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GSS needs some volunteer for the BBQ event.

Please find the registration form for the volunteer in the link below:

"Lancer Luau" Football Game

Dear Graduate Stdents,

Please read the following message:


My name is Teal Gove and I am the Marketing and Promotions Assistant for the Department of Athletics. On September 24th, we are hosting a "Lancer Luau" for our home football game. The game will be Hawaiian themed and is in support of the You Can Play Initiative which aims to ensure equality, respect, and safety for all athletes, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity, race, religion, or disabilities. For this reason, we are asking all student societies to encourage your members to attend and dress in their Hawaiian best. We will be distributing a free Hawaiian flowered lei to the first 500 students to arrive as well as holding a contest for those dressed up to win a special Hawaiian Basket which includes a one night stay in a Hawaiian themed room at the Holiday Inn plus a basket filled with beach necessities. We will have a food truck selling Hawaiian pizza, pulled pork, plus all the usual food truck favourites. We will also have tropical drinks for sale.
Entertainment will commence at 12:30pm and kick-off is at 1pm.
We look forward to seeing you on the 24th. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Best regards,
Teal Gove
Marketing and Promotions Assistant
Department of Athletics
University of Windsor

Cricket Cup 2016 : GSS and Lancers


Humanities Week 2016

Please click here to see the  schedules of all the events hosted by the Humanities Research Group (HRG) during Humanities Week (Sept. 12-16) and beyond.


Hello Graduate students, please note that students who are in the CO-OP they can opt-out the U-Pass.

U-Bus Pass Information

Important Information regarding U-bus pass is available in the following link:

GSS Soccer Tournament 2016

To view more pictures, click here

Summer Series on Teaching and Learning  

Summer Series on Teaching and Learning will take place in August 16, 17, and 18in Vanier Hall:

 This year, sessions will be facilitated by instructors from nearly every Faculty on campus, on topics ranging from course and assessment design to student engagement.  We will also feature a special event, Thursday morning, with roundtables focused on the many ways instructors can support students in the development of core skills including literacy, leadership, and writing. 


I welcome you to register for one, a few, or all of the sessions, including our free, celebratory barbecue which will close the event on Thursday, August 18, at noon - workshops details are included below. 


Begin at the Beginning: Designing Effective Courses, by Lorna de Witt

This session will include guiding principles to achieve alignment: coordinating assessment, learning outcomes, and teaching methods.


See the Universe Through the Eyes of Another: Culturally Aware Assessment, by Emma Bourassa and Chris Busch

This session will explore what may prevent students from producing high quality assignments – particularly, differences in communication and cultural styles. Participants will also be able to analyze and revise one of their own assignments.


Experiential Learning: Nothing Ever Becomes Real 'til it is Experienced, by Marty Gervais and Roger Bryan

This workshop will explore a partnership between English and Business to offer an experiential learning opportunity to students and the ways others may foster similar initiatives.


Assessing Student Learning: The End Precedes the Beginning, by Erika Kustra and Jeremy Rawson

This workshop will explore effective practices and foundational principles for good assessment: alignment with learning outcomes, considerations for the design, and balancing workload.


Where Angels Fear to Tread: eAssessment, by Erica Stevens Abbitt, Mark Lubrick, Tanya Noel, Lorna Stolarchuk, and Bill Wellington

This workshop will review theory and best practices in eAssessment including experiences and recommendations from faculty members using different tools.


Engaging Students and Learning to Engage, by Veronika Mogyorody

This session will define the concepts and introduce the process for developing a course plan that actively engages students.


Soup to Nuts: Supporting the Development of Student Core Skills, by Tamsin Bolton Bacon, Anne Forest, Dale Jacobs, Francine Schlosser, Jennifer Soutter, and Myra Tawfik

These interactive roundtable discussions will focus on the many ways faculty can support student core skills: critical thinking, information literacy, leadership, numeracy, and writing.


To register for one or many of these sessions, as well as the Barbecue, visit:



Thanks, everyone!


Hello friends, please participate in the Vital Signs survey conducted by Windsor Essex Community foundation(WECF). This is a national program by Community Foundations Canada. This is to understand what the community(people) feel about their living/standards in their area/community.
Survey link:
We need four volunteers for conducting the survey. Interested students please contact with Vignesh Prakasam (

GSS require some volunteers for the upcoming GSS Soccer Tournament 2016. Those who are interested please click on the following link.

U-Bus Pass Opt Out

U-Pass opt-outs for graduate students will only be available to students that live outside the Windsor Transit area and valid proof of residency will be required in September when opt-outs will take place.  Further details will be posted on the GSS website at the end of August as the information becomes available.


Hi everyone.  

Hope you might be interested in the following session, focused on student engagement, and hosted by UWindsor’s Visiting Fellow in Educational Development, James Paterson.  

James teaches in the School of Business at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Tauranga New Zealand.  He is a recipient of the New Zealand Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award (2013) and acts as a current serving member of Ako Aotearoa’s Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence Executive Committee. To read James’ biography, visit:

To register for this session, visit:


Walking in two worlds: A New Zealand approach to student engagement


Schedule: Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 1:30pm–3:30pm

Location: Lambton 2103

Instructors: James Paterson


This teaching workshop provides a snapshot on how a New Zealand teacher has significantly improved student completion and success rates for both Maori and European learners, largely through a thorough understanding of each of his student’s individual journeys. But how is it possible to build robust individual relationships when significant student cultural and social diversity exists and when class sizes continue to expand? This workshop, facilitated by CTL’s current Visiting Fellow James Paterson from Tauranga, New Zealand, examines ways of creating robust relationships by understanding whanuangatanga and “walking in two worlds”, and how these concepts impact on student success. In addition, as a proud Kiwi, husband, dad, teacher and sports fanatic, the facilitator will leave you with a greater understanding of New Zealand, and New Zealand’s contribution to global education.


Dear Students:

During this special time of Eid-al-Fitr,

May Allah bless you and your dear ones with a prosperous life on

Eid and always 

May this year's Eid offer you all the happiness

and joy of this world 

I hope that all the blessings of the Almighty be

with you and your family.




GSS is arranging a one day trip in Grand Bend on Saturday, June 25, 2016.


1)  Payment and waiver form MUST be provided at the time of registration.  Payments are CASH only (exact amount) at the GSS office and the amount of $10 per graduate student and $65 for guests by Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 3:30 p.m.  Registration fee(s) for you (and your guest if applicable) are NON-REFUNDABLE in case of any cancellations unless they notify the GSS 1 week in advance. (We are closed daily from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch).  Please note:  if you are unable to participate in the Grand Bend trip and you have not cancelled 1 week in advance, you are not eligible to give your seat(s) or reservations to your friend.  You forfeit your fee and your seats.
2)  Only the students who have paid in FULL and registered by the due date will be eligible for the Grand Bend trip.  NO late registrations will be accepted or considered.  You must bring your student ID card when registering. 
3)  Students must provide to the GSS at the time of the registration a TYPED document to include their contact information:  cell phone number email address name and student number and the number of guests they are paying for/bringing.
4) GSS will provide a bottle of water and a bag of chips at the time of going to Grand Bend. Additional beverages and snacks are your responsibility.
5) GSS will not be providing lunch or food during your say in the beach. Please bring extra cash for any purchases/meals you wish to make.
6) You must sign the waiver form in case of any emergency/ accident/ liability etc as GSS will not be responsible.
7) Busses will leave Windsor promptly at 8 a.m. from the Univeersity of Windsor from Vanier Circle. Please plan on being at the pickup location 15 minutes prior to leaving. If you miss the bus, GSS is not responsible.
8) The buses for the return trip from Grand Bend to Windsor will leave promptlyat 6:30 P.M. Please make sure that you know the pickup location of the bus before leaving on your excursion(s). Plan on being at the pickup location 15 minutes prior to leaving.   If you miss the bus, GSS is not responsible.
9) Only 112 seats are available, so tickets will be sold in First Come First Basis.
10) Departure and arrival time of the buses may vary based on the bus service. In that case we would inform the participants (and their guests) accordingly.
Waiver Form:


Summer Employment Opportunity

Attention Students!

Still looking for summer employment?  

The UHC (Unemployment Help Centre) visited our office purposely looking for students to employ with work.  She mentioned there are many positions available, they just need to fill them with students still seeking employment.

Now is your time, it's not too late so contact them and they said they will set you up with everything you need from resume, interviews to even a $300 starting 'bonus' to assist you with clothing, etc you will need to start your job. Who knew!?

Check it out and give them a call, it's FREE! 

Good luck!

OPUS is hosting a Spring Open House info fair for any of those interested in attending the University of Windsor on a part-time basis.  This info session will have all the departments present that are relative to any questions, bursaries, credits, etc. that could pertain to any individuals current academic status.  If you’re looking to study part-time or know someone who wants to attend school part-time, this info session is PERFECT for you!

GSS wants to redesign its website. Any graduate student interested is requested to contact with Preference will be given based on the response time.   


The Ontario government has just announced that its quotas for accepting most applications under its provincial nominee program (OINP) are full. The following applications will no longer be accepted for at least the next 6 months and will be returned:

  • Masters and PhD Graduate program applications submitted after May 9, 2016.
  • Invitations for the Express Entry stream for those in the Human Capital Priority Stream (Express Entry applicants with over 400 CRS points) will no longer be issued during this period. Invitations for those in the French-speaking stream are still being issued.
  • Employer Pre-screen applications for Foreign Workers and International Graduates submitted after May 9, 2016. Those applications with Employer Pre-screens approved are still able to submit their applications within the 60 day deadline period.

Windsor Essex County Health Unit is conducting a community needs assessment to determine the health related needs and concerns of those in the Windsor-Essex County region. The results from this inquiry will be used to inform their programs and strategic initiatives. The survey will close on May 16th, 2016.

Survey link:


Now Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate students will receive transit Windsor bus-pass for $66 per term (Fall and Winter). For graduate students there will be Opt-in option to get the same rate during summer semester. This has been an wonderful collaboration between UWSA and GSS and we hope it continues in future. The vote counts for GSS U-Pass Referendum are as below:

YES: 427

NO: 131

Decline to VOTE: 17

2015-2016 GSS-UWSA Continuity Scholarship

The winner of this years' GSS-UWSA Continuity Scholarship is finalized. The winner is Mathiang G. Chot, MSc. Candidate, Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Windsor. Congratulations!

This scholarship is awarded to a graduate student, currently enrolled in Masters and/or PhD programs at the university of Windsor and also did his/her graduation (Bachelors) from the same university. The winner will be acknowledged in GSS Annual Gala 2016 to be held March 31st, 2016 in Ciociaro Club.

2016 FRG Conference Registration is now open!

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Intersectionality and Identity Politics

Join us for a day of amazing research from a variety of disciplines including Psychology, Education, Human Kinetics, History, English and Creative Writing, Law, Social Work, Engineering, Biology and more!

FRG Conference Keynote and Panel Presentations

Doors open at 9:00am

10:00am to 5:00 pm at Katzman Lounge (Vanier Hall - University of Windsor campus)

FRG Conference Social and Poster Session

5:30pm to 8:00pm at Green Bean Cafe (2327 Wyandotte Street West)

About our Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Jane Nicholas is an associate professor in the departments of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies and History at St. Jerome’s in the University of Waterloo. She is the author of The Modern Girl: Feminine Modernities, the Body, and Commodities in the 1920s (UTP, 2015). She is currently completing a book manuscript on the history of the freak show in Canada called Not a Sideshow: The Freak Show in Canada, 1900-1970. Her talk is entitled: "Intersectional Feminism at the Freak Show: History and Identity Politics."

Please click on the link below to register. Food and refreshments are included with registration, and vegetarian options will be available.


Registration Fees:

$15.00 ~ Students (graduate and undergraduate)

$30.00 ~ Community members and other attendees

$45.00 ~ Faculty members


Please email with any questions.


Looking forward to seeing you on April 2nd!


How To Vote: When voting online, after logging on with your student identification number and password, after selecting the nominee that you want to vote for, click on the button "Save My Vote For This Position" and then click on "Continue to Confirm your Selections" to proceed for casting the vote. If you don't click on save button as mentioned above, then your vote has not been saved and a null vote have been reported. If you are one of the students who have not clicked on the button "Save My Vote For This Position" before casting your vote, you will still be able to go back online and redo your vote but make sure to click on the button, "Save My Vote For This Position" before casting your vote.

Green Shield Activation for Winter 2016

All of the full-time graduate students that just began their program during the winter 2016 semester, HAVE NOW BEEN ACTIVATED back to January 1, 2016. In orther to know what your Green Shield drug/dental subscriber number is and how to go about claiming for any reimbursements please check the following link.


GSS Executive (2016-2017) Nomination is now OPEN. Please get the nomination forms HERE. We request you to READ carefully the duties and responsibilities associated with each position before you apply for certain position. Thank you.




Each year, Student Affairs awards three—one each to a full-time undergraduate, a part-time undergraduate and a graduate student—Student Going the Extra Mile (GEM) non-monetary awards to recognize students who have provided significant support beyond paid employment (e.g., Resident Assistants, Teaching Assistants, Graduate Assistants) for one or more students.  The award is open to all currently enrolled students.  Nominations must come from currently enrolled (winter 2016) students.  Former Student GEM Award winners are not eligible.  Self-nominations are not accepted.  The nomination deadline is Friday, February 19, 2016.

The Student GEM award is all about celebrating those who demonstrate significant empathy for one or more currently-enrolled students.  Previous awards have gone to students who have shown support for other students who are experiencing mental health stress, physical barriers, financial difficulties and academic challenges.

Nominations may be completed online at:


Graduate Student Society (GSS) Scholarships, Application is now OPEN


Dear Graduate Student:
Applications are now being accepted for the Graduate Student Society (GSS) Scholarships for 2015-16. These $500 scholarships will be awarded to current full-time graduate students, in any discipline.

Eligibility Requirements

A) Applicants must have an average of at least 70% on all Windsor graduate courses completed as of Fall 2015.

B) Applicants must demonstrate financial need (a statement of financial need is required as part of the application process, you do not have to submit any hard copy for the financial need).

C) Demonstrated leadership and community involvement.

For the leadership community involvement criterion, students must provide proof of this in the form of a letter, on official letterhead, from the organization(s) that the student has been involved with. A copy of a co-curricular transcript with the accepted positions showing these activities is also acceptable. Your leadership involvement letter(s) (hard copy) should be submitted to the GSS office to Laurie Harding during the office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Deadline for Online Scholarship Application: (no extension, absolute firm deadline).
Sunday, February 7, 11:59 p.m.

Deadline for Submitting Hard Copy of Leadership Involvement: (only paper copies will be accepted, in person to the GSS office; no online submission will be accepted)
Thursday, February 18, 3:45 p.m.

Application Process:
1. Student logs on to and clicks on "Financial Matters", then "Search for Awards".
2. Student completes the initial profile information in the "Award Search" section and click on "Search". This will bring up a list of available awards.
3. Student is free to apply for any or all of the awards listed but in order to be considered for the GSS Scholarship the student must select: Graduate Student Society Scholarships.
4. Student completes the on-line application, including the financial need information.
5. Student demonstrating leadership and community involvement component, should submit a hard copy to Laurie Harding in the GSS office.
6. Please respect the deadlines and hence any application or letter would not be accepted after the above mentioned deadline.
7. Any decision made by the GSS Scholarship committee in coordination with Faculty of Graduate Studies regarding the scholarship winner is final and cannot be appealed.
8. GSS Scholarship winners' name will be posted in GSS website and made public to anyone accessing the GSS website. If you are winner of one and do not want your name to be posted, you MUST notify GSS office by email or in person. If we do not hear back from you, we will consider it as your consent to post your name online.

For further information or queries, please contact 

Mr. Sanam Mehta
V.P. Academic Affairs, Graduate Student Society
MASc Candidate, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Windsor
Phone: 519-253-3000 ext. 3915 (GSS Office)
Mobile: 639-571-007

GSS Annual Volleyball and Ping-pong Tournament, 2016

The event was another grand success. We thank all graduate students to come in numbers and participate. We had almost 150 students atteding the event. Please CLICK HERE for pictures from that day.


UWSA (For/ Against): 2021/1855
GSS (For/ Against): 254/303
OPUS (For/ Against): 98/93
Undergraduate full-time students have voted in favor of the referendum.
Graduate Students have voted against the referendum.
Undergraduate part-time students have voted in favor of the referendum.


Be it resolved that an annual capital fee of $125.00 per student ($62.50 per term for a maximum of two terms per academic year) be levied on all members of the University of Windsor Student Alliance (UWSA), Organization of Part-Time University Students (OPUS) and the Graduate Student Society (GSS) to support the construction of a new Lancers Sport and Recreation Centre (LSRC).

Be it further resolved that this fee shall be assessed commencing Fall 2019 or in the academic year that the building becomes operational, whichever comes later;

Be it further resolved that the fee shall increase by an annual increment of 5% per year for the first seven (7) years only;

Be it further resolved that in 2029, when the existing Sports & Recreation capital fee expires, the LSRC capital fee shall increase by the amount of that fee at that time;

Be it further resolved that the term of this fee shall be 30 years;

Be it further resolved that all fees generated shall be used exclusively to support the LSRC capital project.

The voting lines will open Midnight, November 30 and close at Midnight, December 1 (Active for 48 hours). Please click the link below:

Then click on the button saying "Take me to the GSS portal to vote". Then you would login using UWindsor ID and Password, then choose either YES or NO, save and continue, then cast your vote. You MUST receive an email confirmation from the CRO (Chief Returning Officer) summarizing and stating your vote results. If you do not receive any such email or receive it without what you voted mentioned (blank summary), please contact immediately.


Please attend the Town Hall Meeting organized by University regarding the upcoming referendum for LANCERS Sports and Recreation Centre.

When: November 27th, 4-6 pm

Where: CAW Commons

GSS requests all graduate students to come and attend this town hall. If you are voting YES, you should know what benefits you are getting out of it. If you are voting NO, you must know what are the proposed monetary terms of the referendum. At the end, it is yours to decide, so please VOTE and VOTE responsibly. So, come and know all the facts.


Campus Police and Windsor Police have issued an all clear regarding the bomb threat at Erie Hall and Lambton Tower. The area is all safe and open again. Thank you, UWindsor Alert.


"We Shall Remember"

GSS sends the warmest respect to all, who died in the line of duty to protect people, and heartfelt gratitude to all those who are still protecting us risking their lives.


Remembrance Day, November 11, 2015


The first meeting on comprehensive exams to be held on Friday November 13th.

If you are a part-time graduate student, a student in the MSW-WP off campus program (and did not opt-in), opted-out or did the early opt-out then this email does not apply to you.


Please be advised that you have now been activated for Green Shield effective September 1, 2015.  Please read these very important facts below. If you want to know for sure if you have GSS drug/dental coverage, please check your student account to see if you were assessed the fee.

Subscriber Number

Green Shield for the drug/dental benefits plan does NOT mail out a card.  Your Green Shield subscriber number for drug/dental is WGS followed by your student number.


Policy Number - (CFOS)

This is what you will need to know to complete the Dental Form or General Claim Submission Form for reimbursements.

You will not be charged for the GSS drug/dental benefits plan again this year as all full-time students are only charged once during either the fall (for 1 year of coverage) or winter (for 8 months of coverage) depending on which semester you register for the first time during the 2015/16 academic year. If you are in a 16 month program, you are only assessed the drug/dental fee once for your 16 month program.


Blackout Period

This is the period from September 1 until you are activated (usually by the middle of October when you have purchased medications, glasses or had dental work done and had to pay for the service.  This is the only time that you must pay for the entire service.  Once you are activated, you will only have to provide your subscriber number and your co-payment as per the GSS benefits plan.  Not all businesses accept insurance plans, please contact the company to verify first so you don’t have to pay the full price for any benefit and have to apply for reimbursement after the blackout period has ended.


How to Register on the Green Shield Website

We suggest that all students consider registering on the Green Shield website for the following reasons:

·         You will have access to view your own account online anytime anywhere so that you will know what the maximums are for each benefit, how much you have spent, when you are eligible to have another eye examination or purchase a pair of contact lenses or glasses.

·         You will be able to provide Green Shield with your bank account information (if you are comfortable with that) and once you have registered and received your access code from Green Shield, you will have any refunds directly deposited in your bank account within 3 business days.  This is especially important for students that change their residents often in order to prevent losing a cheque.

·         We suggest you register on Green Shield website first to receive your access code before emailing Green Shield any forms for reimbursement.


How to Apply for Reimbursement of Receipts

If you have purchased any prescriptions since September 1, 2015, you may go to the Green Shield website at:, click on the Forms Icon and choose a General Claim Submission form or Dental Claim Form.  Fill out the form online.  Once completed, make sure you sign and date the form, attach any receipts, scan them and email to:


Customer Service

For questions or problems, please contact Green Shield Customer Service at:  1-888-711-1119.

Link for Printing a Green Shield Drug Dental Card

Green Shield and the GSS DO NOT provide a subscriber card per say.  However, for those students that have included their spouse and or children and cannot remember their student number, then you may go to the Green Shield website and fill out an online subscriber card to carry around in your wallet.  Also, if you are travelling anywhere outside of Ontario and have an accident, the policy number and emergency phone numbers are included on the paper copy of the subscriber card.


Link for Viewing Your Detailed Benefit Booklet

Should you have any further questions, please contact the GSS at Ext. 3915 or send an email to


IEEE Student Member in Windsor and Essex County:

The opportunity to Nominate yourself, or someone you know, for Appointment to fill a 2016 opening in a IEEE Student Branch University of Windsor officer position is now available. In addition, this opportunity is now open and will remain open until October 25th, 2015 at 23:59pm.

Officer Positions for 2016 Appointment:

.         Chair (IEEE SB)

·         Vice-Chair (Internal)

·         Vice-Chair (External)

·         Vice-Chair (Event)

·         Secretary

·         Treasurer

Detail officer job descriptions are available through the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence at:

Submit your nominations for Appointment of 2016 IEEE SB Officers at: 

Note: Candidates for an officer position must be active (paid up) members (Graduate/Undergraduate Student grade) of IEEE at least 6 month prior to application date.

The educational gym has been booked under GSS on Fridays from 6 - 8 pm starting from Oct 30, 2015 as per the second time slot promised.
Enclosed you can find the schedule.

GSS urges all eligible graduate students to VOTE, just few more hours to GO. It is very important that our voices are heard at the federal level. So please GO and VOTE if you have not done so yet. This is nations right on us.

Vote Here for Council Member Election

Voting period: September 29, 2015 (10am) - September 30, 2015 (3pm)

How To Vote: When voting online, after logging on with your student identification number and password, then click on the department. After selecting the nominee that you want to vote for, click on the button "Save My Vote For This Position" and then click on "Continue to Confirm your Selections" to proceed for casting the vote. If you don't click on save button as mentioned above, then your vote has not been saved and a null vote have been reported. If you are one of the students who have not clicked on the button "Save My Vote For This Position" before casting your vote, you will still be able to go back online and redo your vote but make sure to click on the button, "Save My Vote For This Position" before casting your vote.


**Due to some technical problems the online voting would be restarted at 10:00 am today. If you have already voted between 9:00 am to 10:00 am, you would be allowed to re-vote and your earlier vote is cancelled. Please go again and vote. The online link is -…/application/login.php **

Alumni Weekend – October 1-4, 2015


The University of Windsor Alumni Association cordially invites students, staff and faculty to the 2015 Alumni Weekend.  Join us for all or part of this weekend.  Please promote these public events to your constituents.

Thursday, October 1

·         UWindsor Spirit Day 

Show your UWindsor pride and wear your blue and gold.  Wear your UWindsor T-shirt, hat or purchase some new gear at the University Bookstore.  Let everyone know you are proud to be a Windsor Lancer!

·        Campus Grab N’ Go Breakfast 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Look for the Alumni Tent at Sunset & Wyandotte (near the Welcome Centre).  On the way to class stop, in for a quick snack courtesy of the Alumni Association.  Available while supplies last.

Fiday, October 2

·         Together:  An Exhibition on Global Development - 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

On Campus - in the parking lot between the Biology Building and Lambton Tower.  Climb on board the custom built exhibit space highlighting Canadian contributions to positive change around the world.

Saturday, October 3

·         Alumni Tailgate - 11:30 a.m. to game time

Show your Lancer Pride and join the Alumni Association for a complimentary BBQ before the 1pm football game.  Then enjoy the Lancer Football game vs McMaster Marauders.  Ticket to the football required to enjoy the Tailgate party.

·         Together:  An Exhibition on Global Development - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

On Campus - in the parking lot between the Biology Building and Lambton Tower.  Climb on board the custom built exhibit space highlighting Canadian contributions to positive change around the world.

Hope you can attend, your and encourage all students to join in these activities.  For a full listing of the Alumni Weekend and the latest updates visit

For more information contact:  Katherine Simon at or phone 519-971-3618

Please come out and support the Lancers. 
Date: 26th September, Saturday.
Women's Soccer-1:00 pm and Men's Soccer: 3:15 pm


As you may know, the University of Windsor is engaged in the search for a new Associate Vice-President, Student Experience.

It is our intention to conduct a thorough and comprehensive search. We have engaged the executive search firm Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette to support the Search Committee, with Anna Stuart serving as lead consultant.

Consultations will be a key part of the search process as the Committee refines the ideal candidate profile for the new Associate Vice-President, Student Experience. As part of shaping the ideal candidate profile, we are particularly interested to hear your views on:


  • The opportunities and challenges for the University of Windsor over the next two to three years

  • The priorities for the next Associate Vice-President, Student Experience in their first 12 to 18 months in the role

  • The most important experiential and leadership competencies that the next Associate Vice-President, Student Experience must have to be successful


You are welcome to share your comments confidentially through this electronic survey link:

Information would be appreciated anytime during this search; however, we would appreciate if you could complete the electronic survey by September 18, 2015. All comments will be shared with the Search Committee.

We appreciate your support in this important search.


Dr. Douglas Kneale

Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Search Committee Chair


Members of the Search Committee:

Dr. Douglas Kneale, Chair of the Search Committee and Provost and Vice-President, Academic

Dr. Maureen Gowing (Senate elected member) 
Dr. Nancy Wright (Senate elected member) 
Dr. Andrzej Sobiesiak (Senate elected member) 
Ms. Alice Miller (Senate elected member) 
Ms. Karen Benzinger (Director selected by and from the Directors who report to the Vice-Provost, Student Affairs and Dean of Students)

Mr. Hassan Shahzad (Student Senator, UWSA)      
Ms. Dhouha Triki (Student Senator, UWSA)        

Dr. Anna Lanoszka (Equity Assessor) 

Ms. Iva Gentcheva, Committee Resource Staff

Upcoming GSS Events and Important Dates

GSS Council and At Large Positions - Nominations forms for those interested may be found on the GSS website from Monday Sept. 14, 2015 until 3:00 p.m. on Friday Sept. 18, 2015.  Nomination forms may be obtained online by going to
GSS Barbecue - Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the corner of Fanchette and Sunset.  Free to all graduate students.  Please bring your student cards.  There will be free burgers, garlic potatoes and beverages.  Giveaways and door prizes will be drawn at the barbecue.  Also Rose City Drive Program will be here.  We request that as many students as staff that have a driver's licence, come out and participate and support this event.  For every participant that sits in one of the Ford vehicles and fills out an application form, Rose City Ford will pay GSS $20 up to a maximum of $6,000.  The GSS uses this money towards scholarships for graduate students for the upcoming year.  Please spread the word.
Also, there is an After Hours Party at Tequila Bob's in downtown Windsor beginning at 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.mon Wednesday, September 16, 2015, the same day as the GSS barbecue. Tickets for this event are $2.00 and are available for purchase in the GSS office and during the barbecue.  Please help to make this event a success.

GSS Councillors Election

As the Departmental Elections are coming up, we would like to give you some information regarding the nomination form and nomination eligibility. For example:-
Case-1: If you are willing to get yourself nominated for say Biology Departmental Representative position then the two students who would be nominating you must also be from the Biology Graduate Department and registered for Fall semester. 
Case-2 : If you are getting nominated for say International Student Liaison position then the two students must be current graduate student and be an international student.
If your nomination form is not found with the above mandatory signatures it would be disqualified. So, please take care of it very wisely.
Moreover, if you are standing for an election in say MEng Departmental elections; students of MEng department would only be eligible to vote for you. Same for all the open council positions. Good Luck.

The UWSA is bringing down a guest lecturer that you all may be of interest to you.
David Suzuki –– September 14th –– 9-10:30 A.M. –– Ambassador Auditorium –– Food Provided #FreeFood
  • How youth action can change the world (and start today)
  • The importance of youth voting this Federal Election
  • How this election will be a major decision maker for the future of Canada
  • Followed by a Q&A with Dr. Suzuki himself
  • Also, free food
Contact Matthew Dunlop (UWSA VP Student Advocacy) at for/with any questions


GSS Councillors Election (2015-2016).

Please CLICK HERE to see the available positions.

Please CLICK HERE for nomination Form.


You’re Invited!

On September 16, 2014 , the Graduate Student Society invites you to take part in our Annual Student Appreciation Barbecue! Due to great feedback this year we are also bringing Rosecity Ford as a special addition that includes a Stationary Test Drive with five 2015 Ford vehicle.

The GSS invites you to participate in Ford’s Test Drive to have an opportunity to feel the new designs and also help GSS to raise the fund for Scholarship. With every test drive form filled out electronically before and during the event, Ford will donate $20 to the GSS, and we will put the money raised towards programs and scholarships for Graduate Students at the University of Windsor! Vehicles included will be the 2015 Ford Fiesta, Focus, Edge, Escape and Fusion. The event will take place at the same time as the Barbecue!

Since we will be having the event as part of our Annual Barbecue, the Test Drive will be Stationary, and you will be able to get inside the vehicles to check out all of the available new features and talk to the representative from Ford!

We look forward to seeing you out on September 16, 2014 for the GSS Annual Barbecue AND our Ford Stationary Test Drive Event!

We will be posting the link of the survey form very soon and keep updating through the social media pages. Please bring your G2/ G driving license.

See you there! (And if we get poured on, we’ll see you on the rain-date of September 17, 2014 )


GSS Annual Welcome BBQ

The time is quickly approaching for the Annual Welcome BBQ organized by the University of Windsor’s Graduate Student Society (GSS). The event is scheduled to be held on Wednesday September 16th, 2015 (or on Thursday Sept. 17th if rain interferes) from 11:00 am until 2:30 pm, just outside our new Grad House on the corner of Sunset and Fanchette. The GSS is a non-profit student organization at the University of Windsor which has vigorously worked to enrich graduate students’ experiences here on campus since 1980. Every year we host a free BBQ for all new, incoming and current graduate students. The President of the University of Windsor along with other campus administration also attends this important social gathering.

All the current, new and incoming graduate students are warmly welcomed to attend the BBQ party. Get along, meet and greet your peer graduates and have free food and yes some door prizes!! Get information about what's happening in the University for the graduate students; get to know about your Drug plan benefits, ISIC cards and much more. The event for the graduate students to look forward to as always in Uwindsor Welcome Week 2015

N.B - There is an all new after party event that is coming up which would be announced very shortly. Wait and watch. Keep inviting your friends! :D

GSS wishes all gradute students a happy EID Mubarak.




gss-soccer-championship: Sunday, June 07, 2015, a day full of fun, soccer game and free food.

It was a grand success. Thank you to all Graduate students who showed up in numbers nad made the event awesome. The weather was great as well as the food was mouth watering. We had 16 teams and around 200 students. Please click here for the pictures.


GSS One Day Trip: Grand Bend, June 13, 2015

The grand Bend trip was awesome. Excellent day, fun for students. The beach was great with volleyball and swimming. Please click here for the pictures.


Seminar to offer tips on applying for a Rhodes Scholarship

Put yourself in the picture: an April 7 seminar is aimed at helping students apply for a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. Are you active in the community as a volunteer or community leader?

Are you on the Dean’s list? A seminar Tuesday will invite accomplished students to consider a significant opportunity: the Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University.

Dean of students Clayton Smith will conduct the seminar on Tuesday, April 7, offering information about the prestigious scholarship—what it offers, what the application criteria are, who is eligible, and how to apply. Professor Simon du Toit will present resources on preparing to apply for an external award such as the Rhodes.

“Your hard work deserves recognition, and we aim to help you achieve that recognition,” says Dr. Smith.

He expects the event to last just over an hour. It begins at 7 p.m. April 7 in room 203, Toldo Health Education Centre. To confirm your participation, RSVP to Dr. du Toit at


Cross Campus Alliance (CCA) Event

Join us at the outside of CAW Student Centre for free food and drink on March 31st from 11.30 AM till 1 PM. Click here for more details.



GSS-UWSA Continuity Scholarship (2015) (CLOSED)

This is yet another great initiative between GSS and UWSA to work together and work for students at this beautiful campus. For the first time ever in University histroy we are introducing GSS-UWSA Continuity Scholarship.




GSS Gala (2015-2016)

The GSS Annual Gala held on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Teutonia Club, Windsor was a grand success. We served 325 attendees this year. Thank you all the Graduate students for coming out in numbres and making the event awesome. Special thanks to Performers for the beautiful breathtaking performances. Please CLICK HERE for pictures from the event.


GSS Executive Election (2015-2016)


The election is over. New executives would be introduced during GSS Gala 2015 on March 20, 2015.


Immigration Seminar

GSS is sponsoring an Immigration Seminar with Immigration lawyer Elizabeth Long on Friday, February 27, 2015 in Room CEI 1100 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm.  Various immigration related issues would be discussed alongside new and forthcoming changes in the Canadian immigration which would be very fruitful and helpful for international graduate students. GSS will only be able to accommodate between the first 250-300 graduate students. Light refreshments would be served.


GSS Scholarship (2014-2015) is now CLOSED

The GSS Scholarship application for this year is CLOSED. The committee is now selecting the winners. The winners would be notified as soon as the selction committee finalize their winners. Please note, the scholarship winners would be recognized during GSS Gala tobe held on March 20, 2015.


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.

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

It was a grand success, thanks to all Graduate students who showed up for this event. The appreciation and participation was overwhelming. Please click here to view the event pictures. Thank you all.


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.


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.