SOGS Orientation (Fall, Winter, and Summer) is planned by the VP Student Services in partnership with the SOGS Orientation & Social Committee (OSC). It partners with numerous stakeholders, including other SOGS committees, to offer a welcoming atmosphere to incoming and current graduate students. In addition to overseeing Orientation, the OSC also runs monthly socials for graduate students.

Our 2018-2019 Graduate Orientation Handbook is now available!

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Orientation Schedule of Events

Our 2018 Orientation sponsors include: Studentcare (SOGS Health & Dental Plan provider), the International & Exchange Student Centre (IESC), PSAC 610 (GTA Union), the Office of Student Experience (including Indigenous Services), the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS), Health Services, the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Western Libraries, the Ombudsperson, Equity and Human Rights, Campus Police, and Parking Services.


September 10:
Family BBQ (5:00-7:00pm @ the Grad Club). $5 for adults and free for children under 12. Includes: hamburger/hot dog (veggie option), fries, veggies, games, and prizes! This event is sponsored by: the London Knights, East Park, and Fleetway. Tickets on sale in the SOGS Office!

Stitch & Bitch (7pm @ the Grad Club). FREE. Come out and craft with us! Refreshments provided.

September 11:
International Grad Meet & Greet (3:00-5:00pm @ the Grad Club). FREE. Register HERE. Appetizers provided. Prizes to be won!

Trivia Night (7:30pm @ the Grad Club). FREE! Prizes to be won.

September 12:
Welcome to YOUR Grad Club (3:00-6:00pm @ the Grad Club). FREE. Grad Student Associations/Councils (President, Chair, Rep) sign up HERE. Refreshments provided; games and prizes to be won! This event is sponsored by the Grad Club and Creemore (FREE beer samples!).

Board Game Night (7:00pm @ the Grad Club). FREE. Appetizers (8pm, 9pm, 10pm), drink special, and games galore!

September 13:
Amazing Race: SOGS Edition
(1:30-3:30pm starting @ the Grad Club). FREE. Register HERE. Winning teams: 1) $200 Grad Club certificate 2) $150 Grad Club certificate 3) $100 Grad Club certificate. ALL participants (except winners) receive $5 Grad Club certificate.

IGSIC Goes to Global Cafe (3:00-5:00pm in the IGAB Atrium). FREE. The International Graduate Student Issues Committee (IGSIC) attends and sponsors the IESC’s Global Cafe as a way to welcome and connect with incoming and returning international graduate students. Trivia Contest to win prizes!

Know Your Union (PSAC 610(5:00-7:00-pm @ the Grad Club). FREE. Come out and enjoy appetizers and refreshments so you can get to know your Graduate Student Union!

Bonfire Night (8:00pm @ the Grad Club). $5. Ticket includes moving screening (Shrek), popcorn, s’more making, hot dog, and corn on the cob. Prizes to be won! Tickets on sale in the SOGS Office!

September 14:
Indigenous Graduate Student Meet & Greet (12:30-3:00pm). FREE. Lunch at Indigenous Services to welcome you to the space and then a Tour of the SOGS Office (Middlesex College, Room 8) and the Grad Club! Register here.

SOGS 50th Anniversary Party (8:30pm @ the Grad Club). $5. Ticket includes pub food, drink ticket, and prizes! DJ styles of “DJ Jade”. Let’s bring the house down! Tickets on sale in the SOGs Office!

2018 Orientation Poster (PDF)


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SOGS Socials – #GradLifeWesternU

Oktoberfest (Oct 11) ($5)
Halloween Family Night (Oct 30) ($5)
Cooking Class at Loblaws (Nov 8; $ TBD)
Ugly Sweater Party (Dec 6) ($5)
Winter Orientation (Jan 16)
Snowshoeing & Hot chocolate/Cidar (free)
Beach Party in Winter (Feb 22) ($5)
15th Anniversary of Dodgeball & Dodgeball Tournament (March 8) (free)
Karaoke Bash (April 5) (free)

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Important 2018-2019 Dates

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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 Thriving in Graduate School hub.

Through your student fees and OHIP card (UHIP for international students, provincial equivalent for out-of-province students), you have access to Health Services (e.g. medical care, individual counselling, allergy injections and immunizations, birth control, STI testing, and drop-in crisis support in partnership with CMHA-Middlesex Crisis). Psychological Services offers individual and crisis counselling, including sexual violence, eating disorder, and LGBTQIA+ (gender and sexuality) support. You also have access to the Wellness Education Centre (WEC), Graduate Peer Support (GPS), and Graduate Wellness Week. See here to visualize all integral services to support your overall wellness in graduate school.

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Gearing Up for Graduate School:
Professional Development and Student Services

In partnership with Western’s numerous Student Services, SGPS has launched its Graduate Professional Development Program: Own Your Future. Complementary to the program are the services that you can use to strengthen your academic and personal skills and enhance your overall graduate student experience.

Click the above image for a breakdown of the various services and links to the specific programming and support they offer, and see the below graphic for a general overview of Western’s Student Services:

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Department 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. 

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