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Digest: Safety-Checks & Roots & Rhythms – July 24, 2014

1. New Info on UTGSU BBQ14: Free Bicycle Safety-Checks with Bikechain!
2. Work as a Casual Staff for the UTGSU!
3. Grad Escapes: Toronto Blue Jays: Tues Aug 5, 7pm
4. Emergency Medical Coverage / Travel Health Insurance
5. Grad Escapes: UofT Campus Garden Tour: Mon Aug 18, 10:30am
6. IMSSA Roots and Rhythms: Wed July 30 & Thurs July 31

 
 

1. New Info on UTGSU BBQ14: Free Bicycle Safety-Checks with Bikechain!

This just in: Treat your bicycle to a FREE safety-check by Bikechain at our #utgsuBBQ14 on Sept 2, from 4-9pm! utgsu.ca/bbq14.

Q: Who/what is Bikechain?
A: Bikechain is a not-for-profit cycling organization based out of University of Toronto St. George campus. We are a hub for cycling activity by providing DIY services, affordable repairs, unique educational opportunities, and a welcoming community of staff and volunteers.

The annual UTGSU BBQ event will take place on Tuesday, September 2, from 4-9 pm at the UTGSU Building (16 Bancroft Ave). Rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, September 3, 4-9pm. The festivities include a BBQ with vegan/gluten-free/halal options, a corn roast, live music, an info fair, and lots of fun! Facebook event here.

 

2. Work as a Casual Staff for the UTGSU!

The UTGSU is conducting its annual Casual Staff hiring! Casual staff are paid $12/hour for many different tasks throughout the year, including but not limited to: postering campus, promoting the UTGSU’s campaign and services, and helping out with Council meetings. Casual staff members are members employed by the Union with no specified schedule and that may be of indefinite duration. They have neither guaranteed hours per day or days of work per week; rather, they are contacted when work is available at which time they may elect to accept or decline the work opportunity. Short interviews will take place on the afternoon of Monday August 11. All applicants must be available on the specified interview date in order to be eligible for this round of hiring.

Requirements: current member of the UTGSU and available for a short interview on Monday August 11.
How to apply: send a resume to supervisor@utgsu.ca with the subject line “Casual Staff Application”.
Deadline: Monday August 4, 11:59pm.

 

3. Grad Escapes: Toronto Blue Jays: Tues Aug 5, 7pm

Join Grad Escapes and come watch the Toronto Blue Jays play ball! Toronto Blue Jays vs Baltimore Orioles. Tuesday August 5, 2014, at 7:00pm. Rogers Centre (100 Blue Jays Way). Tickets: on sale now! $19; available via bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca. Limit: 2 per person.

Grad school can be hard work – sometimes you just need to escape. In 2003, the Graduate Students’ Union and Student Life Programs created Grad Escapes, a program offering discounted tickets to social, cultural, and recreational events in Toronto for stressed-out grad students. From opera to baseball, from musical theatre to historic tours, there’s something for everyone. So, forget your thesis for a night and escape. Come with a partner, friend, or come alone!

 

4. Emergency Medical Coverage / Travel Health Insurance

Travel insurance is included with your UTGSU insurance plan. The Travel Benefits portion of your insurance plan offered by the UTGSU coverage is for 120 days of each trip. Students who are leaving on a recognized academic exchange are also covered for the duration of their exchange and for another 120 days before and after their approved exchange. They must remain members of the UTGSU, pay fees to University of Toronto including the Health Plan fee and keep their provincial health-care coverage.

Travel benefits are provided by Blue Cross. Your Group Number (For Travel Benefits): 97180. Your Identification Number: Your Student Number. If you are faced with a medical emergency while travelling outside your province or in a foreign country please call: Toll Free in Canada & US: 1-866-601-2583; Other Countries: 0-204-775-2583 (Collect). For detailed explanation of your travel coverage and to download The Travel Health Passport please visit: www.ihaveaplan.ca or call ihaveaplan.ca at 1-866-358-4436.

 

5. Grad Escapes: UofT Campus Garden Tour: Mon Aug 18, 10:30am

Come tour the various food gardens on St George campus with Dig In! Campus Agricultulture. We will look at a number of outdoor garden plots with a range of different food crops, and also visit the Anthropology Greenhouse before we wrap up and head to the Harvest Noon local vegan cafe for lunch. Bring your appetite!

Monday, August 18 at 10:30am. Meeting location: Hart House patio, 7 Hart House Circle. Registration required: bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca.

 

6. IMSSA Roots and Rhythms: Wed July 30 & Thurs July 31

The Institute of Medical Science Students’ Association (IMSSA) is pleased to invite you to Roots and Rhythms, a two-day event that celebrates cultures from around the world. Coinciding with the International Day of Friendship, join us to celebrate cultural diversity and international collaboration. Taste food from around the world and see what talent the Institute of Medical Science has to offer! All proceeds are in support of Global Medic. Please visit our website to purchase tickets and to find out more about the events: www.imssauoft.com/roots.​

Roots: An international celebration of culture – enjoy food and games from all around the world! Wednesday, July 30th @ 11 am – 2 pm. Student Commons Lobby, Medical Sciences Building (1 King’s College Circle Map here). Cost: Free admission! Purchase raffle tickets to get food and participate in games. All proceeds go to Global Medic.

Rhythms: Enjoy a diverse range of talents, all from members of the Institute of Medical Science at U of T! Thursday, July 31st @ 7 – 10 pm. Hard Rock Cafe, 279 Yonge Street (Map here). Cost: Advanced tickets can be purchased online and are just $10 each, Tickets at the door are $15.

 
 

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