Winter 2021 Orientation
ORIENTATION WEEK EVENTS
MONDAY, JANUARY 11
THESIS WRITING SESSION | 2-5pm
Want to work on your thesis and article writing with your peers in a supportive and caring environment? Sometimes working with friends and peers gives the motivation required to reach those writing milestones.
Join our Academic Committee on January 11 for a Pomodoro style writing group on the SOGS Discord Server. Head over to #thesis-writing-session to join.Not on Discord member? Get the invite link at sogs.ca/discord.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 12
MEET YOUR GRADUATE STUDENT INDIGENOUS CULTURE ADVOCATES | 9-10am
Are you a grad student who identifies as indigenous or an indigenous ally? Want to get involved in indigenous grad life at WesternU? Want to learn about Indigenous initiatives and academic support on campus?
Join your elected SOGS Indigenous Commissioner, Geneveave Barbo, and Indigenous Student Centre’s SAGE Peer Mentor, Tara Hedican, at this casual virtual meet and greet event. Door Prizes for attendees!
QUEER REPRESENTATIONS IN MEDIA | 6-7pm
Join the SOGS Pride Commissioner, Shannon-Thomas Carnahan (PhD FIMS) for a “Queer Representation in the Media” talk on the SOGS Discord Server! In this talk Shannon-Thomas will cover the good, the bad, and the ugly of queer representation.
Not on the SOGS Discord Server? Don’t worry! Head over to sogs.ca/discord to get the invitation link. Once you sign-up, check out the SOGS server and head over to the #pride-channel, a voice channel that makes interacting in real time a breeze!
TRIVIA NIGHT | 8-10:30pm
Miss weekly Trivia Nights at the The Western Grad Club? We do! Join Virtual Trivia Night with your fellow grad, Elizabeth Jewlal, at 8pm!
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13
ADVOCACY JEOPARDY: MINGLE WITH YOUR GRADUATE STUDENT ADVOCATES | 1-2:15pm
Interested in getting to know the graduate students at SOGS who are elected to serve the accessibility, indigenous, gender concerns, racial equity & inclusivity, and pride constituencies on campus?
Join our VP Advocacy and our commissioners for a casual meet and greet (over lunch?) on Zoom to learn more about the ways SOGS advocates for your community. Oh, stick around to play a game of advocacy Jeopardy! We have raffle door prizes and prizes (e-gift cards) for the winners!
BOARD GAME NIGHT | 8-11pm
Love board games? Want to meet other grad students at Western?
Join us for a virtual board game night on the SOGS Discord Server and play in real games in real time! Games will include JackBox, Scribbl.io, and a selection of games on Tabletop Simulator for those who own the software.
The Orientation and Social Committee will be giving out copies of Tabletop Simulator on the Discord Server Jan 4-8, 2021.
Not on our Discord Server? Join HERE.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 14
STITCH ‘N’ BITCH | 6-8pm
Love to be creative and unwind with a soothing crafting project? Join the SOGS Pride Commissioner, Shannon-Thomas Carnahan, and the Grad Club, for a casual crafting event.
Bring your own craft projects if you got’em and tune into the SOGS Discord Server to chat with your peers.
Don’t have a project on the go? Try one of these accessible paper-based projects!
- Printable Paper: Craft Stardew Valley Diorama
- Cardboard Box House for a Child or Pet
- One-Sheet 8-Page Zine
Not on our Discord Server? Join HERE.
VIRTUAL PILATES CLASS | 8pm
Help us kick off the Winter Term with a free, virtual Pilates class with Western’s Sports and Recreation! This event is organized by our Graduate Peer Support Committee.
A link will be emailed to participants on Thursday in advance of the class.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 15
PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE: Film Screening | 1-2pm
Join the SOGS Gender Concerns Commissioner, Francesca Alexander, for a screening of “Period. End of Sentence“, a short film set in rural India, where the stigma of menstruation persists, that documents how women make low-cost sanitary pads on a new machine and stride toward financial independence (Netflix).
Join the SOGS Discord Server to watch this film! No need to worry about a Netflix subscription! Join our Discord server HERE.
LET’S PLAY: AMONG US | 8-10pm
Want to play Among Us, an multi-platform online and local party game of teamwork and betrayal for 4-10 players…in space? The SOGS Executive sure do!
Drop in on the SOGS Discord server and chat with the SOGS Executive while they play Among Us. Don’t you want to figure out who the imposter is?
Among Us is FREE (with ads) on mobile (iOS, Google Play) and STEAM. *The Orientation and Social Committee will be giving away Steam copies during Jan 4-8, 2021!
Join our Discord server HERE.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16
PET SHOW & TELL | 2:30-4PM
Have pets? Want to share your cuteness overload with your SOGS Community?
Join us on the SOGS Discord server for a family friendly show & tell! Join our Discord server HERE.
VIRTUAL MIXER | 8-11pm
Join us cocktail/mocktail in hand for the last Winter Orientation Week event! Talk with old and new friends, relax and kick back!
Not on Discord? Join our Discord server HERE.
WEEKLONG INITIATIVES: January 6-16, 2021
Show us your traditional and non-traditional snow people? Family friendly contest! Show us your creativity and winter spirit to be entered to win sweet prizes. Oh, and you don’t have to make your creation out of snow; get creative and use whatever materials you have a home!
How to participate:
- Make a traditional or non-traditional snow person out of snow or any other material you have on hand.
- Take a photo of your creation.
- Post your photo on social media (tag @westernsogs on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter) and/or on #snow-competition on the SOGS Discord Server. Join our Discord Server HERE.
Want to get outside and do a number of local, winter-y activities? Try our winter bingo game! Kid-friendly, no cost activities that you can do in your local neighbourhood. We’ve got loads of upcoming prizes!
How to participate:
- Download the bingo sheet HERE.
- Over the Winter 2021 Term, complete as many activities you want to (or can)
- At the end of the Winter 2021 term, each line or 4 corners will give you one entry into the prize draw. The more activities you do, the more chances to win!
Have cute pets? Send GradCast, the official radio show of SOGS, short videos (60 sec. max) of your pets to firstname.lastname@example.org. GradCast will be releasing a #PetsofGradSchool compilation video later in the term.