GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for November 5th

  1. GSO Office Closed this Friday
  2. Can & Coat Drive-Get Involved!
  3. GSO Assembly Meeting this Friday
  4. NOLA Fundraiser at McGeary's
  5. SPH-GSO Community Garden Winter Final Preparation Day
  6. Graduate Planning Student Association (GPSA) Speakers Event
  7. 21st Annual Diversity Conference
  9. Graduate Planning Student Association (GPSA) Event: Discussion with local Director Nate Simms
  10. Ronald McDonald House- Volunteer Opportunity (2 Dates)
  11. Grant Writing Workshop with Graduate Studies Dean, Dr. Kevin Williams
  12. Call for Poster Session Proposals
  13. Meditative Mondays
  14. Black Solidarity Day
  15. Graduate Academic Conference- March 2013
  16. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

1. GSO Office Closed this Friday
The GSO Office will be CLOSED this Friday November 9th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

2. Can and Coat Drive - Get Involved
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. GSO Assembly Meeting this Friday
The next GSO Assembly Meeting will be this Friday, November 9th at 5:00 P.M . The location for this meeting will be in CNSE's Nanofab South Auditorium.

Any Questions, please contact the GSO at

4. NOLA Fundraiser at McGeary's
Friday, November 9th
Time: 8pm- Close
NOLA fundraiser at McGeary's (4 Clinton Square-across from the Palace Theatre)
Blues Band, Drink and Entree Specials, & Raffle Prizes

*The Service Learning Trip to New Orleans is an interactive approach to further understanding outside of the classroom by volunteering to work for community service resources, as well as examining the experiences of the people who live in the Greater New Orleans area. This enhances academic achievement by allowing participants to analyze the needs for policy reform, infrastructure, and the community resources for the people residing in this area. Particular focus is placed upon post-Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and evaluating the impacts from Hurricane Isaac.*

5. SPH-GSO Community Garden Winter Final Preperation Day
When: Monday 11/12/2012
Time: 11am
Where: East Campus Lobby
Information: Come join the East Campus gardeners with mulching and a final cleanup of the garden spaces for the winter months. Community Garden coordinator Cihan will be bringing treats for anyone who would like to join. Please bring work gloves if you have them.

6. Graduate Planning Student Association (GPSA) Speakers Event
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Join the Graduate Planning Student Association (GPSA) as we celebrate the interdisciplinary aspects of urban planning by hosting two accomplished speakers that will outline the impact that urban planning has had on the social, environmental, and political life of the Capital Region.

Speaker #1, 11am: Thyag Sambamurthy - Adjunct Professor and author of the Capital Region's first regional plan.
Spear #2, 1:30pm: Sandy Misiewicz - Senior Transportation Planner, Capital District Transportation Committee.

7. 21st Annual Diversity Conference
It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that we invite you to attend the 21st Annual Diversity Conference, an event sponsored by the University at Albany's Division of Counseling Psychology and Counseling Psychology Recognized Graduate Student Organization, the Student Affiliates of Seventeen (SAS) of the Society for Counseling Psychology, and the Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity (SOGI) Project.

The primary goal of the Diversity Conference is to increase awareness about central issues concerning the needs of diverse populations. This year, our theme is "Building Bridges, Removing Barriers: Expanding Our Roles" and we are delighted that Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky, an expert in prevention and immigration issues, has agreed to be our keynote! Please join us as we learn from him, and other esteemed scholars and practitioners from across the nation who have contributed invaluably to our understanding of multiculturalism, social justice, and advocacy.

The conference will be held on November 16-17th 2012 from 9-5 pm in the Alumni House on campus. The cost of attendance is free; however, in order for us to keep track of attendance, per-registration is required (to register go to:

8. Call for Volunteers
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

9. Graduate Planning Student Association (GPSA) Event: Discussion with local Director Nate Simms
When: Wednesday, 11/7
Where: LC6

Join the Graduate Planning Student Association (GPSA) as local director Nate Simms discusses Brunswick, his recent documentary that traces the impact of development on farmland in rural Rensselaer County by focusing on the story of one farmer.

His talk will touch on the social and environmental implications of urban sprawl, as well as the power imbalances that plague land development in many areas.

10. Ronald McDonald House- Volunteer Opportunity (2 Dates)
The SPH GSO is sponsoring two dinners at the Capital Region's Ronald McDonald House. Volunteers will plan a menu, shop for food, and prepare dinner for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Dinner is served between 5:00pm and 6:00pm. Volunteers should arrive at 3:30pm to prepare the meal.

Dates: November, 9th and 30th. 6-8 volunteers are needed for each day.

Please email the RGSO volunteer coordinator Rebecca Lewis to sign-up or for any questions. More information on the Ronald McDonald House and the meal program, visit:

11. Grant Writing Workshop with Graduate Studies Dean, Dr. Kevin Williams
Please join our Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Kevin Williams for this technical workshop focused on grant writing mechanics, with a review on locating fundraising sources. Particulars will be focused on the NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant, as the deadline is approaching, however this workshop is applicable to all research grants. Feel free to bring your works in progress!

Monday, Nov 5th Terrace Lounge 12:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Questions or info, please contact Heidi Nicholls

12. Call for Poster Session Proposals
The Student Chapter of the American Library Association is pleased to announce its first Graduate Student Poster Session, "Access is Everything," taking place on December 7, 2012. We are accepting proposals for posters on research, on-going or recently completed projects and best practices in relation to the Information Science field. Possible poster topics include, but are not limited to:

Information systems
Open access
Information literacy
Information organization
Cataloging and classification Records management
Archival practices
Open source
Human information behavior
Information policy
Library programming
Reference services

Posters should be a visual representation of a topic, incorporating data, images, graphs, tables, text and charts to give attendees a quick overview of your work. Presenters will share ideas and answer questions as attendees circulate through the session. This is an opportunity to share your work as well as get feedback, generate new ideas and make connections.

Proposal Deadline: November 9, 2012

Proposal Guidelines:

Applications should include:
Presenters' Names
Presenters' Department/Program Affiliation
Poster Title
250-Word Abstract
Contact Information

Please complete and submit the application form on later than November 9th. Graduate students from all programs at the University at Albany are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision by November 16th. Details regarding poster specifications will be provided at that time.

Please direct any questions to

13. Meditative Mondays
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 at for more details or call 518-390-7913.

Find more info and flyer on

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

14. Black Solidarity Day
The Association of Black Social Workers will be holding a Event in conjunction with Liberty Partnership Program in reference to the purpose of Black Solidarity Day.

"The purpose of Black Solidarity is to reflect on the journey and the struggle through U.S. history of those who came before us confronted, as well as that same struggle and journey of which we in the 21st century have assumed, and now prepare the way for those who will come after us"

The event will be held on Monday November 5, 2012 from 5-7pm, on the downtown campus in the Levitt room.

The event will be held as a dinner discussion where we focus on the past, present and the future of the minority community, and our role within society as a whole.

Supports are recommended to wear black.

15. Graduate Academic Conference- March 2013
Sponsor: Department of Political Science and Graduate Association of Political Science (GAPS)
Who: All UAlbany graduate students
What: Graduate Academic Conference
When: Friday, 1 March 2013
Time: 12:00 P.M.- 1:00 P.M.
Where: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy (Downtown Campus)
Paper and Panel Recommendation Deadline: Friday, 14 December 2012
Conference Theme: Institutions & Societies
Registration Fee: None

Call for Papers and Panel Recommendations:
The Rockefeller College Graduate Association of Political Science (GAPS) is hosting its 1st Annual Rockefeller College Graduate Conference. The conference is currently scheduled for Friday, 1 March 2013, and the deadline for proposals is Friday, 14 December 2012 (Please click here for call for paper & panel recommendations).

The aim of the conference is to provide graduate students in the Capital Region an open venue for sharing their work and promote cross-discipline dialogue to improve the overall quality of graduate research. The conference also seeks to allow graduate students to present their work and receive peer and faculty feedback in a "low threat" environment without the pressure of a major academic conference.

The theme for the 2013 conference is Institutions & Societies, and we have left the definitions of these two concepts purposefully broad and vague to allow for the largest variation in the proposals. We have also not pre-formed any panels for the conference for the exact same reason - we will form the panels as we accept both paper and panel proposals.

We welcome proposals from area/regional studies, criminal justice, economics, education, environmental studies, gender studies, history, informatics, law, nano-economics, philosophy, political science, psychology, public administration & policy, organizational studies, sociology, social welfare, and urban planning as well as interdisciplinary proposals.

We ask you to only submit one paper per individual. You may, however, propose to present a group of papers as a single panel. When submitting an individual paper proposal, please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words. If you are proposing a panel, please keep in mind that there must be a minimum of three and a maximum of five papers to form a panel.

We are currently working on an IT solution where you can submit your proposals, but in the meantime, please submit your proposals to

Please visit our 2013 Conference website for more information and the conference flyer. If you have any questions, please address them to the Rockefeller College GAPS Executive Board.

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