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UTGSU Weekly Digest: Gradfest Feedback Form & Health and Dental Change-of-Coverage Period – September 14, 2017

Digest
1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
2. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
3. Last Day to Sign Up for the UTGSU Volleyball League
4. Gradfest Feedback Form
5. Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods
6. Free Graduate Student Intramurals: Projected Start Times
7. International Students’ Caucus is Recruiting New Executives
8. International Students Welcome Back Pub Night Social
9. Graduate Speaker Series at The Grad Room: Astronomy & Astrophysics

1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
A message from your Health Plan Administrator. Welcome to the new academic year. Please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following:
Opt In and Opt Out Dates: September 1st to October 2nd, 2017 (no exceptions will be made if you miss the deadline.)

2. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
The UTGSU is seeking two Members to serve as the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal. The Board of Appeal is the final level of appeals within the UTGSU and deals with concerns regarding the operations of all UTGSU bodies. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are appointed by the General Council each September to serve until August 31st of the following year. Interested members should send a statement of interest to internal@utgsu.ca by Thursday, September 21, 2017. For more information, please consult UTGSU Bylaw 15: Board of Appeal and Policy G10: Appeals Process. You can find these documents online at https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/.

3. Last Day to Sign Up for the UTGSU Volleyball League
The UTGSU Volleyball league will be starting in October. Three divisions are available – Recreational, Intermediate, and Competitive – and the league will run Monday to Wednesday nights from 5pm to 11pm. Registrants can register individually and will be grouped together or placed with another team. Last day to register for the league is September 15 (tomorrow) at midnight. More information about the league and how to register is available online at https://www.utgsu.ca/volleyball/. If you have any questions please feel free to email volleyball@utgsu.ca

4. Gradfest Feedback Form
Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us at Gradfest. We hope you had as much fun as we did! We are in the process of collecting information on how we can improve this event for next year. If you have 5 minutes, please fill out our feedback form: Gradfest Feedback Form.

5. Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods
As part of your UTGSU Membership fee, you have access to different levy groups that provide a variety of different services. Please see each levy group in the link below for specific instructions on how and when you can opt-out of these services: Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods.

6. Free Graduate Student Intramurals: Projected Start Times
The UTGSU, with support from SGS, have subsidized costs for all graduate students to participate in free intramural sports. We have updated our website with the projected start dates of each league, division and playing times, which can be found here: www.utgsu.ca/graduate-student-intramurals/.  If you have any questions or accessibility requests, please email the Intramural Coordinator, Peter Nash, at: sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.

7. International Students’ Caucus is Recruiting New Executives
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is now looking for new passionate executives to join the team. The ISC is a group under the UTGSU mainly serves international students’ interests, including academic success, social interaction, networking, and potential changes in programming. Here you will have the opportunity to propose and run events, practice organization, and leadership skills, and networking with professionals. You will get the most support from the ISC and the UTGSU, and most importantly, you will be working with other great people like you! If you are interested, don’t hesitate to send you application and resume to isc@utgsu.ca.

8. International Students Welcome Back Pub Night Social
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) would like to invite all international graduate students to a Welcome Back Event at the GSU pub on Wednesday, September 27th at 6 pm. Come and meet other international graduate students and enjoy free drinks and food! Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/1puR9NoRS6TcTSxF2. Email isc@utgsu.ca if you have any questions.

9. Graduate Speaker Series at The Grad Room: Astronomy & Astrophysics
The Grad Room will start the new academic year with our monthly Graduate Speaker Series event. The first event of the year will take place on Tuesday, September 19th (6 pm – 7:30 pm) at the lower level of the Grad Room – 66 Harbord Street. Our topic of discussion will be Astronomy & Astrophysics. There will be two graduate students who will present their research on “Milky Way’s Dark Twin” and  “Finding Habitable Exo-Worlds”. There will be ample time for detailed Q&A and discussion session along with some pizza. So come join us at the Grad Room on Sept 19th (6 – 7:30 pm) as we take an intellectual trip into space. For details and registration, please visit http://bit.ly/2vXtyUu . If you have any questions, please email Hamza at hamza.taufique@mail.utoronto.ca. 

 

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