UTGSU Digest: Conference Bursary (Fall Cycle) & Graduate Community Development Fund (GCDF) Applications – November 8th, 2018

November 8th, 2018

Digest

1. Notice of UTGSU Website Technical Difficulties
2. Win $250 with the 2018 UTGSU Conference Bursary (Fall Cycle)
3. UTGSU now accepting Graduate Community Development Fund Applications!

4. Join the Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Committee
5. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
6. Executive Search: Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus
7. Grad CRC – GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series
8. Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting
9. KAIROS Blanket Exercise – Friday, November 16 (P.A. Day), 10 am to 12 pm
10. Join the SGS Intramural Leagues9. Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting
11. ACORN, ROSI Alumni Transcripts, Degree Explorer, MyRes & VBRS unavailable November 16-19

1. Notice of UTGSU Website Technical Difficulties
The UTGSU is currently experiencing technical difficulties with the website and is working towards solving these issues and updating content on the website. If you have any difficulties finding information or have any questions, please contact us at info@utgsu.ca or call us at 416-978-6233 and we will be happy to assist you. Our team will provide updates on the status of the website when possible. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience.

2. Win $250 with the 2018 UTGSU Conference Bursary (Fall Cycle)
The Fall Conference Bursary is live and open until November 15, 2018. If you plan to attend or present at a conference between December 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019, you can apply for a single $250 bursary at: UTGSU Conference Bursary (Fall Cycle). There will be no exceptions made to the dates outlined above. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Finance Commissioner at: finance@utgsu.ca. Click here for the application instructions and form. 

3. UTGSU now accepting Graduate Community Development Fund Applications!
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 is 11:59pm on November 25, 2018. For more information and the application form, visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf.

4. Join the Graduate Community Development Fund Awards Committee
The UTGSU Finance Committee is seeking volunteers to assess and determine the awards recipients of the Graduate Community Development Fund, which provides merit-based equity awards to exceptional UofT Graduate Students for their contributions to the graduate experience. If you are interested in being part of the Awards Committee, email the Finance Commissioner, at finance@utgsu.ca. Applications will be accepted until November 18 at 11:59pm. For more information visit: www.utgsu.ca/gcdf or fill out this form to apply: https://www.utgsu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/GCDF-Awards-Committee-Application-Instructions-and-Form.pdf

5. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be hosted on December 3rd, 2018!
This is a great way to get involved and direct the activity of your Union. UTGSU members can submit proposals for consideration and discuss important union matters such as finances, campaigns, and the direction of the union. To submit an item to be considered on the agenda please submit all proposals or any questions to David Eaton, the Executive Director at executivedirector@utgsu.ca. Deadline to submit items is November 19th, 2018. 

6. Executive Search: Professional Graduate Students’ Caucus
Are you a professional graduate student? Do you care about issues unique to professional programs? The UTGSU is searching for motivated students to help re-launch the PGSC, and make its voice heard by the university administration. Visit https://www.utgsu.ca/pgsc/ to see what it was like to be a leader and a member in previous years. If interested in re-creating one of the most active and popular governing body of the Union, please drop a line to the acting ‘Chair,’ Kyle Muir at pgsc@utgsu.ca.

7. Grad CRC – GPS Conflict Resolution Fundamentals Series
November 5, 12 and 19 2018, 4-6pm, Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street. A series of 3 workshops run by the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre to help graduate students understand what conflict is and the role of effective communication and negotiation in conflict resolution. The workshop series is available only to graduate level University of Toronto students. Students will have an opportunity to practice various strategies for resolving and de-escalating conflicts.  One Registration is for all 3 workshops (Completion = 2 GPS credits). For more information see gradcrc.utoronto.ca or email gradcrc@utoronto.ca. Register for the Series clnx.utoronto.ca (under Events & Workshop Calendar > Graduate Conflict Resolution > November 5, 2018).

8. Bikechain’s Annual General Meeting
Bikechains AGM will be held on November 22nd this year. The AGM is an opportunity for the 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. All GSU members are eligible to attend and vote. More information can be found here.
When: Thursday, November 22, 6:30 – 9:30
Where: GSU lounge, 16 Bancroft ave., 2nd floor
RSVP: bikechainuoft@gmail.com

9. KAIROS Blanket Exercise – Friday, November 16 (P.A. Day), 10 am to 12 pm
Learn about Indigenous colonization as it really happened in this interactive, family-friendly KAIROS-inspired blanket exercise led by facilitator Dawn Maracle. Participants – including children 5 years and older – will take part in a time-traveling, role-playing exercise that captures the experiences of Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island, known to most today as “Canada.” Wear your fun/mismatched socks as you will be taking shoes off for the exercise! All U of T students, staff and faculty and their partners and children are welcome – registration required at family.care@utoronto.ca

10. Join the SGS Intramural Leagues
Co-funded by the School of Graduate Studies and the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union, SGS Intramurals offer different levels of competition in many sports through leagues, tournaments and special events. Leagues starting up soon, so click this link to submit your information to get signed up onto a sport you have never played or a sport you love!  SGS Winter 2019 Interest Form

11. ACORN, ROSI Alumni Transcripts, Degree Explorer, MyRes & VBRS will be unavailable from November 16 at 4 p.m. to November 19 at 8 a.m. (EST)
U of T is upgrading ACORN and associated applications to improve performance for faster enrolment. As one of the largest university-wide initiatives, the project has involved converting 2 million lines of code to Java and replacing a mainframe server with Linux blade servers. The new platform will ensure that U of T stays at the forefront of technological innovation.Thank you for your patience as they make these improvements. For updates on progress, check @uoftacorn on Twitter and Facebook.