GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for December 10th

  1. GSO Office Hours during Finals Week
  2. GSO Spring 2012 Grants Deadline
  3. Initiatives for Women
  4. GSO Winter Celebration
  5. SUNY Albany 11th Annual English 2012 Graduate Conference: Considering Relevance
  6. Meditative Mondays
  7. Graduate Academic Conference- March 2013
  8. Donate School Supplies to Students Impacted by Hurricane Sandy
  9. BMS/EHS GSO Movie Night (Elf)
  10. ESL Classes for Spring 2012
  11. Take a "paws" with Therapy Dogs
  12. UAS Student Assistant Position Opening
  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 Spring 2012 Grants Deadline
The deadline for submissions of grant applications for the spring is Jan. 30, 2012.

3. Initiatives for Women
Initiatives for Women (IFW) benefits women students, faculty, and staff - and the University at Albany and our community as a whole - by providing them the means to advance their educational and professional goals. IFW awards, generally $500. to $1500., enhance the educational and career opportunities for women students, staff and faculty. These awards provide monetary awards for women pursuing education or research in any discipline. Some awards are specific for individuals planning a career in medicine, science, law, government, social welfare, and other areas. IFW awards also support any University person or group developing a program for the advancement of women or women concerns. Past recipients have used IFW funding to support a variety of endeavors including study abroad projects, research travel, speakers' fees and training attendance at conferences or training workshops.

These awards are presented at the annual IFW Summer Celebration. The 2013 ceremony is scheduled for July 18 in the Standish Room at 2:00pm.

IFW applications are available online at
The 2013 due date is March 1, 2013.

If you have questions about the IFW application process, please contact Carol Anne Germain - via email at or phone 442-3590.

Carol Anne Germain
Initiatives For Women (IFW), chair

4. GSO Winter Celebration
Thursday, December 13th

Join us for more celebrating following the Graduation Reception taking place at Mid Town Tap and Tea Room from 5-6:30pm. We will head over to Legends Sports Lounge on Pearl Street at 6:30pm for more fun! Attire is semi-formal.


5. SUNY Albany 11th Annual English 2012 Graduate Conference: Considering Relevance
SUNY Albany 11th Annual English 2013 Graduate Conference: Considering Relevance
March 8-9, 2013 -

Please see Call For Papers For our 11th Annual Conference, we invite graduate students of any discipline to consider the applications and effects of relevance. We schedule approximately 15 to 20 minutes for each presentation. For research or critical presentations, please submit a 250-word abstract to by January 18, 2013.

We are also seeking graduate student artists to submit proposals. The conference will offer an opportunity for presentations from creative writers, visual artists, performers, audio/video or digital artists, and any students actively engaged in other creative media, which would ideally include discussion about how your work deals with issues of relevance. We schedule approximately 15 to 20 minutes for each presentation. Please send an e-mail with a small sample of your creative work (.mp3, .jpeg, .tif, .avi, .mp4, or .doc files) as well as a 250-word description of your presentation to by January 18, 2013. Video projectors, computers, speakers, and other technologies can be arranged to supplement presentations.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Donate School Supplies to Students Impact by Hurricane Sandy
The Ed Psych and Methodology RGSO is collecting school supplies for families and students attending Waterside Children's Studio School (P.S.317), located in Far Rockaway, a NYC area severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. There's a donation box in ED223, and will be there now until Thursday 12/20. Please donate! (If you'd prefer to donate money, please contact Angela Lui at

9. BMS/EHS GSO Move Night (Elf)
We will be screening Elf in the Massry Auditorium located on the East Campus in the Cancer Research Center at 6:00 pm on Thursday, 12/13. Pizza will be provided! Come take a break from the lab and studying to join us for a little holiday fun. Hope to see you there!

"Your GSO Funds at Work"

10. ESL Classes for Spring 2012
WHO: All classes are taught by experienced graduate students in the TESOL program, Department of Educational Theory and Practice.
WHAT: 3 levels of English classes. This course equals 36 hours or a 3-credit course (you will receive a certificate of completion, not SUNY credit)
WHEN: Classes are held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:15- 9 p.m. from February 5 to March 14, 2013
Placement test is on TUESDAY, January 29, 2013 starting at 7:15 p.m. in EDU 115
WHERE: University at Albany, Education Building, Room 115.
HOW: Pay a non-refundable $45 class fee at the time of the placement test. Cash or checks only, please.

For further information, please email DENIS at SUNYTESOL@GMAIL.COM or call the department at 518-442-5010

11. Take a "paws" with Therapy Dogs
Take a "paws" with Therapy Dogs! This event is great before Finals Week! It is this Wednesday, December 12th on the Main Floor of the Campus Center TV Lobby and West Lounge from 12pm to 4pm! 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 Disabled Student Scholarship Fund. Bring a Toy if you can to support UAlbany Veterans' Sponsored "Toys for Tots" drive. We hope to see you there!

12. UAS Student Assistant Position Opening
University Auxiliary Services (UAS) is seeking a part time (20 hours per week) Student Assistant, who desires professional management work experience, to support the operations division. The work schedule is flexible and can accommodate student's class and extracurricular schedule.

The Student Assistant is an integral team member and assists in the execution of the continuous improvement cycle for services contracts. Specific responsibilities include creating and maintaining databases, administering customer service programs, compiling data, preparing informational summaries, developing and conducting surveys, analyzing financial information, conducting literature reviews, and managing the office.

The Student Assistant requires strong organizational and communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment. In addition, the Student Assistant requires exceptional Microsoft Office skills.

Resumes and cover letters will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send your resume and cover letter to This position is available for immediate appointment.

University Auxiliary Services at Albany, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, color, national organs, sex disability, veteran status, or age in the administration of any of its employment.

13. GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook
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