• 7th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Symons Seminar Series

SSS January

  • 9th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

What: Academic Integrity Workshop Certificate of Teaching Experience, from the Centre for Teaching and Learning
Where: Bata Library, Room 401

Academic integrity is at the heart—the core value—of the academic enterprise. Achieving it requires an ongoing commitment by all levels of the university community. Unfortunately, recent articles in academic journals and the popular press have brought into question our collective success in living this value. This presentation will provide an overview of the extent and types of academic misconduct university students report engaging in, TA and faculty view of this behaviour, and possible explanations for why academic misconduct is occurring. Following an interactive presentation, participants will be asked to identify specific steps they might take in support of academic integrity at Trent.

  • 10th, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm: TGSA Multi-cultural potluck event

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  • 22nd, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

What: Teaching Portfolios – Collecting, Selecting and Reflecting (second in the Teaching Portfolios series)
Where: Otonabee College, Room 128

This event is a follow up to the Introduction to Teaching Portfolios workshop offered on December 2. As the title suggests, the workshop will cover collecting the resources and material that will comprise the teaching portfolio, selecting the most relevant and writing reflections on the material to be included.  Here is the link to the event listings including this new event:

  • 27th, 11:00 am

What: Winter 2015 Thesis Writers’ Group

The thesis writers’ group is facilitated by the Academic Skills Centre. For further information, please contact ASC instructor, Erin Stewart Eves.

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Time to make resolutions for a productive new year! Winter 2015 Thesis Writers’ Group begins this month.

Thesis Writers’ Group will meet once per month during the winter term to discuss thesis-writing goals and challenges. The purpose of this group is to support writing and productivity, to encourage effective goal setting, and to establish accountability for grad students writing a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.

Peer review in the writers’ group is a meaningful exercise where all parties submit writing for discussion and thoughtfully respond to this writing in small groups (where possible, categorized by sciences, social sciences, and humanities). This review process is reflective and grounded in the premise that careful and purposeful reading can lead to better writing. Each month, participants submit one piece of writing to their group and review the work of 2-3 group members, offering feedback on writing with particular focus on clarity, organization, integration of evidence, and style, not interpretation or argument.

In addition to monthly meetings, all participants will have access to blackboard for sharing files, downloading handouts on the writing process, and communicating with group members. This online support may offer accessible solutions for students who are unable to attend meetings.

  • 29th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

What: Mitacs Step – Skills of Communication workshop
Where: Blackburn Hall, Room 126

How we communicate can drive our careers forward or unwittingly hold us back. This workshop examines different communication styles found in the workplace, including your own, as well as the styles of successful communicators. Our expert will show you how to engage others, deal with difficult conversations, and avoid assumptions that can obscure good communication. You will leave with the skills and confidence needed to achieve better results in any conversation.
Key competencies covered: Leadership & Management, Communications & Relationship Building, Personal & Professional Management, and Entrepreneurialism.

Other Notes:

  • Resumption of TGSA Winter Office Hours

Official TGSA Office Hours have been resumed as off January 12, 2015. Our new hours (subject to change) are as follows:

Mondays: 12 noon – 2 pm
Tuesdays: 10 am – 2pm
Wednesdays: 12 noon – 2 pm
Thursdays: 8 am – 12 noon
Fridays: 10 am – 12 noon

  • TGSA Conference Bursary Deadline January 15th!

The GSA provides bursaries to help graduate students attend conferences. There are three application deadlines throughout the year. If you attended a conference  between September 1st and December 31st, you are eligible to apply for a conference bursary on or before the upcoming deadline: January 15th.

Submit applications along with original receipts and proof of conference registration to the attention of the VP Finance, TGSA Office Wallis Hall 223, Traill College. Please note that we also have a mailbox in the grad studies office (SC 201).

For more information, please see the conference bursary application form:

  •  Intramural Sports

The TGSA encourages an active and balanced student life, so each semester, several graduate intramural teams for sports such as soccer, basketball, ice hockey, water sport, badminton and dodgeball are sponsored by the TGSA. Not only is this a great way to meet and socialize with other students, but also it will ease some of the school stress and help you to remain healthy.
If you are interested in forming or being part of a team, contact us at indicating your interest and/or team details! You may find the winter semester schedule here.

  • Message from the Official Language’s programs of Canada

Travel Canada! Explore new cultures! Learn French! Get paid teaching experience! Through the Official Language’s programs of Canada you can do all that, and more!

The Odyssey Language Assistant Program is a nine-month job contract that puts you in a school in Canada where you will help students develop oral communication skills in English. Work 25 hours/week from September until the end of May for a gross salary of $2000.00/month, plus travel allowances, while building teaching skills and intercultural knowledge with youth in a province outside of your own. Outside of work, be immersed in the French language, building your fluency through interactions with your host community. The program begins in September 2015, but the application due date is February 28, meaning there is no time to waste. If you have done at least one full year of post-secondary education, at any level, and you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, then this program is for you! Visit today for more details.

The Explore French Immersion Bursary Program is a five-week spring/summer French immersion course, where your accommodation, tuition, food, and most activity costs are paid for by a government funded bursary! With Explore, you will take classes suited to your skill level in the French language, complemented by engaging workshops and opportunities to learn more about the local area and culture, for an enriching educational adventure. If you have done at least one full-time term of school at any level this year, and you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you are eligible to win this bursary (1700 bursaries distributed in Ontario yearly)! Visit before February 28 in order to apply.