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UTGSU Digest: Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Reimbursement & UTGSU Gym Booking for December 2018 and January 2019 – November 15th, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Reimbursement
2. Reserve the UTGSU Gym for December 2018 and January 2019
3. UTGSU accepting Graduate Community Development Fund Applications!
4. Join the Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Committee
5. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
6. Interested in Legislating? Here’s a UTGSU Standing Committee for you
7. Executive Search: Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus
8. Grad CRC – GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series
9. 
Friday Food Bank
10. Grad Talk: 5 Ways to Wellbeing as a Graduate Student – December 5, 12-2:00 PM
11. Applications for “U of T Most Understandable Scientist” (UTMUST) Competition

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt Out Reimbursement
The Health and Dental Insurance opt out reimbursements by Direct Deposit were sent out this morning. The cheques are being mailed out tomorrow, November 16, 2018. Please note: Due to the Canada Post Labour Disruption, there may be delays in receiving your mail. If you do not receive your cheque by November 30, 2018, please send an email to: health@utgsu.caYou should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out was successful. Please forward the email with the confirmation number, including your student number, to health@utgsu.ca  and we will investigate your reimbursement status.

2. Reserve the UTGSU Gym for December 2018 and January 2019
To reserve space in the gym, reservations for one-hour time slots will take place on November 28, 2018 for both December and January 2019 for Graduate Students. Please send an email on November 28th beginning at 10:00 AM or send an email to gym@utgsu.ca. The gym can be reserved for Badminton on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5-6:00 PM or on Fridays from 5-10PM. Basketball slots can be booked on Thursday from 5-8:00 PM and Drop in Basketball is from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

3. UTGSU accepting Graduate Community Development Fund Applications!
The Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) was created in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at the University of Toronto to provide merit-based equity awards recognizing exceptional students on campus for their contributions to the graduate experience. A total of 15 awards are to be distributed this academic year and there are a total of five $1,000 awards and ten $500 awards to be won. The deadline to apply for these awards is 11:59pm on November 25, 2018. For more information and the application form, visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

4. Join the Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Committee
The UTGSU Finance Committee is seeking volunteers to assess and determine the awards recipients of the Graduate Community Development Fund, which provides merit-based equity awards to exceptional UofT Graduate Students for their contributions to the graduate experience. If you are interested in being part of the Awards Committee, email the Finance Commissioner, at finance@utgsu.ca. Applications will be accepted until November 18 at 11:59pm. For more information visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf or fill out this form to apply: https://www.utgsu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/GCDF-Awards-Committee-Application-Instructions-and-Form.pdf

5. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
This is a great way to get involved and direct the activity of your Union. UTGSU members can submit proposals for consideration and discuss important union matters such as finances, campaigns, and the direction of the union. To submit an item to be considered on the agenda please submit all proposals or any questions to David Eaton, the Executive Director at executivedirector@utgsu.ca. Deadline to submit items is November 19th, 2018. 

6. Interested in Legislating? Here’s a UTGSU Standing Committee for you:
This is a Standing Invitation for motivated U of T Graduate Students with experience or interest in constitutional, corporate, and human rights law, policy and equity studies, or political philosophy to deliberate and help shape up our Union’s legislation and governance practices. Those willing to learn from scratch are equally welcome to join the Policy and Operations Committee! The volume and scope of work on this important Standing Committee is suitable for a variety of schedules, attendance formats, and thematic preferences. Depending on your experience in governance and academic specialization, you can engage with any and all focus areas — brushing up existing documentation, conceptualizing the Union’s restructuring according to Not-for-profit Corporations Act legislation, (re)formulating housekeeping bylaws/policies concerning appeals, elections, and UTGSU’s own student mental & overall health legislation. Please drop an email with interest/experience to the Internal Commissioner Lynne Alexandrova at internal@utgsu.ca 

7. Executive Search: Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus
Are you a professional graduate student? Do you care about issues unique to professional programs? The UTGSU is searching for motivated students to help re-launch the PGSC, and make its voice heard by the university administration. Visit https://www.utgsu.ca/pgsc/ to see what it was like to be a leader and a member in previous years. If interested in re-creating one of the most active and popular governing body of the Union, please drop a line to the acting ‘Chair,’ Kyle Muir at pgsc@utgsu.ca.

8. 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 GSU 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 GSU, and most importantly, you will be working with other great people like you! If you are interested, please send your application and resume to isc@utgsu.ca.

9. Friday Food Bank
The Undergraduate Student Union hosts a Food Bank that is open Fridays 12:00pm to 3:00pm, year-round and is free for all registered University of Toronto students In Need. Students are to bring their T-card as proof of registration in a UofT program. Location: Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave, main floor. Click here for more information: https://www.utsu.ca/services/food-bank/

10. Grad Talk: 5 Ways to Wellbeing as a Graduate Student – December 5, 12-2:00 PM
Coping with the challenges of graduate studies, meeting expectations, and navigating complex university systems can be exhausting! Investing in being happy, healthy and well provides a foundation for achieving balance and sustaining success. This interactive session explores what it means to feel good and function well as a graduate student. Pizza will be available. Presented by Health and Wellness. Register here.

11. Applications for “U of T Most Understandable Scientist” (UTMUST) Competition
Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) invites you to participate in the 5th “U of T Most Understandable Scientist” (UTMUST) competition on Nov. 23th, 2018 (12:30-4pm) at George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Pl, Toronto. UTMUST is an annual, university-wide academic competition in which international graduate students present their research in five minutes to a non-specialist audience. The top winners will be awarded prizes valued at approximately $1200, $800 and $500, respectively. Submit an online application along with a copy of Curriculum Vitae (CV) and an abstract of your research (250-words limit) at https://form.jotform.com/82956083283263

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