UTGSU Digest: Gradfest on September 6 & Health and Dental Change-of-Coverage Period – August 24, 2017

August 24th, 2017

Digest

 

1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
2. Gradfest: UTGSU Fall Orientation
3. UTGSU Executive Committee’s Statement and Petition Against White Supremacy
4.  Free Graduate Student Intramurals
5. Book the UTGSU Gym for September
6. Gradlife Campus Tours for New Graduate Students
7. Join the G2G Peer Advisor team for 2017/2018
8. Childcare Spaces Available on Campus
9. Student Life’s Represent: One-Day Intensive 2017
10. The Science Policy Award of Excellence

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

2. Gradfest: UTGSU Fall Orientation
Join us on September 6 from 4-8pm at Gradfest, our Fall Orientation, to kick off the 2017-2018 academic year! If you’re an incoming or returning University of Toronto graduate student, stop by for a free BBQ dinner, to learn more about graduate student specific services on campus, pick up some free swag and play some games with your graduate students’ union. For more information about Gradfest, visit: UTGSU Gradfest.

3. UTGSU Executive Committee’s Statement and Petition Against White Supremacy
On August 14, the UTGSU Executive Committee discovered a Facebook event created by the Canadian Nationalist Party (CNP) promoting a “Toronto Nationalist Rally” on September 14 at The University of Toronto King’s College Circle. The University of Toronto has stated that they will deny this group from using The University of Toronto’s campuses to host an event like this now and in the future. The University of Toronto still needs to put proactive measures in place, should any group of this nature move forward, in spite of their dis-invitation, because it is the responsible thing for the University to do.We continue to ask you to sign this petition to let the University know that they need to do more than issue a press release. Petition Against White Supremacy.

4.  Free Graduate Student Intramurals
The UTGSU, with support from SGS, have subsidized costs for all graduate students to participate in free intramural sports. To gauge what sports, teams, and divisions graduate students are interested in having, we ask you fill out the following form: Graduate Student Intramurals. This will help the Intramural Coordinator tailor the Intramural session for the Fall Semester. Stay tuned for an email at in Mid-September for a confirmed list of sports, teams, and divisions for the Fall semester. If you have any questions or accessibility requests, please email the Intramural Coordinator, Peter Nash, at sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.

5. Book the UTGSU Gym for September
The UTGSU gym will reopen on September 18th. Daytime bookings can be made for 10 am to 5 pm year round.  Daytime gym use is restricted to quiet activities such as yoga, meditation, and singles badminton. The UTGSU Gym time for September 2017 can be reserved on September 1, 2017, beginning at 10:00 am by calling 416-978-8464 or emailing gym@utgsu.ca. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking for one-hour time slots. Students must provide their TCARD upon request. All players must be UTGSU Members or 75% of the group must meet this percentage. Gym violations will result in a booking privilege suspension for four months. For a full list of gym activities, visit: UTGSU Gym.

6. Gradlife Campus Tours for New Graduate Students
Join a day of programming to help you make the transition to grad life. Learn effective strategies for academic success, talking to new people and making connections, learn how to navigate campus services and hear tips for success from current students. Lunch will be included! Happening on August, 28, 30, or September 1. Meet at the School of Graduate Studies (63 St George St). Register at: Gradlife Campus Tours, as space is limited.

7. Join the G2G Peer Advisor team for 2017/2018
Apply on CLN (https://cln.utoronto.ca/) Job ID 105330 before September 6, 2017. The  G2G is looking for current graduate students (part-time or full-time) who would like to build connections within the graduate community by promoting best practices in dispute prevention and informal conflict resolution. The G2G work as a team to provide informal and confidential peer support, facilitate workshops and build connections as part of the services of the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC).  The CRC is a partnership of the School of Graduate Studies, the UTGSU and Student Life.  G2G must complete the CRC’s mandatory October 2017 training.  For more information on this exciting and challenging part-time role, please visit www.gradcrc.utoronto.ca.

8. Childcare Spaces Available on Campus
If you are a student parent, please note that preschool spaces for children between 2.5 to 4 years are currently available at the Early Learning Centre. Email early.learning.centre@utoronto.ca for more details.

9. Student Life’s Represent: One-Day Intensive 2017
Join Student Life on Saturday, September 16th for Student Life’s Represent: One-Day Intensive 2017! This year’s theme is “Meaningful Connections.”Whether you are in a representative role, an executive position planning events, or at the head of your student organization, the conference will have workshops and sessions catered to your specific responsibilities and interests. This one-day conference is designed for you to make meaningful connections and attain skills and tools that contribute to your personal and professional development. To learn more, check out their Facebook event page and website. The deadline to register is Friday, September 8th.

10. The Science Policy Award of Excellence
The Science Policy Award of Excellence for the Canadian Science Policy Centre recognizes an individual under the age of 35 who proposes an innovative and compelling evidence-based policy that will positively impact Canadians. The winner will receive free admission to CSPC 2017, accommodation for two nights (in Ottawa from November 1st-3rd), and will have the opportunity to present their policy proposal at the conference. Submit your proposal by Friday, September 1st, 2017 11:59 PM (Local Time) at: CSPC 2017 Science Policy Award of Excellence – Youth Category.

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