GES Meeting

meeting january 2019

You are invited to our next GES Meeting!

When: Monday, January 21, 2019 at 10am

Where: UC 1401

Relevant documents: Agenda | Minutes

Please RSVP on the Facebook Event

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GES Meeting

Sept 2018 Meeting

You are invited to attend the first meeting of the Graduate English Society for the 2018-2019 academic year!

When: Friday, September 28, 2018, 3-4pm

Where: UC 4401

Relevant Documents: Agenda | Minutes

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Election Results are In!

Here is the roster for the coming year! Thank you to everyone who volunteered!

July 1-June 30 Term:

  • Co-Chair: Lori Maddigan
  • Co-Chair: Tim Golub
  • Appointments Committee: Erin Akerman
  • Visiting Speakers Committee: Raj Banerjee
  • Steering Committee: Aleksander Franiczek

October 1-September 30 Term:

  • Treasurer/Secretary: Courtney Church
  • Academic Coordinator: Sidra Khan
  • MA Rep: Dan De Paola
  • Social Coordinator: Ian Hynd
  • Social Coordinator: Mahdiyeh Ezzatikarami
  • Website/Social Media Coordinator: Lisa Templin
  • ACCUTE/MLA Rep: Cameron Riddell
  • Wellness Ambassador: Kastoori (Kuki) Barua
  • Ground and the Fury Coordinator: Blake Robertson
  • SOGS Councilor: Madison Bettle
  • SOGS Councilor: Ariana Potichnyj
  • Union Steward: Stuart Cheyne
  • Union Steward: Chris Austin
  • Union Steward: Kiefer Davies
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September Elections – Call for Volunteers

This is the second call for volunteers for service positions in the GES. Holding a service position is an opportunity to meet people, build a strong CV, and enact real change in our program.  No experience is required. If you are interested, please send Lori a short statement of interest by email (

The duties and time commitments for all positions can be found here. Information about these positions will also be presented at the Orientation Session (mandatory for all incoming students; all others welcome) Tuesday 4 September, 9:30 am – 11 am, UC 1405.

We still need to fill a couple vacant positions where the term of service began July 1st. Please submit your nomination as soon as possible if you are interested in one of these positions.

  1. Cochairs (1 of 2 positions open): As noted in the first call for elections (from Cameron Riddell, June 21st), “The time commitment for this position is EXTREMELY high, especially in September. There are numerous tasks that inevitably arise on top of the standard duties of the Chairs. Any work that doesn’t fit into the other jobs will be yours. GES members in coursework (or comps) years are encouraged to postpone service in this position until a non-coursework year.” NOTE: I’ve already done a lot of the September-related work so if you are interested in this role you would be expected to pick up extra work at other high-volume periods, especially in the Winter Term (you might be able to have your Winter Term TAship waived so that you are funded to do the co-chair work instead of being a TA—contact me for details).
  2. Visiting Speakers Committee Representative (1 of 1 position open)
  3. Writer-in-Residence Committee Representative (1 of 2 positions open)

~ ~ Positions that start October 1 ~ ~

In accordance with GES bylaw 5.1.1, you have until September 23rd to submit your nomination for these positions, following which a vote will take place only in the event we have more nominees than positions available. *If you already sent your statement of interest in the first call for elections and I have contacted you today to confirm that I already have your nomination, you don’t need to apply again.

  • Secretary/Treasurer (1 position): Note, a returning PhD student has already volunteered for this role so if anyone else submits a statement of interest, there will need to be a vote.
  • M.A. Representative (1 position): This is a really important role so new M.A. students, please consider putting your name forward.
  • Academic Coordinator (1 position)
  • Social Coordinator (2 positions)
  • Website/Listserv Manager (1 position): Note, a returning PhD student has already volunteered and is already performing the duties of this role, so if anyone else is interested, there will need to be a vote.
  • Accute/MLA Representative (1 position) 
  • Wellness Ambassador (1 position)
  • Ground and the Fury Coordinator (1 position)
  • Society of Graduate Students Councilor (2 positions): SOGS councilors are responsible for attending monthly SOGS council meetings, which take place on the last Thursday each month at 6pm and run for approximately two to three hours. The GES is compensated for your attendance at these meetings so please be sure to apply for this position only if you are committed to attending SOGS meetings (you are permitted to send a proxy if you need to miss a meeting or two).
  • GTA Union Stewards (3 positions)
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Even more September Events!

There are lots of September activities you should consider taking part in! Some are hosted by the GES and some by the Society of Graduate Students. Check out the SOGS website at for lots of useful information including the 2018-19 Graduate Orientation Handbook.

GES Grad Buddies: All incoming students in our department are paired with a  returning PhD student Grad Buddy who should be contacting you before the start of term. Their job is to help make you feel welcome! Feel free to ask them all your questions about London, Western, the department, grad school, or pretty much anything really!

GES Grad Buddy Welcome Event: Tuesday September 4th, 2:00 pm, The Grad Club
Immediately following the department orientation, we will be taking everyone on a tour of the campus which will finish at The Grad Club! Woot! Once we’re there, you’ll have the opportunity to meet up with your Grad Buddy and socialize with your new cohort and the other members of the department!

GES Bonfire Night: Saturday September 8th, 7-11 p.m., 65 Riverside Drive
Join the GES for a backyard bonfire night to help kick off the new semester! BYOB and snacks to share! Everyone is welcome! Feel free bring significant others! Bus routes from Western: 2 and 102, and just a short walk from downtown buses

RSVP through the GES Facebook group or by emailing Jackie Reed (

The Ground and the Fury: Thursdays 11:30-1:30 (subject to change), The GES Lounge (UC 1420)
This is our weekly coffee/social break! It’s a super informal chance to get caffeinated and catch up with other grad students in the department. Stay tuned to the Facebook group where we’ll post the date that this event will resume in our brand, new GES lounge in our new home in University College!

SOGS Orientation Events! Monday September 10-Friday September 14

These events are put on by the Society of Graduate Students, which means they’re a great opportunity for you and your English department colleagues to meet grad students from other departments! The full schedule is here: but to help keep all the info in one place for you, here’s a recap:

September 10:

  • Family BBQ (5:00-7:00pm @ the Grad Club). $5 for adults and free for children under 12. Includes: hamburger/hot dog (veggie option), fries, veggies, games, and prizes! Tickets will go on sale in August.
  • Stitch & Bitch (7pm @ the Grad Club). FREE. Come out and craft with us! Refreshments provided.

September 11:

  • International Grad Meet & Greet (3:00-5:00pm @ the Grad Club). FREE. Register on the SOGS website. Refreshments provided. Prizes to be won!
  • Trivia Night (7:30pm @ the Grad Club). FREE! Prizes to be won.

September 12:

  • Welcome to YOUR Grad Club (3:00-6:00pm @ the Grad Club). FREE. Grad Student Associations/Councils (President, Chair, Rep) sign up HERE. Refreshments provided; games and prizes to be won!
  • Board Game Night (7:00pm @ the Grad Club). FREE. Appetizers, drink special, and games galore!

September 13:

  • Amazing Race: SOGS Edition (1:30-3:30pm starting @ the Grad Club). FREE. Register on the SOGS website. Winning teams: 1) $200 Grad Club certificate 2) $150 Grad Club certificate 3) $100 Grad Club certificate. ALL participants (except winners) receive $5 Grad Club certificate.
  • IGSIC Goes to Global Cafe (3:00-5:00pm in the IGAB Atrium). FREE. The International Graduate Student Issues Committee (IGSIC) attends and sponsors the IESC’s Global Cafe to welcome and connect with incoming and returning international graduate students. Trivia Contest to win prizes!
  • Know Your Union (PSAC 610) (5:00-7:00-pm @ the Grad Club). FREE. Come out and enjoy appetizers and refreshments so you can get to know your Graduate Student Union!
  • Bonfire Night (8:00pm @ the Grad Club). $5. Ticket includes moving screening (Shrek), popcorn, s’more making, hot dog, and corn on the cob. Prizes to be won! Tickets will go on sale in August.

September 14:

  • Indigenous Graduate Student Meet & Greet (12:30-3:00pm). FREE. Lunch at Indigenous Services to welcome you to the space and then a Tour of the SOGS Office (Middlesex College, Room 8) and the Grad Club! Register on the SOGS website.
  • SOGS 50th Anniversary Party (8:30pm @ the Grad Club). $5. Ticket includes pub food, drink ticket, and prizes! Tickets will go on sale in August.

Your friendly GES executive members will set up times and places (probably our GES Lounge) where we can all meet prior to these events and head over to them together. More to come about this from our amazing Social Coordinators, Jackie Reed and Jeremy Johnston

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September Events!

September is coming and we have two events coming up to help ring in the new semester! Click on the images below to check out the Facebook Events for more details and RSVP:

Grad Buddy 2018

Bonfire Night 2018


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GES Summer Election Results

The following candidates have been acclaimed in the summer elections:

Co-Chair: Lori Maddigan

Secretary/Treasurer: Courtney Church

Academic Coordinator: Sidra Khan

Steering Committee Representative: Aleksander Franiczek

Writer-In-Residence Committee Representative: Sharon Lindenburger

Website and Social Media Coordinator: Lisa Templin

Thanks again to everyone who volunteered! It looks like we are going to have a great year!

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Fieldnotes: Ian Hynd

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The third GES Fieldnotes talk of the year will take place March 16th at 2:00 p.m. in AHB 2R21.  Ian Hynd’s epic talk is entitled ‘“On War and Mutual Slaughter Bent’: Civil Broil in Milton’s Paradise Lost Book VI.” Dr. John Leonard will be responding to Ian’s paper.
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Fieldnotes Talk by Lisa Templin


Fieldnotes is back this semester for another round of talks given by the delightful members of our graduate department.

First on the docket this year is Lisa Templin with a paper entitled, ‘“Golden Distraction[s]’: Silencing Speght from the Margins of A Mouzell for Melastomus.”

The talk is Friday, February 9th at 2:00 p.m. in AHB 2R21. It’s a public lecture so all are welcome!

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Book & Bake Sale

February 2018 Book Sale

The Book & Bake Sale in support of GES events will be held February 6th and 7th from 10am to 4pm in AHB 2G28.

All books are $5 or less, and delicious baked goods are available by donation.

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