Meeting Minutes for Sept. 19, 2017

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English Grad Halloween Outing

by Bassam Chiblak, on behalf of the EGSS

Has the midterm taken its toll? Do you need to unwind? If so, then we’ve got you covered. Please join the English Graduate Student Society (EGSS) for our Annual Halloween Outing to celebrate everything great about the month of October.

Whether you would like to show off your costume or are looking for a casual night out, come delight in free appetizers and drinks (at your own cost) at the Yates Street Taphouse on Saturday, 28 October, at 7pm. Reservations have been made under the following names: the English Graduate Students’ Society (EGSS), Bassam (PhD Rep), or Heidi (MA Rep).

Yates Street Taphouse website: http://www.yatestaphouse.com/

On Google Maps: https://goo.gl/SmAazf

Please email bchiblak[at]uvic.ca if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!

Oct. 2, 2017: Notice of Elections

Dear English Graduate Students,

We hope the start of the academic year has treated you well. This message is to announce that the English Graduate Student Society (EGSS) will be holding its annual elections in the coming weeks. Joining the EGSS is a great way to raise your professional profile, foster community and a supportive departmental culture, and make friends with dedicated and generous people within the department.

The EGSS is a student-run society that operates on behalf of all graduate students in the English department. Its purpose is to maintain and improve all aspects of academic, professional, and social life for English graduate students at UVic. We meet once a month to discuss and debate current issues in the department, organize events, and support new initiatives by and for students. Some things EGSS members have recently created and/or supported include:

  • An end-of-year holiday party, the Snowflake Gala, which will (hopefully) become a yearly tradition
  • Publishing/launching a journal featuring creative writing from graduate students
  • A “blind date with a book” fundraiser: choose a mystery book (lovingly donated and wrapped by your fellow students) based on a cryptic but clever tagline.
  • Pomodoro writing/working sessions where students sit silently and work in structured blocks of time, separated by short breaks. Then we celebrate our productivity with pizza/snacks afterwards!

This email is the official Notice of Elections for President (represented by a PhD student) and Vice President (represented by an MA student). The nomination period runs from Oct. 3-10, 2017. If you are interested in running for either position, please email me at tjychan@uvic.ca. If you would like to nominate a colleague, please CC them on the email, as we will need their permission to present them as an official candidate.

You can find out more about all the roles in the EGSS here. Essentially, the President and Vice President oversee all activities and initiatives of the EGSS and represent all English graduate students. If a student has a concern but don’t feel comfortable approaching faculty about it directly, the President/Vice President can approach the department on your behalf.

Last year, Bassam Chiblak served as President and Angie Park and Conrad Leibel served as Vice-President in the fall and spring semesters, respectively. Bassam will continue in his role until after the election period has closed. If you have any questions about the positions, please reach out to him at bchiblak@uvic.ca or visit the EGSS website https://uvicegss.wordpress.com.

Even if you don’t necessarily want to be the President or Vice President, there are still plenty chances to get involved as a chair or member of a committee! Stay tuned for more information.

Wishing you all a happy and productive October,

Tiffany