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UTGSU Digest: Office Closure, Volunteers, and Clothing Drive- August 4th, 2016

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1. UTGSU Office Closure: Fri. August 5th
2. Volunteers Needed (Get a Starbucks Card)
3. Join the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees: Thu. September 1st
4. UTGSU Gym Closed in August
5. Change in ISIC Drop-In Times for July and August
6. Grad Minds is Recruiting: Fri. August 12th
7. Justicia for Migrant Workers Emergency Clothes Drive
8. Autism Wellness Workshop: Sat. August 6th, 1-3pm
9. Bikechain Levy Opt-Out: Mon. September 12th
10. Harvest Noon Café Closed for Lunch: August 8th- August 26th
11. Using the UofT Libraries as a Grad Student: Tue. August 16th 12-1pm
12. Transitioning to Grade Life- Tips, Strategies and Making Connections: Mon. August 29th
13. Ontario Public Health Association Fall Forum: Tue. November 8th, 8:30-4pm

1. UTGSU Office Closure: Fri. August 5th
The UTGSU Office will be closed on Friday August 5th. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will return to regular office hours on Monday August 8th.

2. Volunteers Needed (Get a Starbucks Card)
The UTGSU is excited to get the 2016-2017 academic year off to a great start. We will be hosting our annual Graduate Student Orientation BBQ and Info Fair on Thursday September 8th, from 4-8pm. To make this event a success, we need committed volunteers.To volunteer, please contact Cristina Jaimungal external@utgsu.ca with your name, email, phone and the shift you would like to work. Successful volunteers will get a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. There are 3 shifts available: 9am-2pm; 2pm-6pm; and 6pm-10pm. Duties include, but are not limited to: set up, serving, grilling and cleanup. This is a great chance to learn more about your Union and get to know folks from all over the university, while having a good time. We look forward to hearing from you!

3. Join the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees: Thu. September 1st
Students in Ontario pay the highest tuition fees and graduate with the highest student debt in the country! By joining the UTGSU Orientation Outreach Team for Fight the Fees, you will be keeping thousands of students informed about ways we can eliminate tuition fees. If you are interested in joining Outreach, you must be available on September 8th from 1 PM to 9 PM. Training will begin promptly at 1 PM on the same day (2 hours). Deadline to apply is September 1st. Please confirm your availability with Cristina at external@utgsu.ca.

4. UTGSU Gym Closed in August
The UTGSU gym will close during the month of August for Orientation preparations and activities. It will open again for regular programming on Monday, September 12th. Gym bookings for September will open at 10am on Friday August 26th. To book, call 416-978-8464 or email gym@utgsu.ca. 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, please visit http://www.utgsu.ca/athletics/gsu-gym/ or email gym@utgsu.ca.

5. Change in ISIC Drop-In Times for July and August
Starting the week of July 25th until August 31st, the ISIC issuing drop-in times will be on Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00am and Thursdays from 2:00-3:00pm. Full time graduate students can get an International Student Identity Card during these times, no appointment necessary. Other times are available by email appointment only; please contact Gail at fieldworker@utgsu.ca. For more information on ISIC, and for updates on card issuing, please visit https://www.utgsu.ca/services/#isic.

6. Grad Minds is Recruiting: Fri. August 12th
Grad Minds is recruiting for the 2016-2017 academic year. A number of leadership and other positions are available. Applicants MUST be registered graduate students at the University of Toronto. Details about the available positions are available at http://www.gradminds.ca/. To apply, please send a brief resume (max. 2 pages) highlighting your interest and/or experience in student leadership to mentalhealth@utgsu.ca by Friday August 12, 2016. All positions available at Grad Minds are volunteer positions. If you have any questions, please email us at mentalhealth@utgsu.ca.

7. Justicia for Migrant Workers Emergency Clothes Drive
On July 29th, 2016 a fire destroyed the homes of over 30 migrant farmworkers in Mount Pleasant, Ontario. Migrant farmworkers are in urgent need of: clothes in good condition (kids, women, and men); kitchen appliances and utensils; bedding; and tools. Please drop any donations to: Workers Action Centre, 720 Spadina Ave, Suite 223. Toronto, ON. M5S 2T9. For more information, please visit http://www.justicia4migrantworkers.org or email j4mw.on@gmail.com.

8. Autism Wellness Workshop: Sat. August 6th, 1-3pm
The Autism Wellness Workshop is taking place Saturday, August 6th from 1-3pm, in the multipurpose space (lower level) of the Grad Room (66 Harbord St, Toronto, ON, M5S 3L1) and is open to autistics, multiple diagnoses, self-diagnosed, questioning and persons with similar traits. Our topic for this meeting is: Autistic Characters in Fiction. We are meeting to discuss representations of autism in fiction and media and how this impacts public perceptions of autism. The workshop is an event organized by the Toronto Autism Social. Attendance is by registration only, spaces limited. See our group page for more information about the group or upcoming events, email Paulina (pauline.therese@gmail.com) for more information about the event and to register.

9. Bikechain Levy Opt-Out: Mon. September 12th
Graduate Students can opt-out of Bikechain’s fall levy ($0.25 for part-time students and $0.50 for full-time students) from September 12-19th, during the following hours: Mon. Sept. 12 12pm-9pm; Tues. Sept. 13 10am-5pm; Wed. Sept. 14 10am-5pm; Thurs. Sept. 15 12pm-9pm; Fri. Sept. 16 10am-5pm; and Mon. Sept. 19 12pm-9pm. Levy refunds will be distributed at Bikechain, North Borden building, 563 Spadina Crescent. Please note that there are five steps leading to the entrance to Bikechain. Student who experience barriers to visiting the shop can email bikechain@utoronto.ca and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements with you.

10. Harvest Noon Café Closed for Lunch: August 8th- August 26th
Reminder: it’s the final week before our summer closure! Harvest Noon will be closed for regular lunch service starting August 8th until August 26th to prepare for the fall and to get ready for the start of the school year. The good news is that closed for lunch doesn’t really mean closed and we will still be having skillshares, events, preserving produce and more during this time. Stay tuned for more details! We’ll be reopening with full regular Fall hours (Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm) the week of August 29th. If you’d like to get involved with volunteering for the Fall, please email volunters[at]harvestnoon.com.

11. Using the UofT Libraries as a Grad Student: Tue. August 16th 12-1pm
With 44 libraries at the University of Toronto, it may be overwhelming to figure out where to begin conducting research. This talk will showcase library resources and services that are of particular interest to grad students, including unique collections beyond books (e.g. archives, maps, and datasets) and how librarians can support grad students with their research process. Pizza will be served. Register at: bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca.

12. Transitioning to Grade Life- Tips, Strategies and Making Connections: Mon. August 29th
Are you an incoming graduate student? Join us for a day of programming to help you make the transition to grad life. Learn how to navigate campus services, discover effective strategies to deal with academic challenges and develop your career networks, and hear tips for success from current students. Join us on Monday August 29th from 9:00am- 4:30pm in the Main Activity Hall (Multi-Faith Centre), lunch included! Presented by Gradlife in the Division of Student Life. Register at: uoft.me/transitioning. Space is limited.

13. Ontario Public Health Association Fall Forum: Tue. November 8th, 8:30-4pm
The Ontario Public Health Association is hosting their annual 2016 Fall Forum, and this year’s theme is Health For All: Closing the Health Equity Divide. It is happening November 8th, 2016 from 8:30am-4:00pm at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. At this year’s Forum, you will join leaders and professionals from across the health system to explore how together we can effectively address these health inequities and pursue a vision of health for all Ontarians. For more information, click here or click here to purchase tickets.

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