Digest

Our weekly email digest keeps students informed of the activities of the GSU, and of things of interest at the university and in the community at large. While announcements are varied, they include deadlines, workshops, conferences, political events and the like.


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Digest: Bike Sale & Heartbleed – April 17, 2014

1. UTGSU Office Closure: Friday April 18 & Monday April 21
2. Important Message on Heartbleed from your Health Plan Administrator
3. UTGSU Gym Closure: Sunday April 27 to Sunday May 4
4. UTGSU Executive-At-Large Election: Mon April 28, 6pm
5. Join Grad Minds for Mental Health Monday: Mon April 28, 12-4pm
6. Grad Minds & UTGSU Presents ‘Families, Friends & Mental Illness’: Thurs May 1, 6-8pm
7. International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Pick Up
8. Spring Bike Sale @ Bikechain: April 29 to May 9
9. Procrastinate with Pie: A Harvest Noon How To Workshop Tues April 22, 6-9pm
10. Summer Programming At Harvest Noon Cafe Survey
11. Baby & Toddler Talks – Sleep Issues: Tues April 22, 12-1:30pm
12. CIE’s English Communication Program is Back for the Summer!
13. Graduating International Students: Looking to Work in Canada?
14. Scientific Publishing from the Journal’s Perspective Workshop: Wed April 30, 11am-1pm
15. Paid Internships @ Multi-Faith Centre: DEADLINE Fri May 2, 4pm

 
 

1. UTGSU Office Closure: Friday April 18 & Monday April 21

Please note that the UTGSU Offices will be closed on Good Friday April 18th and Easter Monday April 21st, 2014. The offices will open again at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22nd. We hope you will enjoy the holiday with your family and friends.

 

2. Important Message on Heartbleed from your Health Plan Administrator

As you may have heard in media reports, thousands of websites around the world have been attacked by Internet hackers exploiting a bug called Heartbleed. The bug is found in a commonly used type of Internet encryption software known as OpenSSL, and allows hackers to access Internet transactions thought to be secured. This means that users’ private information, including banking and credit card information, passwords, usernames, and content of communications (such as emails and instant messages) may have been compromised.

The websites affected by Heartbleed include big names such as Facebook, Gmail, Tumblr, Yahoo, Dropbox, and even the Canada Revenue Agency. However, I am pleased to assure you that the “ihaveaplan.ca” website does not use OpenSSL and is NOT affected by this issue. Our Broker, Student Care Networks, data and security team works around the clock to validate the security of their servers, ensuring the protection of your information, even under the threat of attack from bugs like Heartbleed.

Though your personal information has not been compromised by their website, we advise you to take the appropriate measures to protect yourself against security threats elsewhere on the web. Please visit websites such as www.heartbleed.com for further information.

 

3. UTGSU Gym Closure: Sunday April 27 to Sunday May 4

The UTGSU Gym will be closed from Sunday 27 April until Sunday 4 May for painting. All programming will be cancelled during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

4. UTGSU Executive-At-Large Election: Mon April 28, 6pm

Get involved with your Union! Join the UTGSU Executive team!

This twelve-month position on the UTGSU Executive is coming up for election at the next General Council meeting on Monday 28 April from 6 – 9 pm at the Earth Sciences Building, Room B142 (best accessed off of Bancroft Avenue). Any member can run for election. Duties include the activities of the Legislative Program, representing the UTGSU on various committees, attending a weekly Executive meeting and a monthly General Council meeting, and writing weekly reports outlining your activities. It pays approximately $400 a month. For more information contact internal@utgsu.ca.

 

5. Join Grad Minds for Mental Health Monday: Mon April 28, 12-4pm

Come out and celebrate the end of term with Grad Minds, the UTGSU’s Graduate Student Mental Health Committee. This is a new pilot program created this year for all graduate students and is aimed at alleviating some stress and building a stronger graduate student community. Join us for a free yoga session from 12:15-1:15 or just come by between 1:30 and 4 to visit with some therapy dogs, play some board games, or just eat your lunch in the company of fellow grad students! There will also be free snacks, coffee/tea and hot chocolate provided. The FINAL Mental Health Monday will take place next Monday, April 28th from 12-4pm at the Grad Room (66 Harbord Street). For more information, please contact the committee at: mentalhealth@utgsu.ca or simply RSVP on Facebook to let us know you’re coming.

 

6. Grad Minds & UTGSU Presents ‘Families, Friends & Mental Illness’: Thurs May 1, 6-8pm

This is a talk for graduate students who are friends or family members of people with mental illness. Dr. Charmaine WIlliams (Associate Dean and Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work) discusses the importance of the role of family and friends for individuals with mental illness, the stressors involved with this role and what you can do to help your loved one.

Thursday May 1st, from 6 to 8pm, at Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, room 548. Light snacks will be served. For more information, please visit the facebook event here. Email grad minds at mentalhealth@utgsu.ca for more information.

 

7. International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Pick Up

Did you apply for your International Student Identity Card at the UTGSU Orientation BBQ in September? Or did you apply for your card in the fall or winter semester? If you haven’t picked up your card yet, it is ready to pick up at the UTGSU office (16 Bancroft Ave) during our office hours. If you’d like more information on how to receive your FREE International Student Identity Card, please see our website.

 

8. Spring Bike Sale @ Bikechain: April 29 to May 9

Bikechain will be having a Spring Bike Sale from Tuesday April 29 to Friday May 9, 2014! Photos and details will be posted on bikechain.utoronto.ca next week.

 

9. Procrastinate with Pie: A Harvest Noon How To Workshop Tues April 22, 6-9pm

Harvest Noon’s April Procrastination Series continues with a hands-on workshop to learn how to bake vegan fruit pies with a specific emphasis on making the perfect crust. You’ll learn how to mix the pastry dough, how to roll a pie crust, and how to make a simple fruit pie filling. At the end of the workshop, you’ll get to take home your very own vegan pie! (*Fruit Filling Announcement Coming Soon*). Cost $10 for Harvest Noon/UTGSU members; $15 for non-members (includes $5 lifetime membership); Pay What You Can and Volunteer spaces available. Please sign up here.

Tuesday April 22nd, from 6-9pm, at Harvest Noon Cafe (upstairs at UTGSU, 16 Bancroft Ave). Facebook event here.

 

10. Summer Programming At Harvest Noon Cafe Survey

What events would you like to see at Harvest Noon this summer (May-August)? We’ll be open for both some lunch service hours and to focus on educational programming and events once again. Fill out this survey and have your say.

 

11. Baby & Toddler Talks – Sleep Issues: Tues April 22, 12-1:30pm

In this workshop you will learn and understand your child’s sleep patterns. We will discuss healthy sleep habits including the importance of bedtime routine; how to deal with frequent night waking; how to cope with early morning risers; and how to encourage your toddler to sleep in their own bed. Facilitator: Dr. Robyn Stremler, RN, PhD, Associate Professor at Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Adjunct Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

Tuesday, April 22, 12 to 1:30 pm, 214 College St. Pre-registration required here. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their partners/spouses are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

 

12. CIE’s English Communication Program is Back for the Summer!

Offered by the Centre for International Experience (CIE), this non-credit program provides U of T students the opportunity to further develop their communication skills in English, gain insight into Canadian culture and life at the University of Toronto (U of T), and share cross-cultural experiences. Classes are facilitated by a team of volunteers who have teaching, cross-cultural and/ or international experience. The May to July session dates and courses are announced mid-April. Each session is ten weeks long and students meet once per week for two hours. More information here.

 

13. Graduating International Students: Looking to Work in Canada?

Attend one of the Centre for International Experience’s (CIE) Post-Graduation Work Permit information sessions to learn more about how to apply for this permit. Upcoming dates are May 5, 9, 12 and 16. More information here.

 

14. Scientific Publishing from the Journal’s Perspective Workshop: Wed April 30, 11am-1pm

Curious about what happens after you submit your paper to a scientific journal? This workshop, including presentations from Elsevier publishers and editors, will help demystify the publishing process. You will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance so the presenters can focus on your specific interests. And, lunch will be provided! Wednesday April 30, 11am to 1pm, Gerstein Science Information Centre, Alice Moulton Room, 2nd floor. See here for more information and to register.

 

15. Paid Internships @ Multi-Faith Centre: DEADLINE Fri May 2, 4pm

Full-time students on the St. George campus are invited to submit applications for an internship with the U of T Multi-Faith Centre, from September 1, 2014 to March 15 2015. Please provide a covering letter outlining the interests, experience and skills you would bring to an internship at the Centre as well as a current resume. Please indicate if you are interested in a general program, environmental or communications internship. Please indicate whether you are taking a full course load in BOTH the Fall and Winter terms. Applications Deadline: 4 pm Friday May 2 2014. Applicants will be contacted regarding an interview for the week of May 5 2014. Please send your application to Richard Chambers at richard.chambers@utoronto.ca. Please put “( Specify Type of Internship you are applying for: general, environmental, communications) 2014-2015″ in the Subject Field.

DEADLINE: Friday May 2, 4pm. See here for further information here.

 
 

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