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New MLIS Student Orientation Fall 2013

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Welcome to the MLIS program! We invite you to attend the SOIS Orientation & Welcome Program. Please join us and meet faculty, staff and advisors. Get a personalized campus tour from current students. Learn the ins and outs of the MLIS program including degree options and proficiency requirements!

The RSVP link has been closed, but if you are still interested in attending or have questions about the orientation, please contact Jessica Hutchings at jhutch@uwm.edu.


Saturday August 24, 2013
9:00am - 4:00pm

Curtin Hall Room 175
3242 N. Downer Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Breakfast and Lunch will be served

Students will not be able to pick up their student ID (PantherCard) while on campus as the office is closed on Saturdays. If students would like to arrive on campus early, on Friday the day before Orientation, please bring $10 (cash, check, or charge) for the processing fee. PantherCards are issued in the Enrollment Information Center, located in Mellencamp Hall 274 between 10am-2pm on Fridays. Online students who are unable to attend Orientation in person may apply for their student ID on the PantherCard's website: https://www4.uwm.edu/current_students/records_grades/onlinecards.cfm.


8:30-9:00am – Registration, Breakfast

*9:00-9:15am – Welcome:
Dr. Wooseob Jeong, Interim Dean
SOIS Academic Advisors. Graduate Studies, Jessica Hutchings & Sharon Lake

*9:15-10:00am — D2L Primer, Dr. Betsy Schoeller, Lecturer and Online Education Coordinator
(via Go-To-Meeting)

*10:00-10:30am – Financial Aid, Jamie Thomson, Financial Aid Advisor

10:30-10:45am – Break

*10:45-11:30am – Distance Library Services
Beth Kucera, UWM Libraries Library Services Assistant, Interlibrary Loan
Ahmed Kraima, UWM Libraries Multicultural Services Librarian

*11:30-12:00pm – Alternative Spring Break & Archival Studies Concentration
Dr. Kimberly Anderson, Archives Program Director

12:00-12:15pm – Walk to Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, Room 250 for Luncheon

*12:15-12:30pm – Luncheon Welcome:
Dr. Alex Dimitroff, Interim Associate Dean and MLIS Program Coordinator
Introduce Staff & Faculty

Drawing for WLA Membership!

12:30-1:00pm – Lunch with SOIS Faculty and Staff (off air)

1:00-1:15pm – Walk to back Curtin Hall, Room 175

*1:15-2:45pm – Navigating the Waters, Chad Zahrt, Assistant Dean

*2:45-3:15pm – Current MLIS Student Panel
Kadie Seitz, Paula Mason, Alex Gruentzel, Mollie Beaumont, & Emma Cobb onsite, and Jill Lauerman, Elizabeth Young, & Katherine Sipps (via Google Hangout)

Textbook Raffle

3:15-3:30pm - Break

3:30-4:00pm – Optional Campus Tour, ending at Union Parking Garage with students from panel

5:30-7:00pm – SOIS GSO Post-Orientation Dinner
Thainamite Restaurant, 932 E. Brady St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Check out the dinner details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1400982733453825/

*Live Streamed w/ Chat Feature and Recorded

Live Stream

If you can not attend the orientation in person, you can watch it live by going to http://www4.uwm.edu/sois/live/.You will also be able to type questions for the speakers into a chat box and we will answer them for you. All of the handouts and presentations will be available online below. If you are unable to attend in person or be online for the entire live stream, the videos will be archived for you to access on the SOIS website after class begins. Watch your email and our website for a direct link to the archives soon.



Graduate Student Organization

Welcome Back Carnival

UWM Writing Center

Canaries in the Coal Mine

Library Association

Wisconsin Library Association (WLA)

WLA Student Membership

SLA Student Flyer


@ your library PowerPoint Presentation

@ your library pdf

Chad Zahrt: Navigating the Waters

Free parking is available in the UWM Union (a pass to get out at the end of the day will be given to you when you register onsite for the orientation event.) or there is meter parking available outside of the Northwest Quadrant building.


Travel Reimbursement and 2 night lodging reimbursement is available for distance education students (50 miles outside of the greater Milwaukee area).

Travel Reimbursement for Students (over 50 miles away)

  • 2 nights lodging (close to campus)
    • if you require lodging please contact Laura Meyer at 414-229-5409 or Lauram@uwm.edu
  • Airfare: Maximum $500 domestic/$1000 international (Limit of ONE airline ticket)

To take advantage of this offer, you must be a SOIS student attending the New Student MLIS Orientation. You must let us know that you are asking for reimbursement by August 14th 2013. All forms and receipts must be postmarked or scanned and emailed by September 10th 2013.

If you are asking for reimbursement, here is your TO DO LIST:

Submit the following before the date of the orientation (August 24th 2013):

Submit the following after the ceremony, postmarked by September 10th 2013:

All receipts and forms can be scanned and emailed with the subject MLIS New Student Orientation Reimbursement to Laura Meyer at Lauram@uwm.edu or fax to 414-229-6699 attn: Laura Meyer. Students will also receive a pre-paid envelope for documents the day of the orientation. Reimbursement will be issued 4-6 weeks after all required documentation is received. For reimbursement questions, please contact Laura Meyer at 414-229-5409 or via e-mail at Lauram@uwm.edu