The Society of Graduate Students’ (SOGS) Orientation and Social Committee (OSC) is pleased to present its Summer 2021 Term Graduate Student Orientation Week schedule of events! These events run Monday, May 10 – Saturday, May 15, 2021 and are open to ALL SOGS members.
While we cannot host events in person at the moment, we hope that this virtual events lineup will offer graduate students a break from scholarly work, an opportunity to meet new friends on campus, and a chance to get involved in #GradLifeWesternU.
CALL-OUT FOR PARTICIPATION: Submit your favourite recipes, culinary tips or tricks, and/or food resources to the Graduate Peer Support Committee’s SURVIVAL GUIDE TO COOKING for your chance to win 1 of 2 grocery store gift cards valued at $50! Stay tuned for the finished cookbook in the 2021-22 academic year. Questions or concerns? Email the GPS Committee chair, Naomi Scherba (email@example.com). Learn more HERE.
GRAD CLUB LUNCH SPECIALS: Working in your lab or office on campus? Pop into the Grad Club for a daily healthy lunch special for $6.25 +HST all week! The Grad Club is the resto-pub owned by the Society of Graduate Students located on the lower level of Middlesex College. Please enter the Grad Club from the Middlesex College parking lot at the back of the building. The Grad Club is open Monday – Friday from 11AM until 4:30pm. Take-out ONLY. Learn more about the Grad Club HERE. Access a text-based version of our menu HERE.
MONDAY, MAY 10:
COFFEE BREAK: 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!
FITNESS BOOT CAMP: 7-8PM on Zoom. Registration required. Join Miss Alicia (SOGS alumna ’18) from Sound and Motion studio for a acro-inspired fitness class suitable for beginners and grads of all abilities. Move your body and try something new!
CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS: 8-9pm on Zoom. Share your artwork, crafts, designs, music, poetry, and more, with your peers in a non-judgemental, friendly space. Let’s celebrate the creative aspects of #GradLifeWesternU!
TUESDAY, MAY 11:
ADVOCACY JEOPARDY: 6pm-7:15pm on Zoom. *Registration is required. Meet your Accessibility, Indigenous, Gender Concerns, Pride, Racial Equity & Inclusivity Commissioners, play advocacy-themed Jeopardy, and win prizes! Learn more about our Commissioners HERE.
WEEKLY TRIVIA: 8pm-11pm on Discord. Hosted by one of the Grad Club trivia masters, Elizabeth Jewlal, join us for a super fun night of general trivia where you can flex your knowledge and skills. Play alone or with a team! Don’t want to play, but want to hear the questions? Listen in HERE.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 12:
COMMITTEE/CLUBS DAY: 10am-1:30pm on GATHER.TOWN. Attend to learn more about: our many Committees, our Clubs system, our advocacy positions, and #GradLifeWesternU. PRIZES – A raffle for a $100 Grad Club gift certificate!
VIRTUAL GAMES NIGHT: 8pm on the SOGS Discord Server – #VC-Game-1 channel. Featuring JackBox, scribbl.io and TableTop Simulator. Learn more about the SOGS Discord Server HERE.
DINNER & A MOVIE: 5:30pm – 8:30pm on Zoom & Netflix. Hosted by the Grad Club Committee.
Learn how to make a new dinner recipe (Sweet and Spicy Tennessee chicken with roasted vegetables) via Zoom, cook your meal synchronously with the group, and then screen the animated film RANGO (2011) via a Netflix Teleparty together. *A Netflix subscription is required.
*Meal kits: The Grad Club is selling meal kits for this event. PRICE: A meal kit for 1 person is $9.95 and $14.95 for 2 (plus HST). If you’d like to purchase a meal kit, please contact Marc Lalonde, the Grad Club Manager, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Meal kits must be ordered no later than Tuesday, May 11 at 4pm. Meal kits will be available for pick-up in the Grad Club prior to the event between 11am-4:30pm on Thursday, May 13.
*Get our text-based version of the recipe HERE.
FRIDAY, MAY 14:
BEERS & PEERS MIXER: 8pm on the SOGS Discord Server – #VC-General.
Grab your cocktail or mocktail and join us for a virtual pub night.
SATURDAY, MAY 15:
LET’S PLAY AMONG US: 7pm on the SOGS Discord Server – #VC-General. Hosted by the SOGS Executive Committee, join us for an evening of playing Among Us, the popular multi-player game where you have to work together to find the imposter on the spaceship before the team is sabotaged. Learn more about Among Us here.
LGBTQIA+ JACK BOX GAMES NIGHT: 9PM on the SOGS Discord Server private* PRIDE Channel. Join the Pride Commissioner for a Pride constituency event where you can meet your LGBTQIA+ peers while playing virtual games. To gain access to the Pride channel, please get in touch with Shannon-Thomas (@lollipopdragon) on Discord in advance of the event.