TO: Participating CALS Graduate Students
FROM: Roger L. McCraw
Chair, GSPDW Planning Committee
DATE: April 4, 2008
SUBJECT: 22 Annual Graduate Student Professional Development Workshop
You have been selected to participate in the 22 Annual Graduate Student Professional
Development Workshop sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The
workshop will be held on October 8-10, 2008 at the Aqueduct Conference Center in Chapel Hill,
NC. All costs associated with this workshop are covered by Dr. Johnny Wynne, Dean, CALS.
The goal of the workshop is to provide advanced graduate students with professional skills and
experiences beyond those normally obtained during their formal academic training. Many
professional development issues that you will encounter during your career will be presented.
Examples of topics to be covered are personnel management, role of personality types in the
workplace, life as a post-doc, finding your passion, balancing your personal and professional life,
grantsmanship, professional careers in university, industry, and governmental organizations,
leadership styles and being successful at college teaching. Our evening keynote is First Lady
Mary Easley. Participants will also have an opportunity to interact informally with other CALS
graduate students, professionals from across the country, and University administrators. A
Professional Development Certificate will be presented upon completion of the workshop.
All participants must attend an orientation meeting prior to the workshop. Please choose one of
the two meeting times that are offered below and then submit your preference on this web page
(click here) before May 30th.
• Wednesday, July 16 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
• Friday, July 18 from 9:00 - 11:00 am
Both meetings will be held in Room 2405 Williams Hall. At the meeting you will be presented
with information about completing the online Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for personality types,
have your photo taken for the workshop booklet (if you do not have a digital image that you
prefer to download), and be briefed on the goals and expectations of the workshop.
A significant effort is being made to assure that you will have an excellent professional
development experience at the workshop, and you have been specifically selected among your
peers to participate. We would greatly appreciate your favorable consideration of participation
and your prompt response to this invitation (email: Roger_McCraw@ncsu.edu).
Also, please select your orientation time at your earliest convenience, but no later than May 30.
We look forward to seeing you at the workshop.