2018 November EC EmailHey everyone! I’m Kayla, your Director of External Relations.

So! Hopefully you’re recovering from mid-terms, unless you made it through unscathed. Make sure to take the time to care for yourself and to seek help when things are getting to be too much to handle.

As Jason Bauche emailed out, there’s a 2 week wait for counselling services on campus, however, through your Studentcare insurance, you have access to Empower Me. Empower Me connects you with a counsellor immediately, via;

Phone call: 1-844-741-6389 for 24/7 Access they can also arrange for an appointment for a counsellor in Calgary within the matter of days, if you prefer, 100% covered by your insurance.

Online: https://ear.powerflexweb.com/1545/login_SC.html
Enter ‘studentcare’ as the password. If you’re looking for immediate counselling, click the “Live Connect Online” button where you’ll be connected to an Instant Message chat.

The Empower me website has a ton of helpful articles to check out.

They also offer other professional services such as; financial planning, life coaching and nutritional counselling.


Phone app: Honestly the app is kind of confusing and doesn’t have the best user interface, but I feel like it’ll be good for resources on the go, and they do have the contact request button where they can arrange an appointment for you.

Here are the app links;

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iaspiria&hl=en

Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/iaspiria/id908312488?mt=8

Enter ‘studentcare’ as the login ID.

Anyway! Back to business. Which is to be my advice to you, many students.. Life is short.. YOLO.. School is temporary, keep your eye out for external shows and apply for them, start to navigate the professional artist process and start padding your CV! There are also student run galleries through ACADSA student groups that you can take part in.

Here’s what’s going on our end:

ACADSA has been working hard on a ton of different things for you, the students. If you’re actually interested, then you’ll likely be willing to peruse our website OR seek out myself, or anyone else who’s a part of the ACADSA Executive Committee, or your local student department rep, and ask those questions. You can do it, I believe in you!

Please get in touch with us: you can find information about ACADSA, our staff and committee members at www.acadsa.ca/about. Get to know our team! Say hello to us in the halls and we will do the same. Stay up to date on what is happening at the Students’ Association, check out News and Events on our website (www.acadsa.ca) and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – @ACADSA.

Kayla Gale
Director of External Relations
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association


Upcoming ACADSA Events and Deadlines

Annual General Meeting (AGM): Nov 29 at 1pm

“What does ACADSA do anyway?” Attend our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, November 29 to find out! Get an introduction to our programming and responsibilities, our advocacy focuses and efforts, our operating finances and our governing structure. If you’re interested in having a say in future programming initiatives, join us for a discussion period at the end!

If you have questions about the meeting, please email Simone Saunders, Director of Leadership and Governance, at leadership.acadsa@acad.ca.

Take a Break with ACADSA (Free Coffee): Nov 21 at 10am

Stressed out? Need a snack to boost your morning? We’ve got you covered. ACADSA recognizes this busy time of year with end of year deadlines creeping up. To support the student body, on November 21, ACADSA will be serving complimentary coffee, tea, baked goods and fruit in the cafeteria from 10am – 1pm.

Show + Sale: November 22-24

Check out what your fellow students have created during the Fall 2018 Show + Sale. The First Night Fundraiser on Thursday, November 22 (5-8pm) is a ticketed event, offering ticket holders an exclusive, private viewing and sale of over 3,000 original pieces, showcasing work from each of ACAD’s disciplines of study. The Show + Sale continues Friday, November 23rd (12-7pm) and Saturday, November 24th (12-4pm) with entrance by donation at the door.  For more information, please visit: acadsa.ca/show-sale/

We would love your help promoting Show + Sale! Until the end of this Fall Show + Sale (November 24), we will be tracking the hashtag #showandsale on Instagram and Facebook. Students who promote Show + Sale using the hashtag on their social medias will be entered to WIN one of three $100 ACAD Bookstore gift cards! We especially want to see the work you will be selling! An important part of participating in art markets is learning how to self-promote. Think of this as an opportunity to hone your promo skills!

Hear/d Residency Exhibition & Reception

Reflecting personal stories of resilience, the Hear/d Residency exhibition, presented by ACADSA, opens on Wednesday, November 28. The student art exhibition runs until Wednesday, December 12 at the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD), with the reception taking place on December 6 at 6:00PM.

Health + Dental Plan Coverage

Have you checked out your coverage under the ACADSA Health & Dental Plan? Among other features, the Plan covers health, dental, vision, and travel benefits to help you perform at your best all year long. If you opted out and have now lost your equivalent coverage after opting out of the ACADSA Health and/or Dental Plan, you may re-enrol in the ACADSA Plan within 30 days of losing your other coverage. You will have to provide proof of the loss of coverage! Visit www.studentcare.ca for more details.

Health + Dental Plan – Last Year’s Claims Deadline: Nov 29

Were you covered by the ACADSA Health + Dental Plan last year? If so, this is a reminder that all ACADSA Health & Dental claims from the 2017-18 policy year (Sept 1 2017 – Aug 31 2018) must be sent to our insurer by November 29, 2018 ! You can send your claims by mail using the Claims Form. You can also file claims online through the Studentcare mobile app. For more information, and to download the app, visit www.studentcare.ca

Just a reminder: to stay up to date on what is happening at the ACAD Students’ Association, please check out our website at www.acadsa.ca and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram – @ACADSA