GSA Announcements

Events and Announcements for October 21st 2013

  1. Important Printer Reminder
  2. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
  3. GSA Committees
  4. Presidential Forum
  5. Message from the President
  6. Presidential Management Fellows
  7. FFLC Spring 14 Workshop Topic
  8. EGSO Annual Can & Coat Drive
  9. Decolonizing Language Lecture
  10. Office of Graduate Education Events
  11. SASPA Lecture - Jim Wright
  12. MCAA/Nano Halloween Party
  13. Comedy NOLA Fundraiser
  14. BMS/EHS Social
  15. Yesplus Event
  16. Womens in the Middle East
  17. GAPS and SEA Change Graduate Conference
  18. GA Internship with The Assembly
  19. ITS Help Desk Position
  20. Biological Video Center Contest
  21. 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.Message from the President
Dear Graduate Students,
As some of you know, at our last assembly meeting I presented the idea that we invest in an organizational membership with NAGPS (National Association for Graduate-Professional Students). The assembly asked me present more than one option before deciding to do so. Below are the websites for a few different national student government associations. I want to point out, that NAGPS is the only one of the options which focuses exclusively on graduate students and their board members have made themselves available for any questions we might have. Please take a look around their websites and send me any feedback or questions you might have to email This item will be on the agenda at our next assembly meeting.
- Caitlin

6. 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:

7. FFLC Spring 2014 Workshop Topic The Future Faculty Leadership Council wants to know what you need! Help us choose a topic for our Spring 2014 workshop that will be most helpful and interesting to you. Follow this link to a one-question survey:
Don't forget to check out our blog at and Like us on Facebook (UAlbany Future Faculty Leadership Council)!

8. EGSO Annual Can & Coat Drive I am happy to announce the kick-off of the Annual Can and Coat Drive by the English Graduate Student Association Outreach Committee. Last year, we collected over 10 bags of coats and over 400LB's of cans. I am hoping we can either match or beat that this year. So bring your stuff and tell everyone about the drive. Clothing, Canned Goods, Hygiene Items
October 11 - November 31st
HU 140 (Writing Center), HU 333 (Eng. Main Office)

9. MCAA Decolonizing Language Lecture Decolonizing Language Lecture
Thursday, October 24, 2013
6:00pm - 8:00pm in Lecture Center 22
On October 24, 2013 we will be having a panel discussion on language and the etymology of selected words within the English language. The panel will be lead by members of the Timbuktu Study Collective who will focus on critically analyzing and understanding the history of the words we have selected for the program. The words around which the discussion will be held are Africa, Moors, and Nigger. The objective of the discussion will be not to decide whether these words need to be change but more to truly understand the etymology and histories of these words.

10. Office of Graduate Education Events
* Resume Writing/Job Search Strategies Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 12:00pm - 2:00pm in the Terrace Lounge

11. SASPA Lecture with Jim Wright
Monday November 4th, 2013
6:00 - 8:00pm in the Standish Room
The presentation is on strong classroom management: strategies for school psychologist by Jim Wright.

12. MCAA & NanoGSO Halloween Party Saturday, October 26th , 2013
7 pm to Midnight at Maison MTM 283 State St, Albany, NY 12210
CNSE and UAlbany has a large number of international graduate students. This annual cultural event is meant to be one where students from different cultural backgrounds display their traditions/culture in the form of music/song/dance/drama etc., while introducing them to American Halloween traditions. This gathering will project, in a positive way, the multi-cultural environment we have at CNSE and UAlbany.

13. Social Welfare Comedy NOLA Fundraising Event Every year since Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA), graduate students from SUNY Albany’s School of Social Welfare have contributed their time and effort to help rebuild the structure and morale of those affected by this disaster. Come out for a barrel of laughs with Carmen Lynch at
Thursday, November 21, 2013.
Comedy Works Comedy Club
Doors open at 5:30pm, the show starts 6:30pm to 8pm.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Here is how you can purchase tickets in advance:
Full cash bar and dinner menu will be available.
All proceeds raised support the NOLA service learning trip. MSW students will be traveling to New Orleans, LA in January 2014 to volunteer with a variety of organizations, as well as examine policy and infrastructure both before and after Hurricane Katrina.
Discounted hotel rooms are available next door.

14. BMS/EHS GSA Social
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
5:30PM at The Fountain Restaurant on New Scotland Ave
A chance for students and faculty to come together, and talk science!

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. GAPS & SEA Change Seminar
GAPS (Graduate Association of Political Science) & SEAChange (Students of Educational Administration for Change ) are excited to announce the second edition of a major and successful event in Spring 2014: 2014 Institutions and Societies: Graduate Conference
Friday, February 28th, 2014
Downtown Campus - University at Albany-SUNY
University at Albany graduate students and graduate students from institutions in the Capital Region are invited to participate in a conference aimed at giving them the opportunity to gain conference experience conveniently at our own institution, while getting useful feedback from other departments and faculty members. This is a unique experience. A 200-word proposal is due by December 13, 2013.
More info and online proposal submission: Click Here!

18. 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

19. ITS/OMH Help Desk Position
OMH - 44 Holland Avenue, Albany NY 12220 There is a full-time temporary position available at the ITS/OMH Help Desk. The schedule for this position is Monday through Wednesday 7 AM through 8 PM. Interested candidates should send their resume to and Salary: $14.19 per hour. This position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is found. Qualifications/Experience Required:
* Should have experience using and Enterprise-wide Problem Management tracking system for reporting, tracking, updating and escalating problems;
* Should have experience providing Level 1 user support troubleshooting and resolving issues through a help desk environment (experience providing support in a healthcare environment is preferred.
* Should have experience using monitoring tools (such as a client level application like "WhatsUp Gold") to monitor Wide Area Networks for equipment/system failures that lead to interruptions in service to mission critical applications and/or facility network connectivity.
* Experience using a mainframe terminal emulator to connect to a mainframe platform to allow for user account management, production application monitoring would be preferred.

20. FASEB Biological Research Video Contest The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is sponsoring a competition for the most effective and creative video of how biomedical and biological research is funded in the U.S. and how the results of federally funded research benefit Americans. Ideas for submission include, but are not limited to: * Interviews
* Animation
* Music/dance videos
Grand prize winner will receive $5,000!
Video submissions will be accepted starting October 1 through November 30, 2013. The winner will be announced in February 2014.
For more information and to enter, please visit: Click Here

21. Stay in the Know!
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