SU Weekly Email 20th February 2014

SU Weekly Email 20th February 2014

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Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

SU Charity Aquathon – Entry Deadline 5pm TOMORROW Friday 21st February

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 25th of February 2014.The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 21st of February. The event consists of a 750m swim (30 lengths) in the swimming pool in the Sports Centre followed by a 5km run in Dangan. 

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline. The Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival have kindly given us a pair of tickets for the participant who raises the most money for charity! You can sign up in the Students’ Union office, the Engineering Desk and the Sports Centre now and collect your Sponsorship Card. You can also fundraise online via our iDonate page here. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. 

Elections 2014 – NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN – President, VP/Education, VP/Welfare and SU Council Chair

Students’ Union Council Chairperson for 2014/15 – please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

$1·         Nominations are now OPEN and nomination forms can be collected from the SU Office or downloaded from our website.

$1·         Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office by 5pm on Monday 24th of February. Late nomination forms will not be accepted under any circumstances.

$1·         The Election takes place at 6pm on Monday 3rd of March in IT250 at the last SU Council meeting of the year.

Students’ Union full time paid officer positions of SU President, SU Vice-President/Education Officer and SU Vice-President/Welfare Officer for 2014/15:

$1·         Nominations are now OPEN and nomination forms can be collected from the SU Office or downloaded from our website.

$1·         Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office by 5pm on Wednesday 26th of February. Late nomination forms will not be accepted under any circumstances.

$1·         The Election takes place on Thursday 6th of March and students will also have an option to use our Remote Vote if they won’t be on campus that day.

Students’ Union part time voluntary positions of Oifgeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies Chair, Clubs Captain, Postgrad Officer, Mature Students Officer and the 5 College Convenor positions for 2014/15:

$1·         Nominations open at 10am on Thursday 27th of February. Nomination forms will be available from the SU website and office at this time.

$1·         Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office by 5pm on Wednesday 5th March. Late nomination forms will not be accepted under any circumstances.

$1·         The Election takes place on Thursday 13th of March and students will also have an option to use our Remote Vote if they won’t be on campus that day.

For more information on the elections please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ieor see our website here.

Elections 2014 Guide.

Fancy Jumping out of a perfectly good Plane?

If you are interested in taking part in our SU Charity Skydive this year in aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline email studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith the subject “JUMP” for more information. Here’s one of our previous Skydives to give you a taste of what to expect! Skydive

Referenda

On Thursday 6th March you will be asked to vote in two separate referenda.

Both referenda have been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

 

Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the Issue of Abortion

This referendum will decide whether or not the Students’ Union adopts a neutral position with regard to abortion.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“That NUI Galway Students’ Union repeal the result of RFC13/1 (position on Abortion), which mandated the Students’ Union to adopt an active pro-choice position in relation to abortion.

Henceforth, the Students’ Union shall adopt a neutral position with regard to abortion.”

Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.

This referendum will decide whether or not the Students’ Union adopts a position in support of the campaign of “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel”.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.”

David O’Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything at NUIG 3rd March

Our final comedy gig of the year will be David O’Doherty at 8pm on Monday 3rd of March in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale now in the SU Office and at our desk in the Engineering Building.

Volunteers Needed for Aquathon

If you have time to spare on Tuesday 25th of February between 9am-1.30pm we need volunteers to help out with our Charity Aquathon which is raising money for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC. Anyone that helps out will get lunch and a t-shirt! Volunteers will be helping time the competitors, helping with registration and acting as stewards along the race route in Dangan. Email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help.

Postgrad Karaoke

Postgrad-aoke is back this Friday 21st of February at 8pm in the College Bar. Good tunes, refreshments, pizza and bad singing!

 

Free Mind Mapping Workshop

To tackle the problem of exam disappointment and failure or even just to improve your study techniques, we are holding a Mind Mapping workshop by Dr Dermot Burns from the Department of English on the 26th of February in AC2016 from 6pm-8pm. Mind Mapping is a useful technique that helps you learn more effectively, improves the way that you record information, and supports and enhances creative problem solving.

By using Mind Maps, you can quickly identify and understand the structure of a subject. You can see the way that pieces of information fit together, as well as recording the raw facts contained in normal notes. More than this, Mind Maps help you remember information, as they hold it in a format that your mind finds easy to recall and quick to review.

Places are limited so call in to the SU to sign up or email su.education@nuigalway.ie

 

Complete the National Student Survey

A national Student Survey is being carried out in all Irish universities, IoTs and Colleges of Education in February and March. The aim of the survey is to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking them in detail about their experiences. It is the only national student survey in Ireland, and it is important for the University to make sure our students’ views are well represented.

What you need to know

  • The survey is available at www.studentsurvey.ie
  • The survey will run in NUI Galway between Monday, 24 February and Sunday 16 March
  • It is open to first year, final year and Postgraduate taught students only
  • The survey comprises 100 questions and takes 15 minutes to complete
  • For every completed survey, €1 will be donated to the NUI Galway Financial Aid Fund for students.

 

Mindfulness Meditation

Reduce stress, enhance your well-being. FREE 30 minute sessions every Wednesday 1:00 – 1:30pm in the Wellness Centre, back of the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn. Starting 26th Feb. All welcome. Emailcindy.dring@nuigalway.iefor further information.

 

Mature Students’ Society trip to Áras an Uachtaráin

The Mature Students Society have accepted an invitation from the office of the President of Ireland to a tour of Áras an Uachtaráin on the Friday 14th of March at 2.00pm. We have decided to include a trip to Leinster House as well. The itinerary is as follows;
     * The bus will be leaving the Quad at 7.00am and arrive at Leinster house for a guided tour at 10.30am. 
     * Thereafter we will make our way to Áras an Uachtaráin to begin our tour at 2.00pm. There will be light refreshments served afterwards courtesy of Áras an Uachtaráin. 
     * We should arrive back at the Quad around 8.00pm. 
     * Time will be allocated for breaks (food, shopping, etc.)
This trip is limited to 40 mature students. A fee of €10.00 per student for the bus applies, which is payable at the Socs Box. Closing date is the 28th February.

 

Marchathon 3rd-7th March

If you like winning prizes and walking and have two friends who also like these things you should sign up your team of three now for the Marchathon! Between the 3rd and 7th of March each member of your team needs to walk for at least 30 minutes a day and there are loads of prizes including Tablets and eReaders for taking part. Register your team here now!

#Gencon14

The first national student conference on gender takes place at NUI Galway on Friday 28th February and Saturday 1st March. Spaces are free but limited so book now here.

 

Student Talks Conference seeks presenters

The first Student Talks conference will be held on the 26th of March from 3.30pm to 4.30pm in the Dillon Theatre on the Concourse of NUI Galway.

Student Talks is a prestigious international conference series that was designed by students, for students. The aim of each Student Talks conference is to give students a global platform to communicate their ideas (discuss their chosen topics of research or interest), get in touch with like-minded individuals, and achieve international recognition for their work. There are several Student Talks conferences to be held over the coming months around Ireland and the UK. 

The conference is one hour long. Seven student presenters will each give an eight minute presentation on their chosen subject. The presentation must in some way be related to your academic work. The Student Talks conference is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Aside from the fact that presenting at a Student Talks conference is a great experience, an opportunity to present your work the world wide community and improve your CV, academic/ career profile, the Student Talks Awards take place at the end of each year. The winners from each academic category will be announced and the overall Student Talks best presentation will be awarded. 

If you would like to present and the Student Talks conference send your name, presentation title and a short description of your talk to brianslattery@studenttalks.ie.

 

Tag Yourself in NUI Galway’s First Ever First Year Class Photo!

This Gigapixel image  of the first year ‘Class of 2013’ was taken in the Quadrangle at NUI Galway at the beginning of the new term to welcome our first year students. Tag yourself or find your friends in this gigapixel panoramic photo – it allows you to pan around the entire Quad to see yourself or your friends with amazing clarity!

As NUI Galway is the University of choice for over 3,000 students every year, we want to know – why did you choose NUI Galway? Tell us at https://choose.nuigalway.ie

Rail Girls Galway Needs Volunteers

Rails Girls is a worldwide movement aimed at giving a first approach to Web application development. It prioritizes female participants to address the IT gender gap by creating a sense of community between females who usually can hardly find similar peers helping and inspiring them, in the male-dominated IT area. This is achieved by local 2-days workshops in which attendees implement a simple application using Ruby on Rails. After Rails Girls Galway 2013 run successfully (mainly sponsored by NUIG, it received more than 100 requests for participation) a second edition (dates to be defined) has been asked for, ever since. We are currently recruiting volunteer coaches (of any gender) for Rails Girls Galway 2014. Please email railsgirlsgalway@gmail.com if interested more at https://railsgirls.com/galway

Reward Offered for return of Lost Memory Stick

Imitation brand black and red memory stick left behind in the D block (Education block)computer room (downstairs) on 12th Feb. 2014. Studying for my masters of education degree and this memory stick had a substantial amount of information relating to not only my course, but also my job as a teacher. Contact m.cunniffe2@nuigalway.ie

Interested in your heart and lung function?

Male smokers and non-smokers aged 18 to 25 required to participate in a 4th year physiology project. Email e.caplice1@nuigalway.ie for more details.

Life Skills Spaces Update

We are now enrolling students for the following Life Skills Courses:

$1·         3 Day Occupational First Aid Course €100 (usual price €200) 9am-5.30pm STARTS THIS FRIDAY (1 space left)

$1·         3 Day Door Security Procedure Course €100 (usual price €175) 9am-5.30pm STARTS THIS FRIDAY (3 spaces left)

$1·         6 Week AWARE Living Life to the Full Course FREE 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 6th March-Thurs 10th April (12 spaces left)

$1·         SU Barista course is completely full.

Sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm with the course fee. More information is available here.

Connacht Rugby Tickets

Connacht vs Treviso 5pm Saturday 1st March €10 NUI Galway Student tickets on sale Monday 24th January in the SU.

TG4 PILOT FOR NEW DATING SHOW! MUMS AND DAUGHTERS WANTED!

“If you want to know what your girlfriend will be like in 25 years, get to know her mother”!  ADARE Productions are creating a Pilot for a new dating show. One guy will choose from 3 girls, the catch is, he won’t get to meet or see the girls – But he’ll have plenty of time to get to know their MOTHERS. He will have to make his selection based on the information he gleans from the mothers. But in the end, it’s the Mother who decides if the guy is worthy of her daughter. So, if your mum and you are game for a laugh get in touch with us now.

Fiona Ní Chéirín on 01-2843877 or email fiona@adareproductions.ie as soon as possible! Casting will take place in Galway on February 28th.

Cooking & Eating on a Student Budget: Local Ingredients & Summer Recipes with Anton of Anton’s Cafe

Wednesday 26th February at 7.30 pm. Hosted at Ros Geal Residence, ​19 University Rd. Email rosgeal@gmail.comto book a place.

Study: The Human Animal Bond

This is an invitation to participate in a study on the relationship between the human animal bond and human mental health and wellbeing. This questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and all data collected will be anonymous. To participate please follow the web linkhere.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our new reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

Artice by
Joanna Brophy