The Arkansas Tech University Graduate College launched a new program when it hosted its first orientation sessions for graduate assistants on Monday, Aug. 22, and Tuesday, Aug. 23 at Tomlinson Hall.
“Graduate assistants are a representation of the Graduate College,” said Courtney Mullen, director of graduate support services at Arkansas Tech. “They are a product of us. We wanted to bring them together and make sure they are aware of the resources available to them and the standards they are expected to meet. We’re hoping that this orientation process will make our graduate assistants more comfortable in their roles, help with retention and help us flourish in the long run.”
Approximately 102 graduate assistants from departments across campus participated in the orientation.
“Graduate assistantships are mutually beneficial for the university and the students,” said Mullen. “We try to place graduate assistants in their specific area of interest so they receive a practical knowledge of what they are learning in the classroom. It is a great opportunity for students to fund their education, make networking connections and gain some valuable work experience.”
For more information about the Arkansas Tech Graduate College, visit www.atu.edu/gradcollege or call (479) 968-0398.