GSA Announcements

Events and Announcements for March 24th 2014

  1. Important Printer Reminder
  2. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
  3. Meet the GSA E-Board: Q & A Session
  4. Future Faculty Leadership Council accepting applications
  5. RGSO Additional Funding
  6. Special Assembly Meeting Open to All Students
  7. Ed-TPA information and petition
  8. Interactive Media Center Classes
  9. Visiting Writers Series
  10. HGSO Movie Night
  11. GSA Book Drive
  12. Relay for Life
  13. MCAA Meeting
  14. Meditative Mondays
  15. Writers Institute Play
  16. International Night Food Donations & Performers Needed!
  17. 9th Annual New Trends in Informatics Research Conference
  18. The GSA Wants YOU to Participate in Campus Cleanup!
  19. Take a Paws with "Therapy Dogs"
  20. Out of Darkness Walk
  21. SASPA: A Presentation on Early Literacy Instruction and Intervention
  22. May Day is Coming! Lets celebrate together
  23. Sustainability Roundtable Series Participant Needed
  24. Call for International Students to Participate in Counseling Psychology Study
  25. SOS presents "How to Create a Curriculum Vita"
  26. ITLAL Resource
  27. Instructional Design Internship
  28. SW Internship
  29. Adult Swim
  30. Invitation to Apply to Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society
  31. 12th Annual English Graduate Student Conference Transaction
  32. Cultural Connections International Club First Event
  33. Join Us On A Visit to the Walkway Over the Hudson
  34. GSEU & UUP CCC Grade-In!
  35. HOLI Event
  36. ALA Presidential Candidates Forum
  37. Ghana Health and Education Initiative Fundraising
  38. Follow the GSA on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook



1. Important Printer Reminder

This is a friendly reminder to all graduate students that the computers in the GSA's office are not for use for research purposes. The printers in the office are allocated strictly for printing and we ask that as long as there are others waiting all students keep their time occupying the computers to 10 minutes or less. Thank you for your understanding!


2. Meet the GSA E-Board: Q & A Session
Come meet the GSA E-Board and ask them any questions you may have about the GSA and what they do, and how you can get involved too! March 13th, 2014
6pm ? 7pm
Main Campus GSA Office
Campus Center 307 & 308
albany.edu/gsa/



3. Future Faculty Leadership Council accepting applications
The FFLC is a group of graduate students who organize events for the UAlbany graduate student community on becoming successful faculty members. The overall mission of the FFLC is to "empower you to become confident faculty, excellent teachers, and to achieve tenure in an organized, strategic manner". You can find out more information about the FFLC (as well as see posted blogs) at http://uafuturefaculty.blogspot.com/p/about-ualbany-fflc.html . To request an application, please contact Katie Truby at futurefacultyfellow@albany.edu
The deadline to apply is April 4th!


4. RGSO Additional Funding
After allocations for RGSOs for the Spring Semester, there is additional funding available. Applications for additional funding for the Spring and Summer Funding are due to gsavp@albany.edu by April 1st. If you are requesting additional funding for the Spring, please include a copy of your funding letter as well as the name of the event(s) for which you are requesting more money and a justification for the additional funds. If you are making a request for the summer, you will need to fill out the same paperwork you filled out for the spring application. All requests will be considered together by the RGSO Committee. If you have any questions, e-mail Kat Slye as gsavp@albany.edu.


5. Special Assembly Meeting Open to All Students
The GSA will be holding a special assembly meeting to review the proposed bylaws. Please check the listserv each week for updates on date, time, and location


6. Ed-TPA information and petition
For graduate students familiar with the numerous requirements necessary to become teachers, here is yet another. Click the link below to discover what Ed-TPA is and how signing the petition for its suspension (until its flaws have been fixed) can help future teachers! http://www.change.org/petitions/new-york-state-house-indefinitely-suspend-implementation-of-edtpa-until-the-flaws-have-been-fixed


7. Interactive Media Center Classes
The Interactive Media Center offers short classes in video, audio, graphics and web design applications. These classes are free and open to the public. Some of the topics include Dreamweaver, iMovie, Audacity, Publisher, Illustrator, PowerPoint and Photoshop. Getting Started with WordPress for the Classroom & Personal Use WordPress is a very popular Web content management and page design system. This class is an overview of how WordPress works. Discussion includes how to start a WordPress account, setup a site, and the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Wednesday, February 12th, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 30th, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
The full schedule is posted at: http://apps.library.albany.edu/IMCClassRegistrationSystem/ and on the University's Events Calendar:
http://events.albany.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo


8. Visiting Writers Series
March 10 (Monday): The 18th Annual Burian Lecture presented by Christopher Durang, playwright
Seminar - 4:15 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center
The Burian Lecture - 8:00 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center
Christopher Durang is the author of the comic Broadway hit, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, winner of the 2013 Tony Award, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Winner of three Obie Awards for playwriting, Durang was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his 2005 play, Miss Witherspoon. Cosponsored by UAlbany's Theatre Department and funded by the Jarka and Grayce Burian Endowment
March 13 (Thursday): Dinaw Mengestu, fiction writer and journalist
Seminar - 4:15 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library
Reading - 8:00 p.m., Campus Center Room 375
Dinaw Mengestu received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2012, and was named one of theNew Yorker magazine's "20 under 40" writers in 2010. Born in Ethiopia, and raised in Illinois, Mengestu is the author of the novels The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears(2007), which received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His newest novel is All Our Names (2014), about an African university student who attempts to escape his revolutionary past and invent a new identity for himself in America.
March 25 (Tuesday): Walter Kirn, journalist, and fiction and nonfiction writer
Seminar - 4:15 p.m., Assembly Hall, Campus Center
Reading - 8:00 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center
Walter Kirn, is the author of the new nonfiction book Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade (2014), about the author's 10-year "friendship" with Clark Rockefeller, the serial con artist and murderer, who is currently serving a life sentence. Kirn is the National Correspondent for the New Republic, where he covers "politics and culture and their convergence." His books include the memoir, My Mother's Bible (2013) and the novels, Up in the Air (2001), and Thumbsucker (1999) that were made into major films. (see Classic Film Series March 7 listing for screening of UP IN THE AIR) April 3 (Thursday): Julia Glass, novelist
Seminar - 4:15 p.m., Campus Center Room 375
Reading - 8:00 p.m., Huxley Theatre, NYS Museum, Cultural Education Center, Downtown Albany
Julia Glass, published her first novel, Three Junes (2002), at the age of 46. The book earned extraordinary praise from reviewers and received the National Book Award for Fiction. Her new novel, And the Dark Sacred Night (2014), set in the Vermont woods and on Cape Cod, tells the story of a middle-aged man who seeks to discover the identity of the father he never knew. Cosponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library
Film Screenings
March 14 (Friday): THE QUIET MAN
Film screening - 7:30 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus
Directed by John Ford (United States, 1952, 129 minutes, color)
Director John Ford called upon his friend and favorite actor, John Wayne, to play a former prizefighter who retires to the Irish village of his birth. Unexpectedly, he falls in love with a fiery red-head (Maureen O'Hara), but must negotiate his way around her disapproving brother (Victor McLaglen).
April 4 (Friday): THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK
Film screening - 7:30 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus
Directed by Josef von Sternberg (United States, 1928, 76 minutes, b/w, silent with live musical accompaniment by Mike Schiffer). In this 1928 silent masterpiece directed by Josef von Sternberg, a steamboat stoker working on the New York City waterfront saves a woman who has jumped off a pier into the briny water below attempting to commit suicide. The selfless act changes his life forever.


9. Medicative Mondays
MEDITATIVE MONDAYS! - A Yesplus Initiative.. Jump-start your week with a guided meditation and enlivening yoga of breath (avoiding crazy postures that break your back!!) Every Monday evening in The Interfaith Center from 5pm - 6pm. The sessions are open to all and FREE as these are your GSO funds and student activity fee at work! No prior experience of yoga/meditation is required. Lets breathe, lets meditate, lets live! Contact Nikhil at njain@albany.edu for more details or call 518-390-7913.
Find more info and flyer on http://www.albanyinterfaithcenter.org/.
P.S. - Follow us on www.myinvolvement.org by looking up "Yesplus" under the "Organizations" tab.


10. HGSO Movie Night
Please join the HGSO for movie night on Wednesday, March 26th in the Science Library classroom G24 beginning at 7:30pm. We will showing Innocent Voices, a 2004 film based on the experiences of ?scar Torres who grew up during the El Salvadoran civil war in the 1980s. We hope you will share this educational and powerful film with us (as well as some free snacks!)


11. GSA Book Drive!
The Programming Committee will be holding a book drive during the month of March to benefit the Schenectady County Libraries. We ask that all books be in acceptable condition and that any textbook donations are 5 years or less in age, for more information about donations in Schenectady County please see:http://friendsofscpl.org/donations/ to make sure your extra books follow their guidelines. There will be a collection station set up in the GSA's Uptown Office for any donations. Monday, March 3rd - Friday, March 28th, 2014
GSA Office - CC307 & 308
Bring your gently used books on by!


12. Relay for Life
Does your student group care about the fight against cancer?
Do you know of anyone in your group has ever been personally affected by cancer in any way?
Why not find out at your next meeting and discuss the possibility of creating a Relay For Life team!?
Relay For Life is an annual, student-led, on-campus event that happens every spring here at UAlbany. This year it is going to be April 26-27, 3pm to 6am at SEFCU Arena! Relay is an amazing opportunity for you and your student group to do up to fifteen hours of community service, as well as a great way to spend time together, all while helping to further the fight against cancer! Relay For Life is a unique and enriching experience sure to bring your group closer together! To sign up and create your team visit: www.relayforlife.org/ualbany
If you would like to have us come talk to your student group to help them learn more about Relay For Life, just let us know! We would be more than happy to help you get your team informed and excited about the event! If you have any questions or simply want to learn more, please feel free to contact either: Taylor Clynne (Relay For Life Event Chair) at tclynne@albany.edu Cassidy Dwyer (Team Recruitment Chair) at cdwyer2@albany.edu Thank you for your interest, and we hope to see you and your student group at Relay For Life this year!


13. MCAA Meeting
The MCAA Committee will be having a meeting Monday, March 10th at 8:30pm in Draper 105!


14. Writers Institute Play
You are invited to a staged reading of UAlbany ProfessorCarolyn Yalkut's new play, "Everywoman," on Thursday, April 3rd at 7:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center on the UAlbany Uptown Campus. Should a woman's life stop just because she's giving birth? Time and space collide in WAM Theatre's staged reading of Carolyn Yalkut's one-act play that debates global as well as personal catastrophe in women's lives everywhere. The classic quandary of being a woman is explored in this light-hearted, innovative and poignant tragicomedy that reaches across generations.
The play was developed during a fellowship and multiple residencies by the playwright at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Provincetown, MA. Professor Yalkut has taught numerous undergraduate courses at UAlbany in association with the NYS Writers Institute Visiting Writers Series. Advance tickets: $5 general public , $3 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff Call (518) 442-3997 to reserve. Day of show tickets: $8 general public , $6 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff More information: http://www.albany.edu/pac/13-14_press_releases/everywoman.shtml


15. International Night Food Donations & Performers Needed!
On April 3 the SPH GSO is hosting the annual School of Public Health International Night. Last year's event featuring international food, cultural performances, and talks by SPH students attracted 150 participants and donated over $800 to Engeye Clinic in Uganda.
The SPH GSO is asking for your help providing cultural performances and international food for this year's event. If you or someone you know is willing to cook or perform please e-mail Rebecca Lewis (SPH GSO President) at rlewis@albany.edu as soon as possible. We would love to see members of other RGSO's contribute to and attend our event!


16. 9th Annual New Trends in Informatics Research Conference
The Informatics Department presents as part of CCI Day
The 9th Annual New Trends in Informatics Research (NTIR) Conference
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
Held at Campus Center, University at Albany Keynote Speaker: Peter Aiken, Ph.D.
Peter is Data Blueprint's Founding Director, Associate Professor of Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University and President of the International Data Management Association (DAMA). As a practicing data consultant, author and researcher, he has been actively involved in studying data management for more than 30 years.


17. The GSA Wants YOU to Participate in Campus Cleanup!
Every year UAlbany hosts a traditional Campus Cleanup day. This year the GSA wants to help make the graduate students more visible on campus by showing up and helping in the efforts by wearing our proud purple and yellow colors and showing everyone that we're here too! To volunteer head over to the cleanup page and select what time works for you! This is a great chance for RGSOs to earn their volunteer/community service hours!
Make sure you sign up as a "Graduate Student Organization" participant!
http://www.albany.edu/cleanup/


18. Take a "Paws" With Therapy Dogs
Tuesday March 11 and Wednesday March 12 there will be a Therapy Dog Study Break Event from 1-4PM !!
See attached flyer for more details!


19. Out of the Darkness Walk
This years Out of the Darkness walk will be held Saturday, May 3rd at 1pm. Any student interested in participating in this should see the attached flyer!


20. SUNY Albany School Psychology Student Association (SASPA) Event
A Presentation on Early Literacy Instruction and Intervention
The Interactive Strategies Approach presented by Dr. Donna Scanlon of the Reading Department Date: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Location: Education Building- ED 335 (3rd floor)
Light refreshments will be served


21. May Day is Coming! Lets Plan Together!
Hi Folks, Many of us have been working on building campus power around issues of contingent labor, including graduate student labor, issues of racial justice, creating a more sustainable future, establishing a curriculum that honors the many histories this world has to offer and making our campus an open and accessible place for people of all genders and abilities. May Day (May 1) is a day on international solidarity among workers and offers us a chance to come together as a campus community to show off the relationships and power we have been building all year. Don't be surprised by this invitation! It is, in itself, a chance for new collaborations to emerge and grow. I want to give you all the opportunity to participate in planning a campus demonstration on this year's May Day. Graduate Student Employees Unions nationwide have had preliminary conversations about national coordination in some form, and we chose May Day because the New Faculty Majority (folks like Peter Brown from SUNY New Paltz) have campaigns around what is called the "May Day $5K"--which, just like last year, is demanding $5k/course for adjunct faculty in the SUNY system. Offer your availability here: http://doodle.com/u3eivcn7hc2nf3vi We hope to make our May Day event go further and truly be a coalition-led event that encompasses as many areas of campus life as we can. We can blow up categories like "worker" to include the undergraduates and graduate students sitting in the classrooms (and likely working separate jobs, as well). We can set our agenda collectively, and focus our energies in the best way possible. Consider this Doodle an invitation to all of you to participate in the good work of building relationships across our campus community and showing our collective energy and willpower to continue fighting for changes we need to have a truly successful, public institution: http://doodle.com/u3eivcn7hc2nf3vi There will be a citywide May Day Community Roundtable at the Albany Social Justice Center (33 Central Ave) onMarch 24. If anyone is interested in joining me there, I welcome the company. Just email back for more details. That would be a space where we coordinate with folks citywide to create a May Day schedule so we can support each other's events, as well as ensure we are working together when we can! If no one can make it, I'll bring the tentative citywide May Day schedule to our meeting to discuss and see which part of the day we want to invite community allies to join us on campus.


22. Sustainability Roundtable series
Message from the sustainability department: We are calling for a graduate student who would be willing to speak at the Sustainability Roundtable Series Monday afternoons this semester. The theme of this spring? series is related to the Heritage Garden. We are casting a wide net in terms of presentations we? like to see- the natural history of New York, the public health impacts of community gardens, GMO?, food history, etc.
For more information please visit http://www.albany.edu/gogreen/
Or if you are interested in being involved please e-mail: gogreen@albany.edu


23. Call for International Students Interested in Participating in Counseling Psychology Study
Dear international students, My name is Jeremy Bissram and I am a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology program at the University at Albany. This is an invitation to you, from a fellow international student. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read this short message. I am interested in finding out your experiences as an international student in the United States. With your help, we may gain a better understanding of how we can better suit the needs to international students as well as attempt to improve your experience as an international student. If you will please grant me about 10-15 minutes of your time to fill out an online questionnaire, you will have a chance to be selected for 1 of 3 $100 Amazon gift cards. You may also experience a sense of fulfillment for assisting a fellow international student in understanding some of your experiences here in the United States. Your responses will be anonymous and confidential, and you may withdraw at any time with no penalties. If you please follow the link: https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=156959 Sincerely, Jeremy Bissram


24. SOS presents "How to Create a Curriculum Vita"
A Brownbag Lunch
Wednesday, March 5
12:00-1:00PM
CSDA conference room, Business Administration Room B-29


25. Adult Learn to Swim
Adult Learn to Swim is now being offered at the Guilderland YMCA pool and is open to all UAlbany faculty, staff and students. Individuals do not have to be Y members to participate. The Guilderland YMCA is about 10 minutes from the UAlbany campus.


26. 12th Annual English Graduate Student Conference Transaction
Hello all,
Please join the EGSO for the 12th Annual English Graduate Student Conference titled "Transaction." The conference will take place on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, in Milne Hall on University at Albany's Downtown campus. Both days will offer panels combining critical and creative perspectives from UAlbany students with those from graduate students around the nation. Saturday will close with a round table of UAlbany students moderated by this year's critical keynote speaker, Anna McCarthy (Media Studies at NYU). Anna McCarthy will present her critical keynote address on Friday, 6-7:30 pm. Her work frequently explores complexity within post-World War II American television, examining the connections between television viewership, American politics, and citizenship. Her research interests include material culture, cultural policy, and biopolitics. She is the co-editor of the journal Social Text and the author of such works as Ambient Television: Visual Culture and Public Space (2001) and The CitizenMachine: Governing by Television in 1950s America (2010). Myung Mi Kim (Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo), this year's creative keynote speaker brought to the conference by Barzakh, will present on Saturday, 1-2:30 pm. Her work articulates itself through geographical and linguistic dislocation while writing around the lyric. Her research interests include translingual/transcultural poetics and 20th century American poetry and poetics. She is the author of several works, including Under Flag (1991), Commons (2002), and Penury (2009).
For the full conference schedule (coming soon) or more information, please visit the EGSO's webpage at http://egsoalbany.weebly.com/conference.html.


27. Cultural Connections International Club First Event
Join us for a Speaker Series and a Night of Fun! Date: March 27th Time: 7:00-9:00pm Location: Humanities Room TBA Speaker: International Student Advisor Annie Heavner Win Prizes!! Add us--Facebook: UAlbany Cultural Connections


28. Join Us On A Visit to the Walkway Over the Hudson
On Saturday, March 29th, we will be heading down to Poughkeepsie to see the Walkway over the Hudson, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. We will be carpooling and offering $80 to those who drive, with a minimum of 4 people per-car. The bridge is a great example of an active reuse project, along with a public-private partnership. We will also be going to Springside National Historic Site, recognized as the last surviving example of America's first native-born landscape architect, Andrew Jackson Downing.
We will be leaving Albany at 9AM, most likely with groups from Collins Circle and Washington Park. Please email me if you plan to attend at kylsimpson1@gmail.com so we can figure out how many drivers we need. If you would like to volunteer to drive, please include that as well.


29. GSEU & UUP CCC Grade-In!
Join the Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU) and the UUP Contingent Concerns Committee (CCC) for our next Grade-In action! We will gather again on Thursday, March 27 at University Hall on the Uptown Campus between 11:00am and 2:00pm. Bring some work and be productive while helping to reach our common goals of better pay and working conditions by increasing GTA and adjunct visibility on campus, especially to administrators. Graduate assistants, adjuncts, and allies are welcome! Please see the attached flyer for details.


30. Holi Event
Kindly find attached the Holi Event Flyer attached. The event is on Sunday 29th March from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM.


31. ALA Presidential Candidates Forum
March 26, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 PM
106A Husted Hall
University at Albany Downtown Campus
Please join the ALA presidential candidates Sari Feldman (http://sarifeldman.com/) and Maggie Farrell (http://maggiefarrellforalapresident.com/) at a forum to be held on Wednesday, March 26th at 2:00 in 106A Husted Hall, University at Albany. This is an excellent opportunity to hear from the candidates, ask questions and network with colleagues. Light refreshments will be served.
This forum is jointly sponsored by the UAs Information Studies Department ALA Student Chapter (SCALA) and the UA Libraries.


32. ITLAL Resource Are you planning for a career in academia? This course will help prepare you not only for the job market, but also for a career as a faculty member. Hit the ground running!
ACAS 602: Preparing for the Professoriate (0-1 credits)
Thursdays: 1:15-3:15pm, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1
In this course, students will reflect upon what they want from their academic career and learn how to increase the likelihood of success. Topics will include the academic job market, the challenges faced by new faculty, and the variety of tenure requirements at different institutions. By the end of the course, participants will have a better understanding of the academic job search process (including writing a CV and cover letter), as well as the skills needed to transition from graduate student to professional academic and faculty member.
Topics Include:
Transitioning From Student to Professional
What Successful New Faculty Know
Understanding Institution Types
The Academic Job Market
Understanding the Tenure Process
Balancing Faculty Commitments: Research, Teaching and Service
Govements in Institutional Change to Improve Learning
Please email Katie Truby (FutureFacultyFellow@albany.edu) for more information.


33. Invitation to Apply to Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society!
We are writing to inform you of an exciting opportunity on campus! Eleven years ago, Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society, established a new chapter at the University at Albany. We'd like to invite you to apply for membership in ODK! The Omicron Delta Kappa Society is a national leadership honor society for graduate students, college students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character. Membership in ODK is a mark of the highest distinction and honor. Student members must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students at the time of initiation, have at least a 3.25 GPA, and have exhibited proven leadership in campus and community activities. The Society recognizes achievement in five areas: · Scholarship · Athletics · Campus/ Community Service, Social/Religious Activities, and Campus Government · Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media · Creative and Performing Arts Emphasis is placed on the development of the whole person, both as a member of the college community and as a contributor to a better society. Hence, the purpose of Omicron Delta Kappa is threefold: 1. To recognize those who have exhibited a high standard of leadership and efficiency in collegiate activities; 2. To bring together student leaders from all sectors of collegiate life in order to help mold the sentiment of the university for questions of local and collegiate interest; 3. To bring together members of the faculty and the student body on a basis of mutual interest and understanding. If you believe that you have demonstrated achievement across the five categories (not necessarily all five), we strongly encourage you to apply for membership. To be considered, please visit Omicron Delta Kappa on MyInvolvement.org and submit the application form by 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 25th (Application is under the "Forms" tab). The selection committee will review each application and notify candidates of their status in April. If you are selected, there is a one-time membership fee of $95, which must be submitted before you are inducted. This fee helps support ODK on our campus and national level. The induction ceremony is tentatively scheduled for the end of Homecoming Weekend in Fall 2014. Families and friends are welcome to attend and witness your initiation to the University at Albany's Chapter of ODK. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Beth Conrad, UAlbany's ODK Faculty Secretary, by email at odk@albany.edu. In the meantime, if you wish to learn more about Omicron Delta Kappa, please visit the National website at www.odk.org, or the University at Albany Circle's website at www.albany.edu/~odk. We look forward to hearing from you!


34. Ghana Health and Education Initiative Fundraising
Greetings, My name is Whitney Martinez and I am currently involved with the organization, Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI). GHEI works closely with communities in southwest Ghana, addressing the challenges of rural development. GHEI is founded on principles of international solidarity and has the mission of promoting the advancement of health and education in the Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai District of Ghana by providing the resources and the necessary support to effect change through health and education programs. Currently, I am a member of the Girls Empowerment Serve and Learn Team which will travel to Humjibre, Ghana on June 27th, 2014. The focus and goals of our team revolve around providing quality education to females where education is an economic burden in order to inspire young women to strive beyond economic and cultural limitations in efforts to reduce poverty. Specifically our team will benefit from Twi language lessons, discussions on pertinent topics and cultural exchanges, such as meeting the village chief, a drumming and dancing workshop, and traveling to sites at the historic Ghanaian cities of Kumasi and Cape Coast. These experiences will assist with our development of curriculums for the junior high school students. GHEI asks volunteers to fundraise to support this project and GHEI's ongoing year-round work. My goal is to fundraise $1,200.00 Thus, I am currently asking for support and sponsorship. You could help make our Serve and Learn Project a success by making any donation that you see fit. Every dollar truly does make a difference! If there is anything that you can do, it would be greatly appreciated! Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too! The Ghana Health and Education Initiative Website can be found here:www.ghei.org My fundraising page can be found here:http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/whitneymartinez/whitneymartinezsfundraisingpage Thank you for your time, Whit


35. Stay in the Know!
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