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GSS Newsletter – November 2017

Posted by Student Life on November 16, 2017
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Hello grads,

Welcome to the November GSS Newsletter!

We would love to see your faces in our GSS office and lounge (MBC 2205), so please don’t hesitate to drop by our office to share your ideas, questions, and concerns, or just to have a cup of coffee with us.

The GSS offices and lounge are open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm.

Announcements from the GSS

 

Family Subsidy and Benefit Plan Bursary

Changes to the Family Subsidy and Benefit Plan Bursary are in effect for the Fall semester. For more information, please access: http://sfugradsociety.ca/services/bursaries/

GSS Volunteer Opportunities

The GSS is actively seeking volunteers among our members to serve on our Benefit Plan and Governance Committees.  If you have any further questions or are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Executive Director, Pierre Cenerelli at pierre.cenerelli@sfugradsociety.ca.

Graduate Caucus Funding

Did you know that every graduate caucus gets money to spend on almost anything that benefits the grad students in your department? (See the Caucus Funding Spreadsheet for funds available to you for the rest of this fiscal year.)

Playland Tickets

Discounted Playland tickets are available using the GSS discount code. General admission and season pass
discounts for general and junior admission. This code is posted in the GSS Lounge and available by email: info@sfugradsociety.ca.

Please note: The GSS info email is only checked during office hours.

 

 

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GSS Events

Massages!

This very popular GSS event is back! Hurry up and register because spots are limited:

Surrey – Friday, November 17

From 10am to 2pm

Location: SFU Surrey Room 3330

Register here: http://bit.ly/2gIph0v

Burnaby: Tuesday, November 21

From 9am to 3:30pm

Location: MBC 2294-2296

Register here: http://bit.ly/2zbx0PN


 

 

 

Vancouver: Monday, November 27

From 10am to 2pm

Location: SFU Harbour Centre, 1500 Xerox Conference Room

Register here: http://bit.ly/2yQ0pyo

 

 

 

 

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Announcements and Events from SFU

Information about Printing your Thesis

With the holidays just around the corner, we wanted to send you a gentle reminder about our upcoming deadlines. Please note that the deadline to submit theses is November 22nd, if you wish to have your hardcover bound copies ready in time as gifts. We have a special offer for you as we near the end of the month. If you order five or more copies of theses, you will receive the front gold stamping for FREE! This includes headings like the title, author name, university name, etc.
If you have any questions, please direct them to the Copy Centre Coordinator, Nancy at copycentre@sfss.ca

Tea at Three

Thursday, November 16th at 3:00 pm

Engage in some good conversation, taste and learn about tea from all the world! More info here.

Global Talent Night

The Global Engagement Student Committee (GESC) in collaboration with the African Student Association proudly presents Global Talent Night!
Join us in celebrating our community’s diversity & culture. There will be various performances including dancing, singing, comedy and more from some AMAZING students from around the world.
Audience will have the opportunity to win some awesome prizes in our raffle draw. Global Talent Night is FREE and open to everyone at SFU. Registration for this event is MANDATORY.
Please get your FREE tickets via the eventbrite: at.sfu.ca/lrDGHA. Drinks and Food to be served.
Date: November 17, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location:  Leslie & Gordon Diamond Family Auditorium, SFU Burnaby Campus

Global Potluck

Thursday, November 23, at 5:00 pm at the GSC (AQ 2013)

 Global Student Centre and University Christian Ministries are hosting a potluck on the day of American Thanksgiving. There will be board games from all around the world. Please bring a home dish to share with your fellow students. Everyone is welcome! More info here. 

  

 Global Community Mentorship Program

 

The GCMP, formerly known as the International Mentorship Program, was created to help new students of various backgrounds adjust to their new surroundings. New students are matched with a student volunteer, called a mentor. Mentors provide new students with information about resources and opportunities at SFU that might be of interest, invite them to social and cultural events on and off campus, and answer questions about day-to-day life in Canada. The GCMP is currently recruiting graduate mentors. For more information about the program and instructions on how to apply, click here.

 

 

 

Sexual Violence Support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Announcements and Events from the Community

 

It’s Time

The Mobility Pricing Independent Commission has launched the It’s Time project. The project is a public engagement and research initiative to explore decongestion charging as part of a plan for future transportation in Metro Vancouver.
Please take 10 minutes and fill out the online survey: https://www.itstimemv.ca/have-your-say.html
The consultation deadline is noon on Sunday Nov. 26th.

Mitacs 2018 workshops 

Grant Opportunity

The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada (SFC) annually offers four $7,500 grants to female graduate students in Canada to assist them with university studies that will qualify them for careers that will improve the quality of women’s lives. Examples include but are not limited to: providing medical services, providing legal counselling and assistance, counselling mature women entering or re-entering the labour market, counselling women in crisis, counselling and training women for nontraditional employment, and positions in women’s centres.

To be eligible, an applicant must be:

  • A female
  • A Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • An accepted registrant in a full-time graduate studies program (Masters or PhD) or professional program at a similar level (medicine, law) in an accredited Canadian university, at the time of the application deadline
  • Pursuing a course of studies which will lead to a career mainly of service to women
  • Spending a minimum of two years in such a career in Canada
  • Intending to use the award for academic studies in the academic year following receipt of award
  • Contributing to your community through volunteer service
  • Needing financial assistance

An applicant must meet all eight requirements to qualify for a Soroptimist grant. An applicant may apply more than once, and may receive a Grant in more than one year, but no more than two consecutive years. Soroptimist members are not eligible although family members may apply.

An applicant may apply in either English or French. Completed applications and all required documents (as outlined in the application package) must be submitted in one envelope and must be received no later than January 31, 2018 to be considered. The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada does not accept electronic applications. Please note sealed transcripts are a requirement.

Access the Soroptimist Foundation of Canada website for more information on these bursaries for women in graduate programs that support women and girls: www.soroptimistfoundation.ca.

 Call for Submissions!

The Lamp is looking for submissions for its 2018 issue (Volume 8)!

The Lamp is an international literary journal dedicated to showcasing the creative writing of graduate and professional students.  If you write poetry, short fiction, scripts, creative nonfiction, or any other form of textual art, please submit your work to The Lampat thelampeditor@gmail.com. The deadline is December 31st, 2017!  Please follow our submission guidelines below.

 Submission Guidelines:

  • Contributors must be in a graduate or professional program. Include your nameemail address, and degree in your email cover letter, but do not put any identifying information in your submission document. Only the editor-in-chief will have access to this information prior to printing
  • Documents should be attached in plain text, rich text, or Microsoft 2003 formats to facilitate reading. Pieces submitted in pdf or docx formats, or in hardcopy, will not be accepted
  • Submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 point font, with 1 inch margins.  Please single-space
  • There is no word limit, but keep in mind we’re a small journal
  • There is no limit to the number of pieces you can submit, but please be reasonable
  • Please edit your work carefully before submitting
  • Please inform us if your work is a simultaneous submission

To learn more about The Lamp, visit www.sgps.ca/thelamp

GSS Newsletter – October 2017

Posted by Student Life on October 12, 2017
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Category: Newsletter, Uncategorized

Hello grads,

Welcome to the October GSS Newsletter!

We would love to see your faces in our GSS office and lounge (MBC 2205), so please don’t hesitate to drop by our office to share your ideas, questions, and concerns, or just to have a cup of coffee with us.

The GSS offices and lounge are open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm.

Announcements from the GSS

 

Family Subsidy and Benefit Plan Bursary

Changes to the Family Subsidy and Benefit Plan Bursary are in effect for the Fall semester. For more information, please access: http://sfugradsociety.ca/services/bursaries/

GSS Volunteer Opportunities

The GSS is actively seeking volunteers among our members to serve on our Benefit Plan and Governance Committees.  If you have any further questions or are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Executive Director, Pierre Cenerelli at pierre.cenerelli@sfugradsociety.ca.

Graduate Caucus Funding

Did you know that every graduate caucus gets money to spend on almost anything that benefits the grad students in your department? (See the Caucus Funding Spreadsheet for funds available to you for the rest of this fiscal year.)

Playland Tickets

Discounted Playland tickets are available using the GSS discount code. General admission and season pass
discounts for general and junior admission. This code is posted in the GSS Lounge and available by email: info@sfugradsociety.ca.

Please note: The GSS info email is only checked during office hours.

 

 

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GSS Events

Diversity Potluck

Bring a sweet or savoury dish and join us for lunch on October 19!

To RSVP, access: http://bit.ly/2hxXznd

 

Who You Are Matters

The Graduate Student Society, Career Services, and the Global Community Mentorship Program invite you to our interactive workshop as a fun way to work alongside fellow grad students in exploring your career related questions (with free food, too!).
Discover and get clarity into what’s most important to you, including your unique strengths, desires, personal qualities, and interests. Build relationships and have meaningful conversations with like-minded peers that will help you connect the dots in your professional and personal life.
Following the session you’ll have access to an online tool and guidance from a career professional to help answer your important ‘what’s next?’ questions.

Limited spots. To register, access: https://myinvolvement.sfu.ca/publicEventsController.htm?eventId=1201

 

Halloween

Photo Booth: from 11h to 1pm

Movies: from 1h30 to 4pm

 

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Announcements and Events from SFU

 It Takes All of Us

Diwali Celebration Week:

Diwali, the festival of lights is just around the corner!

Join the Global Student Centre in celebrating Diwali this year with a week event full of music, fun, friendship, tea, crafts and food! Feel free to invite your friends as well.

1)      Antakshri Night — October 12th 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at GSC:  This is a very popular game where people come together to sing songs in a casual setting. Join us in this evening of fun, friends, laughter, music and food!

2)      Diwali Gala — October 14th 7:30 pm at MBC: Join the Indian Student Federation on this night of delicious Indian food, dance, and photos. Read more here.

3)      Munchy Monday (Diwali edition) — October 16th at GSC: Drop by the GSC to taste some popular Indian Snacks on this special week.

4)      Rangoli Making — October 17th 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm at James Douglas: Rangoli is an ancient art form where designs are drawn on the ground. Learn how to make Rangoli and decorate your homes!

5)      Diya Decorating –October 18th 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm at GSC: Decorate your Diyas with us, and decorate your home with them

6)      Tea at Three (Diwali Edition) — October 19th 3:00pm at GSC: Indulge in the aroma and taste of the delicious Masala Chai, with tasty Indian delicacies!

Read more here:  https://www.sfu.ca/students/intercultural-engagement/gsc/events/diwaliweek.html

Global Community Mentorship Program

 

The GCMP, formerly known as the International Mentorship Program, was created to help new students of various backgrounds adjust to their new surroundings. New students are matched with a student volunteer, called a mentor. Mentors provide new students with information about resources and opportunities at SFU that might be of interest, invite them to social and cultural events on and off campus, and answer questions about day-to-day life in Canada. The GCMP is currently recruiting graduate mentors. For more information about the program and instructions on how to apply, click here.

 

 

 

Sexual Violence Support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Announcements and Events from the Community

Call for Submissions!

The Lamp is looking for submissions for its 2018 issue (Volume 8)!

The Lamp is an international literary journal dedicated to showcasing the creative writing of graduate and professional students.  If you write poetry, short fiction, scripts, creative nonfiction, or any other form of textual art, please submit your work to The Lampat thelampeditor@gmail.com. The deadline is December 31st, 2017!  Please follow our submission guidelines below.

 Submission Guidelines:

  • Contributors must be in a graduate or professional program. Include your nameemail address, and degree in your email cover letter, but do not put any identifying information in your submission document. Only the editor-in-chief will have access to this information prior to printing
  • Documents should be attached in plain text, rich text, or Microsoft 2003 formats to facilitate reading. Pieces submitted in pdf or docx formats, or in hardcopy, will not be accepted
  • Submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 point font, with 1 inch margins.  Please single-space
  • There is no word limit, but keep in mind we’re a small journal
  • There is no limit to the number of pieces you can submit, but please be reasonable
  • Please edit your work carefully before submitting
  • Please inform us if your work is a simultaneous submission

To learn more about The Lamp, visit www.sgps.ca/thelamp

Opportunity: Green Corps

Green Corps’ latest call for applications is now open! Green Corps provides remarkable six-month, work-integrated learning opportunities for talented young Canadians with various employers across Canada who would like to improve their environmental sustainability. Green Corps participants work with various companies, governments, associations, universities and civil society organizations in Green Corps’ cities of focus: Vancouver, Whitehorse, Calgary, Edmonton,Yellowknife, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal Quebec City and Halifax.

UNA-Canada’s Green Corps provides successful applicants with invaluable, demanding, deeply meaningful work-integrated learning experience as well as a proven bridge to employment. Green Corps provides professional development training & support including: job readiness, professional resume preparation; access to our exclusive mentorship programme  before, during and after their placements.  UNA-Canada is proud to be part of the professional development of youth across the country. Green Corps participants will play important roles in Canada’s greenhouse gas and greening efforts for years to come, as well as contributing in many ways to the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Info:

 ·       The initial application deadline is October 26th, 2017 at 11:59pm PST, however, participants will be able to apply throughout 2018 on a rolling basis.  

 ·       Employment will begin in November-January depending on timing.

 ·       Participants must be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or person who has received Refugee status in Canada.

 ·       Green Corps is ideal for recent or soon-to-be grads looking for their first job. However, full-time students and co-op placements are not eligible.

 ·       Placements are paid – UNA-Canada provides a 64.8% wage subsidy to employers;

·       Applicants should have completed high school, at a minimum, but UNA-Canada seeks applications from a diverse group of youth, including those who have completed trade/technical certificates, college diplomas, CEGEP, bachelors, masters, PhD, etc.  

To apply, please visit our website. Also, follow us on Twitter @UNACGreenCorps and @UNACanada for regular updates about the programme.

 

GSS Newsletter – September 2017

Posted by Student Life on September 14, 2017
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Hello grads,

Welcome to the September GSS Newsletter!

We would love to see your faces in our GSS office and lounge (MBC 2205), so please don’t hesitate to drop by our office to share your ideas, questions, and concerns, or just to have a cup of coffee with us.

The GSS offices and lounge are open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm.

Announcements from the GSS

 

Family Subsidy and Benefit Plan Bursary

Changes to the Family Subsidy and Benefit Plan Bursary are in effect for the Fall semester. For more information, please access: http://sfugradsociety.ca/services/bursaries/

GSS Volunteer Opportunities

The GSS is actively seeking volunteers among our members to serve on our Benefit Plan and Governance Committees.  If you have any further questions or are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Executive Director, Pierre Cenerelli at pierre.cenerelli@sfugradsociety.ca.

Graduate Caucus Funding

Did you know that every graduate caucus gets money to spend on almost anything that benefits the grad students in your department? (See the Caucus Funding Spreadsheet for funds available to you for the rest of this fiscal year.)

Playland Tickets

Discounted Playland tickets are available using the GSS discount code. General admission and season pass
discounts for general and junior admission. This code is posted in the GSS Lounge and available by email: info@sfugradsociety.ca.

Please note: The GSS info email is only checked during office hours.

 

Graduate Student Society Open Access Award (GSSOAA)

 

 

The Graduate Student Society Open Access Award acknowledges graduate students who have published work in gold open access journals. Our aim is to increase the visibility and prestige of such publications and support the open access movement’s ability to effectively disseminate research findings. GSSOAA is jointly funded and administered by the GSS and the SFU Library and will consist of up to 10 awards at $100 each.

Applications will be accepted from August 21st, 2017 until October 6th, 2017, and the award winners will be announced the week of Oct 23rd, 2017 in conjunction with Open Access Week 2017.

For more information about eligibility criteria and submission, click here.

Peer Support Survey

We’re currently considering the creation of a peer support program that would provide a place for undergraduate and graduate students to receive confidential, one-on-one, drop-in support from their peers. Would you be interested in volunteering or accessing support? Take this short survey and let us know!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G2G5PTJ

Volunteer Opportunity – University Committee for Excellence in Teaching Award

SFU is looking for a graduate student volunteer to sit on the University Committee for Excellence in Teaching Award. The purpose of the Excellence in Teaching Award is to give greater recognition for teaching excellence at SFU. Up to three awards may be made each year, each consisting of a $2,500 prize. The committee is responsible for receiving the nominations for this award and selecting winning recipients. The current student representation on this committee is exclusively drawn from undergraduates. We would like to get a volunteer from our membership to sit on this committee.
The person selected would be appointed for a 1-year term, starting September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018. Only three meetings are held between mid-September to early-January. The work required of the Committee member consists in reviewing the nomination packages after the deadline and to provide rankings/ratings on the nominees for the final decision meeting.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a paragraph or two (less than 200 words) explaining your willingness and qualifications to serve on this committee to our Executive Director (Pierre Cenerelli) at pierre.cenerelli@sfugradsociety.ca and Chantal Turpin at ur@sfugradsociety.ca. We need to receive your expression of interest as soon as possible!

Stipended Volunteer Opportunity – Council Speaker 

Position Description
The GSS is looking to appoint a Speaker for future Council meetings. The Speaker appointment is for one year  and Council must select the Speaker by a 2/3 majority vote. The Speaker will be elected by Council at the August Council Meeting. Speaker must be available for all future council meetings, which are held monthly on Tuesdays from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at various SFU campuses. Council meetings are scheduled well in advance, please refer to our website for future meetings.

Skills

  • Thorough knowledge of GSS bylaws, Constitution, policies and procedures
  • Working knowledge of GSS services and operations
  • Knowledge of Robert’s rules
  • Communication, Time-management, Collaborative working, Public Speaking, Strategic speaking

How to apply
Submit a short (max. 200 word) statement of intent explaining your interest in the position before 9am on September 25. Make a short presentation at the next Council meeting on Tuesday, October 10, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the SFU Burnaby Campus MBC 2290/2296.

Compensation
The Council Speaker shall receive a $50.35 per meeting stipend. If you are interested please email: Mitchell Kovacic, GSS Director of Internal Relations at internal@sfugradsociety.ca and Pierre Cenerelli, GSS Executive Director at exec_director@sfugradsociety.ca

 

University Committee Volunteer Opportunity

 
SFU is in the process of forming a Search Committee for the Dean of the Faculty of Science
Membership on the committee includes two students, one of which must be a graduate student (from the faculty) nominated by the GSS. Participating in this committee is an excellent opportunity to help shape the future direction of your Faculty and can provide you with high level professional experience.
 
If you or a fellow SFU graduate student in the faculty of science are interested in this opportunity, please submit a 200 word (or less) expression of interest outlining why you want this position and your basic qualifications to Pierre Cenerelli at pierre.cenerelli@sfugradsociety.ca and Chantal Turpin at ur@sfugradsociety.ca no later than 10am on Wednesday, September 20.

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GSS Events

RSVP here: https://sfu-gss.formstack.com/forms/gss_phd_movie_rsvp

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Announcements and Events from SFU

Invitation to Provide Input: Search for the Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

The Search Committee for the Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will soon begin the search for candidates internal to the University. We invite all members of the community to visit the search website (http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/search_committees/dgs.html) for information regarding the search process and to view the membership of the search committee. 
An important part of the process is to define the position, and consideration of input from the community as a whole is central to ensuring we get it right. I invite your input in one of two ways:
1. At an Open Forum, to be held Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 9:30am – 11:00am in the Bennett Library, room 7200 (Burnaby campus). A  videoconference link will be available from Surrey campus, room 3040 and the Segal Building, room 4600. 
The Open Forum will also be webcast live and archived for viewing later. The webcast URL is https://www.sfu.ca/itservices/technical/av_services/burnaby/webcasting/2017-09-26-vpa.html and the password is OVAP9262.
2. Through the comments form on the search webpage by 4:30pm on Friday, October 6, 2017: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/search_committees/dgs.html. 

SFU Recreation Trial Week

Try many registered programs for FREE!

Not sure which Martial Arts class to join? Interested in Yoga or Pilates? Want to try Masters Swim, Indoor Cycling, or Group Fitness? Then join us for Trial Week to try out as many programs as you want for FREE!

  • Already registered for a class for the semester?  You can still try different classes or join your class and get an extra week on us.
  • No registration required.  Just show up and be ready for fun!  Trial Week classes are on a first come, first served basis.
  • If you like the class, sign up early! After Trial Week, courses will run based on meeting minimum registration requirements.  Avoid disappointment and register before the end of Trial Week.
For more information, click HERE.

SFU Terry Fox Run 

When: September 29
Where: Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver
Plan to participate at your campus event. For more information, click HERE.
Global Community Mentorship Program

 

The GCMP, formerly known as the International Mentorship Program, was created to help new students of various backgrounds adjust to their new surroundings. New students are matched with a student volunteer, called a mentor. Mentors provide new students with information about resources and opportunities at SFU that might be of interest, invite them to social and cultural events on and off campus, and answer questions about day-to-day life in Canada. The GCMP is currently recruiting graduate mentors. For more information about the program and instructions on how to apply, click here.

 

Sexual Violence Support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GSS Newsletter – August 2017

Posted by Student Life on August 18, 2017
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Category: Newsletter

Hello grads,

Welcome to the August GSS Newsletter!

We would love to see your faces in our GSS office and lounge (MBC 2205), so please don’t hesitate to drop by our office to share your ideas, questions, and concerns, or just to have a cup of coffee with us.

Please note. during the summer semester, the GSS offices and lounge will be open Monday –Thursday, 9 am – 4 pm.

Announcements from the GSS

Call for Volunteers – Fall Grad Student Orientation 

The GSS is currently seeking volunteers to help at the Fall Grad Student Orientation on September 1st. Training will be provided and all volunteers are invited to the GSS Orientation social in the afternoon. If you are interested in volunteering, and for more information, please contact Camila Miranda at student-life@sfugradsociety.ca

Family Subsidy and Benefit Plan Bursary

Changes to the Family Subsidy and Benefit Plan Bursary are in effect for the Fall semester. For more information, please access: http://sfugradsociety.ca/services/bursaries/

GSS Volunteer Opportunities

The GSS is actively seeking volunteers among our members to serve on our Benefit Plan and Governance Committees.  If you have any further questions or are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Executive Director, Pierre Cenerelli at pierre.cenerelli@sfugradsociety.ca.

Graduate Caucus Funding

Did you know that every graduate caucus gets money to spend on almost anything that benefits the grad students in your department? (See the Caucus Funding Spreadsheet for funds available to you for the rest of this fiscal year.)

Playland Tickets

Discounted Playland tickets are available using the GSS discount code. General admission and season pass
discounts for general and junior admission. This code is posted in the GSS Lounge and available by email: info@sfugradsociety.ca.

Please note: The GSS info email is only checked during office hours.

 

Graduate Student Society Open Access Award (GSSOAA)

 

 

The Graduate Student Society Open Access Award acknowledges graduate students who have published work in gold open access journals. Our aim is to increase the visibility and prestige of such publications and support the open access movement’s ability to effectively disseminate research findings. GSSOAA is jointly funded and administered by the GSS and the SFU Library and will consist of up to 10 awards at $100 each.

Applications will be accepted from August 21st, 2017 until October 6th, 2017, and the award winners will be announced the week of Oct 23rd, 2017 in conjunction with Open Access Week 2017.

For more information about eligibility criteria and submission, click here.

Peer Support Survey

We’re currently considering the creation of a peer support program that would provide a place for undergraduate and graduate students to receive confidential, one-on-one, drop-in support from their peers. Would you be interested in volunteering or accessing support? Take this short survey and let us know!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G2G5PTJ

Volunteer Opportunity – University Committee for Excellence in Teaching Award

SFU is looking for a graduate student volunteer to sit on the University Committee for Excellence in Teaching Award. The purpose of the Excellence in Teaching Award is to give greater recognition for teaching excellence at SFU. Up to three awards may be made each year, each consisting of a $2,500 prize. The committee is responsible for receiving the nominations for this award and selecting winning recipients. The current student representation on this committee is exclusively drawn from undergraduates. We would like to get a volunteer from our membership to sit on this committee.
 
The person selected would be appointed for a 1-year term, starting September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018. Only three meetings are held between mid-September to early-January. The work required of the Committee member consists in reviewing the nomination packages after the deadline and to provide rankings/ratings on the nominees for the final decision meeting.
 
If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a paragraph or two (less than 200 words) explaining your willingness and qualifications to serve on this committee to our Executive Director (Pierre Cenerelli) at pierre.cenerelli@sfugradsociety.ca and Chantal Turpin at ur@sfugradsociety.ca. We need to receive your expression of interest as soon as possible!

Stipended Volunteer Opportunity – GSS Electoral Committee

Are you interested in elections? Do you want to learn more about the electoral process for student societies? Would you like to be more involved in your Graduate Student Society? The GSS Electoral Committee currently has 1 vacancy and is soliciting members.

Electoral Committee is responsible for running the elections and referenda of the GSS, the Electoral Committee is an intense but incredibly rewarding group that is integral to the governance of the GSS. Key times of year (when elections are normally scheduled) are between November-December, and March-April, however by-elections and off-cycle referenda sometimes occur.

This is a stipended position. Each Electoral Officer shall receive a $250 stipend for each electoral undertaking upon completion of duties. If multiple electoral undertakings occur concurrently, Electoral Officers shall each receive a $350 stipend upon completion of duties.

If you are interested in this position, please email your (<200 word) expression of interest by noon on September 5th to advocacy@sfugradsociety.ca, with subject line: APPLICATION ELECTORAL OFFICER.

For more information, click here.

Stipended Volunteer Opportunity – Council Speaker 

Position Description
The GSS is looking to appoint a Speaker for future Council meetings. The Speaker appointment is for one year  and Council must select the Speaker by a 2/3 majority vote. The Speaker will be elected by Council at the August Council Meeting. Speaker must be available for all future council meetings, which are held monthly on Tuesdays from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at various SFU campuses. Council meetings are scheduled well in advance, please refer to our website for future meetings.

Skills

  • Thorough knowledge of GSS bylaws, Constitution, policies and procedures
  • Working knowledge of GSS services and operations
  • Knowledge of Robert’s rules
  • Communication, Time-management, Collaborative working, Public Speaking, Strategic speaking

How to apply
Submit a short (max. 200 word) statement of intent explaining your interest in the position before 9am on September 5. Make a short presentation at the next Council meeting on Tuesday, September 12, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the SFU Burnaby Campus MBC 2290/2296.

Compensation
The Council Speaker shall receive a $50.35 per meeting stipend. If you are interested please email: Mitchell Kovacic, GSS Director of Internal Relations at internal@sfugradsociety.ca and Pierre Cenerelli, GSS Executive Director at exec_director@sfugradsociety.ca

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GSS Events

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Announcements and Events from SFU

 

Global Community Mentorship Program

 

The GCMP, formerly known as the International Mentorship Program, was created to help new students of various backgrounds adjust to their new surroundings. New students are matched with a student volunteer, called a mentor. Mentors provide new students with information about resources and opportunities at SFU that might be of interest, invite them to social and cultural events on and off campus, and answer questions about day-to-day life in Canada. The GCMP is currently recruiting graduate mentors. For more information about the program and instructions on how to apply, click here.

 

 

Sexual Violence Support

Website: https://www.sfu.ca/sexual-assault.html

Personal Security Office: Julie Glazier 778-782-8473 / safe@sfu.ca

SFU Campus Security: 778-782-4500 (emergency contact)

SFU Health and Counselling: 778-782-4615

 

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Events and Announcements from External Partners and Organizations

 

Harambecouver

On behalf of Great Lakes Canada and African Great Lakes, Harambecouver is pleased to invite you to it’s opening night for the launch of Vancouver’s first multicultural parade, taking place from the 25t h to 27t h of August 2017. The August 25th opening night will feature an evening of dialogue at the SFU Segal Center, Vancouver.

Drawn from the Swahili word ‘ Harambe ‘, which loosely translates as ‘togetherness’/’caring for each other’, Harambecouver is a three-day event centered around diversity and reconciliation, with a focus on celebrating afro and indigenous ancestry.

Launching the Harambe Working Group, a platform aimed at merging community-engaged research and activism to build advocacy tools, the night will feature notable speakers including: Stephen Lytton, recipient of the Governor General Award; Kombii Nanjalah, recipient of the Humanitarian award bestowed by the president of Kenya; and Dr Henry Daniel, a scholarly performer and Professor at Simon Fraser University. Historicizing Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, they will explore the questions of identity and belonging in Canada. The working group, centering the afro-community, will document and work to build a nuanced understanding of the complex matrices of exclusion and belonging that produce structural marginalization.

This event is a gathering of thought leaders, policymakers, and the everyday iconoclast, who are driven to establish a more inclusive and reconciled Canada.

It would be our honor and pleasure if you accept this invitation and join us. We look forward to seeing you! For more information visit www.harambecouver.ca

Kindly RSVP here

Adjua Helen Akinwumi – Dialogue Manager, Harambecouver / day1@harambecouver.ca

Kayode Fatoba – Creative Producer, Harambecouver / Cd@harambecouver.ca

International Development & Diplomacy Internship

To apply, and for more information about UNA-Canada and IDDIP, please visit the website http://unac.org/ and follow the directions from the IDDIP webpage.

National Student Paper Competition 

Click here for more information.

GSS Newsletter – July 2017

Posted by Student Life on July 12, 2017
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Hello grads,

Welcome to the July GSS Newsletter!

We would love to see your faces in our GSS office and lounge (MBC 2205), so please don’t hesitate to drop by our office to share your ideas, questions, and concerns, or just to have a cup of coffee with us.

Please note. during the summer semester, the GSS offices and lounge will be open Monday –Thursday, 9 am – 4 pm.

Announcements from the GSS

Call for Volunteers – Fall Grad Student Orientation 

The GSS is currently seeking volunteers to help at the Fall Grad Student Orientation on September 1st. Training will be provided and all volunteers are invited to the GSS Orientation social in the afternoon. If you are interested in volunteering, and for more information, please contact Camila Miranda at student-life@sfugradsociety.ca

Family Subsidy and Benefit Plan Bursary

Changes to the Family Subsidy and Benefit Plan Bursary are in effect for the Fall semester. For more information, please access: http://sfugradsociety.ca/services/bursaries/

GSS Volunteer Opportunities

The GSS is actively seeking volunteers among our members to serve on our Benefit Plan and Governance Committees.  If you have any further questions or are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Executive Director, Pierre Cenerelli at pierre.cenerelli@sfugradsociety.ca.

Graduate Caucus Funding

Did you know that every graduate caucus gets money to spend on almost anything that benefits the grad students in your department? (See the Caucus Funding Spreadsheet for funds available to you for the rest of this fiscal year.)

Playland Tickets

Discounted Playland tickets are available using the GSS discount code. General admission and season pass
discounts for general and junior admission. This code is posted in the GSS Lounge and available by email: info@sfugradsociety.ca.

Please note: The GSS info email is only checked during office hours.

GSS 10th Anniversary T-shirt Contest

 

 

Voting for the GSS 10th Anniversary T-shirt Contest will happen from July 4th – July 21st. The new T-shirt design will be used for the Fall Orientation T-shirts and will be available for sale at the GSS. To vote, go to our Facebook page.

 

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GSS Events

Happy birthday, GSS! 

The Graduate Student Society at Simon Fraser University is turning 10!  To celebrate, we’re throwing a birthday bash for our current members. Tickets are sold out but if you are interested we can add your name to the wait list. Please contact Camila Miranda: student-life@sfugradsociety.ca

When: 6-9 pm, Thursday July 13, 2017
Where: Steamworks Brewpub, 375 Water Street, Vancouver BC

 

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Announcements and Events from SFU

OpenCon 2017

Apply by August 1st for the SFU Library Scholarship for OpenCon 2017 – Berlin, Germany – November 11-13, 2017

OpenCon is the conference and community for students and early career academic professionals interested in advancing Open Access, Open Education and Open Data.
OpenCon 2017 will be held on November 11-13 in Berlin, Germany. Each year, OpenCon brings together early career researchers, librarians, and students from around the world to connect and empower the next generation of leaders to open up research and education in their communities. Past conferences have featured presentations from established figures such as Jimmy Wales (cofounder of Wikipedia) and Julia Reda (member of the European Parliament) alongside those from early career leaders.
Applications will remain open until August 1st. The benefits of applying for OpenCon 2017 extend far beyond attending the Berlin event—those who apply will have the opportunity to get connected with new collaborators, learn about scholarships to attend related conferences, and actively participate in a larger community. Attendance at OpenCon is by application only, and students and early career academic professionals of all experience levels are encouraged to apply.
For more information and to apply to the SFU Library Scholarship, visit: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/opencon
**please note: the SFU Library scholarship includes registration to OpenCon.  The scholarship is not restricted to those already accepted to attend.**

Let’s Talk 

Free drop-in informal consultations for SFU graduate students are available with Susan Brook, a counsellor from SFU Health & Counselling Services. Informal consultations are confidential and offered on a first-come first-served basis. This program is designed for graduate students who may not need traditional counselling but who could benefit from one-to-one consultation and support. These consultations can help you access to support, provide perspective, and help you explore resources and options. For more information, contact: hcsinfo@sfu.ca
Where: CAPE office (MBC 1501)
When: every Thursday, from 2:00-3:30 until August 3rd.

The Body Project

How we feel about our bodies can impact our well-being. The Body Project is a participatory discussion and an evidence-
based program on body image issues that aims to help reduce the internalization of our culture’s appearance ideal by understanding where restrictive and reductive canons of beauty come from while empowering participants and promoting body acceptance and celebration.

Open to all SFU Students. Register at:http://at.sfu.ca/SEZFWg
The workshop consists of two, 2-hour classes.

PART 1: Thursday, July 13, 12:30-2:20 pm
PART 2: Thursday, July 20, 12:30-2:20 pm

Location: Maggie Benston Centre (MBC) 0300
Group Room 3, accessible through Career Services.

The Body Project is Hosted by SFU Health & Counselling Services, and facilitated by the SFU Health peers and Peer Counsellors. For more info contact: hcspeer2@sfu.ca

Sexual Violence Support

Website: https://www.sfu.ca/sexual-assault.html

Personal Security Office: Julie Glazier 778-782-8473 / safe@sfu.ca

SFU Campus Security: 778-782-4500 (emergency contact)

SFU Health and Counselling: 778-782-4615

 

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Events and Announcements from External Partners and Organizations

 

Canada’s first 150 years have been marked by innovation and inspiration, which continue to be key determinants in defining our future. The Canada School of Public Service is inviting Master’s and PhD students to participate in the National Student Paper Competitionan exciting high-level exposure opportunity that allows students to share their unique perspectives on the federal public service and the Government of Canada.
Through a 1,500-word essay or briefing note, students may respond to one or both of the following questions:
  1. What are your ideas to help ensure that the public service will be ready to meet the needs of the future?
  2. What are your ideas to advance the government’s forward objectives?
The Grand Prize Winner, who is selected by a panel of senior public servants, will receive:
  • an offer for a four-month paid placement within the federal public service;
  • a VIP invitation to attend the 2018 Manion Lecture in the National Capital Region, with travel expenses reimbursed, if applicable; and
  • an opportunity to present their paper on a national platform.
The majority of last year’s finalists have found employment within the federal public service. 
Visit the Institute of Public Administration of Canada website for more information on the competition guidelines and past winners.
To ensure your participation in the Competition, please encourage a professor in your department to register as a departmental coordinator.
Do not hesitate to contact claudia.martinangeli@canada.ca if you have any questions.

Next Generation of Canadian Science 

#NextGenCanScience  #SupportTheReport

The state of funding for basic research in Canada is failing. As the future of research in this country, we need to take action. Not just for our interests, but for those who will follow in our path, and for all those who will benefit from our discoveries. Recent findings from the Canadian Fundamental Science Review and Global Young Academy:

How you and other trainees can get involved?

Put a face on Canadian Science Twitter Campaign

Print out a poster and add your name. Take a picture of yourself doing research holding the sign and tweet your selfie to @JustinTrudeau @Bill_Morneau. Tweets can include ~100 characters describing your

– recent research findings

– area of study

– whether you have a fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC

Please make sure to include:  I am #NextGenCanScience  #SupportTheReport @JustinTrudeau @Bill_Morneau