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 to meet faculty, staff and advisors and check out our graduate student resources. Learn the ins and outs of being a UWM Graduate Student and explore your degree options!

Spring 2022 Orientation

Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022
Time: 9:00am – 2:30pm CDT
Virtual Orientation

Fall 2022 Orientation

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022
Time: 9am – 12:30pm
Location: Virtual Orientation

Spring 2023 Orientation

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2023 
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm CST
Virtual Orientation

Fall 2023 Orientation

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023 
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm CST
Virtual Orientation

Tenative Agenda – Spring 2023 Orientation

9:00amWelcome & Introductions | Ice Breaker Activity
Chad Zahrt, Assistant Dean
Toby Deutsch, Senior Academic Advisor
Academic Success/Planning Form – Toby Deutsch, Senior Academic Advisor
Career Services – Julie Walker, Career Services Advisor
11:10amWelcome From the Deans
Tina Freiburger, Interim Dean
Dietmar Wolfram, Senior Associate Dean
11:15amBreakout Sessions with Faculty & Teaching Staff
Meet in small breakout sessions with faculty and teaching staff. Learn more about courses, careers, and the profession.

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: