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New graduate student orientation is held just prior to the first day of instruction. Orientation takes place in person, typically in the morning, for the fall semester and via ZOOM for the spring semester.

Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistant (TA) orientation takes place prior to the beginning of a semester. TA orientation is required for all graduate students who have a TA assignment for the first time. For details regarding the TA orientation, select the informational link provided.

All international students are required to take and pass a speaking test, also called the EPI exam, prior to becoming a teaching assistant if their TOEFL spelling score is below 24.

All students, both domestic and international, are required to attend all sessions of orientation before teaching.

CASE / Culture(C) Awareness(A) and Speech(S) Enhancement(E)

Purpose of the group: We are an organization aiming to help our members to build the skill to communicate with the public. Also, we are trying to build a platform to enhance the connection between different labs. Our members with diverse academic experience and culture background will have a chance to exchange ideas in both academic area and their life. We believe that communication is the footstone to the success future for everyone.

Time for establishment: 2000. ( The organization was established by Professor Vernon Snoeyink. As the originator, Vern is still involving into the activities organization and presentation sessions of each week. )

Schedule: The presentation time for this semester is 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m each Friday in 3218 NECL ( if there is a conflict with the event higher than department level, the session could be canceled). We welcome anyone who are interested in communication comes by within the session time to participate in the discussion and give comments on our presenters. Besides, for each semester, Vern will invites the members and faculties to his home for a potluck. The time for potluck of this semester is TBD for now.

Members requirement: Graduates students or higher in environmental engineering or civil engineering department. However, you don’t have to follow this requirement if you are only interested in involving as an audience.

How to register: Please send a email to Vern: and CC Yurui: at the same time to let us know your wiling to become a member. The register typically happens one week before the start of each semester, so we can consider your personal schedule of the semester before arranging the schedule for CASE. You can also email us anytime within the semester but the presentation position and time will not be guaranteed. 

Student Organizations

Safety & Security

The University Division of Public Safety’s website provides safety related information and links related to police services, crime stats and information, emergency management, and Clery Act Compliance. A safety manual is also available to download.

Building Access
For Newmark Lab and Yeh Center access, I-Cards will be activated for card swipe access to buildings, conference rooms, and the 4th floor laboratory. The Facility Manager will issue office keys as need and activate I-Cards.

Environmental Laboratory Access (4th Floor Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory Building)
The Environmental Laboratory is located on the 4th Floor of the Newmark Laboratory building. Access to the 4th floor is restricted. Online and on-site training is required for access. Your Advisor and/or Principal Investigator will contact your Office Manager to request access for their students. Students will receive email instructions to begin safety training.

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