Annual General Meetings
The UMGSA and HSGSA held their Annual General Meetings (AGM) this past month, inviting student members to attend a review of the GSA budget and activities from 2013 and beyond. Among the topics at both AGMs was the issue of CFS membership; the executive reiterating to attendees that the association does not consider itself an active member of the Canadian Federation of Students and that remaining fees collected in the name of CFS would be re-allocated once the issue is fully resolved. This year’s AGM also brought to light the success of the Fall GSA orientation, reporting full attendance at all workshops and events. Other news from the AGMs included word of an expanded speaker series in the works for coming years that would see more distinguished lecturers brought in for students on behalf of the HSGSA.
Three Minute Thesis
The 2014 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) event is set to begin this month with Heat 1 taking place on Feb. 6, from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (E3-270 Engineering); Heat 2 on Feb. 11, from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm (E3-270 Engineering); and Heat 3 on Feb. 13, from 2 pm – 4 pm (Theatre A, Basic Medical Sciences). Finalists from the set of three heats will go on to compete in the Final Competition, which takes place Feb. 25, 7 pm – 9 pm at the Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre, St. John’s College.
The GSA offers many paid executive positions from President to Vice-Presidents and Senators, for which the positions are elected annually. Student governance at a non-profit organization with over 3,700 members is not only an opportunity to get another line on your CV, it is also an opportunity to learn about Advocacy, Leadership, Bylaws, Policies, Finance, Marketing, Event Planning, External Relations and much more! Nominations will be accepted from Feb. 3 at 9 am until Feb. 14 at 4:30 pm. If you are interested in nominating yourself or have questions please contact Chief Returning Officer Kendra Magnus-Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org or Monika Wetzel at email@example.com.
(Almost) Valentine’s Social
The UMGSA will be hosting an (Almost) Valentine’s Social on Feb. 6, from 5 pm – 9 pm in the UMGSA Lounge, Room 217 University Centre. If you are attending or competing in the 3MT, this is a great opportunity to relax afterwards and socialize with your fellow graduate students. Food and beverages will be provided. Please wear red and bring a donation for the University of Manitoba Food Bank, as well as government issued photo identification.