Thursday, July 2, 2009

Save the Date! GSAS New Student Orientation: 9/11/09

GSAS will be holding an all-day orientation for new students on Friday, September 11, 2009. Program events will include a keynote address from GSAS Dean Catharine Stimpson, a 'Meet and Greet' lunch, networking Happy Hour, and various information sessions which may be of interest to Draper students. This year, the event will feature an information session designed especially for Master's students in the Humanities and Social Sciences who are making the transition to graduate school ("What I wish I knew..." see below).

Students do not need to attend the orientation for the whole day, but online registration is required and will be available starting August 17, 2009. Descriptions for several sessions of interest are posted below, but a full schedule, registration information, and additional details can be found here:

Sessions of Interest:

Academic Support Services: NYU Libraries

NYU Libraries hold collections totaling more than 4 million volumes, almost 5 million microforms, 500,000 government documents, 80,000 sound and video recordings and a wide range of electronic resources. Subject area specialist librarians will provide a detailed overview of the available resources to get you started and discuss best research practices.

Graduate School Transition Seminars, “What I Wish I knew …”
Targeted sessions for doctoral and master’s candidates in the humanities, social sciences and sciences.

Whether you are a recent grad, were part of the work force, or are still working, graduate school presents new challenges. What are you likely to face as you begin your graduate school career? How can you thrive in this new environment? Graduate students and representatives from the GSAS Office of Graduate Enrollment Services will speak to a range of transitional issues and tell you about the resources available to ease your transition. Panelists will provide useful tips and strategies based on what they have learned through teaching, mentoring and graduate study at the Graduate School of Arts and Science.

NYU Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)
Recommended for GSAS International Students

The Office of International Students and Scholars provides comprehensive support, advisory services and programs for NYU's international students, scholars, and their dependents. Lead by OISS’s administrators, this session will discuss the resources available to GSAS international graduate students.

Alumni News: Patrick Grenier's Light Installation: "It's always darkest before the dawn"

In a spirit of hope following the 2008 presidential election, artist Patrick Grenier (Draper Alumnus, 2004) created the site-specific "It's always darkest before the dawn," a 24/7 light installation which sought to "explor[e] those moments when we find ourselves literally and metaphorically moving away from our darkest hour."

Over the past 15 years, Grenier has "created an interdisciplinary body of work that ranges from film/video, sculptural installations and performance to writing, curating, and public tours." For more information on his current and past projects and exhibitions, see