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Spring 2015 New Student and Family Orientation 
Saturday, January 10, 2015 
8:30am to 1:00pm 
Marian Hall Ballroom

Child care will be available and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Student attendance is mandatory.

To RSVP please follow this link and complete the form: Spring 2015 Orientation RSVP.

Download the Spring 2015 Orientation brochure!

About Orientation

Our orientation provides both the student and family a sense of belonging to the UIW community. The orientation has three tracks: the student track, the family track, and the Little Cardinal’s track. The student track will cover information on support services and important academic policies. The family track is designed to illustrate the positive ways that family/friends can support their graduate student throughout the Master’s program. The Little Cardinal’s track features arts and crafts that tie into the overall theme of orientation. The orientation is closed with a special Kairos Card ceremony and a free family lunch.

Student Track

The student track is a unique opportunity for students to meet each other in small groups while attending three concurrent workshops. Each workshop is specially designed to cover topics that promote academic success and engagement in Graduate Support Services.

Family Track

We understand that graduate school can be a family affair, that is why we are pleased to welcome your family and friends to learn more about the graduate student experience and how to adjust to these changes. Additionally, this track will provide family and friends with information on the many different programs and activities available at UIW. Many of these activities are free or at a reduced cost for families.

Little Cardinals

One of the benefits of our orientation is that you can bring your kids! No need to get a baby sitter, we will have a track for children to watch movies, paint, and do arts and crafts. The Little Cardinal’s track is designed for children from 3 to 13 years of age.

Resource Fair

Have questions about using the Mabee Library? Want to learn about health services for graduate students? We offer a resource fair that allows you and your family to speak with a representative from various departments such as the business office, financial aid, the police department, health services and many more. This resource fair is a great opportunity to learn more about services available to graduate students all in one location.

Kairos Card Ceremony

The Kairos Card Ceremony serves as the final event of orientation. It is designed to both welcome students to UIW and “send off” students into their first week of graduate school. UIW staff, family, friends, and graduate students all participate in the special event.

The term Kairos has both Christian and secular interpretation. In the New Testament, Kairos describes “the appointed time in the purpose of God” or “the time when God acts.” In secular and philosophical teachings, Kairos suggests a moment in time when “proof” will be delivered. This proof assists an individual in adapting to a changing environment.

This special ceremony allows the Graduate Support Center to offer tangible support for our students when they experience a time of difficulty. The card acts as a reminder to our students that they are not alone as they embark on this difficult journey and can offer inspiration in a time of doubt.