Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Reminder: Caucus meeting, Wednesday, Sept 23, 3:30pm

Hello everyone,

This is a reminder that we will be having our September Caucus meeting this Wednesday, September 23rd, at 3:30pm in the bio grad lounge.

See you all there,
BISC Caucus Associate Chair

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Your Union is Meeting - Monday, Sept. 21

Hi Folks,

I am writing to remind you that the first TSSU General Meeting of the
semester will take place next Monday, Sept. 21 from 12:00-1:30 in MBC
2290.   In addition to informing you about how GM's work and how your
union works on your behalf- this meeting will be a great opportunity
for you to meet new people that share your experiences as
TAs/TMs/Sessional Instructors.  There is also a FREE LUNCH provided.
If you have any questions about TUGS, Benefits, or you just want to
grab a Collective Agreement or Logbook, your Salaried Officers will be
available in MBC 2290 for a half hour before the meeting and will be
going to the Highland Pub afterwards.

I will be leaving the department at 11:45 from the bio grad lounge
and I encourage you to head down with me.

This will be a very important meeting as we will be accepting
nominations for the TSSU Bargaining Committee.  If you have any
questions about how to get involved, please email

Please also fill out the TSSU Bargaining Survey for a chance to win a
FREE ipod Touch:  You can do so
until Oct. 8th. Good luck!

See you on Monday!

Mike Wogin, TSSU Steward

Thursday, September 10, 2009

TSSU/GSS FALL SOCIAL! Friday, Sept. 11th @ 4pm

Hi folks,

Just a heads up that there will be a raging TSSU/GSS Fall Social following TA/TM Day this Friday - September 11th from 4-8 in the Highland Pub (In the MBC Building across from the library).  Come for door prizes, FREE burgers, veggie burgers, and the fixings. As well - we have $2 beers. Some come celebrate the end of the first week - it is the social event of the season!

For your convenience, the Fall TA/TM Day Program is available online at

See you there!

Thomas Unsoeld
Department of Biological Sciences / B7225
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC Canada V5A 1S6
778.782.4284 - Lab

Health Insurance and Benefit Plan Info Fair - next week Tuesday and Wednesday

The Graduate Student Society is hosting an Info Fair for the various health and dental benefits plans that are offered by organizations on campus, including the SFSS, the TSSU, SFU International, and ourselves, the GSS.  This event will be held on

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

10am - 2pm both days

in MBC 2212 (the graduate lounge in the Maggie Benston Centre.  It's between the SFSS offices and the convenience store).

Drop in at any time during those hours to learn about your health insurance, how to get a BC health care card (MSP), claims, opt-ins/opt-outs and to answer any other questions you may have.

The Graduate Student Society at SFU

Thomas Unsoeld
Department of Biological Sciences / B7225
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC Canada V5A 1S6
778.782.4284 - Lab

Alex M. Chubaty, PhD Candidate
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC  V5A 1S6

phone: +1.778.782.4512
fax: +1.778.782.3496

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

NEW TIME: Welcome back / new student BBQ Sept 10 @ 4:45 pm

Due to conflicts with the departmental seminar and a health sciences course, we will be starting the BBQ at 4:45 pm in the physics-bio courtyard.

Mentors, please arrive at 4:30 to meet your mentees.

Alex M. Chubaty, PhD Candidate
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC  V5A 1S6

phone: +1.778.782.4512
fax: +1.778.782.3496

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

FALL TA/TM DAY (Fri., Sept. 11/09)

Fellow workers,

Please save the date: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 at SFU Burnaby:  Mark your calendar and plan to take part in the 24th Annual Fall Semester TA/TM Day:  The Teaching Orientation Program for SFU teaching assistants and tutor markers (and graduate students who plan to TA &/or TM one day)!  Don't miss this opportunity for peer-based support.  Come share your teaching strategies, best practises, your challenges, successes, your fears and concerns in a supportive environment, which encourages your participation.  (Please note:  Advance registration is not required.)

For your convenience, the Fall TA/TM Day Program(16 pg. pdf) is available online at Check it out!

And, don't forget to attend the Fall Social right after TA/TM Day:

SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY Learning and Instructional Development Centre presents

The 24th Annual Fall Semester TA/TM Day
The Teaching Orientation Program
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
SFU Burnaby
Make plans to attend the major TA/TM event of the Fall!
Advance registration is notrequired.

Opening Plenary Session begins at 8:30 am at the West Mall Centre (3rd Floor Atrium).
Workshops will be conducted at the West Mall Centre Atrium, Halpern Centre, Maggie Benston Centre, and the Library Lab.

**Remember:  Your time at TA/TM Day counts toward your TA/TM work
hours for the Fall Semester.

Sean Carleton
Organizer - Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU)

[Fwd: Graduate Scholarship Days]

fn:Carlotta Spino
org:Simon Fraser University;Dept of Biological Sciences
adr:Shrum Science Bldg, B8255;;8888 University Drive;Burnaby;BC;V5A 1S6;Canada
title:Undergraduate & Scholarship Secretary (Acting)

Good afternoon,

Please find attached a schedule for the upcoming Graduate Scholarship Days. This year's event will take place on Thursday September 10th and Friday September 11th. This message addresses graduate students and any undergraduate students who may be planning for graduate school.

As part of our Graduate Scholarship Days, Dr. George Agnes, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, will be hosting an NSERC Scholarship Application Writing Workshop on Thursday, September 10th starting at 3:00 pm in the Halpern Centre.  
This information can also be found on our website:
Please advise your students to check the website in the case that there are any changes to the presentation schedule.

Thank you,
Rachel Dawson
Graduate Awards Manager
Dean of Graduate Studies Office
Simon Fraser University