Clubs

NEW CLUBS: Want to start your own graduate student club? SOGS’ Orientation and Social Committee (OSC) can help! Review and complete our new Clubs application process.


Board Game Club

Love board games? Want to link up with folx who are keen to meet new friends and try out some new board games, both in person and online?

Want to join the club? Contact the OSC chairs, Rachel Low (rlow7@uwo.ca).

Did you know that SOGS has a collection of over 60 board games at the Grad Club? We regularly host a monthly Board Game Night at the Grad Club.

Key words: Social


Book Club

Love to read? SOGS Book Club hosts monthly meetings where you get to share the love of literature but also rant, vent, and commiserate over the hilariousness of some poorly written fiction. Membership is free.

For the month of SEPTEMBER 2022, we’re reading THE GIRLS (2016) by Emma Cline.
 
The book club will meet up on September 27th at 7pm via Zoom to discuss the book.
 
Want to participate? Head over to the #literary-adventures channel on the SOGS Discord Server (join the server at sogs.ca/discord/). Chat with fellow bookworms, make new grad school friends, and take a break from academic work. Participants vote on the monthly book and get the Zoom link for the monthly meeting on Discord.
 

Get in touch with the Book Club organizer, Martin Prusinkiewicz (mprusinkiewicz@gmail.com), if you have any questions.  

Key words: Social, literary


Exercise is Medicine (Graduate Chapter)

Exercise is Medicine® Canada (EIMC) is a national movement to encourage a healthy lifestyle among Canadians based on abundant evidence that physical activity and exercise reduce the risk of chronic disease. Our group is comprised of passionate graduate students who meet to organize activities for all graduate students. These events include social exercise sessions, speaker series, and a monthly newsletter packed with information to support you on your journey to become more physically active.
 
If you’re interested in participating in our events or learning more about the club, contact us at western.eim@sogs.ca
 
Key words: Social, health
 

 

The Inked Quill Guild: SOGS Chapter 

The Inked Quill Guild is a club all about inks and pens. All things fountain pens, dip pens, calligraphy, inks, etc. belong here. This clubs hosts ink swaps, coordinates pen pals, workshops, and group orders (from places like Wonder Pens, Goulet Pens, or Cult Pens, to save on shipping costs), and hosts a discord channel on the SOGS server for ongoing inky dialogue. As we are new, we are open to feedback from our members on what they would like to see. We plan to evolve and develop based on past events.
 
Get in touch with the Inked Quill Guild club organizer, Kate McDonald kthoma83@uwo.ca), if you have any questions.  
 

Key words: creative, social


WesternU Polish Graduate Student Association

The goal of this  club is to provide opportunities for graduate students of Polish descent (as well as students interested in Polish culture) to make meaningful friendships and connections with other Polish Graduate students, while promoting and maintaining connections to Polish culture and tradition. As a result, members will not only have proximal ties to their culture through their peers and events, but will also be able to meet potential professional connections or research collaborators.

Though members of this organization are not obligated to come to any of the events, the events will create a culturally relevant and social atmosphere that should appeal to graduate students of Polish descent.

There is no set number of events in a given year, but members should expect approximately one monthly event during the Fall and Winter terms.

Get in touch with the WPGSA club organizer, Christopher Kowalski (ckowals@uwo.ca), if you have any questions. 
 

Key words: cultural, social


The Society of WesternU Iranian Students (SWIS) club

 
SWIS is a socio-cultural club for Iranian graduate students at WesternU. The club hosts social events and initiatives on- and off-campus.
 

Are you interested in Persian culture? Would you like to gather with other fellows on campus to watch Iranian movies, listen to Persian music, try Persian food, and do many other Persian-style activities? 

SWIS aims to provide not only a community for Iranian students but also a real-life experience for other students who are interested in Persian traditions.

Want to be a member of the club? Please click on the link for joining our telegram channel HERE.

Get in touch: Email President – Parham Pirayesh (ppirayes@uwo.ca)
 
Upcoming Events:
 
Fall 2022 SWIS film screening schedule:

Takes place in Middlesex College, room 110 from 7pm to 9pm.

SWIS Social Games & Hangouts schedule:

  • Friday, September 16, 23, 30
  • Friday, October 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Friday, November 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Friday, December 2
Takes place in Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB), room 1110 from 7pm to 9pm.

Running Club

Looking for a group to run with?  

The Running Club meets twice a week during Fall 2022:  Mondays and Thursdays at 4:30pm. We meet by the main entrance to the Western Recreation centre. These runs are meant to be social and we go at a pace that allows for chatting, with some walking every now and then. Runners of all experience levels welcome!

If you would like to become a member, please fill out our intake form here: https://tinyurl.com/sogs-running-club. Membership is not needed to attend runs, you can simply show up! However by becoming a member you’ll get our email updates about upcoming events outside the weekly runs, such as trail runs, races, and so on.

Questions? Comments? You would like to get involved? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Running Club organizer, Jarl G. Taxerås Flaten (jtaxers@uwo.ca)

Key words: health, social


Note: The Anti-Caste Club is no longer active. If you would like to be part of the club or chair it, please get in touch with the Orientation and Social Committee (osc.committee@sogs.ca).

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