Space Studies will be offering its annual “Cornerstone Conference” prior to fall semester,
as an orientation to the program, faculty and UND.
This conference provides an opportunity to visit the UND campus, meet professors
and on-campus students, participate in the official School of Graduate Studies cornerstone
session, and tour the UND Campus, Space Studies labs, and the School of Aerospace
facilities. There will also be sessions with the Space Studies Graduate Director,
Financial Aid, the Chester Fritz Library, as well as training for using eZ LMS and
Campus Connection and understanding The School of Graduate Studies forms process. A visit to
the Space Studies Observatory is also planned.
Cornerstone is open to all newly admitted students in the program, and
to those already part way through their program.
A large majority of past distance education students attending the Capstone Week
at the end of their Space Studies program have requested that we offer an cornerstone
or cornerstone session at the beginning as well, rather than a first time meeting
at the end of their program. They felt that it would have been a great advantage
to visit the UND campus and meet their professors to learn about their research
earlier in their studies. Here are a couple of recent comments:
“An early face to face would have been more beneficial at the beginning than at
the end, as part of orienting us to the program and making tangible relationships
with our professors, and maximizing our experiences through the life of the program.”
“The distance program is excellent, but it is hard to feel a part of the university
without ever having been there.”
This year’s “Cornerstone Conference” is planned for August 20-23, 2013. This conference will
include three full days of sessions beginning with an open house on Tuesday, August
20th at the Space Studies department at 5:00 p.m. and ending with a picnic on Friday
evening. Attendance is not required, but
strongly recommended for your benefit. Please submit your registration
form as early as possible.
Students will be responsible for their own travel expenses including lodging and
meals. Some meals will be provided. UND Housing will not be available due to campus
students moving into the dorms for fall semester. Please contact Bev Fetter at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or dial toll-free 800-828-4274, extension 3197, or direct dial 701-777-3197 if you
have any questions.