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SGPS Awards 2016-2017

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The SGPS has opened a call for nominations to recognize the exceptional work of its membership and the Queen’s University community.

 

The awards are…

  • The SGPS Student Contribution Award – for SGPS members who have made a significant contribution to the SGPS membership and/or Queen’s Community.
  • The SGPS Staff/Faculty Excellence Award – for Queen’s University staff/faculty members who have made a significant contribution to the SGPS membership outside of the classroom.
  • The SGPS Teaching Assistant/Teaching Fellow Excellence Award – for SGPS members who have worked as a Teaching Assistant or Teaching Fellow in the past 12 months and have also made a significant contribution to the SGPS membership and/or Queen’s Community.

The deadline for nominations will be on March 31st, 2017 and there is only one award available in each category.

To nominate someone or to learn more, check out sgps.ca/sgps-awards/

2017-2018 SGPS Elections

Total number of ballots cast in the election: 258 (approx. 6.18 percent of the SGPS membership)

Voter Turnout By Faculty

Faculty  Number of Voters  Percentage of Total Voters
Arts & Science  90  34.88%
Engineering and Applied Science  16  6.2%
School of Business  0  0%
Faculty of Law  122  47.26%
Faculty of Health Sciences  10  3.88%
Faculty of Education  9  3.49%
Prefer not to disclose  11  4.26%

President

Do you agree to the acclamation of Adam Grotsky to the position of President of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University?
Yes  206
No  34

VP Campaigns and Community Affairs

Do you agree to the acclamation of Tyler Morrison to the position of VP Campaigns and Community Affairs of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University?
Yes  188
No  31

VP Finance and Services

Do you agree to the acclamation of Lauren Peacock to the position of VP Finance and Services of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University?
Yes  196
No  24

VP Graduate

Do you agree to the acclamation of Stéfy McKnight to the position of VP Graduate of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University?
Yes  211
No  24

VP Professional

Do you agree to the acclamation of Russell Durward to the position of VP Professional of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University?
Yes  197
No  41

Graduate Student Senator

Do you agree to the acclamation of Alexandru Sonoc to the position of Graduate Student Senator of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University?
Yes  196
No  39

Referendum Results

Should the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University renew a fee of $5.00 (mandatory) for Queen’s Legal Aid?
Yes: 218 No: 35

Should the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University renew a fee of $58.93 (mandatory) for Student Wellness Services (Health and Counselling)?
Yes: 206 No: 47

Should the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University renew a fee of $19.86 (mandatory) for Walkhome?
Yes: 162 No: 90

Should the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University renew a fee of $0.50 (mandatory) for Campus Observation Room?
Yes: 170 No: 82

Should the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University establish a fee of $5.00 (mandatory) for the Queen’s Clubs Office?
Yes: 132 No: 120

Should the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University establish a fee of $3.00 (mandatory) for the Ban Righ Centre?
Yes: 171 No: 79

Should the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University establish a fee of $1.35 (mandatory) for the Centre for Teaching and Learning?
Yes: 171 No: 79

Should the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University renew a fee of $1.00 (optional) for HIV/AIDs Regional Services (HARS)?
Yes: 212 No: 40

Should the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University renew a fee of $0.90 (optional) for Levana Gender Advocacy Centre?
Yes: 191 No: 60

Should the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University renew a fee of $0.87 (optional) for Oxfam Queen’s?
Yes: 173 No: 76

Should the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University renew a fee of $1.77 (optional) for Reelout Arts Project Inc.?
Yes: 174 No: 74

Should the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University renew a fee of $3.00 (optional) for Union Gallery?
Yes: 177 No: 70

Should the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University establish a fee of $1.00 (optional) for Camp Outlook?
Yes: 182 No: 68

Should the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University establish a fee of $1.00 (optional) for Queen’s Daycare Centre?
Yes: 213 No: 40

Should the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University establish a fee of $1.00 (optional) for Sexual Assault Centre Kingston?
Yes: 226 No: 27

Should the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University establish a fee of $0.75 (optional) for Telephone Aid Line Kingston?
Yes: 202 No: 50

Uncontested Positions in the 2017-2018 SGPS Elections

As of noon on January 25th 2017, the following positions remain uncontested in the 2017 – 2018 SGPS Elections…

President
The SGPS represents graduate and professional students at various committee levels. The President is the SGPS’ primary representative on senior administrative bodies. The President’s role is to bring forward the realities of graduate and professional students to Queen’s senior administrators and their partners, including at Senate, the Board of Trustees, and University Council.
As the first point of contact for the SGPS Executive, the President also promotes the visibility of the organization, with the short- and long-term vision for the organization as a whole in mind. Working alongside the remainder of the SGPS Executive and the SGPS permanent staff, the President ensures the viability and sustainability of the SGPS.

VP Campaigns and Community Affairs
The SGPS holds a dual mandate: to offer services, and to advocate for its members. In a very broad sense, ‘campaigns’ encompass the various strategies used to lobby or push for action reflecting the needs of our members. While each member of the Executive takes on, to different degrees, campaigns work, the VP Campaigns & Community Affairs (VPCCA) takes a leadership role for lobby- and issues-based campaigns.
The VP Campaigns & Community Affairs also fosters relationships between community partners and the SGPS membership. In sum, this role is responsible for representing the interests of the organization and our members within bodies external to the University.

VP Finance and Services
The operations of the SGPS are made possible through student activity fees. The VP Finance & Services (VPFS) ensures that our members’ fees are fairly and responsibly collected and allocated. The budget, which is prepared by the VPFS, must reflect the needs of SGPS members, and it undergoes review and approval at SGPS Council. A significant component of SGPS operations is to deliver services to the membership.
The VPFS also works closely with the SGPS permanent staff to coordinate the services offered through the SGPS, including but not limited to the health & dental plan and bursaries.

VP Graduate
The VP Graduate (VPG) position was created in recognition of graduate students’ needs, which are at times distinct from the needs of professional students. The VPG is responsible for representing graduate students’ needs and interests at the internal level as well as on various University committees and external bodies.
The VPG oversees the SGPS Student Advisor Program, an essential service for SGPS members. The Student Advisor program offers advice and advocacy services to graduate and professional students on issues concerning their well-being while here at Queen’s.
The VPG is the main point-of-contact between graduate students and the School of Graduate Studies.

VP Professional
The VP Professional (VPP) position was created in recognition of professional students’ needs, which are at times distinct from the needs of graduate students. The VPP is responsible for representing professional students’ needs and interests at the internal level as well as on various University committees. The VPP is also tasked with doing outreach to professional students, who may be isolated in pockets by virtue of the nature of their professional degrees.
The VPP also oversees Human Resources alongside the Executive Director of the SGPS. As such, the VPP is responsible for hiring, dismissing, supervising and evaluating SGPS employees.

Senator
The Senate is one of the three governing bodies of the University, together with the Board of Trustees and the University Council, all of which are administered by the University Secretariat.
The SGPS Senator is responsible for representing the interests of the SGPS membership withing Senate, which determines all matters of academic character affecting the University as a whole.
The position involves serving a two-year term from September 2017 until August 2019.

If you are interested in running for any of these positions, click here for the Candidate Nomination Package for the 2017-2018 SGPS Election.

Nominations close, Wednesday February 1 2017 at 3:00 PM. All nomination packages must be submitted to the SGPS Main Office in JDUC 021.

SGPS Elections and Referendum 2017-2018

Click here to find out more about the candidates.

Click here to learn about the fees up for referendum
The relevant dates for the SGPS Elections for the 2017-2018 term are as follows:

Nomination Period Wednesday January 18 2017 @ 9:30 AM Nominations Open
Wednesday January 25 2017 @ 12:00 PM Advertisement of Uncontested Positions
Wednesday February 1 2017 @ 3:00 PM Nominations Close
Referendum
Question Approval
Thursday February 2 2017 @ 5:30 PM Special SGPS Council Meeting
McLaughlin Room JDUC
All Candidates Meeting Friday February 3 2017 @ 3:00 PM McLaughlin Room JDUC
Campaign Period Saturday February 4 2017 @ 12:00 AM Campaign Period Begins
Wednesday February 15 2017 @ 5:30 PM SGPS Winter General Meeting
All Candidates Debate
MacCorry B201
Wednesday February 15 2017 @ 11:59 PM Campaign Period Ends
 Voting Thursday February 16 2017 @ TBD Voting Begins
Friday February 17 2017 @ 4:00 PM Voting Ends
 Results Friday February 17 2017 in the evening Results will be announced via the SGPS
website and through official SGPS social
media channels

Please direct all questions to Anne Macgregor, SGPS Chief Returning Officer, at elections@sgps.ca

Office Closure

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the SGPS office will be closed today (Friday January 13th).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

We will reopen Monday January 16th at 9:30AM.

Happy Holidays!

shooting_0 The SGPS Main Office is now closed for the Winter Holidays.

From everyone at the SGPS, to you and yours we wish you the happiest of Holidays.

We will reopen Monday January 9th at 9:30am.

Winter Holiday Closure

The SGPS Main Office will be closed from December 16 at 4:30PM until Monday January 9 at 9:30AM.

If you have health and/or dental claims to submit to RWAM through our office, you must bring them in no later than December 16th at 3:00PM.

If you require an ISIC card you must submit your request to our office no later than December 14th at 4:30PM.

The deadline for bursary applications is December 9 at 4:30PM.

Any documentation submitted past the deadlines listed above will not be processed until January 2017.

STATEMENT FROM THE SGPS EXECUTIVE

For Immediate Release:
November 23, 2016

KINGSTON, ON – Last night, the SGPS Executive was informed of a party where Queen’s students allegedly clothed themselves in culturally insensitive costumes. The SGPS promotes an inclusive environment for all students and seeks to encourage and educate on issues of equity.

This represents an opportunity to come together as a community and have an open dialogue. We look forward to working with our university partners and stakeholders to create a better, more inclusive Queen’s community.

We would direct members affected by this issue to the SGPS website to review our various support resources.