Geograd Clothing

Hey Everyone!

We want to know if you would be interested in purchasing Geograd Clothing! If you want to buy clothing but don’t like the options below, vote ‘Other’ and leave a comment. Cost of clothing will depend on what we order, and there will be a discount for those who have paid their Geograd fees.

Speaker Series Needs Volunteers!

Our department hosts a series of seminars allowing students and professors, from Western and around the world, to share research and knowledge related to geography. All graduate students are expected to attend speaker series events to show support for our wonderful presenters.

We provide Fair Trade coffee and light snacks at speaker series and are looking for volunteers to help set-up and clean up before and after the talk. If you are available to help please e-mail Wes Kinghorn (


For more information and the upcoming schedule please check out the website:

The first event is the Masters Slide Show on September 19, 2014 at 2pm, SSC 1059

Geograd Election Results!

The elections are over and thank you very much to the 54 geograds that voted and a special thanks to all the nominees and nominators!
The following are the election results:
Co President (Joining Sarah Peirce) - Danny Bednar 
International Student Liasons – May Ung and Lydia Osei 
SOGS Representatives – Amber Gall, Martin Lefebvre and Kevin Vuong  
GTA Representatives – Alexandra Bozheva and Sarah Levine 
Social Committee Execs – Jonathan Raikes and Chad Walker 
Orientation Committee – Amber Gall, Mark McGregor, Christine Mitchell, Jonathan Raikes and Chad Walker. 
As for the remaining positions that did not require an election:
Secretary – Sarah Mason
Treasurer – Niyomi Khalid 
Graduate Affairs Committee – Cindy Graeme
Appointments Committee – Wes Kinghorn and Fatih Sekercioglu
Website Committee – Chris Hewitt and James Kennedy 
Speaker Series - Wes Kinghorn 
Christmas Orals – Kayla Baumgartner and Marty Lefebvre 
Wellness Committee – Danny Bednar and Sarah McCans 
Research Committee – Chad Walker and Sarah McCans 
Sustainability Officer – Amber Gall 
Space Committee – Danny Bednar and Sarah Mason
Congratulations to everyone and thank you to everyone who voted!
We are also excited to announce that the Geograd Committee will be holding regular meetings starting in the fall ! We will post a schedule of meetings by September and the minutes of each meeting will also be posted on the Geograd website for any student unable to attend.

Wellness Committee

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Thanks to all who donated to the Great Lakes Geographers and our Mother’s Day Walk Against Ovarian Cancer. As a team we raised $1208. The Event as a whole raised over $185,000.

Walk against Ovarian Cancer

A few summer resources:

Friday Zumba at UWO with Angelica

ZumbaSome of you may already know that Angelica, our friendly front office Undergrad Administrator, is a wonderful Zumba instructor and offers a class every Friday at 12:00 Noon from now until the end of June.

The class takes place in Thames Hall, Room 4185. I know a few people have been going from the department and really enjoying it, so feel free to join. For more information you contact the always friendly Agelica Lucaci by email (, or just pop into her office.

Tuesday Meditation (and other Classes) at UWO

Among other great resources, the UWO Student Development Centre provides a Mindfulness and Meditation class every Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. The class is drop-in and free, you just wait around the elevators out front of SDC (fourth floor of Western Student Services building) before 10:00 and the instructor takes the group into the meditation room.

See the full schedule of SDC Summer Services HERE.

 Local CMHA Training Opportunities

CMHA LogoThe Canadian Mental Health Association London-Middlesex Branch also has some great summer services. One of them is THIS Mental Health First Aid Basic Course. Now unfortunately it costs 150 bucks, but it might be a worthy investment for those hoping to go into the education sector.

Along the same lines, but a little different, the CMHA also offers THIS Family Psycho-Education Course aimed at helping family members who have come into a caregiver role deal with, and better understand, the stress that can come with these new identities.

 Giving Blood is Cool

blood drop cartoonSo usually National blood Donor Week is sometime in June, generally there will be donation stations set-up around campus. As a heads up you could sign up for updates from Canadian Blood Services HERE.

If you are on the mailing list you will get plenty of heads up to think about an upcoming event and decide that you would like to/are ready to donate blood.

For those, like me, who are curious as to what it’s like to donate for the first time, HERE is the American Red Cross’ helpful page on the question.

 Initiative 10 – Open Call for Comments on the Wellness Committee

hands upShortly, an email will go out to all Geograds asking for comments and feedback on graduate student wellness issues that they would like put into the Wellness Committee initiatives for next year.

This will be followed up be a meeting of the Wellness Committee to discuss next year.

If you are actually reading this before that email goes out feel free to email me at

Mental Illness Kayfabe

Ever felt like an imposter?

Whether you are new to grad school or years into your program, imposter syndrome or the imposter phenomenon (IP) is something you have most likely dealt with. Its symptoms often include a lack of confidence, or feeling that you do not deserve success. As the links point out, it is probably irrational to think that you do not possess any weaknesses- indeed these should be addresses and or monitored to be as successful as possible. But I would argue there is more irrationality when we think less of ourselves and shrug off past successes as ‘lucky’ or undeserved. As difficult as the job market is at the moment, why should employers be confident in our abilities and skills if we are not?

Introduction to IP:

How to help:

A personal story:

Rock on,