Orientation

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!

Want to play? Join at discord.gg/SKgWXxD.
Just want to watch? Tune into ow.ly/5pKv50zdAyq for the questions!

 

 


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!

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 gradcast@gmail.com. GradCast will be releasing a #PetsofGradSchool compilation video later in the term.