The Society of Graduate Students is pleased to present its Fall 2021 Term Graduate Student Orientation Week schedule of events! These events run Monday, September 13 to Saturday, September 18, 2021 and are open to ALL SOGS members.
We are currently employing a hybrid in-person/virtual model for our events due to the unforeseen nature of the pandemic and its impact on larger in-person gatherings.
Who doesn’t like a scavenger hunt? In this hunt, you’ll learn about #GradLifeWesternU and the WesternU campus community while having fun!
Search out information, locations, and services on campus to win sweet prizes! Complete our scavenger hunt between Thursday, September 16 to Saturday, September 18 to qualify to win prizes.
This year, we’re using the ActionBound app to ask a number of virtual and location-based questions. *Scavenger hunt is a solo event.
New to ActionBound? Read the start instructions for the SOGS orientation scavenger hunt HERE.
Note: for those not in London, you can skip the geo-location questions.
PRIZES: We have prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners valued at over $300!
- 1st place –> Valued at $150+ includes a black WesternU hoodie and stainless steal water bottle; SOGS rainbow metallic ceramic mug, travel mug, Pride patch, cam cover, stickers; Grad Club gift certificate ($30); Studentcare insulated travel picnic blanket.
- 2nd place –> Valued at $100+ includes a WesternU sweater tote, baseball cap, and ceramic mug; SOGS travel mug, Pride patch, cam cover, stickers; and Grad Club gift certificate ($25).
- 3rd place –> Valued at $75+ includes a WesternU travel picnic blanket; SOGS rainbow metallic and travel mugs, Pride patch, cam cover, stickers; and a Grad Club gift certificate ($25).
Participate in and attend our orientation events to win door prizes, SOGS swag, WesternU bookstore gift cards and more!
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13:
COFFEE CHATS: 11:30am-12pm on the SOGS Discord Server – #VC-General. Pop onto the SOGS Discord Server for your chance to participate in a raffle for local coffeeshop gift cards!
GRAD CLUB COOKING CLASS: Monday, September 13, 2021.
Note: This event has been cancelled. Registrants have been emailed and provided with the recipe and the cooking class video link.
GAMING WITH YOUR ADVOCATES: Monday, September 13 from 8-9pm on Zoom. Registration required.
Note: This event has been postponed. Registrants have been emailed.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14:
DROP-IN BREAKFAST: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 8-10am at the Grad Club.
Drop into the Grad Club (main floor of Middlesex College, room 19) for a complimentary breakfast sandwich (english muffin, egg, cheese) and coffee/tea.
GRAD CLUB TRIVIA NIGHT: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 8PM on DISCORD. *Sign-up required to play solo or as a team*
Join SOGS member, Grad Club trivia mistress, and Canadian Graduate Student Trivia Championship winner, Elizabeth Jewlal, for a super fun night of virtual trivia on Discord.
Want to play with a team of your peers? Sign-up for Elizabeth’s Discord in advance to register your team: https://discord.gg/aGMRaX5
Want to listen to the trivia night but not play? Listen on Twitch: twitch.tv/atlphyre
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15:
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SOCIAL: Meet YOUR International Grad Student Peers on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 10am on ZOOM.
Join our International Graduate Student Issues committee for a casual, social hangout with new international graduate students. Building community connections made easy. Door prizes for attendees.
INDIGENOUS STUDENT CENTRE ORIENTATION LUNCHEON: Wednesday, September 16, 2021 at 12pm EST.
Join the staff from the WesternU Indigenous Student Centre for a virtual orientation luncheon for indigenous graduate students. Bring your desk lunch and connect with your advocates/peers.
*Zoom meeting ID: 998 7696 9856
BOARD GAME NIGHT: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 7pm EST on the SOGS DISCORD – #VC-Game-1
Join the SOGS Discord server to play games via Jackbox, Scribbl.io, and Tabletop Simulator.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16:
COFFEE CHATS: 7:30am-8am on the SOGS Discord Server – #VC-General.
Pop onto the SOGS Discord Server for your chance to participate in a raffle for local coffeeshop gift cards!
GRAD CAST TRIVIA: Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 8pm EST via ZOOM.
Join Grad Cast, the official radio show of SOGS for a casual game of general knowledge trivia. Hosted by SOGS Speaker and Grad Cast committee member, Liam Clifford.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17:
MOVIE NIGHT: Friday, September 17 at 7pm EST via ZOOM.
Bring your snacks and family for a super fun chill evening watching Disney’s Princess and the Frog (2009). Never seen this film? It’s set in Jazz-era New Orleans about a strong young aspiring restauranteur and her cursed frog prince. Watch the trailer HERE.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18:
VARSITY FOOTBALL GAME – MCMASTER AT WESTERNU: Saturday, September 18 at 1pm EST
You can watch the game for FREE on oua.yaretv.com, but you need to register an account. More information about in person tickets TBA
FAMILY BBQ AT THE GRAD CLUB: Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 4pm EST.
THE BBQ HAS NOW SOLD OUT!
Join us on the Grad Club patio for an outdoor fun family BBQ.
MENU: Your choice of beef hotdog, beef hamburger, or veggie burger. All meals are served with fries and salad + pop. We will have a local ice cream truck on location for complimentary creamy treats!
Questions about SOGS Orientation Week? Email the SOGS Communications and Promotions Manager, Heidi Kellett (email@example.com) for assistance,.