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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.

March 2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Trivia at the Grad Club
  • Graduate Peer Support Drop-Ins
  • Weekly Thesis Writing
  • Trivia at the Grad Club
  • Graduate Peer Support Drop-Ins
  • Trans and Nonbinary Education, Awareness, and Advocacy Day
  • Weekly Thesis Writing
  • Graduate Peer Support Drop-Ins
  • Weekly Thesis Writing
  • Trivia at the Grad Club
  • Graduate Peer Support Drop-Ins
  • SOGS council
  • Weekly Thesis Writing
  • Trivia at the Grad Club

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upcoming Events

 For more information about our events, see our Facebook Page.

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

To get FREE tickets for family/friends:

1. Please visit the Mustangs ticket webpage ( and sign up for the event using your Western student email account.
2. Select up to four GENERAL ADMISSION tickets to the Feb 7th Snowy Saddles game. Scroll to ticket options and select the number of youth or adult tickets you would like.
3. At the checkout, use the code SNOWYSOGS in the coupon box to redeem your our FREE tickets.
4. Questions: Email


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.

Learn more about the 3 workshops

  • Thriving Under Pressure
    • February 11, 4pm-6pm @ the Grad Club
    • Description: Stress can positively or negatively impact your ability to feel good and achieve success, depending on how you manage it. This workshop is designed to help you better understand stress, its causes, and the factors that maintain it. In this workshop, you will be invited to reflect on your personal experiences and your unique wellness needs. It is a valuable starting point or refresher as you work towards balancing your academic commitments with your physical and mental wellness.
  • On the Road to Resilience
    • February 18, 4pm-6pm @ the Grad Club
    • Imaging a situation where you face critique from a supervisor, do not get the grant you were counting on, or have to shift your academic focus because of the realities of the job market. With these scenarios in mind, this session will look at the definition of resilience, identify why resilience is important in grad school and your future career; and show you ways to build resilience. The goal of this workshop is to decrease your stress and optimize your well-being as you pursue academic success and your career aspirations.
  • The Imposter Syndrome
    • February 25, 4pm-6pm @ the Grad Club
    • Do you ever feel like your faking it in graduate school? Do you feel like you’re just fooling your professors? Do you think, ‘If I can do it, anyone can?’ If so, join the club! Millions of people around the world – from bright university students to their professors – secretly worry they’re not as capable as other people ‘think’ they are. It’s called the Imposter Syndrome, and there is a cure. In this workshop, learn about Imposter Syndrome and the skills and techniques to manage it.

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

February 13, 2020
    • Interested in learning more about sexuality and sexual orientation from a psychological perspective? To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the  journal club meeting to discuss Dr. Sari Van Anders’ Sexual Configurations Theory, a new theoretical framework rooted in queer and feminist theory, that takes into account the complexity of sexual orientation in everyday life.
    • Contact Jaclyn Siegel at for access to the article and/or a zine version. 
    • Event will take place in the SOGS multi-purpose room. 
    • Tea and baked goods provided.
    • Email to reserve your spot and to get the reading.
    • All are welcome, regardless of background or prior knowledge. The meeting will employ a PLEMI (“Please Excuse My Ignorance”) format.

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

Learn more about the trip...

  • 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 2020 Winter Term Events

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. 

Recurring Events

Every Tuesday at 7pm join your peers and faculty at the Grad Club for Trivia Night! Winning teams receive Grad Club gift vouchers. Get there early to get a good seat.