UTGSU Digest: Win $250 with the Fall Conference Bursary & Notice of Annual General Meeting – November 23, 2017

November 23rd, 2017

Digest1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
3. UTGSU Draft Financial Audit
4. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
5. Reserve UTGSU Gym Time for January 2018
6. U of T’s Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST)
7. Research, Education and Governance Meeting
8. Students for Greater Transit Access Survey
9. Queer Caucus Gaymes Night
10. Mental Health and the Graduate Student Experience – A TED-talk Style Event

1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
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). This is a chance for the Membership to review Union finances, to oversee Bylaw changes, and to set directives for the UTGSU with regard to policies, positions, and services. Pizza and a soft drink will be provided on a first come, first serve basis starting at 5:45pm. We will also be giving away raffle prizes, valued at $50. 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: UTGSU AGM.

2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
The Health and Dental Insurance opt out cheques will be mailed out the week of November 27. Direct Deposit reimbursements will be made the week of November 20. You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out went through, and, if there are any discrepancies, please send an email to: health@utgsu.ca and refer to the confirmation number and your student number and the Health and Dental Office will investigate your opt-out.

3. UTGSU Draft Financial Audit
Every year at the AGM the UTGSU Membership appoint an auditor to review and assess the UTGSU’s finances and accept the Draft Financial Audit as presented. The purpose of the audit is to have a third-party ensure that the UTGSU’s financial statements are in accordance with Canadian non-profit organization standards and the management of the UTGSU are preparing financial statements that are free from material misstatement. The 2016-2017 UTGSU Draft Financial Audit can be found here: UTGSU Draft Financial Audit.

4. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
The last day to submit an application to the Fall Conference Bursary is Thursday, 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.

5. Reserve UTGSU Gym Time for January 2018 
UTGSU Gym time for January can be reserved on December 8, 2017 starting at 10am. To book please send an email to gym@utgsu.ca or call (416) 978-8464. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking. Daytime usage is reserved for quiet activities such as meditation and singles badminton. Thursday night is set-aside for basketball and Friday evenings for doubles badminton. Graduate students can play pick-up recreational basketball on Thursdays from 7pm to 10pmMonday through Wednesday evenings the gym is reserved for the UTGSU Volleyball League. The gym will be closed on Friday, December 15 for the Winter Break and reopen on January 8, 2018.

6. 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). Information for attendees and the presentation schedule can be found online at: UTMUST Competition. There will also be a draw for a special prize at the end of the event.

7. Research, Education and Governance Meeting
The Research, Education and Governance Committee will be hosting its first meeting on November 29th from 5 to 7PM in the UTGSU Lounge. They will be discussing upcoming programming for the Winter Semester, graduate student representation and advocacy, as well as current issues affecting graduate students. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Brie, the Finance and University Governance Commissioner, at: finance@utgsu.ca. Light snacks will be provided. 

8. Students for Greater Transit Access Survey
The UTGSU is working closely with TTCRiders, and CFS-Ontario to campaign for greater public transit access across Ontario. Fill out the provincial transit survey as your feedback will help inform our public transit campaign by shaping and backing up what we call on decision-makers to do to build better transit services. The survey can be found at: Transit Survey and more information on the campaign at: Students for Greater Transit Access Campaign Launch.

9. Queer Caucus Gaymes Night
The UTGSU Queer Caucus is proud to present Gaymes Night on November 28, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9pm in the Hart House South Sitting Room (7 Hart House Circle, St. George Campus). Join them for a night of board games, snacks, and general merriment before exam season comes. While organized by the UTGSU Queer Caucus, queer students from across U of T are all welcome- feel free to invite your friends! The space is accessible to wheelchairs and scooters, and there is an all gender washroom available. No identities assumed! E-mail questions to queer@utgsu.ca, and join the official Facebook group: UTGSU Queer Caucus.

10. Mental Health and the Graduate Student Experience – A TED-talk Style Event
Grad Minds invites you to attend their TED-talk style event where graduate students will share their stories and insight on how their graduate student experience has affected their mental health, and how mental health conditions affected their graduate school experience. This is a space for students to share their stories and ask questions about navigating mental health as a graduate student. The event will be held on November 30th from 7-8:30 pm in Sid Smith, Room SS1074. For more information, visit: Mental Health and the Graduate Student Experience Facebook Event.

 

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