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UTGSU Digest: Garden Tour, Autism Workshop, and UTGSU Job- July 21st, 2016

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1. UTGSU Job Opportunity: Wed. August 10th
2. UTGSU Gym Closed in August
3. Change in ISIC Drop-In Times for July and August
4. Autism Wellness Workshop: Sat. August 6th, 1-3pm
5. Bikechain Levy Opt-Out: Mon. September 12th
6. Call for Applications- 2016-17 OPIRG-Toronto Action Groups: Mon. July 25th
7. Harvest Noon Café Closed for Lunch: August 8th- August 26th
8. Toronto Anarchist Reading Group Film Screening: Tue. July 26th, 7pm
9. Gradlife Advisory Committee- Graduate Students Needed: Fri. July 29th
10. Grad Escape- Campus Garden Tour: Tue. August 2nd, 10:30-11:30am
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 Job Opportunity: Wed. August 10th
The UTGSU is looking for two strong grads to help deliver this year’s Agenda and Resource Guides from 15 to 18 August. The hours are 10am to 3pm each day, with some flexibility. The job involves moving boxes of agendas to roughly 50 different graduate departments on campus and it entails some heavy lifting as well as walking a number of kilometres each day. If you are interested, please send a resume and cover letter Andrea Constantinof at supervisor@utgsu.ca by Wednesday 10 August. The rate of pay is $19.00 per hour.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Call for Applications- 2016-17 OPIRG-Toronto Action Groups: Mon. July 25th
Action groups are the core part of OPIRG and the most common way volunteers get involved. They are a collective of members who organize around a specific issue, campaign or initiative. In order to become an action group, your must be in agreement with all aspects of our action group policy, fit within the mandate of OPIRG-Toronto and must submit the completed application form by the application deadline. Please email opirg.toronto@gmail.com for a copy of the application form. You can submit the completed application form to opirg.toronto@gmail.com or drop them off in-person at our office at 563 Spadina Crescent, room 101 by Monday July 25th. Our office is open Monday-Thursday from 11am-6pm. Got additional questions? Send us an email or give us a call at 416-978-7771.

7. Harvest Noon Café Closed for Lunch: August 8th- August 26th
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.

8. Toronto Anarchist Reading Group Film Screening: Tue. July 26th, 7pm
Harvest Noon’s Toronto Anarchist Reading Group invites you to a mid-summer film screening night featuring a double bill of “Born in Flames” and “The Raspbery Reich”. 7pm- “Born in Flames” is a 1983 documentary-style feminist science fiction film by Lizzie Borden that explores racism, classism, sexism, and heterosexism. 9pm- “The Raspberry Reich” is a 2004 film by Canadian director Bruce LaBruce which explores “terrorist chic,” cult dynamics, and the “innate radical potential of the homosexual expression.” Screening is free! For more information, please visit the Facebook event.

9. Gradlife Advisory Committee- Graduate Students Needed: Fri. July 29th
We are looking for new membership for the 2016/17 Gradlife Advisory Committee, which helps form future directions of our programs and initiatives for graduate students. The committee meets monthly for one hour from September-April and students are expected to attend all meetings. Students who attend the required number of meetings will also receive CCR recognition. Interested students should send their resume and a letter of intent to jennifer.pinker@utoronto.ca by Friday, July 29th. Please indicate your availability/ preferred times. Those selected will be contacted in late August.

10. Grad Escape- Campus Garden Tour: Tue. August 2nd, 10:30-11:30am
Come tour the various food gardens on St. George campus with U of T Food Policy Council. 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 outside Harvest Noon Cafe. Meet outside the south side of Hart House. Register at: bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca.

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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