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GSA Coffee Social

Welcome back to campus from holidays, or if you are new, welcome to the University of Regina!

The GSA Executive will be hosting a coffee social to welcome everyone to the Fall semester. It will be held this Wednesday September 6th from 10 am to 1 pm in the GSA Room (Campion 121). Please stop by to meet a few of the Executives, as well as fill up your coffee mugs with coffee or juice, and eat your fill of assorted muffins!

We hope you will all be able to make it!

https://www.facebook.com/events/476180029426588/

Travel Award

Have some cool research and want to show them to the world? Want to attend conferences in other cities and build your connections? Don't forget to apply for the travel award on the newest GAP portal (link attached).

We know travel can be expensive, so this year, we've increased the domestic travel award to $750 (instead of $500) and international travel award to $1250.

https://www.uregina.ca/gradstudies/scholarships/index.html?id=361

2017 GSA Summer Pizza Social

Come join the 2017-18 GSA Executive for some FREE PIZZA at The Owl! It will be a chance for all of you to meet the new exec, mingle with fellow grad students, and share your ideas of what you wish to see from the GSA.

What: Pizza Social (Vegetarian and halal options will be available.)

When: Tuesday June 20th 11:30-1:30

Where: The Owl

So come on out and enjoy some free food, meet other students, and take a few moments to refuel and recharge. We hope to see you there!

If you're coming please let us know by clicking "going" on the facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/1193454970766885

If you want to make sure you don't miss a GSA event again, please subscribe to our events on Facebook! 

Notice of AGM and Call For Motions

The 2017 Annual General Meeting is coming up quickly!

Date: Thursday April 13th, 2017
Time: doors open at 11:30 am, meeting from 12 noon – 1 pm
Location: The Owl Multi-purpose Room
Incentive: FREE PIZZA and the opportunity to participate in GSA governance and meet the incoming Executive!

In order to have an effective AGM, we are required to meet quorum, therefore please add the AGM to your calendar and please come on out with all of your graduate student friends.

We are now accepting motions from the graduate student body. The deadline to submit a motion to be presented at the AGM is Thursday April 6th at 11:59 pm to urgsa@uregina.ca. Please include rationale, as well as the proposed motion. Those who submit motions are requested to be at the AGM in order to present the motion and answer questions.

Additionally, over the last year we have been working to update the URGSA Constitution and Bylaws, which, if ratified at the AGM, will take effect May 1, 2018. We have posted the draft Constitution and Bylaws documents on our website. If you have read through the URGSA Constitution and/or the URGSA Bylaws, please take the time to provide us with your feedback by sending an email to urgsa@uregina.ca by Monday, April 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm. To provide us with your feedback, identify the specific clause that you are referring to for each document (e.g., Article 2.1; Bylaw 1.4.1) and then provide your written feedback regarding that clause in a clear and concise manner. For example, feedback could be provided in the following manner: “Article 3.3.6—I think there should be a limit to how many terms any member may serve on the executive. Specifically, I don’t think a member should serve more than 2 terms on the executive.”

Website: http://www.ureginagsa.com/draft-constitution-and-bylaws/
Downloadable Attachment: http://download.uregina.ca/UpLoad/DownloadAttachment/7e21df46749b2b5c528a1b6e03a55628/

If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us.

2017-18 GSA Election Results

Thank you to everyone who voted during our General Election!

The new executive as of May 1, 2017 will be:

Co-presidents: Amir Zafar and Khaleel Soomro
VP Academic: Linda Ezenweichu
VP Communications: Wayne Wu
VP Finance: Funmilayo Gbadebo
VP International: Kerry-Ann Sitcheron
VP Student Affairs: Katherine Mazenc

Polling Results:

President
Yes - 118
No - 15
Abstain - 24

VP Academic
Yes - 111
No - 10
Abstain - 38

VP Communications
Yes - 103
No - 10
Abstain - 38

VP Finance
Todd Blyth - 70
Funmilayo Gbadebo - 71

VP International
Imran Ahamed - 30
Hamzea Aljabouri - 13
Priyanka Roy - 33
Kerry-Ann Sitcheron - 55

VP Student Affairs
Yes - 114
No - 6
Abstain - 28

2017-18 GSA Election POLLING OPEN

Voting for the 2017-18 GSA General Election begins TODAY at 12 pm (noon) and will run until Friday March 31st at 12 pm (noon). Voting is as easy as 1-2-3.

Step 1: Become an informed voter. Please read the candidate profiles on the GSA website: http://www.ureginagsa.com/candidate-profiles/

Step 2: Log in to UR Self Service: https://banner.uregina.ca/prod/sct/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin

Step 3: Click on the “Graduate Students’ Association General Election 2017” toggle below Student Services.

Candidates are as follows:

President
Co-presidents: Amir Zafar and Khaleel Soomro

VP Academic
Linda Ezenweichu

VP Communications
Wayne Wu 

VP Finance
Todd Blyth
Funmilayo Gbadebo

VP International
Imran Ahamed
Hamzea Aljabouri
Priyanka Roy
Kerry-Ann Sitcheron

VP Student Affairs
Katherine Mazenc

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Regards,

2016/17 GSA Exec & Shawn Robinson (Chief Returning Officer)

GSA: urgsa@uregina.ca
CRO: gsacro2017@gmail.com

 

 

 

2017-18 GSA Election Executive Candidates

Hi Everyone,

Below is a list of nominated candidates for the 2017-18 GSA Executive. The campaigning period for these candidates will run from today (Tuesday, March 21st) until Tuesday, March 28th at 11:59 pm. Voting will take place via UR Self-Serve between Wednesday, March 29th at 12 pm (noon) and Friday, March 31st at 12 pm (noon). Details on voting will be sent out closer to the voting days.

Please visit the Election portion of our website to view more information and to read the candidate profiles.

President
Co-presidents: Amir Zafar and Khaleel Soomro

VP Academic
Linda Ezenweichu

VP Communications
Wayne Wu

VP Finance
Todd Blyth
Funmilayo Gbadebo

VP International
Imran Ahamed
Hamzea Aljabouri
Priyanka Roy
Kerry-Ann Sitcheron

VP Student Affairs
Katherine Mazenc

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Regards,
2016/17 GSA Exec & Shawn Robinson (Chief Returning Officer)

GSA: urgsa@uregina.ca
CRO: gsacro2017@gmail.com

Three Minute Thesis FINALISTS

Thank you to everyone who participated and who came out to support our Three Minute Thesis qualifying heat participants last week. We are happy to announce our eight finalists who will be participating in the Finale event on March 29th at the Shu-Box Theatre.

Our 2017 University of Regina Three Minute Thesis Finalists are:

*drum roll please*

Claire Freeman – Department of Biology
Elisabeth Fortier – Department of Kinesiology
Harrison Otis – Department of English
Katherine Mazenc – Department of Psychology
Luba Kozak – Faculty of Media, Art, and
Performance
Megan St. Hilaire – Department of Social Work
Phil Rose – Department of Biology
Y. Nichole Faller – Department of Psychology

All graduate students and members of the community are welcome to attend the Finale event.

Date: Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
Time: 7 pm
Location: Shu-Box Theatre

A celebratory reception will be held at the event where food and drinks will be served. 

The entire event is FREE!

2017 GSA Poster Competition

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the participants as well as all of the grad students who stopped by our Poster Competition yesterday. It was amazing to get a glimpse of research that is completed by graduate students across the different Faculties and Departments within the University.

A big congratulations to our FOUR winners:

First Place - Elisabeth Fortier, Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Department of Kinesiology

Second Place - Nathalie Owl, Faculty of Education, Department of Education

Third Place (tie) - Gabriel Foley, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology AND Akram Kangourimollahajlou, Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology and Social Studies

Thank you to everyone for making this day a huge success!

Pictured (L to R): Dev (Research Conference Chair), Natasha (GSA President), Elisabeth (first place), Nathalie (second place), Akram and Gabriel (third place). Photo Credit: R. Khanam

2017 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

 If you have been waiting to hear about our Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, the wait is now over!

The 3MT competition is an amazing competition held in universities around the world. For this competition, participants are challenged with the task of condensing their research into a three minute time frame. For those who have never participated in a 3MT before, it’s a great opportunity to come up with an “elevator speech” on your research, which may come in very handy! We welcome grad students at all stages in their research, so even if you are just starting out, please give it a shot!

This year the U of R 3MT conference is going to have two workshops, three heats, and a finale. Registration is now open! Be sure to register early as only 20 participants are able to register for a given heat session. The deadline to register is Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm

All of the details on the competition (registration, eligibility, rules, etc.) can be found under the 3MT Conference tab at the top of our website.

Changes to the GSA Travel Award

Students asked, the GSA answered!

We are happy to announce that after working alongside FGSR and Donor Relations, effective immediately, the GSA Travel Award will now be open for competition TWICE A YEAR. Deadlines for the award are November 30, and May 15. Each round, there will be 5 awards available up to $500.

For details on the award, please read the application form. To apply, fill out the application form and submit before the deadline!

The application form can be found on the Graduate Studies website under FORMS or on the GSA website (www.ureginagsa.com/gsa-travel-award/)

Kickoff BBQ Social a Success!!!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who was able to attend todays BBQ social. We've estimated that about 300 grad students were able to attend. That is DOUBLE what we estimated, and was 4x the attendance that we had at our last social. Thank you for being patient, and we look forward to our next event!

A special thank you to the staff at the Owl for helping us out, and for assisting when we had more students arrive than we could have ever imagined.

 

September Events and New Office/Lounge!!!

As summer is winding down, it is time to look forward to what is to come in September! The Exec have been working hard all summer to plan socials and other events for the upcoming school year for you all!

As many of you have noticed, we have been moved out of our RIC office. We have finally gained access to our new home in Campion (room 121). It's still "under construction" but we will have the room up and running for the students to use at the start of the next semester. This new space has 2 separate rooms as well as a large lounge area. We look forward to showing you this new space!

If anyone is looking for ways to become involved in the GSA this year, we are setting up a few committees for which we would like some members from the student body. These committees include:

Constitution and By-Laws Committee – aid executive members in revamping and updating the GSA constitution and by-laws

Research and Conference Committee – assisting the research conference chair in organizing the 3MT conference and associated events

Social Committee – assisting executive members in organizing social events for the graduate students

If you are interested in joining or learning more about these committees, please send an email to urgsa@uregina.ca.

Lastly, although the first month back to school always goes by in the blink of an eye, we hope that you will be able to stop by a few of our events and say hello (and eat free food!!!).

WE'VE MOVED!!!

You may have noticed over the summer that we have been moved out of our RIC office. We have finally gained access to our new home in Campion (room 121). It's still "under construction" but we will have the room up and running for the students to use at the start of the next semester. This new space has 2 separate rooms as well as a large lounge area. We look forward to showing you this new space! Keep tabs on our Facebook events and e-mails to learn about our room warming social in early September.

URGSA By-Election RESULTS

We are happy to announce that both Rubina (VP Academic) and Natasha (President) were successful in being elected, with more "yes" response vs. "no."

Thank you to those who took some time from their day to vote in the by-election. If you missed your opportunity to run for an executive position, please look forward to submitting your candidacy for the GSA 2017-18 General Election in late winter.

 

URGSA 2016-17 By-Election VOTING

Hi Everyone,

The voting will be LIVE on UR Self Serve for the 2016-17 GSA By-Election starting at 9 am TODAY. The vote will include an election for our VP Academic candidate Rubina Khanam, as well as a referendum to confirm our acting President Natasha Gallant as President Elect.

Voting will run from 9 am on Tuesday July 26th until 11:59 pm on Wednesday July 27th.

If you wish to read more about the candidates prior to voting, please click here to take a look at their submitted candidate profiles.

Regards, 

GSA Exec.

URGSA 2016-17 By-Election UPDATE

The nomination period for the by-election is now closed and campaigning has now begun. Please click here for the candidate profiles to gain more information on the nominees.
Voting via U of R Self-Serve will start 9am on Tuesday July 26th to 11:59pm Thursday July 27th. 

The vote will also include a referendum to confirm our acting president, Natasha Louise Gallant, as President. The GSA executive members believe that Natasha will be an effective leader and we recommend that the student body confirm her as President Elect.

URGSA 2016-17 By-Election

The URGSA Executive have decided to hold a by-election for outstanding Executive positions that were not filled during the general election. We are now accepting nominations for:

-       VP Academic,

-       VP Social and Education Programming, and

-       Member at Large

 

If you are interested in running in one of these positions, please submit a nomination package before midnight on Tuesday July 12th.

Campaigning will run from Wednesday July 13th at 9:00 am, to Monday July 25th at 11:59 pm. Voting will take place via UR Self-Serve between 9:00 am on Tuesday July 26th and 11:59 pm Thursday July 27th.

If you have any questions about the election process or the positions that are available, please feel free to email us at urgsa@uregina.ca.

Click here to see the Nomination Package.

Click here to see a description of the positions.

2016-2017 URGSA Executive

Hi Everyone,
Below are your 2016-2017 URGSA Executive. Everyone was confirmed with more 'yes'es than 'no's and 'abstain's combined. The new executive as of May 1, 2016 will be:

VP Student Affairs - Firuz Philip
VP Communications - Kelsey Marchand
VP Finance - Khaleel Soomro
Research Conference Chair - Devjyoti Nath
VP International - Aamir Sohail
VP Academic - Natasha Gallant
Member at Large - Aurpa Nath

The official voting results can be read here. Congratulations to next year's executive, and thanks to everyone who voted!