November Newsletter: Club Updates, CEPSSC Events, and more!


Greetings from your College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Student Council!

We hope you all have gotten through midterms alright, or at least the majority of them! Nothing better than a midterm two weeks before finals, eh? Anyway, a great way to beat the stress is giving yourself enough time to enjoy the things you love and take a break every once in a while! CEPSSC is here to help with your monthly newsletter full of awesome things to check out here on campus and some updates for us. Let’s get started!

1. CEPS Club Updates

Chem & Biochem Club:

We’re taking orders for T-shirts starting on Monday November 20th and endingFriday December 1st, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm on weekdays. The location is MacN 106, prices are $12 for shirts and $20 for sweaters. Some of the designs are featured below so make sure to pick up some awesome merchandise!


SoCIS is hosting Local Hack Day again this year on December 2nd from9 am – 9 pm. The location is still to be determined. If you’re interested, please check out our Facebook group “SOCIS @ University of Guelph” for more information on the event and how to register. We hope to see you there!


First things first, the annual Engineering Society Town Hall has been scheduled! Do you have concerns about your engineering courses? Do you have questions about the School of Engineering? Mark your calendar for the Engineering Town Hall! The SOE Director and CEPS Dean will be available to hear your concerns and answer your questions. Come on out on Wednesday, November 22 from 5:30 pm – 7 pm in THRN 3504. There will be FREE PIZZA!

Another event from Engsoc: Coffee House! If you sing, dance, play an instrument, hula-hoop, sword-swallow, or are interested in showcasing any

other talents, we want you! Guelph Engineering Society is officially calling on performers for this semester’s Coffee House, which will be taking place onTuesday, November 21st at 6:30pm in THRN 1200. All acts and majors are welcome!

If you don’t want to perform but are still interested in getting involved, we are in search of display artwork as well as volunteers for some cool jobs.

If you’d like to perform or get involved, please email Rebecca

Lastly, it’s time to prove that engineers and all of CEPS can party like the aggies do! Engpub is back on Thursday, November 23, 10 pm – 2 am! Mark it in your calendar!

2. CEPSSC Events

Come on out to meet the new amazing dean of CEPS, Dr. Mary Wells!!! The event takes place on Tuesday, November 21st, at 5:30 pm at the Summerlee Science Complex Atrium.

Dr. Mary Wells was associate dean of outreach and a professor in mechanical and mechatronics engineering at the University of Waterloo. She currently chairs the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE). At Waterloo, Wells chaired the Women in Engineering committee, and was involved in numerous programs for girls and women, teachers and parents.

Along with the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, she established a career mentoring program for women university graduates. A past president of the Metallurgy and Materials Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, Wells holds a B.Eng. from McGill University and a PhD from UBC.

Free pizza will be provided!!

Just a heads up that information about CEPSSC’s Fire and Ice Banquet 2018 will be coming out soon! Photos from last year are available on our facebook page if you’re interested in the event. It’s a guaranteed good time with great food and awesome music for you and your friends to enjoy! So make sure to pack up and bring your outfit while you’re on break before next semester. Check your inboxes for an email soon with more detail on ticket prices and selling times.

3What’s Happening this Month on Campus

Textbooks for Change provides affordable and accessible educational material to students both locally and across the globe. We believe that post-secondary students should be able to learn from high-quality material, regardless of their geographic location or economic status.

Whether it’s donating educational material to campus libraries in Kenya or selling an affordable used textbook to a student in Canada, our goal is to improve the educational landscape around the world. We work collaboratively with campus and community partners to create this impact, book by book.

Are your old textbooks currently collecting dust? Small actions can create a big impact. Consider making a change this holiday season by donating your used textbooks in one of our many drop boxes across campus, including the University Centre, Library, Athletic Centre, and Macdonald Hall.

For more information on Textbooks for Change and what we do, check out


That’s all for our November newsletter! Short and sweet so as to not distract you from rocking those exams. From all of us at CEPSSC we are wishing you all the best and to reach out for help if you’re feeling unwell or stressed.

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October Newsletter: Club Updates, Leadership Roles, Work Abroad, and more!


Greetings from your College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Student Council!

We hope you all had a lovely long weekend, full of delicious food, family, and lots of productivity! Who are we kidding, that last one didn’t happen… but it’s the thought that counts. Here’s everything you need to know from CEPS this month.

  1. CEPS Club Updates

Physics Club:

Come out to the Brass Taps on Wednesday October 18 from 7-11 to socialize with Physics professors in the department! Special appearances by Martin Williams, Mike Massa, Rob Wickham, Leonid Brown, Joanne O’Meara, Dennis Mucher, and Eric Poisson! Free food available and Wellington pints for $4.75.


Just a heads up that the meeting location has changed to Room 101 in the J.D. MacLachlan building. Still Mondays at 5:30 pm so we hope to see you there.

  1. Get Involved with CEPSSC!

Year Rep Elections next week!

This month you’ll be able to vote for YOUR year representative on CEPSSC! Their job is to make sure your concerns are heard and addressed. Election period will be happening from the 17th to the 20th on Gryphlife, keep a look out for the email to vote in your inboxes next week.

College Royal CEPSSC Clubs Director Position!

This position will be appointed by the CEPSSC board. Responsibilities would include going to College Royal Society meetings at 5:30pm on Tuesday evenings, and facilitating contact between the VP-Open House of College Royal Society, CEPSSC, and CEPSSC/Engsoc-affiliated clubs. If you have any questions, please contact Please apply by noon on Monday, Oct. 23rd by contacting

  1. CEPPSC Merchandise

Whether you’re looking to show off some school spirit or having to do laundry a little too often, CEPSSC has got you covered (literally). We will be selling hats and two types of t-shirts this semester, with one having the option to customize with your major. Look out for an email next week with previews of the designs and prices. Orders will be due by 31st of October and expected to arrive mid-November.

  1. What’s Happening this Month on Campus

From our friends over at the College of Biological Sciences – applicable for any student in a B.Sc program!

Course Selection Information Session

Are you worrying about the course selection? Not sure which is the right elective for you?

No fret no worries! CBSSC will be holding an info night session for all 1st Year & 2nd Year students to talk about the Course Selection.

Here, you can ask any questions about the courses, what are some good science and/or free electives for your program! You can also learn more about common science electives and core courses from the academic advisors!

It is happening 11th October, at 7 pm until 8.30pm, in the Science Complex Atrium!

Graduate Studies Preview Day

Join us for Graduate Studies Preview Day this Saturday, October 14th, 2017 from 10am-1pm in the University Centre. You will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, staff and current graduate students to learn more about Guelph’s graduate programs, research opportunities, funding and joining a diverse community of over 2,600 highly intelligent and committed fellow graduate students and researchers.

Aboriginal Awareness Week

The Aboriginal Student Association will be offering free coffee from 9:30-10:30am on October 16th in Branion Plaza for Aboriginal Awareness week for anyone of any background with a reusable mug. Additionally, the Sounds of the Nation event will be taking place from 7-10pm in Peter Clark Hall, free snacks and drinks will be provided. See for more information!

  1. International Opportunities

Interested in gaining research experience in China, India, Germany or France in Summer 2018? Successful applicants will receive a travel scholarship from the Province of Ontario. To learn more about the research opportunity in Germany or China, attend one of the sessions listed below. The directors of each program will be here to share information and answer questions. Information sessions for the programs in India and France will be announced at a later time.

Please see below for details on the upcoming Summer Research Program sessions:

OJS (China) – open to students in all programs

Thursday, October 12


UC 332 (take North elevators)

Deadline to apply: January 19, 2018

OBW (Germany) – limited to Science and Engineering students

Tuesday, October 17

5-6 pm

UC 441 (take North elevators)

Deadline to apply: December 8th, 2017

Learn more about the programs in the meantime by visiting the CIP website:

If you have any questions, please contact Haruho Kubota, the Education Abroad Advisor for Science and Engineering students at

To hear from a past participant in the Germany program, feel free to drop by the VP Communication’s (Karine) office hours Tuesday and Wednesday at 5:30 pm!


That’s all for our October newsletter! Enjoy those Thanksgivings leftovers and don’t forget to check us out online to hear about all of our events:


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September Newsletter: Who We Are, How to Get Involved, and What to do this September on Campus!


Greetings from your College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Student Council!

To new and old students alike, we welcome you to Guelph and we hope you have a lovely year with us.

We just wanted to take a moment to let you know that your council will be working all year to bring you all sorts of great events. From trips and club activities to our famous Fire & Ice formal, we will keep you up to date on the great things coming from your college.

Let’s kick off the year right with our very first newsletter down below:

  1. Meet the CEPSSC Executive Team for 2017-2018
  2. Meet your CEPSSC Clubs
  3. Want to Get Involved on Campus? *Special Leadership Opportunities!!*
  4. What’s Happening on Campus this Month


  1. CEPSSC Executive — here to make your year the best!

Our email:

Our office: SSC 1506


My name’s Kristine, and I’m in my fourth year majoring in physics. I started out in zoology because of my love for animals, so stop by my office hours for some fun facts Mondays at 9:30-10:30am and Tuesdays from 8:30-9:30am.  In my spare time, I do so much math that I get targeted ads that say “Add some recreational math textbooks to your collection”.


VP Internal

My name is Chloe, I am a 4th year in Biological and Medical Physics. Fun fact about me is that I am in the co-op program which helped me discover my love for environmental sciences! Contact me if you have any questions about CEPSSC and our feeder clubs, how to get involved, the co-op program at Guelph and how to look for positions if you’re having trouble, or anything else related to physics like questions about classes or professors. I’m in the office on Thursdays from 9:30-11:30am, Don’t be afraid to come and say hey!

VP Social

I’m Nav. I am currently in water resource engineering, I transferred from chemical physics. I’m excited to be in this position and open to any ideas you have for events, lets make this a great year!! I live in Uganda, so drop by my office hours (Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1:30 pm) to hear crazy stories and to talk about prospective events. I also once told a chemistry joke.. but there was no reaction!


VP Communications

I’m Karine and I am a 5th year Biological Engineering student. I’m the face behind the email and the person you can contact when you want to advertise your events, to share your ideas, or to learn how to get involved. You can come by Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 5:30-6:30 pm during my office hours if you’d like to chat. My fun fact is that I have a cat named Potato!


VP Finances

Hi my name is Justin and I am a fourth year physics major with a minor in math. Prior to first year I accepted a biochem offer so I could be placed in the chem cluster in Johnston. When it worked, I switched into my one true love, physics. Come see me if you want to talk about clever ideas, tv-shows or movies; my office hours are 12:30-2:30pm on Fridays.


  1. CEPS Clubs — find people with similar hobbies!


As a CEPS student, consider checking out the CEPS clubs listed below! It’s a great way to meet new people, find out about some awesome services, and take a break from the hustle and bustle of school we all know too well…

Astronomy Club

Bachelor of Arts & Science Student’s Association

Chemistry & Biochemistry Club

The Engineering Society (EngSoc)

Math & Stats Club

Nanoscience Club

The University of Guelph Nanoscience Club is where students can have fun and learn (yes, you can have both!) about nanoscience inside and outside of academia. Your U of G Nanos talk science and DO science in a way only Nanos can.

Physics Club

Society of Computing and Information Science (SoCIS)

Our meetings take place every Monday at 5:30 pm in the Thornbrough Building, room 2418. If you would like to find out about computing related events, or if you have ideas for your own events, come hang out with us!

Toxicology Students’ Association


  1. Get Involved on Campus — ready to step up to the plate?


Interested in joining the CEPSSC crew?! Drop by on our meetings every Monday at 5:30 in the boardroom, SSC 1504. We also have the following positions available:

Chairperson: Responsibilities of the chairperson include preparing the agenda and running the council meetings. The time commitment for this position is approximately 1-2 hours/week, and it is a great opportunity to become more involved with the board and the executive. To be considered, email before the 23rd of September and be ready to present your case on the 25th of September at our weekly board meetings.

Student representatives: Be the voice for your year as a CEPSSC student representative! Attend our meetings and make sure we know about any issues, comments, concerns relevant to your fellow peers. Email before the 30th of September and prepare yourself for the election, starting on the 2nd of October.

Looking for something outside your (CEPS) comfort zone? There are some special leadership opportunities available for the University of Guelph at large!

University of Guelph Senate: This is your opportunity to get involved in university governance, develop leadership skills, network and volunteer on campus! Nominations to serve on the University of Guelph’s Board of Governors and Senate will be accepted from September 7, 2017 – September 20, 2017

to fill the (1) Bachelor of Engineering Undergraduate Senate seat or (1) Board of Governors Undergraduate Seat. For more information regarding Fall By-elections, including nomination forms and requirements, please visit the University Secretariat Webpage: Questions? Email the University Secretariat Team at

B.Sc. Program Committee: Are you a CEPS student registered in a B.Sc. program who wants to gain some insight into curriculum decisions? Contact Kate Mooibroek at to learn more about this unique student position.

Central Student Association (CSA) At-Large Representative for CEPS: The CSA was founded in 1973 on the belief that students together have more power than students alone. We advocate on behalf of our membership, representing collective interests on issues as diverse as public transit, neighborhood relations, and accessible education. They are currently in the midst of their annual by-election looking for at-large student representatives from CEPS. Please contact Celina Whaling-Rae at for more information.


  1. What’s Happening this Month on Campus — presentations, events, and more!


In this section you’ll find information for sessions, presentations, events, and more sent to CEPSSC that could be relevant to you! Make sure to check them out… some even have free food!

Alumni Affairs & Development is pleased to offer “Sponsorship & Funding.” This is a short presentation to provide tips, tricks, and best practices for student groups seeking funding for their events and projects. The presentation will be around half an hour, followed by some time for Q&A and discussion amongst the group.

When: Thursday, September 28th, 2017 from 5:30-6:30.

Where: Alumni House, Gordon Nixon Boardroom

Who: Any students interested in learning about acquiring funding and/or sponsorship for their student group.

RSVP: Appreciated, but not required. If you’re able, please let Wendy Banks know who from your team is going to make it

CEPS 2017 Graduate Programs Open House is a chance for prospective graduate students the opportunity to learn about CEPS graduate programs and research from current faculty and students. It will be taking place on the 30th of September from 11-2 pm in the Summerlee Science Campus atrium. To register, please visit


That’s all for our first newsletter of the 2017-2018 academic year! Remember the good times of Oweek as midterm season fast approaches, and don’t forget to check us out online to hear about all of our events:


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Introducing: CEPSSC!

Hello everyone,

To reflect the College of Physical and Engineering Sciences’ name change to the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, CPESSC will be following suite: we are now CEPSSC!

Please bear with us during this transition period as usernames and social media are adjusted accordingly.

We appreciate your patience and we are looking forward to serving and helping our students in the upcoming school year.

Feel free to contact us with any concerns or questions.

CPESSC Election Nomination Period – Feb 27 to Mar 17

Beginning Feb 27 and ending March 17, the nomination period is open for executive positions on the College of Physical and Engineering Science Student Council.

  • The 5 positions on the CPESSC Executive are President, VP Social Affairs, VP Communications, VP Internal and VP Finance. If you have any questions about what these positions entail, or what CPESSC is like, please don’t hesitate to send us an email.
  • If you are interested in running for a position, fill out this form and send it to
  • At the Annual General Meeting, you will have the opportunity to give a short speech and answer questions that students may have.
  • If you are interested in running for a position, but are unable to attend the meeting, you will have the opportunity to write a short blurb about yourself and one of the exec will present on your behalf at the meeting.

Good luck!