The CAGSA will host a welcome luncheon for Spring 2018 incoming students on January 13.
The Communication and Arts Graduate Student Association (CAGSA) invites all current graduate students within the College of Communication and the Arts’ Museum Professions, Public Relations, and Strategic Communication programs to attend a welcome luncheon for Spring 2018 incoming students on Saturday, January 13, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registration is required via the association’s email invitation link.
The luncheon, which will conclude Spring 2018 Graduate Student Orientation, will feature food and an introduction activity. It will also give current and incoming students the opportunity to get acquainted before classes begin on January 17.
Erin Benz, a CAGSA Social Co-Steward, noted that the bonds forged between graduate peers go a long way in and outside of the classroom. “Every student in each program will someday become colleagues in their respective fields,” said Benz, who helped organize the luncheon. “The connections made at Seton Hall will go on to become extremely beneficial, both academically and professionally.”
Benz, a Museum Professions student, speaks from experience. She shared she was nervous before attending her own Graduate Student Orientation, but the association’s launch luncheon held as part of the event allowed her to make connections that are still strong today. As such, she said she is happy to offer new students the same opportunity.
“I am very excited to meet the incoming students,” Benz said. “With this luncheon, I hope to welcome the incoming students while getting to know them and their interests.”
Olivia Lason, a Public Relations student and the CAGSA Graduate Assistant Steward, is also excited to host the luncheon. Lason explained that the luncheon will give current and incoming students the opportunity to learn from those with different backgrounds, whether they are recent undergraduates or individuals pursuing a career change. Plus, she said it will allow students to bond on a more personal level.
Both current and incoming students will also learn more about the CAGSA, according to Lason. She shared that the association will use the luncheon — the 2017-18 Stewardship Committee’s first official event — to introduce itself and provide an overview of its plans for Spring 2018. By doing so, she hopes attendees will see how committed the association’s leadership is to helping the students it serves.
“We want to help make students’ graduate experience well-rounded and welcoming,” Lason said. “Our goal is to open new doors to academic, social, and networking opportunities.”
In Spring 2018, Lason said the association plans to implement a wide range of programming and initiatives including a mentoring program for dual-degree students and an end-of-year barbeque. Additionally, Benz shared members of the Stewardship Committee will serve on a panel discussion at the University’s Graduate Open House in February. She added she would like to offer study sessions and programming geared toward each graduate program as well.
Overall, Benz said the association wants to fulfill its mission of benefiting students on every level. “CAGSA is putting the interests and needs of students first,” Benz said. “We want the students in the College’s graduate programs to enjoy their time at the University and provide them with opportunities that will help them in the future.”
Formed in Fall 2017, the CAGSA works to facilitate a fellowship of students who share solidarity in the common endeavor of earning a graduate degree in the communication- and arts-related disciplines. To that end, the CAGSA serves all Communication and Arts graduate students with three essential foci: social, academic, and networking.
The College currently offers three Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions, Strategic Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered. A Ph.D. program is currently under development.