Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Announcing 2020-2021 Graduate Student Appreciation Week:

April 12 - April 16, 2021!

Events first be added Wednesday, April 7 and will be updated through April 16.


 

We invite all members of the UofL Community to recognize a UofL Graduate Student! We know this a challenging time for the entire graduate student body—and we want to celebrate Graduate Student Virtual Appreciation Week with #UofLGRADitude for each and every one of our graduate students. Simply complete this form to share a few words of celebration, recognition, encouragement, or inspiration with a graduate student, and we’ll send them a virtual postcard! A few messages will also be selected and shared across our social media channels for the week!


 

Graduate Student Appreciation Week was first established through the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students organization in 1993, and since that time has slowly been introduced around the country. While the Graduate School office coordinates the week of events, we’re excited that so many offices and departments on both the Belknap and Health Sciences campuses are taking advantage of the opportunity to recognize their own students or students with whom they regularly have contact. Lunches, coffee or cider breaks, football ticket raffle, or tokens of appreciation are all a part of the week, and we hope graduate students will take a few minutes to enjoy the recognition.

Graduate student life can be incredibly challenging, and graduate students are often a neglected population in the university community. Graduate Student Appreciation Week gives us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate graduate students, while supporting their continued success.

 

Click on the links below for more information:

Graduate School Events

Graduate Student Council Events

Unit and Department Events

Graduate School Events

***Participants from events and social engagement will be entered into a drawing each day***

Prizes include: Presentation remote, Echo dot, wireless earbuds, UofL swag, professional development books, Keurig, coffee warmer, herb growing kit, cozy blanket and more!

Date Time Title and Description Information
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Recognize a Graduate Student!

We invite all members of the UofL Community to recognize a UofL Graduate Student! We know this a challenging time for the entire graduate student body—and we want to celebrate Graduate Student Virtual Appreciation Week with #UofLGRADitude for each and every one of our graduate students. Simply complete this form to share a few words of celebration, recognition, encouragement, or inspiration with a graduate student, and we’ll send them a virtual postcard! A few messages will also be selected and shared across our social media channels for the week!

Complete the #UofLGRADitude form here to share your words of celebration and encouragement. 
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Let's Get Social

Join us at http://facebook.com/UofLGradSchool or http://twitter.com/UofLGradSchool 

Each day, we'll ask a question. Respond to the question, share our posts, and/or comment and you'll be eligible for prize. 

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#GSAWUofL 5-Mile Walking* Challenge

Time to get moving! Join the graduate student community in balancing all that focused research and writing work with some movement and/or outdoor time. Complete five miles of walking* between Monday, April 12 and Friday, April 16 to win some UofL Graduate School SWAG!

Step 1: Register here.

Step 2: After you register, you’ll be sent a link to track your miles.

Step 3: Track your miles daily, every other day, or by Friday at 11:59pm.

Step 4: After you complete 5 miles, you’ll win some swag – simple!

*Walking = walking, jogging, skipping, dancing, yoga, meditation, etc. Really, the focus is on providing some physical balance to all that brain work and we trust you.

Step 1: Register here.

Step 2: After you register, you’ll be sent a link to track your miles.

Step 3: Track your miles daily, every other day, or by Friday at 11:59pm.

Step 4: After you complete 5 miles, you’ll win some swag – simple!

Monday, April 12 9am-10am

Coffee Chat w/the Deans

Joins Graduate School Deans Paul DeMarco and Barbara Clark for coffee (or your beverage of choice) for a Monday morning chat! Get to know them, their work at the graduate school, and how they got to where they are. Feel free to ask questions or just join in for some fun. Selected participants will win coffee (or tea) with a PLAN mug!

Register here within 24 hours of event to be sent a link.
Tuesday, April 13

2:30pm

 

 

 

 

7pm-8pm

Employee Success Center:  Early Career-Establishing Yourself

New workers and recent graduates can learn how to choose benefits, build a budget that accommodates rent and commutes, and understand how and why to start investing to grow money for retirement. Co-sponsored  by the Young and Emerging Professionals Employee Resource Group. Facilitated by PNC WorkPlace Banking.

 


Virtual Pet Café

Join other UofL Graduate Students along with graduate school staff for a casual chat. Bring your beverage of choice and your animal children/friends to visit with others. No more trying to hide your cat, silence your dog, or squirrel away your squirrel during a virtual meeting! We’d love to see and celebrate your beloveds! Selected participants will win Graduate School beverage containers (water bottles or mugs).

Register here

 

 

 

 

Register here within 24 hours of event to be sent a link.

Wednesday, April 14 2pm-3pm

Understanding and Maximizing Your Strengths

Join Executive Director of University Culture and Employee Success, Brian Buford, as he leads graduate students in better understanding and maximizing their strengths using the widely regarded Clifton Strengths Finder. The first 10 students to register for the event will receive a free Clifton Strengths Finder book and code to take the Strengths Finder to receive their Top 5 list of Strengths. This interactive and engaging session is incredible beneficial for graduate students as they go on the job market and identify possible career paths.

Register here within 24 hours of event to be sent a link (the first 10 registrants receive a free book & code)

Thursday, April 15 12pm-1pm

Find New Friends and Build Your Network with Speed-Friending!

Join us for a fast-paced, high-structured event that will allow you to connect with new friends and network with colleagues. In this virtual event, you’ll be paired other graduate students - 5 minutes at a time - and asked to respond to fun, useful, and interesting questions. You’ll get practice using your elevator pitch as well as networking in a low-risk environment. Selected participants will receive a prize!

Register here within 24 hours of event to be a sent a link.
Friday, April 16

Register by Friday, April 9

Pick-up 11am-2pm on Friday, April 16

Grab and Go Lunches!

Usually GSAW is filled with opportunities for food – unfortunately that’s difficult to accomplish this year. So while we can’t eat together in person, we still want to send you home with a meal. More information will be provided about the meal options closer to the date. Limit of 100

 

Register here by FRIDAY, APRIL 9 to order a grab-and-go meal for pick-up (COVID procedures for cleanliness practiced meticulously) between 11am-2pm on Friday, April 16 in the Graduate School Office, Houchens Building, Suite 105.
Friday, April 16

Register by Wednesday, April 14

Pick-up 11am-2pm on Friday, April 16

Kid-Packs-To-Go

Being a parent has been TOUGH during the pandemic, and that’s even more complicated by being in Graduate School. While we can’t babysit your kids, we would like to offer a small kid-pack with a few items to brighten your child’s day. A follow-up email will be sent to identify age and number of child/children. 

 

Register here for a kids-pack by Wednesday, April 14 to pick up on Friday, April 16, between 11am-2pm, in the Graduate School Office, Houchens Building, Suite 105.

 

Graduate Student Council (GSC) Events

Monday, April 12th, 2021: Disney Trivia, 7pm

Show off your Disney knowledge at our GSC Disney Trivia! Participants can choose to play individually or in teams up to 4 people. Sign-up for an in-person spot or join virtually.
Tuesday, April 13th, 2021: Popcorn Pickup, 11am-3pm Pop in to the Graduate School Main Office (Houchens 105) to pick up an individually packaged snack from the Popcorn Station!
Wednesday, April 14th, 2021: Grad Mat Yoga, 12:05-12:50pm Release some of that Grad School stress with a yoga session facilitated by UofL Health Promotion! Sign-up for an in-person spot or join virtually.
Thursday, April 15th, 2021: Crafty Cards, 5-7pm Sign up here by Sun., April 11th for a live virtual paint tutorial with Pinot's Palette. When finished, you'll be able to show off your Cardinal Pride masterpiece in your home or office!
Friday, April 16th, 2021: Find it Friday Grab your family, friends or fur-babies for an evening of social distanced scavenger hunting! Sign-up here to receive additional information.

UofL Unit and Department Events

Units and Departments from around campus will also be recognizing graduate students in a variety of ways! Unit representatives will be reaching out to their students via email or social media to share their specific events. Confirmed participants include: Criminal Justice, History, IPIBS, Speed School of Engineering, Health Promotion (partnering with GSC), University Counseling Center, University Libraries, Employee Success Center (partnering with the Graduate School), Sociology, REACH, Biology, and The College of Education and Human Development. Additional units and departments will be added throughout the week.