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Digest: January Jobs & a Book Club – December 11, 2014

1. This is the Last Digest of 2014!
2. UTGSU Holiday Closure: 22 December – 2 January
3. Sign up for January UTGSU Gym Time: Fri Dec 19, 10am
4. UTGSU Head Grant Applications: Deadline Fri Dec 19, noon
5. The UTGSU Students’ Rights Subcommittee is Here to Help!
6. General Council Meeting: Mon Jan 12, 6:10pm
7. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
8. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Benefits Guide
9. Jobs for January at Harvest Noon Café+Co-op: Deadline Wed Dec 17, noon
10. Drop-in Peer Support for Graduate Students: Wednesdays 12-1pm
11. Cycling for Sustainability with The Otesha Project
12. LSCDS Career Workshop – Write an Effective Cover Letter: Mon Jan 19, 5:30-7:30pm
13. Studying and Raising a Family: Fri Jan 9, 12-2pm
14. Engineering Strategies & Practice Still Accepting Project Ideas for Winter 2015
15. AMIGAS Book Club – December Read: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

 
 

1. This is the Last Digest of 2014!

Welcome to the very last edition of the UTGSU Weekly Digest for 2014! Since the University is closed for 2 weeks as of Saturday December 20, and since the UTGSU Weekly Digest avoids announcing same- or next-day events, a Thursday December 18 digest edition would be rather sparse to say the least! We hope everyone enjoys the 2 week University closure. See you Thursday January 8 2015!

 

2. UTGSU Holiday Closure: 22 December – 2 January

The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union observes the same holiday closure as the rest of the University of Toronto. Please note that the basement lounge and the UTGSU Gym will not be available for use during the holiday closure. We will be closed for the winter break from Monday, 22 December, 2014 to Friday 2 January, 2015 inclusive.

 

3. Sign up for January UTGSU Gym Time: Fri Dec 19, 10am

We will be booking for the month of January on Friday, 19 December, at 10 am. To book call 416-978 8464. Call early as space disappears quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Students must provide their Tcard upon request. For more information, go to utgsu.ca/gym or email gym@utgsu.ca.

Graduate students can play pick-up recreational basketball on Thursdays from 7 – 10 pm. Registered graduate students may also book the UTGSU gym for basketball on Thursdays and doubles badminton on Fridays for one hour per week. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings are reserved for the volleyball league. Daytime bookings can be made from 10 am to 5 pm year round. Daytime gym use is restricted to quiet activities such as yoga, meditation and singles badminton.

 

4. UTGSU Head Grant Applications: Deadline Fri Dec 19, noon

Course unions must submit head grant applications before the winter holiday closure in order to receive full funding. Please submit a hard copy of your application to the UTGSU offices by 12pm on Friday, December 19th. Contact fieldworker@utgsu.ca for details.

 

5. The UTGSU Students’ Rights Subcommittee is Here to Help!

Does your professor give you a hard time about work schedules or thesis expectations? Are they never around when you need them or just make your life generally miserable? Then consider seeking out the UTGSU’s Student Rights Subcommittee (SRS) for help! The SRS is dedicated to giving advice and support to grad students struggling with the small-but-infuriating issues that can arise between students and supervisors. If you have any kind of problem (or just want more information) send an email to rights@utgsu.ca so we can help you get to the bottom of your concerns and nip the issue in the bud! Also, stay tuned for our Supervisor Issue Workshop in January, featuring panelists from the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), Family Care Office (FCO) and the Centre for International Experience (CIE); with more info to come. Hope to hear from everyone soon!

 

6. General Council Meeting: Mon Jan 12, 6:10pm

The first General Council meeting of the new year will be happening on January 12, 2015 at 6:10pm sharp. Registration and sign-in will begin at 5:40pm. Location is TBD and will be announced as soon as it is known. All members are welcome, but only representatives elected by their Course Union have the right to speak and vote. If you are not a representative and you wish to speak, you can request speaking rights by raising your hand at the beginning of the meeting. For more information, including the agenda and executive reports, see our website: utgsu.ca/council. If you are a representative and wish to send a proxy to vote in your place, please email internal@utgsu.ca and fieldworker@utgsu.ca at least 3 days before the meeting.

 

7. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques

Most students pay fees in two session – Fall and Winter. Opt-out cheques for the Fall Semester were mailed out by the middle of November. The second cheque will be mailed out in March. You should have received an email with an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out went through. If you did not receive your opt out cheque by the end of November, please call ihaveaplan.ca at 1-866-358-4436 and refer to the confirmation number and your student number during your enquiry.

 

8. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Benefits Guide

The Health & Dental Insurance Benefits Guide, claim forms, etc. are available at: ihaveaplan.ca. For information about your coverage, please call ihaveaplan.ca at 1-866-358-4436.

 

9. Jobs for January at Harvest Noon Café+Co-op: Deadline Wed Dec 17, noon

Love local organic vegan and vegetarian food? Interested in food justice and supporting a community co-op with a social justice culture? Harvest Noon is hiring two (2) Café Staff for the Winter term to assist with day to day operations of the café, including food preparation, cooking, serving and other tasks. Experience with vegan and vegetarian food, food safety certification (or willingness to become certified) and great collaborative communication skills are all required. Applicants should also have availability to work Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm. This is a contract position for the Winter term starting January 6th for approximately 10 to 15 hours per week at a rate of $12 per hour.

To apply please email applications to the Harvest Noon Hiring Committee at hiring@harvestnoon.com OR deliver your paper submission to the Harvest Noon mailbox in the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union office (16 Bancroft Ave – basement) during their open hours of Monday to Friday 10AM-5PM.

Deadline: Wednesday December 17th at noon (12pm). Applicants must be available for interview December 19th. Please see our website – harvestnoon.com or see the facebook event for the full detailed job posting.

 

10. Drop-in Peer Support for Graduate Students: Wednesdays 12-1pm

Join Grad Minds committee members and Peers are Here for our weekly drop-in peer support sessions, specifically for graduate students! Conversations will be led by fellow grad students who have been trained as peer support facilitators. As a safe, inclusive space, these drop-in sessions will provide a forum for grad students to connect with one another, discuss their university experiences, and practice mental wellness through mutual peer support. Graduate students from all disciplines and faculties are welcome to participate. Sessions will take place WEEKLY on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00pm and Fridays from 12:00-1:00pm on the lower level of the Grad Room. More information here.

 

11. Cycling for Sustainability with The Otesha Project

Itching for an unforgettable experience? Maybe it’s time to grab life by the handlebars! The Otesha Project is looking for curious, dedicated and adventuresome volunteers! The Otesha Project’s bicycle tours use interactive workshops, theatre presentations and experiential learning to engage people of all ages to take action for a more fair and sustainable future—for people and the planet.

Deepen your knowledge of environmental and social issues, gain skills in public engagement and alternative education, and empower yourself on a cycling adventure—all while having a laugh with diverse and inspiring teammates. Tours are as short as nine days and as epic as two months. Spaces are being filled on a rolling basis and all levels of cycling experience (or inexperience!) are welcome. You can find all the juicy details at www.otesha.ca.

 

12. LSCDS Career Workshop – Write an Effective Cover Letter: Mon Jan 19, 5:30-7:30pm

Life Sciences Career Development Society (LSCDS) Presents January Career Workshop: “How to write an effective cover letter”. Speakers: 1. Geetha Sanmugalingham, BSc (Hons) BHA (Hons) MSc., Clinical Coordinator at Synaptive Medical/ Data Abstractor-Research, BreaKThrough, St. Michael’s Hospital; 2. Stacey He, B.Math, PgD., Financial Planner, Investors Group/ Co-Founder @ Good Financial Choice/ President @ FemCity Toronto, Femfessionals.

Monday, January 19, from 5:30-7:30pm, in Medical Sciences Building, room 3154. Pizza and pop will be provided. LIMITED SEATING. For details and registration, go here.

 

13. Studying and Raising a Family: Fri Jan 9, 12-2pm

For student parents looking for strategies to be more effective, and for those students who may want to start a family while studying at University and are looking for perspectives on how their lives might look like, take this opportunity to hear from 2-3 student parents who are currently studying and raising a family. These students will share their experience of parenting a child while studying and the resources they have accessed to assist them academically, financially and personally. In the second hour after the panellists speak, you will have the opportunity to meet and socialize with the other students in the session, and talk to our student peer mentors. Light lunch will be served.

Friday January 9, from 12 to 2p.m., at Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313. Please pre-register at www.familycare.utoronto.ca, space is limited! All University of Toronto students (new & returning) are welcome.

 

14. Engineering Strategies & Practice Still Accepting Project Ideas for Winter 2015

Got a Project Challenge in your Home, Office, or Community? Our students can help you find a solution! Engineering Strategies & Practice (ESP) is seeking graduate students from the University community to participate as volunteer project clients to teams of first-year engineering students.

Learn more about becoming a client at www.esp.engineering.utoronto.ca or email us at esp@ecf.utoronto.ca for more information. The deadline to submit a project is December 19th, 2014.

 

15. AMIGAS Book Club – December Read: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Association of Mechanical & Industrial Graduate Students (AMIGAS) has started an online book club with monthly discussions open to all students, faculty and staff. The December Book of the Month Book of the Month is: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Lets share our mutual passion for reading, sharing opinions, ideas and opening new horizons through the AMIGAS Book Club! Come join us on Goodreads here!

 
 

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