MISCellaneous #45 – March 18, 2019

  1. iSchool Community Potluck
  2. ACA UofT Student Chapter – Tour of the TD Bank Archives
  3. AMIA UofT Student Chapter – Elections
  4. MISC – Student Council Election Nominations are Now Open!
  5. MISC – Outstanding Instructor Award Nominations are Open
  6. MISC – INFormal – tickets available

MISCellaneous is the Masters of Information student newsletter.


  1. iSchool Community Potluck

Students, staff, and faculty are all invited to the first ever Faculty of Information Community Potluck! On Monday, March 18, from 4:30-6:30pm, students Casarina and Selin are hosting this event in Room 728 of Bissell. Please drop by to taste some amazing foods from different cultures represented at the school! Everyone is welcome to make a dish to share, which can be registered on the Google Form at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ERMNddZKDqFiAaSFoikPSb-hRY9Xawsbf2WwQAQSMhE/edit?usp=sharing. We hope to see you there!


  1. ACA UofT Student Chapter – Tour of the TD Bank Archives

Join your ACA UofT Student Chapter for a tour of the TD Bank Archives on March 20 at 1pm! Interested in corporate archives? Then this is your opportunity! This unique tour will highlight the bank’s 163-year history and its extensive collections. Get a chance to talk to the archivist about their experience working in a corporate archive and don’t forget to ask about their fun TD memorabilia collection, like the TD lobster bib and the ‘Mega Mortgage Combo’ hot sauce bottle!

Please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled time at the archives location so that we may convene together and find each other.

All Faculty of Information students, staff and faculty welcome. When registering for this event, please use your UofT email address.

Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tour-of-the-td-bank-archives-tickets-58376255953


  1. AMIA UofT Student Chapter – Elections

Come out to AMIA@UofT’s last meeting of the year as we elect our new executives! There will be pizza!

Open positions include: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Media Coordinator, and ACA Liaison. This is a great chance to get involved, both within the iSchool and with the larger association!

If you can’t make it to the meeting, send us an email with a short statement about why you’re interested anytime before the 8th.

All execs are required to be members of AMIA but you can register after being elected: https://amianet.org/engage/join-amia/

For more details about the roles of each of these positions, feel free to send us an email at amiaatuoft@gmail.com!


  1. MISC – Student Council Election Nominations are Now Open!

Numerous positions on the Master of Information Student Council will open up for 2019-2020, and we are actively seeking students from all concentrations to fill these roles. No experience required, training available.

Apply using this Google Form to potentially receive one of the following positions and improve your resume for summer job hunting. You can self-nominate, or submit any other student you think would do a great job!

Positions Available:

President (Executive): The President is responsible for managing the MISCellaneous newsletter, planning and chairing monthly meetings, filling the meeting agenda and any vacant Council positions, liaising with the Dean and other Faculty, answering MISC e-mails, and supporting Council to make sure all work is completed. Duties take 5-10 hours per week, sometimes more if supporting events.

VP Operations (Executive):  The secretary of MISC is responsible for taking minutes during council meetings, running elections for Council positions & Instructor Award, and updating the following info on the website: student council bios, MISCellaneous, policies, lounge bookings, and MISC calendar. Duties take about 3 hours per week.

VP Communications (Executive): The MISC webmaster manages and maintains the council’s web presence by ensuring the content on the website is accurate and up-to-date. No previous programming experience is required. Our website is on WordPress, and our current webmaster can train you how to use it.

VP Finance (Executive): The VP Finance attends and contributes to all MISC meetings and is allotted one vote. Each September the VP Finance is responsible for submitting an annual report to the governing council encompassing both the annual financial report of the past year and the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget is prepared with the Executive Committee and MISC standing committee representatives, who each are responsible for submitting budget proposals prior to September. The VP Finance must apply for the annual head grant from the Graduate Student Union, apply for exemption from audit in accordance with the proper rules and guidelines, prepare monthly financial reports to be presented to the Governing Council for review and acceptance, refund monies spent by individuals on behalf of the MISC within a five business day time period from time of obtaining the requisition forms and receipts, and keep a ledger in accordance with General Accounting Practices and Principles so that any financial inquiry by a member might be answered within a maximum of five business days.

Alumni Association Representative: The alumni association representative serves as a liaison between MISC and the Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA), attending all meetings to keep both councils updated and assisting with any joint events and activities.

Graduate Student Union Representatives (2): This rep sits attends monthly Graduate Student Union meetings and relays information, events, initiatives and opportunities to MISC. The GSU is the largest student decision-making body at the School of Graduate Studies at U of T.  Duties take about 6 hours per month.

MISC-MUSSA Liaison: This role is very special, as it helps bridge the connection between the students and activities of the MI and MMST cohort. The Liaison is responsible for communication and collaboration between MISC and MUSSA councils by representing the interests of both councils. Elected by MI and MMSt students, the MISC-MUSSA Liaison will attend council meetings of MISC and MUSSA, and will help coordinate their collaborative ventures.

Social Committee Co-Chair (2): The Social Committee is comprised of two upper year co-chairs who help plan and host events for MI & CRO students. They lead the social committee, comprised of an additional first-year representative and any other interested students. Social Committee organises Orientation events in September; the end-of-term events in December and April; and any other mid-term events as needed such as pub nights and game nights.

Upper-Year Academic Affairs Officer: This rep represents Governing Council on all academic and curricular issues, serve as a point of contact for students experiencing academic or curricular issues and liaise between such students and the faculty or administration.

Upper-Year Professional Development Chair: The chair is responsible for planning professional development events with their first year assistant, including various resume and job-interview clinics and services. The Professional Development Committee’s largest effort is the annual Employer Showcase, typically held in January.

Upper-Year Tech Fund Representatives (2): The Tech Fund Rep attends monthly Tech Fund and MISC meetings. They hold one of the following positions: Finance Liaison, IT Liaison, Student Liaison, Chairperson, or Secretary. Duties take about 6 hours per month.

Voting will take place March 25-29, so stay tuned for updates and announcements.


  1. MISC – Outstanding Instructor Award Nominations are Open

The Master of Information Student Council (MISC) recognises an instructor at each year’s convocation reception. If an iSchool instructor has positively impacted your education, consider nominating them through this Google Form. Voting will take place in April. If you have any questions about the Annual Instructor Award, please email MISC at misc@utoronto.ca.


  1. MISC – INFormal – tickets available

The end of another year is in sight and we’re nearly at the finish line! Whether you’re graduating or back again for another year in the fall, we have a party to celebrate your accomplishments and the start of summer. Come out and join your student council, peers, and faculty for a chance to relax and let off some steam!

Join us at the Faculty Club (41 Willcocks St. on campus) on Thursday April 11th from 7-10 PM for a reception and cash bar. Join us after the reception for a pub night at the Pauper’s Pub (539 Bloor St W, 2nd floor) If you can’t make it to the reception at the Faculty Club, feel free to join us at the pub night.

Attendance is free for MI students and faculty. RSVP early through the Eventbrite page, as space is limited and seats are on a first-come basis.Ticket sales end March 25th at midnight.

Food will include various dips and platters, as well as pasta and sushi stations. Feel free to direct any questions to misc@utoronto.ca.

Best of luck with the remainder of your semester and we look forward to seeing you at the party! Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!

RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/misc-informal-tickets-55762919393?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing


Room Bookings

Does your group need a place to hold a meeting? MISC manages bookings of the student lounge on the 7th floor. Please fill out this form to confirm a time.

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