Are you interested in organizing departmental events such as parties or academic seminars? Do you want to gain a better understanding of the issues affecting graduate students in the department and university? Is the Community Involvement section of your CV a little sparse? Get involved in student government! The Computer Science Graduate Society (CSGS) holds annual elections for executive positions each April, so keep an eye out for information regarding nominations and the electoral process on the graduate student mailing list.
Another great way to get involved and stay informed is to participate in the Computer Science Graduate Representative Committee (CSGRC). Representatives from each lab in the department meet monthly to discuss issues affecting graduate students in computer science, as well as to disseminate reports from the CSGS executives regarding their activities. If your lab doesn’t have a representative, or you would like to learn more about CSGRC, visit the webpage or contact a CSGS executive to get involved!
There are more than 140 different clubs and organizations on campus to choose from. To help you decide, the Students’ Union hosts “Club Week” every September to showcase all the ways you can get involved and share your interests. If there still isn’t an association that interests you, you can create your own! The Students’ Union Web page has a listing of all sanctioned clubs.
Students get free tickets to all Dinos Athletic games, free skating at the Olympic Oval, and unlimited use of the Fitness Centre, Aquatic Centre, Racquet Centre, and climbing wall. Campus Recreation offers many instructional and wellness programs, as well as the intramural sports program. There are also 12 varsity sports you can get involved in – see the Dinos Athletics site from more information.
The Graduate Students' Association sponsors workshops, sports events and lectures.
The Students' Union sponsors special events such as cabarets, concerts, speakers, the Winter Carnival, Stress Management 201, and Cinemania, an event that shows free movies for U of C Students. The SU also hosts the biggest party of them all, Bermuda Shorts Day. This event marks the last day of classes in April and features bands, barbecues and beer gardens.
Consider getting involved with University Media. The University of Calgary is the only Canadian university with a student/community television society that broadcasts on cable TV. NUTV is available on local cable 78 and offers hands-on technical training for participants and lively, alternative programming for viewers.
Our FM radio station CJSW 90.9 FM broadcasts locally, as well as internationally through the Internet. Students do everything from programming to broadcasting.
Itching to be a reporter, photographer, or editor? Any student can also volunteer to work on the student newspaper, The Gauntlet, and learn what it takes to produce an award-winning paper.