Orientation

Fall 2020 Orientation


Department/Faculty Orientation:

Each year the SOGS Executive and staff visit departments and faculties on campus in the Fall and Winter Terms to teach new SOGS members about the value of their membership.

Due to COVID-19 and the virtual nature of orientation in 2020, we’ve created a short accessible video (with closed captioning) that outlines SOGS history, fees, services, funding opportunities, and more! Watch the video:

ORIENTATION RESOURCES:

Download the presentation slides as a PDF file (w/ links to web resources) HERE.

Download the video presentation file (no closed captioning) as a MP4 file HERE.

Link to the Youtube video (with closed captioning): https://youtu.be/Zj5nsvQ5w7w


Orientation Week Events:

Monday, September 14, 2020

WEEKLY GRAD WRITING SESSIONS (Mondays, 2pm-5pm)

Want support while you write? You are not alone! No pressure, just support.

Hosted by the SOGS Academic Committee on the SOGS Discord Server!

Join the Discord Server!

 

FAMILY BBQ PICNIC ON UC HILL (4:30pm-8pm)

Want to attend? Please complete our online form and order your BBQ meal(s) here .

Entertainment, games and loot bags for the kids, and prizes! JW the Mustang mascot will be there!

Adult menu ($5 per person): Choice of beef burger, grilled chicken burger, or vegan veggie burger w/ cold pasta salad (dairy-free), veggie sticks, fresh fruit and beverage + ice cream dessert.

Kids menu ($5 per person): Choice of chicken fingers, beef hot dog, or vegan veggie burger w/ cold pasta salad (dairy-free), veggie sticks, fresh fruit, and beverage + ice cream dessert.


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

DROP-IN BREAKFAST AT THE GRAD CLUB (8-11am)

Drop-in to the heart of #GradLifeWesternU and grab a free coffee and breakfast sandwich. *Vegan options available!

 

 

 

TUESDAY TRIVIA NIGHT (8pm start on Discord)

Have a pub night at home and join Virtual Trivia Night with your fellow graduate student, Elizabeth!

Want to play? Join at discord.gg/SKgWXxD. (*Not the SOGS Discord Server!)

Just want to watch? Tune into ow.ly/5pKv50zdAyq.

 


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

MEET YOUR COMMUNITY ADVOCATES EVENT (6pm start on Zoom)

Meet your SOGS Commissioners (Accessibility, Gender Concerns, Indigenous, Pride, Racial Equity and Inclusivity) and learn more about the ways SOGS advocates for ALL members on- and off-campus. Play “advocacy trivia” and win prizes for gift cards!

To participate, please fill out our online form and provide us with your email here.

 

BOARD GAME NIGHT (8pm start on the SOGS Discord Server)

Play games like Jackbox, Codenames, Skribbl.io, and Settlers of Catan online in the comfort of your own home!

Join the Discord Server!

 

 


Thursday, September 17, 2020

VIRTUAL LUNCH FOR INDIGENOUS GRAD STUDENTS (11:30am – 1pm on Zoom)

RSVP to the luncheon here.

Bring your own lunch and meet the staff from the Indigenous Student Centre and your indigenous grad student peers.

 

 

GRADCAST RADIO TRIVIA (8pm start on the SOGS Discord Server and Twitch)

Meet the people who organize and host GradCast: The Official Radio Show of SOGS! 

Join the Discord Server!

 

 


Friday, September 18, 2020

MOVIE NIGHT: Jurassic Park (8pm start on Netflix)

Have a Netflix account? If you don’t, no biggie! SOGS will make sure to provide you with access. RSVP to the event by completing this online form.

Get your snacks, popcorn and cocktails ready!

 

 


Saturday, September 19, 2020

INTER-UNIVERSITY COCKTAIL MIXER (8pm start on the SOGS Discord Server)

Meet up with your graduate student peers from the University of Waterloo and McMaster University on the SOGS Discord Server! Casual networking over cocktails in the comfort of home.

Join theSOGS Discord Server!

 


Orientation Week (Sept. 14-19, 2020) PRIZE GIVEAWAY!

Most of our Orientation week events are online this year due to COVID-19. In order to celebrate #GradLifeWesternU’s shift online, we’re GIVING AWAY MUCHO PRIZES ALL WEEK LONG!

How to win: Attend events on the SOGS Discord Server and engage in our virtual #GradLifeWesternU for your chance to win GREAT prizes to local businesses and more! 

 


Resources for NEW Grad Students

London: Your Home Away From Home

 
GradMap

Need help navigating your way around Western Campus? This map has been tailor-made just for you!

Click on image to open PDF version.
Thriving in Graduate School: Taking Care of Yourself

SOGS and SGPS (School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) have worked together to amalgamate all the relevant resources for graduate students in a single place: the GRADUATE STUDENT LIFE & COMMUNITY HUB.

Graduate Student Associations/Councils

SOGS aims to keep track of Department Graduate Student Associations/Councils. If your Department Association/Council information is missing from this document, please contact sogs.communications@uwo.ca.