Maggie Benston Centre, #2203, 8888 University Dr, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

March GSS Newsletter


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 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

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

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 –

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.

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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: