UTGSU Digest: Annual General Meeting & Health and Dental Information – November 30, 2017

November 30th, 2017

Digest1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
2. Health and Dental Travel Insurance
3. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
4. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
5. Reserve UTGSU Gym Time for January 2018
6. Lest We Forget: Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
7. Students for Greater Transit Access Survey
8. Grad Talk: 5 Ways to Wellbeing as a Graduate Student
9. Graduate Student Parent Meet Up
10. Borrow More Than Just a Book at the Library

 

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. More information at: UTGSU AGM. If you have any questions in advance of the meeting, email the General Council Chair chair@utgsu.ca and the Internal Commissioner internal@utgsu.ca.

2. Health and Dental Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is covered by your UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) plan. The coverage is for 120 days of each trip. Students who are leaving on a recognized academic exchange are also covered for the duration of their exchange and for another 120 days before and after their approved exchange. They must remain Members of the UTGSU and pay fees to The University of Toronto including the Health Plan fee and keep their provincial health-care coverage.

3. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
Important: 
The Health and Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period for NEW students only starting in January 2018 is January 1-31, 2018. Full and part-time graduate students are automatically covered by the UTGSU Health & Dental Plan. There is no waiting period to be enrolled in the plan, however, there is a blackout period for students starting in January (until March 1) for submitting their claims. The University sends the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded to the Green Shield System after the enrollment period is completed. Please visit our website for more information at www.utgsu.ca/insurance.

4. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are on the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Plan, and you graduated in November, you will still be covered under the plan until December 31, 2017, provided you paid the Fall fees. You can purchase the 12 Month Extended Coverage. The opt-in dates are January 1-31, 2018. For more information, please view your benefits package on: www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the HDI Office at health@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. Lest We Forget: Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
For the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, we remember the women who have lost their lives to senseless violence. This year, The UTGSU Finance and University Governance Commissioner will be attending a roundtable and open community microphone event and encourages other Members to attend. Panelists will be discussing trends and challenges in their work as survivor counselors, activists, and researchers in the area of gender and sexual violence in higher education and other areas of social life. The event is on December 6 at the OISE NEXUS Lounge, located on the 12th floor, from 5-7pm. For more information about the event, email the organizer, Miglena Todorova at miglena.todorova@utoronto.ca.

7. 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.

8. Grad Talk: 5 Ways to Wellbeing as a Graduate Student
On December 5, from 12-1pm in the Grad Room. Coping with the rigor of your academic curriculum, living up to expectations, and adapting to a new environment can be exhausting. Investing in being happy, healthy and well provides a foundation for achieving balance and sustaining success in your academic, professional, and personal lives. This session on self-care explores what it means to feel good and function well as a graduate student.  Drawing on recent evidence from the study of well-being, you’ll be introduced a cluster of activities that promote resiliency and prevent burn-out so you can be at your best. Pizza will be available. Pizza will be available. Presented by the Healthy Grads team. Register at: bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca. For more information about Grad Connections, visit them online at: Grad Connections.

9. Graduate Student Parent Meet Up
On Tuesday, December 5 from 12-2pm, at the Hart House Committees Room. Connect and unwind with other U of T graduate students who have or are about to have children. Share resources, get support and enjoy relaxing craft activities! Pizza lunch will be served. All U of T graduate student parents and expectant graduate students are welcome. Please pre-register at http://uoft.me/3I3.

10. Borrow More Than Just a Book at the Library
U of T Libraries has a range of technology services and resources available for use. Check out what else you can borrow or use in-house: Want to learn more about 3D Printing? Visit the MADLab at Gerstein; Looking for statistical software? Check out the software available at the Map & Data Library; Forgot your laptop, phone or tablet charger at home? They can lend you one.

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