GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for November 19th

  1. GSO Office Hours during Finals Week
  2. GSO Office Hours during Thanksgiving Break
  3. Can & Coat Drive- Get Involved
  4. Hurricane Relief Trip to Schoharie
  5. University at Albany's Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
  6. Call for Volunteers on the Student-Debt Preliminary Planning Committee
  7. Graduate Students needed as Instructors of Record for sections of Feminisms 101
  8. Service Trip to Metro New York area to help with Hurricane Sandy Clean Up
  9. Ronald McDonald House- Volunteer Opportunity (2 Dates)
  10. Meditative Mondays
  11. Graduate Academic Conference- March 2013
  12. The Voice of Albany
  13. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

1. GSO Office Hours during Finals Week
The GSO will be open during Finals Week but at reduced hours. Finals week hours start Wednesday, December 12.

The GSO Office will be open during finals from Wednesday, December 12th- Tuesday, December 18th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The GSO will be closed from December 19th- until January 23rd

2. GSO Office Hours during Thanksgiving Break
The GSO will be closed for Thanksgiving Break starting Wednesday, November 21st- November 25th. The GSO will be open for regular hours on Monday, November 26th.

3. 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

4. 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

5. University at Albany's Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
The University at Albany's annual Thanksgiving dinner is being held Wednesday, November 21st from 12 noon to 3pm in the Campus Center Ballroom.

Enjoy a great Thanksgiving meal with new and old friends, music and dancing, all while experiencing a great American tradition! It is open to the UAlbany community! All are welcomed!

It is being sponsored by UAlbany's International Student and Scholar Services, Student Association and Multi-Cultural Affairs, University Auxiliary Services, and Graduate Student Organization.

6. 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 if you wish to volunteer.

7. Graduate Students needed as Instructors of Record for sections of Feminisms 101
Hello all,

I'm writing you today as the Women's Studies Teaching Collective Director. This fall I have been working with 11 undergraduates slated to facilitate 6 sections of Introduction to Feminisms (AWSS 101) in Spring 2013. I'm sure some of you are already familiar with the Women's Studies Teaching Collective, but for those of you who are not, you read correctly: undergraduates will be facilitating discussion with their peers around topics of globalization, the commercialization of women's bodies, expressions of gender, sex and sexuality, sexual violence, racism, classism, and sexism, among many, many more.

The Women's Studies Teaching Collective, the last standing one in the country, is in need of Instructors of Record for these 6 sections. As an Instructor of Record, you are responsible for attending the Tuesday/Thursday 101 section you're assigned, depending on your schedule and availability, meeting with your facilitators on a weekly basis to briefly check in as a teaching team (roughly a 30 minute commitment), and attend various meetings/check-ins via AWSS 597. It's honestly not an overwhelming amount of work or time, and the payoff (as far as teaching and spreading knowledge is concerned) is immense. 597 is being offered as an Independent Study in the Spring semester, so individual arrangements will be made. The class is 2 credits.

I am writing to not only encourage you to contribute to the Women's Studies Department here and the Teaching Collective, but asking for your support in spreading feminist pedagogy to a cohort of undergraduates who have never spoken of or critically thought about sexism, class, and race before, especially not in a classroom setting. The Teaching Collective is next to all brand-new facilitators this year. The Instructor of Record serves as a source of advanced knowledge in the classroom, providing support and strength to the undergraduate facilitating teams. This being said, feminist pedagogy rests on the belief that each person brings their own experiential knowledge into the classroom and that we can all learn from each other, as well as foster an academic space that carries more weight outside of the classroom and beyond graduation than in. I would ask if you are slightly curious and/or are planning on teaching in the future, please email me with any questions and consider enrolling for 597 in the spring.

Thank you for reading, and please feel free to email me with any questions. I realize that this is only about halfway through the semester, but I've been thinking quite a bit about next semester, and am excited to get the ball rolling with a group of graduate students excited to participate in the WSTC.

Please email me at if you're interested joining the WS Collective Team. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!


Leigh Vandebogart

8. 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.

9. 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:

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. The Voice of Albany
The Chinese Student and Scholar Association Present "The Voice of Albany" on December 5th from 7:30pm- 9:30pm in the Campus Center Ballroom.

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