ISIC – International Student Identity Card

As a full-time graduate student at Western University, you can apply online to get your International Student Identity Card (ISIC) for free at isiccanada.ca/cfsfcee.

For proof of full-time status:
– Upload a copy of your tuition bill from student.uwo.ca

For your proof of ID:
– Proof or your date of birth (e.g. passport, birth certificate, official identity card issued in your country of residence)

OCTOBER 2017: NEWSLETTER

SOGS Update, the official monthly electronic newsletter from SOGS, keeps you up to date on issues and events affecting graduate students at Western University.

Between editions of the newsletter, you’ll find updates on Facebook,  Twitter, the IGSIC Facebook page and on our events calendar!

Links are underlined and active in PDF, and a detailed index is below.


IN THE OCTOBER ISSUE OF SOGS UPDATE:

GRADUATE WELLNESS WEEK (Oct 2-6): Free events all week. Register for individual events to ensure a spot.

EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • EVENTS:
    • Board Game Nigh@ The Grad Club, October 18, 7PM
    • Harry Potter Trivia Night @ The Grad Club, October 30, 7PM
    • International Students Immigration Seminar @ UCC 56, October 10, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
    • Oktoberfest 2017 @ The Grad Club, October 12, 7:00-9:00pm, $5 (from the SOGS office)
    • Pride International Allyship Initiative @ IGAB Atrium, November 14, 2017: 1:00 pm
  • SOGS TRIVIA & CONTESTS
    • SOGS trivia contest winners and a new trivia question for October.
    • SOGS 2017 Orientation Feedback – Fill out a short feedback form for the chance to win $25 Grad Club gift certificate!

GET INVOLVED

  • SOGS ELECTIONS
    • Elections will be held for the 4 commissioner positions at this month’s Council meeting on October 26. Interested candidates should send their nomination, as well as an optional 1 page candidate’s statement, to the SOGS Speaker (speaker@sogs.ca) on or before Tuesday, October 17th.

    • Councillors Orientation next Council meeting, October 26 – Councillor Nomination forms available online. Departmental seat allocations will be completed early October.

Email sogs.communications@sogs.ca for more information or to submit newsletter content.

September 2017: Council

The following provides a brief summary of the recent Council meeting on September 28. The complete Council package, which includes the agenda and reports, can be accessed online. Full minutes of the September Council meeting will be available in the October 2017 Council package.

This summary is provided to increase transparency, and to support Councillors in completing their obligations under Bylaw 2.3.5; “shall regularly communicate with his or her constituents concerning the activities, programs, and decisions of the Society”.

If you have any questions, please contact our office or the Speaker.

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SEPTEMBER 2017: NEWSLETTER

SOGS Update, the official monthly electronic newsletter from SOGS, keeps you up to date on issues and events affecting graduate students at Western University.

Between editions of the newsletter, you’ll find updates on Facebook,  Twitter, the IGSIC Facebook page and on our events calendar!

SOGS is trying out a new newsletter format, please let us know what you think. Links are underlined and active in PDF, and a detailed index is below.


IN THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF SOGS UPDATE:

ORIENTATION WEEK IS UPON US!

GET INVOLVED

  • SOGS ELECTIONS
    • Elections will be held for the following three Executive positions at this month’s Council meeting on September 28:

      – VP Student Services (1-year term starting October 1)
      – VP Advocacy (1-year term starting October 1)
      – VP Finance (By-election, term ending April 30, 2018)

      Interested candidates should send their nomination, as well as an optional 1 page candidate’s statement, to the SOGS Speaker (speaker@sogs.ca) on or before Tuesday, September 19th.

  • Call for SOGS committee members & volunteers

EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • EVENTS:
  • NOTES FROM SOGS FINANCE & ACCOUNTING: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
    • Health & Dental Plan Opt-in and Opt-out deadline is September 30
      Opt-In forms can be found in the SOGS office (UCC, Room 260) or online
      Opt-Outs must be completed online here.

  • SOGS TRIVIA & CONTESTS
    • SOGS trivia contest winners and a new trivia question for September.

 

Email advocacy@sogs.ca for more information or to submit newsletter content.

August 2017: Council Summary

The following provides a brief summary of the recent Council meeting on July 27. The complete Council package, which includes the agenda and reports, can be accessed online. Full minutes of the July Council meeting will be available in the August 2017 Council package.

This summary is provided to increase transparency, and to support Councillors in completing their obligations under Bylaw 2.3.5; “shall regularly communicate with his or her constituents concerning the activities, programs, and decisions of the Society”.

If you have any questions, please contact our office or the Speaker.

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AUGUST 2017: NEWSLETTER

SOGS Update, the official monthly electronic newsletter from SOGS, keeps you up to date on issues and events affecting graduate students at Western University.

Between editions of the newsletter, you’ll find updates on Facebook,  Twitter, the IGSIC Facebook page and on our events calendar!

SOGS is trying out a new newsletter format, please let us know what you think. Links are underlined and active in PDF, and a detailed index is below.

 


IN THE AUGUST ISSUE OF SOGS UPDATE:

International Students Household Items Donation drive

  • Drop off your items to the SOGS office until August 31st. The department with the most number of donations will win a night at the Grad Club!

GET INVOLVED

  • SOGS Ombudsperson election on August 31
    • Interested candidates should send their nomination, as well as an optional 1 page candidate’s statement, to the SOGS Speaker (speaker@sogs.ca) on or before August 22 2017.

EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • NOTES FROM SOGS FINANCE & ACCOUNTING: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
    • Summer Child Care, Travel & Professional Placement subsidy applications must be submitted to the SOGS office by the August 31. 

    • Health & Dental Plan Opt-in and Opt-out deadline is September 30
      Opt-In forms can be found in the SOGS office (UCC, Room 260) or online
      Opt-Outs must be completed online here.

  • SOGS TRIVIA & CONTESTS
    • SOGS August trivia contest

Email advocacy@sogs.ca for more information or to submit newsletter content.

July 2017: Council Summary

The following provides a brief summary of the recent Council meeting on July 27. The complete Council package, which includes the agenda and reports, can be accessed online. Full minutes of the July Council meeting will be available in the August 2017 Council package.

This summary is provided to increase transparency, and to support Councillors in completing their obligations under Bylaw 2.3.5; “shall regularly communicate with his or her constituents concerning the activities, programs, and decisions of the Society”.

If you have any questions, please contact our office or the Speaker.

Continue reading

July 2017: Newsletter

SOGS Update, the official monthly electronic newsletter from SOGS, keeps you up to date on issues and events affecting graduate students at Western University.

Between editions of the newsletter, you’ll find updates through Facebook,  Twitter, the IGSIC Facebook page and on our events calendar!

SOGS is trying out a new newsletter format, please let us know what you think. Links are underlined and active in PDF, and a detailed index is below.

SOGS Update - JULY 2017

 


IN THE JULY ISSUE OF SOGS UPDATE:

WESTERN PRIDE

  • “Out in the Sun” ceremony, Western Pride Flag Raising –  Concrete Beach, July 20, 10:30am
  • London Pride Parade – Western Fair District Parking Lot (Off Rectory Street). July 30, parade formation 11:30am. Parade starts at 12:30 p.m.

GET INVOLVED

  • Call for SOGS committee members
    • Academic Committee
    • Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award (GSTA) Committee
    • Ad-hoc committee for Ontario-wide research conference
    • International Graduate Students’ Issues Committee (IGSIC)
      • Sign up as a Volunteer for SOGS Orientation – International Graduate Student Meet and Greet (September 12, 3-5pm). Receive a FREE meal and gain volunteer experience.
    • Equity Committee
  • Calling Students age 50 and over for “Not all the Same” initiative
  • Call for LGBQT+ researchers and graduate students: Share your research at PRIDE!

EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • EVENTS:
    • Board Game Night: @ The Grad Club, July 19, 7PM
    • Grand Bend beach trip: IGSIC and OSC, August 5, 9AM-6PM
    • Canada’s Wonderland Trip: IGSIC and IESC, August 26, 8AM-8PM
    • 2017 Grad Club golf tournament – Maple Ridge Golf Club, August 12. Register before July 31.
    • “From Dissertation to Academic Book” – Facebook Live event about revising your dissertation for publication. Presented by Athabasca University Press, July 18 at 12:30 pm MST
  • SOGS BURSARIES 
    • Summer Child Care, Travel & Professional Placement subsidy applications must be submitted to the SOGS office by the August 31. 

  • SOGS TRIVIA & CONTESTS
    • SOGS June trivia winners
    • SOGS July trivia contest
    • SOGS 2017-18 Handbook photo cover contest – extended deadline July 25

NOTES FROM SOGS ADVOCACY: PETITIONS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • Mounting evidence and support for a $15 minimum wage
  • Calling on the federal government to #SupportTheReport
  • Petition to prioritize the protection of digital rights in the renegotiation of NAFTA

Email advocacy@sogs.ca for more information or to submit newsletter content.

June 2017: Council Summary

The following provides a brief summary of the recent Council meeting on June 29. The complete Council package, which includes the agenda and reports, can be accessed online. Full minutes of the June Council meeting will be available in the July 2017 Council package.

This summary is provided to increase transparency, and to support Councillors in completing their obligations under Bylaw 2.3.5; “shall regularly communicate with his or her constituents concerning the activities, programs, and decisions of the Society”.

If you have any questions, please contact our office or the Speaker.

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June 2017:Newsletter

SOGS Update, the official monthly electronic newsletter from SOGS, keeps you up to date on issues and events affecting graduate students at Western University.

For updates on events, issues and discussion relevant to graduate students and Western between editions of the newsletter, consider the following:

SOGS is trying out a new newsletter format, please let us know what you think. For a full preview of the contents, please view the detailed index below the image. Click on the image below to open the PDF of the entire newsletter in a separate window.

Email advocacy@sogs.ca for more information, to give us your feedback, or to submit newsletter content.


INDEX:

GET INVOLVED (pg. 2)

  • Call for SOGS committee members (Academic Committee, Bylaws and Constitution Committee, Graduate Peer Support Committee, Policy Committee), commissioner (Advocacy Commissioner), and Speaker.

GRAD SOCIAL LIFE (pg. 3-4)

  • Board Game Night: @ The Grad Club, June 23, 7PM
  • Yoga on UC Hill: June 28, 7PM
  • Global Cafe presented by IESC and IGSIC: June 29, 3-5PM
  • IGSIC and IESC Niagara Falls trip: July 8, 8AM-6PM
  • IGSIC and OSC Grand Bend beach trip: August 5, 9AM-6PM
  • IGSIC and IESC Canada’s Wonderland Trip: August 26, 8AM-8PM

SOGS TRIVIA & CONTESTS (pg. 5)

  • SOGS May trivia winners
  • SOGS June trivia and photo contest
  • SOGS 2017-18 Handbook photo cover contest

@ THE GRAD CLUB (pg. 6)

  • Upcoming Events
  • Entertainment
  • Summer Hours

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (pg. 7)

  • Academic and Professional Communication Series
  • Teaching Assistant Training Program (TATP)
  • Weekly Thesis Writing Time
  • Important Academic Dates

2017 GRADUATE STUDENT TEACHING AWARD WINNERS (pg. 8)

STUDENT LIFE (P. 9)

  • Ontario Electricity Support Program
  • SOGS Food Bank initiative for NON-TA MEMBERS
  • Columbia Sportswear employee discount (June 5-25)

MEET YOUR NEW EXECUTIVE (pg. 9)

  • President, Mary Blake Bonn
  • VP Academic, Jina Kum