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SOGS Events Calendar

Please check out our Events Calendar for a full list of SOGS-related events, programming, and deadlines. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter to keep your finger on the pulse of #GradLifeWesternU!

As subsidy applications must be physically submitted to the office (MC room 8), please be mindful of holidays, weekends, and office closures.

August 2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • OFFICE CLOSED - Civic Holiday
  • Virtual Support Group for Racialized and International Students
  • Virtual Weekly Trivia
  • Virtual Support Group for Racialized and International Grad Students
  • Virtual Support Group for Racialized and International Students
  • Virtual Weekly Trivia
  • Virtual Support Group for Racialized and International Grad Students
  • Virtual Support Group for Racialized and International Students
  • Virtual Weekly Trivia
  • Virtual Support Group for Racialized and International Grad Students
  • Virtual Support Group for Racialized and International Students
  • Virtual Weekly Trivia
  • Themed Trivia: Disney 2.0
  • Virtual Games Night
  • Virtual Support Group for Racialized and International Grad Students
  • SOGS council
  • NB Summer childcare & travel subsidies due Aug 31
  • DUE Summer childcare & travel subsidies

If you would like to subscribe to our Events calendar, please use this ICAL link.

virtual Events during the covid-19 pandemic

Summer Orientation Week Events - learn more

In light of COVID-19 social distancing measures, the Orientation and Social Committee has a fun week of virtual orientation week events planned!

Monday, June 8:

Virtual Support Group for Women and Femme Graduate Students, 10-11am VIA Zoom.
To participate, fill out the intake survey –>

Tuesday, June 9:

Virtual Support Group for Racialized and International Students, 1-2pm VIA Zoom
To participate, fill out the intake survey –>

Virtual Grad Club Trivia, 8PM with Elizabeth

Wednesday, June 10:

Virtual Weekly Game Night, 8pm on the SOGS Discord Server

Thursday, June 11:

Virtual Support Group for Women and Femme Graduate Students, 2:30-3:30pm VIA Zoom.
To participate, fill out the intake survey –>

Virtual Support Group for Racialized and International Students, 12-1pm VIA Zoom
To participate, fill out the intake survey –>

Virtual Beers and Peers, 7pm on the SOGS Discord Server –>

Friday, June 12

Virtual Writing Support Group, 10am-3:45pm, on the SOGS Discord Server –>

Virtual Karaoke Night, 8pm on the SOGS Discord Server –>

Saturday, June 13

*Weekend Breakfast and Coffeehouse Drop-in on the SOGS Discord Server, 8-11:30am, on the SOGS Discord Server –>

If balancing grad school and the isolation, anxiousness, frustration, sadness, or disconnect of social distancing is weighing on you, join the SOGS Virtual Support Group for Racialized and International Graduate Students (via Zoom) to re-connect, support, and motivate each other. Everyone is welcome! The group will meet twice per week on Tuesdays from 1-2pm and Thursdays from 12-1pm.

Interested in participating? Fill out our intake survey here.

Are you struggling with the isolation that has come with COVID-19? You are not alone!  In order to help connect our womxn and femme constituents, our Women’s Concerns Commissioner, Jaclyn Siegel, will be hosting an online support group on Mondays from 10-11AM and on Thursdays from 2:30-3:30PM during this bout of COVID-19 isolation.

If you want support, or just to commiserate with your peers, join in on the virtual group by filling out our survey here

Miss weekly Trivia Nights at the The Western Grad Club? We do! Join Virtual Trivia Night with your fellow grad, Elizabeth, at 8pm each Tuesday and have a pub night at home!

Want to play? Join here.  Just want to watch? Tune in here for the questions!

Learn more about the ANTI-RACIST BOOK CLUB

One of the ways we are engaging our local membership about #BlackLivesMatter is by hosting a monthly Anti-Racist Book Club.

Each month our Women’s Concerns Commissioner Jaclyn Siegel, Racial Equity and Inclusivity Commissioner Mohammad Sharifi, and VP Student Services Jeremy Johnston will read a book about racial inequity by a Black author, and at the end of the month, we will meet to process and discuss its contents.

The first book is “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge. It is available on Scribd and Audible if you would prefer to listen to an audiobook.

*Discussion group meetings TBD.

Want to participate? Fill in out the Anti-Racism Book Club intake survey below so we can get in touch:

Wanna connect with your peers? The SOGS Orientation and Social Committee has created a SOGS Discord Server for virtual events, advocacy outreach, and more. 

Join the server:

Past Winter 2020 Term Events

Students receive FREE tickets. Refreshments, a graduate student reserved space, and lots of fun for all!

SOGS and Western Student Experience have partnered to provide wellness workshops specifically for graduate students.  Drop-in to any of these sessions to enhance your ability to thrive in graduate school and life beyond.

Join our Women’s Concerns Commissioner for a low-key reading group. Grads from all areas of research and study welcome to participate! 

Want to end Reading Week with a flurry of activity? We’re hosting our annual day trip event to Boler Mountain!

  • Choose to go tubing for $15 per person OR skiing (for beginners) for $60. HOT COCOA for all.
  • Each SOGS member can bring up to 4 guests. Tickets (cash only) can be purchased in the SOGS office in Middlesex College (room 8).
  • Tubing: Wear your warm clothes and get ready for fun. Helmets and tubes provided by Boler. Tubing starts at 1pm and ends at 3pm.
  • Skiing: Don’t have ski gear? Don’t worry; SOGS has set you up with the “Discovery package” which includes ski rental, 4-hour lift ticket (1pm-5pm) and a beginners ski lesson. Note: If you are not a beginner, don’t worry about it – you can skip the lesson.
  • Arrive by 12:30pm to gather your gear and check-in.
  • Get your own ride to Boler Mountain or take the bus!
    Check Google Maps for transit routes to Boler: 

Join the Grad Club committee for a fun night where members (and their families) can learn how to make slime. FREE event. We have all the supplies, including loads of sparkles and beads to make textured slime. Snacks provided for participants and their families. 

Love Disney princesses, evil queens, dashing princes, and all the magical supporting characters? Love Star Wars, Pixar, and any other franchises owned by Disney? Join us and the Grad Club Committee for a special night of DISNEY(+) trivia hosted by the SOGS VP Finance, Madison Bettle!

Prizes awarded to the winning team of each round. No team can win more than one round, plus overall winner.

Want to have a say in the SOGS 2020-2021 budget? Want a say regarding constitutional changes to the Society? Want to hear what the SOGS executives, commissioners, and committees have been up to over the past year? Come to our Annual General Meeting! KNOWLEDGE = POWER.

ALL SOGS MEMBERS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. If you can’t attend, you can have a member attend for you as a “proxy”. Visit for the proxy form. Exercise your membership and democratic rights and attend to cast your votes.

An AGM package will be emailed out to all SOGS members on Thursday, February 20, 2020. Please review this before attending the AGM so you know what is on the agenda and what you are voting for.

Snacks will be provided for those in attendance.

Past 2019 Fall Term Events

Love the Grad Club? The Grad Club loves you, its members. Join us for the 3rd and final 40th anniversary event. Get a 1970’s-themed welcome beverage, a Tequila Sunrise or a non-alcoholic Shirley Temple! Starting at 6pm select appetizers will be half price. Bring your student ID to get your Grad Club membership card. 

Join our Accessibility Commissioner, Ashton Forrest, for a pizza luncheon to celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year’s theme is “The Future is Accessible”. Over pizza, think about what accessibility means to you and contribute to our colourful display board.  FREE events. Registration required. Register here

Celebrate the end of the year at our annual Ugly Sweater Party. Tickets are $5 for members / $10 for non-members. Buy your tickets at the SOGS Office. *Cash only, please. 

Ticket includes: Gingerbread House making, sugar cookie decorating, loads of food (appetizers and more), popular culture trivia, prizes, contest for best ugly sweater. 

Join us and SOGS alumni for a night of conversation and networking over beers. Meet up in the Grad Club boardroom. 

It’s the Grad Club‘s 40th Anniversary this year, and we’ve got a bunch of stuff planned for you! The first event is a Jazz Night with Joe Moscheck and friends. Feeling snazzy? Jam with the band on stage if you’re feeling adventurous. FREE. Everyone Welcome. 

Bring your friends, warm up your vocal chords for a fun, free night of singing at the Grad Club!

Like whiskey? We’ve got you covered! Join us for our second Grad Club 40th anniversary event. $5 tickets include a tasting of 6 different kinds of Forty Creek whiskey and appetizers. Tickets are limited, so don’t procrastinate. Buy your tickets at the Grad Club bar. 

Feeling glum because you can’t get to Germany this year for Octoberfest? Don’t worry, we will bring the magic of Octoberfest to you!

Ticket includes: Your choice of Octoberfest sausage or veggie sausage or chicken schnitzel + fries + pretzel + beverage samples. 

Everyone welcome! Bring your children and partner/spouse to The Grad Club on October 30 from 5-7pm for a Halloween Party suitable for all!

Pizza party!
Free drink ticket for parents in costume.
Pumpkin carving for the family! (One pumpkin per family). Take your pumpkin with you.
Costume contest and loot bags for the kids.
Boardgames + Halloween candy.

Adults are $5 | Kids are FREE!

Middlesex College is THE most Harry Potteresque building on campus, so it only makes sense that we’d continue the tradition of Harry Potter Trivia in October! Join us for a super fun night of flexing those Pottermore facts. Enjoy select Harry Potter-themed menu items. CASH prizes (I.e., Grad Club gift vouchers) for winning teams! Bring your friends. 

Quidditch Sticks
Six pretzel & cheese sticks

Professor Sprouts
Veggie Garden
Cucumber, Carrots, Celery,
Cherry tomatoes & hummus

Mrs. Weasley
corned beef sandwich
Corned beef on marble rye bread
grilled with sauerkraut & Swiss cheese
served with quidditch stick

Fall 2019 Orientation Week events

Note: Tickets to our paid events can be purchased in the SOGS office (MC room 8). *CASH ONLY* Tickets are limited, so first come, first served. For more information about our events, see our Facebook Page.

Please see our orientation page for more information about these events.