UTGSU Digest: Announcing Your 2018 Executive Election Candidates & Logo Design Contest – February 8, 2018

February 8th, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance
2. Announcing Your 2018 Executive Election Candidates
3. Now Hiring: Poll Clerks
4. University of Toronto Governing Council Elections
5. Logo Design Contest: $200 to be Won
6. Grad Connections
7. Financial Survival Workshop & Fair
8. Employment Outcomes for PhDs
9. Call for Members: Graduate Student Advisory Committee
10. Calling all U of T Startups: New Entrepreneurship Workshops

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance
The Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period is now CLOSED. There is a blackout period for students (who started in January) until March 1 for submitting the claims. The University will send the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded on the Green Shield System. For more information on your plan details, please view your benefits package on www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the HDI Office at health@utgsu.ca.

2. Announcing Your 2018 Executive Election Candidates
The Nomination Period is now closed for 2018 UTGSU (University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union) Executive Elections. The CRO is happy to announce the following candidates for your 2018/19 UTGSU Executive Committee:

  • Academics and Funding Commissioner, Division 1 and 2: Christopher Ball
  • Academics and Funding Commissioner, Division 3 and 4: Pavani Cherukupally & Orysia Meouch & Sophie McGibbon-Gardner
  • Civics and Environment Commissioner: Leonardo José Uribe Castano
  • External Commissioner: Cristina Jaimungal & Sarah Qidwai
  • Finance and University Governance Commissioner: Branden Rizzuto
  • Internal Commissioner: Lynne Alexandrova & Nolan L. Fontaine

Come out and meet the candidates at the Candidates Debate on the evening of Thursday, February 15. Stay tuned for exact time and location. In the meantime, visit: www.utgsu.ca/elections or contact Lisa Aikman at cro@utgsu.ca if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

3. Now Hiring: Poll Clerks
The Elections and Referendum Committee at The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) invites applications for full-time and part-time poll clerks for our 2018 Executive Elections. The Executive Elections will be held from February 26 to February 28. Interested applicants should email the DRO (Deputy Returning Officer) a paragraph outlining your availability and stating why they are interested in the position. In your response indicate if you have access to a vehicle. Owning a vehicle is not compulsory for the position. Indicate whether you have access to a laptop computer or if we need to provide you with one. The position pays $15.00 per hour. International Students are encouraged to apply because you are not required to have a Canadian Work Permit. Paid training will be provided. You must include a telephone number in your response. Applications are due on February 12 by 10:00 am and should be sent to Mr. Adrian Aziz – The Deputy Returning Officer at dro@utgsu.ca.

4. University of Toronto Governing Council Elections
You can now cast your ballot for the two graduate seats on The University of Toronto Governing Council. Elections will be held until Friday, February 16, 2018 at 5 pm and voting can be done online through the U-elecT system at: www.voting.utoronto.ca. The successful candidates will serve a one-year term from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 on the Governing Council, which oversees the academic, business, and student affairs of the University of Toronto. Visit the Governing Council website at www.governingcouncil.utoronto.ca to view the candidates’ campaign statements and the instructions on how to vote. If you encounter any difficulty in voting, or if you have any questions about the elections process contact Anwar Kazimi at 416-978-8427 or anwar.kazimi@utoronto.ca.

5. Logo Design Contest: $200 to be Won
The UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee (EJSC) wants you to design their new logo and a logo for their environmental festival, ECOFEST. The prize for each logo is $100! Instructions: Submit an electronic version of a simple logo with a transparent background as an .AI (Illustrator) file for one or both designs to civics@utgsu.ca by February 11, 2018.

6. Grad Connections
On Monday, February 12, 12-1:30pm in 21 Sussex Ave, room 321. Maintaining wellness, a facilitator from the Healthy Grads team will attend and make healthy smoothies. Take a break and connect with other grad students at the new bi-weekly chat forum. Share your experiences in an informal setting, talk about your challenges and life as a graduate student. An expert staff facilitator will be available to answer questions related to each week’s theme. This is a free event! Coffee and tea will be available. Drop-In (no registration required).

7. Financial Survival Workshop & Fair
Happening Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, Multi-Faith Centre, Main Activity Hall. Learn about helpful financial resources & information, including practical ways of budgeting and reducing spending; dealing with debt, the importance of filing income taxes, tax credits, deductions, government benefits, and SGS financial aid programs for graduate students! Guest speaker: Anne Arbour, Financial Educator, Credit Counselling Society. Refreshments will be served. Various resources for students will be available in the room and there will be a free giveaway for those in attendance! All University of Toronto students and their partner/spouse are welcome.  Register at http://uoft.me/3Qn.

8. Employment Outcomes for PhDs
SGS is excited to share the results of the 10,000 PhDs Project, initiated by Professor Reinhart Reithmeier with the support of Locke Rowe, former Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. The Project used Internet searches of open-access data sources such as official university and company websites to determine the current and/or first (2016) employment status of the 10,886 PhDs who graduated from U of T between 2000 and 2015 in all disciplines. The study successfully located 88% of PhD graduates. Explore the data at http://uoft.me/10KPhDs.

9. Call for Members: Graduate Student Advisory Committee
All graduate students in research-stream and professional programs are invited to apply for a role on the Graduate Student Advisory Committee, a new initiative established by the Dean of SGS, Joshua Barker. The committee will provide advice and recommendations to the Dean of the School on University-wide graduate student matters, including those related to academic programs, student experiences, student support, graduate student professionalization, and graduate research. SGS seeks membership from a broad graduate student population that includes students from all three campuses, all divisions, and both master’s and doctoral programs, as well as students from underrepresented groups. Simply email a short bio and CV (max. two pages) along with a paragraph identifying why you’d like to be a GSAC member to sgs.dean@utoronto.ca. Please use the subject line “GRADUATE STUDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE.” Deadline: February 19, 2018 at 5 pm.

10. Calling all U of T Startups: New Entrepreneurship Workshops
Working on a business idea? The Business Model Canvas is an alternative to a long, wordy business plan used by startups around the world. It’s a great way to summarize all the key elements of your product or service in a single page. The next session is on February 13, 2018 from 12-2pm in Gerstein Library. For more information, visit: https://libcal.library.utoronto.ca/event/3439002. Space is limited so register early.