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					GSA News -- August 9, 2002 (#72)

CONTENTS:
1) U PASS INFORMATION
2) GRAD 601
3) OPT-OUT OF THE GSA HEALTH AND DENTAL PLAN
4) THE REGISTRAR'S OFFICE AND THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE ARE MOVING
THIS
   WEEKEND!
5) FOR MECHANICAL AND MANUFACTURING GRADUATE STUDENTS
6) EFFECTIVE WRITING
7) CLASSIFIEDS



1) U PASS INFORMATION

There will be a new website concerning details for the U Pass available for students and
staff on Friday, August 9. It will be available
from the university's main page. This web site will explain how the U Pass and opt out
process will work.

Please note that only two categories of students will be able to opt out: 1) disabled
students that can prove that they
use Handi Bus; 2) distance education students who can prove that they have an address
outside of Calgary,
and are not attending classes on campus. The Campus Recreation opt out form will be
used for opting out of the U Pass. The
Campus Rec opt out form is available from the Registrar's Office or Graduate Studies.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the U Pass, you can contact the GSA
office.



2) GRAD 601
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and GSA invite you to attend the Graduate Student
Orientation- GRAD 601. This is a program
specifically designed to welcome you and to familiarize you with key services and
policies relevant to your graduate education and
research at the University of Calgary.

GRAD 601 sessions will provide information on, for example:

     The University of Calgary and the world of graduate studies
    Scholarships and other financial awards
    Library services and information technology
    Effective teaching skills
    Research, ethics and intellectual property
    Safety
    Special sessions dealing with effective writing, teaching certificates, and scholarship
applications
    Organizations and services (the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Students
Association, the Information Commons,
    the Learning Commons etc.)

GRAD 601 will take place on September 3, 2002 (11:00 am - 4:30 pm). The day will
include a campus tour, a lunchtime BBQ, and
information sessions as noted above. All of this will be followed by a “Meet and Greet”
reception at the Grad Lounge where you can
meet and mingle with faculty members and other graduate students. Students will be
given a Reference Binder that highlights key
information.

Other useful sessions will be offered during September:

    NSERC Scholarship Applications Workshop September 10, 2002
    General Scholarship Applications Workshop September 24, 2002
    Effective Teaching Skills (TA Work Shop) TBA
    Ethics and Intellectual Integrity TBA
    Intellectual Property TBA


Please visit www.grad.ucalgary.ca to view updates regarding GRAD 601 and when key
sessions will be offered. Please complete the
attached RSVP and send it to us by August 16 so that we can count you in.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the GRAD 601 Co-ordinator Kari
Forrest at the Faculty of Graduate Studies
220-4205 or e-mail klforres@ucalgary.ca.



3) OPT-OUT OF THE GSA HEALTH AND DENTAL PLAN

September is a busy month so the GSA Office (MSC 350) is now accepting
opt-outs for September 2002 Registrants. If you are a full-time student
insuredby another plan and want to opt-out of the GSA Health and Dental
Plan, come by and avoid the Fall line-ups. Proof of insurance is needed
every year. The deadline is September 20th, 2002, but come visit us
this summer and take us off your list early!
4) THE REGISTRAR'S OFFICE AND THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE HAVE MOVED

The MacKimmie Library Block (MLB) is undergoing a rehabilitation project
to deal with a number of outstanding issues in this 1960’s era building. While a major
part
of these repairs are going on, the Registrar’s and Admissions Offices are also being
updated and will
be adding another service window. During the rehabilitation and renovation project the
two
offices will be temporarily located in “Trailer C”, between the ICT and Science B
buildings. A
directional map of the new location is available off our web site or at
<http://www.ucalgary.ca/registrar/images/Wayfinding.jpg>.
The renovation is expected to take approximately 5 months.

All Registrar and Admissions services currently done in MLB will be
moving to the temporary space as of August 6th. However, all existing phone numbers
will remain
the same.

The student computer InfoNet stations that are in the lobby of MLB will
remain accessible during the renovation project.

The offices will be open for business as usual on Friday, August 2nd
until 4:30 and will reopen at 9 a.m. (one half hour later than normal) in their new space
on Tuesday,
August 6th. Normal operating hours will resume thereafter.

The Prospective Student Office, Student Awards and Financial Aid Office
and the Fees Office will not be relocating and will remain in the MLB.

Additional announcements will be made in the various University
publications and on several Websites.

If you have questions with respect to this move please contact:
Registrar’s Office - Dorothy Robertson, 220-8501; Admissions Office - Elaine Wong,
220-3827



5) FOR MECHANICAL AND MANUFACTURING GRADUATE STUDENTS
There is a vacancy in the position of Grad Student Representative in the department. The
current rep will be graduating soon, so all
graduate students in this faculty are invited to contact Scott Olsen regarding this position.
A graduate representative puts a couple of
hours each month towards graduate student issues and leads initiatives to improve the
graduate experience in the department. The
election for this position will be held on September 6.

As well, there will be a BBQ luncheon for Mechanical and Manufacturing grad students
only. It will be held on the patio in front of
the Mechanical Engineering Building at the same location as the one held in April, from
11:00am to 2:00pm. Please inform Scott
Olsen if you are willing to participate, and any additional suggestions in this endeavor are
welcome (ie. food, drink preferences, etc.).
All graduate students, faculty members and staff are welcome to participate.



6) EFFECTIVE WRITING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

The Effective Writing Program is pleased to offer the following four short writing
courses for
graduate students over the fall 2002 and winter 2003 terms. If there is sufficient demand,
we may
offer additional courses in the winter term.

Effective Writing for Graduate Students: Writing a thesis (12 hours) $96

Sec.1:     Fri., Sept. 13, 2002 4:00 to 8:00 pm and
          Sat., Sept. 14 9:00 am - 12:30 pm & 1:00 - 5:30 pm
          (registration "deadline": Sept. 3)

Sec.2:     Fri., Nov. 15, 2002 4:00 to 8:00 pm and
          Sat., Nov. 16 9:00 am - 12:30 pm & 1:00 - 5:30 pm
          (registration "deadline": Nov. 5)

Sec. 3:   Fri., Jan. 10, 2003 4:00 - 8:00 pm and
          Sat., Jan. 11 9:00 am - 12:30 pm & 1:00 - 5:30 pm
          (registration "deadline": Jan. 3)

Effective Writing for Graduate Students: Writing a dissertation (12 hours) (for PhD
students) $96

Sec. 4:    T,W, & Th Oct. 8, 9, & 10, 2002 5:00 - 9:00 pm
          (registration "deadline": Sept. 27)
These non-credit courses will provide instruction in graduate-level academic writing as
well as in
matters of grammar and expression, especially as shaped by disciplinary conventions.
The courses
will feature a combination of direct instruction and in-class workshops and writing
practice and will
focus on the writing process, overcoming writer's block, writing research proposals,
preparing
literature reviews, documenting sources, preparing methodology, discussion, and results
sections,
and revising your writing. Matters of grammatical usage and editorial concerns will be
covered as
needed, depending on the identified needs of the participants.

As part of these courses, each student will have access to one hour of individual writing
consultation time with the instructor, either in person or via e-mail. (Graduate students
may seek
additional free one-to-one instruction through the University Writing Centre in SS 110.)
The course
will not be graded.

The course instructor will be Ms. Kay Hunter (B.A., B.Sc., MSc.), a writing instructor
with 15
years' experience and a background in professional and academic research, writing, and
editing.
Ms. Hunter is also the co-author of several refereed journal articles.

Participants may register for these courses in Social Sciences 110 beginning August 1,
2002. The
course fee is $96, payable by debit card, credit card, or money order. If there are fewer
than 14
registrants by the registration "deadline" noted above for a particular section, we may not
run that
section of the course; however, if a section will run, then we will accept a few more
registrants after
the "deadline."

If you have additional questions about the course registration, please call the Effective
Writing
Program office (220-7255, X5); if you have specific questions about the course, please
contact the
instructor via e-mail (khunter@ucalgary.ca).

If you have suggestions about other short courses in professional or graduate-level
writing you
would like to see offered in the winter 2003 term, please e-mail me at andre@ucalgary.ca
(Note
that I will be on sabbatical from July 1 to Dec. 31.)



7) CLASSIFIEDS

DUPLEX FOR RENT
Duplex for rent in Bowness. 2 storey SxS. 5 appliances, 1.5 baths, 3 bedrooms. Quiet
private backyard. Storage shed. Backs onto
green area. Close to bike paths and bus routes. $900 per month, plus utilities. Call
Rhonda or Dale at 288-9624.

ROOMMATE WANTED
Looking for a female to share a 3 bedroom house in Coventry Hills. $550 per person if 2
people, and $800 for one. Partially
furnished. Must like cats. Non-smoker. Rent includes utilities. Please contact Christina
at 220-8563. Available Sept. 1.

HOUSE FOR RENT
Available on August 1. Located in Charleswood. 4 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1500 sq. ft.,
single attached garage, 5 appliances, 15 minute
walk to Uof C, no smokers/pets. $1400/month. Call 267-0669.

ROOM FOR RENT
To share a smaller two bedroom home in Sunnyside. 15 minutes away from U of
C and really close to Safeway and all the stores/pubs in Kensington. Rent
is $400 + 1/2 Utilities. Furnished, except for your room. Available Aug 15
or Sept 1. If your a fun loving, mature student please give me (Steve) a
call @ 283-6280 or email steveglavac@hotmail.com

ROOMMATE WANTED FOR SEPT. 1
Roommate wanted to share my beautiful 1400 sq.ft. house in Tuscany (NW
Calgary). It has 2.5 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms, office space, fireplace,
large backyard deck, double car garage, 10-15 min. drive to U of C, express
bus to downtown right out the front door, and large basement. No smoking, no
pets. $400 + shared utilities. If interested, please contact Ryan Taylor at
278-5827 or email rrtaylor@ucalgary.ca

ROOM FOR RENT
$420, includes utilities and cable. Your living area includes a large
bedroom and your own living room. Partially furnished. Spacious, clean duplex; close
to Safeway, river path and Bus routes. 25 min walk to campus. No Smokers. Females
preferred.
International students welcome. Pets negotiable. Available Sept 1/02. Phone to inquire:
247-0437.

FOR RENT
1 Bedroom + a loft apartment for rent in Killarney available September
 1st, 2002! About 800 square feet. Bright, clean loft apartment with
skylights and vaulted ceilings. Perfect location - quiet, beside a park, and close to both U
of C and
 Mt. Royal College, as well as transit to both locations.
 Rent is approximately $750 and includes all utilities except
 electricity. For more information, and to view the place, contact
 Rancho Realty at 286 3864

ROOMMATE WANTED
For a bright spacious house in University Heights
400 $ + utilities
Females preferred, parking space available
If you're interested please call Fusun (282-5278) or e-mail
fturesin@ucalgary.ca

FOR RENT
How would you like to live in Kensington? Be close to pubs,
restaurants, coffee shops, book stores, and the Plaza Theatre! I am
looking for a responsible roommate to share a large, bright two bedroom
apartment. The building is a quiet ten unit property on Memorial Drive
rented by young professionals. Close to the LRT, Safeway, UofC, and
downtown. $325/mo. Available Sept. 1, 2002. Please call Mark at
288-0054 or email me at: paddle7@hotmail.com

				
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