Last updated: April 8, 2015 @ 05:15PM
Life at Brock
I. Student Organizations
Graduate Students' Association
MacKenzie Chown, C302
905 688 5550, x4094
All registered graduate students are members of the Graduate Student's Association. The Graduate Students' Association (GSA) represents the interest of all graduate students. The purpose of the association is to promote the interests of graduate students in academic and social matters, to facilitate interaction among graduate students from the participating graduate programs and to enhance the profile of graduate students internal and external to the University community. All graduate students are automatically members of the GSA and are charged a membership fee at registration. The GSA welcomes the interest and participation of all graduate students.
In addition to sponsoring various activities, the association provides funds for graduate student bursaries, graduate student emergency aid and to graduate students for conference travel expenses. The GSA administers the graduate student's Comprehensive Health and Drug Plan, the Comprehensive Dental Plan, the Universal Bus Pass, the GSA membership fees and the Canadian Federation of Students Membership.
905-688-5550, extension 3384
Brock University's Department of Athletics provides students with the opportunity to take part in athletics both as participants and fans. Inter-University activities are available to all students and cater to those interested in the pursuit of excellence. Each year approximately 500 student-athletes compete on Badger teams. Daily training and weekly competition provide student-athletes some of the best opportunities in Canada.
It is the mission of the Department of Athletics to enrich the overall student life experience by providing quality sport programs and leadership in the pursuit of athletic excellence. Inter-university sport is an experience of a lifetime. Not only will student-athletes earn a degree but they will also develop life skills that will last forever. The Athletic Department has full time coaches in sports such as hockey, basketball, rowing and wrestling. There are also full-time staff that are on campus that coach our teams in volleyball, cross-country and swimming.
As a member of Ontario University Athletics (OUA), women's teams compete with other universities in basketball, cross-country, curling, fencing, ice hockey, rowing, rugby, soccer, swimming, volleyball and wrestling.
Also in the OUA, men's teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross-country, curling, fencing, ice hockey, rowing, rugby, soccer, squash, swimming and wrestling. Competition is also available in lacrosse.
Brock Athletics is a member of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The CIS is the governing body for university sport in Canada. Each year, 10,000 student-athletes across Canada participate in a competitive schedule of approximately 3000 events starting in September and continuing through to March.
Brock University also has one of the best Athletic Therapy Clinics in Canada and provides sports medicine and athletic therapy services to interuniversityuniversity athletes with sport injuries. The Clinic has three full-time athletic therapists and access to the services of sport medicine specialists and a pedorthist. In addition, approximately thirty student therapists gain valuable career skills in the field and in the clinic working with the varsity teams.
III. Recreation Services
III. Recreation Services
Walker Complex, 222B
Brock University boasts some of the best facilities in the province for student recreational and athletic use. Facilities available include a 50m, 8-lane Olympic size pool which includes a whirlpool, dive tower, hydraulic floor and tarzan ropes; the Zone (fitness centre), 3 gymnasia (11,000 sq. ft. 120000 sq. ft. and 22,000 sq. ft), a 200 m indoor run/walk track, squash courts, outdoor tennis courts, dry saunas, an indoor rowing centre, and multiple outdoor fields.
Brock University students, through fees paid with tuition, have access to use the pool, courts, gyms, fields and track by showing your student ID prior to each use.
Co-operative and recreational intramural programs are offered in many sports, including slowpitch, flag football, indoor and outdoor soccer, ice and ball hockey, broomball, european handball, floorball, volleyball, basketball, innertube waterpolo, ultimate Frisbee, badminton, dodgeball, table tennis, tennis, squash, underwater hockey, and more. Join over 6500 students who take part in these activities each year.
To be introduced to a new activity or to improve existing skills, join a non-credit instructional program. Courses offered include aquatic leadership and learn to swim programs, dance, fitness, fencing, yoga, pilates, first aid, personal training, coaching and many more.
Recreation Services hires over 400 students each year.
Check the website for information.
IV. Parking Services
905 688 5550, x4309
At a busy university the demand for parking facilities is great, and Brock is no exception. There are plenty of parking options available at the University. For a detailed list of options, please visit our website.
V. Brock University Campus Store
The Bookstore/Campus Store, conveniently located in the Plaza Building ground floor (next to the Alumni Student Centre), is the primary source of required textbooks and course materials (new, used, rental, digital, course packages, etc.) and recommended reading materials. It also stocks a wide selection of academic and general books including dictionaries, study and essay writing guides. A special order service is available at any time. The Bookstore/Campus Store also stocks stationery, cards, magazines, clothing and memorabilia, computer hardware, software and computing supplies. Help is readily available, on request for persons with special needs.
Campus Store hours: September to June: Monday - Thursday 9 am to 7pm, Friday 9am - 4:30 pm; July and August: Monday - Friday 9am to 4:30 pm. Please check for updated days and hours on our website.
VI. Office of Alumni Development and Donor Relations
905 688 5550 x3816
Thistle East 265
With more than 77,000 alumni and counting, Brock Alumni Relations is dedicated to engaging graduates with the university community and linking them with fellow alumni and current students.
As a student, there are several opportunities for you to become involved in Alumni Relations initiatives, including Mentorship Plus, Brock Days, networking events, social media sites and the Annual Fund.
A partnership between Career Services and Brock Alumni Relations, Mentorship Plus is an exciting new program designed to support students through the two major life transitions experienced at Brock: namely, the transition from high school to university and from university to career or advanced academic study.
During the first three years, students both receive and give membership. As a result, the students gain insights about life values, their new education environment, and untold principles of success that aren't necessarily taught in the classroom or found online. In your fourth year of study, students are partnered with a Brock graduate or member of the community. Students begin the next stage of life with realistic expectations and strategies to help them succeed. If this is the kind of opportunity you are seeking, visit brocku.ca/mentoring for more information and registration details.
Brock Days features the alumni weekend and community celebration that takes place the third and fourth weekends in September. Students are invited to participate in pub nights, the Annual Brock Days Concerts and Grape Stomp, Let There B-Rock lunchtime music, continuing education lectures, sporting events, wine seminars, Brock's Niagara Wine Festival Grande Parade float and much more. Check out brocku.ca/brockdays for more information.
Several networking events and speaker series are held every year for Brock alumni. Students are encouraged to attend to connect and network with Brock alumni in a fun, informal atmosphere.
Network with Brock graduates by becoming a member of Brock's alumni social media sites:
Facebook fan page: facebook.com/brockalumni
Through the Annual Fund, Brock's students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends have the opportunity to make a gift of any size, and together, make a significant investment in Brock.
As a student, you have the opportunity to gain work as an Annual Fund student caller. Students callers inform alumni and community members about new initiatives, update contact information, and invite support for Brock's area of greatest need. Brock students like you are the main benefactors from this support. Donations to the Annual Fund have funded student awards and created enhanced learning environments such as the Walker Complex Academic building and the Matheson Learning Commons.
Parents, alumni and friends can make a gift to the Annual Fund through traditional means like responding to a phone call or mailer or through mail and online donations. As a student, you can contribute to the Campaign for a Bold New Brock through fundraising events and/or a senior class gift. Visit brocku.ca/annual-fund for more information.
After graduation - membership has its privileges
With your graduation comes a new relationship with Brock. As a grad, you are now part of the Brock University Alumni Association, and as a member, you are entitled to many benefits, including credit card options, discounts on home and auto insurance, and life insurance through alumni affinity programs, as well as on-campus benefits such as special membership prices at the Walker Complex and Brock Centre for the Arts, borrowing privileges in the Library and Career Services resources.
To access many of these benefits, you need an alumni card. You can request your card and learn about other alumni services available to you through the Brock Alumni Relations.
As a Brock graduate, you will be invited to participate in networking events, reunions and volunteer opportunities. You will receive Brock's alumni magazine, Surgite, twice a year as well as the alumni e-newsletter six times a year. Be sure to leave us with your new address and email contact information.