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GSS Newsletter -January 2018


Hello grads,

Welcome to the January 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 Mental Wellness Survey

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

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:

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



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Announcements and Events from SFU

Invitation: Open Forum – SFU’s VP Research and International

All members of the university community – including graduate students – are invited to attend an open forum with Dr. Joy Johnson, who is being reviewed for a second term as SFU’s VP Research and International. This forum will include a presentation by Dr. Johnson followed by a question and answer session.
Date: Friday, January 26, 2018
Time: 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Place: Saywell Hall, 10041
Backgrounder (provided on the review’s webpage):
Dr. Joy Johnson’s initial five-year term as Simon Fraser University’s Vice-President, Research and International will end on August 31, 2019. Dr. Johnson has indicated she wishes to be considered for re-appointment. In accordance with Policy GP 29, Search Committees for Vice-Presidents and Associate Vice-Presidents, SFU’s President has implemented the required process for such consideration.
The review process for the Vice-President, Research and International involves a high degree of consultation, with input from the campus community playing a very important role in the Search Committee’s deliberations. In the interests of obtaining the broadest possible input from across the University, the Committee invites all interested parties to submit an assessment of Dr. Johnson’s performance in her capacity as Vice-President, Research and International. There are a number of ways you can provide feedback. All submissions must be received by February 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
For more information on the review process, the position of VP Research & International, and to find out how you can provide input for this review, please click here

Sustainable Communities Conference 2018


The Sustainable Communities Conference has been imagined and implemented by a dynamic group of SFU students who are passionate about sustainability and youth engagement.

WHERE: SFU Halpern Centre

DATE: January 27, 2018

Tickets: $15 –

Sterling Prize Committee

Message sent on behalf of Ron Ydenberg, Chair, Sterling Prize Committee

 The Committee for the Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy seeks new members from the University community.  Currently there is an opening for the student representative.  The Committee seeks a membership broadly representative of SFU’s diversity.

 Nora and Ted Sterling established an endowment at SFU in 1993 to recognize work that provokes, and/or contributes to the understanding of controversy.  The Prize can be awarded for work in any field.  Full details, including a listing of previous recipients, can be found at This is Simon Fraser University’s highest profile award, and as such the committee’s work is important.  We meet several times in the spring to consider the nominees and to select a winner, and gather again at the award ceremony in October.

Please send an email indicating your interest to Sharon Eng, Assistant to the Sterling Committee, at, with subject line ‘Student Rep, Sterling Committee’.  A short note indicating the basis for your interest is helpful. The committee will meet beginning in the week of February 19, and generally meets 3 – 6 times. Hence the time required for meetings is not onerous, but additional time is required for the perusal of the nominations and the appended materials.

If you require further information, email Ron Ydenberg at  Please reply by no later than January 31, 2018.

Vancouver Giants Hockey Game

Experience ice hockey, a true Canadian tradition, and cheer on Vancouver’s home-based team, the Vancouver Giants!

Join us to experience an exciting hockey game night on Friday, February 9th, 2018 at the Langley Events Centre.

Is this going to be your first hockey game? Don’t worry; the SFU Hockey team’s pre-game Hockey 101 will turn you into a hockey pro in no time!

Ticket sales begin next Monday, January 15th. Grab your ticket at the ISS Office (MBC 1200) for only $10.

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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:

Job Posting: Mitacs Globalink Mentor

Mitacs is hiring Globalink Mentors to host international undergrad students this summer.

“As a Globalink Mentor, you are expected to commit on average 5hrs/week to this four or five month position, and will be compensated $1,400 CDN and $1,700 CDN respectively.”:

Survey – International Students

The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA) is researching the accessibility of support services for post-secondary international students in BC.

If you were an international student in BC in the last 3 years (2014-2017), you are welcome to fill out this short, anonymous survey for a chance to win a $20 Starbucks gift card!

Contest closes on January 24, 2018. Feel free to share with other international students you know.