN (live) – link sent shortly before event starts
WHEN: Thursday, September 17th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am via Zoom
AUDIENCE: International students
DESCRIPTION:  To prepare international students for some of the academic challenges they may face when entering a U.S. classroom for the first time. We will explore the different types of American teaching methods the students may experience, how to make the most of a syllabus, class participation/attendance, and more. The presentation will review Drexel’s SCDC/co-op program and tips to ensure a good co-op experience as well as partnering with other campus offices to include the Library, CLASS, and Inter-College Advising. Additional topics covered will include plagiarism, cheating and integrity violations as well as the follow-on consequences by these conduct issues.

Inspirational Bingo

METHOD: SYN (live) – link sent shortly before event starts
WHEN: Thursday, September 17th, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm via Zoom
AUDIENCE: All students
DESCRIPTION: Play virtual bingo with Open Door from the comfort of your own place. Join in conversation and play bingo right on your own device. Winners will receive inspirational messages and vinyl stickers mailed to them to improve their motivation during the virtual school experience. Believe in yourself this term! Imagine the impact of necessary new experiences. Gain gratifying and genuine relationships, one step at a time.

A Special Evening Edition of Lindy Center’s Virtual Coffee & Community

METHOD: SYN (live) – link sent shortly before event starts
WHEN: Thursday, September 17th, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm via Zoom
AUDIENCE: All students
DESCRIPTION: Join us for a discussion co-facilitated by Lindy Center staff and student leaders around current social issues and the ways people make change. Be ready to share and reflect on your own experiences with social issues and social change – this is meant to be an interactive, reflective session!

Friday

Virtual Ready. Set. College! Your secret Weapon: The Course Syllabus

METHOD: SYN (live) – link sent shortly before event starts
WHEN: Friday, September 18th, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm via Zoom
AUDIENCE: All students
DESCRIPTION: A syllabus is more than just a strange word. It can be a roadmap to success, though few students know how to make the best use of it. In this interactive session, participants will learn how to identify essential elements of a course syllabus (including assignments, grading, and resources) and leave the session with an understanding of how to use this information to support a great term.

Virtual Dragon’s First Student Panel

METHOD: SYN (live) – link sent shortly before event starts
WHEN: Friday, September 18th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm via Zoom
AUDIENCE: First generation students
DESCRIPTION: Dragon’s First is a student organization serving the first-generation low-income student community at Drexel University. We’ve invited our student officers to speak on their experiences on what the transition into college was like and how their time at Drexel has been like so far.

Virtual Game Night

METHOD: SYN (live) – link sent shortly before event starts
WHEN: Friday, September 18th, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm via Zoom
AUDIENCE: All students
DESCRIPTION: Come join Drexel Cru for a fun-filled virtual game night! Game options include Jeopardy, Codenames, Mafia, and more! We hope to see you there! There will be plenty of prizes to win!

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