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April 2018

Apr 3 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join Rackham alumnus Dr. Tom Battle as he talks about his career as a consultant in the extractive metallurgy field. Dr. Battle will share insights about careers in consulting and industry. He received his Ph.D. from Rackham in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, and has thirty years of experience in both research and practice in extractive metallurgy.

Apr 4 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Are you concerned with federal legislation? Do you have a story to share about how legislation has impacted you? Please join RSG for our Federal Town Hall. Here we will present this year's legislative agenda. Then, graduate students will be given the chance to speak about federal issues of importance to them. Lunch will be provided.

Apr 4 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Feeling those graduate student purse strings tightening? Come join RSG for a Graduate Financial Workshop, focused on managing student finances, including student loans and credit. Kristin Bhaumik, Financial Aid Associate Director of Advising and Eligibility, will be presenting her tips and tricks on how to make the most cents out of your dollars (see what we did there?). Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Apr 5 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

This workshop will teach the fundamentals of restorative justice practices and how they can be used to resolve conflicts.

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Apr 5 2018 - 5:15pm to 6:30pm

Join us for a slow, deep yoga flow specifically created for graduate students. CAPS MSW Intern and certified yoga instructor Valerie Maloof will lead an hour-long, breath-focused, energizing yoga practice focusing on releasing the tension that builds in our bodies from endless sitting and working on a computer. We will finish with a brief sitting meditation for long-lasting relaxation. All levels welcome.

Apr 6 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Are you an international student who has difficulty in making a speech or presentation in front of people? Do you want to get professional tips to improve your public speaking skills? Graduate Rackham International (GRIN) and English Language Institute (ELI) invite you to join us for a public speaking workshop.

Apr 6 2018 - 7:00pm

Come celebrate the end of the year in style at GRIN's very first International Gala!

This event will feature:

  • Selected cultural performances
  • 3 course meal served banquet style
  • Open dance floor with international music

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Apr 9 2018 - 8:30am to 10:30am

Graduate students do so much for our campus and we want to thank you. Come grab a FREE water bottle, meet some fellow graduate students, and enjoy a hot breakfast in the Assembly Hall as we kickoff Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Hosted by Rackham Graduate Student Programs.

Apr 9 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Please join the staff in Graduate Student Programs and Services for Students with Disabilities to network with other students and to discuss future initiatives. Hosted by Rackham Graduate Student Programs.

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Apr 9 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The Brazilian Zouk Dance Club will teach people the fantastic Zouk dance of Brazil. No experience necessary! Brazilian Zouk is a social dance known for its beautiful flow, body rolls, off-axis turns, and excessive hair whips. There are so many styles of Zouk: meditation, hip-hop, aerial-infused, hugging, etc. This versatility allows people to have an opportunity to explore their creativity and self-expression.

Apr 10 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Start your day with a relaxing and energizing stretch. Come dressed comfortably and bring a yoga mat. Hosted by Students of Color of Rackham and Rackham Student Government.

Apr 10 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

It is almost the end of semester. We know that we have to finish class projects, exams, presentations, etc. All of those are coming with STRESS!! In this workshop, CAPS staff, Brooke Leach (B.A., Community Organizing Intern) and Gerald Shorty (M.A., Psychology Intern) will give a stress management presentation to help you tackle these stressors. Hosted by Graduate Rackham International.

Apr 10 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Please join Graduate Student Programs and the Student Veterans Center as we connect with and appreciate student-veterans on our campus.

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Apr 11 2018 - 8:00am to 9:00am

This event has been cancelled.

Start your day with a relaxing and energizing stretch. Come dressed comfortably and bring yoga mat. Hosted by Rackham Student Government.


Apr 11 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Come and join the food trucks event with us! We will have a variety of delicious food prepared for you by popular food truck vendors in Ann Arbor. We would like to thank all graduate and professional students for your contribution to our community with a $5 money voucher to use at food truck event. Hope to see you there! Hosted by Rackham Student Government, Students of Color of Rackham, and Graduate Rackham International.

Apr 11 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

If you missed the stress management workshop on Tuesday, don’t miss this one! CAPS staff, Erin Van Voorhies (M.A., Psychology Intern) will give a stress management presentation to help you tackle the stress toward the end of the semester. Hosted by Graduate Rackham International.

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Apr 12 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Mindfulness is defined as “a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.” In this workshop, Erin Trame, staff of Mindfulness@UMich, will introduce the idea of Mindfulness and a few different practices, and then lead a 20 to 30 minute guided meditation.

Apr 12 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Jorge Cham is the creator of Ph.D. Comics, The PHD Movie, and PhD TV. In this workshop Jorge will show you how to communicate your research to a general audience in ways that are engaging and easy to understand. Hosted by Rackham Graduate Student Programs.

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Apr 12 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Jorge Cham is the creator of PhD Comics, The PHD Movie, and PhD TV. This program will help you reduce stress and re-energize your passion by looking at the lighter side of academia. Hosted by Rackham Graduate Student Programs.

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Apr 12 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join your fellow graduate students in a buffet featuring all things chocolate. Hosted by Rackham Student Government and Graduate Rackham International.

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Apr 13 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Ph.D. Connections is a new, one-day career conference designed to support doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in their exploration of career paths beyond academe. Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars will learn about non-faculty career opportunities through selecting from a series of eight panels with over 30 Ph.D.s working in diverse fields and workshops focused on career exploration and job search preparation.

Apr 13 2018 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Relax and unwind with a painting class taught by one of our very own graduate students. Hosted by Rackham Student Government.

Pre-registration is required.

Apr 17 2018 - 10:30am to 1:30pm

Studying for a final or working on a paper/dissertation/abstract or grading papers? Come join RSG for a quiet place to work. Lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP.

Apr 18 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Please join us as we hear from graduate students who participated in this semester's Engaged Pedagogy training. Teams of students will share insights, best practices, and strategies they have learned for creating a community based learning course.

Apr 19 2018 - 3:30pm

Each year the Rackham recognizes the efforts and talents of Graduate Student Instructors whose dedication to developing course content and classroom activity is truly outstanding on our campus. Similarly, Rackham honors the mentoring abilities and involvement of faculty through three different mentoring awards.

Apr 23 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professional Development Certificate Program is proud to announce this year's inaugural certificate recipients. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of program participants. The ceremony will feature the Dean of Rackham Graduate School, the University's Chief Diversity Officer, and student keynote speakers. A reception will immediately follow in the Assembly Hall.

Apr 24 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

While all Ph.D. students produce dissertations of quality, some students write dissertations that are truly exceptional for the high caliber of their scholarship and for the significance and interest of their findings. Each year we invite faculty to nominate the dissertations produced in their programs that were outstanding.

Apr 27 2018 - 10:00am

Rackham Graduate Exercises is the official commencement ceremony for all master’s and doctoral graduates and candidates who receive their degrees through the Rackham Graduate School. Held in Hill Auditorium, this program recognizes doctoral degree recipients individually and is formal in tone. Tickets are not required for general seating at Hill Auditorium.