UTGSU Digest: Hiring a Secretary & Chief Returning Officer – November 9, 2017

November 9th, 2017

Digest1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
2. Hiring a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council
3. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 Elections.
4. Extension of the Graduate Community Development Fund Deadline
5. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
6. Free Graduate Student Intramurals for the Winter Semester
7. U of T’s Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST)
8. Race & Ethnicity Caucus Recruiting New Executives
9. Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting
10. GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals: Conflict Resolution, Communication & Negotiation

 

1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
Every year, the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Membership to review Union finances, to oversee Bylaw changes, and to set directives for the UTGSU with regard to policies, positions, and services. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting for 2017 will take place on Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 6:10pm in Koffler House Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). Pizza and a soft drink will be provided on a first come, first serve basis starting at 5:45pm. Any UTGSU Member may submit a motion for consideration at the Annual Meeting. Motions must be submitted in writing to the General Council Chair chair@utgsu.ca and the Internal Commissioner internal@utgsu.ca no later than ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. This year’s deadline for motions will be Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5:00pm, which will be included in the package of motions sent out on November 27. More information at: www.utgsu.ca/agm.

2. Hiring a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council
The UTGSU is currently seeking to hire a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council (Board of Directors) meetings. This job requires recording the minutes of Council meetings running from January until April. Applicants must be available to work the following evenings starting at 5pm and ending sometime between 8pm-11pm: December 4, 2017 (training), January 29 2018, February 26 2018, March 26 2018, and April 23 2018. The Secretary will be expected to edit the minutes in collaboration with UTGSU Staff, respond to emails regularly, and create a set of meeting highlights for the UTGSU website. Previous experience with UTGSU General Council meetings will be considered as an asset to this position. The remuneration is $200.00 per meeting. To apply for the position, send your CV to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca by Friday, November 24 2017 at 5pm. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

3. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 Elections
The UTGSU is seeking to hire a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 UTGSU Elections. Prior election experience at any level, experience in volunteer/staff management, and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are all assets. Candidates must be present on the St.George campus during the election period in the Winter Semester. Remuneration is $20/hour. The Chief Returning Officer can expect to work up to approximately 100 hours total from December 2017 to March 2018, working a number of those hours during the February 2018 election period.
Interested candidates should send a relevant CV and Cover Letter stating your qualifications addressed to the Nominating Committee in one document to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca by Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5pm. Any questions should be directed to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

4. Extension of the Graduate Community Development Fund Deadline
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 has been extended to 11:59pm on November 15, 2017. For more information and the application form, visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

5. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
The Fall Conference Bursary is live and open until November 30, 2017. If you plan to attend or present at a conference between January 1 and June 30, 2018, you can apply for a single $250 bursary at: UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary. There will be no exceptions made to the dates outlined above. If you have any additional questions, please contact finance@utgsu.ca.

6. Free Graduate Student Intramurals for the Winter Semester
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, please fill out the following form: Winter Intramural Sign-Up Sheet. This will help the Intramural Coordinator tailor the intramural session for the Winter Semester. Stay tuned for an email the week of November 20 for a confirmed list of sports, teams and divisions for the Winter Semester. If you have any questions or an accessibility request, email Peter, the Intramural Coordinator at sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.

7. U of T’s Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST)
On November 24 from 1 to 3 pm, join the UTGSU International Students’ Caucus (ISC) and the University of Toronto Chinese Students and Scholars Association (UTCSSA) at the 2017 UofT Most Understandable Scientist presentation contest, taking place at George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Pl). Speakers from different areas will present their cutting-edge research works. Apply to present at www.utmust.ca/application, or attend the presentation as a viewer. There will also be a draw for a special prize at the end of the event.

8. Race & Ethnicity Caucus Recruiting New Executives
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) Race & Ethnicity Caucus (REC) is committed to social justice, community building, and healing for self-identified racialized and/or graduate students of colour at the intersections of gender, ability, age, class, religion and sexuality. They are currently looking for two enthusiastic, and forward-thinking candidates to be their new Vice-President of Internal Operations and Vice-President of Finance. For more information, visit: Race & Ethnicity Caucus Positions. The deadline to apply is November 30 at 5pm.

9. Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting
The AGM is an opportunity for the Bikechain community to talk about how the past year has been for Bikechain, to view the audited financial statements, and to vote for the coming year’s board of directors. This year’s AGM will be held on Wednesday, November 15 from 6:30-9:30 p.m at the Harvest Noon Cafe, located on the 2nd floor of the UTGSU building. All GSU members are eligible to attend and vote. More information here: bikechain.ca/2017-agm.

10. GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals: Conflict Resolution, Communication & Negotiation
How can we deal more effectively with conflict as grad students? Join the Graduate Conflict Resolution Center & G2G Peer Advisors this November for a series of workshops to learn about what makes conflict in grad school so unique and the role of effective negotiation and communication in resolving it: For details and to register for the series, visit: www.gpsconflictresolutionfundamentals.eventbrite.ca. Workshops run on November 16, 23 and 30 from 1-3pm out of Grad Room, located at 66 Harbord Street on the lower level.

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