GSA Announcements

Events and Announcements for September 9th 2013

  1. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
  2. CNSE Separation
  3. Senate Council Committees
  4. GSA Online Voucher System
  5. New Grant Guidelines
  6. GSA Grants Review Committee
  7. RGSO Funding Deadline Extended
  8. GSEU/Sustainability Office Hours
  9. Library Student Advisory Board
  10. Student Housing Focus Group
  11. Meditative Mondays
  12. FFLC
  13. TA and Adjunct Workshop
  14. ITLAL Courses
  15. Welcome Reception
  16. STEM Research Foundation
  17. Sustainability Speakers
  18. Grant Writing Workshop
  19. Benevolent Association Grant
  20. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

1.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

2.CNSE Separation
The Senate Higher Education Committee for the State of New York has invited Caitlin Janiszewski, our GSA President, to give testimony on behalf of graduate students regarding the separation of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering from the University at Albany.
For this reason, Caitlin will be holding office hours in the GSA office Tuesday and Thursday of this week and next week, from 1pm to 3pm to hear questions, comments, and concerns. You can also email your concerns to
This is a public hearing. Details can be found at

3.Senate Council Committees
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).
If you are interested in sitting on a committee please contact Caitlin Janiszewski at

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 (Jessica) at, by Oct. 1, 2013.

5.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 Bergat gsagrants@albany.edus.

6.GSA Grants Review Committee
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 1of 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

7.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).

8.GSEU & Sustainability Office Hours in the GSA
The GSEU will hold office hours in the GSA from 1-2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Sustainability Office will hold office hours in the GSA from 1-4pmon Tuesdays.

9.Librarie's Student Advisory Board Members Needed
The Librarie's 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 Librarie's 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

10.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 to 18thregarding student housing. Please contact Carol Perrin with any questions or to show interest.

11.Meditative Mondays
Jump-start your week with a guided meditation every Monday evening in The Interfaith Center from 6pm to 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 for more details.

12.Future Faculty Leadership Council
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

13.First Time Professor and TA Workshop
Are you nervous about teaching for the first time? Or, maybe you're a TA concerned with establishing your authority and dealing with problematic student behavior? One of the tensions that many new instructors face is establishing and
balancing a sense of their own authority in the classroom. This anxiety can be compounded for graduate students who may not have achieved confidence in their teacher personas or are still wrestling with their own understanding of the content
they are expected to teach. If you are a TA or graduate student instructor with concerns or just plain nerves about heading into the classroom, this is the event for you!
Tales from the Trenches: Experienced Graduate Student Instructors on Establishing and Maintaining a Civil Classroom
Tue, September 10th, 2:30pm to 4:00pm Location: ITLAL Underground (Library 069) Comes join us for an afternoon panel discussion with experienced graduate instructors, who will share their tips, tricks and advice for running a smooth classroom. Individuals with expertise in teaching large classes, labs, math classes,
running discussion sections and teaching their own course for the very first time will be on hand to answer all your questions.
For more information and to register for the event, please

14.ITLAL Courses
1.ACAS 601/RPOS 611/RPAD 590: Seminar in College Teaching
This course is open to graduate students enrolled in a terminal degree program (e.g. PhD, DA, ED, MFA).
This is a 0-1 credit course that students must register for (those who register for 0 credits will not have to pay tuition). Students will be expected to attend at least seven of the eight meetings.
The course will meet on 8 Wednesdays from 12:35-2:35pm: 9/11, 9/18, 10/2, 10/9, 10/23, 10/30, 11/13, 11/20. 2.ACAS 603/RPOS 613/RPAD 592: The Reflective Teacher This course is open to graduate students who are enrolled in a terminal degree program and meet two of the following criteria:
* Have taken a course on teaching (either ACAS 601 or one in their department),
* Have taught as the instructor of record for at least two semesters, and/or
* Will be graduating in the next year (by August 2014)
This is a 0-1 credit course that students must register for (those who register for 0 credits will not have to pay tuition). Students will be expected to attend at least seven of the eight meetings.
The course will meet on 8 Mondays, 12:35-2:35pm: 9/9, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/21, 11/11, 11/25, 12/9. If you have any questions or are interested in registering for either of the courses, please contact Billie Franchini at

15.Graduate Welcoming Reception
September 13th, 2013 in the Campus Center Terrace Lounge from 3pm to 5pm. Please RSVP by September 11th to Dr. Betty Shadrick

16.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 studies 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

17.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 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

18.Professional Grant Development Workshop
Master the techniques of writing superior and winning proposals
October 08-10, 2013
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
To be held at:
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

19.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:

20. GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook
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