GSA Announcements

Events and Announcements for September 16th 2013

  1. President Office Hours
  2. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
  3. Special Election & Committes
  4. GSA Online Voucher System
  5. RGSO Funding Deadline
  6. CNSE Separation
  7. Upcoming Sustainability Events
  8. Indian Student Organization Picnic
  9. FFLC
  10. Women in the Middle East
  11. Grant Workshop
  12. Asian Supermarket Shuttle
  13. Meditative Mondays
  14. New Grant Guidelines
  15. Library Student Board
  16. Student Housing Group
  17. Internships
  18. STEM Research Foundation
  19. Sustainability Speaker
  20. Benevolent Association Research Grant
  21. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

1. President Office Hours
Caitlin will be holding office hours in the GSA office Thursday of this week, from 1pm – 3pm to hear questions, comments, and concerns about the upcoming CSNE separation from UAlbany. You can also email your concerns to

2. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
Please go to and like this page! All programming, events, and announcements issued from the Office of Graduate Studies will be found here...including follow up information and slides to the Graduate Workshop Series as well as posts from Dean Kevin Williams. Twitter: Hear from the Dean of Graduate Studies! Follow Dean Kevin Williams on Twitter @UAlbanyGradDean

3. Special Elections & Committee
GRANTS: The GSA Grants Chair is sending out the call for participants interested in sitting on the GSA grants review committee. Committee members will be responsible for reviewing professional development and research grants submitted to the GSA for the fall funding period. Though the deadline has been pushed back to October 1 of this year, we would like to form the committee prior to this point to ensure reviewers are ready to begin their duties when all the applications have been received. Time commitment is minimal and reviewers can expect to receive anywhere from 5-10 grants to review. This is a great opportunity for those interested in learning what the grant review process entails. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please email Kimberly Berg at
PROGRAMMING AND MCAA: The GSA Programming Chair and MCAA Chair are forming committees to assist in related duties for the graduate student community. Each committee will consist of 4 members who will help coordinate, organize and market programs and special events. If you are interested in serving on either committee, please email your resume and a blurb about past experience/what you can contribute to your committee of interested to the related chair: Amanda Levit, Programming Chair or MCAA Chair Joel Balbi

SENATE: The GSA Senate is looking for non-Senator graduate students to sit as members of various committees for the Senate Councils. Some, but not all, of the committees are the CAA (Council on Academic Assessment), COD (Council on Research), and UPPC (University Planning and Policy Council). The Senate is also holding a Special Election to replace our Lead Senator who recently stepped down. If you are interested in sitting on a committee or running for Lead Senator please contact Caitlin Janiszewski at
RGSO: The RGSO Review Committee is currently looking for volunteers to assist in the process of reviewing applications for RGSO recognition and funding. Please, as soon as possible if you are interested. Review of applications will occur on September 21st and 22nd.

4. GSA Online Voucher System
The GSA is transitioning to an online voucher system. In order for RGSO's to get reimbursed in the Spring semester they will need to complete mandatory online voucher training this Fall. All RGSO's must delegate one representative to be responsible for attending this training. The selected representative should email their name and contact information to the GSA Treasurer at, by Oct. 1, 2013.

5. RGSO Funding deadline extended
For all Graduate Departments and Organizations – please be aware that the funding deadline for all RGSOs has been extended to September 20th, 2013. All other processes remain the same. Make sure all applications are filled out in full and sent to by mid-night on the 20th. All necessary instructions for the application can be found in the 2012 GSO Handbook be aware, the paperwork has not been updated to reflect the name change).

6. CNSE Separation
There will be a Public Hearing regarding the upcoming CSNE Separation from the University at Albany. Tuesday, September 23rd, 2013 10:00am – 1:00pm Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor Albany, New York For more information and to read committee updates please go to the NY Senate’s website at

7. Upcoming Sustainability Events
Please join the Sustainability Council for their weekly Farmer's Market every Thursday, beginning September 19th, from 11 am to 3 pm on the Dutch Quad side just outside the Campus Center. Also, join the Sustainability Council for the Capital District Student Sustainability Conference on September 21 at Empire Commons. This event includes students from around the Capital District in an effort to raise awareness about Sustainable food systems and the health of the environment!

8. Indian Student Organization Picnic
Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 at 10:00am Peebles State Park – Waterford, NY Please join us!

Are you a stressed out graduate student? Do you have questions or concerns about graduate school, professional development, and/or just how to get everything done? The Future Faculty Leadership Council (FFLC) is here to help! The FFLC is hosting two graduate student forums in the coming weeks to address your most pressing concerns. Come ask questions, get advice and calm those nerves with experienced graduate students who’ve been in your shoes. Please join us for either or both of these open forums: Thursday, September 19th from 12:00-1:00 on the UPTOWN campus (location TBD) Wednesday, September 25th from 1:30-2:30 on the DOWNTOWN campus (location TBD) Each day’s forum will focus on: Creating and Sustaining Work-Life Balance, Getting All Your Academic Work Done, and Navigating Your Assistantship and Teaching Responsibilities. These events will help the FFLC customize its programming for the 2013-2014 academic year to best meet your needs. If you have questions about this event, please contact Katie Truby at

10. Women in Middle East
Monday, October 21st – Friday, October 25th, 2013 This week long series of events are held in collaboration with the Office of International Education, The Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, the New York Writer's Institute, the Department of Women's Studies, the Music Department, the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society at Rockefeller. Each day is centered on a theme - women in the performing arts; social change and activism; law and religion; or democracy, human rights, and higher education.

11. Grant Workshop
* Master the techniques of writing superior and winning proposals October 08-10, 2013 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. State University of New York (SUNY) Global Center New York, NY To enroll visit Or call toll free at (866)-704-7268 or (571) 257-8864

12. Asian Supermarket Shuttle
Free shopping shuttle (UAlbany chapter bus) to Asian Supermarket will be available on Sept.20th Friday. The bus will depart from Collins Circle every half an hour from 4pm-8pm (bus schedule will be available on the bus). Come and try the delicious Asian food, oven fresh pastry and bubble tea, don’t forget to bring your student ID to get a 5% off your purchase! If you have questions about this event, please contact Ken Zhang at 518-438-8868 or 1245 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12205

13. Medicative Mondays
Jump-start your week with a guided meditation every Monday evening in The Interfaith Center from 6pm – 6:45pm. The sessions are open to all and FREE as these are your GSA funds and student activity fee at work! No prior experience of yoga/meditation is required. Lets breathe, lets meditate, lets live! Please contact Nikhil at for more details.

14. New Grant Guidelines The GSA Grant Guidelines have changed for the current academic year, to view the changed guidelines go to For any further questions please contact the GSA Grants Chair Kimberly Berg at

15. Library Student Board The Libraries’ Student Advisory Board is looking for 2-3 student members to attend its meetings and participate in the board’s activities. The board itself is directed to advise the Library Policy Group (LPG), consisting of the Dean and Director, Associate Directors, and Head of Dewey Library, on matters related to services to students. Examples of agenda items include soliciting student opinions on marketing strategies, the Libraries’ website, use of emerging technologies, and selection of equipment and furniture. If you are interested in participating in the board please contact the Dean and Director of Libraries, Mary Casserly –

16. Student Housing Focus Group The Office of Residential Life is looking to put together a graduate student focus group for a time during September 16th – 18th regarding student housing. Please contact Carol Perrin at with any questions or to show interest.

17. Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Internships Internship #1: The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences invites applicants for a paid internship in e-learning software development. Applicants should be current students in computer science, information technology or a related discipline. Up to 20 hours of work per week will be available, depending on class schedule, at an hourly rate commensurate with experience. Applicants should have completed at least one course in computer programming. Experience in web programming using JavaScript or ActionScript is preferred. Experience with Adobe tools is desirable. Send a resume and web links showing your work to:
Internship #2: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences seeks a responsible and reliable person for an Instructional Design Internship to help develop technology-based instructional tools for innovative learning experiences in all teaching modes, including face-to-face, hybrid and distance learning. The intern will join the Instructional Design team and be mentored by the Director of Instructional Design Services. This is a paid internship position. If interested please send a cover letter, resume and contact information of three professional references to the Office of Instructional Design Services at

18. Research Foundation needs Graduate Students The Research Foundation is conducting a study on Graduate Student Engagement particularly in STEM fields. They are looking for STEM graduate students who would be interested in serving on an advisory committee to help inform the process. The study focuses on how to better engage STEM students them throughout their educational careers to not only make them more successful, but to improve retention, as well as to ultimately enhance STEM recruitment efforts system-wide. Interested students should contact SUNY SA President, Tremayne Price at

19. Sustainability Office looking for Graduate Student to Present Research The Sustainability Office is looking for a graduate student to present research on a sustainability related topic on November 11th. All roundtables are held on Mondays between 1 and 2pm in the Standish Room (located in the Science Library). If you are interested in presenting a research topic please contact Mary Mallia at or (581) 442-2862. For examples of other research being presented, see the below calendar. Sept 30: Professor Mathias Vuille; Atmospheric and Environmental Science Dept, Does climate change threaten sustainable water supply in the tropical Andes? October 21: Professor Jennifer Dodge; Public Administration and Policy Dept, Hydraulic Fracturing in New York State: Storylines of Public Policy and Governance December 2: Professor Kendra Smith-Howard; History Dept, Pure and Modern Milk: An Environmental History since 1900

20.Benevolent Association Research Grant The Benevolent Association Research Grant provides support up to $500 for graduate student Research related to dissertation projects or master’s theses. Interested applicants should submit application materials to the Department Chair by October 7, 2013 for the fall round of competition and January 27, 2014 for the spring round of competition. Important Links regarding the grants:

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