IANR Graduate Student Celebration week to be held Dec. 1-4

by Natalie Jones | IANR News

Mackenzie Zweiner
Craig Chandler / University Communication
Mackenzie Zweiner, graduate student in agronomy and horticulture, look over ripe sorghum plants in her test field northeast of 84th and Havelock with Professor James Schnable. She is working on identifying varieties with leaves that don't spread out as far and allow for denser planting in the fields.
November 23, 2020

Lincoln, Neb. —The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources has designated Dec. 1-4, 2020 as Graduate Student Celebration Week. The weeklong celebrates aims to show gratitude towards our graduate students, professional students and postdoctoral scholars for their dedication to research and education.

“Graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral scholars provide a vital spark towards the fulfillment of our tripartite mission encompassing education, research, and extension”, said Tom Burkey, Interim Associate Dean, and Tiffany Heng-Moss, Dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in a joint letter to students in IANR.

“Your contributions, including your talent, innovative spirit, and commitment to your fields, make you one of the cornerstones of our institution.”  

Graduate Student Celebration Week kicks off on Dec. 1 with a Resilience and Well-Being presentation via Zoom. Following the presentation, the IANR community is encouraged to share a message of gratitude towards graduate students on social media using #IANRGRADitude.

Graduate students are then encouraged to attend the CASNR Annual Meeting and Winter Interim Teaching and Learning Symposium to congratulate students on their works and for professional development opportunities. Graduate Student Celebration Week will conclude with the virtual Distinguished Graduate Fellowships and Awards Ceremony to build community and honor those who have earned fellowships and awards.

Graduate Student Celebration Week Schedule:

Dec. 1

  • 7 p.m., Resilience and Well-Being Presentation, hosted by Connie Boehm (Director, Big Red Resilience and Well-Being). In order for graduate students to thrive during graduate school it is important that they prioritize their emotional well-being. In this presentation, graduate students will learn about the nine dimensions of well-being and how little changes in one dimension can pull other dimensions along in a positive way. This presentation will provide approaches that support your well-being, centered upon positivity, resilience, and gratitude. You will leave the session with a greater understanding of well-being and resilience practices, and how to connect with other graduate students and faculty to build a caring community.
  • Join Zoom Meeting:
  • https://unl.zoom.us/j/94920251012?pwd=dk5DcXBXTWwxVDdqVWtMOGJpbzFhZz09, Meeting ID: 949 2025 1012, Passcode: 972302

Dec. 2 

  • All Day Event: Notes of #IANRGRADitude

You are part of a vibrant community of graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars. This event will be centered on demonstrating how thankful we are for your contributions via a chain of gratitude on social media.

Dec. 3

  • 2020 CASNR Annual Meeting and Winter Interim Teaching and Learning Symposium

During the CASNR Annual Meeting we will highlight the great work you have been doing. During the Interim Workshop choose from sessions that will provide excellent professional development opportunities. Register and attend for a chance to win prizes!

o   CASNR Annual Meeting: 9-10 a.m.

o   Interim Workshop Morning Session: 10 a.m. - noon

  • CASNR Communities of Practice Reflection and Discussion

o   Interim Workshop Afternoon Sessions (choose which session you want to attend)

  • Session I: 1-2 p.m.

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  • Session II: 2:15-3:15 p.m.

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       Registration: https://go.unl.edu/2020winterinterim


Dec. 4

  • 2-3:30 p.m., Distinguished Graduate Fellowships & Awards Ceremony, hosted virtually by the Agricultural Research Division and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Help us build our community as we honor those that have earned Distinguished Graduate Fellowships and Awards. Registration: https://go.unl.edu/tmgo

Natalie Jones | IANR Media

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