Information for Current Graduate Students > Health & Well-Being > University & Department Social Outlets
There are so many ways to meet new people and get involved at the University, both within the department and beyond. Whether it be joining a student government, club, volunteer organization, or a combination of these groups, there is always something for you and your interests. Below lists all of the social/extra-curricular outlets within the main campus; organizations within the City of Guelph that students can join have been excluded. You may wish to refer to the City of Guelph page if you wish to search for city-wide social outlets.
- Student Federation of the Ontario Agricultural College (SFOAC)
- Animal Biosciences Graduate Student Council (ABSc GSC)
- Ontario Agricultural College Graduate Student Council (OAC GSC)
The Campus Organizations page in the University of Guelph website lists all registered organizations and clubs, but some clubs and miscellaneous organizations do not contain links to a homepage. The University also hosts Club Days in the beginning of every Fall and Winter semesters at the University Centre Courtyard, in which representatives from each club registered with the University have their own booths for students to view and join.
The Graduate Students Association (GSA) is the University of Guelph's student body representing all full-time and part-time registered graduate students in negotiations with the university, participation in various university committees, and communication with other campus organizations.
According to their mission statement, the mission of the Graduate Students' Association is to advance the academic and social goals of the graduate students of the University of Guelph through advocacy, social, and financial resources.
The goals of the Graduate Students' Association are:
- To represent responsibly the interest of the University of Guelph graduate students to the wider campus, municipal, provincial, national, and global communities;
- To improve the well-being of its members; and
- To advocate for the quality and accessibility of graduate education at the University of Guelph.
All services that the GSA provides to graduate students can be found here. These include (but are not limited to) the universal bus pass, the student-run Grad Lounge, SafeWalk, the Central Student Association Bike Centre, peer support for academic-related difficulties, and more.
Below lists student-run clubs, groups, and councils that are primarily run by Animal Biosciences graduate students, or closely associate themselves with members (faculty and/or graduate students) of the Department of Animal Biosciences. Although many of the following groups also cater to undergraduate students, graduate students are always welcome to attend and/or host events.
SFOAC represents all students under the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC). According to their homepage, their objectives include:
- To serve as a Student Organization Registrar;
- To enhance the educational experience of students within the OAC by promoting spirit, leadership, opportunity and enthusiasm;
- To develop and maintain an effective line of communication between the student body, the OAC Dean's Office, the OAC Alumni Association, and other University of Guelph affiliations;
- To give the student body of the OAC self government in matters pertaining to the student body, with the sanction of the Dean of the college;
- To distribute fees to classes and clubs within the OAC; and
- To promote and initiate programs centered within the OAC on the campus of the University of Guelph, or on a provincial, national or international scale.
The SFOAC Clubs page features a list of (may be outdated) clubs under the OAC that may be worth checking out. You can be better acquainted with many of these clubs and organizations during certain days of the year, such as the College Royal Weekend (usually in March), Club Days (as stated above), and the Graduate Studies Open House. Contacts within the SFOAC can be a great resource - the executives are able to forward you to the right contacts if you are looking for specific clubs.
Founded in 2014 by five graduate students of varying disciplines, the ABSc GSC is the council responsible for much of the social events organized for the department's graduate students, also often opened up to all members of the department. Our constitution can be found here.
The mission of the ABSc GSC is to act as a council to create a social and academic network for graduate students within the Department of Animal Biosciences. The goal of the council is to improve the graduate student experience in Animal Biosciences, and unify the graduate students through the planning and hosting of social events and creating awareness of available resources.
In the past, the council has organized social events (usually planned for one event a month) both inside and outside the department, such as cookie decorating and bake sales, brewery tours, curling, bowling, and student-faculty soccer matches, in addition to some administrative initiatives such as a logo contest to bring in submissions by members within the department to brainstorm and finalize a professionally-designed logo for the Department of Animal Biosciences.
The OAC GSC is the college arm and affiliate for our department, which brings graduate students within the Ontario Agricultural College together through social events usually held once a month. Be sure to join the OAC Grads Facebook group and follow @OACGrads on Twitter to be on the loop in these events. Any questions regarding the OAC GSC should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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