If you are a registered doctoral-stream student wanting to buy a gym membership at an athletics facility on campus this summer, you can get up to 100% of the cost back from SGS by uploading your proof of membership purchase to the SGS portal. For more details, click here.
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Would you like to be more calm, confident and connected? Mindful Moments is a U of T wellness initiative that guides participants in learning how to maintain moment-by-moment awareness of their thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Practicing mindfulness and meditation has been shown to reduce stress as well as improve focus, memory, and relationships. This service is offered for free and does not require registration - just drop in! For more information, contact Jennifer (email@example.com).
Meet your colleagues at our weekly coffee hour at 1:30 pm on the 6th-floor Graduate Student Lounge. Besides being an excellent social gathering, this event is also an opportunity for us to contribute towards charity and, this year, we will be collecting money for Run for the Cure 2018, so remember to bring a LOONIE!
Last year, we raised $400 from our coffee hour, Valentine's Day candygram sales, and our poker night for Blessings in a Backpack. This was enough money to support 3 children on weekends for an entire school year. We also held a charity bake sale and raised $435 for NMC-Cultural Exchange & Support Initiative (CESI). This organization provides support to newly arriving Syrian families.
All proceeds donated during poker & movie nights and coffee hours held by our Charity Directors (Virginia and Lucy) this school year will go toward CIBC Run for the Cure. Throughout the 2017-2018 school year PSGSA has raised $280.00, to go towards sponsoring the first 7 students to register here this link for our PSGSA team that will participate in the CIBC Run for the Cure on September 30th, 2018 at 10 am. The Run for the Cure is an annual event that raises money for breast cancer in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society. PSGSA will announce on August 30th the 7 graduate students who will have their registration fees covered by PSGSA. Faculty and friends are also encouraged to join the PSGSA team in this run for the cure. For this, they just need to register on the run for the cure website and choose the join a team option. The name of the team is PSGSA and the team company is University of Toronto. The minimum donation is $40 (i.e. registration fee to run) until August 31, 2018.
The new PSGSA constitution passed with 75% of the voters' approval. You can check out the new constitution here. Congratualtions to our 2018-19 Executive Members:
To submit your name for 2018-19 PSGSA Executive Team, with no current nominations, please email Michael (firstname.lastname@example.org). To see the allocation of votes, click here.
Lastly, we'd like to thank our 2017-2018 executive team for all of their hard work this school year. Some of their accomplishments can be viewed here.
Hey grad students, help make next year's GRIP symposium a bigger success - please fill out this short feedback form! Your help is appreciated by the GRIP committee.
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We hope you enjoyed attending the Lunch and Learn with and Expert events throughout the 2017-18 school year. Please let us know what you thought!
GPS focuses on skills beyond those conventionally learned within a disciplinary program, skills that may be critical to success in the wide range of careers that graduates enter, both within and outside academia. The program can help you to communicate better, plan and manage your time, learn entrepreneurial skills, understand and apply ethical practices, and work effectively in teams and as leaders. GPS consists of a range of optional "offerings" with a time commitment roughly equivalent to 60 hours of work. Its successful completion will be recognized by a transcript notation. Visit the program website for more information!
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The PSGSA welcomes any comments and suggestions you may have on events - academic, professional or social in nature - as well as general thoughts on the graduate experience. Your submissions are completely anonymous and will be managed by a member of the PSGSA executive. We look forward to hearing from you and working to enhance your experience!