Tip-off to Grad Student Appreciation Week, April 3-7, 2017

Tip-off to Grad Student Appreciation Week, April 3-7, 2017

Thank you for choosing to be a graduate student at the University of South Carolina! In the spirit of the Final Four, this post is the tip-off to Grad Student Appreciation Week, April 3-7, 2017. Regardless of the outcome of the basketball games this weekend, we will be celebrating your accomplishments and contributions to our teaching, research, and service missions next week.

As graduate students, you are about one-quarter of the USC-Columbia student body. You are in at least one of about 250 certificate, masters, and doctoral programs across 13 colleges and schools. Some of you are full-time traditional students on campus, while others are part-time students or in online programs who may never step foot on campus.  Many of you benefit from programs such as the Graduate Civic Scholars Program, the Bridge Humanities Corps, the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program, the highly competitive Presidential Fellowship Program, and/or the Graduate School travel program.  Some of you have been awarded SPARC Graduate Research Fellowships. Some of you teach in various undergraduate programs, or conduct research with a faculty mentor, or work elsewhere on campus on in the community. As graduate students, you are engrained into the fabric of this university.

Hopefully, all of you benefit from our professional development activities (#GRADprofdev). Following a thorough assessment by both an internal committee of faculty, staff, and graduate students and two external consultants last year, one of the primary recommendations was to enhance professional development for our graduate students by making an intentional investment in these activities. Grad Student Appreciation Week, Professional Development Fridays, webinars, and special activities, such as the Cheeky Scientist aka Dr. Isaiah Hankel, academic publishing with George Thompson, and From PhD to Life with Dr. Jennifer Polk are all activities sponsored by the Graduate School. These activities are for you and designed to invest in you and your preparation for a variety of meaningful careers after degree.

After 29 years in the Arnold School of Public Health, two terms on Graduate Council, and a variety of other campus activities, I was selected last summer to serve as vice provost and dean of your Graduate School.  My primary office is in the Osborne Administration Building, where I oversee all faculty recruitment, appointment, tenure and promotion processes as well as faculty awards and policy development.  As dean of the Graduate School, I work actively with our leadership team and Graduate Council to assure that each of you experiences a quality education that prepares you for your chosen career.  From approving courses and curricula to processing applications and programs of study to establishing and enforcing policies for academic progression, we here at the Graduate School serve you as our graduate students.

I hope that you will join me on Monday, April 3, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Byrnes 311 to mix and mingle with your fellow graduate students.  I look forward to meeting many of you then. Please plan to participate in any of the activities, with something every day next week.  I also hope many of you are presenting a poster or in the 3MT competition at Discover USC on Friday, April 21.

From tip-off until the final seconds tick off of the clock on your time as a graduate student at USC, know that we are here for you and we appreciate you.

Dr. Cheryl Addy is vice provost and dean of the Graduate School at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Addy welcomes your input, and you can contact her at caddy@mailbox.sc.edu or 803.777.2808.

To access information on and registration for events during Grad Student Appreciation Week 2017, go to http://gradschool.sc.edu/calendar.asp?audience=&direction=forward&begin_dt=201702&end_dt=201704. Look for #GRADprofdev notation.

Questions? Comments? Ideas? Contact Dr. Heather Brandt at hbrandt@sc.edu.

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