GSA Announcements

Events and Announcements for October 14th 2013

  1. Important Printer Reminder
  2. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
  3. GSA Committees
  4. Presidential Forum
  5. GSA Online Voucher System
  6. ITLAL's Downtown Hours
  7. Planned Parenthood Volunteers
  8. Office of Graduate Education Events
  9. Committees
  10. Ed.Pysch RGSO Brown Bag
  11. Ed. Psy RGSO Apple Picking
  12. Sustainability Student Presenter
  13. Presidential Management Fellows
  14. Living with Purpose Event
  15. Womens in the Middle East
  16. Physics RGSO Speaker
  17. SPH Fro Yo Fundraiser
  18. NANO Research Gathering
  19. ITLAL Teaching Seminar
  20. Grant Development Workshop
  21. Journal of International Students
  22. Theraphy Dog Days
  23. Voting & Law Workshop
  24. Medicative Mondays
  25. GA Internship with The Assembly
  26. GAPS and SEA Change Graduate Conference
  27. Stay in the Know!

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. 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. GSA 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.
* Programming Committee: Amanda
* MCAA Committee: Joel Balbi
* Senate Councils and Committees: Caitlin Janiszewski
* Wages and Benefits Committee: Caitlin Janiszewski

4. Presidential Forum
On November 4th 2013, we will be holding a Presidential Forum in conjunction with Student Association (undergraduate). This forum is an opportunity for students to pose questions and concerns to the President. Our goal is to have 5 main issues our student body is concerned about, to develop the our conversation with the president around. If you have any topics of concern, please email us at as soon as possible. November 4th 2013 * 3:30 to 4:30 p.m - Student Preliminary Forum
* 4:30 to 5:30 p.m - President Q &A

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
* Resume Writing/Job Search Strategies Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 12:00pm - 2:00pm in the Terrace Lounge

9. Invitation to Join Committee on University & Community Relations
The Committee on University and Community Relations is looking for a graduate student to begin attending meetings as a GSA representative. The meetings are held at 7 p.m. every 2nd Wednesday of the month (except for January) held at the Albany Police Department Center Station (2nd floor meeting room). If interested please contact the GSA President, Caitlin Janiszewski and please see the attached flyer for additional information.

10. Ed Psychology RGSO Brown Bag Dr. Tobias and Dr. Fletcher: Research in Educational Technology
Wednesday October 16th, 2013
11:30am - 1:00pm in ED335

Dr. Tobias, an eminent professor at UAlbany, and Dr. Fletcher from the Institute for Defence Analysis will be discussing the impact and effectiveness of educational technology in general, and computer tutors in particular, on learning. Attached is an article and notes to read prior to the Brown Bag. All students and faculty are invited to attend! Refreshments will be served. If you have any questions please contact Hirah Mir at

11. Ed. Psych & Methodology RGSO Apple Picking Outing This coming Sunday, October 20th, 11-4PM will be the Educational Psychology and Methodology RGSO's Fall Outing.
Please join us for apple picking at Indian Ladder Farms and for a picnic, some grilling, hiking, and activities at Thacher State Park, at the Hailes Cave Picnic Shelter. This is not only a great opportunity to mingle, but is also a chance to take a couple hours to breathe in some fresh air, relax, and calm the mind and body to get recharged for the rest of the semester.
If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Hirah Mir at . If you need a ride or can offer a ride, please let us know by 10/16/13 so we can make arrangements ASAP.

12. 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

13. Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program If you are looking for a great way to begin your career, please consider the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. This federally-sponsored program was started over 30 years ago by executive order to attract the best and the brightest to federal service. Many people have used the program to launch successful careers in the private sector and academe as well. Those selected into the PMF program receive: *160 hours of classroom training (on leadership, management, policy and other topics)
*Challenging work assignments
*Feedback on your work
*At least one 4 to 6 month developmental assignment
*Potential for promotions and career ladders
*Upon certification of completion, which permits immediate conversion to a permanent or term position and carries prestige anywhere you go thereafter
Career Services has organized an information session for those who are interested next Tuesday Oct. 1st from 12:30-1:30 in theTerrace Lounge. Look for additional information on Career Services events calendar here: Information about the PMF program can be found here:

14. YesPlus RGSO Living with Purpose Event Have you ever wondered, "What is life?" or "Why have I come to this planet?" and never really came up with an answer convincing enough?
Come and join us on Monday (10/21) for an interactive and insightful discourse with Emily Peck to explore about how "purpose" plays a role in self-development and defining ourselves as individuals.
Emily is a renowned expert on mindfulness and meditation based in Portland, OR and has taught many self-development courses to thousands of people from all ages and professions ranging from businessmen, college students, politicians and many more.
Monday, October 21st, 2013
6pm - 7pm at The Interfaith Center (
Contact: Nikhil Jain; 518-390-7913
Refreshments will be served 15 mins prior to the session.

15. 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.

16. Physics RGSO Speaker - Kevin Knuth
Kevin Knuth
Information-Based Observer-Centric Physics: The Role of Influence
Friday, October 18th, 2013
Starting at 3:00 p.m. in Physics 129 C. Luther Andrews Seminar Room

17. SPH GSO FroYo for a Cause!
When: October 15, 2013
Where: 16 Handles East Greenbush
Help the SPH RGSO raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer by purchasing frozen yogurt at 16 Handles East Greenbush on Route 4 (593 N. Greenbush Rd) on October 15th from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm OR show your East Campus or UAlbany ID at any point during the day and 32% of your purchase amount will go toward the SPH GSO and our Making Strides donation.

18. Nano RGSO Research Gathering
Current State of CNSE Research Gathering
Saturday, October 19th, 2013
12.30 pm to 5.00 pm at Thacher State Park, Voorheesville, NY
This research gathering is an effort to get to know colleagues and peers work and research on a more informal level since an enormous amount of cutting edge research goes on at CNSE. CNSE graduate students have very diverse backgrounds there are electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, physicists, materials scientists, chemists, chemical engineers, environmental scientists, epidemiologists, industrial hygienists, biologists, biomedical engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists and economists. Also this would be an opportunity for anyone interested in informal discussions about CNSE research projects and networking while enjoying the outdoors and a Goat-B-Q.

19. ITLAL Seminar on Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy for an Academic Job Search Thursday, October 17, 2013 2:30 to 4:00 pm in the ITLAL Underground (Library 069) It's the new norm: when you enter the academic search process you need to be ready to show and speak in depth aboutyour statement of teaching philosophy. In this active and interactive workshop, you will reflect on the key beliefs and teaching behaviors from your own courses that you should articulate and emphasize in your statement. We will also identify the qualities of an effective statement, evaluate samples, and consider possibilities for effectively organizing a teaching philosophy. You will leave with a beginning draft of your statement.

20. 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

21. Journal of International Students
The Journal of International Students is, "an academic, interdisciplinary, and peer-reviewed publication (Print ISSN2162-3104 & Online ISSN 2166-3750) on international student affairs published from the United States of America. The goal of the Journal is to feature narrative, theoretical and empirically-based research articles, student/faculty reflections, study abroad experience, and book reviews relevant to international students and their cross-cultural experiences and understanding in higher education" ( You can find a free copy of the most current issue of the journal attached to the listserv.

22. Therapy Dog Days of October!!
Take a "paws" with Therapy Dogs on the East Campus! On Monday, October 7th, there will be a Therapy Dog Study Break Event on the East Campus from 12pm to 2pm! It's in Room C3. It is sponsored by the School of Public Health and Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program. We hope to see you there!
Take a "paws" with Therapy Dogs on the Main Campus!! On Wednesday, October 16th, there will be a Therapy Dog Study Break Event on the Main Campus in the Campus Center's TV Lobby and West Lounge from 12pm to 4pm. It's sponsored by the School of Public Health, Disability Resource Center and Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program. We hope to see you there!
It's a broken record but a fun one! Take a "paws" with Therapy Dogs on the First Event on the Downtown Campus! Woo Hoo!! Sponsored by the College of Computing and Information and the School of Social Welfare, on Monday, October 21stfrom 12pm to 2pm in Husted Hall next to the Cafe. Have a wonderful time and we hope to see you there!!

23. Voting Rights and How to Impact Laws Workshop
I would like to invite the young adults that you with to our upcoming workshop, Voting Rights and How to Impact Laws. This session will engage young adults about their right to vote, the positive impact of voting and how to engage in advocacy to influence the decision making process. We have the Capitol building right in the City of Albany where A LOT of decision making happens and young adults have the power to be involved in the processes by visiting the building, but understanding its function is a great introduction to feeling comfortable to engage the process. The session will be facilitated by the knowledgeable Barbara Bartoletti, Legislative Director with the League of Women Voters of NYS. This is a GREAT lesson about civic engagement, how their voice matters and how to put their voice to use! Encourage young adults to register at or with Mashama via email at , or 518-463-3175 ext.129. I look forward to seeing young adults participate NEXT Thursday, October 17. See the attached flyer for more details. We appreciate your support and willingness to pass this information to your colleagues and the young adults you work with and for. Remember our workshops are for ALL young adults!

24. 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.

25. Paid Graduate Assistantship with The Assembly
The Assembly is very eager to hire a graduate assistant for the Assembly Internship program. Please pass along to any candidates that you may know. The Assembly Internship Program seeks to hire a Graduate Assistant for the general time frame of January 2013 through June 2014; interviews and notification will be provided this summer. Duties include assisting two professors with class administrative and grading duties, leading certain class discussions, assisting with intern orientation, mock session, and course requirements; conducting some legislative research.
Contact Ms. Kathleen McCarty, Director, at for further information or to submit resume and cover letter. Candidates should be current graduate students in political science, public policy, public administration or a related field; possess legislative experience as an intern or legislative advocate for an organization; be proficient in Word, Excel and possess strong communication and organizational skills. Pay is $11,500/annum

26. GAPS & SEA Change Seminar
SEA Change invites you to our "Introduction to quantitative analysis software 'R'", presented by an advanced Ph.D. student from the Department of Economics. 'R' is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS. As some of you may know, 'R' is really gaining its momentum in quantitative research. The main reason? Well, it is free! What's more, it is absolutely not an inferior software to any alternatives (SPSS, SAS and STATA). On the contrary, bright brains from all over the world are contributing packages to 'R' and you can do virtually everything you can imagine for data analysis. Please join us and get to know 'R'! Tuesday, 1 October 2013
3:00pm - 4:00pm in the Education building, ED335
Join us and spread the word!

27. Stay in the Know!
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