GSS Newsletter November 2018

Hello Grads,

Welcome to the November GSS Newsletter!

If you’d like to share your ideas, questions, and concerns with the GSS, or if you’d just like to stop by and have a cup of coffee, please don’t hesitate to drop by our office and lounge (MBC 2205). The GSS offices and lounge are open Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 4 pm. Hope to see you around!

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Exciting news! If you’re interested in mental health issues at the university and contributing to overall graduate student well-being there are spaces available in our Mental Health and Benefit Planning Committee. In the group we discuss working solutions to mental health issues here at the university, workshop ideas for well-being events, and ensure the GSS benefit plan is meeting our needs. If you would like more information on this committee–like when and where it meets, or the terms of reference–or if you would like to join, please email our Director of Graduate Services, Anointing Momoh. at grad-services@sfugradsociety.ca.

Announcements From the GSS

Grads, SFU is in the process of forming a hiring committee for the Executive Director, Student Affairs and a graduate student representative is needed. It is really important that we fulfill this request from the University. If you’re interested, this would be a fantastic opportunity that will be a great addition to your resume and would be a wonderful learning opportunity for anyone who is planning to pursue a career in academia, student services, or for anyone who wants to learn more about the internal workings of a hiring process before they begin seeking their own employment opportunities.

The position reports directly to the Associate Vice-President Students and International and is responsible for overseeing units such as Residence & Housing, Health & Counselling, the Centre for Students with Disabilities, the First Nations Student Centre, and many others. As such, this position plays a pivotal role in overseeing many services that are essential for graduate students.  Membership on the committee includes two students, one of which must be a graduate student nominated by the GSS. Participating in this committee is an excellent opportunity to help shape the future direction of services for students and can provide you with high level professional experience.

If you or a fellow SFU graduate student 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 as soon as possible.

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To minimize scheduling difficulties, SFU has set meetings for the Hiring Committee in advance.  Anyone serving on the Committee is asked to block the following dates/times in their calendars. * Please note the candidate will also be presenting (one hour) following the interview. Attendance is optional.

Meeting

Date

Time

Location

Committee Pre-Meeting

Monday, November 19, 2018

12:00pm – 1:00pm

(lunch provided)

Burnaby campus, Room TBD

Interview

Monday, November 26, 2018

1:00pm – 2:00pm*

Burnaby campus, Room TBD

Interview

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

8:30am – 10:00am*

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2:15pm – 3:45pm*

Burnaby campus, Room TBD

Final Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 29, 2018

10:30am – 11:30am

Burnaby campus, Room TBD

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Concerned About the Tuition Increase?

TUITION & 2019-20 BUDGET CONSULATIONS

The 2019-20 budget proposes a 2% tuition increase for graduate students. Tuition for international students in programs with the “international differential” is purposed to increase by 4%.

For more information please visit: http://sfugradsociety.ca/advocacy/university/tuition/

While the university has asked for your feedback we would also like to hear directly from you. A formal process by the GSS is under consideration but if you have immediate feedback please email advocacy@sfugradsociety.ca

Get involved!

A new working group to support graduate students and GSS directors to support advocacy is being launched to specifically deal with affordability issues. In addition to tuition the working group would address the cumulative effects of housing, transportation and graduate student funding. Interested? Email advocacy@sfugradsociety.ca to join the working group.

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Contribute to the Peak!

Have an interest in voicing your graduate student opinion and perspective to the wider university community? The GSS is encouraging grads to contribute to the Peak. As graduate students we have a unique and important perspective regarding the affairs of the university and our voices should be heard. For more information check out the Peak. Or you can email news ideas to news@the-peak.ca or opinion pieces to opinions@the-peak.ca. Let’s have our voices be heard!

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Some Other GSS Volunteer Opportunities:

Hey Grads, the GSS is actively seeking volunteers among our members! Volunteering is a great way to feel more connected to the university at large and to build a sense of community. Here are two current opportunities to get invovled:

Grants Allocation Committee

Reviews grants from caucuses and individual students on a monthly basis and issues the GSS Caucus Grants, Professional Development Grants.  This group also makes recommendations to Council regarding changes to these programs. If interested please contact Anointing, Director of Graduate Services on grad-services@sfugradsociety.ca


Benefit Planning Committee

Interested in your health and dental insurance benefits? Join the committee that works to get grad students the most for their money and the benefits they want.  It also handles special circumstances surrounding the Benefit Plan opt-ins and opt-outs, and adjudicates the yearly applications for Benefit Plan Bursaries to help students in financial need. If interested please contact Anointing, Director of Graduate Services on grad-services@sfugradsociety.ca

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 get started please fill out our volunteer sign-up form here.

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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.)

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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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Doggie Therapy!

If you’re feeling stressed now that it is getting close to the end of the semester, be sure to come down to our doggie therapy event Friday December 7th from 1-3pm in the GSS Lounge (Burnaby). Sick of waiting in line at similar events? Well, this is put on by your Graduate Student Society and so you won’t be fighting with any undergraduates to get your hands on a doggie. That being said, we would still like to control for traffic to ensure the doggies don’t get overwhelmed so we have made a sign up sheet you can access here. Please respect other entries and come by during the time you designate. You can sign up for up to two successive 5 minute sessions.

GSS Elections

MEET THE CANDIDATES & CAST YOUR VOTE!
The campaigns for the GSS Executive elections are underway. You can view all of the candidates and their profiles by visiting our elections homepage:
You can also come meet the candidates during a meet and greet that is being hosted in the GSS Lounge (Room 2212, Maggie Benson Building) on November 15th from 3 to 4 pm. Free pizza, snacks, coffee, tea and drinks will be available.
The voting period will begin online November 19th and conclude at 11:59 pm on November 23rd. The link to vote online will be posted on the webpage above and circulated via email during the voting period.
Please remember to vote to select your GSS Executive team that will be supporting and advocating you and future graduate students.

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Announcements From the University

New Sustainability Project!

TumblerShare: Reduce Coffee Cup Waste on Campus 
When: every Tuesday 11am-4pm
Where: Renaissance Coffee (Applied Science location)
SFU’s latest student-led sustainability program has officially launched! In effort to reduce paper cup waste, Tumblershare allows its members to conveniently borrow reusable, stainless steel tumblers at Renaissance Coffee (Applied Science location). Come by their weekly tabling hours to learn more about how the program works, how to register as a member, or how to get involved as a volunteer!
You can also check out their Facebook or Instagram pages.
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Sexual Violence Support

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Boozhoo! Greetings!

Denver Lynxleg (Anishinaabe/Scottish) is the Indigenous Graduate Student Coordinator (IGSC), with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. She is on campus every Tuesday and Thursday to support Indigenous students’ transition into graduate studies and enhance current Indigenous graduate students’ holistic academic path through support, mentorship, workshops and as a resource connector.  As a displaced member of Tootinaowaziibeeng Treaty 4 Reserve in Manitoba Denver is honoured to be a guest on the traditional and unceded Coast Salish territories.

  • 9-5 pm Tuesday and Thursday
  • AQ 6085 Burnaby campus (located on the 6th floor in the English department take the elevator closest to the Indigenous Student Centre)

To book an appointment: call 778-782-9222 or e-mail gsindig@sfu.ca

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Announcements from the Community:

BC Referendum to Change Voting Systems

As you may already be aware, there is a referendum happening BC to change the current electoral systems. To get more information on what it all means, we recommend checking out elections.bc.ca/referendum, or calling 1-800-661-8683
Also, our colleagues at the TSSU have put out an information package pointing people to these useful guides created by the Tyee: https://thetyee.ca/Series/2018/10/08/BC-Big-Vote-Guide/.You can also take a survey at referendumguide.ca. This is a non-partisan tool that asks questions to tell you which of the systems most aligns with your views. There is also a video that explains the options for proportional representation which can be viewed here: <https://thetyee.ca/News/2018/07/03/BC-Options-Proportional-Representation-Explained/>
Starting October 22, packages should be mailed out to all registered voters to allow to vote by physical mail. The last day of voting is Nov 30.
 You can vote in the referendum if you are:
  • a Canadian citizen,
  • 18 or older as of November 30, 2018, and
  • a resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately before November 30, 2018.
To make sure you are registered and receive a package visit elections.bc.ca/ovr as soon as possible to register or to update your information if you’ve moved.
Please help spread the word as everyone should have a say on the future of our voting system!