UTGSU Digest: Gradfest on September 6 & Health and Dental Plan Change of Coverage Period – August 31, 2017

August 31st, 2017

Digest1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
2. Gradfest: UTGSU Fall Orientation
3. UTGSU Executive Committee’s Statement and Petition Against White Supremacy
4. Sign Up for the UTGSU Volleyball League
5. Free Graduate Student Intramurals
6. Just Released: SGS Supervision Guidelines for Faculty
7. UTGSU Health Insurance Workshop
8. International Students’ Caucus is Recruiting New Executives
9. Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities
10. Vacant Executive Positions with NRAUOT

1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
A message from your Health Plan Administrator. Welcome to the new academic year. Starting September 1, 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 deadline.)

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 about the graduate student specific services on campus, pick up some free swag and play some games with your graduate students’ union. We will also be giving away two free tickets to Volta, the Cirque Du Soleil show, on September 28. Contest details will go live on September 1 at www.facebook.com/utgsu/. For more information about Gradfest, visit UTGSU Gradfest Event.

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 right thing for the University to do. We continue to ask you to sign this petition to let the University know that need to do more than issue a press release. Petition Against White Supremacy.

4. 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 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  and/or come to Gradfest where we will have a table with information about the league as well the opportunity to register in person.

5. 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 to 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 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.

6. Just released: SGS Supervision Guidelines for Faculty
Now live on the Best Practices section of the SGS website, the Graduate Supervision Guidelines – Faculty edition at http://uoft.me/supervisors help your supervisor and you better understand what “good supervision” is, and how to ensure your relationship is productive from the moment you start your thesis to the time you defend. Check these guidelines out — and while you’re there, visit the Student edition of these guidelines (2016) at uoft.me/bestpractices.

7. UTGSU Health Insurance Workshop
As an international graduate student, do you have questions about your health insurance plan, like the UHIP, the UTGSU Health and Dental Plan, and the CUPE 3902 Top Up Plan? Ever wondered how you will be covered when you are on an international travel? This workshop is for you! The International Students’ Caucus of GSU invited the expert on insurance policies to talk about how to navigate the world of health insurance and how to get the most out of your coverage on Tuesday, Sept 12 from 5-7 PM @KP112. Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/WxEnNQjC1qvBdK4p2 by Sept 10 if you’d like to join us. Snacks will be provided.

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, don’t hesitate to send you application and resume to isc@utgsu.ca.

9. Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities
Saturday, September 16, 10 am – 1:30 pm @ OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Rm 5150. Start building your support networks and learn how to be proactive and prepared so you can successfully navigate your degree while caring for others. Meet other student parents and university staff, learn about services and resources available on campus, and discover strategies and insights from current student parents on how to adjust to university life. Childcare and lunch will be provided. To register, please call 416.978.0951 or email family.care@utoronto.ca. All prospective, new and current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome.

10. Vacant Executive Positions With NRAUOT
The Neurology Research Association of The University of Toronto is comprised of strongly passionate and gifted researchers and visionaries seeking to harmonize the scientific community and public to achieve to ameliorate diseases and disadvantageous neurological-based issues and concerns. NRAUOT is seeking graduate students to fill its vacant Executive positions.

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