GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for September 10th

  1. GSO Grants deadline has changed! Volunteers needed
  2. ITLAL course offerings for graduate students
  3. Toastmasters now at SUNY Albany
  4. NYS Writers Institute Announces Fall 2012 Schedule of Events
  5. Research participants needed
  6. Apartment for rent
  7. GSO Assembly Meeting Friday, September 14th
  8. Teaching What you Don't Know
  9. Attention Armenian Students
  10. Save Our SUNY
  11. Three Research Workshops for International Students
  12. Graduate Student Soccer for A Good Cause
  13. Rock the Graduate Student Vote
  14. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

1: GSO Grants
The Grants Program is now calling for volunteers to review grant applications. This is a great opportunity to understand how general grant programs function and may be a beneficial learning experience for future GSO grant applicants. If you are applying for a grant for either Summer or Fall 2012, you may still volunteer to review. Please, if interested contact the grants chair at

Note: DEADLINE for FALL 2012 funding period is SEPTEMBER 20th (Thursday). Have your applications in the GSO office before 7pm.

Applications and new instruction guides are available online. (Applications are "zipped" and must be extracted. All library computers should have an unzip software)

Any other questions, email:

2: ITLAL course offerings
ITLAL is offering two courses this semester to help graduate students in terminal degree programs prepare for careers as faculty members.
ACAS 601: Seminar in College Teaching This course is open to graduate students enrolled in a terminal degree program (e.g. PhD, DA, ED, MFA). Students will develop a working knowledge of the scholarship of teaching and learning and will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to design and teach a course that effectively facilitates student learning. During the course, students will work through the Backward Design approach to designing courses and develop a new course that they should be ready to teach upon graduation. Topics will include encouraging critical thinking in students, the effective use of writing, determining how and when to use classroom activities, and classroom management.

ACAS 601 is a 0-1 credit course that students must register for (those who register for 0 credits will not have to pay tuition). Students will be expected to attend seven of the eight meetings. The course will meet on the following Wednesdays from 12:35-2:35pm: 9/12, 9/19, 10/3, 10/10, 10/24, 10/31, 11/14, and 11/28.

ACAS 603: The Reflective Teacher This course is open to graduate students who are enrolled in a terminal degree program and meet two of the following criteria:
--Have taken a course on teaching (either ACAS 601 or one in their department),
--Have taught as the instructor of record for at least two semesters, and/or
--Will be graduating in the next year (by August 2013)

In this course, experienced teachers will have the opportunity to deepen their teaching skills as they develop their teaching portfolio in preparation for the academic job market. In addition to issues in teaching shaped by student interests, participants will discuss how to document one's teaching, how to give and receive effective feedback on one's teaching, and how to use your teaching experience to prepare for the job market and the tenure track.

ACAS 603 is a 0-1 credit course that students must register for (those who register for 0 credits will not have to pay tuition). Students will be expected to attend seven of the eight meetings. The course will meet on the following Mondays from 12:35-2:35pm: 9/10, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12, 11/26, and 12/10.

To register for either course, contact Billie Franchini at for a permission number.

3. 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.

4. NYS Writers Institute Announces Fall 2012 Schedule of Events
Diverse season of visiting writers and films

ALBANY, NY (08/30/2012)(readMedia)-- 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!"

The complete listing of the Visiting Writers Series and Classic Film Series schedules can be found here.

5. 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

6. Apartment for rent
Looking for a Female Graduate Student to Share a sunny 2nd floor flat.

Hardwood floors;
One bedroom;
Kitchen and eat in kitchen;
Rear open porch;
Off street parking;
Washer and dryer.

Rental $485.00. no lease. Security deposit and last months rent. References and security background check necessary.

If interested contact Deborah at 518 229-4258 or

7.GSO Assembly Meeting Friday, September 14th
The GSO will have their first assembly meeting of the year on Friday, September 14th, 2012 at 5 pm in the Campus Center, CC375.

All RGSOs and student groups wishing to become an RGSO must attend this meeting for further information on funding for the academic year!

Additionally, the RGSO Applications will be due September 21st, 2012 by email to the Vice President, Genevieve Kane at

8. Teaching What you Don't Know
The Educational Psychology and Methodology RGSO in partnership with ITLAL and the School of Education is bringing Dr. Therese Huston, author of Teaching What you Don't Know to campus on September 20th and 21st to lead workshops in academic teaching. The program on Thursday, September 20th runs from 3 to 5 p.m. and is focused on the needs of graduate students as they teach at the college level. A second workshop, geared toward faculty will run from 10:30 to 12 noon on Friday, September 21st.

Registration is required and space is limited, so we encourage all graduate students to log onto the ITLAL website and sign up to attend. This is a great opportunity for all graduate students and truly our GSO funds at work.

Sign up here

9. 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 at or (516) 303-6214

10. Save Our SUNY
Save Our SUNY (SOS) General Interest Meeting
Wed., Sept. 12 @ 5:30pm HU354
Learn more about our fight against tuition hikes, budget cuts, & program deactivations!
For more info contact:
Find Us Online!
Twitter: @nystudentsrise/@SaveOurSUNY

11. Three Research Workshops for International Students
The University Library is offering three research workshops to help our international students learn about the University Libraries' resources, research process, as well as how to cite and avoid plagiarism. Brief descriptions of the workshops are listed below. Students who had attended the three workshops in the past found the training very useful. Please share the information with the foreign students in your classes and encourage them to attend.

Workshop I: Introduction to Research Process (Instructors: Mary Van Ullen and Yu-Hui Chen)

Content includes: what is a research paper, steps in the research process, choosing a research topic, finding background information and articles, using research databases, evaluating research materials (including Web sites), and hands-on exercises.

September 13, Thursday - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm - LI-B14, B15 (University Library basement level)

To sign up, please contact Mary VanUllen.

Workshop II: What is "plagiarism" all about? How to avoid it? (Instructors: Yu-Hui Chen and Mary Van Ullen)

Content includes: in-text citations and bibliography; why acknowledge sources; when to cite; differences among quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing; types of plagiarism; how to cite; tips for avoiding plagiarism; academic integrity; and hands-on exercises.

September 14, Friday - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm LI-B48 (University Library basement level)

To sign up, please contact Yu-Hui Chen.

Workshop III: Citation Practice (Instructors: Yu-Hui Chen and Mary Van Ullen)

Content includes: rewriting passages taken from books or journal articles in your own words, organizing these passages into a paragraph, providing information about the source in the text of your paragraph, and creating a reference list/bibliography at the end.

September 21, Friday - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm LI-B48 (University Library basement level)

To sign up, please contact Yu-Hui Chen.

12. Graduate Student Soccer for a Good Cause
I run an adult charity soccer league with University of Albany alumnus, Elizabeth Gray, and we were thinking that some of your grad students may wish to participate.

It could be a great way for some of them to get essential exercise, let off a bit of steam, get to know one another better, and also to help support a good local cause (by supporting local education programs for under-served youth).

If any of your students would like to play in this new adult charity (co-ed) league, here are the basic details:
  • Start date: September 24th
  • Game days: Mondays (7pm - 10pm)
  • Location: Bleecker Stadium
  • Cost: just $99 for ten games (this is a student discount - the regular price is $124)

For more information visit the league's website
Any Questions, Please Contact: Gregory Pinel.

13. Rock the Graduate Student Vote
Rock the Graduate Student Vote!
*This Thursday, September 13, 2012 -- State and Local Primary Elections
Download a voter registration form HERE
Find your polling place HERE
*November 6, 2012 -- General Election

14. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook
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