UTGSU Weekly Digest: Gradfest Feedback Form & Health and Dental Change-of-Coverage Period – September 14, 2017

September 14th, 2017

Digest
1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
2. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
3. Last Day to Sign Up for the UTGSU Volleyball League
4. Gradfest Feedback Form
5. Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods
6. Free Graduate Student Intramurals: Projected Start Times
7. International Students’ Caucus is Recruiting New Executives
8. International Students Welcome Back Pub Night Social
9. Graduate Speaker Series at The Grad Room: Astronomy & Astrophysics

1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
A message from your Health Plan Administrator. Welcome to the new academic year. Please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following:
Opt In and Opt Out Dates: September 1st to October 2nd, 2017 (no exceptions will be made if you miss the deadline.)

2. UTGSU Call Out For Board of Appeals Chair and Vice-Chair
The UTGSU is seeking two Members to serve as the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Appeal. The Board of Appeal is the final level of appeals within the UTGSU and deals with concerns regarding the operations of all UTGSU bodies. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are appointed by the General Council each September to serve until August 31st of the following year. Interested members should send a statement of interest to internal@utgsu.ca by Thursday, September 21, 2017. For more information, please consult UTGSU Bylaw 15: Board of Appeal and Policy G10: Appeals Process. You can find these documents online at https://www.utgsu.ca/by-law/.

3. Last Day to 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 individually and will be grouped together or placed with another team. Last day to register for the league is September 15 (tomorrow) at midnight. 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

4. Gradfest Feedback Form
Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us at Gradfest. We hope you had as much fun as we did! We are in the process of collecting information on how we can improve this event for next year. If you have 5 minutes, please fill out our feedback form: Gradfest Feedback Form.

5. Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods
As part of your UTGSU Membership fee, you have access to different levy groups that provide a variety of different services. Please see each levy group in the link below for specific instructions on how and when you can opt-out of these services: Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods.

6. Free Graduate Student Intramurals: Projected Start Times
The UTGSU, with support from SGS, have subsidized costs for all graduate students to participate in free intramural sports. We have updated our website with the projected start dates of each league, division and playing times, which can be found here: www.utgsu.ca/graduate-student-intramurals/.  If you have any questions or accessibility requests, please email the Intramural Coordinator, Peter Nash, at: sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.

7. International Students’ Caucus is Recruiting New Executives
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is now looking for new passionate executives to join the team. The ISC is a group under the UTGSU mainly serves international students’ interests, including academic success, social interaction, networking, and potential changes in programming. Here you will have the opportunity to propose and run events, practice organization, and leadership skills, and networking with professionals. You will get the most support from the ISC and the UTGSU, and most importantly, you will be working with other great people like you! If you are interested, don’t hesitate to send you application and resume to isc@utgsu.ca.

8. International Students Welcome Back Pub Night Social
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) would like to invite all international graduate students to a Welcome Back Event at the GSU pub on Wednesday, September 27th at 6 pm. Come and meet other international graduate students and enjoy free drinks and food! Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/1puR9NoRS6TcTSxF2. Email isc@utgsu.ca if you have any questions.

9. Graduate Speaker Series at The Grad Room: Astronomy & Astrophysics
The Grad Room will start the new academic year with our monthly Graduate Speaker Series event. The first event of the year will take place on Tuesday, September 19th (6 pm – 7:30 pm) at the lower level of the Grad Room – 66 Harbord Street. Our topic of discussion will be Astronomy & Astrophysics. There will be two graduate students who will present their research on “Milky Way’s Dark Twin” and  “Finding Habitable Exo-Worlds”. There will be ample time for detailed Q&A and discussion session along with some pizza. So come join us at the Grad Room on Sept 19th (6 – 7:30 pm) as we take an intellectual trip into space. For details and registration, please visit http://bit.ly/2vXtyUu . If you have any questions, please email Hamza at hamza.taufique@mail.utoronto.ca. 

 

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UTGSU Digest: Change of Coverage Period for the Health and Dental Plan – September 7, 2017

September 7th, 2017

Digest
1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
2. Gradfest Feedback Form
3. Sign Up for the UTGSU Volleyball League
4. Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods
5. Free Graduate Student Intramurals
6. International Students’ Caucus is Recruiting New Executives
7. Sharing and Publishing Your Research
8. Attend the 3 R’s of Research: Review, Report, Reproduce
9. Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities

1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
A message from your Health Plan Administrator. Welcome to the new academic year. Starting September 1, please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following:
Opt In and Opt Out Dates: September 1st to October 2nd, 2017 (no exceptions will be made if you miss the deadline.)

2. Gradfest Feedback Form
Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us yesterday at Gradfest. We hope you had as much fun as we did! We are in the process of collecting information on how we can improve this event for next year. If you have 5 minutes, please fill out our feedback form: Gradfest Feedback Form.

3. 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 individually and will be grouped together or placed with another team. Last day to register for the league is September 15 at midnight. 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.

4. Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods
As part of your UTGSU Membership fee, you have access to different levy groups that provide a variety of different services. Please see each levy group in the link below for specific instructions on how and when you can opt-out of these services: Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods.

5. Free Graduate Student Intramurals
The UTGSU, with support from SGS, have subsidized costs for all graduate students to participate in free intramural sports. To gauge what sports, teams, and divisions graduate students are interested in having, we ask you to fill out the following form: Graduate Student Intramurals. This will help the Intramural Coordinator tailor the Intramural session for the Fall Semester. Stay tuned for an email in Mid-September for a confirmed list of sports, teams, and divisions for the Fall Semester. If you have any questions or accessibility requests, please email the INtramural Coordinator, Peter Nash, at: sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.

6. International Students’ Caucus is Recruiting New Executives
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is now looking for new passionate executives to join the team. The ISC is a group under GSU mainly serves international students’ interests, including academic success, social interaction, networking, and potential changes in programming. Here you will have the opportunity to propose and run events, practice organization, and leadership skills, and networking with professionals. You will get the most support from the ISC and GSU, and most importantly, you will be working with other great people like you! If you are interested, don’t hesitate to send you application and resume to isc@utgsu.ca.

7. Sharing and Publishing Your Research
As part of the graduation process, you will be submitting an electronic copy of your thesis that will become publicly available online upon your convocation. In this talk given jointly by the School of Graduate Studies and the Library staff, you will learn about the thesis submission process, formatting guidelines, post-submission steps, as well as various deadlines for fees and convocation. If you are planning on publishing (or have already published) a chapter of your thesis as an article/book and are not sure about the copyright restrictions or implications of online availability, the library staff will be there to answer these and other questions about publishing, copyright, and author rights. Happening on Tuesday, September 19, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM at Grad Room; 66 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M6S 3V7. Registration: http://uoft.me/thesis. 

8. Attend the 3 R’s of Research: Review, Report, Reproduce
Happening on September 14, 2017, from 5-7pm in Gerstein Science Information Centre, 9 King’s College Circle.
Tired of poorly reported and non-reproducible research? What roles does uncertainty play in research? Hear from an international panel of researchers about issues that lead to this growing problem of research waste in the scientific world, and what steps you can take to improve your own reporting practices. Spaces are limited, register here: http://bit.ly./2vt13B1.

9. Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities
Happening on Saturday, September 16, from 10 am to 1:30 pm at OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Room 5150.Start building your support networks and learn how to be proactive and prepared so you can successfully navigate your degree while caring for others! Meet other student parents and university staff,  learn about services and resources available on campus and discover strategies and insights from current student parents on how to adjust to university life. Childcare and lunch will be provided. Registration required at 416.978.0951 or by email at
family.care@utoronto.ca. All prospective, new and current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome.

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Levy Group Opt-Out Period

September 7th, 2017

As part of your UTGSU Membership fee, you have access to different levy groups that provide a variety of different services. Please see each levy group below for specific instructions on how and when you can opt-out:

Bikechain

Graduate students can opt-out of Bikechain’s Fall Levy, which is $ 0.25 for part-time students and $0.50 for full-time students) from September 18-22, during the following hours:

  • Monday, September 18 from 12pm-9pm
  • Tuesday, September 19 from 10am-9pm
  • Wednesday, September 20 from 10am-5pm
  • Thursday, September 21 from 12pm-9pm
  • Friday, September 22 from 10am-5pm

Levy refunds will be distributed at Bikechain, North Borden building, 563 Spadina Crescent. Students who experience barriers to visiting the shop can email bikechain@utoronto.ca and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements with you.

Downtown Legal Services 

Downtown Legal Services is the Faculty of Law’s community legal clinic.  Law students, working under the close supervision of expert staff lawyers, provide free legal assistance in several areas of law including criminal law, landlord and tenant matters, refugee and immigration claims, family law, and academic appeals and offenses.  We also provide notary services at no (or nominal) charge.  To access our services, call our intake line at 416 978-6447.  To find out more about DLS and our services, please visit our website at: http://downtownlegalservices.ca/

DLS receives $1.50/per term from each full-time GSU student as part of your incidental fees.  This term fee is 100% refundable within 60 days of registration.  To obtain a refund, please visit the clinic at 655 Spadina Ave. Refunds will also be available from 6-8 pm on the following dates: September 11, 19 and 27.  Note: Students who opt out of the DLS fee will not be able to access our free legal services unless they meet the financial eligibility criteria established by our primary funder, Legal Aid Ontario.

Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG)

OPIRG-Toronto Fees Refund Period:

University of Toronto full-time and part-time graduate students who have paid the Ontario Public Interest Research Group – Toronto fees and wish to opt-out of OPIRG-Toronto are able to claim their fees refund with proof of enrollment for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Please bring your proof of enrollment to the OPIRG Office in the North Borden Building at 563 Spadina Crescent, Room 101 during the opt-out period:

Thursday, September 7 to Wednesday, September 27 inclusive.

Our office will be open Monday to Friday from 11AM to 7PM during the period.

*Graduate students at UTM, UTSC and Aerospace wishing to opt-out are invited to contact the office to make alternate arrangements to obtain their refund. Our phone number is(416)978-7770 and our email address is opirg.toronto@utoronto.ca.

Sexual Education Centre (SEC)

University of Toronto graduate students who wish to opt out of their levy agreement with the University of Toronto Sexual Education Centre (SEC) and receive a refund of their fees can stop by the SEC office at (21 Sussex Ave, Unit 612). Refunds for the fall term are $0.50 for full-time graduate students and $0.25 for part-time graduate students. Please bring your University of Toronto Student ID and proof of enrolment. Drop in times for those wishing to opt-out are:

Monday to Friday from 10am-6pm, starting Friday September 29 and ending Friday October 27.

To make alternate arrangements please contact utsec.financial@gmail.com.

Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA)

University of Toronto graduate students who wish to opt out of their levy agreement with Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) and receive a refund of the fees collected can drop by the SBA office at 215 Huron Street, room 924. Refunds for the fall term are $2 for full-time graduate students and $1 for part-time graduate students. Please bring your University of Toronto Student ID and proof of registration.

Drop in times for those wishing to opt-out are Mondays-Thursdays between 11:30am-5:30pm and Fridays between 12:30pm-5:30 from September 7th to September 28th. To make alternate arrangements, please contact sba@utoronto.ca.

UTGSU Digest: Gradfest on September 6 & Health and Dental Plan Change of Coverage Period – August 31, 2017

August 31st, 2017

Digest1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
2. Gradfest: UTGSU Fall Orientation
3. UTGSU Executive Committee’s Statement and Petition Against White Supremacy
4. Sign Up for the UTGSU Volleyball League
5. Free Graduate Student Intramurals
6. Just Released: SGS Supervision Guidelines for Faculty
7. UTGSU Health Insurance Workshop
8. International Students’ Caucus is Recruiting New Executives
9. Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities
10. Vacant Executive Positions with NRAUOT

1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
A message from your Health Plan Administrator. Welcome to the new academic year. Starting September 1, please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following:
Opt In and Opt Out Dates: September 1st-October 2nd, 2017 (no exceptions will be made if you miss the deadline.)

2. Gradfest: UTGSU Fall Orientation
Join us on September 6 from 4-8pm at Gradfest, our Fall Orientation, to kick off the 2017-2018 academic year! If you’re an incoming or returning University of Toronto graduate student, stop by for a free BBQ dinner, to learn about the graduate student specific services on campus, pick up some free swag and play some games with your graduate students’ union. We will also be giving away two free tickets to Volta, the Cirque Du Soleil show, on September 28. Contest details will go live on September 1 at www.facebook.com/utgsu/. For more information about Gradfest, visit UTGSU Gradfest Event.

3. UTGSU Executive Committee’s Statement and Petition Against White Supremacy
On August 14, the UTGSU Executive Committee discovered a Facebook event created by the Canadian Nationalist Party (CNP) promoting a “Toronto Nationalist Rally” on September 14 at The University of Toronto King’s College Circle. The University of Toronto has stated that they will deny this group from using The University of Toronto’s campuses to host an event like this now and in the future. The University of Toronto still needs to put proactive measures in place, should any group of this nature move forward, in spite of their dis-invitation because it is the right thing for the University to do. We continue to ask you to sign this petition to let the University know that need to do more than issue a press release. Petition Against White Supremacy.

4. 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 individually and will be grouped together or placed with another team. Last day to register for the league is September 15 at midnight. 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.

5. Free Graduate Student Intramurals
The UTGSU, with support from SGS, have subsidized costs for all graduate students to participate in free intramural sports. To gauge what sports, teams, and divisions graduate students are interested in having, we ask you to fill out the following form: Graduate Student Intramurals. This will help the Intramural Coordinator tailor the Intramural session for the Fall Semester. Stay tuned for an email in Mid-September for a confirmed list of sports, teams, and divisions for the Fall Semester. If you have any questions or accessibility requests, please email the INtramural Coordinator, Peter Nash, at: sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.

6. Just released: SGS Supervision Guidelines for Faculty
Now live on the Best Practices section of the SGS website, the Graduate Supervision Guidelines – Faculty edition at http://uoft.me/supervisors help your supervisor and you better understand what “good supervision” is, and how to ensure your relationship is productive from the moment you start your thesis to the time you defend. Check these guidelines out — and while you’re there, visit the Student edition of these guidelines (2016) at uoft.me/bestpractices.

7. UTGSU Health Insurance Workshop
As an international graduate student, do you have questions about your health insurance plan, like the UHIP, the UTGSU Health and Dental Plan, and the CUPE 3902 Top Up Plan? Ever wondered how you will be covered when you are on an international travel? This workshop is for you! The International Students’ Caucus of GSU invited the expert on insurance policies to talk about how to navigate the world of health insurance and how to get the most out of your coverage on Tuesday, Sept 12 from 5-7 PM @KP112. Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/WxEnNQjC1qvBdK4p2 by Sept 10 if you’d like to join us. Snacks will be provided.

8. International Students’ Caucus is Recruiting New Executives
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) is now looking for new passionate executives to join the team. The ISC is a group under GSU mainly serves international students’ interests, including academic success, social interaction, networking, and potential changes in programming. Here you will have the opportunity to propose and run events, practice organization, and leadership skills, and networking with professionals. You will get the most support from the ISC and GSU, and most importantly, you will be working with other great people like you! If you are interested, don’t hesitate to send you application and resume to isc@utgsu.ca.

9. Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities
Saturday, September 16, 10 am – 1:30 pm @ OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Rm 5150. Start building your support networks and learn how to be proactive and prepared so you can successfully navigate your degree while caring for others. Meet other student parents and university staff, learn about services and resources available on campus, and discover strategies and insights from current student parents on how to adjust to university life. Childcare and lunch will be provided. To register, please call 416.978.0951 or email family.care@utoronto.ca. All prospective, new and current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome.

10. Vacant Executive Positions With NRAUOT
The Neurology Research Association of The University of Toronto is comprised of strongly passionate and gifted researchers and visionaries seeking to harmonize the scientific community and public to achieve to ameliorate diseases and disadvantageous neurological-based issues and concerns. NRAUOT is seeking graduate students to fill its vacant Executive positions.

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UTGSU Digest: Gradfest on September 6 & Health and Dental Change-of-Coverage Period – August 24, 2017

August 24th, 2017

Digest

 

1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
2. Gradfest: UTGSU Fall Orientation
3. UTGSU Executive Committee’s Statement and Petition Against White Supremacy
4.  Free Graduate Student Intramurals
5. Book the UTGSU Gym for September
6. Gradlife Campus Tours for New Graduate Students
7. Join the G2G Peer Advisor team for 2017/2018
8. Childcare Spaces Available on Campus
9. Student Life’s Represent: One-Day Intensive 2017
10. The Science Policy Award of Excellence

1. Health & Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period
A Message from Your Health Plan Administrator: Welcome to the new Academic year. Starting September 1st, please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website: www.utgsu.ca/insurance for the following:
 
Opt In and Opt Out Dates: September 1st-October 2nd, 2017 (no exceptions will be made if you miss the deadlines). 

2. Gradfest: UTGSU Fall Orientation
Join us on September 6 from 4-8pm at Gradfest, our Fall Orientation, to kick off the 2017-2018 academic year! If you’re an incoming or returning University of Toronto graduate student, stop by for a free BBQ dinner, to learn more about graduate student specific services on campus, pick up some free swag and play some games with your graduate students’ union. For more information about Gradfest, visit: UTGSU Gradfest.

3. UTGSU Executive Committee’s Statement and Petition Against White Supremacy
On August 14, the UTGSU Executive Committee discovered a Facebook event created by the Canadian Nationalist Party (CNP) promoting a “Toronto Nationalist Rally” on September 14 at The University of Toronto King’s College Circle. The University of Toronto has stated that they will deny this group from using The University of Toronto’s campuses to host an event like this now and in the future. The University of Toronto still needs to put proactive measures in place, should any group of this nature move forward, in spite of their dis-invitation, because it is the responsible thing for the University to do.We continue to ask you to sign this petition to let the University know that they need to do more than issue a press release. Petition Against White Supremacy.

4.  Free Graduate Student Intramurals
The UTGSU, with support from SGS, have subsidized costs for all graduate students to participate in free intramural sports. To gauge what sports, teams, and divisions graduate students are interested in having, we ask you fill out the following form: Graduate Student Intramurals. This will help the Intramural Coordinator tailor the Intramural session for the Fall Semester. Stay tuned for an email at in Mid-September for a confirmed list of sports, teams, and divisions for the Fall semester. If you have any questions or accessibility requests, please email the Intramural Coordinator, Peter Nash, at sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.

5. Book the UTGSU Gym for September
The UTGSU gym will reopen on September 18th. Daytime bookings can be made for 10 am to 5 pm year round.  Daytime gym use is restricted to quiet activities such as yoga, meditation, and singles badminton. The UTGSU Gym time for September 2017 can be reserved on September 1, 2017, beginning at 10:00 am by calling 416-978-8464 or emailing gym@utgsu.ca. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking for one-hour time slots. Students must provide their TCARD upon request. All players must be UTGSU Members or 75% of the group must meet this percentage. Gym violations will result in a booking privilege suspension for four months. For a full list of gym activities, visit: UTGSU Gym.

6. Gradlife Campus Tours for New Graduate Students
Join a day of programming to help you make the transition to grad life. Learn effective strategies for academic success, talking to new people and making connections, learn how to navigate campus services and hear tips for success from current students. Lunch will be included! Happening on August, 28, 30, or September 1. Meet at the School of Graduate Studies (63 St George St). Register at: Gradlife Campus Tours, as space is limited.

7. Join the G2G Peer Advisor team for 2017/2018
Apply on CLN (https://cln.utoronto.ca/) Job ID 105330 before September 6, 2017. The  G2G is looking for current graduate students (part-time or full-time) who would like to build connections within the graduate community by promoting best practices in dispute prevention and informal conflict resolution. The G2G work as a team to provide informal and confidential peer support, facilitate workshops and build connections as part of the services of the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC).  The CRC is a partnership of the School of Graduate Studies, the UTGSU and Student Life.  G2G must complete the CRC’s mandatory October 2017 training.  For more information on this exciting and challenging part-time role, please visit www.gradcrc.utoronto.ca.

8. Childcare Spaces Available on Campus
If you are a student parent, please note that preschool spaces for children between 2.5 to 4 years are currently available at the Early Learning Centre. Email early.learning.centre@utoronto.ca for more details.

9. Student Life’s Represent: One-Day Intensive 2017
Join Student Life on Saturday, September 16th for Student Life’s Represent: One-Day Intensive 2017! This year’s theme is “Meaningful Connections.”Whether you are in a representative role, an executive position planning events, or at the head of your student organization, the conference will have workshops and sessions catered to your specific responsibilities and interests. This one-day conference is designed for you to make meaningful connections and attain skills and tools that contribute to your personal and professional development. To learn more, check out their Facebook event page and website. The deadline to register is Friday, September 8th.

10. The Science Policy Award of Excellence
The Science Policy Award of Excellence for the Canadian Science Policy Centre recognizes an individual under the age of 35 who proposes an innovative and compelling evidence-based policy that will positively impact Canadians. The winner will receive free admission to CSPC 2017, accommodation for two nights (in Ottawa from November 1st-3rd), and will have the opportunity to present their policy proposal at the conference. Submit your proposal by Friday, September 1st, 2017 11:59 PM (Local Time) at: CSPC 2017 Science Policy Award of Excellence – Youth Category.

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UTGSU Digest: Gradfest & Petition Against White Supremacist Rally on Campus – August 17, 2017.

August 17th, 2017

Digest

1. Gradfest: UTGSU Fall Orientation
2. Gradfest: Volunteer for the UTGSU Gradfest
3. UTGSU Executive Committee’s Statement and Petition Against White Supremacy
4. UTGSU Office Hours of Operation for the Fall
5. Free Graduate Student Intramurals
6. Book the UTGSU Gym for September
7. Pick Up Your Free 2017-2018 UTGSU Resource Guide
8. Grad Minds Recruiting Executives

1. Gradfest: UTGSU Fall Orientation
Join us on September 6 from 4-8pm at Gradfest, our Fall Orientation, to kick off the 2017-2018 academic year! If you’re an incoming or returning University of Toronto graduate student, stop by for a free BBQ dinner, to learn more about graduate student specific services on campus, pick up some free swag and play some games with your graduate students’ union. For more information about Gradfest, visit: UTGSU Gradfest.

2. Gradfest: Volunteer for the UTGSU Gradfest
We are seeking enthusiastic and reliable UTGSU Members to help us run Gradfest on September 6! To volunteer, please contact Ally at communications@utgsu.ca with your name, preferred email, phone number and availability between 12 and 9PM.  Duties will include, but are not limited to: setting up, running activities, assisting info fair participants and clean-up. Volunteers will receive a gift card. We will also be holding a volunteer training session on August 22 from 5-7PM. Please note that you are still able to volunteer even if you’re unable to attend the training session as we will be providing a link to the filmed training afterwards.

3. UTGSU Executive Committee’s Statement and Petition Against White Supremacy
Earlier this week a Facebook event surfaced online of plans to host a white supremacist rally on The University of Toronto’s St. George campus.While The University of Toronto has reported the event to Facebook, asking them to remove it and has publicly stated that no “official booking” for the space was made, the administration of The University of Toronto has not stated that they are working to put measures in place to prevent any collective organizing of this nature happening from this group on our campus.We are asking all graduate students to sign our petition, asking The University of Toronto to develop and implement proactive measures that protects its Members and prevents the campuses of The University of Toronto to act as sites of bigotry. Sign here: Petition Against White Supremacy.

4. UTGSU Office Hours of Operation for the Fall
On Tuesday, August 22, the UTGSU Office will be operating with our Fall business hours. The main UTGSU Office will be open from Monday through to Friday from 10am to 5pm. The Health and Dental Insurance Office will be open from Monday through to Thursday from 10am to 4pm and Friday from 10am to 3pm. More information regarding ISIC drop-in hours will be promoted in next week’s digest.

5. Free Graduate Student Intramurals
The UTGSU, with support from SGS, have subsidized costs for all graduate students to participate in free intramural sports. To gauge what sports, teams and divisions graduate students are interested in having, we ask you fill out the following form: Graduate Student Intramurals. This will help the Intramural Coordinator tailor the Intramural session for the Fall Semester. Stay tuned for an email at in Mid-September for a confirmed list of sports, teams and divisions for the Fall semester. If you have any questions, or accessibility requests, please email the Intramural Coordinator, Peter Nash, at sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.

6. Book the UTGSU Gym for September
The UTGSU gym will reopen on September 18th. Daytime bookings can be made for 10 am to 5pm year round.  Daytime gym use is restricted to quiet activities such as yoga, meditation and singles badminton. The UTGSU Gym time for September 2017 can be reserved on September 1, 2017, beginning at 10:00 am by calling 416-978-8464 or emailing gym@utgsu.ca. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking for one hour time slots. Students must provide their TCARD upon request. All players must be UTGSU Members or 75% of the group must meet this percentage. Gym violations will result in a booking privilege suspension for four months. For a full list of gym activities, visit: UTGSU Gym.

7. Pick Up Your Free 2017-2018 UTGSU Resource Guide
The free 2017-2018 UTGSU Resource Guide is available for pick up at the UTGSU Office, located at 16 Bancroft Avenue in the basement offices during our office hours. The UTGSU Resource Guide contains important information about the health and dental plan, Membership fees, graduate student specific resources and a full 2017-2018 calendar. If you have any questions about the Resource Guide, please email: info@utgsu.ca or call: (416) 978-2391. 

8. Grad Minds Recruiting Executives
Grad Minds is recruiting executive positions for the 2017-18 academic year. A number of leadership and other positions are available. Applicants MUST be registered graduate students at the University of Toronto. Details about the available positions are attached. To apply, please send a brief resume (max. 2 pages) highlighting your interest and/or experience in student leadership to mentalhealth@utgsu.ca by September 8th, 2017. All positions available at Grad Minds are volunteer positions. If you have any questions, please email us at mentalhealth@utgsu.ca. For more information visit: Grad Minds Executive Positions

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UTGSU Digest: Volunteer for Gradfest & Free Graduate Student Intramurals – August 10, 2017.

August 10th, 2017

Digest

1. Volunteer for UTGSU Gradfest
2. Free Graduate Student Intramurals
3. International Student Identity Card (ISIC): Drop-in Hours for August
4. Grad Minds Recruiting Executives

1. Gradfest: Volunteer for UTGSU Gradfest
The UTGSU is excited to kick off the 2017-2018 academic year with Gradfest, our annual orientation BBQ and Info Fair on Wednesday, September 6th from 4-8PM.  We are seeking enthusiastic and reliable UTGSU members to participate! To volunteer, please contact Ally at communications@utgsu.ca with your name, preferred email, phone number and availability between 12 and 9PM.  Duties will include, but are not limited to: setting up, running activities, assisting info fair participants and clean-up. Volunteers will receive a gift card. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your Union and meet folks from all over the university. We look forward to hearing from you.

2. Free Graduate Student Intramurals
The UTGSU, with support from SGS, have subsidized costs for all graduate students to
participate in free intramural sports. To gauge what sports, teams and divisions graduate students
are interested in having, we ask you fill out the following form: Graduate Student Intramurals. This will help the Intramural Coordinator tailor the Intramural session for the Fall Semester. Stay tuned for an email
at in Mid-September for a confirmed list of sports, teams and divisions for the Fall semester. If you
have any questions, or accessibility requests, please email the Intramural Coordinator, Peter Nash, at
sgs.intramurals@gmail.com.

3. International Student Identity Card (ISIC): Drop-in Hours for August
ISIC is free for all graduate students who are members of the UTGSU, and can be used for travel discounts, accommodations, clothing, and more. If you would like to pick one up or renew your card, you can stop by the UTGSU Office, located at 16 Bancroft in the basement office. Our drop-in hours for August are Thursdays, 2-3 PM or by appointment. If you have any questions, please call 416-978-2391 or email us at info@utgsu.ca.

4. Grad Minds Recruiting Executives
Grad Minds is recruiting executive positions for the 2017-18 academic year. A number of leadership and other positions are available. Applicants MUST be registered graduate students at the University of Toronto. Details about the available positions are attached. To apply, please send a brief resume (max. 2 pages) highlighting your interest and/or experience in student leadership to mentalhealth@utgsu.ca by September 8th, 2017. All positions available at Grad Minds are volunteer positions. If you have any questions, please email us at mentalhealth@utgsu.ca. For more information visit: Grad Minds Executive Positions 

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Volunteers Needed for Gradfest

August 9th, 2017

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The UTGSU is excited to kick off the 2017-2018 academic year with Gradfest, our annual orientation BBQ and Info Fair on Wednesday, September 6th from 4-8PM.  We are seeking enthusiastic and reliable UTGSU members to participate! To volunteer, please contact Ally at: communications@utgsu.ca with your name, preferred email, phone number and availability between 12 and 9PM.

Duties will include, but are not limited to: setting up, running activities, assisting info fair participants and clean-up. Volunteers will receive a gift card. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your Union and meet folks from all over the university.

UTGSU Digest: Gradfest & Grad Series – Thursday, August 3, 2017.

August 3rd, 2017

Digest

1. International Student Identity Card (ISIC): Drop-in Hours for August
2. Gradfest: Volunteer for UTGSU Gradfest
3. Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee: Growing Farmers/ Training the Trainer
4. Graduate Speaker Series @ The Grad Room – Education & Learning
5. Harvest Noon: Free Monthly Radical Documentary Series and Discussion
6. Centre for International Experience: Grad Step Up Orientation

 
 
 
1. International Student Identity Card (ISIC): Drop-in Hours for August
ISIC is free for all graduate students who are members of the UTGSU, and can be used for travel discounts, accommodations, clothing, and more. If you would like to pick one up or renew your card, you can stop by the UTGSU Office, located at 16 Bancroft in the basement office. Our drop-in hours for August are Thursdays, 2-3 PM or by appointment. If you have any questions, please call 416-978-2391 or email us at info@utgsu.ca.

 
2. Gradfest: Volunteer for UTGSU Gradfest
The UTGSU is excited to kick off the 2017-2018 academic year with Gradfest, our annual orientation BBQ and Info Fair on Wednesday, September 6th from 4-8PM.  We are seeking enthusiastic and reliable UTGSU members to participate! To volunteer, please contact Alexandra Sebben communications@utgsu.ca with your name, preferred email, phone number and availability between 12 and 9PM.  Duties will include, but are not limited to: setting up, running activities, assisting info fair participants and clean-up. Volunteers will receive a gift card. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your Union and meet folks from all over the university. We look forward to hearing from you.

 
3. Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee: Growing Farmers/ Training the Trainer
The Black Creek Food Justice Network (BCFJN) in collaboration with the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee (EJSC) presents a training session on urban farming and food justice in the city on August 22 from 1-3pm and 6-8pm at Black Creek Community Farm. Growing Farmers/Training the trainer will feature speakers and workshop sessions on the challenges of accessing healthy, fresh and culturally appropriate food; and how to develop and build skills as an urban farmer/ food justice advocate. The workshop will be held at the Black Creek Community Farm on August 22nd, 2017 from 1-3pm and 6-8pm. Please email: blackcreekfoodjustice@gmail.com to register by August 15th. Priority will be given to students from equity seeking groups and residents.

 
4. Graduate Speaker Series @ The Grad Room – Education & Learning
The August 2017 session of the Graduate Speaker Series will focus on the broad topic of Education & Learning. The event will take place on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (5:30pm – 7pm) at the lower level of the Grad Room – 66 Harbord Street. There will be three graduate students speakers who will discuss their research work on the themes of geographies of inequality, adult literacy policies, and leadership education. For details and registration, please visit  bit.ly/2heUhbm. 

 
5. Harvest Noon: Free Monthly Radical Documentary Series and Discussion
Join Harvest Noon on the last Monday of the month for a regular screening of Trouble, subMedia’s monthly radical documentary series and discussion. We’ll be screening Trouble episode #5: “You Are Being Watched: Movement Defense Against State & Corporate Surveillance”, and episode #2: “Bash the Fash” on Monday, July 31 from 7-9 PM. As a documentary series, Trouble offers in-depth analysis, first-hand perspectives from organizers on the ground, with the aim of cutting through the fog of misinformation that often clouds our understanding of the world, and provoking people into taking bold, collective action. Event: Facebook. Location: Harvest Noon Cafe (upstairs at UTGSU, 16 Bancroft Ave).
 
6. Centre for International Experience: Grad Step Up Orientation
Grad Step Up is a full-day orientation event designed to connect incoming international graduate students to key communities, resources, and information. All sessions are presented through an intercultural lens. You will have the chance to take part in sessions facilitated by U of T advisors, instructors, and student leaders. The interactive format of the sessions will provide you opportunities to ask questions and have discussions about the graduate student experience. Event: Grad Step Up.

 

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UTGSU Digest: Hiring a Photographer & Volleyball Coordinator – July 27, 2017

July 27th, 2017

Digest

 

1. Hiring: Volleyball Coordinator
2. Hiring: Photographer
3. Reminder: UTGSU Gym Closed in August
4. International Student Identity Card: Drop in Hours for August
5. Gradfest: Volunteer for UTGSU Gradfest
6.
Grad Minds: Looking for Design Editors
7. Harvest Noon: Free Monthly Radical Documentary Series and Discussion
8. Centre for International Experience: Grad Step Up Orientation

 

1. Hiring: Volleyball Coordinator
We are looking to hire a friendly, energetic, and experienced Volleyball Coordinator to run our volleyball league for the upcoming academic year. Interested in being considered for the position? We will be accepting applications (resume and cover letter) until Monday, July 31, 2017. For a full list of duties, qualifications, pay and additional information, view the: UTGSU Volleyball Coordinator Job Description.

 

2. Hiring: Photographer
Do you have experience taking professional photographs with natural light? We’re hiring a photographer to take photos at our Fall Orientation. If you’re interested in applying, please refer to the job posting: Hiring Photographer for UTGSU Fall Orientation. The deadline to apply is Thursday, August 10.

 

3. Reminder: UTGSU Gym Closed in August
The UTGSU gym will close during the month of August for Orientation preparations and activities.  It will open again for regular programming on Monday, September 11th.  Gym bookings for September will open at 10 AM on Friday, August 25. To book call, 416-978-8464 or email gym@utgsu.ca. Call early as space books quickly. Names and Student ID numbers are verified when booking.  Students must provide their TCard upon request.  For more information, please visit: UTGSU Gym Hours.

 

4. International Student Identity Card (ISIC): Drop-in Hours for August
ISIC is free for all graduate students who are members of the UTGSU, and can be used for travel discounts, accommodations, clothing, and more. If you would like to pick one up or renew your card, you can stop by the UTGSU Office, located at 16 Bancroft in the basement office. Our drop-in hours for August are Thursdays, 2-3 PM or by appointment. If you have any questions, please call 416-978-2391 or email us at info@utgsu.ca.

 

5. Gradfest: Volunteer for UTGSU Gradfest
The UTGSU is excited to kick off the 2017-2018 academic year with Gradfest, our annual orientation BBQ and Info Fair on Wednesday, September 6th from 4-8PM.  We are seeking enthusiastic and reliable UTGSU members to participate! To volunteer, please contact Alexandra Sebben communications@utgsu.ca with your name, preferred email, phone number and availability between 12 and 9PM.  Duties will include, but are not limited to: setting up, running activities, assisting info fair participants and clean-up. Volunteers will receive a gift card. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your Union and meet folks from all over the university. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

6. Grad Minds: Looking for Design Editors
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? The University of Toronto will be launching a student-led Mental Health Magazine at our St. George campus. Spearheaded by Grad Minds, this initiative is aimed at promoting mental health awareness on campus, advancing our current knowledge/perception, and creating a community of support through an engaging and empowering communication platform. They are currently looking for enthusiastic and passionate students to join our editorial team. Details linked below! Email all application documents to mentalhealth@utgsu.ca. Application: Grad Minds: Designers.

 

7. Harvest Noon: Free Monthly Radical Documentary Series and Discussion
Join Harvest Noon on the last Monday of the month for a regular screening of Trouble, subMedia’s monthly radical documentary series and discussion. We’ll be screening Trouble episode #5: “You Are Being Watched: Movement Defense Against State & Corporate Surveillance”, and episode #2: “Bash the Fash” on Monday, July 31 from 7-9 PM. As a documentary series, Trouble offers in-depth analysis, first-hand perspectives from organizers on the ground, with the aim of cutting through the fog of misinformation that often clouds our understanding of the world, and provoking people into taking bold, collective action. Event: Facebook. Location: Harvest Noon Cafe (upstairs at UTGSU, 16 Bancroft Ave).

 

8. Centre for International Experience: Grad Step Up Orientation
Grad Step Up is a full-day orientation event designed to connect incoming international graduate students to key communities, resources, and information. All sessions are presented through an intercultural lens. You will have the chance to take part in sessions facilitated by U of T advisors, instructors, and student leaders. The interactive format of the sessions will provide you opportunities to ask questions and have discussions about the graduate student experience. Event: Grad Step Up.

 

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