GSA Announcements

Events and Announcements for September 23rd 2013

  1. GSA Committees
  2. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
  3. Librarie's Advisory Board
  4. Sustainability Speakers Needed
  5. GSA Online Voucher System
  6. ITLAL's Downtown Hours
  7. Planned Parenthood Volunteers
  8. Office of Graduate Education Events
  9. HGSO Movie Night
  10. LGBT & Ally Welcoming Party
  11. Academic Job Market Boot Camp
  12. Future Faculty Leadership Council
  13. Womens in the Middle East
  14. Grant Development Workshop
  15. Delta Sigma Pi Carrier Fair
  16. Medicative Mondays
  17. New Grant Guidelines
  18. Internships
  19. Benevolent Association Research Grant
  20. Follow the GSA on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

1. GSA Special Election and Committee Involvement
Please contact the following people if you are interested in any of these committees. Please note, RGSOs have a committee responsibility for the semester which can be fulfilled by sitting on one of the GSA committees. Grants Committee: Kimberly
Programming Committee: Amanda
MCAA Committee: Joel
Senate Councils and Committees: Caitlin
Special Election Committee: Caitlin
RGSO Committee: Nic DePaula

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. Libraries Student Advisory Board Members Needed
The Libraries Student Advisory Board is looking for 2-3 student members to attend its meetings and participate in the boards 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

4. 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

5. 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.

6. ITLAL's Future Faculty Downtown Office Hours
Do you get lost trying to find the ITLAL office? Maybe you live and/or take classes downtown? ITLAL's Future Faculty Fellow, Katie Truby, will hold office hours on the downtown campus this semester just for you! Katie will be available on the following Mondays to answer any questions you might have about teaching, getting ready for the job market, managing your time in graduate school, or succeeding in your future career as a faculty member. Look for Katie in Milne 118, the nice, new, cozy graduate student lounge on the following Mondays from 2:30-4:30 on 10/28, 11/4, 11/18 and 12/2. Monday's don't work for you? Shoot Katie an email at and set up an appointment downtown!

7. Planned Parenthood Volunteers
Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood is looking for volunteers to canvas for the upcoming Affordable Care Act. Do you have any organizations or students that are interested in helping in a major outreach campaign to educate community residents about the new health care law (Obamacare)? Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood is conducting door to door neighborhood canvassing between now and the end of October on Tuesdays evenings and Saturday mornings. Starting January 1, 2014, all Americans (with some exceptions) will have to have health insurance. Starting October 1, 2013, thousands of people will be eligible for expanded Medicaid or new more affordable health insurance plans. Premiums for these plans will be more than 50% lower than what is available now. Health insurance plans will no longer be able to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions. Financial help may be available to make these new health insurance plans more affordable. BUT, most people who are eligible know very little or nothing about this new law or about how to enroll. This is why we need to help with this educational campaign. To get involved, contact Blue Carreker at (518) 434-5678 x133 or at (We need a minimum of ten volunteers per canvas.)

8. Office of Graduate Education Events
a.Time Management and Effective Stress Strategies
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
12:00 - 1:30pm in the Terrace Lounge
b.Writing NSF-GRFP Applications
Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
11:30 - 1:00pm in Humanities room 354
c.Entrepreneur Coffee Chats
Friday, September 27th, 2013
10:00am - Location TBA
These chats will be monthly! Stayed in touch for more info!

9. HGSO Movie Night!
Monday, September 23th, 2013
7:30pm in the Science Library - Room G24
Movie: Third Days staring Kevin Costner

10. LGBT and Ally Graduate Student Reception Friday, September 27th, 2013
3:00 - 4:00 PM in Campus Center room 329
There will be snacks and give-aways!
11. Academic Job Market Boot Camp Saturday, September 28th, 2013 10:00am-1:00pm in ITLAL Underground (LI-B69) *Light lunch will be served; please register if you plan to attend. Are you currently on the academic job market? Are you planning to go on the market in the next 1-2 years? If so, ITLAL's Academic Job Market Boot Camp is for you! This three-hour intensive workshop will help you begin preparing yourself and your materials for the market, from assembling your dossier and applying for positions to the interview process. This new Saturday workshop will help you: * Develop a timeline for your search * Create a focused, well-organized CV and cover letter to convince prospective employers that you have the perspective, skills and energy necessary for the job AND that you are a fit for their institution * Prepare for a typical faculty interview by knowing what to expect and how to avoid the potential pitfalls of the most common interviewing scenarios: phone, conference and on-campus We will arm you with knowledge about the basics of the job market, so you can work more effectively and efficiently with faculty in your department. Feel more confident going on the market! Participants should bring current drafts of a CV and cover letter to work on during the session.

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 a graduate student forum in this week to address your most pressing concerns. Come ask questions, get advice and calm those nerves with experienced graduate students who have been in your shoes. Please join us on Wednesday: Wednesday, September 25th from 1:30-2:30 on the DOWNTOWN campus (location TBD) The 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

13. 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.

14. 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. 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

15. Delta Sigma Pi Career Fair
There is a job fair on campus next week on Wed. Sept. 25th from 12 noon -5 pm. This event is being sponsored by the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi. Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 12:00 - 5:00 pm in SEFCU Arena More information, including a link to those companies attending the event can be found here:

16. 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.

17. 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

18. 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

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:

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