Department of Urban & Regional Planning | Illinois

Department of Urban & Regional Planning

Fall New Student Orientation | Department of Urban & Regional Planning | Illinois

Fall 2011 Graduate student orientation

Below is the Fall 2011 Graduate Student Orientation Schedule. During orientation you will receive information about courses and curriculum, meet faculty and fellow graduate students, tour the Department's facilities, learn how to use our computer lab and other campus computing resources, meet your faculty advisor, and meet your faculty supervisor (if you have been awarded an assistantship). You will be able to register on Banner (computerized course registration) any time following the orientation.

Specific activities on the schedule are still subject to change (as of 2 August 2011). However, the dates are firm, so you may plan your travel accordingly.


Things To Do Before Fall Semester Begins


PLEASE NOTE: If you have been awarded a teaching or research assistantship, you should arrive in Urbana-Champaign no later than one week prior to the start of classes in order to report to your supervisor and begin your assignment. At the end of the semester, you should depart Urbana-Champaign no earlier than three days after the last day of finals, unless you obtain special permission from your supervisor to leave campus on an earlier date. Graduate assistants arriving late or departing early without advance permission from their supervisors (and an agreement to make up hours during the semester) will have their appointment periods and associated stipends adjusted accordingly. Please make your travel arrangements with these guidelines in mind.


Orientation Schedule

Date/Time Event/Location Required? For who?
Thursday, 8/11 Welcome to DURP, 9 am - 2 pm
Temple Buell Hall Room 223
Orientation and Introductions
Required All entering graduate students
SPO Happy Hour - 9 pm
Blind Pig Brewery,
120 N Neil St, Champaign http://blindpigbrewery.com/brewery.html
Recommended All graduate students
Friday, 8/12 A Software Introduction: MS Access,
9-11:00am, Rm 227
Required All entering MUP students
Overview of MUP Program and Lunch,
11:00am - 1:00pm, Room 223
Required All entering MUP students
Discussion of Concentration Areas,
1-2:30pm, Rm 223
Required All entering MUP students
Saturday, 8/13 Market at the Square
Urbana Farmers Market: 7am-12pm
Optional  
Sunday, 8/14 CU Bike Tour -- TO BE RESCHEDULED
Temple Buell Hall, 10:00am
Optional All graduate students
Monday, 8/15 A Software Introduction:
MS Excel, 9-11:00am, Rm 227
Required All entering MUP students
Meet with Faranak Miraftab - 11:10-11:40am, rm 223
re: Transnational Planning Stream
Required All entering graduate students
Using the Arts to See the World - 5:00-8:00pm
Meet at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, in lobby
500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana

Required All entering graduate students
Tuesday, 8/16 Graduate Academy for TAs
Foellinger Auditorium
,
9:30am-4:30pm
Required All students with teaching or research assistantships
Wednesday, 8/17 Graduate Academy for TAs
Foellinger Auditorium
,
9:30am-5:00pm
Required All students with teaching or research assistantships
Thursday, 8/18 Graduate Academy for TAs
Microteaching, 8:30am-6:00pm, location TBA
Required **For those attending the Graduate Academy on Tuesday and Wednesday, be sure sign up for a 90 minute microteaching session that DOES NOT overlap with MUP Orientation activities on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday**
Writing Workshops for TAs
9:00am-4:00pm
Required TA will be notified by instructor/supervisor
A Software Introduction:
Making Maps, 9:00am-12:00pm, Rm 227
Required All entering graduate students
Lunch and Learn at the Y:
Student Leadership and Community Engagement
1001 S Wright St, Champaign
12:00-2:00 pm
Required All entering graduate students
Resources at Funk Library
2:00-3:00pm, 1st Flooer
Required All entering graduate students
Farmers Market on Historic N 1st Street,
3-7:00pm
Optional  
Friday, 8/19 Graduate Academy for TAs
Microteaching, 8:30am-6:00pm
Required All students with teaching or research assistantships
Writing Workshops for TAs
9:00am-4:00pm
Required For invited TAs
Saturday, 8/20 Graduate Academy for TAs
Microteaching, 8:30am-6:00pm
Required All students with teaching or research assistantships
Need something for your new apartment?
UI YMCA Dump & Run Sale, Stock Pavilion (just south of TBH) -- 8:00am-4:00pm
Optional
Sunday, 8/21 Need something for your new apartment?
UI YMCA Dump & Run Sale, Stock Pavilion (just south of TBH) -- 11am-2pm, 2:30-4pm
Optional  
Quad Day
(info about student organizations) -- 12-4pm
Optional  
Monday, 8/22 First Day of Instruction Required All students
Graduate College Welcome Reception
Illini Union Room 314 - 4-6:00pm
Optional
Friday, 8/26 & Saturday, 8/27 Urbana Sweetcorn Festival
(music and food) , Downtown Urbana,
5-11pm on Friday and 11-11 on Saturday
Optional  
Tuesday, 8/30 Graduate Assistant Employee Orientation
Illini Union General Lounge, 3-4:30pm
Optional All students with teaching or research assistantships.
Also being held Wednesday, Sept 7, 9-10:30am, same location
Wednesday, 8/31 Planners Picnic
Buell Hall Atrium, 4:00pm
Recommended All DURP students, families, faculty, & staff
Thursday, 9/15 Graduate Student Resource Fair
Illini Union Rooms A, B & C
11am-2pm
Recommended All graduate students