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May GSS Newsletter

Posted by Student Life on May 15, 2018

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Hello grads,

Welcome to the May 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.

We have Summer hours. The GSS offices and lounge are open Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 4 pm.

Announcements from the GSS

We’re Hiring: GSS Administrative Assistant

Are you a grad student looking to get more involved on campus? Are you looking for a great part-time job opportunity?

Your Graduate Student Society is looking for an Administrative Assistant to work approximately 8-15 hours per week starting late June or early July 2018.

Find below more information about this flexible, living wage employment opportunity for SFU graduate students.

Or, apply now using our online form.

Want help with your resume? Visit the SFU Career Services website for resources and to schedule an advising appointment for help with updating your resume.

Academic Supervision

The Graduate Student Society and Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies are co-chairing a committee with the aim of reimagining graduate student supervision at SFU over the next few years.

In an attempt to identify best practices currently being used at SFU with respect to graduate supervision, we would like to hear from any and all students about their graduate supervisory relationships. Since we wish to find out about a full range of relationships and issues, contact us whether your experience has been positive or negative (or anything in between).

Please email Chantal Turpin, Director of University Relations at ur@sfugradsociety.ca with your experiences, especially if you wish to get more deeply involved in this committee!

GSS Volunteer Opportunities

The GSS is actively seeking volunteers among our members to serve on the Student Experience Initiative, Benefit Plan and Governance Committees. We also are in need of volunteers for the Fall Graduate Orientation. If you have any further questions or are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact the Director of Student Life, Dylan Flint at student-life@sfugradsociety.ca, or if you’re eager to sign up please fill out our volunteer form here.

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

 

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Announcements and Events from SFU

 

 Non-Academic Job Search for Grad Students and Postdocs with Anne Krook

How do we turn your significant skills into a career outside academia?

In this three-hour session, you will learn how non-academic employers think about graduate students as potential employees, how to get ready for the non-academic job market while you are still in graduate school, and how to conduct a job search. We will also review a tool (provided after the session) that assesses all your skills – not just academic ones – and review a resume and discuss how to write yours.

Event Details:

  • Date: May 23, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Big Data Hub Presentation Studio, ASB 10900 (Burnaby Campus)
  • RSVP: Register for the in-peron or livestreamed session via Eventbrite. Seating is limited.

In this inspiring and eye-opening seminar Dr. Krook will review her own path through and out of academica. Graduate students and postdocs can expect to:

  • learn how to prepare yourself for the non-academic job market while you complete your graduate work
  • understand the process and mechanics of entering the non-academic job market (e.g. what HR managers are looking for; decoding job descriptions)
  • identify and define your particular skill sets

Note: this event will also be live-streamed if you are unable to attend in person, however, you will get a more rich experience by attending in person. 

To find out more about this event and to read a presenter bio on Anne Krook, please visit the main event page.

Sexual Violence Support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Announcements and Events from the Community

 

 

GSS Newsletter – April 2018

Posted by Student Life on April 13, 2018

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Hello grads,

Welcome to the April 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

GSS Elections – Spring 2018

The results of the GSS Spring 2018 Director Election are now known!

The winning candidates are:

  • Director of External Relations – Zhijie (Paul) Hu, Finance
  • Director of Internal Relations – Nancy Kwong, CDM
  • Director of Student Life – Dylan Flint, Philosophy

Please find out more about the elections by visiting our main elections page here.

Academic Supervision

The Graduate Student Society and Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies are co-chairing a committee with the aim of reimagining graduate student supervision at SFU over the next few years.

In an attempt to identify best practices currently being used at SFU with respect to graduate supervision, we would like to hear from any and all students about their graduate supervisory relationships. Since we wish to find out about a full range of relationships and issues, contact us whether your experience has been positive or negative (or anything in between).

Please email Chantal Turpin, Director of University Relations at ur@sfugradsociety.ca with your experiences, especially if you wish to get more deeply involved in this committee!

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.

We wish to increase your input into SFU’s 2018-2023 Academic Plan. To facilitate this, we have created an Academic Plan Working Group to review the guiding documents from the VP Academics Office, consult membership about SFU’s academic plan, and submit a written, formal response to the Provost. If interested, please contact Chantal Turpin (Director of University Relations) as soon as possible at ur@sfugradsociety.

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

 

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Announcements and Events from SFU

 

 

 Non-Academic Job Search for Grad Students and Postdocs with Anne Krook

How do we turn your significant skills into a career outside academia?

In this three-hour session, you will learn how non-academic employers think about graduate students as potential employees, how to get ready for the non-academic job market while you are still in graduate school, and how to conduct a job search. We will also review a tool (provided after the session) that assesses all your skills – not just academic ones – and review a resume and discuss how to write yours.

Event Details:

  • Date: May 23, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Big Data Hub Presentation Studio, ASB 10900 (Burnaby Campus)
  • RSVP: Register for the in-peron or livestreamed session via Eventbrite. Seating is limited.

In this inspiring and eye-opening seminar Dr. Krook will review her own path through and out of academica. Graduate students and postdocs can expect to:

  • learn how to prepare yourself for the non-academic job market while you complete your graduate work
  • understand the process and mechanics of entering the non-academic job market (e.g. what HR managers are looking for; decoding job descriptions)
  • identify and define your particular skill sets

Note: this event will also be live-streamed if you are unable to attend in person, however, you will get a more rich experience by attending in person. 

To find out more about this event and to read a presenter bio on Anne Krook, please visit the main event page.

Sexual Violence Support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Announcements and Events from the Community

 

 

Geneva Challenge 

The 2018 edition of the Geneva Challenge is a project funded by Swiss Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and is supported by Kofi Annan, the high-patron of the contest. The Geneva Challenge aims to encourage interdisciplinary problem solving analysis among master students on advancing human development within the scope of a relevant topic.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and has become a critical concern for both developing and developed countries. As the key to this issue is an interdisciplinary solution, crossing traditional boundaries between academic disciplines, we are inviting graduate students from all academic programmes to provide helpful strategic recommendations. This year, we will distribute five prizes, one per continent.

Teams of 3-5 master students must submit an 8,000 word proposal which:

  • identify a challenge stemming from climate change;
  • construct an interdisciplinary analysis on how it affects different aspects of development in a specific (but transposable) context;
  • propose innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into development opportunity.

The Geneva Challenge 2018 will distribute 25’000 CHF in monetary prizes and the finalists will be invited to publicly present their work in Geneva before a panel of high-level experts. Networking opportunities are also envisioned as part of the prize package.

Registrations close on 16th April 2018.

Submission due by 20th August 2018

More information is available on: our website or  Facebook.

March GSS Newsletter

Posted by Student Life on March 16, 2018

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Hello grads,

Welcome to the March 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

GSS Elections – Spring 2018

Nominations for the Graduate Student Society (GSS) Director elections are now open! If you are interested in running for an available position, please complete the nomination form before March 20 at 11:59pm; this form is available online here or at the GSS offices (SFU Burnaby, Maggie Benston Centre, room 2203).

The following positions are open:

Director of Internal Relations:
The Director of Internal Relations (DIR) is the student leader primarily responsible for ensuring the internal governing structures  of the Society continue to foster a graduate community and serve the administrative and strategic goals of the Society. The DIR seeks to support Councillors so that they may fully engage with their roles as Directors of the Society. In addition, the DIR is responsible for building a dynamic, accountable, and relevant Caucus network. New Terms of Reference (TOR) for the position are currently underway. The old TOR is available here

Director of External Relations:

The Director of External Relations (DER) is the student leader primarily responsible for external advocacy campaigns that target all levels of government in order to improve the lives of graduate students. The DER will develop and foster relationships with politicians, other student societies, and government agencies, and will be responsible for negotiating the U-Pass. New Terms of Reference (TOR) for the position are currently underway. The old TOR is available here. 

Director of Student Life:
The Director of Student Life (DSL) is responsible for fostering a sense of community within the SFU graduate community through social events, social justice campaigns, support groups, workshops, and other events. The DSL is also responsible for overseeing the website and the communication strategy of the GSS. New Terms of Reference (TOR) for the position are currently underway. The old TOR is available here.

Academic Supervision

The Graduate Student Society and Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies are co-chairing a committee with the aim of reimagining graduate student supervision at SFU over the next few years.

In an attempt to identify best practices currently being used at SFU with respect to graduate supervision, we would like to hear from any and all students about their graduate supervisory relationships. Since we wish to find out about a full range of relationships and issues, contact us whether your experience has been positive or negative (or anything in between).

Please email Chantal Turpin, Director of University Relations at ur@sfugradsociety.ca with your experiences, especially if you wish to get more deeply involved in this committee!

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.

We wish to increase your input into SFU’s 2018-2023 Academic Plan. To facilitate this, we have created an Academic Plan Working Group to review the guiding documents from the VP Academics Office, consult membership about SFU’s academic plan, and submit a written, formal response to the Provost. If interested, please contact Chantal Turpin (Director of University Relations) as soon as possible at ur@sfugradsociety.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Announcements and Events from SFU

Volunteer Opportunity – Mural Project Advisory Committee

  • What: A Mosaic Mural Project – students paint a tile, which is incorporated into a larger mural, permanently installed on SFU Burnaby campus
  • When: Fall 2018 – activity to be incorporated during Week of Welcome
  • Purpose of the advisory committee: Input on design elements of the mural, and possible support (planning or in-person) during WoW activity. Please note that Student Engagement and Retention is willing to handle all logistics and communications of the Mural project and advisory committee members are not required to take on any coordination work. 
  • Time commitment: In-person attendance at 3-4 committee meetings between Feb-October 2018 and email communication/feedback periodically.

If you are interested in volunteering for this position, please contact Alyssa Wiens – alyssaw@sfu.ca

Women’s Centre Info and Events

The Women’s Centre is a department of the Simon Fraser Student Society. We are funded both by the SFSS and the Graduate Student Society.

Regardless of your orientation or identity, our centre is a space that is dedicated to providing education and services to all visitors, including allies. So, feel free to stop by anytime to ask us questions, access our library, eat your lunch on our couches, or just say hi to staff and volunteers.

We would love to welcome all graduate students to our centre. We host a variety of events all year long and we welcome your participation. Check our website, follow us on Facebook at sfsswomenscentre or twitter at @sfsswomensctr to find out what is happening at our Centre.

Sexual Violence Support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Announcements and Events from the Community

 

 Mitacs 2018 workshops 

Want to improve your professional skills this spring?

Mitacs is offering a variety of free workshops this semester for grads and postdocs at SFU, including the new online course “Managing Project Timelines”.

Find out more and register here: https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/blog/year/2017/12/mitacs-workshops-spring-2018.html

GSS Newsletter – February 2018

Posted by Student Life on February 14, 2018

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Hello grads,

Welcome to the February 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

GSS Electoral Committee

The following individuals have been appointed to the Electoral Committee of the Graduate Student Society at Simon Fraser University:
Members:
June Chen, Chief Electoral Officer
Cara Kubiak, Electoral Officer
Alternate:
Kevin Floyd

GSS Mental Wellness Survey

What’s one thing SFU could do differently to support your mental wellbeing?

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3MJBW7J ← One question survey!

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.

We wish to increase your input into SFU’s 2018-2023 Academic Plan. To facilitate this, we have created an Academic Plan Working Group to review the guiding documents from the VP Academics Office, consult membership about SFU’s academic plan, and submit a written, formal response to the Provost. If interested, please contact Chantal Turpin (Director of University Relations) as soon as possible at ur@sfugradsociety.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Announcements and Events from SFU

 Student Elections – Senate and Board of Governors

Campaign Period: February 7, 2018 – February 23, 2018 

Online Voting:  February 20 – 23, 2018 

Eligible students will receive an email with the following information: instructions on voting, links to candidate information statements, and a link to the online voting system. Students will be required to use their SFU Computing ID and password in order to access the voting system. Candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be declared elected (provided all requirements of the specific election are satisfied).

Information about candidates can be found here: https://www.sfu.ca/students/elections/students.html

Volunteer Opportunity – Mural Project Advisory Committee

  • What: A Mosaic Mural Project – students paint a tile, which is incorporated into a larger mural, permanently installed on SFU Burnaby campus
  • When: Fall 2018 – activity to be incorporated during Week of Welcome
  • Purpose of the advisory committee: Input on design elements of the mural, and possible support (planning or in-person) during WoW activity. Please note that Student Engagement and Retention is willing to handle all logistics and communications of the Mural project and advisory committee members are not required to take on any coordination work. 
  • Time commitment: In-person attendance at 3-4 committee meetings between Feb-October 2018 and email communication/feedback periodically.

If you are interested in volunteering for this position, please contact Alyssa Wiens – alyssaw@sfu.ca

Volunteer Position – Active Bystander Network

The SFU Sexual Violence Support and Prevention Office (SVSPO) is currently recruiting new members for its Active Bystander Network. The Active Bystander Network (ABN) is a unique opportunity for students to influence positive change by engaging in sexual violence prevention and education at Simon Fraser University. The Active Bystander Network (ABN) is one part of a campus-wide initiative to create a culture of zero-tolerance for sexual violence at Simon Fraser University.

Working with other ABN members, and supported by SVSPO staff, network members will receive training to plan, prepare, and deliver presentations, workshops and outreach initiatives that contribute to raising student understanding of the issues surrounding sexual violence.

Applications for the Active Bystander Network are now live on the SVSPO website and My Involvement and the deadline for applications is February 28th.
There are so many benefits to becoming an ABN member including;

-Contributing towards creating a culture of care and consent at SFU
-Gaining enhanced knowledge of sexual violence prevention, intervention and response
-Ongoing professional development opportunities
-Working collaboratively with a team of like-minded student peers
-Gaining leadership skills such as facilitation training, program and event planning and team building
-Recognition on co-curricular records

1st Annual Student Radio Marathon

9am–9pmWednesday, February 28

The Marathon is a full day of diverse student-led programming on our airwaves. Throughout the day, we’ll have student groups talk about their work and initiatives, new DJs spinning tunes, and even more student-focused voice and perspectives across our airwaves.

Host a talk show, play your favourite music, bring your student group – it’s all up to you.  We’ll provide the tech help, you bring your ideas and energy!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScDE0u1w4ZW8rtVlYX4fqnkicW99Chf5NbviHwFRN4W2hcdWg/viewform

Workshops

The Women’s Centre facilitated by the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office are planning to offer two important workshops:

Active Bystander Interventions:

Have you ever encountered a situation where you worried someone might get harmed but you weren’t sure how to help or if it was your place? An Active Bystander is someone who recognizes potentially harmful or unacceptable behavior and takes steps to make a difference or intervene in a way that is safe for them. This workshop will allow participants to learn key definitions and understand the social context that perpetuates sexual violence. It will explore what an Active Bystander is, how to identify potentially harmful situations and how to take action. 

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence:

Let’s create a culture of care here at SFU. This workshop provides an overview of definitions, myth busting, understanding the impact of trauma and how to provide an empathetic and trauma informed response to someone experiencing sexual violence. This workshop also covers information on policy GP:44 and available supports, resources and how to refer campus community members. This workshop is great for peer helpers, staff in front line roles and faculty. This workshop can be 1.5,2 or 2.5 hours in length. 

Please fill out the Doodle Poll if you wish to participate:
 

Women’s Centre Info and Events

The Women’s Centre is a department of the Simon Fraser Student Society. We are funded both by the SFSS and the Graduate Student Society.

Regardless of your orientation or identity, our centre is a space that is dedicated to providing education and services to all visitors, including allies. So, feel free to stop by anytime to ask us questions, access our library, eat your lunch on our couches, or just say hi to staff and volunteers.

We would love to welcome all graduate students to our centre. We host a variety of events all year long and we welcome your participation. Check our website, follow us on Facebook at sfsswomenscentre or twitter at @sfsswomensctr to find out what is happening at our Centre.

Sexual Violence Support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Announcements and Events from the Community

 

 Mitacs 2018 workshops 

Want to improve your professional skills this spring?

Mitacs is offering a variety of free workshops this semester for grads and postdocs at SFU, including the new online course “Managing Project Timelines”.

Find out more and register here: https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/blog/year/2017/12/mitacs-workshops-spring-2018.html