UTGSU Digest: Invitation to GRADFEST 2018 & Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period – August 23rd, 2018

August 23rd, 2018

Digest

 

1. GRADFEST on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018!
2. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
3. The UTGSU is Hiring: Health Insurance Assistant!
4. UTGSU 2018-2019 Annual Resource Guide Notebooks Are Here!!!
5. Sign Up for the UTGSU Volleyball League
6. UTGSU Gym Bookings for September  

7. UTGSU Office and HDI Office Return to Regular Office Hours
8. UTGSU Spring Cycle Conference Bursary 2018 Winners
9. JOIN NOW your UNION’s Policy & Operations Standing Committee (POC)

10.
 Sexual Violence and Harassment Prevention in Fieldwork

 

1. GRADFEST on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018!
Calling all incoming and returning graduate students! Join us on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 from 4 pm to 7 pm for UTGSU’s annual Fall Orientation: GRADFEST! Enjoy a day filled with free food, swag bags, games and a chance to learn about all the services provided through the UTGSU. You’ll also get the chance to interact with awesome graduate-specific information tables that will highlight all of the resources around campus. Access our UTGSU Orientation: Gradfest 2018 event page for more information.

2. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
Message from Your Health Plan Administrator: Welcome to the new Academic year. Starting September 1st 2018, please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following:

Opt In and Opt Out Dates: September 1st-October 2, 2018 (no exceptions will  be made if you miss the deadlines)
– Link to the Opt Out site: www.studentcare.ca.
– Link to the Opt In site (for Couple/Family Opt In): www.studentcare.ca.
– Link to the 12 Month Extension After Graduation Opt In site: www.studentcare.ca.
– Links to the Benefit Booklet for 2018-2019: (1)  www.utgsu.ca/insurance  (2) www.studentcare.ca and (3) www.greenshield.ca

3. The UTGSU is Hiring: Health Insurance Assistant!
The UTGSU Health & Dental Office is currently seeking a candidate for a part-time contract position. Familiarity with Student Union health and dental plans are an asset, must be a graduate student. For more information about this opportunity, please see the job posting. For any inquiries, please email executivedirector@utgsu.ca .

4. UTGSU 2018-2019 Annual Resource Guide Notebooks Are Here!!!
The UTGSU’s 2018-2019 Annual Resource Guides have arrived! Come out to UTGSU’s Gradfest 2018 or visit the UTGSU office to grab one. This guide is an important tool that provides graduate students with graduate-specific information to enhance their campus experience. Please note that this year’s Annual Resource Guide is a notebook and not an agenda.

5. 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 as a team, or individually (will be grouped together or placed with another team). Registration opens on August 27, 2018. Last day to register for the league is Friday September 14th at 5PM. 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.

6. UTGSU Gym Bookings for September 
The UTGSU gym can be booked for 1 hour per week by graduate students for athletics for the entire month.  The UTGSU gym will reopen on September 17, 2018 To book please email gym@utgsu.ca or call 416-978-8464 on August 29th beginning at 10:00 AM.

Call early as space goes quickly!
Monday and Friday Evenings reserved for Doubles Badminton on September 17 and 24th from 5-11 PM
Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings reserved for Volleyball – Wednesday, September 24th from 5-11 PM and September 25 and 26th from 5-11 PM
Thursday Evenings reserved for Basketball- September 20 and 27th from 5-8:00 PM for one hour time slots and drop in Basketball from 8-11 PM

*Only registered graduate students may play drop in volleyball or basketball.  Gym violations will result in a booking privilege suspension for four months.

7. UTGSU Office and HDI Office Return to Regular Office Hours
The UTGSU office and HDI office is back to our regularly scheduled hours. Our UTGSU Office hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm and Thursdays from 12 pm to 5 pm. The UTGSU HDI Office will be open Mondays to Wednesdays from 10 am to 4 pm, Thursdays from 12 pm to 4 pm, and Fridays from 10 am to 3 pm.

8. UTGSU Spring Cycle Conference Bursary 2018 Winners
Emails have been sent out to the winners of the Spring Cycle 2018 UTGSU Conference Bursary. If you haven’t received an email stating that you’ve been awarded a bursary, your application was not among those selected.

9. JOIN NOW your UNION’s Policy & Operations Standing Committee (POC)
This important Standing Committee of UTGSU Council oversees the Union’s legislation and governance practices. Based on your experience in governance and academic skills, this is an excellent opportunity to contribute to conceptualizing the POC Program for 2018-2019, editorial streamlining of existing documentation, or priority restructuring according to Not-for-profit Corporations Act legislation, also remembering housekeeping bylaws/policies concerning appeals, elections, and UTGSU’s own student mental & overall health legislation. We welcome motivated U of T Graduate Students who are willing to learn from scratch as well as those with any experience or interest in constitutional, corporate, and human rights law, policy and equity studies, or political philosophy. Please email your application a.s.a.p. to Lynne Alexandrova at internal@utgsu.ca

10. Sexual Violence and Harassment Prevention in Fieldwork
Does your degree program involve fieldwork? Are you interested in working to develop a set of guidelines aimed to prevent sexual violence and harassment in the field and support survivors? If so, please contact Sam Stead at governance@utgsu.ca