GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for October 8th

  1. Graduate Student needed on the Advisory Committee on Campus Security
  2. Can and Coat Drive
  3. Current State of CNSE Research Gathering
  4. The Constitutional and Printer Committees for 2012-13 are now forming!
  5. GSO Secretary Position
  6. Meditative Mondays
  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. The Future Faculty Leadership Council's Blog
  11. Call for Volunteers for Research Study
  12. Volunteers Needed for University Committees
  13. Financial Literacy for Young Adults
  14. Attention Armenian Students
  15. Writing Effective CVs and Cover Letters
  16. Alumni Association's Annual Homecoming 5K Fun Run
  17. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Competition
  18. NYS Writers Institute Fall 2012 Schedule
  19. Toastmasters now at SUNY Albany
  20. Research Participants Needed
  21. NLM Seeks 2013/2014 Associate Fellowship Applicants
  22. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

1. Graduate Student needed on the Advisory Committee on Campus Security
The Advisory Committee on Campus Security for 2012-2013, would like a graduate student to join this committee for the current academic year. The committee meets once a month to discuss safety and security issues on campus.

This is NOT a paid position. If you are interested in representing the GSO at these meetings please contact the GSO at and include your resume.

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

2. Can and Coat Drive
This November, the English Graduate Student Organization will be running its 4th Annual Can & Coat Drive. Last year we collected 80 items of clothing and over 200 lbs of food. This year, we want to increase the number of items we collect. To do this, we are hoping to partner with other RGSOs to expand our reach.

Partnering groups will be responsible for setting up collection barrels, storing donated items, promoting the drive within their department and helping deliver donations to the receiving charities.

So join in the fun and help out the underprivileged in our community!

For more information, contact

3. Current State of CNSE Research Gathering
Approximate Date of Event: Saturday October 13th, 2012
Time of Event: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Planned Location: Thacher State Park, Voorheesville, NY
Brief Description of Event:

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 while enjoying the outdoors and a Lamb-B-Q.

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
MEDITATIVE MONDAYS! - A Yesplus Initiative

Jump-start your week with a guided meditation and enlivening yoga of breath (avoiding crazy postures that break your back!!) Every Monday evening in The Interfaith Center from 5pm - 6pm. The sessions are open to all and FREE as these are your GSO funds and student activity fee at work! No prior experience of yoga/meditation is required. Lets breathe, lets meditate, lets live!

Contact Nikhil for more details or call 518-390-7913.

Find more info and flyer here.

P.S. - Follow us on MyInvolvement by looking up "Yesplus" under the "Organizations" tab.

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. The Future Faculty Leadership Council's Blog is Live for the semester.
The Future Faculty Leadership Council's blog is live for the semester. The blog is a forum for UAlbany Graduate Students, offering reflections on teaching, professionalization, research, time management, work-life balance, and much more! This week's topics: Understanding student intellectual development and Helpful resources we can share with our students.

Visit us at:

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. Writing Effective CVs and Cover Letters
Let's say you're going on the job market this fall or next spring, and you're putting together an application packet. What's your strategy? How will you make sure you've highlighted appropriately the alignment among your credentials, your experience, the requirements of the position and the culture of the institution you're applying to? Join us for a session designed to shorten the time you'll need spend on the market.

Writing Effective CVs and Cover Letters
Tue, October 9, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Location: ITLAL Underground (Li B69)
Please register online.

What does your undergraduate experience working in the campus bookstore have to do with getting a faculty job? Probably very little, so please take it out of your CV. With an appropriately focused, well organized CV and cover letter, potential employers will see quickly what matters most, and will not be distracted by cool things you've done and been reluctant to delete. CV's and cover letters should leave little to chance. They need to convince a prospective hiring institution that you have the perspective, skills and energy necessary for the job AND that you are a fit for their institution. This workshop will help you develop a plan to organize your credentials into an effective CV and learn techniques for putting together a cover letter that brings you one step closer to that perfect academic position.

Institute for Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership

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. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Competition
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is sponsoring a competition for the most effective demonstration of how research funded by NIH, NSF, and other federal agencies improves the health, quality of life, or economy of local communities.
BR> We are looking for YOU to create exhibits, events, or web-based outreach that highlights the value of NIH, NSF, and/or other federally funded research!
BR> Prizes:
Grand Prize: $10,000
Runner-up Prize: $5,000
Honorable Mention: 5 @ $2,000

Events or exhibits must be held or started before November 10, 2012
Final submissions must be received by December 1, 2012 at 11:59pm EST

For more information or to enter, please visit:

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. 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.

20. 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

21. 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.

22. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook
Follow the GSO on Twitter: @UAlbanyGSO
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