New Student Orientation at CGU Masthead Art


A) All-CGU Orientation

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014

Time: 1:00 - 5:30 pm

B) School/Program-Specific Orientations

(Details below)

Why two New Student Orientations?

The All-CGU Orientation (A) allows you to become acquainted with the full scope of CGU Student Services available and ensures you have everything required to begin coursework.

The School/Program-Specific Orientations (B) focus more directly on the program you are starting and introduces you to department staff, faculty and peers.

We ask that you attend both the All CGU Orientation and the school/program-specific orientations that apply to you.

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All-CGU Orientation Agenda

On behalf of Student Services, we welcome you to the Claremont Graduate University family. Below is an outline of our program. Please note that all activities will be at Albrecht Auditorium, unless otherwise noted:

  • 12:00 to 1:00 pm ::  Check-In / Registration
  • 1:00 to 1:30 pm   ::  Executive Welcome
  • 1:30 to 2:45 pm   ::  Introduction to Central Student Services
  • 2:45 to 3:00 pm   ::  Refreshments and Networking
  • 3:00 to 4:00 pm   ::  Panel Presentations
  • 4:00 to 5:30 pm   ::  President's Social & Campus Resource Fair (ACB 214)

All activities will happen at Albrecht Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. The day will conclude with the President's Social, featuring hors d'oeuvres and the opportunity to personally follow-up with individual programs and services.

PARKING: General Parking for this event will be located just west of Dartmouth on Drucker Way on the CGU campus.

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3:00 to 4:00 pm :: Alumni Panel

Moderator: Jason Barquero, Director of Alumni Engagement
Drucker School, Claremont Graduate University

Tracy Ward CGU Alum

TRACY WARD (School of Educational Studies, PhD, 2010):
Associate Provost for Administration
Assistant Professor of Education and Behavioral Sciences
California Baptist University

Tracy Ward serves as the associate provost for administration at California Baptist University (CBU) and teaches statistics and research methods in its School of Behavioral Sciences. She previously served in various capacities at CBU, including dean of academic services, director of student retention, director of campus activities, and women’s assistant resident director. Prior to this, Ward served as assistant to the registrar at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. She was also on staff at Tiburon Baptist Church and Golden Hills Southern Baptist Association, where Ward served students through the church’s college ministry and campus outreach at the College of Marin and Dominican University.

Kimberly Johnson CGU Alum

KIMBERLY JOHNSON (School of Community & Global Health, MS, 2011):
Admissions Coordinator, School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation
Claremont Graduate University

Kimberly Johnson is the admissions coordinator for CGU’s School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation. She has also served as the diabetes prevention program coordinator for Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health Services and is a Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC) master trainer for the National Diabetes Prevention Program at Emory University. Johnson is also a member of the Tribal Advisory Committee for the American Diabetes Association. As a committee member, she is currently involved in the association’s Awakening the Spirit initiative, which promotes healthy food choices and active lifestyles in Native communities dealing with diabetes.

Tessa Hicks CGU Alum

TESSA HICKS PETERSON (School of Arts & Humanities, PhD, 2009):
Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement
Assistant Professor, Urban Studies
Pitzer College

Tessa Hicks Peterson is the assistant vice president for community engagement at Pitzer College, where she is also an assistant professor of urban studies. Previously, she was the associate director of community service for the Anti-Defamation League and the youth programs director for the National Conference for Community and Justice. Peterson has conducted diversity trainings, anti-bias education seminars, and social-justice workshops across the country. Her research projects have focused on various issues, including poverty and economic success, cultural affirmation among indigenous communities, the links between spirituality and social justice among activist professionals in Los Angeles, and the impact of engaged scholarship and service-learning on students, faculty, and local communities.

Kevin Lim CGU Alum

KEVIN LIM (Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, MS, 2011):
Manager, Finance and Investment
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Kevin Lim is the manager for financial reporting and analysis for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Prior to this, he was a senior analyst for the real estate debt team for AIG SunAmerica. Lim previously was a financial analyst for Arrow Electronics, a Colorado-based global provider of electronics and computer components. He completed his undergraduate work in computer science and economics at the University of California, Irvine, and earned a master’s degree from Drucker in financial engineering.

Gina Chang CGU Alum

DR. GINA CHANG (School of Social Sciences, Policy & Evaluation, 2009):
Senior Clinical Director of Southern California
Autism Spectrum Therapies

Gina T. Chang is a board certified behavior analyst with over 12 years of experience working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Her expertise includes early intervention, parent education and support, clinical supervision, adolescents with autism, school consultation, and staff development. Chang has been published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Special Education Technology and co-authored a chapter in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Ameral, Dawson, and Geschwind). She is currently the senior clinical director of Southern California for a company that provides intervention for individuals with developmental disabilities. Chang supports clinical directors, program supervisors, and direct staff in their work with families. She also develops new programs for clients and funding sources.

All activities will happen at Albrecht Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. The day will conclude with the President's Social, featuring hors d'oeuvres and the opportunity to personally follow-up with individual programs and services.

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School/Program-Specific Orientations

  1. ARTS AND HUMANITIES Orientations
    • History Orientation
      Thursday, January 16th - 11am in Blaisdell Classroom
      (143 E. 10th St.)
    • Religion Orientation
      Thursday, January 16th - 11am in IAC Building - Patrick Mason's Office
      (831 N. Dartmouth Ave.)
    • Cultural Studies Orientation
      Thursday, January 16th - 11am in Humanities Conference Room
      (740 N. College Ave.)
    • Philosophy Orientation
      Thursday, January 16th - 11am in Humanities Faculty House
      Mas Yamada's office (121 E. 10th St.)
    • Music Orientation
      Individual meetings with Chair
      Contact Lynda Marquez with questions (
    • Art Orientation
      Thursday, January 16th - 10 am in Art Conference Room
      (251 E. 10th St.)

  3. DRUCKER / MANAGEMENT Programs Orientation
    • No Spring orientation scheduled

  4. ECONOMICS / POLITICS Orientation
  5. EDUCATION Orientation
    • No Spring orientation scheduled

  6. TEACHER EDUCATION Orientation
    • Forthcoming

    • Thursday, January 16th, 8:45 to Noon, ACB 214
    • Please contact Conni Terry for questions:

  8. MATHEMATICS Orientation
    • No Spring orientation scheduled.

    • No Spring orientation scheduled.
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For International Students

In addition to the two (2) orientations mentioned above, international students must also attend an additional orientation hosted by the International Place of The Claremont Colleges.

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Overview of Services

A variety of services and resources are available to guarantee your success as a graduate student.

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