First Meeting of 2016-17

At it’s first meeting of the 2016-17 academic year, the EGSS elected its new executive team and gained some new members for each committee (for results and current list of members, see the “People” page). The meeting minutes are also now available online. Congratulations to all new executive members. Thank you to everyone who came out to the meeting and to last year’s executive for their hard work!

If you’d still like to contribute to the EGSS, it’s never too late to join a committee or start a new initiative. To do so, you can show up in person at the next meeting or contact us by email (uvicegss[at] You can also contribute to our student blog. Stay tuned for more news, updates, and events.

To students both new and returning, a hearty welcome to the academic year — the EGSS has many exciting things in store!

Info and Tips for New Students

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to join the UVic Graduate English Facebook group and follow the UVic EGSS Twitter account (@UVicEGSS) to stay in the know. You may also want to check out Caroline Winter’s blog post on “Gearing Up For the New Academic Year” for some helpful advice and tips.

Still getting used to buses running on “island time” and don’t have data on your phone? You can find out when the next bus is coming by texting the 6-digit Stop ID (at the top of the bus stop sign) to 11111. You’ll receive a text from BC Transit with arrival times for the next 4 buses. See the BC Transit page for more info. (Unfortunately, the Next Bus SMS Service cannot help you sort out Victoria’s confusing lack of a consistent grid system.)

Upcoming Campus Events

Weekly on Tuesdays at 10:30am: Pro D Workshops. The Graduate Advisor runs professional development workshops almost every week on Tuesday mornings in the Department Meeting Room. The next one (Oct. 11) is on “Conference Papers: From Proposal to Delivery and Afterwards.” Remember to register through CourseSpaces if you haven’t already!

Oct. 19th at 9:00am: GSS Welcome Breakfast. The GSS (Graduate Student Society) is hosting a free pancakes-and-more breakfast at the Grad House. Don’t forget about free coffee, tea, muffins, and fruit every Wednesday morning from 9-10am for grad students.

Oct. 19th at 6:00pm: Trivia Night. A group of the English graduate students go to GSS monthly trivia (and wing night) as a fun way to catch up and de-stress. We’ve won two certificates and bragging rights. Come out for a chance at a free pitcher of beer and help us improve our record!

Oct. 19th (12:30pm) & 20th (3:30pm): Bystander Intervention Workshops. The Office of Student Life is offering 3-hour workshops and training programs on how to overcome resistance to checking in and intervening when faced with the potential for sexualized violence.

Oct. 27th at 4:30pm: Special Collections Event, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, Letters, and Archives. UVic Special Collections and Archives is hosting a public lecture by archivist and scholar Peter Steinberg on Sylvia Plath’s life and work — especially her only novel, The Bell Jar. See here for more info on this and other Special Collection events.

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