GSA Announcements

Events and Announcements for November 11th 2013

  1. Important Printer Reminder
  2. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
  3. MCAA Chairman
  4. NAGPS Membership
  5. Wages & Benefits Resolution
  6. EGSO Annual Can & Coat Drive
  7. Sustainability Workshop/Roundtable
  8. LISC Committee Member Needed
  9. GOV Related Committee Member
  10. RGSO Online Voucher Training
  11. EGSO Information Meeting
  12. Edu. Psych/ Brown Bag #3
  13. SASPA Lecture - Jim Wright
  14. HGSO Movie Night
  15. AGSO Movie Night
  16. Sociology Dept. Brown Bag
  17. Fundraiser for Immigrant Sanctuary
  18. Comedy NOLA Fundraiser
  19. ISO Cricket Tournament
  20. Developing a Research Agenda
  21. GAPS and SEA Change Graduate Conference
  22. International Educational Conference
  23. Biological Video Center Contest
  24. 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. MCAA Chairman
Joel has done a wonderful job serving the GSA from the beginning of his term this year until the current point, unfortunately, he will have to step down due to time constraints. The GSA is currently taking submissions of interest to replace Joel as MCAA Chair effective at the next GSA Assembly Meeting - December 4th. If you are interested in the position please contact Caitlin Janiszewski, our President, at>

4. National Association of Graduate-Professional Students Membership
At the last assembly meeting (November 1st, 2013) the Assembly Representatives voted on the previously suggested missive to become a member of a graduate and professional student group. The Assembly was presented with 3 options NAGPS was chosen unanimously as it is the only organization of those available that focuses solely on graduate and professional students. For more information on NAGPS and how our impending membership will benefit you please see their website:

5. Wages and Benefits Resolution Approval
A resolution was approved by the GSA Assembly to be presented by Caitlin at the State-wide SUNY Student Assembly as sponsored by the Wages and benefits Committee to provide a platform of reform in regards to the current wages for adjuncts and contingent faculty. An updated version with approved edits will be released soon.

6. 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)

7. Sustainability Week and Roundtable
Sustainability week will be November 11-15. Each day will be themed so please check the sustainability website for a full list of events! There will be a Sustainability roundtable held on November 11, regarding climate change. If you are interested in attending, more details can be found under the events tab:

8. LISC Student Needed
The Library Science Committee is in need of one more student member for the semester. There is only one definite meeting left to be held on, Monday, November 25th. They also have a tentative date set for Monday, December 16th, but that meeting would only be held if there is urgent business that needs to be wrapped up before the end of the semester. The typical meeting date for this committee is 3:00-4:30 on the fourth Monday of the month.

9. Committee on Assessment of Governance and Consultation
This committee is a subcommittee of GOV looking for a graduate student please contact Caitlin Janiszewski for more information or to show interest at

10. RGSO Online Voucher Training System
The first training event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 19th from 6:30-7:30pm in the Levitt Room on the Downtown Campus, in Page Hall.
The second one will be Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the same room, in the Levitt room Downtown.

13. EGSO Information Meeting
This Thursday, November 14th, we will host an information session about teaching volunteer opportunities for the Spring Semester. There will be food! So come to the GSA Office from 5:30-8ish to hear folks speak about their volunteer experiences, eat, and find out more about how you can serve our community (and add to the service portion of your CV). The EGSO Outreach Committee is part of an exciting partnership with UAlbany's LPRSP (Liberty Partnership Rising Stars Program) hosting workshops for underprivileged middle and high-school students. We are looking for folks to volunteer for the spring semester to host one, one hour workshop on an academic subject of your choice. Additionally, the EGSO Outreach Committee is hoping to launch a new program working with prisoners at a local prison. A guest speaker, Emily Patka, will be providing additional information about this opportunity. Even if you're not sure you can commit to anything, come show your support and have some food. See you Thursday!

12. Educational Psychology and Methodology RGSO Brown Bag #3
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
11:30 am to 1:00 pm in ED335

Dr. David Yun Dai, The Three Paradigms of Gifted Education
Please join the Educational Psychology and Methodology RGSO at our final Brown Bag of the Fall 2013 semester. This Brown Bag is titled The Three Paradigms of Gifted Education, and will feature our very own Dr. David Yun Dai, who will be presenting on these questions: What is the state of gifted education in the US? How do we develop programs and services that are theoretically coherent and practical viable? What issues need to be resolved through research and consensus building? This presentation will introduce you to the realm of gifted education and explain why it is an important educational area that needs research that addresses unresolved theoretical and practical problems. All students and faculty are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served! If you have any questions please contact Hirah Mir at

13. SASPA Lecture with Jim Wright
Monday November 4th, 2013
6:00 - 8:00pm in the Standish Room
SASPA will be hosting Jim Wright on November 4th from 6-8pm in the Standish Room located on the third floor on the Science Library. Jim Wright will be presenting on Strong Classroom Management: Strategies for School Psychologists. This is an RSVP event, please go to the following link to RSVP

14. HGSO Movie Night
Monday, November 18th, 2013 7:50 pm in the Science Library Classroom 24 We will be watching the documentary "Slavery by Another Name." The documentary traces the continuance of slavery in other guises throughout the South after abolition and was written UAlbany's own Sheila Curran Bernard. The event is open to all in the UAlbany community and food and drink will be provided!

15. AGSO Movie Night
The Anthropology Graduate Student Organization is holding a movie night!
Movie - Persepolis
November 11th, 2013
7:30 in Room - TBA
You can find the trailer here! Click Here

16. Sociology Department Brown Bag
12:00pm in the Conference Room in the CSDA (B29)

This meeting is a reflection about the struggles of making a career in social sciences as a woman. It is common knowledge that gender bias exist in academia, as in many other spheres of social life. However, things are not the same as they were decades ago. Are they? How is the life for a contemporary woman who decides to be a scholar in sociology in the United States of America? Do women still have to deal with double shifts, tensions between marital life and career, baby penalties, gender wage penalties, condescension, disdain, discrimination, lack of respect or even sexual harassment? Which of those things are in the past, and which are still out there? Join to our professors Christine Bose, Karyn Loscocco, Nancy Denton and Janell Hobson, a special guest from Women's Studies, who will kindly share their experience and expertise with us.

17. Fundraiser for New Sanctuary for Immigrants
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 from 6:00 - 9:00pm Our Lady of the Americas Church 273 Central Ave. Albany, NY 12206 Live music, lasagna, drinks, stories from Immigrants and Silent Auction! We are raising funds for our Legal Consultation Program and our Immigrant Assistance Fund. We are the only all volunteer, justice-based program in Albany that assists immigrants regardless of their documented status. Our Legal Consultation Program provides a safe, low-cost way to find a legal process to help local immigrants. We are accepting donations of cash and checks payable to "New Sanctuary for Immigrants" or "N.S.I." For more information, please e-mail Meg Kelly ( or call the New Sanctuary for Immigrants office: 518-465-3685 Ext. 10 Event page:

18. 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.

19. ISO Cricket Tournament
November 16th & 17th, 2013 Hockey Field- SUNY Albany 8 per team, hardball only, tennis balls will be provided! You must bring your own batting kit. For more information please contact Brijesh at

20. Professional Grant Development Workshop
"Master the techniques of writing superior and winning proposals" November 18-20, 2013 from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m State University of New York (SUNY) Global Center New York, NY For more information see their website:

21. 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!

22. International Teacher Education Conference Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
February 5th-7th, 2014
Call for papers!
The main goal of International Teacher Education Conference is to provide a multinational platform where the latest trends in education can be presented and discussed in a friendly environment with the aim to learn from each other. Prospective presenters are encouraged to submit proposals for papers and posters/demonstrations that offer new research or theoretical contributions. Presentations should be in Turkish, English and Arabic and should address both theoretical issues and new research findings. Furthermore if the presenter is unable to attend the oral presentation, video presentations are available. For further information on how to submit, please refer to the Paper Submission section on our website. For paper guidelines, please refer to the Paper Guidelines section. ITEC 2014 conference will take place on February 5-7, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Sharjah Hotel, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.. All full papers (in all languages) will be published in an online proceedings book on ITEC web site after the conference. We would like to invite you to share your experience and your papers with academicians and professionals.
Conference Languages The official languages of the conference are English and Turkish. Proposals can be sent and be presented in either language. But all submission process will be done in English. Please, submit your proposal according to the following presentation category descriptions in paper guidelines. Deadlines Proposal & Abstract Submission Deadline : January 24, 2014 Full Paper Submission : January 26, 2014 Registration : January 24, 2014 Conference : February 5,6,7- 2014

23. 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

24. Stay in the Know!
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