GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for May 6th

  1. Summer funding for RGSOs Available!!
  2. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
  3. The Pride Center of the Capital Region: April - May - June Events!
  4. The Student Chapter of the American Library Association (SCALA) is Hosting a: Book Preservation and Repair Workshop Monday, May 6th.
  5. Educational Psychology and Methodology RGSO 5/6/13 4-5pm Poster Session; 5-6pm Talk with Dr. Joshua S. Smith Standish Room, Science Library
  6. BMS/EHS GSO Movie Night! "Outbreak" - Tuesday, May 7th
  7. NanoGSO Science Cafe "The Whiskey Tales" A discussion of the history and science of whiskey followed by a tasting
  8. 3nd Annual SPH-RGSO Spring Fling Friday, May 10 from 6 to 9 PM at Blue82
  9. Tango Lessons at UA - Free to students!
  10. Interactive Media Center classes
  11. Study on LBGTQ Activism Seeks Volunteers
  12. Volunteers Needed for Dissertation Research
  13. Call for Volunteers on the Student-Debt Preliminary Planning Committee
  14. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook



1. Summer funding for RGSOs Available!!
Attention all RGSOs!

Summer funding is available for all RGSOs that wish to hold events!! If you are interested in taking advantage of this funding opportunity - please email gsovice@gmail.com with the following information:

1) Name of RGSO
2) Event that you wish to hold (and the date)
3) A Brief Description of the Event to be held
4) Amount requested and why

All summer funding considerations will be made on a rolling basis, so the sooner it is received, the more likely you are to get the funding you want!! Applications will be considered for any event through August 15th.

Happy Planning!


2. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
Please go to www.facebook.com/UAGradStudies 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. The Pride Center of the Capital Region - April Events!
Thursdays 4/25, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30 Alternative Prom Planning Meetings - Youth that participate in these planning meetings receive a FREE PASS to A-PROM!

On May 9th, the Pride Center will participate in Give OUT Day a 24-hour LGBT giving campaign. This day will launch our biggest fundraising endeavor to date, with a goal of $20,000 to fund the programs and services that support LGBT youth. An anonymous donor is offering matching funds during this campaign, as a result your gift will be doubled and with the prizes offered through Give OUT, it may even be tripled!

Here's what you can do to help:

  • On Facebook, "like" Give OUT here and the Pride Center of the Capital Region page here. One individual will be selected from those who like the Give OUT page prior to May 9th and that donor will have the opportunity to designate their charity of choice for a $1,000 award.
  • Put May 9th on your calendar as the most important day to make a contribution to the Pride Center. Even better, you can schedule your gift now by visiting http://giveout.razoo.com/story/Pride-Center-Of-The-Capital-Region
  • Spread the word to your friends and family that Give OUT Day is important to you, and encourage them to make a gift.
  • Respond to our upcoming appeal, during Give OUT Day and give generously on May 9th.


Friday, June 7th, Alternative Prom 2013!!! 7pm-11pm @ UAlbany Campus Center Ballroom. If you're interested in chaperoning for the event, please let me know! We have over 70 chaperones for this not to miss event, it's a lot of fun for both the youth and the adults that come!

Sunday, June 9th, YOUTH MARCH! In Albany Washington Park. Headlining this year's festival is the original pop Princess Debbie Gibson.


4. The Student Chapter of the American Library Association (SCALA) is Hosting a: Book Preservation and Repair Workshop Monday, May 6th
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Downtown Campus
Husted 202

Want to get some hand on experience with book repair? Interested in preservation, but haven't had a chance to practice any of your theory? Join us on May 6th for a hands-on workshop!

Space is limited and registration is required. Email uascala@gmail.com to reserve asp


5. Educational Psychology and Methodology RGSO 5/6/13 4-5pm Poster Sessionl; 5-6pm Talk with Dr. Joshua S. Smith Standish Room, Science Library
Educational Psychology and Methodology RGSO
5/6/13 4-5pm Poster Session; 5-6pm Talk with Dr. Joshua S. Smith
Standish Room, Science Library

As part of the 12th Annual Educational Psychology and Methodology Poster Session, Dr. Joshua S. Smith, from Loyola University and a graduate of the Educational Psychology and Methodology program, will be speaking on "Navigating the Transition from Graduate School to your First Faculty Position." Students will be presenting their posters at 4pm, and the talk will begin at 5pm, with a reception to follow. We hope to see you there!

Please RSVP by May 1 to smalison@albany.edu.


6. BMS/EHS GSO Movie Night! "Outbreak" - Tuesday, May 7th
We will be screening Outbreak in the Massry Auditorium located on the East Campus in the Cancer Research Center at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, May 7th. Pizza will be provided! Come take a break from the lab and studying for finals to join us! Hope to see you there!

"Your GSO Funds at Work"


7. NanoGSO Science Cafe "The Whiskey Tales" A discussion of the history and science of whiskey followed by a tasting
Date of Event: Wednesday May 8th, 2013
Time of Event: 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Location: Elda's on Lark,205 Lark St, Albany, NY 12210
Presented by Dr. Magnus Bergkvist
Assistant Professor of Nanobioscience at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

Hors d'oeuvres will be served, but they'll probably go fast;
Don't be afraid to bring "stupid" questions... there's no such thing;
Adult beverages will be available for purchase, so bring your IDs!
Professor Magnus will also personally supply four types of whiskey from different parts of Scotland for a tasting! (Tasting is optional but you must be over 21 with valid ID to try!)

Questions? E-mail Bushra - balam@albany.edu


8. 3rd Annual SPH-RGSO Spring Fling Friday, May 10 from 6 to 9 PM at Blue 82
The SPH-RGSO is hosting the third annual Spring Fling event to celebrate the completion of the spring semester and another academic year. The event will take place on Friday, May 10 from 6 to 9 PM at Blue82. Blue82 is located at 82 N. Pearl St, Albany, NY 12207. Come out to relax and unwind with fellow students! SPH-RGSO will provide appetizers!


9. Tango Lessons at UA - Free to students!
We will hold tango lessons in the dance studio located on the third floor of the athletic center behind the track (side nearest to Western Avenue). The lessons are open to all. You don't need prior experience to join. You may come with or without a partner. Wear shoes that slide well on the dance floor. If you don't have such shoes, just wear socks.

Classes will run every* Sunday from 3-5pm from 1/27 to 5/5.

*except 2/10
*except 3/17
*except 3/24
*except 3/31

The lessons are free to students. Non-students pay $80 for the whole semester or $15/class drop-in fee.

The teachers are from the Albany Tango Society which has been hosting tango events in the area for quite some time now. http://www.albanytangosociety.org/

Tango Instructor Bio: Kevin Magee is the organizer and founder of the Albany Tango Society, presenting tango events in Albany since 2007. Through the auspices of the Albany Tango Society Kevin teaches six levels of tango instruction and presents free weekly classes to the community. As an organizer and presenter, Kevin has hosted over two hundred guest instructors-performers to the Capital Region, drawing from the top echelon of tango dancers world-wide. Kevin is an instructor at Emma Willard School (Troy, NY) teaching ballet, modern dance, jazz, and tango. He also teaches tango through the Student Union at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY). Prior to his work in tango, Kevin performed contemporary choreography with False Alarm, Peter Sparling and Dancers, Second Wind Dance Co., and Ellen Sinopoli Dance Co. From 1991-2007 Kevin instructed modern dance, ballet, and jazz technique, and lectured in contemporary choreography, dance history, and cultural studies at colleges and universities throughout the US. Kevin received his MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois (1991) with an emphasis in contemporary performance, choreography, and pedagogy.

If you want to be on the emailing list, please send an e-mail to sunyalbanytango@gmail.com.

You can also follow us on myinvolvement.org
We are listed as "UAlbany Tango Club"
Email us at sunyalbanytango@gmail.com

I look forward to seeing you all at tango!

We'd like to thank our sponsors: The University Auxiliary Services, Amnesty International and the Department of Languages Literatures and Cultures.


10. Interactive Media Center Classes
The Interactive Media Center offers short classes in video, audio, graphics and web design applications. These classes are free and open to the public. Some of the topics include Dreamweaver, iMovie, Audacity, Publisher, Illustrator, PowerPoint and Adobe Photoshop. The schedule is posted at: http://apps.library.albany.edu/IMCClassRegistrationSystem/ and on the University's Events Calendar: http://events.albany.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo

Attending these classes you will
  • Gain skills for employment
  • Learn how to use audio and video applications for enhancing lectures
  • Learn how to make interactive forms to share electronically
  • Explore how to digitize and edit audio and video recordings and existing clips
  • Create websites for research, professional activities, and other purposes
See our flier! http://library.albany.edu/imc/pdf/classlist.pdf Register at the University Library Interactive Media Center desk, basement floor, tele. 442-3608, or on the web: http://apps.library.albany.edu/IMCClassRegistrationSystem/ Walk-Ins welcomed. For more information contact: Regina Conboy, 442-3608 rconboy@albany.edu


11. Study on LGBTQ Activism Seeks Volunteers
The purpose of the study is to explore the lives of young LGBTQ activists, who are often ignored and misrepresented in the scientific literature. This research will work to fill this gap by revealing the true experiences of young LGBTQ individuals and the ways in which they define their sexual identities and engage in sexual politics. The study was reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University at Albany, SUNY.

I am seeking volunteers who:
  • are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, unlabelled, queer or anything in between
  • have engaged in activism around LGBTQ issues (however you define it - membership in a specific organization is not required nor is a minimum amount of activist participation) and
  • are between the ages of 18- 25 years old.

Participation involves:
  • completing a one-on-one interview (lasting between 1 - 2 hours, time and location to be determined by you)

Participation in the study is completely voluntary and all information provided will be kept confidential. Upon completion of the interview, volunteers will receive $15 as a thank you for your time and participation.

If you are interested, please contact me at: mmurphy2@albany.edu or call me at: (518) 334-0714.

Thank you,
Megan Murphy
Department of Sociology, University at Albany


12. Volunteers Needed for Dissertation Research
Greetings All,

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Heidi Nicholls and I am a Doctoral Candidate in the Anthropology Department at the University of Albany. I am looking for your assistance in completing my dissertation research. My research is centered on touristic performances, diaspora studies, and hyphenated identities in general and the Indian Diaspora in particular. Why am I interested in this research? Ultimately, investigating the duality of identity negotiation in the diaspora in connection to festivals can shed light on the importance of an extended community to new arrivals. This investigation can further inform international study programs, diasporic community agencies, and non profits, lending a voice to the importance and social relevance of culturally situated social networks.

I am looking for individuals from India who have come to Albany to either study, work, or both to take part in this research. Participation would come in the form of being interviewed for a couple of hours. This interview would be anonymous and scheduled at your convenience.

The kinds of questions I will ask will include:
  • Where did you grow up?
  • Why did you choose Albany?
  • What are your favorite cultural festivals? Why?
  • What systems were in place for your arrival that meant the most to you? Why?

If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact me: Heidi Nicholls

Thank you so much for your time and consideration!


13. Call for Volunteers on the Student-Debt Preliminary Planning Committee
The SDPPC is calling for volunteers interested in helping their fellow students avoid and deal with debt. Many students graduate with tremendous amounts of personal debt which can significantly impact their quality of life. Part of the reason for this is students often lack good information on how to avoid debt and how to deal with debt when it occurs. This committee will develop ways to disseminate helpful information. The ideas of this committee would be brought to administrative and student-government attention for possible implementation.

Please contact Gary Roth at groth@albany.edu if you wish to volunteer.


14. GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook
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