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Mitacs Step: Winter Workshops @ Windsor

The University of Windsor in partnership with the Mitacs Step program will be hosting a series of professional development workshops customized for graduate students and facilitated by industry experts.

All Step workshops are free for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and participants who have completed a graduate program in the last two years.

Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments are provided at each workshop, as well as opportunities to network with fellow participants. Additional workshop details, as well as registration links, can be found below.

Skills of Communication

January 30, 2015: Link

This engaging workshop examines different communication styles, including your own, as well as the styles of successful communicators. Our expert facilitator 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 and drive change, both in academia and the workplace.

Foundations of Project Management I

February 3 & 4, 2015: Link

This two-day workshop provides an experiential learning experience which will allow you to integrate the principles of project management, team building, group dynamics and leadership. You will learn the best practices of successful project managers, from inspiring a project team to meeting crucial deadlines. Participants learn in teams and are given time to practice project management skills and experience the processes of planning and management in a supportive learning environment.

Essentials of Productive Teams

March 2, 2015: Link

This workshop will give you the tools to effectively lead and participate in team initiatives in order to quickly turn ideas into measurable results—a key skill sought by employers. By working on team-simulated exercises, you will benefit from real-time expert guidance and can then apply these skills directly to your career.

Career Professionalism

March 25, 2015: Link

This workshop provides an important opportunity to examine the unspoken rules of the workplace, from appropriate emails to appropriate dress. The seemingly little things we do or say that can lead to our success or hold us back. It’s a chance to examine how others perceive us, and it’s critically important in the workplace.


GSS Executive Election (2015-2016)

  • Call for Nominations: Friday, January 30, 2015 – Friday February 6, 2015
  • Nominations: Monday, February 9, 2015 @ 9:00 am. Until Friday February 13, 2015 @ 3:00 p.m. with results posted by 3:30 p.m. Nomination forms will only be available online through the GSS website.
  • Campaigning: Monday, February 16, 2015 – Friday February 27, 2015 @ midnight
  • All Candidates Debate: Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. to be held in the GSS conference room
  • Online Elections: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 @ 9:00 a.m. until Wednesday, March 4, 2015 @ 3:00 p.m. with results posted by email at 3:30 p.m.


GSS Volleyball & Ping-Pong Annual Inter-Faculty Cup, 2015

Graduate Student Society (GSS) is going to host a tournament which involves Volleyball and Ping-pong for interested graduate students. Get a team of graduate students from your faculty together and bring them out to compete against other grads in the Graduate Student Society’s annual Inter-faculty Cup! This is a one day tournament. Apart from that this is a great opportunity to meet graduate students from different departments and get together for some fun in a very warm and friendly environment and enjoy the free pizza. All players should have their UWindsor student card at the time of tournaments.

• First place volleyball team will be awarded with the GSS trophy and $100 gift card and $50 for the runner up team.
• Ping-Pong winner will be awarded with the GSS trophy and $30 gift card and $20 for the runner up.

Date: Saturday, Feb 7, 2015
Starting Time: 9:00AM-1:00PM
Location: St. Denis Center.


University of Windsor Job Fair, 2015


New Express Entry Rules for Immigration

After months of uncertainty, the government finally announced yesterday the new rules for the Express Entry System which will come into effect on January 1, 2015.

The Express Entry system will govern permanent residence applications which are submitted under the economic categories of the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Provincial Nominee Programs, and the Federal Skilled Trades Class. Here are some of the aspects of the program:

  • Applicants who qualify for these programs will need to apply online to enter into a pool. Before you apply online, however, they will most likely need to take a language exam, and in some cases, an educational credential assessment.
  • An applicant who enters erroneous information can later be charged with misrepresentation (a penalty of 5 years' ban from Canada).
  • In order to be selected out of the pool, applicants will compete against each other based on a points system consisting of factors such as the existence of an LMIA-approved job offer, provincial nomination, age, education, language, work experience in Canada, etc.
  • If an applicant is not selected out of the pool in a period of one year, their application will cease to exist and they will have to start over again.

It is vital at this point to see if you can qualify for permanent residence under the new program or if other options are available to you.


Memorial and Reception for National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, hosted by the Women's Centre

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is a day to remember and reflect on the horrific massacre that took place at L'Ecole Polytechnique on December 6, 1989. This year marks the 25th anniversary that an armed man entered the institution and murdered 14 women under the guise of "fighting feminists."

The event will start at 4:30 PM with a candlelight vigil at the Memorial of Hope on the University of Windsor Campus (located between Dillon Hall and Essex Hall), followed by a reception in Katzman Hall, located in Vanier Hall at approximately 5:00 PM.

This event is free and open to all members of the UWindsor community and Windsor/Essex community, and all are encouraged to attend. Additionally, we encourage everyone who has purchased a purple scarf from the Shine the Light Campaign to wear their scarves as it symbolizes awareness of Domestic Violence and Violence Against Women.

When: Saturday, December 6th, 4:30 PM


Candlelight Vigil - Memorial of Hope (between Dillon Hall & Essex Hall) - 4:30 PM

Reception - Katzman Lounge, (in Vanier Hall) - around 5:00 PM

University of Windsor, Windsor ON


Seeing the Invisible Academic: A CAUT Fair Employment Week Event on Contract Academic Staff

Each year the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and its member associations join with a coalition of unions and activists across North America to organize a week-long series of events highlighting the overuse and often exploitive employment of contract academic staff—Fair Employment Week (Oct. 27th-31st 2014).

Canadian universities’ growing dependency on limited term and part-time professors and instructors—and the precarious conditions of this employment—will be the subject of an event entitled Seeing the invisible academic, taking place at the University of Windsor this Wednesday October 29th.

Windsor’s event has been organized by WUFA’s Sessional Committee and is co-sponsored by the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance (UWSA). The event will feature Ira Basen’s documentary, Class Struggle (2014) and a panel of contract and non-contract academics from the University of Windsor will be on hand to provide an overview of the situation in Canada and discuss the wide reaching implications of casualized academic labour. The primary aim is to cultivate public awareness of the issue and to begin to advance genuine equity and inclusivity for all scholars within the Canadian university system.

For information about CAUT’s Fair Employment Week visit:


When: Wednesday, October 29th, 1pm-2:30pm

Where: CAW Centre, Ambassador Auditorium, Salon A

University of Windsor, Windsor ON


WUFA has ratified the collective agreement for their union today with 65.8% majority VOTE. Hence, the STRIKE threat is GONE :)

GSS thank both WUFA and the University administration for working together to reach an agreement and avoiding the potential work stoppage.



GSS is sponsoring an Immigration Seminar with Immigration lawyer Elizabeth Long on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in Room CEI 1100 from 2.30pm-3.50 pm.  Various immigration related issues would be discussed alongside new and forthcoming changes in the canadian immigration which would be evry fruitful and helpful for international graduate students. All students interested should email, by Monday, October 20, 2014 at noon as the GSS will only be able to accommodate between the first 250-300 graduate students that RSVP.

Light refreshments would be served.


You will be pleased to hear that WUFA and University Administration has reach a tentative agreement in the early hours of Friday October 03.

The WUFA membership meeting scheduled for Sunday October 5th is cancelled.  There will be a Ratification Meeting and Ratification Vote next week.


GSS Council Election

All students can cast their vote by entering their UWin ID and Password and click "Login" (same as uwindsor e-mail log in) on the elections webpage below



Actions taken by GSS for potential strike

GSS has sent letters to both WUFA and University administrations regarding the potential strike by WUFA. Please click below for both the letters:



Thank you all GRADUATE students for coming in numbers and making the event a grand success. We could not have done it without your support and constant encouragement. Here are the pictures for the event.


Public Forum on the Great Lakes

Next week on September 24th, at 7pm, the Great Lakes Water Quality board with the International Joint commission will be hosting a public forum on the great lakes. Sarah Harmer (An activist and singer songwriter) will be giving a presentation, and an expert panel will be available for discussion afterwards. The event will be held in Katzam Lounge in Vanier Hall. It’d be a great opportunity for students and  volunteers to really get a widespread opinion and engagement!


International Student Identity Card(ISIC)

CFS (Canadian Fedaration of Students), Ontario will provide ISIC card for all graduate students on September 17, 2014 during the GSS Welcome BBQ event. This card will provide lots of benefits to the graduate students. For more information on the benefits of ISIC card, please visit their Website


Conference travel grant is back from Fall 2014. This is a great achievement for us and the graduate students to have it re-instated. Please click here for details.


Updates on WUFA negotiation

Faculty would be on STRIKE for indefinite time if no settlement is reached between WUFA and the University by 12.01 am, Wednesday, October 01, 2014.


Council Election 2014-2015

The GSS will be holding online elections for the council positions for all the departments and At Large Positions.  For more details, please click here.


GSS wishes all Muslim Graduate student a Happy Ramadan and EID Mubarak !!


We thank all Graduate students for coming and attending the GSS Soccer and make it a grand success. Please see the pictures below for GSS Soccer Tournament, 2014


Graduate Student Society (GSS) Gala has been snapped :)
Please click here to see pictures.

Thank you fellow Graduate students for attending the GSS Annual Gala 2014 and making the grand event very very SUCCESSFUL. The event was fun filled with awards and music and delicious food. GSS is grateful for all support from University, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Green Shield Canada and above all to our fellow students. Please CLICK for the pictures.


Conference travel grant would be back soon :)

Please keep an eye in GSS website and Facebook page. This is a great outcome of your year long patience and discussion with FGS and University. Special thanks to Dr. Patricia Weir, Dean of FGS and all other Dean for every other faculties.


Thank you all for attending the GSS AGM 2013-2014. Your presence made us believe that we worked hard and right on track.


Very good video for academic integrity.

Please enjoy


Thank you everybody who have participated our workshop on "Library Resources and Services for Graduate Students"

Here are the links of Yayo, Kristi and Dave's Presentation for those who are interested to know more on the below topics: 

1. PowerPoint presentation of Yayo on "Why Different Databases Matter"

Nov27-LibraryWorkshopWithGSS.m4v (12:39 video)

2. Presentation of Kristi Thompson on "Launch Your Research With Data"

3. Presentation of Dave Johnston on " Self Promotion as a Scholar: Showcasing Your Work Through Open Access"

Slides as PDF:
Open Access FAQ:

Also there is more information about the libraries efforts around publishing here:

Workshop on "Library Resources and Services for Graduate Students"


To ensure all students have a right and just trial in Judicial Panel regarding Academic Integrity Matters, all three student bodies (UWSA, GSS and OPUS) has received some concerns about the neautrality of University administration and has served the University administration with a combined letter. We want to make sure, students gets the impartial trial and not biased. Please click the following to see the letter that was delivered to the University Administration including President Dr. Alan Wildeman, Dean of Students Dr. Clayton Smith and University Secretary Ms. Renee Wintermute.


GSS wants to thank all Graduate Students for coming in great numbers and making the welcome BBQ very successful. We also thank our sponsors a great deal. See the pictures in the below link


Thank you for attending the GSS Soccer Tournament, it was a grand success because of your spontaneous participation. For pictures please visit our facebook page:


Green Shield Information: Questions? Read On!

Downloadable Memo for Green Shield Benefits and Coverage  Period for 2014-2-15 and Opt-In/Opt-Out Information 
This memo applies to new incoming graduate students for the Fall 2014 semester.

THE OPT-OUT ONLINE DATES ARE September 1, 2014 until midnight October 2, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. (GSS office is closed for September 1, 2014 for Labour Day holiday) After this, the website will be closed.



Go To:

Click on Health Care

Look for Opt-In Information and Form

For any further questions or clarification, please contact the GSS office either by email at: or by phone at Ext. 3915.