Welcome to the 2015-16 Academic Year!

Welcome to the 2015-16 Academic Year!

The staff in Student Services is excited to start another academic year! We have planned a number of events for Autumn quarter including chats with the Dean, a variety of career workshops and meet-the-firm events, as well as our traditional Spooky Study Break. For our online students: watch for ways to attend these events online or listen to the recordings at a later date.

Here’s a guide to the information you’ll find in this document:

  • New iSchool Faculty
  • iSchool Welcome and Orientation Evaluations
  • iSchool Facilities
    • iLounge and iSchool Computer Lab Etiquette
    • Husky Card Access
    • After-hours Building Permits
  • iSchool and UW Student Conduct Policies
  • Communication
    • Student Services Blog and Social Media
    • Advising Emails
  • Student Representatives for iSchool Committees
  • Student Leadership Council
  • Funding to Present at Conferences
  • iCareers
    • Scheduling Academic and Career Advising Appointments
    • Viewing iSchool Events
    • Accessing Internship, Job and Capstone Postings
  • Conversations with the Dean
  • Student Services Study Break

New iSchool Faculty

The iSchool hired six  new faculty members.  Some have taught for us part-time, some have returned after time teaching elsewhere, and some are brand new to the iSchool.

After teaching for the iSchool part-time, Mike Doane and Annie Searle are joining the iSchool as full-time lectures.  Michael Freeman joined the iSchool last winter quarter, teaching a bit in spring and summer quarters.

Joining us this autumn are Sean McGann, Joel Ross, and Hala Annabi.

iSchool Welcome and Orientation Evaluation

Attention new students:  we want your feedback.  Please take a moment to complete our survey about your program orientation and iSchool Welcome activities.  The survey is available at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/ioss/281700 .  Deadline to complete the survey is Sunday, October 11th.

iSchool Facilities

The iSchool offices exist in three different buildings spread across the U-District.

Mary Gates Hall is the home of the Dean’s Offices, Student Services, IT, as well as individual faculty offices.

Bloedel Hall houses a classroom, casual meeting/study spaces for students and the offices, work space for several of our research centers, research faculty and staff.

Roosevelt Commons holds most of the iSchool administrative offices and staff including Finance, Advancement and Communications.

iSchool Shared Space Etiquette

The iSchool has several spaces available for iSchool students’ use.  The iLounge and numerous computer labs are available for iSchool students to use to support your academic activities.  These spaces are accessed with your Husky Card.  The expectations of the iSchool are that these environments be welcoming, comfortable and inclusive for ALL iSchool students. 

MGH Computer Labs

  • 066 – Collaboration Lab (CoLab): meeting area for students working on group projects. The room is equipped with whiteboards, TV/displays, different meeting area set ups, couches, conference tables, and power outlets for laptops. iSchool student access via Husky Card 7 days a week, until late each night.
  • 076 and 082 – PC Computer Classrooms:  Machines running Windows 10 and a large selection of other software.  Frequently reserved for classes during the day.  Starting soon, iSchool students will have swipe card access in the evenings and on weekends.
  • 334 and 342 – Introductory Programming Lab (IPL) shared with CSE: Open spaces for laptops in 342.  Afterhours access via swipe card access through 342.
  • 430 – iMac Computer Classroom: iMacs running Mac OS X and Windows available under Parallels.   Frequently reserved for classes.  Check the electronic calendar device on the wall to see if the room is available.
  • 440 TE Lab (Technology Exploration Lab) and Quiet Lab:  Main area has iMacs with Windows available and open spaces for laptops.  Generally a loud/working collaborative space.  Quiet Lab is adjacent, no noise allowed.   A small conference room in the back of 440 can be reserved via the electronic wall calendar.

Computer Lab Norms may be found at ischool.uw.edu/technology/computer-labs/policies.

iLounge Norms: This space is open to use by all iSchool students, staff and faculty.  The kitchen space is shared and each individual user is responsible to clean-up after himself or herself.  This includes dishes, microwave, table tops, countertops and the fridge.  The iLounge is cleaned monthly by members of the iSchool student organizations.  The small meeting room may be used for group meetings.  No reservations available.  Use of the small room should be kept to 30 minute per visit.

Please note that group events are not allowed in any of these spaces without prior approval of the iSchool administration. All iSchool spaces are subject to the UW Student Conduct Code: ischool.uw.edu/current/policies.

Problems Accessing an iSchool Space

If your Husky card is not working in a computer lab or iLounge, contact the iSchool facilities manager Carmen Parisi at parisic@uw.edu.

After Hours Building Permits

To avoid being escorted out of the iSchool labs when MGH is closed, you need to have an official permit issued by the iSchool. These permits will allow you to stay in MGH from building close to 3 a.m.  No students should be in MGH between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.

The iSchool will be issuing building permits to those students who request them.  To request a building permit, please complete the survey at catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/parisic/282265.  Deadline to submit building permit requests is Monday, October 12, 5 pm.  Permits will not be available until the end of October.

Regular Mary Gates Hall hours are:

  • Sun thru Thu: 7 am to 12 am (midnight)
  • Fri and Sat: 7 am to 9 pm
  • MGH is closed on holidays and has shorter hours during quarterly breaks.

iSchool and UW Student Conduct Policies

All students are responsible for being aware of the UW and iSchool policies and procedures to which they must adhere:

The iSchool has a reputation as a place where we develop information leaders who are sought after by top professionals in the information field. This reputation depends upon the consistently professional behavior and high quality work of our students and graduates. We expect you to be part of this positive community by maintaining the highest standard of professional conduct possible in all of your interactions with university staff, employers, recruiters, and your fellow students across campus. We expect students to conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism at all times. When faculty or staff representing the university explain policies or procedures to you, we expect that you will behave professionally, politely, and graciously, that you will follow instructions and requests of staff, and that you will abide by university policies not just at the iSchool but elsewhere on campus.

iSchool Communications

Keeping You Informed

As a reminder, our primary mode of communication to iSchool Students regarding academic issues is by email to your UW email account. It is your responsibility to be aware of the information we send to your official UW email address.

In addition to email, Student Services uses a number of other communication mediums to manage the various types of announcements we are asked to forward to students. Announcements about UW activities, professional events or other opportunities for students that aren’t directly related to your academic program are posted on the Student Services blog. In addition to the blog, we also have several social media accounts.

Here are the links:

Emails for Advising Questions

Have quick advising question?  Send it to one of our advising emails.

PhD       Program Staff: Kili or Jason        Advising Email: ischoolphd@uw.edu
MLIS      Program Staff: Kili or Marie        Advising Email: mlis@uw.edu
MSIM    Program Staff: Lovely or Jason   Advising Email: msim@uw.edu
INFO      Program Staff: Lovely, Dowell or Tori    Advising Email: informatics@uw.edu
Career   Career Staff: Ash, Alycia or Dean Advising Email: icareers@uw.edu

Student Leadership Council

The Student Leadership Council (SLC) is a group of student leaders who serve as an advisory committee to the Dean and other administrators of the iSchool.  In addition, this group selects student representatives for several iSchool committees as well as allocates funding to iSchool student organizations. This year’s council members are:

The 2015-16 Student Leadership Council
Kate Hanske                       ALISS Co-President
Matthew Jackson               AIMS Vice President
Emily Grantz                      ALISS Co-President
Kameron So                      AIMS President
Allison Amaral                   IUGA Vice President
Stephen Keating               DSA Representative
Harry McDonough            IUGA Director of Finance

Student Representation on iSchool Committees

The iSchool is seeking student representation for the following iSchool divisions:

  • Diversity Committee
  • Research Fair

Diversity Committee

Through outreach, recruitment, and retention, the committee works to foster an openness regarding diverse ideas and perspectives. The Committee meets to review diversity needs and efforts of the iSchool and help plan programs, host events, disseminate information, and initiate discussion on diversity. The Committee is dedicated to gathering and sharing different viewpoints and perspectives on the Information professions and Information education. Membership includes faculty, staff and students. The Committee meets three times a quarter on Fridays from 1:30-3 pm.  Interested students should contact Cynthia Del Rosario at cyn@uw.edu .

Research Fair Volunteers

The Research Fair is the magical evening each year when iSchool faculty, research personnel, and  PhD students, share their latest research and scholarship via posters and tech demos with the wider community, including our research partners, funders, and top UW administrators. It is an inspiring, celebratory event. Like any great event, it takes a crew to make it happen. Please consider being part of the Research Fair Volunteer Crew. The rewards of volunteering for this event are many and include (a) pizza, (b) early entry to the event, which provides opportunities to network with researchers and potential future employers, and (c) working with a group of nice folks who think Information Science research is awesome. This year, the Fair will take place Thursday, November 19th in the HUB South Ballroom. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Cortney Leach, Research Development Manager, at cjohnso@uw.edu by October 23rd.

Conference Travel Funding

Presenting at a Professional Conference?

The iSchool has funding available to help subsidize the cost for MLIS, MSIM and INFO students presenting at a conference.  These funds are requested through your academic adviser.  More information is available on the iSchool website at ischool.uw.edu/current/scholarship-funding

PhD Students: You can find more information on funding for conferences at ischool.uw.edu/current/phd/funding

iCareers: Academic and Career Advising Appointments, Events and Career Support

Current students should becoming avid users of iCareers, which allows you to do the following:

  • Schedule one-on-one advising appointments with iSchool academic and career advisors.  Directions for making appointments via iCareers are outlined at uw.edu/current/advising-support.
  • View and sign-up for upcoming workshops and events for current students.   To view an event just log into iCareers, click on “upcoming workshops” in the shortcuts menu on the right side of the home screen, and choose the event in which you wish to RSVP.
  • Explore the career support aspects of iCareers.  You can look for jobs, internships, and Capstone opportunities, upload your resume, and sign up for experiential learning opportunities.

Autumn Quarter Conversations with the Dean

Each quarter Dean Harry Bruce holds informal meetings with small groups of iSchool students. These meetings are a chance for students to talk with the Dean about their experiences at the iSchool and the UW. There are two Conversations with the Dean scheduled for autumn quarter. Lunch is provided.

  • Monday, October 19, 12 – 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday November 18, 12 – 1:30 pm

Space is limited for both events. If you’d like to participate, send an RSVP to Ash Choi (ashchoi@uw.edu).  Space is allocated on a first come, first serve basis.  We asked that students attend only one Conversation with the Dean per academic year.

Fall Quarter Study Break

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 29th for the Student Services Halloween Study Break.  Details to come!

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