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social-media-2015Graduate students will use social media tools to enhance their graduate education and professional development at “Reboot Your Profile: Using Social Media Tools for Graduate Research and Professional Branding.” The free workshop features WMU experts who will help students heighten their online presence for improved teaching, research, writing, and professional branding. The event will be held on Tuesday, February 2 from 3 to 5:15 pm in Room 2720, Sangren Hall. Attendees can register at Participants should bring a laptop or other web-enabled device. All experience levels are welcome.

Sessions will feature the following topics and speakers:

  • Connect: Promoting Research and CollaboratingEli Collins-Brown, Associate Director, WMU Office of Faculty Development

Participants will learn methods for using social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to network with other professionals, follow discipline-specific feeds, and publicize their research.

  • Engage: Blogging Best Practices for Research and Professional CommunicationIlse Schweitzer, Social Media Specialist, Graduate College

Attendees will consider blogging and micro-blogging to promote their research and learn best practices for these online tools. This session will also address social media pros and cons and how to search for discipline-specific blogs.

  • Stand Out: Develop Your Profile on Academic Social Media SitesJosh Kohnert, Social Media Manager, WMU Development and Alumni Relations

This session presents information about academic-based social media sites that facilitate professional networking. Participants will create and update profiles as well as learn best practices for online discussion.

Attendees are encouraged to review the Graduate College’s online modules, “Social Media and the University Symposium,” available on YouTube and at Co-sponsored by the Graduate College, the Graduate Center for Research and Retention, and Graduate Student Association, the event includes light refreshments. Contact Ilse Schweitzer, Graduate College, at for more information or visit


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