The Graduate College

Spring 2009


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Formatting Workshop

If you are graduating this year and writing a thesis or dissertation as a part of your degree requirements, we encourage you to join us for “Timelines and Templates:  Guidelines for Thesis and Dissertation Formatting.” The workshop is sponsored by the Graduate College and will be held Tuesday, February 24 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the University Union’s Havasupai Room. Seating is limited, so please register at to reserve a seat.

Note for statewide students or others who cannot attend: All of the information covered in this workshop is available at


Professional Development Workshops

In our continuing professional development program, the Offices of the Graduate Dean, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, and Faculty Development Program offer sessions to assist graduate students in thinking about their teaching, their future roles as faculty, and their research/scholarship. Two upcoming programs in the series provide practical, hands-on strategies.

On Friday, February 6, visiting speaker Tara Gray (NMSU) will lead a workshop specifically for graduate students: “Publish and Flourish: Becoming a Prolific Scholar.” The session will be from 2-5 p.m. in the University Union’s Kaibab Room (snacks will be provided).

On Tuesday, February 24, there will be a session on “Developing a Teaching Portfolio” from 2:30 – 4 p.m. in the University Union’s Sycamore Room (snacks will be provided).

Preregister for either or both of these sessions by calling (928) 523-9972 or registering online at  E-mail if you have questions.



For a student’s name to appear in the spring commencement program, the graduation application must be received by the Graduate College no later than Friday, February 13. Submit graduation applications to advisors now to ensure adequate time for evaluation and approval before final submission to the Graduate College office.


Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching

The Graduate College and the Faculty Development Program are once again sponsoring two awards to honor exceptional achievement by graduate teaching assistants. The call for nominations will be available beginning February 2 on the Graduate College website and the Faculty Development Program website. Nominations will be due in mid-February, and nominees will be invited to submit teaching portfolios in March. Watch for full details in an e-mail announcement and on the websites. A Graduate College awards reception in April will honor nominees, award recipients, and graduate students who complete the professional development series program.


Graduate Student Support Group

This group is for graduate students who have been accepted into a degree program and who are actively pursuing a graduate degree at this time. The goal of this group is to offer a supportive context for those who may be experiencing stress, anxiety, and distracting academic or personal concerns.

The group will be facilitated by a pre-doctoral psychology intern, Megan Gavin, M.A. The group will meet Friday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. during the spring 2009 semester.

There is a one-time charge of $30 for group membership. This charge covers all meetings during the spring semester and is non-refundable.

The prerequisite for new members joining the group is an individual meeting with Megan. Please call the counseling center at 523-2261 to schedule a meeting. The group will be limited to ten members.