Opening of the Center for Graduate Studies in a new location

The Graduate Center, which has been an educational and social hub for graduate students for years, is moving to a larger, more centralized location to provide more varied space for increased foot traffic. The new center opens Monday, April 4 at Langsdorf Hall (LH) 216.

As of 2015, the Graduate Center – formerly known as the Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC) – was located on the third floor of the Pollak Library, in a part of the building that is not very busy and can be difficult to find , said Dr. Elaine Frey, Assistant Vice President, Graduate Studies.

“The new center will provide new opportunities for expanded services and will include lounge, study space and staff offices,” Frey said. “We know that supporting graduate students is essential. With the new location and the hiring of a new Senior Program Coordinator, Julie Steers, we can now focus more on expanding resources for graduate students. We want graduate students to know that they are an integral part of our campus and that the resources we provide can help them succeed.

The center has provided graduate students with the support needed to help them thrive in higher education, including hosting and co-facilitating academic and professional development workshops and providing academic and editorial support. Also available are carrels for individual and group study sessions, tables, computers and chairs.

“As our community’s workforce needs change and graduate school becomes a required qualification in certain fields, the need for graduate student services increases,” Frey said. “The center provides the space and opportunity to serve our more than 5,000 graduate students.”

To celebrate the grand opening, the GSC will host three open house events for graduating students to grab a snack and see the new location:

  • Tuesday, April 5, 2-3 p.m. – Afternoon sweet and savory snacks
  • Wednesday, April 6, 12-1 p.m. – Healthy snacks
  • Thursday, April 7, 10-11 a.m. – Donuts and coffee.

For more information, visit GSC website.

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