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Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week

Show Your GPS Green Terror Pride! 

The 2021 Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week will be celebrated April 5-9, 2021. Established in 1993 by the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students, this annual recognition emphasizes the contributions, impact, and value of graduate and professional students on campuses throughout the United States.

During this week, McDaniel Graduate and Professional Studies will be offering two virtual professional development workshops to currently active graduate students. All students who attend the workshop will have their name entered into a drawing for a free graduate course or a scholarship to the ISTE Online Teaching Academy + Microcourses. Additionally, virtual backgrounds and graphics for use with Zoom, phones, and social media are available for students, faculty, and staff to upload for use during the week to show your Green Terror GPS Pride! See the information below about the week’s activities.

Virtual backgrounds


GPS Student Appreciation Week McDaniel Entrance Sign


GPS Student Appreciation Week The Arch


GPS Student McDaniel Entrance Sign


GPS Student The Arch

Workshops & Prizes

Attend the week’s professional development workshops and get your name entered into a drawing for a chance to win a free graduate course or a scholarship to the ISTE Online Teaching Academy + Microcourses.

The ISTE Scholarships have been made possible through McDaniel’s partnership with the Center for Integrative STEM Education (CISE) at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). CISE and NIA, in collaboration with McDaniel, have developed and delivered McDaniel's STEM Instructional Leader Graduate Certificate Program. The ISTE Online Teaching Academy + Microcourses delivers a fully virtual, self-paced professional development course that helps K-12 educators learn foundational principles for teaching online. Scholarship winners will be required to register by April 16 and will have six months to complete the courses.

Apr 6

Workshop 1: Growing Through Adversity: Recognizing the Benefits of Uncomfortable Circumstances

7 p.m. (EST)

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"You never grow when you're comfortable" is a favorite mantra that Dr. Maureen Dougherty, workshop presenter, has shared with former students, friends, and even her own children. COVID -19 forced many of us into the uncomfortable, requiring us to change, stretch and extend beyond what we may have thought possible. Since adversity in life is a given, can you identify your best and most helpful coping methods when anything or anyone forces you into the unfamiliar or uncomfortable? As you think about the next step in your life and career following graduate school, will you recognize the benefits of uncomfortable circumstances and accept the challenge to step outside of the comfort zone to reach your goals? Come to this workshop and learn more about how you can learn from the uncomfortable and choose your path forward.

Apr 8

Workshop 2: At First, Even A Tornado Is Invisible

7 p.m. (EST)

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Systemic racism and bias are like a tornado with invisible, stirring power that, when it reveals itself, cannot be ignored or avoided.  Implicit bias is much like a tornado in that it is a hidden prejudice shaped by our lived experience and culture. When it appears its power of devastation is evident. Join Melissa Thomas, Program Coordinator of our Equity and Excellence in Education program for this workshop is designed to help you better understand implicit bias and microaggression.  We are all in different phases of our understanding of this issue. This may be the beginning of your journey in educating yourself, or it might be a reminder of how important it is to keep learning and moving forward in your life to help others grow and understand this problem.   Either way, we hope you join us.  We all have the responsibility to educate ourselves and to begin forming a plan to be a leader and change agent.