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.

You can also follow SOGS on twitter and facebook to get updates on events and issues relevant to graduate students and Western between editions of the newsletter.

Items in this month's newsletter: 

Important deadlines

Health Plan Opt-IN & OUT DEADLINE for Summer 2015 is May 31.  Opt-In forms must be completed and returned to the SOGS office with cash or cheque payments.  Forms can be found online.  Opt-outs must be completed online:
http://www.sogs.ca/index.php/benefits/health-dental

Bursary DEADLINE for Summer 2015 submissions is May 31.  Applications must be completed online: http://www.sogs.ca/index.php/benefits/financial-assistance

 

Studentcare

 

First board game night of this summer!

boardgamesThe Orientation Social Committee (OSC) is hosting a Board Game Night on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6pm @ THE GRAD CLUB. There will be FREE FOOD!

https://www.facebook.com/events/562626483877697/

https://www.facebook.com/Western.SOGS.Socials

 

SOGS Ombudsperson

 

SOGS Queer Discussion Group June 1 @ 5:30pm

SOGS will be hosting a queer discussion group Monday, June 1 at 5:30pm in UCC 373. Any SOGS members who are gender, sexual, or romantic minorities or allies are welcome to attend.

This will be a safer space event. If you have any accessibility concerns, please let us know and we’ll do our best to facilitate your participation.

The topics for this month’s discussion group are:

  • Debate continues to surround the new Ontario sex ed curriculum. What are your thoughts on the curriculum? Did you have a particularly impressive or helpful sex ed experience during your schooling? Or is there anything you wish someone had taught you sooner?
  • Pride events are starting to be planned! Are there events you’d like to see? Or to organize?

Questions or concerns can be directed to kirstyn ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

International and Exchange Student Centre

 

International Graduate Student Issues Committee

Join IGSIC June 13 for a day trip to Canada's Wonderland! Ticket price of $70 includes: transportation, admission, all-you-can-drink voucher, and snack. The trip will occur rain or shine. Tickets available in the SOGS office while supplies last.

Other upcoming events:

  • Toronto Zoo (July)
  • GrandBend (August)
  • Niagara Falls (October)

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

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

 

Campus Recreation

 

SOGS is hiring: part-time receptionist

The receptionist is a graduate student who is responsible for general inquiries, bus pass distribution, health plan inquires and general office support. The receptionist reports directly to the Office Manager. Preference will be given to graduate students who are members of SOGS.

The full job description is available on our website. If interested, please email your cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 31, 2015.

 

Western Pharmacy

 

Thank you for making the What is Feminism? discussion a success!

Last month the Women's Concerns Commission hosted their first safe space discussion, What is Feminism? Thank you to everyone who came out, the discussion was a great success. There will be another discussion coming up in the near future, stay tuned. Additionally, the discussion provided a child care option so parents would be able to attend the evening event. This went really well and made the event much more accessible. We are working on making this option available more often for campus events so all our students are able to come out! Look out for upcoming opportunities to get involved with providing child care so that our graduate events are more accessible and improved. If you have any questions please contact the Women's Concerns Commissioner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Meal Plan

 

Looking to advertise to Western students?

logoAttention Western organizations! Are you looking for ways to market your business to the ~5000 graduate students at Western? Look no further: the Graduate Student Handbook provides an excellent space to market your services. We also offer online advertising space as well! If you’re interested in advertising in our Handbook or on our website, please contact us for more information.

Madison Bettle, VP Student Services
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

May Trivia Question

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 May 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.

May Question:  What are the Grad Club's summer hours?

April Winners:

  • Sahab Zandi
  • Susanna George
  • Sergii Pypko
  • Chelsea Vaters
  • Galayna Grynkiv

 

Do you have a news item or announcement you would like to have included in the next SOGS Update?  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information!

 

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

p: (519) 661.3394 (or Ext. 83394)
f: (519) 661.3374

Summer Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9 AM – 4 PM.

Friday: 9 AM – noon.