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GSS One Day Trip to Canada's Wonderland



Hello Everyone,

Graduate Student Society (GSS) is coming up with a one day trip to Canada’s Wonderland.

Tour Details:

Day: Sunday 8th July 2018

Venue: Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan, ON

Transportation Facility: Bus (School-bus) from the University (Exact place TBA)

Ticket Price: For students registered in Summer Term: Only $ 40 (includes Wonderland’s one day pass, transportation, and refreshments in bus)


               Bus to Wonderland: 4:45 a.m.

               Theme Park Timings: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

               Water Park Timings: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

               Bus from Wonderland to University: 10:30 p.m.

Online Registration: Tuesday 19th June @9 AM until Wednesday 20th June @ Midnight. 

For any queries, please contact to



Results of GSS Executive Elections for 2018/19


1. President : Meet Patel

2. V.P. Academic Affairs : Siddharth Patel

3. V.P. Finance and HR : Manish Domadiya

4. V.P. University Affairs : Yena Patel

5. V.P. External Affairs : Mrunal Parekh



GSS Executive Elections for 2018/19

This is to inform all the graduate students that the CRO as well as the Elections Committee members have had meetings and decided to re-open the position for VP (Finance, Operations and H.R.) again to all graduate students due to extenuating circumstances.

CRO:  Hilda Otieno - email address:
Nomination Form Submissions for VP (Finance, Operations and H.R.) -   Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m. to March 18, 2018 @ midnight.  Nomination forms will be available on the GSS website.
Campaigning begins:  Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m. to April 1, 2018 @ midnight
Online Elections:  Wednesday, April 4, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m. to Thrusday, April 5, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

In regards to the Executive Position of President, NO NEW NOMINATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THE POSITION OF PRESIDENT. There are 3 nominees who have already submitted their nomination forms, and only these three candidates names will appear on the GSS ballot and be able to campaign again.

CRO:  - Hilda Otieno,
Campaigning Dates:  Monday, March 19, 2018 starting @ 9:00 a.m. until April 1, 2018 @ midnight
Online Elections for the positon of President:  Wednesday, April 4, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m. to Thursday, April 5, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m.

Hi, All Grad Students: 

The GSS is hosting another FREE Morning Coffee Social with a few tweaks from last time. We are now adding FRESH FRUIT AND HOT COCOA to the menu on top of coffee and baked goods. What better way to kick start February!! 

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 7th
TIME: Drop-in from 8:30-10:30AM 
WHERE: Mare Nostrum 

The GSS is looking forward to seeing each and every one of you!


GSS Council Elections

Hello Everyone,
Today is the first day for the GSS Council Elections.
If you are a registered graduate student at the University of Windsor you are eligible to vote, visit this link here
Please note that all Candidates and their campaigners, are not allowed to campaign or coerce/force students to vote. This has been an issue in previous elections and as the CRO i will take this reports seriously, which could lead to a candidate getting disqualified from the election.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to be in touch.
A general email has been sent to all departmental secretaries to send out to all graduate students know about the election and the vote.

Hildah Otieno
Chief Returning Officer
Graduate Student Society
University of Windsor

GSS Council Elections


For Departmental and At Large Representatives as per the GSS constitution.

Call for Nominations:  September 8-15, 2017
Nominations:  September 16-23, 2017 (Nomination Form)
Campaigning:  September 24-Oct. 1, 2017
Online Voting:  October 3 beginning at 9:00 a.m. to October 4, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.

Online Voting Results posted by October 4, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m.

CRO will be Hilda Otieno of the CFS-Ontario, email will be

GSS first Council meeting for the 2017/18 Academic year will be on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room 203 Toldo.

In order to review the At Large and Departmental Representatives and Council responsibilites you may view these at:

Unfortunately, GSS Soccer Tournament is canceled. New dates will be out soon.

GSS Outdoor Cricket Tournament 2017



  • Dates: 7-9 July 2017
  • Location - Lancers Outdoor Cricket Ground
  • Free Tournament
  • There will be league matches on 7th and 8th July. Knockouts will be played on 9th July.
  • Certificate of Achievement will be provided to top 4 teams.
Boys’ Tournament:
  • Teams will be allowed to play with maximum 9 players.
  • ID cards with active Summer 2017 stickers are mandatory for all the graduate students. Only 2 Undergrad/Alumni players will be allowed per team in playing 9.
  • 10 overs match, only 2 bowlers can ball maximum 3 overs, and 2 bowlers can ball maximum 2 overs. Hence, you will require at least 4 different bowlers. First 4 overs will be powerplay.
  • Rules for scoring runs will be explained at the location.
  • Equipment (bat, ball, and stumps) will be provided. We would rather suggest bringing your bats for convenience.
  • If matches are tied at any stage, teams play 1 over as super over.
  • The tournament will be played on Tape Ball.
Girls’ Tournament:
  • Teams will be allowed to play with maximum 6 players.
  • Ground will be shortened for girls’ tournament.
  • ID cards with active Summer 2017 stickers are mandatory for all the graduate students. Only 2 Undergrad/Alumni players will be allowed per team in playing 6.
  • 6 overs match, no restrictions on a number of bowlers.
  • Underarm bowling will not be allowed; everyone has to bowl overarm.
  • Rules for scoring runs will be explained at the location.
  • Equipment (bat, ball, and stumps) will be provided.
  • If matches are tied at any stage, teams play 1 over as super over.
  • The tournament will be played on Tape Ball.

For Registration:

Fill Registration Form and email it to

Bring filled Liability Form(separate for all players) on the day of a 1st game and submit it to the registration desk at the ground. 

Registration Form(Boys)

Registration Form(Girls)

Liability Form

GSS One Day Trip to Canada's Wonderland


Hello Everyone,

Graduate Student Society (GSS) is coming up with a one day trip to Canada’s Wonderland.

Tour Details:

Day: Sunday 11th June, 2017

Venue: Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan, ON

Transportation Facility: Bus (School-bus) from the University (Exact place TBA)

Ticket Price: For students registered in Summer Term: Only $ 20 (includes Wonderland’s one day pass, transportation, and refreshments in bus)


               Bus to Wonderland: 4:45 a.m.

               Theme Park Timings: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

               Water Park Timings: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

               Bus from Wonderland to University: 10:30 p.m.

Registration is Closed

For any queries, please contact to . 



Tuesday April 25th 3pm Rally (CAW Commons) for the 4pm UWindsor Board of Governors where they will be voting for not one but TWO years of tuition increases. 

Demand accountability for where your funds are going as administration keep growing in size and a sound off to the government that we have solutions and overwhelming debt is not one of them. 

Join us on a teleconference to plan and prep for the rally time and date to be decided 

Questions or preparation if you wanna speak at the meeting can be directed to Matthew Dunlop at Matthew Dunlop or Amin Safaei Amin Safaei

More information to come. Share your tuition message by posting it here.

GSS Executive Election 2017-18


Hello Everyone,

Voting for GSS Elections starts Monday, March 13th and 9AM and closes Tuesday March 14th at 3pM.

Here is the link to vote:


List of Candidates

President Candidates:

Mostafa Moussa

Amin Safaei


VP Finance, Operations and Human Resources Candidates:

Harsh Patel

Sathish Chandra Pichika

Bingchan Wang


VP University Affairs Candidates:

Gulsheet Bhullar

Manpreet Kaur

Meet Patel

Maryam Mahdavy Rad

Md Zamilur Rahman

Baturh Yarkwan


VP External Affairs Candidates:

Fahad Ameen

Menghan Du

Mohit Koshti

Kunjkumar Patel

Milad Rezamand

Harshjot Singh Lohat


VP Academic Affairs Candidates:

Ahmed Elseddawy

Eshaan Ghosh

Debjani Mukherjee

Dilpreet Singh

Tareq Muhammad Supon

Ashley Quinton

Farideh Zohrehheydariha



Voting is only open to currently enrolled graduate students at the University of Windsor.

If you experience any problems voting please contact the CRO immediately –


GSS Executive, Unfilled Departmental and At Large Council Representatives

The GSS Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Thursday, February 16, 2017.  At that meeting, the membership amended 3 Bylaw changes to the constitution governing GSS elections as well as to re-start the elections for the Executive, Unfilled Departmental and “At Large” (Aboriginal Students Liaison) Representative elections previously provided to the GSS membership.  This means that the dates for the “All Candidates Debate” and “online voting” as well.

Also, please note, that any nominee that has already submitted and received a confirmation from the CRO of their nomination form, you DO NOT have to re-submit your nomination form for the Executive elections, Unfilled Departmental and At Large (Aboriginal Students’ Liaison) Council Representatives positions.

The 2017/18 elections re-start were to begin on February 17, 2017, however, following the GSS AGM meeting on Thursday, February 16, 2017, the GSS received an email from the CRO that he was resigning immediately from that position and would not be available for the re-starting of the GSS 2017/18 elections and that is why no emails were sent out announcing the re-starting of the GSS Executive elections until the GSS can find another CRO.

Therefore, the dates for the re-start of the GSS Executive elections are as follows:

Nominations:February 27 @ 9:00 a.m. until March 5, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.

Campaigning:March 6 @ 9:00 a.m. until March 12, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

All Candidates Debate:March 9 @ 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Mare Nostrum

Online Elections:March 13 @ 9:00 a.m. to March 14, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.

Results:March 14 by CRO between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m.

Ratification Results:Thursday, March 16


Unfilled Departmental and “At Large” Council Positions “At Large” Position:                        

Aboriginal Students Liaison

Unfilled Departmental Reps:          

Earth Sciences, History, MBA, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology and School of Social Work



VP (Academic Affairs)

VP (Finance, Operations and H.R.)

VP (External Affairs)

VP (University Affairs)

All Candidate Debate for GSS executive Election 2017-18 is cancelled. 

The new date for all candidate debate will be announced soon.

GSS Drug/Dental Plan Activation

All graduate students that just began their program for this academic year for winter 2017 semester, have now been activated for GSS Drug/Dental Plan .

The V-Day


The show will be on February 15th at the Capitol Theatre in the Pentastar Theatre. Doors open at 8:30 pmDirected by Windsor's very own Tori Jenkins, the award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women's sexuality and strength. It hopes to enlighten and empower both the audience and the cast members through a thought provoking and emotional journey. All proceeds from the show support the Windsor Essex Sexual Assault Crisis Centre and organizations that focus on the spotlight issue of violence against women in the workplace. This year, our goal is to raise $10, 000 and have a sold out show of 620 guests. 

Event details can be found here: and tickets can be bought here:

We are also specifically looking for some volunteers to help out with lightening/stage help etc. If you know of any students that are interested please ask them to reach out to me. 

Our annual raffle is taking place and you can check out prizes here: and purchase raffle tickets here:

International Women's Day 2017

CAW Events

Free Soup Talk about Sexual Misconduct


GSS Executive and Unfilled Council Department Elections

For GSS “At Large” and Unfilled Department Representatives to the GSS Council
For all inquiries and nomination form submissions, please send to:
Nomination Form for At Large and Unfilled Department Representatives to the GSS Council
The following At Large position and graduate departments DO NOT have a representative on the GSS Council and therefore, GSS will hold elections for them according to the schedule below: 
  • Aboriginal Students Liaison
  • Earth Sciences Dept.
  • History
  • MBA
  • Nursing
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • School of Social Work
Call for Nominations:    January 23-29, 2017
Nominations:               January 30 (9:00 a.m.) – February 5, 2017 (3:00 p.m.)
(This nomination date is for GSS At Large and Unfilled Departmental representatives)
Campaigning:              February 13 (9:00 a.m.) - February 19, 2017 (11:59 p.m.)
All Candidates Debate: February 16, 2017 (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.), Mare Nostrum
Online Elections:          March 1 (9:00 a.m.) – March 2, 2017 (3:00 p.m.)
Election Results:          March 2, 2017 (3:30 p.m.)
GSS Executive Positions and Nomination Form –
  • President
  • VP (Academic Affairs)
  • VP (Finance, Operations and Human Resources)
  • VP (External Affairs)
  • VP (University Affairs)
Call for Nominations:   January 23-29, 2017
Nominations:              January 30 (9:00 a.m.) – February 5, 2017 (3:00 p.m.)
This nomination date is for GSS At Large and Unfilled Departmental representatives and;
For members with GSS Council experience only FIRST.  GSS CRO will not accept electronic nominations from general membership of the GSS that does not have previous Council experience during this week.
Nominations: February 6, 2017 (9:00 a.m.) – February 12, 2017 (11:59 p.m.)
(IF unfilled by a member with GSS Council experience, then nominations will be opened to all GSS members for the duration of 1 week and submitted online to the CRO.
Campaigning: February 13 (9:00 a.m.) - February 19, 2017 (11:59 p.m.)
All Candidates Debate: February 16, 2017 (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.), Mare Nostrum
Online Elections: March 1 (9:00 a.m.) – March 2, 2017 (3:00 p.m.)
Election Results: March 2, 2017 (3:30 p.m.)

Chief Returning Officer – 1 Paid Position

The Chief Returning officer position is a part time position hired by the Graduate Student Society to oversee the Spring 2017 elections. The CRO will work roughly 30 hours a week during the nomination, campaign and voting period.


  • The CRO is responsible for the overall logistical administration of the GSS elections

  • The CRO’s responsibilities will include the following:

    • Verifying eligible candidates in the elections from the University of Windsor Administration

    • Preparing and maintaining the voting platform

    • Approval of all Campaigning material

    • Adjudicate and provide rulings on complaints filed by candidates during the electoral process

    • Prepare the CRO’s report to be presented to the GSS Council


  • Experience coordinating and administering Student Union elections

  • Ability to work flexible hours with increased hours during campaigning and voting days

  • Strong Organizational skills

  • Proficient in conflict resolution

  • Understanding of the GSS Bylaws

  • Knowledge of University of Windsor Practices and Policies

Date of Election: Middle of January – End of February.

Please send your CV to with subject CROGSS JOB

U-Pass opt-out dates for Winter 2017

Click Here

Provocative Politics: Queering the Archive 

Manage Your Exam Stress

Hey folks!

The year is winding down, but that doesn’t mean that we stop trying to make students lives better. Being a student right now is tough. While we are dealing with the stress of studying for exams and main­taining good grades, often we are juggling multiple low-wage or unpaid jobs, support­ing our families and thinking about our futures. That is a lot! 

This exam period, we want to make sure students are taking some time to care for their own mental well-being. We created a helpful tool in reaching out to students to help manage their stress. These materials outline some de-stressor techniques and pair well with any exam stress-buster activities your local has prepared for the rest of the semester. They work well as an online tool, too. If you would like campus- or local-specific changes to the materials, please be in touch!

Be sure to encourage your members to Tweet and Instagram @CFSON with their tips to destress before the holidays to win some amazing prizes!

 All the best


UWill Discover! Undergraduate Research Conference

Dear Graduate Student,

The University of Windsor is excited to be hosting its third annual UWill Discover! Undergraduate Research Conference, taking place on March 31, 2017.

Our Submission and Review Team would like to know if you would be interested in participating as an abstract reviewer for abstracts submitted to the conference. Because the conference accepts abstracts from all disciplines, grad students from any academic background may participate. We currently need 30 more volunteers by December 1st.

Here are a few more details:

·  What would I be doing? Reading and critiquing approximately three 250-word abstracts according to the provided rubric. Ultimately you decide how many abstracts you would like to critique.

·  When would I be needed? The review process will be conducted from December 1st to January 1st.

·  Where would I need to be? Wherever you're comfortable! This process is conducted online and via email.

Our abstract reviewers are incredibly valuable to us and they are fundamental to the success of the conference. If this sounds like a cool opportunity, we'd love to have you join the reviewing committee. Just send us a quick email at to let us know you're interested. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Thanks for your consideration, and all the best with the rest of your semester!

Emily Kogel

Submissions & Review Coordinator

UWill Discover! 2017



1 NO 290
2 YES 457
- None Of The Above 0
- Decline To Vote 15











ATTENTION: All Graduate Students

Check following links for YES and NO campaigning groups

ATTENTION: All Graduate Students

TIME: 1:30 PM TO 2:30 PM


  • Guest speaker:  Richard Peddie


  • Questions will be reviewed by a panel before submission to the CRO.
  • Due to our limited time, please bring your question with you, if possible.
    • Please print clearly
    • Ask only 1 question


  • 2 MINUTES ONLY will be given to each side to answer the question
    • CRO will be asking the questions
    • No interruptions while others speak
    • Both sides will have a chance to reply to the question
    • Questions will not be asked twice


ATTENTION: All Graduate Students - Notice of Referendum

Please check following files:

LSRC Referendum -CRO


LSRC Presentation GSS Council 2016

Ways of Not-Knowing 

Incarceration and Exoneration

James Lockyer, a founding director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (now known as “Innocence Canada”) is a former member of UWindsor’s Faculty of Law and a recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from this university in 2015.  He is internationally renowned for his advocacy in the ground-breaking cases of Guy-Paul Morin, David Milgaard, and Steven Truscott, among others.   
As a Distinguished Speaker in the Humanities Research Group’s “Provocative Bodies” series 2016-7, Dr. Lockyer will be giving a talk on “Innocence and Exoneration” on Thursday, October 27th from 5.00 to 7.00 at the Katzman Lounge, and meeting for an informal Q&A session/workshop for students across campus in the same venue on Friday, October 28th from 10.00 am to noon
This is an extraordinary opportunity to meet a person whose sustained efforts have changed lives, influenced our nation’s legal system, and helped to shape the perception of Canada as a force for social justice within the global community.  Please join us -- and please share this information with any members of our community (on campus, and beyond) who might be interested.
For more information on Dr. Lockyer’s distinguished career and achievements, please check out the following websites and features (including a TEDtalk on the arc of his career, and the reasons for his passionate opposition to the death penalty):

Educating for Understanding

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 01:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Location: Lambton 2103
Facilitator: Michael K. Potter

How can you help your students understand lives and cultures that are quite unlike their own, concepts and theories that seem utterly alien? This workshop will introduce you to ideas you can use to think through the challenging – and rewarding – task of answering that question, and thus create meaningful learning experiences for students that truly broaden their understanding. Although Educating for Understanding will be most directly relevant to faculty members in the arts, humanities and social sciences, many of the techniques and ideas shared will also be useful to those in other disciplines.

To register for this session, please visit:

Green Shield Opt-out Information

An email will be send to those students that were eligible to opt-out once your opt-out refund cheques have been printed and arrived and should be before the end of October.

For those students who opted-out for the early opt-out and were not assessed the GSS drug/dental benefits fee and are therefore not eligible for a refund.

Please be advised that the GSS has just received confirmation from Green Shield that ANY graduate student that was assessed the drug/dental fee (and did not opt-out or was not eligible to opt-out), you have now been activated.

Your subscriber number is as follows:

WGS and your student number for the GSS drug/dental benefits plan

There is NO card.

For information about Registration, Key Code, and How to Make Claims Online and How to Register online (on the Green Shield Student Centre website), please click on the link below and then select “Registration and How to Make Online Claims”.     

Interdisciplinary Graduate Mixer

Meet new people outside your area of study

Registration Link:

The Return of the Provost’s Question of the Month! 


Now that the rush of September is behind us, Provost Douglas Kneale is re-activating his successful Question of the Month contest, where he asks you  to respond to a question about your UWindsor experiences. The author of the winning entry will receive a UWindsor hoodie. 


Over the last couple of weeks, the University has been unveiling a new awareness campaign about the University of Windsor, communicating something that a lot of people on campus identify as a core characteristic of our students, staff, and faculty: Promise.  So,  the Provost is asking you to relate that to your own experiences at the U. This month’s question is:  What does “promise” mean to you? 


Please send your response, for another chance at that amazing UWindsor hoodie, to  by October 31!

Fall Fest

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

Friday October 14, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

GSS Elections 2016

This post is to inform all graduate students that the GSS cannot disclose the results of the department and at large Council positions at this time and are invoking 11.1.8 of the GSS constitution, which states, “The electoral committee shall make, in the event of a strike, circumstance beyond human control, or other event that may delay the electoral procedure, a decision as to how and when the electoral procedure may best be completed.”  The GSS is invoking this Bylaw until this matter can be resolved in a timely fashion.

The GSS apologizes but we could not send out a mass email as that process requires 24 hours advance notice and since some of the graduate secretaries may be unavailable to send out a mass email, this is why you are receiving this email. We wish to thank you for your patience in this matter.

 4th annual National Student Paper Competition

Please check the link below:

GSS Online voting for Departmental Representatives and At Large Positions has been extended to Friday, September 30, 2016 at 11:59 AM

For Further information please check the following link:




Pizza with the Prez

Please join us for Free Pizza in the Pizza with the Prez on Monday September 26 at 5 pm in Ambassador Auditorium.

Voting Link for GSS Departmental  Representatives and At Large Positions



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

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:

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


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.