New Graduate Student Orientation

Welcome to the School of Information Studies (SOIS)!  We invite you to attend the SOIS Orientation & Welcome Program.  Please join us and meet faculty, staff and advisors. Get a personalized campus tour. Learn the ins and outs of being a UWM Graduate Student and explore your degree options!

Spring 2021 Orientation

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Spring 2022 Orientation

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Fall 2021 Orientation

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Fall 2022 Orientation

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As a new Fall 2020 student, we invite you to log-in and join us online in the SOIS New Graduate Student Orientation site. This online resource is designed to help you get familiar with SOIS, with UW-Milwaukee, and with the various resources that are available to you. It will also provide you with an opportunity to connect with your peers who will be joining you on this academic journey. We hope the resources found here will give you a jump start on success and help you become informed, engaged and connected as you transition into your new role as a graduate student at UWM!


New Student Live Orientation Session

We invite you to attend the SOIS Orientation & Welcome Program.  This event will take place online and provide you with an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and advisors. You will have a chance to ask questions, network with current students, and learn more about being a Graduate Student at UWM!

Saturday, August 29, 2020
10:00 -1:00 pm CST

10:00am – Welcome & Introductions
Chad Zahrt, Assistant Dean
Dietmar Wolfram, Senior Associate Dean

Academic Success – Chad Zahrt, Assistant Dean
Graduate Planning Form – Toby Deutsch, Senior Academic Advisor
Career Services – Julie Walker, Career Services Advisor
Professional Organizations – Nyama Y. Reed, WLA Representative

11:10am – Break

11:20am – Breakout Sessions with Faculty & Teaching Staff
Meet in small breakout sessions with faculty and teaching staff. Learn more about courses, careers, and the profession.

12:20pm – Break

12:30pm – Student Panel
MLIS – Jessica Rardin, Conal McNamara, Mark Zimmerman
MSIST – Giamo Rivera

1:00pm – Q&A

Onsite Orientation Details

Tentative Agenda:

9:00am – Check In
9:30am – Welcome & Introductions
9:45am – Academic Success
11:00am – Career Services
11:15am – SOIS Mini Tour / Break
12:00pm – Lunch with SOIS Faculty & Staff
1:30pm – Tech Talk
2:00pm – Library Services
2:25pm – Student Panel
2:40pm – Optional: Tech Q&A

For more information on the agenda, please contact:
Assistant Dean Chad Zahrt (


Will be served. For those with food allergies or dietary restrictions, the food choices will accommodate vegetarian and gluten free; however please feel free to bring your own food to eat throughout the day.

Hotel Accommodation Options:

We recommend using UWM Kenilworth Square Apartments Guest Housing:

For other accommodations, please visit:

Parking Options:

Parking TBD
Check back soon for updated parking information!

Student ID (PantherCard):

What is a PantherCard?
Your Panther Card is your official UWM identification card and is an essential part of campus life. It is the key to accessing services throughout the University.

Onsite Students:
Students can purchase a card in the PantherCard Office (Union W198) for $20.

Distance Students:
PantherCards are available for 100% online students (students who never come to campus). If at some point you transition to classes on campus, update your card in the PantherCard Office so that you can access campus services.

To order a PantherCard, send an email to, including your full legal name, month and date of birth, and 9-digit Student ID number. You can submit ID photos online. The $20 order fee will be posted to your PAWS account, and the card will be sent to your PAWS mailing address.

For more information on how to obtain your PantherCard please visit:

Accessibility Resources and Accommodations (ARC)

The Accessibility Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee is dedicated to providing equal access for students with disabilities to the University’s academic, social, cultural and recreational programs. They provide comprehensive services and accommodations for students with disabilities as well as outreach and support to faculty and staff. The Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) is committed to creating an inclusive and accessible University experience for all students. To learn more about the Accessibility Resource Center and how to apply or request accommodations and services, please visit

As a new or returning graduate student at the School of Information Studies, its time to look ahead to the new semester!

To help you prepare for your graduate studies and to give you a jump start on success, we encourage you to attend an in-person orientation session or view our ONLINE ORIENTATION VIDEOS. The information below will provide valuable information to you on policies, procedures and what to expect as a new graduate student.

Our advising staff is available in-person or via phone, email or online chat to answer any questions you might have. Contact an Academic Advisor Here>>

Graduate Orientation –  Fall 2018


0:00 – Academic Success
46:12 – Career Services
1:03:36 – Tech Talk
1:32:18 – Library Services
1:53:29 – Current Student Panel