GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for October 1st

  1. First GSO Program: Collegiate Relaxation at Legends
  2. RGSO Evaluations are Out
  3. UAS Programming Fund Application Deadline
  4. The Constitutional and Printer Committees for 2012-13 are now forming!
  5. GSO Secretary Position
  6. Anthropology Dept Open House
  7. Student Internship in Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline
  8. Free Classes at the Interactive Media Center
  9. Graduate Internship in Higher Education Policy and Finance
  10. New ESL classes offered by the TESOL Program
  11. Call for Volunteers for Research Study
  12. Volunteers Needed for University Committees
  13. Financial Literacy for Young Adults
  14. Attention Armenian Students
  15. Job Opening: OSEA 2012-13 Call for SELT Program Coordinator
  16. Alumni Association's Annual Homecoming 5K Fun Run
  17. Anthropology: Bachelors to Doctorates (ABD) Journal Announcement
  18. NYS Writers Institute Fall 2012 Schedule
  19. 2012 Deloitte FanTAXtic Competition!
  20. Toastmasters now at SUNY Albany
  21. Research Participants Needed
  22. NLM Seeks 2013/2014 Associate Fellowship Applicants
  23. "After Novels" Lecture sponsored by The 18th Century Reading Group and English Dept
  24. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

1: First GSO Program: Collegiate Relaxation at Legends
The Graduate Student Organization presents: Collegiate Relaxation, our kickoff event for the Fall 2012 semester! The event will take place Friday October 5th at 6pm. We will be hosting the event at Legend's on Pearl. The exact address is 84 North Pearl Street. The GSO will be providing free appetizers for all attendees!! The semester is in full flight and it's the perfect time to take a break from your studies and come relax with fellow graduate students. Mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing all of you there!

Students can sign up for the event starting Wednesday 9/25 at the GSO.

2. RGSO Evaluations are Out
The RGSO Evaluations have been completed and distributed to all groups that applied!! If you have any questions, or would like to be given access to the documents pertaining to the Fall 2012 RGSO budget, please email Funding Appeals and reallocation requests are due October 8th for consideration.

3. UAS Programming Fund Application Deadline
The application deadline for UAS Programming funds is 10/5 - UAS programming funds give long-term support to continuing events as well as to assist with the establishment of new events within the University at Albany community. This may be an opportunity for RGSOs to get more funding for the activities that we in the GSO and the UAlbany community love to see annually! Again, the application deadline is 10/5 for events/programs occurring 11/1/12 - 6/30/13. More information can be found here. Please email for assistance if needed.

4. The Constitutional Review and Printer Committees for 2012-2013 are now forming!
The Constitutional Review Committee will review the Constitution and By-Laws of the GSO and make recommendations to the Executive Board and Assembly for changes for the 2012-2013 school year! The Printer Committee will explore options for the best printing services for graduate students. If you are interested in serving on either committee - please email for details. The committee format and make up will be decided in the October assembly meeting!

5. GSO Secretary Position
The GSO is looking for a secretary. The main duties of this position include taking minutes during the GSO Assembly meetings and distributing them to RGSO leaders via e-mail.

If you are interested in this position or have any questions about the position, please e-mail the GSO

6. Anthropology Department Open House
Date: Friday, October 5, 2012
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Location: Standish Room, Science Library

All are welcome to the Anthropology Department Open House, an event that will feature the recent research projects of a number of the department's faculty members. The Open House is designed to update the UAlbany community on the exciting, new research being produced by the Anthropology Department, as well as to facilitate a dialogue between students and faculty members outside of the classroom setting.

Presentation topics will highlight the broad range of topics encompassed within the four fields of anthropology (archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics). They range from the ritual activity at an Early Bronze Age Cypriot archaeological site, to tonal transfer in a Bantu language; from sex-specific body size in living primates and fossil hominins, to use of LiDAR (light detection and ranging) technology to investigate a Formative Period urban center in Mexico. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Refreshments will be served.

This event is sponsored by funds from the University Auxiliary Services (UAS).

7. Student Internship in Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline
The State University of New York System Administration, located in Albany, New York is searching for a student to assist the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline with various tasks related to website development, communications, and outreach.

The duties include:
  • Writing and developing content for education pipeline and community colleges websites.
  • Designing web page layout, consistent with the SUNY brand.
  • Integrating photographs, video, links to partner websites, documents, etc. in page layout.
  • Monitoring and updating websites to ensure information is current and up-to-date.
  • Writing blog posts, press releases, and other communications promoting activities and initiatives undertaken by the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline as related to education pipeline activities and the 64 campuses across the State University system on the website.
  • Assisting with programming events, scheduling meetings, and conferences.
  • Contributing to the development of updates and reports on progress made to carryout SUNY's Strategic Plan.

Applicants with the following skills will be considered:
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Experience with applied and experiential learning techniques.
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines.
Ability to be flexible, positive, take initiative, and demonstrate good judgment.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and follow-through on tasks and project.
Experience with or interest in higher education.

Interested candidates are invited to apply online. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and transcript (official or unofficial). In your cover letter, please indicate why you have a special interest in higher education policy and advancement.

State University of New York System Administration is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, disability, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, or domestic violence victim status.

8. Free Classes at the Interactive Media Center
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 here and on the University's Events Calendar.

Attending these classes you will:
  • Gain skills for employment
  • Learn how to use audio and video applications for enhancing lectures
  • 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!

Register at the University Library Interactive Media Center desk, basement floor, tele. 442-3608, or on the web. Walk-Ins welcomed. For more information contact: Regina Conboy 442-3608.

9. Graduate Internship in Higher Education Policy and Finance
The State University of New York (SUNY) University Budget Office, located in Albany New York, is searching for a talented and highly motivated advanced graduate student to assist the Office in budget preparation and analysis, and to contribute to the development and generation of policy and financial reports. Students with an interest in higher education and a strong work ethic are encouraged to apply for the position as a Graduate Intern. The internship is a paid, part-time position during the fall 2012 semester.

Qualifications: Ideal candidates for the Higher Education Policy and Finance Internship are pursuing graduate academic programs in public administration, political science, economics, business, or related fields. Candidates are expected to have a strong quantitative/qualitative research and analytical skills, as well as the ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing and orally. Knowledge of MS Excel and MS Word, and familiarity with databases and presentation packages are required. In addition, candidates are expected to possess excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work collaboratively with professionals in the Budget Office and other System Administration offices, campus personnel, and external constituencies.

The University Budget Office will accept applications for the Graduate Internship position until the position is filled. Interested candidates are invited to apply online. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and transcript (official or unofficial). In your cover letter, please indicate why you have a special interest in higher education policy and finance.

10. New ESL classes offered by the TESOL Program.
Educational Theory and Practice has announced that ESL classes begin on September 27 this fall. The first meeting is September 27, 7.15 pm in EDU 115 (Education building). The program is 6 weeks long and costs $45 (cash or check only). If you have any questions, email Denis or call the department at 518-442-5010.

We are looking for volunteers to participate in this study, whose goal is to improve the effectiveness of information systems.

Participating in the study entails spending about three hours in the experiment: filling out a brief questionnaire on your searching experience; conducting twelve searches on assigned topics using two information systems; filling out questionnaires on your searches. Your searches will be logged by the system. The entire process will take about approximately three hours.

If you decide to participate in this study, your potential benefit will include learning about research in the information science filed and learning the use of information systems. You will also get a $30 check issued by University at Albany, State University of New York in several weeks after you complete the experiment.

The experiment will be scheduled at a time convenient for you. You must be over 18 years old. You are expected to be fluent in English and have some web search experience to be eligible to participate in this study. The success of this study relies upon getting volunteer students, so your participation will be highly appreciated. The results of this study will be used to design a more effective information system.

If you would like to take part in this study, or are interested in learning more about it, please contact:
Xiaojun Yuan, Principal Research Investigator
Department of Information Studies, College of Computing and Information
135 Western Avenue, Albany 12222
Tel: (518) 591 8746

If you have any questions concerning your rights as a research participant that have not been answered by the investigator or if you wish to report any concerns about the study, you may contact the University at Albany Office of Regulatory Research Compliance at 518-442-9050 or

12. Volunteers Needed for University Committees
Interested in serving on a University Council or Committee? Below are a list of Committees looking for graduate students:

Council on Academic Assessment, Chair Adrian Masters
Committee on Academic Freedom, Freedom of Expression, & Community Responsibility, Chair Leslie Saint-Vil
Committee on Ethics in Research & and Scholarship, Chair Carolyn MacDonald
Council on Research, Chair John Monfasani
Council on Promotions & Continuing Appointments, Chair Sanjay Putrevu
Graduate Academic Council, Chair Tim Groves
Governance Council, Chair Christine Wagner (Ex Officio)
Council on Libraries, Information Systems, & Computing, Elections Friday
Undergraduate Academic Council, Chair Richard Fogarty
University Life Council, Chair Vincent LaBella
University Planning and Policy Council, Chair Susanna Fessler (Ex Officio)

Contact Karen Torrejon for any additional information and to sign up.

13. Financial Literacy for Young Adults
Many young adults are not knowledgeable about the financial products and programs that could assist in paving a road to financial stability. If you are looking to get you financial house in order and make your money work for you as hard as you work for it join us 6 p.m. Thursday, September 27 at The Women's Building (373 Central Ave) or 6pm Thursday, October 11 at the Oakwood Community Center (313 Tenth St. Troy) for Financial Literacy for Young Adults lead by a Merrill Lynch financial advisor. Cost is $10 and refreshments will be provided.

In addition, if you work with young adults involved in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems please consider encouraging them to attend this workshop. Such a forum will allow them to get closer to accomplishing their money management goals and engage with peers in the community.

Register online. If you have questions contact 518-512-1858 or

14. Attention Armenian Students
Are you interested in joining an Armenian student club?
Are you interested in meeting other Armenian students?

If so, please contact Vahe or (516) 303-6214

15. Job Opening: OSEA 2012-13 Call for SELT Program Coordinator
The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology (OSEA) is currently seeking candidates for the position of the School for Experimental Language Training (SELT) Program Coordinator for the 2013 field season in Piste, Mexico. Piste is a Maya community of 5,000 persons located three kilometers from the international tourist destination of Chichen Itza. The SELT Program Coordinator is expected to live onsite for the entire duration of the program (approximately 6 weeks beginning June) along with time before and after for program preparation and wrap-up.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, CV, and letter of recommendation (all in PDF format) to Dr. Quetzil Castaneda, OSEA Director by Monday, December 3, 2012. Appointments will be made in January 2013 with work commencing shortly thereafter. Remuneration upon qualifications. Questions? Please email Christine, OSEA Assistant Director.

16. Alumni Association's Annual Homecoming 5K Fun Run
Put on your running shoes and join us Saturday, October 13, for Alumni Association's Annual Homecoming 5K Fun Run/2.5K Walk and Little Dane Dash. All proceeds benefit UAlbany Cancer Research Center's Fund for Memory and Hope.

The cost is only $5 for students, and for those tracking their in-service work the run does count! Bring a team, run solo or with a friend to support the fight against cancer.

Information and registration here

Event Schedule:
8:00 am- Volunteer check-in
8:15-9:00 am- Last minute Little Dane Dash registration
9:15 am- 5K Fun Run and 2.5K Walk
9:45 am- Little Dane Dash for participants 12yrs and under
10:00 am - Awards Ceremony

Event sponsors:
Regeneron, Krackeler Scientific, First Niagara, Honest Weight Food Co-op, UA Alumni Association

17. Anthropology: Bachelors to Doctorates (ABD) Journal Announcement
We are pleased to announce the inaugural issue of Anthropology: Bachelors to Doctorates (ABD), a peer-reviewed journal based in the Anthropology Department of the State University of New York at Buffalo. ABD provides an arena for dialogue across the subfields through its holistic emphasis on all areas of current anthropological research while showcasing emerging talent as well as emerging fields of study through its focus on original research by exceptional graduate and undergraduate students.

We are delighted to invite you to submit a paper for consideration. Abstracts should be 100-200 words while research articles should be 2500-8000 words, including all figures and tables. Interested parties should also include a title page and a short author biographical statement. Please email for full submission guidelines. Look for Volume 1, Issue 1 this spring in both hard copy and electronic format.

ABD welcomes a broad range of research interests in anthropology, including:
  • Applied Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Linguistics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Primatology
  • Sociocultural Anthropology

18. NYS Writers Institute Announces Fall 2012 Schedule of Events
Diverse season of visiting writers and films

ALBANY, NY-- The New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany announces its Fall 2012 schedule of visiting writer appearances and film series screenings. Events take place on the UAlbany uptown and downtown campuses and are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted).

The Fall 2012 Visiting Writers Series features appearances by the newly appointed New York State Author and Poet; a Nobel Prize winner; a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer; noted poets from Brazil, Palestine, the Puerto Rican Diaspora, and the Mvskoke/Creek Nation; award-winning science and technology writers; a Civil War historian; a noted film critic; a playwright; and two authors who examine U.S. foreign policy. "We've assembled one of our most diverse seasons in a long while," said director Donald Faulkner. "And we're very excited to be hosting our new state laureates. Along the way, you'll see that we've completely re-designed our film series, with fresh and vital films, few of which have ever been screened in the area. In all, this is a season to remember!" See here for the complete listing of the Visiting Writers Series and Classic Film Series schedules.

19. 2012 Deloitte FanTAXtic Competition!
The Deloitte FanTAXtic features a reality-based case, student team presentations in Deloitte office telesuites, more opportunities for networking with tax professionals and a chance to compete in a national event at Deloitte University--Deloitte's learning and leadership development center near Dallas. NEW program timing! In response to participant feedback, we have scheduled the regional event for November 2-3, 2012(national event to be held January 18-20, 2013). Similar to last year's program:

Regional Competition:
  • Schools can register up to two teams to participate in the regional event on November 2-3, 2012. (Each team is responsible for its own transportation/lodging arrangements and expenses for the regional event.)
  • Team registrations will be accepted on a "first-come, first served basis". Once the maximum number of teams that can be accommodated at an office has been reached, no more will be accepted for that location.
  • Two-round competition begins with regional qualifying events on November 3 at Deloitte offices across the country.
  • A networking dinner will be held on the evening of November 2.
  • An issues based case that focuses on a hypothetical, real life scenario will be distributed to teams approximately 3 weeks in advance of the competition (the case will be less "tax technical" and more business issues oriented to allow for sophomores to contribute to the team).
  • On the day of the regional competition, all teams will engage in a case simulation exercise with Deloitte professionals.
    • Each team will have a finite period of time to finalize their presentation.
    • Each team will present for approximately 10-15 minutes, and engage in Q & A with the judging panel for approximately 10 minutes.
    • After all teams have presented at your location, a Deloitte Tax professional will debrief and review the solution with the group.
  • Regional winners will be announced the week following the competition.

Team Profile
  • Each team will be a mix of graduate and undergraduate students, for a total of five team members.
  • Each team must consist of at least 2 sophomores, 2 junior(s)/senior(s), and no more than 1 graduate student. Eligible students must either be enrolled in or have completed an accounting class(es).
  • Graduate students must currently be enrolled in a master's degree program in accounting or tax. If your school doesn't have a graduate program, you can substitute with an undergraduate student.
  • No student with more than 12 months relevant work experience (excluding internships) is eligible to participate.
  • Students that have previously participated in this program are not eligible to compete.
  • Students should be classified in the same manner in which the university classifies them for current enrollment status (regardless of the number of tax classes taken).

  • The first place team from each of the regions will advance to the national competition to be held January 18-20, 2013 at Deloitte University.
  • The second place team from each of the regions will receive regional honorable mention awards of $2,000 per school and $200 per student
  • National competition grand prize is $10,000 for the first place school and $2,000 for each student on that team; $5,000 for the second place school and $1,000 per student; and $2,500 for the third place school and $500 per student
  • Institution and individual awards will also be granted to all other national competition participating teams.

For registration and other important program information, visit the Deloitte FanTAXtic site. Please note that the deadline for registration is October 1, 2012.

20. Toastmasters now at SUNY Albany
Toastmasters International is an organization that is worldwide and it helps its members develop communication skills and leadership skills. The club also offers opportunities for members to compete in speech competitions and become better at communicating with others. Every profession needs to know how to communicate with one another no matter what field you're in. When communicating, this club also teaches people how to give certain gestures at the right time and how to engage their audience members. Communicating is key to life and now a days with technology, communicating face to face is sort of dying down. This club shows its members the importance of public speaking and how valuable it is in life. This club emphasizes the essence of how to be a leader and a great speaker. Toastmasters International meets in the Humanities building room number 039 on Tuesdays from 8:30pm to 9:30pm on the uptown campus.

21. Research participants needed
Dear UAlbany International (Graduate) Student,

My name is Umit Boz. I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Educational Theory and Practice, SUNY at Albany, and the primary researcher in a research study entitled "Topic and Task Control in International Students' Online Task-based Discussions: A comparative study". This research study (approved by IRB) will be conducted towards my dissertation, and its main purpose is to explore how international students exhibit particular sociolinguistic behavior (Topic and Task Control) through the use of certain linguistic and conversational forms such as topic introductions, directives, and questions in small group online task-based discussions. Should you agree to participate in this study, I will ask you to engage in an online chat session with other international students in order to perform a task-based activity such as selecting a hypothetical host city for the next Olympic Games. The duration of the chat will be 90 minutes and you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire before and after the chat session. The overall data collection will be no more than 2 hours. Your name will be kept anonymous and the collected data will be kept strictly confidential.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with your questions about this study. Your participation is entirely voluntary and as a small token of appreciation, you will receive a $15 gift card after the chat session. If you would be interested in participating in this study, please contact me at my email address

Thank you,
Umit Boz
PhD candidate, Educational Theory and Practice
University at Albany, SUNY

22. NLM Seeks 2013/2014 Associate Fellowship Applicants
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM's web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:
  • Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association's annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
  • Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
  • Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff
  • Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:
  • A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($51,630 in 2012)
  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
  • Some relocation funding

Who is eligible?
All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2013. Recent graduates are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web. Application deadline is February 1, 2013.

Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435-4083.

23. "After Novels" Lecture sponosred by The 18th Century Reading Group and English Dept October 3rd (Wednesday) 11:00 AM, HU-290 - The Eighteenth-Century Reading Group and the English Department will sponsor a lecture by Professor Anthony Jarrells titled "After Novels," which examines some of the myriad forms of writing-journalistic texts, didactic essays, rhetorics of advice, romance, perspective narratives, private histories, and personal diaries-that early novels imitated and engaged. By tracking how these discourses developed and thrived after novels took their place in the busy market of eighteenth-century print, Jarrells argues that the novel itself inspired experimentation and mixing among non-novelistic forms even as these forms pushed the novel to refine and consolidate its own formal boundaries. There will be a Q & A session and refreshments after the talk.

Professor Jarrells is Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina, Columbia where he teaches courses in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Romanticism. He is the author of Britain's Bloodless Revolutions: 1688 and the Romantic Reform of Literature (2005), in which he explores the relationship of the emerging category of Literature to the emerging threat of popular violence after the Bloodless Revolution.

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