Nominations are now open for the 2015 GSA Awards and nomination information is available here. The deadline to receive complete nomination packages is 4:00 PM (MST) on January 14, 2015. Nominations received after this deadline and incomplete nomination packages will not be considered.
More information on GSA Awards can be found in: A Guide to Applying for GSA Awards - Q&A, and additional information for all of the awards listed below can be found in GSA Policy "Awards and Adjudication Criteria".
2015-2016 GSA President and Vice-Presidents
The GSA Nominating Committee is charged with the responsibility of actively seeking out graduate students for the positions of GSA President, Vice-President Academic, Vice-President Labour, Vice-President Student Services, and Vice-President External (GSA Policy, Nominating, 6.4).
The Early Call for Talent and Training program is designed to provide training and information to students considering running for elected office. All of these positions are ELECTED by all graduate students at the University of Alberta through a General Election starting in January 2015.
We now invite registered graduate students to contact any member of the GSA Nominating Committee to enquire about responsibilities, time commitments, and benefits of running for one of the Directly-Elected Officer position.
Deadline for Desjardins to receive your claims: November 29, 2014
Important notice for students who were enrolled in their GSA Health and/or Dental Plan in 2013-2014: All health and/or dental claims incurred on or before August 31, 2014 (for the 2013-2014 policy year) must be received by the insurance company (Desjardins) by November 29, 2014.
In order to ensure that your claims reach the insurer by the deadline, they must be dropped off at the Health & Dental Plan Office (6-14 SUB, Sixth Floor) no later than Friday, November 21, 2014.
If you are mailing claims directly to the insurer yourself, please leave adequate time for delivery. The address for Desjardins is recorded at the top of all claim forms.
Claims received after the deadline will not be reimbursed.
Claim forms are available in the Download Centre at www.ihaveaplan.ca. For more information, you can call the Member Services Center at 1 866 795-4430.
The Office of the Provost, working with the GSA, has prepared an updated Information Sheet on the Collective Agreement (CA) between the GSA and the UofA Governing the Academic Employment of Graduate Students.
This Information Sheet highlights many of the terms and conditions as well as your rights and benefits under the CA if you have been appointed as a Teaching or Research Assistant. It also outlines some information with respect to graduate student pay associated with holding an appointment as a TA or RA.
We hope you find it useful. If you have any questions or concerns about the CA or your appointment as a TA or RA, please let me know.
Monty Bal, GSA VP Labour
The GSA, along with other Edmonton student associations, successfully negotiated for pro-rated U-Pass replacement costs.
The pilot for these pro-rated replacement costs will run from September 1 through December 31, 2014.
The following rates for stickers claimed lost or stolen for Fall Term 2014 are as follows:
100% of U-Pass fee prior to October 1
75% of U-Pass fee October 1 - 31
50% of U-Pass fee November 1 - 30
25% of U-Pass fee December 1 -31
Visit http://uofa.ualberta.ca/upass for more information!