Friday, November 27, 2009

A meeting to discuss the GSS

Dear fellow GSS members,

When the SFU Graduate Student Society (GSS) was formed a year and a half ago, the intent was to provide graduate students a clear voice in the university. Now, it is time to reconsider what we want this voice to be. In recent months, a number of GSS members in a variety of departments have expressed concern over and frustration with the structure and functioning of the GSS. To discuss these issues and brainstorm possible solutions, we have scheduled a meeting for Thursday, December 3 from 2:30 - 3:50 in the Highland Pub (the lower section, where the pool tables are). All GSS members are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Emily Gordon
Kasim Husain
Carina Nilsson
Kevin Patridge
Jennifer Scott
Julia Smith
Nicole Stewart
Jeff Zurek

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Reminder: Caucus Meeting this Friday, 3:30-4:30

Hello Everyone,

This is a reminder that we have a Caucus meeting on Friday, November 27th , 3:30-4:30pm (Bio grad lounge).

Hope to see you there,

Isabelle Raymond
BISC Caucus Chair

Monday, November 23, 2009

Grad social at the pub - Thursday Nov 26, 3pm-7pm

The next grad student social, brought to you by the GSS, is this Thursday (November 26), from 3pm-7pm at the Highland Pub!  Enjoy free hamburgers and $2 beverages!  Come socialize with your grad student friends at a non-lab/class/conference/thesis defense venue!

Thanks to the TSSU and the Highland Pub for helping us to put on this event.

See you Thursday!

The Graduate Student Society at SFU

Thomas Unsoeld

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Caucus Meeting: Friday, Nov 27th, 3:30-4:30

Hello Everyone,

Our next caucus meeting will be Friday, November 27th , 3:30-4:30pm (Bio grad lounge).

We've got updates on the Christmas party (we still need volunteers for the skits!) and the grad hosted speaker.

As usual there will be refreshments and snacks.

See you there,

Isabelle Raymond
BISC Caucus Chair

Monday, November 16, 2009

GSS Volunteer positions: Electoral Committee (Paid positions!)

The GSS is looking for graduate student volunteers for these PAID positions!

There are spots for three members on the Electoral Committee. Two of
them (including the CEO) must be SFU graduate students who do not
currently hold the position of an Officer, an Executive, or even a
Council rep (translation: just a regular old SFU graduate student).
None of the members of the Electoral Committee can be a candidate for
an Exec position starting January 2009. One can be a Council or Exec
member, and even could be a current Exec member that is not running
for a position next year.

-The CEO gets paid between $200 (if the positions are filled by
acclamation) and $400 (if there is a candidate run-off) per election
or referendum.
-The other members of the Electoral Committee are paid between $100
and $200 per election or referendum, for the same reasons above.
-All members are paid $50 per other undertaking for which they are
tasked by the Executive Committee (things that aren't elections or
-This counts as service work on your CV.
-The work is minimal, there is a handbook that was created by a former
CEO detailing everything that needs to be done for these positions,
and we are readily available to answer questions.
-The GSS is pretty neat!

Interested members should send a really short paragraph introducing
themselves, their department, and some reasons why they would like to
serve on the EC to either the Secretary or President ( or


Elaine Parker, Executive Director
The Graduate Student Society at Simon Fraser University

MBC 2211, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6
(778) 782-8710  --

Sustainable SFU Potluck – Nov 18 @ 5:30pm

Dear Student Unions & Student Organizations,

Sustainable SFU would like to invite you to a potluck get-together for sustainable initiatives.

This meeting allows various campus groups (and individuals) to coordinate with each other and build strong partnerships to further sustainability on our campus.

Here are some of the current projects:
· Composting on Campus
· NO Bottled Campaign
· Sustainable Paper

Come get involved in a current project or get connected to start your own sustainable initiative!!
**Please bring a food item/dish to share with the group, plus your own bowl & silverware. **

Where: Graduate Student's Society Common room (MBC 2205)
Who: Anyone interested in promoting sustainable initiatives!
When: Wednesday, November 18 @ 5:30pm

Please email any questions and RVSP