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.
At Council last week the CRO, Cindy Zhang and the DCRO, Martin Lefebvre announced the results for the recent referendum on post-residency fees.
The question was: "Are you in favour of a fifty (50) percent reduction in tuition fees for all graduate students once they reach the post-residency phase of their degree, that is to say, the completion of course work and the formal commencement of their thesis or dissertation project."
"Yes" vote: 1324 = 93.8%
"No" vote: 88 = 6.2%
Total votes: 1412~26% of SOGS members
The results were passed by Council and we await the final and formal announcement of the results by the CRO and DCRO once the period outlined in SOGS procedure has passed.
The results of the referendum are non-binding upon Western, but the turnout of votes is unprecedented in recent SOGS history. It empowers SOGS to seek post-residency fees from Western.
Wonderful news! SOGS has secured a special offer from Columbia sportswear. We are being offered employee pricing on Columbia, Mountain Hard Wear, SOREL and Montrail.
The invitation is valid from March14th – April 13th, 2014. This time frame allows the SOGS staff and graduate student a chance to shop more than once at the store if they choose. All details and instructions for your employees/students are included on the invitation letter. (The letter is also available in the SOGS Office.)
You can bring your immediate family with you when you shop; however, the invite is NOT transferable.
To gain entrance to the store, you will need to bring a printed copy of the invitation (no cellphone versions please), along with the current SOGS bus pass and UWO ID card. The store accepts all forms for payment except AMEX and personal cheques.
This is brought to you by your SOGS Executive.
Summer bus passes for full-time students will be available in the SOGS office starting April 14.
A total of $35,000 was awarded for the SOGS Winter 2014 Bursary Program. Congratulations to the 30 OSOTF and 10 OOP Bursary Award recipients!
SOGS Winter 2014 Travel & Child Care Subsidies' deadline is April 30 http://www.sogs.ca/index.php/benefits/financial-assistance
With the tabling of the Newfoundland and Labrador 2014 budget this afternoon, the face of post-secondary education and funding in Canada is being changed. The Newfoundland and Labrador government has announced, along with a continued tuition fee freeze, the replacement of all provincial student loans with grants.
This move is a direct victory after years of coordination, demonstrating that accessible and affordable post-secondary education is a realistic and important goal of students working together.
Please see the attached release for more information.
National Chairperson | Présidente Nationale
Canadian Federation of Students | Fédération canadienne des étudiantes et étudiants
w. 613.232.7394 x 221
As members of the Canadian Federation of Students, SOGS members can file their taxes for free with Ufile.
Just follow this link for instructions.
GradCast is the Society of Graduate Students' radio show and features candid interviews with graduate students. Listen live every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6pm on CHRW 94.9FM or www.chrwradio.com.
Follow GradCast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sogsgradcast
Students covered by the SOGS Health and Dental Plan benefit from coverage that includes:
Eyeglasses (including Prescription Sunglasses), Contact Lenses, & Eye Exams: $200 per 24 month period
Laser Eye Surgery: $150 per policy year
Plus: The Studentcare Vision Network Saves You Even More Money!
Studentcare, the SOGS Health Plan provider, has set up a network of vision care professionals to offer you added vision coverage over and above the coverage provided by your student plan. These eye care providers have agreed to reduce the cost of their services for SOGS Health Plan members. Network savings work in combination with your insured benefits so that you can save more money.
Guaranteed Price Limit on Eye Exams: Independent specialists who are part of the Studentcare Vision Network will charge no more than $50 for eye exams, which is lower than the usual market price. You must show your student ID card to be eligible for the network price limit.
$75 Off Prescription Eyeglasses:When visiting an independent specialist who is a member of the Vision Network, you can take advantage of 30% (up to $75) off the regular price of prescription eyeglasses (lenses with frames).
Up to $200 Off Laser Eye Surgery: LASIK MD offers a discount of $50 per eye on Standard LASIK, and $100 per eye on Advanced Custom Wavefront. A student financing plan is also now available.
A Better Way to Buy Eyewear: ClearlyContacts.ca is Canada's largest online retailer of contact lenses and eyeglasses. As a Health Plan member, you can say goodbye to headaches and eye strain by receiving an additional 10% off selling prices. Just visit clearlycontacts.ca and enter coupon code STUDENTCARE at checkout.
After the coldest winter in recent memory, come to the hottest grad student party at the end the academic year! Celebrate in the cozy company of friends and colleagues. Enjoy a warm, delicious dish of grad club grub with a nice drink or two. Play some intensely fun games and win awesome prizes!
Monday, April 7th @ 6:30 PM
The Grad Club
Lower Level, Middlesex College
Only $5 per student/ guest
Meal and drink ticket included.
Each student may bring up to one guest only. Tickets now available at the SOGS office, UCC 260. SOGS reserves the right to cancel an event if not enough people sign up. Hurry! Only a limited number of tickets is available.
Grad students enjoyed an awesome SOGS Cross-Country Skiing Event at nearby Circle R Ranch on March 1. Watch out for announcements on other exciting social activities from your fun loving SOGS Orientation and Social Committee!
Coming soon for international grad students. Watch out for announcements! Visit http://www.palasad.com/play/laser-tag for a sneak peek.
When: Thursday April 10th, 2014 3:30pm–9:00pm
Where: Western University, Faculty of Education (Althouse) 1137 Western Road
Connect with others in the field of education- related research and get up-to-date on the latest research being produced by the graduate department at Western University's Faculty of Education!
Go to http://www.edu.uwo.ca/graduate- education/research__events/graduate-symposium/index.html and RSVP today!
Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to gain insight into the latest research in education!
The Bylaw and Constitution Committee (BCC) and the Policy Committee (PC) are looking for members!
These are two very important committees for the Society as they conduct reviews of the SOGS governing documents and present recommendations to Council.
Congratulations to all of the Canadian Olympic athletes who competed in Sochi. You represented our country well and made us proud.
Fall Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 12:00AM
10:00am to 3:00pm
Free parking after 8pm.
Upcoming Entertainment at the Grad Club
Watch English Premier Soccer at the Grad Club!
Sponsored by Carlsberg. Enter to win a Premier League team jersey of your choice. Ask your server for more details.
Get your VanHoutte coffee card
Buy ten coffees and get one free.
Tuesday Chinese Buffet
Served from 11:30AM - 1:30PM. $9.50 one trip.
Wednesday Indian Buffet (South Asian)
Every Wednesday the Grad Clubs serves an East Indian Buffet, 11:30AM-1:30PM.
Thursday Create Your Own Pasta
Every Thursday, create your own Pasta. 11:30AM - 2:00PM.
Friday Theme Buffet
Served from 11:30AM - 1:30PM. $9.50.
Monday Open Mic
Monday Mill St Open Mic with Mike. Starting September 9, 2013.
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.
March/April Question: What happens at the Grad Club every Tuesday night at 8PM when you can enjoy delicious food and drink, awesome fun, and sweet prizes including Grad Club Gift Certificates?
- Yunyi Zhang
- Jennifer Victoria McDonald
- Neven Vulic
- Jasdeep Saini
- Catherine Alderson
- Michael Pest
- Rubaiat Ameena Mithila
- Kevin Vuong
- Kathleen Larion
- Philippe Gauthier