A game of “Ice Breaker Bingo” kicked-off the inaugural GSBS Meet and Greet and Convocation for incoming students.
Author: Evelyn Head | Category: Around Campus | August 18, 2014
The foyer for the South Texas Research Facility was filled with
the ambient noise of quick introductions followed by a slew of specific
questions. Incoming students were playing “Ice Breaker Bingo.” Each box
contained an interesting fact about the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
(GSBS) staff members; students were challenged to “blackout” or match each
fact(s) with the corresponding GSBS staff member. Facts ranged from being able
to speak five languages to being able to eat Whataburger morning, noon, and
night. Ultimately, the informal atmosphere and amusing bingo game helped to
spark casual conversation, establish new connections, and allow students to meet the numerous individuals devoted to ensuring their
academic and social success.
Following the meet and greet, students were encouraged to attend
the GSBS Convocation. Dr. Weiss, Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical
Sciences, highlighted the importance of convocation as a ceremony that
acknowledges the “input”, i.e. the eager new students whose impressionable
minds are focused on accomplishing great things. Additionally, Dr. Paolo
Casali, the keynote speaker and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and
Immunology, helped to encourage students to be curious, persistent, and
relentless in their scientific endeavors. He reminded students that scientists
do what they do for the benefit and general welfare of humanity. Moreover, he
advised students to try to “get to the essence of the bull” or strive
for that elegant simplicity in the midst of their research.
After the formal ceremony, students were met with burgers, fries,
cupcakes and milkshakes catered by Cheesy Jane’s and Saweet Cupcakes plus entertainment by
DJ Masquerade under white tents. This informal, picnic-style dinner
allowed for further conversation as well as some much needed relaxation! Students
were eager to mingle and learn more about each other. More importantly, the
event helped to foster a sense of community. Rather than seeing the various
programs and disciplines as a method of division, this year’s meet and greet,
convocation ceremony, and picnic illustrated every person as a necessary
building block, an integral part of the graduate school as a whole.
The Graduate School staff would like to thank everyone for a
successful week and would like to let all of the graduate students know that we
are here for YOU! Have a great year!
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