Mission Statement / Mandate
The Orientation Committee is one of the standing committees of the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) at The University of Western Ontario. Its mandate is to arrange presentation and host social events for new students and Councillors and also to produce and distribute the handbook/dayplanner and Councillor Orientation packages. Hence, we are the gateway to SOGS for new students and councillors coming to the university.
Socials: Some of the socials planned for the Fall will include New Student Part at the Grad Club, PHD Movie Screening, Outdoor event at a London Park and other locations downtown. These are popular events and attendees are urged to register early.
Sports: Members of the committee will coordinate several sports events for all students in a SOGS teams for Hockey, Soccer and Dodgeball. We continue to plan for more events.
Presentations: We plan information sessions for new students at events hosted by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS), Faculties, departments, Clubs and Association on campus. At these events we provide information to new students about SOGS, its benefits and how to get involved. We also host our own information sessions on behalf of SOGS and our social events are sometimes inclusive of presentations.
Councillor Orientation: The SOGS Council is composed of departmental representatives and part-time graduate students’ representatives who are referred to as Councillors. New councillors are inaugurated in the fall and the Orientation Committee arrange and host presentations for them to get them ready for the task they do. We do this in coordination with the SOGS Speaker.
Please note: For more information about the SOGS Orientation Committee and our events, visit the SOGS Office at Room 260, UCC.