Thursday, August 18, 2022
Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College and KGI

All KGI Programs

8:00-8:30 a.m.
Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College (McConnell Patio)
Check-in and Breakfast

Session objective: Check in and receive your KGI ID card, name badge, and welcome gift. Light breakfast will be available for consumption, before entering the auditorium.

8:00-8:25 a.m.
Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College
Faculty Welcome

Session objective: Faculty will greet students as they enter the auditorium

8:30-8:45 a.m.
Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College
President’s and Deans’ Welcome and Orientation Goals
Remarks from President Schuster, Dean Prosser, Dean Kolluru, and Dean Martinez

Session objective: Welcome remarks from KGI’s president and deans, and an overview of the objectives for the day.

8:45-9:30 a.m.
Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College
Navigating Your Graduate Experience and Wellness@KGI
Presented by Student Affairs

Session objective: Learn about the KGI community, resources, and how to prepare for the transition into graduate/professional school.

9:30-9:45 a.m.
Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College
Technology Support and Empower
Presented by Registrar and IT

Session objective: Review important software/computer information and the registration portal, Empower.

9:45-10:00 a.m.
Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College
Financial Onboarding
Presented by Financial Aid and Student Accounts

Session objective: Both the Financial Aid Office and Student Accounts will provide a general overview on the various access to fund the programs as well as the process on billing and refunds.

10:00-10:15 a.m.
Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College
Student Life with Student Government
Presented by Student Government

Session objective: The Student Government E-board will cover experiential learning at KGI, and the importance of getting involved and creating community with other students and members outside of KGI.

10:15-10:20 a.m.
Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College
Alumni Engagement
Presented by Alumni Engagement Officer – Elizabeth Emerald

Session objective: Learn how the Alumni Engagement office works to foster a sense of community among students, alumni, and KGI while supporting a sense of connectedness.

10:20-10:30 a.m.
Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College
The Claremont Colleges Services Tour and Open Houses

Session objective: Orientation leaders will guide students in groups to tour and visit with the staff members of The Claremont Colleges Services offices and library.

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Pitzer Lawn

Session objective: Nourish your bodies, rest, and meet others.

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Various Pitzer classrooms
Program Breakouts (see table below)

Session objective: The academic program breakout session is an opportunity to meet with program directors to learn about your coursework, program expectations, and get to know your fellow classmates.

2:00-2:15 p.m.
Travel to KGI (dependent on program breakout session end time)
2:15-4:00 p.m.
Founder’s Room (517, Room #165) and Computer Lab – IT (517, Room #159)
1:1 Open Office Hours
With Financial Aid, Student Accounts, IT, and Registrar

Session objective: Receive individual assistance with items related to financial aid, student accounts, technology support, and class registration.

2:15-3:00 p.m.
North Entrance of Building 517
KGI Tours
Classrooms and key student spaces

Session objective: Orientation leaders will help you become familiar with various classrooms and campus spaces available for studying, relaxing, and group work.

2:30-4:00 p.m.
Student Affairs Suite
OT Workshop
Goal Setting and Vision Boards

Session objective: This session is an opportunity to set intention(s) for the year and create a vision board to provide a visual reminder of your goals and why you are here at KGI. This will also serve as a way to connect with other students.

2:30-4:00 p.m.
517 Chan Family Café and Patio
Graduate Student Social

Session objective: Spend some time getting to know classmates across all KGI programs in a casual setting.

2:30-4:00 p.m.
KGI Wellness Room, 121 Building (Oasis), Room #114
Wellness Room
Rest and Replenish

Session objective: Visit this room at any point in the afternoon if you need a quiet break to help replenish your energy. Essential oils and meditation music will be available.


Program Breakout Schedule

Faculty or Program Director
Room Number
Joel West
Skandera Hall
Sue Behrens
Skandera Hall
Angelika Niemz
Skandera Hall
PPC, PPC, and MS Pre-Health
Joon Kim and Elba Munoz
McConnell Center
Founders Room
Jim Sterling with Jonas Otoo and Terezie Cernosek
Broad Center
Gail Orum
Fletcher Hall
Emily Quinn
Skandera Hall
Barbara Fortini
Broad Center
Christy Eskes
Fletcher Hall
Srikanth Kolluru
Fletcher Hall
Anastasia Levitin
Bernard Hall
Karlita Warren
Fletcher Hall


For questions or concerns about attendance, please contact