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GSS Newsletter – August 2017

Posted by Student Life on August 18, 2017

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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

GSS Newsletter – June 2017

Posted by Student Life on June 14, 2017

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Hello grads,

Welcome to the June GSS Newsletter! Congratulations to all students who are graduating this month!

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

 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

 

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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. Come out and join us!

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

Complementary drink ticket for the first 75 SFU graduate student that RSVP by 11:59 pm July 6, 2017. Spouse/partner tickets are available for $15 from the GSS main office (MBC 2203). For more information email: student-life@sfugradsociety.ca

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Announcements and Events from SFU

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

Legal Clinic

Need free legal advice? The SFSS Legal Clinic is back for undergraduate and graduate students, with a session on the afternoon of June 21, and future dates to be determined. Book an appointment here: https://goo.gl/NjGSEd.

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Grad Student Publication

Graduate students are always encouraged to publish but often without really knowing what that means or how to start. This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.

Workshop Date: 
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – 10:30am to 12:30pm
Location: 
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

For more information and to register, access: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/about/branches-depts/rc/writing/32365

Global Community Mentorship Program

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Grad Student Led Events and Announcements

Customer Survey – VeloMetro Veemo

VeloMetro Mobility is a Vancouver-based company that designs and manufactures electric-assist velomobiles for sharing networks. It was co-founded by MoT MBA graduate, Kody Baker. VeloMetro has developed an enclosed, electric-assist bicycle, called the Veemo, which is positioned as a low-end disruptor in the urban transportation market. The Veemo has a sleek hard-shell exterior of composite material that keeps the rider comfortably protected from the elements, and provides storage and safety. It is powered by rider-driven pedals and a 500 W electric motor supplied by a swappable lithium ion battery. It has full suspension, automatic transmission, a top speed of 32 km/h, and a range of 100 km, which may be extended by up to 20 km by roof-top solar panels. Because the Veemo is classified as a bicycle, it does not require a driver’s license for operation and can be ridden in bicycle lanes, and because it is electric, it produces no emissions. It also improves ones health due to pedaling. Veemos can be located, reserved, unlocked, and rented on a per-minute basis using a smartphone app (developed in-house by VeloMetro) in the same way that cars are allocated by traditional car sharing organizations, like Evo and car2go.
The MOT MBA students are conducting a Go-To Market analysis for this start up. Please provide your valuable feedback through the survey and help us with this project.
Here is the link for the survey: Survey Link

Welcome to the summer term!

Posted by admin on May 23, 2017

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Hello Grads,

Welcome to the summer term!
Our new Director of Student Life is Camila Miranda.
GSS has a lot of exciting opportunities and events this year, so stay tuned. Please mark your calendars and check the GSS website, Facebook page, and twitter regularly for event postings and updates.
 

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.

For information about awards, funding, job opportunities, and events around campus and Metro Vancouver, access:

http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/blog/year/2017/05/may-update.html