MSW Orientation 2016 Aug 25, 2016, 8:30 am - Aug 26, 2016, 3:30 pm

Thursday, August 25, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Distribution of Orientation Packets

Clapp Hall Lobby

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Greetings and Welcome

 Professor Tracy Soska, COSA Concentration Chair

 Dr. Larry E. Davis, Dean

 SW Alumni Society President

   Mr. Philip Mack, Director of Admissions


L-9 Clapp Hall



10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

MSW Program Overview: Professor Lynn Coghill, MSW Program Director

SEC President: Vicky Fetterman

Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) Representative

L-9 Clapp Hall

11:30 a.m.-12:15 noon

Launching Groups

Students meet with their advisor and then with continuing students for questions and

answers (See group assignments and location in enclosed orientation packet.)

Assigned Classrooms

12:30 noon-1:30 p.m.

Dean’s Lunch

MARKET PLACE (concurrently with Lunch)

Sign-up for Library Orientation

All students should sign-up to attend one of the scheduled sessions. 

Mr. Arif Jamal, Social Work Librarian, will meet with students in the Hillman Library at the Buhl Social Work Collection Desk.

Posvar Patio

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.











Field Sessions:

Part-time Students:  Ms. Amy DeGurian and Mr. Thomas Damski

Students will meet with staff from the Field Education Office to discuss


Foundation Students (non-advanced standing): Mr. John Dalessandro

Full-time students (non-advanced standing) meet with the Director of Field Education to discuss the field process.  


Advanced Standing Students:  Ms. Cecily Davis

Full-time students (advanced standing) meet with field education staff to discuss the field process.









2:30 p.m-3:30 p.m.

Careers in Social Work

Bobby Simmons, Director of Career Services


3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.




Faces of Social Work

Vicky Fetterman, SEC President and Student Representatives

Students will share the experiences that led them to social work and Pittsburgh.

 Q&A session to follow.



5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

SEC Social Event

Student Executive Council (SEC) and continuing students will meet with incoming students to ask questions and to get information about life as a student and SEC student groups.         



Friday, August 26, 2016


9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.





10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.




11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.






3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.






1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.



HBSE Exemption Exam

Dr. Lovie Jackson Foster



                   APA Training Session

Dr. Mary Beth Rauktis



Research Exemption Exam

Dr. Fengyan Tang






SEC Field Day






Bus Tour*





363 Cathedral of Learning




144 Cathedral of Learning





    363 Cathedral of Learning






We will meet at the carousel across from Hillman Library. Challenge your fellow MSW students in a field day event extravaganza! Bring your game face as you compete in some friendly competition.

Refreshments will be provided.


Leave from Alumni Hall

(Lytton Avenue side)

*If you registered online, the ticket will be in your






Location Information

Location: First location: Clapp Hall Lobby