Welcome to the last SGPS Newsletter of 2021!
Congratulations on making it through the Fall 2021 semester! It was not easy, but you did it and that is something that you can always be proud of.
On behalf of the SGPS, our President Rohit Shukla would like to extend our best wishes to all who are completing exams and projects over the coming days.
We wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season and we look forward to connecting with you in 2022!
Are you looking to stay active and de-stress this exam season? Come out to one of our Holiday Fitness - Full Body Strength Group Fitness Classes for a great workout!
These classes will be providing support to the AMS Food Bank. The AMS Food Bank provides a reliable and confidential service to ensure that Queen's students can be healthy and productive as they pursue academic achievement.
Registration is FREE! Donation of a non-perishable food item is required for entry into the class.
Participation is limited, make sure you register to secure your spot.
Applications for the Winter 2022 Semester Kingston Transit Subsidy will open on January 10, 2022.
Please follow our social media accounts in order to get the link the day it is released.
@QueensSGPS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
B.C. has been recently hit by unprecedented rain resulting in floods and landslides these past couple of weeks. They are trying to recover from the effects of three consecutive storms. The flooding has resulted in approximately 18,000 residents being evacuated. Many residents suffered crippling losses on their homes and personal property.
In the City of Abbotsford, many families and farmers rooted in agriculture lost their livelihood overnight. Thousands of animals and livestock have perished in the flood. Many will be without homes this winter.
With your help, the funds raised can feed families who have lost everything in the aftermath of the flood, give them a warm place to stay and help rebuild the community. Our neighbours in need require assistance now.
Here are a few ways that you can help:
Any amount you decide to donate will be very much appreciated and will make a huge difference in the lives of our neighbors whose lives have been upended.
Canadian Red Cross: Donate to the British Columbia Floods & Extreme Weather Appeal - BCFEWA MWF Don (redcross.ca)
United Way BC: Home - United Way British Columbia (uwbc.ca)
Fraser Valley Based Organization: Kirpa Collective | Facebook
Judy Ng, Baljot Rai, Isabel Keng
Is your Graduate Department Student Council or Professional Faculty Society looking to hold an in-person event?
Did you know that any group planning to hold an event that involves members of the SGPS in an official capacity must have its event sanctioned?
Apply for Event Sanctioning to ensure that SGPS members are able to have fun and be engaged while having the event insured by the SGPS.
Please note, SGPS Event Sanctioning will not be accepting applications from December 15, 2021 until January 10, 2022.
The SGPS Elections are taking place in the Winter 2022 term. During the break, we hope you will consider getting involved at the SGPS or even within your own department or faculty. Student voices matter. Make yours heard!
Learn more at https://sgps.ca/elections/
To learn more about your SGPS and the services we offer, please check out our website at https://sgps.ca
If you're feeling unwell...do not attend classes, labs, test/final exams. Steps to take are outlined and more info is available on the SWS website https://queensu.ca/studentwellnes
Have you gotten your flu vaccine yet?
Online booking is full, but there are still appointments available! To book call the number, go to Queen’s Student Wellness Services front desk, or try walking in!
Queen’s ESU is Hiring!
Join our team of tutors and private instructors. You will work one-on-one with elementary and secondary school students. $32.50/hour for graduate students with 4 – 8 hours of work per week. Flexible schedule and a great opportunity to inspire young people with your experience and expertise!
Check out http://esu.queensu.ca/join-the-team for the full job description and to apply. Questions? Contact email@example.com
Study Spaces on Campus
In addition to the Queen's Library, some other spaces on campus now have individual study seats!
Queen's University International Centre (QUIC)
Book an individual socially-distanced study desk at QUIC, Mitchell Hall 208, Mon-Fri, 2-hour blocks between 9 am–4 pm
Four Directions (4D) Indigenous Student Centre
The Ban Righ Centre
Student Experience Office
Adaptive Technology Centre (ATC)
ATC offers bookable study spaces, services, computers, assistive devices, specialized software, and workshops in Stauffer Library for students registered with Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS)
Classroom Champions for Mental Health Program
Queen's Student Mental Health Network is launching the Classroom Champions for Mental Health Program. The goal of Classroom Champions is to showcase academic educators at Queen’s who have put in a great effort in enhancing well being and inspiring people/programs on campus to advance student mental health.
Members of the Queen’s community are encouraged to nominate educators that have displayed leadership in mental health promotion and who have shown compassion and care towards the mental well being of their students. This could look like sharing mental health resources in the classroom or simply showing kindness – all efforts to support students whether big or small are valued. Exceptional nominees will have their profiles and work highlighted on the Campus Wellness Project website and shared online during mental health promotion week.
Nominations for the first round of Classroom Champions must be received by January 6th, 2022.
For more information, or to submit a nomination, visit: https://www.queensu.ca/campuswellnessproject/campus-participation/student-mental-health-network/classroom-champions-mental-health
Learn how to manage test and exam anxiety. Get top tips from SASS and Student Wellness Services
Take our "15 Days of Exams Health Challenge", Dec 8–23, and win prizes!
Meet our fluffy, golden retriever therapy dog, Oscar, and his handler, John, outside the Health Promotion Hub, Fridays at 1 pm
Join a SWS therapist online to learn Mindful Moment techniques, Wednesdays at 2:30 pm
Read this month’s Campus WELL online magazine for 5 steps to escape procrastination, a 10-minute study break workout, and more
COVID-19 Vaccine info and COVID Test info
Get your flu vaccine on campus
Book medical and/or mental health appointments with a physician, nurse, occupational therapist, or counsellor at Student Wellness Services
Please cancel if you can’t make your appointment so we can see another student. Call 613-533-2506, press 3, and leave a message, day or night
Chat with a Peer Wellness Navigator at the Health Promotion Hub in Mitchell Hall, Mon–Thurs, 11 am–4 pm. Drop by any time and pick up a candy cane!
Access mental health support online, by phone, and after-hours, including Empower Me, 24/7 from multiple countries, and Good2Talk
Try the TAO Mindfulness Library
Are Extenuating Circumstances Impacting Your Academics?
If something comes up unexpectedly outside your of control and it's impacting your academics, use the extenuating circumstance procedures in your faculty/school to request academic consideration. These procedures should also be used for COVID-19-related absences.
Don’t forget that the SGPS Peer Academic Advisors can help you navigate all layers of academic bureaucracy! Scroll down to learn more about how the Advisors can help.
The Ban Righ Foundation Spring Awards celebrate the achievements and determination of mature women students at Queen's.
Students who identify as women, have experienced a gap in their formal education of two years or more and/or are mothers, and who demonstrate financial need, may apply. Contact Lisa Webb for more information and an application package.
Applications are due by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 pm Wednesday December 1, 2021.
Award recipients will be celebrated at an online event on March 8th, 2022
SGPS Peer Academic Advisors
The SGPS Peer Academic Advisor program is here to help graduate and professional students navigate the complexities of academia during their time at Queen’s.
As graduate and professional students ourselves, we understand that school can be unpredictable. Sometimes the student-supervisor relationship isn’t what you expected it to be. You may have failed a course, or perhaps you want to appeal a grade or some other academic decision. Maybe you just want some extra support through a difficult time.
Our goal is to empower students by confidentially working with them to develop a plan to solve their issues. Seeking a graduate or a professional degree can be very complicated, and the Peer Academic Advisors are here to help.
Contact the SGPS Peer Academic Advisors at email@example.com for free, confidential help today.
Supports for International Students
Supports for Indigenous Students
Connect online and in-person by appointment with staff advisors and the cultural counsellor at the Four Directions (4D) Indigenous Student Centre
Follow 4D’s event page for weekly programming
Supports for QTBIPoC Students
Supports for Mature Women Students
Contact the Ban Righ Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for their newsletter and stay up to date with everything the Ban Righ Centre offers for mature women students and students who are mothers, including bookable workspaces and student advising.
SGPS EDII Resource Guide
Have you made the decision to volunteer or work in the field of EDII (Equity, Diversity, Inclusive and Indigeneity) within your department and/or student association?
The SGPS has complied a guide that will help you in making informed decisions to assist you on creating a more EDII conscious department.
Questions or concerns? Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Click the image above to learn more.
Want to know more about SGPS Events?
If you want to know about our events and you don’t want to wait for the newsletter, you can always check out the events calendar on our website!
Also, all our events are posted on our social media accounts which always have the most up-to-date SGPS info. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
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