MUGS Orientation, Job opportunities, lockers and more!

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Hey geographers!

My name is Julia, and this is my very first listserv of the new school year. How exciting!

As well as a new council, we have many new students entering the department. Therefore, we are having our Geography Orientation TOMORROW Friday, September 7th at 2pm. All new geographers (U1s, urbaners, SSS, transfers, either majors or minors) are invited to attend. There you'll get a chance to meet other new geographers and the MUGS exec, learn about geography field courses, and the stream options available to you in Geography. Immediately following the orientation join in an epic round of geocaching and get a secret prize. Snacks will be provided!


Are you interested in getting involved in MUGS this year? We're looking for 1 – 2 U1 reps (only U1s may run for this position) and 1 – 2 sustainability officers (open to geog undergrad!) to sit on MUGS council for the year. Position info and application forms are attached, and must be submitted by Friday September 14th, 2012.


Many people have been emailing and coming into the Geography lounge asking to rent lockers in Burnside. Locker rentals will begin this Monday, September 10th and not before.

In other news…



The Department of Geography is happy to announce that we are kicking off the fall semester with an exciting series of talks as part of this year's GeoSpectives Seminar Series, a ~bi-weekly lecture series hosted by the Department of Geography. 

This semester GeoSpectives talks will take place on Friday afternoons from 3:00-4:30pm in Burnside Hall room 426. Attached is the schedule. We will be sending out reminders for upcoming talks throughout the semester. 

Our first GeoSpectives will take place next Friday Sept 14th @ 3pm in Burnside Hall rm 426 by Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo Willox on:

Climate Change and Inuit Mental Health: Local Voices, Global Implications



Anthropogenic climate change has become an increasing international concern, as peoples globally are already experiencing dramatic shifts in weather, climate, and environment. These changes are adversely impacting human health, with some scholars identifying climate change as the most significant threat to global health of the 21st Century. Emerging research indicates that climate change, and the resulting environmental alterations, also pose serious challenges for mental health and well-being, particularly among resource-dependent regions, those living in rural, remote, or ecologically-sensitive areas, and Indigenous populations. Drawing on data from community-led research conducted in the Inuit community of Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Labrador, this presentation will describe the pathways through which residents reported that climate change was negatively impacting mental health and health systems in the region, and highlight the need to work collaboratively with communities and regions to define research priorities, develop locally-appropriate mental health services, and design culturally-relevant adaptation strategies.


Hope to see you all there!


Ben & Sylvia




Hi everyone, 


Let's Talk Science (McGill Chapter) is currently recruiting volunteers for the 2012-2013 school year!  Let's Talk Science is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing hands-on opportunities to engage youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Here at McGill, we have a dynamic group of volunteers who work with school-age children and teens throughout the Montreal area, and beyond!  We give classroom presentations, conduct laboratory tours, mentor science fair participants, judge regional science fairs, tutor at-risk youth, do outreach in remote aboriginal communities, and much more.  


Participating in LTS-McGill is a great way to get involved in your community, putting your science and technology knowledge to work in a fun, hands-on way!  


Ready to get involved?  Visit our website and fill out a volunteer registration form on our website to get on our mailing list:


Keep up-to-date on events and connect with other volunteers by "liking" our Facebook page:


Any other questions?  We're always available by email!


We look forward to hearing from you!


McGill LTS Team
Let's Talk Science at McGill University
E-mail: or



The GIC is looking for several students to fill some positions in the library! Now that the space is run by the geography department, things are a-changing. Think you got the GIS skills, geographic knowledge, and feel you need to spend even mooooooore time in Burnside? This may be the job for you! The job posting/info is an attachment in this email.



The Caspian Sea is the world's largest lake!


Dept. of Geography
McGill University
Burnside Hall, Rm 305
805 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, QC

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