SIA Fall 2020 Orientation

We are excited to welcome you this fall to the Penn State School of International Affairs! Orientation for the SIA Class of 2022 will take place Thursday, August 20, and Friday, August 21. Students will be able to particpate in person or remotely.

Our orientation is an opportunity for you to learn about relevant academic, career, and programmatic information that will aid in your success at SIA, and to continue building relationships with your fellow classmates. Please see below for a full schedule of orientation events and activities.

Note: As this is an official Penn State activity, masks must be worn at all times (including outside) and social distancing must be followed when attending in-person activities on campus.

SIA ORIENTATION AGENDA — Thursday, August 20 — All events this day are via zoom
9:00 - 9:40 a.m. Welcome and Convocation Zoom
9:00 - 9:05 a.m. Christie Persio, Director of Admissions,
School of International Affairs
Zoom
9:05 - 9:20 a.m. Hari Osofsky, Dean, Penn State Law
and School of International Affairs
Zoom
9:20 - 9:35 a.m. Scott Gartner, Director,
School of International Affairs
Zoom
9:35 - 9:40 a.m. Elizabeth Ransom, Associate Director,
School of International Affairs
Zoom
9:40 - 9:50 a.m. Information Technology
Matt Gardner, Assistant Dean for Digital Learning and Information Technology,
Penn State Law and School of International Affairs
Zoom
9:50 - 10:00 a.m. Financial Information
Kim Wyatt, Financial Officer,
Penn State Law and School of International Affairs
Susan Bogart, Director of Financial Aid, Penn State Law
Zoom
10:00 - 10:10 a.m. Overview of Academic and Student Information
Claudia Prieto, Director of Academic Advising
and Student Affairs, School of International Affairs
Zoom
10:10 - 10:20 a.m. Capstone Planning, Internships, Employment,
and Professional Development

Grant Littke, Director of Career Services,
School of International Affairs
Zoom
10:20 - 10:25 a.m. Penn State Go Demonstration
Matthew Detrick, Enrollment Services Specialist,
School of International Affairs
Zoom
10:25 - 10:30 a.m. Break  
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Q&A Session
Scott Gartner, Director,
School of International Affairs
Zoom
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Free Time  
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. University Resource Fair Zoom

 

SIA ORIENTATION AGENDA — Friday, August 21 — In-person and remote activities
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Experiential Activities* Katz Building Grounds

Shaver's Creek is hosting our orientation activities this day. If you are attending the in-person activities, you must conduct a health self-assessment prior to arrival and sign a contract tracing log during check in. All participants are required to wear a face mask at all times (including outside) and social distancing must be followed. You must bring your own face mask. Wear sturdy footwear (not flip-flops) and casual clothing appropriate for outdoor activities. For more details, including instructions for the health self-assessment, read these instructions from Shaver's Creek.

*Please note, if inclement weather occurs, check your email the morning of Friday, August 21 for potential schedule changes. As an alternative rain date, please keep Friday, August 28 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. open in your schedule.

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Cultural Awareness Exercises Zoom

Our afternoon session will be hosted on Zoom. Please be prepared to engage with that Zoom session with your cameras on and ready to interact with your fellow SIA classmates. This will not be a "webinar" but an interactive, engaging session. More details, including Zoom link, available here.

 

ORIENTATION FOLLOW-UP WORKSHOPS (MANDATORY)
All workshops are via Zoom
*You only need to attend one Group Advising Workshop
Thursday, August 27
12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Group Academic Advising Workshop Zoom
Friday, August 28
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Impact of Bias Workshop Zoom
Tuesday, September 1
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Penn State Library Resources Workshop Zoom
Thursday, September 3
12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Graduate Academic Writing Workshop Zoom
Friday, September 4
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Group Academic Advising Workshop Zoom
Tuesday, September 8
12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Cultural Agility and Intercultural Competence Workshop
(All SIA students)
Zoom
Thursday, September 10
12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Professional Development Workshop Zoom

 

Date/Time: 
Thursday, August 20, 2020 (All day) to Friday, August 21, 2020 (All day)
Location: 
Lewis Katz Building
SIA orientation 2020