Graduate Wellness Week

 

For the last few years, Western has run Western Wellness Week in October. Last year, SOGS partnered with SGPS and Student Experience to host PhD Comic author, Jorge Cham, in November, and screened the PhD Comic movie both in November and in March, in an effort to bring more visibility to graduate student experiences. This year, we are hosting The Lego Grad Student at our Wellness Research Forum on October 4. Read on for details!

This year, with support and funding from SGPS, Student Experience and the Wellness Education Centre (WEC), Studentcare, Canadian Federation of Students, TD Bank, the Grad Club, Research Western, Michael King (SOGS Accountant), Graduate Peer Support (GPS), and the Academic, Grad Club, Gradcast, Orientation & Social, Equity, and Health Plan Committees, SOGS is hosting GRADUATE WELLNESS WEEK: October 2-October 6.

Join our Facebook Event Page to help spread the word: https://www.facebook.com/events/868800443276445/.

Our schedule of events is still being finalized, so please continue to check back here for updates (one location and the remaining registration links will be updated/added shortly).

Graduate Wellness Week Schedule

Monday, October 2, 2017
1:00-2:45PM
Wellness Education Centre (WEC)

Eating Well in Graduate School

Sara Perlmutter (Registered Dietitian) is hosting a free talk on healthy eating practices in graduate school, particularly with living on a tight budget. GPS volunteers will be present. Register for the chance to win 10% off a dietitian visit with Sara!

Refreshments and Coffee/Tea will be provided. There will be overflow livestreaming due to space limitation.

Register here: https://www.westerncareercentral.ca/publicEventsController.htm?eventId=2910.

Monday, October 2
7:00PM
The Grad Club

Stitch & Bitch

The Grad Club and Grad Club Committee, in parternship with Graduate Peer Support (GPS), is hosting a FREE Stitch & Bitch at the Grad Club. Participants will receive a thank you “gift” of knitting needles and tea. Sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). 

To guarantee your gift, register here: stitchandbitchgradclub.eventbrite.ca

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
11:00am-4:00pm
UCC Atrium

Western’s Wellness Info Fair

SOGS, SGPS, PSAC 610 610, and Studentcare will be attending Western’s Wellness Info Fair. Dozens of Western’s wellness services will be there, so encourage your colleagues to come out to learn what’s available to them.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
1:00-3:00PM
Wellness Education Centre (WEC)

Managing Stress in Graduate School

This talk will be led by Melanie-Anne Atkins, the WEC’s Wellness Coordinator. GPS and PSAC 610 will be present. Refreshments and Coffee/Tea will be provided. There will be a raffle prize for a self-care package for those who register!

Register here: https://www.westerncareercentral.ca/publicEventsController.htm?eventId=2956.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
9:00AM – 1PM
IGAB Atrium

Wellness Research Forum

 

 

 

 

 

In partnership with SGPS, Research Western, Studentcare, the Academic Committee, Gradcast, and GPS, the SOGS Accountant, Michael King, and Canadian Federation of Students, SOGS will host a Wellness Research Forum in an effort to showcase graduate student work on subjects relating to wellness. Our aim is to highlight the important work done by graduate students and to foster a more wellness-minded graduate student community at Western.

 

The Lego Grad Student

Talk title: “Why Am I Here? A Questionable Afternoon with Lego Grad Student”

 

 

Whether you care to openly admit it or not, the first month of grad school has probably felt like a sledgehammer repeatedly slamming into your face and soul. Spend an hour with Lego Grad Student as he attempts to explain why this is a perfectly normal–but not inevitable–feeling, and offers painfully learned advice on how you can manage it. (Satisfaction absolutely not guaranteed.)

As his social media accounts state, Lego Grad Student is “a hollow head struggling to make it through a blocky world.” His page documents the small daily existential struggles of graduate school life, with hopes that students realize that they should not feel alone in or embarrassed to talk about about their problems. So far, this has resonated with over 90,000 followers (and growing). Lego Grad Student–or really, the creator behind him–has a PhD in the social sciences and lives somewhere on the West Coast of the United States. Find him @legogradstudent on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
1:30-3:30PM
IGAB Atrium

Financial Literacy (Sponsored by TD Bank)

Immediately following the Wellness Research Forum, TD Bank will present on financial literary as it pertains to graduate students. The SOGS Finance and Bursaries Committees, in addition to PSAC 610, will be in attendance.

Register for the event here: http://grad.uwo.ca/events/?id=255

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
7:00pm
The Grad Club

Paint Nite @ the Grad Club!

The SOGS Grad Club hosts Paint Nite every month. This month’s painting is “Whimsical Blue Gerbera”. Graduate students receive 30% discount (“JORDANE30”) when registering for the event.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
1:30-3:30
KB 203

Studentcare (SOGS Health Plan) Town Hall 

Studentcare will run a Town Hall on the SOGS Extended Health & Dental Plan. This is the chance for all graduate students to provide feedback to Studentcare regarding their Plan. Refreshments & Coffee/Tea will be served during the Town Hall. PSAC 610 will also be present to distribute information about their Extended Health Plan (EHP) financial support. Studentcare will be raffling off two (2) $100 Mastercard gift cards to those who register for the event.

Register for the event here: studentcaretownhall.eventbrite.ca

Thursday, October 5, 2017
5pm
Grad Club

Arts and Crafts – Family friendly!

The Grad Club, the Grad Club Committee, GPS, and the OSC will co-host a free arts and crafts event. Appetizers and hot chocolate will be provided. Some crafts will include: Kindness rocks, orgami, painting, etc.

Register for the event here: artsandcraftsfamily.eventbrite.ca

Friday, October 6, 2017
1:00-3:00PM
Wellness Education Centre (WEC)

Self-care in Graduate School

This talk will be hosted by Melanie-Anne Atkins, the WEC’s Wellness Coordinator. Graduate Peer Support (GPS) volunteers will also be present. Refreshments and Coffee/Tea will be provided. There will be a raffle prize for a self-care package for those who register!

You can register for this event here: https://www.westerncareercentral.ca/publicEventsController.htm?eventId=2955.