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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Items in this month's newsletter: 




Handbook Photo Contest! Patio

Looking to share your creative talent with your peers? The Orientation Social Committee (OSC) is looking for one
talented individual to design the 2015-2016 Graduate Handbook cover. The winner of the photo contest will receive a $100 Grad Club Gift Certificate.

The design must meet the following criteria:

  • Capture the theme of “Collegiality at the Grad Club”. The more creative, the better!
  • Any person in the photo must provide written consent should your submission be selected.
  • The design should be submitted in .jpg or .pdf formats.
  • The design should clearly include a SOGS logo and/or the text: “Society of Graduate Students”.Logo
  • The design should also include the text: “2015-2016 Graduate Handbook and Dayplanner”.
  • The design should also include the text: “The University of Western Ontario”.
  • The size of the page should be portrait: 8.5" x 5.5"
  • In order for your submission to win, your entry must meet ALL of these requirements.

Please send your cover design to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 18, 2015.



Call for members: post-residency/funding fees committee

The committee on post-funding fees and post-residency fees is currently looking for members. This committee will be exploring strategies to implement post-residency and/or post-funding fees on our campus by collecting and analyzing data, and planning a campaign around these issues for the coming academic year.

If you are interested in getting involved with this committee, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Join the Orientation and Social Committee (OSC)

The OSC is looking for new members to help plan and execute events for the graduate student body. Being a committee member typically requires meeting once a month, and attending events regularly. If you are interested please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


International and Exchange Student Centre


Board Game Night @ The Grad Club



Board Game night will be hosted by the Orientation and Social Committee (OSC) Wednesday June 17th starting at 6:30pm. Some games will be provided but please feel free to BYOG! Snacks will be provided.

**We’ll be offering Bud Light, Shock Top, and Goose Island IPA for $3.50 per bottle (tax included).

Please invite your friends:

For more social updates, see You can even subscribe to SOGS Social events on Facebook so that you can be automatically invited!


Let’s Go to the Beach!



The OSC will be running a bus trip to Grand Bend Beach on Saturday June 27th, weather permitting. Buy your tickets at the SOGS Office UCC260 for 10$ per person. The bus leaves outside Middlesex College at 9:30am sharp and leaves Grand Bend at 4:30pm. Bring your own lunch or buy it there! Get your tickets quickly before they sell out! 

For more social updates, see


Oh, Canada!



Want to do something for Canada Day but don't know where to go? Join the OSC on July 1st at 2:30pm in front of Middlesex College. Bring your bus pass and we will ride downtown to take part in the festivities in Harris Park, then hang out and watch the fireworks starting at 10pm! 

For more information about Canada Day at Harris Park, see


Campus Recreation


International Graduate Student Issues Committee – Upcoming Events

Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo (July)

Grand Bend (August)

Niagara Falls (October)

More information regarding specific dates, times, and prices COMING SOON!Niagara Falls


In the meantime, join the IGSIC Facebook Group:

Contact VP Student Services for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Summer Farmers' Market - Starts on Tuesday, June 16th


Fresh produce straight from the farm and so much more! Every Tuesday, from 9 am - 2 pm, in the green space beside McIntosh Gallery (across from Social Science).  The Goodah Gastrotruck will also be there, serving up their delicious gourmet grilled cheese.

Summers Farmers Market


Western Pharmacy


At the Grad ClubGrad Club

Enter to win a Mill St Charcoal BBQ. See server for details.

The Grad Club patio is now open! Bean bag toss on the patio everyday.

Every third Wednesday of the Month the OSC is hosting Boardgame night starting at 6:00PM.
You can purchase a bottle of Bud Light, Shock Top or Goose Island IPA for $3.50.

Summer Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday – 8:00 AM to 11:00PM
Saturday – closed
Sunday – closed.

The Grad Club will open on weekends for events or conferences
Call 519-661-2111 ext 86386 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up your event.

Free parking after 7:30 PM.

Get Your VanHoutte Coffee Card

Buy ten coffees and get one free.


Trivia Tuesday: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Come early to get a good seat

Every Thursday: Mill St presents Rick McGhie - 8:00 PM start

Lunch Specials

Tuesday - 11:30am - 1:30PM
Lunch special Pad Thai or Buffalo Chicken Wrap - vegetarian options available

Wednesday - 11:30am - 1:30PM - $10.25 one trip 
Lunch Special Indian Buffet (South Asian Cuisine)

Thursday11:30am - 1:30pm - $8.50
Lunch Special Create your Pasta; gluten free pasta available

Friday11:30AM - 1:30PM
Patio BBQ 

You can find all of our lunch and dinner specials on the Grad Club website

Book the Goblet

To reserve The Goblet of Knowledge for your upcoming defense party, call Marc Extension 86386.


Meal Plan


June Trivia

April Trivia pic

Each month, SOGS hosts a trivia contest featuring information from our annual day planner or our website. Correct answers are entered into a drawing and five students will win a certificate to the Grad Club! Please email your response to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 31st. Winners can pick up their GC certificates in the SOGS office during regular office hours, and their names will be posted in next month's newsletter.

July Question:

What are the three bursaries that SOGS offers?

June winners will be posted shortly.


University Community Centre
Room 260
The University of Western Ontario
London, ON  Canada N6A 3K7

p: (519) 661.3394 (or Ext. 83394)
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Summer Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9 AM – 4 PM.

Friday: 9 AM – noon.