GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for November 12th

  1. GSO Presents: The Calm at Legends on Lark this FRIDAY
  2. Can & Coat Drive-Get Involved!
  3. Hurrican Relief Trip to Schoharie
  4. Politics and American Literature Roundtable
  5. Brown Bag #2: "Literature and Attachment Theory"
  6. Take a "paws" with Therapy Dogs
  7. 21st Annual Diversity Conference
  9. Service Trip to Metro New York area to help with Hurricane Sandy Clean Up
  10. Ronald McDonald House- Volunteer Opportunity (2 Dates)
  11. UAlbany ISO Diwali Night 2012
  12. The Future Faculty Confab
  13. Meditative Mondays
  14. Graduate Academic Conference- March 2013
  15. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

1. GSO Presents: The Calm at Legends on Lark this FRIDAY
Come join the GSO for our 2nd Highly Anticipated Event: The Calm at Legends on Lark Street. Be ready for a night of free food, great music and amazing drink specials.

Friday, November 16th from 7p.m. - 11:00p.m.

Sign up for the event in the GSO office located in CC 165B.
You can also email to RSVP for the event!

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. Hurricane Relief Trip to Schoharie
Come serve your community by helping rebuild homes.
December 1st Leave Collin Circle at 8:15 a.m. and return at 5:00 p.m.
For more information please contact Sangeeta Yadar at

4. Politics and American Literature Roundtable
The English Department's Americanist Reading Group (affiliated with the EGSO) will be hosting a "Politics and American Literature" roundtable on Nov. 14 from 2:00-4:00PM in AS 122. Morton Schoolman from the Department of Political Science will act as faculty respondent. Faculty and students across campus are encouraged to attend.

For those interested, email Kate Cove ( for a copy of Prof. Schoolman's essay "Democratic Enlightenment: Whitman and Aesthetic Education." This text will act as a point of reference for participants.

Refreshments will be served.

5. Brown Bag #2: "Literature and Attachment Theory" with Dr. Jillmarie Murphy
11/14/12 11:30am-1pm ED335

Brown Bag #2: "Literature and Attachment Theory" with Dr. Jillmarie Murphy from Union College

Please come join in on a presentation by Dr. Jillmarie Murphy, an English and American Literature professor at Union College! At this event, she will be speaking with us mainly on "literature and attachment theory," but also on "African American placement attachment and the great northern migration," and "cognitive neuroscience, therapeutic environments, and nineteenth-century nature writing." All students and faculty are invited to attend!

6. Take a "paws" with Therapy Dogs
Take a "paws" with Therapy Dogs! This event will be a Thanksgiving Theme! This Wednesday, November 14th on the Main Floor of the Campus Center TV Lobby and West Lounge from 1pm to 5pm! You will gain the opportunity to reduce stress, pet certified therapy dogs and buy a $1 raffle ticket to win a UAlbany gift basket and other prizes! 100% of the proceeds goes to the UAlbany Veterans Scholarship Fund. Bring a Can if you Can (or non-perishable food item) to support the Capital City Rescue Mission. We hope to see you there!

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. Service Trip to Metro New York area to help with Hurricane Sandy Clean Up
The Association of Black Social Workers would like to invite you to a day of service on December 1st 2012. ABSW will be taking part in the Service Trip to the Metro New York area that is being conducted my Sandy Damhof and Chapel House Interfaith Center, Dept. of Residential Life. We will be traveling to NYC by bus and helping the clean up and repair process after hurricane Sandy.

Buses leave Collins Circle on the main campus at 7:00 am and return home around 4:00 p.m. You MUST wear sturdy boots and long pants. They will provide mask, safety goggles and work gloves. If you have tools like hammers, crow bars, square shovels, wheelbarrows, etc. bring them along; they will also have tools for you to borrow. Lunch will be provided; bring a water bottle and snacks.

If you are interested please contact Sandy Damhof at to confirm that you will be in attendance. Each student will have to personally confirm that they will be there. Please confirm ASAP because there is a limit. The trip is limited to two buses- approximately 100 students. After the 100 students there will be a waiting list and possibly another bus added. It will be done on a First come first serve basis.

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. UAlbany ISO Diwali Night 2012
Diwali is one of the most cherished Indian festivals. UAlbany's Indian Student Organization (ISO) takes immense pride in presenting this enriching cultural tradition to the University and the Capital region community. The event will include dance and musical performances by several multicultural groups. The cultural show will conclude with a complimentary Indian Dinner for all attendees (catered by Karavalli, Latham).

Join us as we celebrate Diwali - the Festival of Lights - and recognize our outgoing UAlbany President George M. Philip on this auspicious occasion!

Following are some more details about the specifics of the event:

Date: Sunday, November 18, 2012
Venue: Main Theatre, Performing Arts Center & Dinner is in Campus Center Ballroom.

Program timings:
2:30 pm: Doors open (Main Theatre, Performing Arts Center)
3:15 pm - 5:30 pm: Dance and Musical program
6:00 pm 7:00 pm: Complimentary Dinner for all attendees (catered by Karavalli, Latham), Ballroom

Tickets Prices (including dinner):
In advance*: Students - $8 Others - $12
At door: Students - $12 Others - $15

*Tickets will available during ISO's tabling at the campus center between 11am to 3pm Monday to Friday.

Contact Info:
Phone: 518-882-UALB (518-882-8252)

We look forward to welcoming you at the event!!

12. The Future Faculty Confab
When: Thursday, November 15th; 11:30AM - 12:30 PM in Husted 114

We welcome you to participate in this new series on the downtown campus. Interested graduate students are invited to join in a conversation with their peers to address professional issues of current interest or concern. Each week the focus changes, but participants are invited to bring any pressing topic to the session for discussion. The sessions are hosted and facilitated by ITLAL's current Future Faculty Fellow, Katie Truby of Political Science. Come and talk for a part of the time or for the entire time.

This week's Confab focuses on Best Teaching Practices for Grad Students. Do you have questions or concerns about teaching? Have you tried new things in the classroom that you found exciting and effective? Whether you have TA'd or taught your own course, we invite you to come share your experiences, ask questions, and seek collaboration on the 'best practices' of teaching for graduate students. Light snacks will be served!

If you plan to attend or have questions, please contact Katie Truby,

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

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14. 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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