SOGS Update Newsletter
SOGS Update, the official monthly electronic newsletter from SOGS, keeps you up to date on issues and events affecting graduate students at The University of Western Ontario. If you are looking for previous issues of SOGS Update please contact the office.
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If you are already covered by another an extended health plan (this does not mean your provincial health care plan – e.g., UHIP or OHIP), then you may choose to opt-out of the SOGS plan.
Opt-in and Opt-out deadline is the last business day of the first month of your enrolment term. If you still choose to opt-out and do so by the deadline you will receive a refund of the health plan premiums (excluding administration fees) you were billed on your tuition fee bill.
You should know that your student health and dental plan includes benefits specially designed for student needs. You may find it to your advantage to remain enrolled in both this plan and your other extended health plan in order to increase your total coverage by coordinating the benefits of the two plans.
If you still choose to opt-out and do so by the deadline you will receive a refund of the health plan premiums you have been billed on your tuition fee bill.
If you are enrolled in September, you can opt-out from September 1 – 30.
If you are first enrolled in January, you can opt-out from January 1 – 31.
If you are first enrolled in May, you can opt-out from May 1 – 31.
Each year the Federation Canadian Federation submits recommendations to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance during pre-budget consultations. This year the Federation offered solutions focusing on student debt, research and innovation, and youth employment.
The full submission can be viewed at the CFS website.
The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) stands for for affordable, high quality, universal child care – an issue important for many SOGS members.
In the upcoming municipal and school board election – October 27th, 2014 – OCBCC is working to ensure that all communities try and build relationships with the candidates running for counsellor and school board trustee.
The importance of building these relationships with the candidates is because from now on it is the responsibility of the municipalities to decide on how your funding is distributed.
If you are interested in becoming involved with the Coalition, more information can be found at their website, www.childcareontario.org, or you can click on the "Get Involved" tab at www.idependonchildcare.ca and sign up.
The Orientation Committee is planning some great events for September:
Sept. 16th: Ice-Cream Social from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Grad Club Patio – $2.00
Sept. 17th: Welcome Back BBQ from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Grad Club – $5.00
Sept. 18th: New Student Party from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Grad Club – $5.00
Tickets for all events are available at UCC 260.
Find more information on the Orientation Week 2014 page.
The Graduate Student Teaching Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for Summer 2014 awards. Nominations will close September 22nd and will be adjudicated at the beginning of May 2015.
The form for nominations can be found here.
SOGS is proud to announce a total of $40,500 was awarded in Subsidies for the Summer 2014 term! Congratulations to all the winners!
PIH Western is looking for executive team members!
Co-founded by Harvard physicians, anthropologists, a theologist, a digital media businessman and a construction company owner, PIH is dedicated to health equity with a "whatever it takes" perspective. PIH values not only medicinal healing, but also focuses on local empowerment, cultural competence and a sustainable management program. As such, it has received unparalleled praise from the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and other such prestigious organizations. PIH does have a sister organization, Partners in Health Canada (PIHC), whose main advocator is the musician group Arcade Fire. Two years ago, the first Students for Partners in Health chapter in the world was created at McGill University. Since then, 10 university chapters across Canada have begun and are reaching out to students who share a passion for this mission of health equity, regardless of educational background.
UAEM Western is looking for executive team members!
Ten years ago, the original UAEM founders (3 medical students and 3 lawyers from Yale University) worked with Doctors Without Borders and with Yale University's HIV researchers that helped bring down the price of HIV drugs in sub-Saharan Africa by 96% - making HIV treatment widely affordable in developing countries. As a completely student-run organization, human rights students, policy students, writers, biologists, economists and students from many different faculties, have collaborated to promote affordable access to drugs, diagnostics, devices and vaccines in developing countries by changing norms and policies at academic institutions. We also work to ensure that university research addresses the needs of people around the world by advocating for academic research on neglected diseases of the bottom billion.
At its July Meeting, the SOGS Council passed a motion in favour of Alex Sodiqov – a University of Toronto PhD Candidate in Political Science – being released from Tajikstan, where he has been held since June 16, 2014.
Continuum is a program that offers students a chance to continue on with their insurance benefits after they graduate. It's a great opportunity for those who do not have an employer's plan to transition to, as there are no medical examinations required (i.e. guaranteed acceptance on the plan) if they apply within 30 days, plus affordable rates and month-to-month payment, so there is no long term commitment. It's great for filling the gap between the time they are a student, and the time they are employed.
More information can be found at: http://www.continuumplan.com/.
Pride London was a huge success this year! The 10 consecutive days of entertaining and educational events were well-attended by many. The Pride parade, in particular, had 110 floats compared to 70 floats last year. Many people lined the street to watch and were able to see Western's fabulous float (see attached photos). After the parade was finished, Victoria Park was crowded with many people who enjoyed live music, hot air balloon rides, food, friends, and access to queer-friendly vendors and educational materials. To view photos from this year's Pride, and for more information please visit: http://pridelondon.ca/photo-gallery
SOGS members can join committees throughout the year, so if you are interested in becoming involved, please check out the list of SOGS committees and contact the executive or chair for more information.
Check out the Grad Club new website: gradclub.sogs.ca.
August 16th Grad Club Golf Tournament. Includes:
- 18 holes of golf with golf cart at Oxbow Glen Golf Course
- Bag lunch with soft drink
- Deluxe dinner buffet at the Grad Club
- Golf Prize
- $80.00 per person
Summer Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 10:00PM
Saturday and Sunday.
Free parking after 8pm.
Get your VanHoutte coffee card
Buy ten coffees and get one free.
Wednesday Indian Buffet (South Asian)
Every Wednesday the Grad Clubs serves an East Indian Buffet, 11:30AM-1:30PM. $10.25, one trip.
Thursday Create Your Own Pasta
Every Thursday, create your own Pasta. 11:30AM -1:30PM. $8.50.
Friday Theme Buffet
Served from 11:30AM - 1:30PM. $10.25, one trip.
Monday Open Mic
Monday Mill St Open Mic with Mike.
Every Tuesday @ 8pm. Come join the fun and win prizes including Grad Club gift certificates.
Thursday "Rick McGhie"
Every Thursday, 8:00pm-11:00pm enjoy the music of Rick McGhie.
Book the Goblet
To reserve The Goblet of Knowledge for your upcoming defense party, call Marc Extension 86386.
For more info, visit the Grad Club Online.
August Question: Which cartoon character appears on the front page of the Grad Club website?
- Sonja Teichert
- Kimberly Visser
- Nicole Talsma
- Michelle Flisar
- Nicole Talsma
- Shirley Ngai
- Parisa Alvandi
- Katelyn Mather
- Sonam Yadav
- Deana Schwarz
- Neven Vulic