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: Graffiti Art & Mental Health Tuesdays – October 30, 2014

1. Mental Health Tuesday: Tues Nov 4, 6-9pm
2. Drop-in Peer Support for Graduate Students
3. UTGSU Annual General Meeting: Mon Dec 1, 6:10pm
4. Yoga Tune-Up: Self-Massage Class: Thursdays, 11am
5. Reserve UTGSU Gym time for November: Fri Oct 31, 10am
6. UTGSU Council Meeting: Mon Nov 17, 6:10pm
7. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Blackout Period
8. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
9. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Benefits Guide
10. Most Understandable Scientist Competition for International Grads: Fri Nov 21, 3-5pm
11. Grad Escape: Arcadia (Mirvish Production): Tues Nov 18, 7:30pm
12. Grad Escape: Grafitti Art Class: Tues Nov 25, 5:30pm
13. Does your child have a learning disability or an Autism Spectrum Disorder?
14. Write Now! Drop-in sessions for creative reflection through writing
15. Intro to Careers in Health Economics and Market Access Strategy: Thurs Nov 13, 5:30-7:30pm
16. Edward F. Kelly Evaluation Conference: Fri Nov 7

 
 

1. Mental Health Tuesday: Tues Nov 4, 6-9pm

Mental Health Tuesdays are an initiative brought to you by Grad Minds (gradminds.ca). Once a month, all graduate students are invited to participate in an hour aimed at alleviating some stress and meeting peers. Join us from 6:00-7:30pm on Tuesday, November 4th on the lower level of the Grad Room (66 Harbord Street) for free snacks, a caffeine fix, board games, and good company.

All attendees are welcome to stick around from 7:30pm onwards as we transition into our monthly committee meeting to learn more about what Grad Minds is working on and how to get involved with our upcoming events and projects.

For more information, please contact the committee at: mentalhealth@utgsu.ca or simply RSVP to the facebook event here (http://on.fb.me/1nU7p2V) to let us know that you’re coming!

 

2. Drop-in Peer Support for Graduate Students

Join Grad Minds (www.facebook.com/gradminds) committee members and Peers are Here (www.facebook.com/PeersAreHere) 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. For more information: http://on.fb.me/107pGi1.

 

3. UTGSU Annual General Meeting: Mon Dec 1, 6:10pm

The Graduate Students’ Union’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 1 December 2014 at 6.10 pm in the McLennan Physical Laboratories, room 202 (entrances at 255 Huron and 60 St. George streets). The AGM is open to all UTGSU members. The 2013 -2014 audit will be received and an auditor is to be appointed for the upcoming fiscal year. The AGM will also discuss the 2014-2015 budget and bylaw and policy changes passed throughout the previous year. Any member can submit a motion to the AGM. Please send your motions to internal@utgsu.ca by 21 November to meet the deadline. All UTGSU members must show their T-Card and one other ID in order to sign into the AGM.

 

4. Yoga Tune-Up: Self-Massage Class: Thursdays, 11am

Bring relief to symptoms of headaches, achy shoulders, sciatica, back pain, plantar fasciitis and many other sources of pain, strain and overuse. Learn simple and effective techniques for overcoming stiffness, increasing mobility and gaining flexibility with Julia Ho. This class is designed for the therapeutic needs of students who sit for long hours. Julia will design a personalized routine for you using high-grip rubber balls that penetrates through layers of skin, muscle and fascia and massages deeply into your tight, high-tension areas. Thursday mornings at 11am, from 30 October 2-14, in the UTGSU Gym (16 Bancroft Ave). For more information, go to www.juliahoyoga.com.

 

5. Reserve UTGSU Gym time for November: Fri Oct 31, 10am

UTGSU Gym time can be reserved from the last Friday of each month starting at 10.00 AM. This month the reservation process will open up on Friday 31 October. To book, please 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.

 

6. UTGSU Council Meeting: Mon Nov 17, 6:10pm

There will be a General Council meeting on Monday 17 November 2014, at 6.10 pm, in McLennan Physical Laboratories, room 202 (entrances at 255 Huron and 60 St. George streets). 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: www.utgsu.ca/council.

 

7. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Blackout Period

There is a blackout period until November 15th for new students who started in September. Your coverage was effective September 1st. If you make purchases or receive treatments covered under the Plan during this period, please hold on to your receipts and mail your claims to Green shield after November 15th to be processed. Remember to include the original receipts with the completed claim form. You can also go to the Green shield website and sign up for online services so that your claims can be deposited directly into your account.

 

8. UTGSU Health & Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques

Most students pay fees in two session – Fall and Winter. Opt-out cheques for the Fall Semester will be 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 do 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.

 

9. 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.

 

10. Most Understandable Scientist Competition for International Grads: Fri Nov 21, 3-5pm

Are you an international graduate student? Do you have enough opportunity to polish your presentation skills? Are you interested to be entitled the UofT Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST)? We are providing the platform! Nov. 21st at Room 108, Koffler House, a total of 16 international graduate students selected from diverse departments will stand on the final stage to share their advanced researches and fresh thoughts with each other and the audiences. Each of the contestants will finish their presentations within 5 minutes, in the most vivid and understandable way. The contestant who gets the most appreciations from judges and audiences will be entitled the “UTMUST” and an iPad Air 2 as the reward! Detailed information can be found here: http://goo.gl/aGb1QK. To register, simply go to http://goo.gl/forms/c7fOy1NLyh and submit your application. The deadline of application is November 10th. Cheers!

 

11. Grad Escape: Arcadia (Mirvish Production): Tues Nov 18, 7:30pm

You are in for a dazzling Tom Stoppard tale of secrecy and intrigue that’s been hailed by critics as a masterpiece. It’s a mystery wrapped in a love story, wrapped in a scandal. In its unraveling, the play zigs and zags from mathematics to poetry, from sex to gardening! It’s a time and mind-bending roller-coaster ride that is also one of Stoppard’s funniest and most moving plays.

Tuesday November 18, at 7:30pm. Tickets: $19 and available here: bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca.

 

12. Grad Escape: Grafitti Art Class: Tues Nov 25, 5:30pm

This workshop introduces you to tons of techniques in graffiti and street art: layering, messy backgrounds, splattering, lettering and more, all using ink, paint pens and non-toxic substitutes for spray paint. Create your very own graffiti-style art on a 11″x14″ gallery stretched canvas!

Tuesday, November 25, at 5:30pm. The class will be at 4Cats Art Studio in the Junction. Tickets: $15 and available here: bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca.

 

13. Does your child have a learning disability or an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

The Family Care Office and Accessibility Services will be hosting a panel and get together for students, staff or faculty and their children (Grade 7 or higher) who have a learning disability or autism spectrum disorder to meet with current U of T students with a learning disability/ASD. This will be an opportunity for your child to hear from current U of T students who can explain the impact of having an autism spectrum disorder or a learning disability on studying and succeeding at university. These students will discuss their transition to university, personal experiences and their coping strategies. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and mix informally.

Friday November 14, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, 214 College St., Room 313. U of T students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their partners/spouses are welcome to come and bring their children who are in Grade 7 or higher. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs. To register call the Family Care Office at 416-978-0951 or email family.care@utoronto.ca. Light refreshments will be served.

 

14. Write Now! Drop-in sessions for creative reflection through writing

Write Now! offers a space where people can take some time away from their hectic lives , and come together for an hour and a half of self-expression/exploration/poetry/play (or some combination of those). Sessions are led by other students in a friendly environment with no grades or expectations. Sessions are offered 3 times a week for the rest of the semester. Come to one, come to all, or as many as you want. All U of T students welcome, no writing experience necessary.

For details see uoft.me/PIC, or https://www.facebook.com/events/1493161927603670/ (No need to register, just show up!). And check out the Poet In Community Facebook group for weekly updates and a community of vaguely poetical things: http://on.fb.me/1rXC9fL.

 

15. Intro to Careers in Health Economics and Market Access Strategy: Thurs Nov 13, 5:30-7:30pm

Life Sciences Career Development Society (LSCDS) presents their November Career Workshop: “Introduction to Careers in Health Economics and Market Access Strategy”. Speakers: 1. Kavisha Jayasundara, MSc. PhD. Candidate, Health Outcomes Manager, GSK. 2. Heather McKechnie, PhD., Reimbursement Strategist, GSK.

Thursday, November 13 th , 2014, 5:30-7:30pm. Medical Sciences Building Rm 3154. Pizza and pop will be provided. Registration is required: http://bit.ly/107qUtH. LIMITED SEATING.

 

16. Edward F. Kelly Evaluation Conference: Fri Nov 7

UofT Graduate Students! Join us on Friday November 7th for the 25th Edward F. Kelly Evaluation Conference hosted at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

The Edward F. Kelly Evaluation Conference is a regional graduate-student led conference that provides graduate students with a research interest in evaluation an opportunity to present their original research and network with professionals and faculty in the field of evaluation. The conference features keynote speaker, Dr. Keiko Kuji-Shikatani, Credentialed Evaluator (C.E.) and Education Officer at the Ontario Ministry of Education, who will be speaking on the topic of developmental evaluation.

Register at: http://uofttix.ca/kellyconference2014. For further information, please visit: kellyconference2014.weebly.com

 
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