Cohort 51 Orientation

April 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

We had a welcome reception for Cohort 51 on Tuesday 6 April, that was really exciting for us. First we have a great group of 24 new students, from many different and interesting walks of life and backgrounds. Secondly, the orientation itself was run for the first time by a diverse and impressive group of committed MSGL students and alums, led by Justine Caruso. These ‘veteran’ MSGL students welcomed the new cohort into the program with testimonials, advice, and insights. Sam Chung – our Assistant Director for on-line education helped students ‘dial-in’ their computers and introduced them to some of the tools we’ll be using in the program. Five members of the new Cohort were unable to make it since they live as far away as Chicago, San Francisco, and Jacksonville, Florida. We have communicated with them separately to ensure that they get the information they need to get started, and they’ll get to know their cohort mates on-line over the next month, and in class later in May. We send them information and good cheer through the internet – we just couldn’t send the beer, wine, and sandwiches and noisy conversations!

Cohort 51 has students representing the cultures of Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, active duty military and veterans representing the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. We have students who are active in the corporate world of San Diego, in California, and beyond. We have a couple of gray haired guys along with a hard charging and energetic group in their late twenties and early thirties. We’re excited about this new group and about how Justine and the nearly 15 veteran MSGL students welcomed the new students into our program and our family. A very short video clip at (play video) captures the feel of the orientation. Now it’s time to get to work – 5 weeks of on-line work slowly ramps up the studying and prepares these new graduate students for that intensive one week of class on campus at USD beginning on 17 May.

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