GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for September 19th

  1. GSO Grants deadline has changed! Volunteers needed
  2. Graduate Internship in Higher Education Policy and Finance
  3. New ESL classes offered by the TESOL Program
  4. Call for Volunteers for Research Study
  5. Volunteers Needed for University Committees
  6. NSF Grant Writing Workshop Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  7. Financial Literacy for Young Adults
  8. Teaching What You Don't Know
  9. Attention Armenian Students
  10. Job Opening: OSEA 2012-13 Call for SELT Program Coordinator
  11. Research Workshop for International Students
  12. Graduate Student Soccer for a Good Cause
  13. Anthropology: Bachelors to Doctorates (ABD) Journal Announcement
  14. FUNDRAISER: Support the NOLA Service Learning Trip!
  15. NYS Writers Institute Fall 2012 Schedule
  16. 2012 Deloitte FanTAXtic Competition!
  17. Toastmasters now at SUNY Albany
  18. Research Participants Needed
  19. 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: Graduate Internship in Higher Education Policy and Finance
The State University of New York (SUNY) University Budget Office, located in Albany New York, is searching for a talented and highly motivated advanced graduate student to assist the Office in budget preparation and analysis, and to contribute to the development and generation of policy and financial reports. Students with an interest in higher education and a strong work ethic are encouraged to apply for the position as a Graduate Intern. The internship is a paid, part-time position during the fall 2012 semester.

Qualifications: Ideal candidates for the Higher Education Policy and Finance Internship are pursuing graduate academic programs in public administration, political science, economics, business, or related fields. Candidates are expected to have a strong quantitative/qualitative research and analytical skills, as well as the ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing and orally. Knowledge of MS Excel and MS Word, and familiarity with databases and presentation packages are required. In addition, candidates are expected to possess excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work collaboratively with professionals in the Budget Office and other System Administration offices, campus personnel, and external constituencies.

The University Budget Office will accept applications for the Graduate Internship position until the position is filled. Interested candidates are invited to apply online at Please submit a cover letter, resume, and transcript (official or unofficial). In your cover letter, please indicate why you have a special interest in higher education policy and finance.

3. New ESL classes offered by the TESOL Program.
Educational Theory and Practice has announced that ESL classes begin on September 27 this fall. The first meeting is September 27, 7.15 pm in EDU 115 (Education building). The program is 6 weeks long and costs $45 (cash or check only). If you have any questions, email Denis or call the department at 518-442-5010.

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

5. Volunteers Needed for University Committees
Interested in serving on a University Council or Committee? Below are a list of Committees looking for graduate students:

Council on Academic Assessment, Chair Adrian Masters
Committee on Academic Freedom, Freedom of Expression, & Community Responsibility, Chair Leslie Saint-Vil
Committee on Ethics in Research & and Scholarship, Chair Carolyn MacDonald
Council on Research, Chair John Monfasani
Council on Promotions & Continuing Appointments, Chair Sanjay Putrevu
Graduate Academic Council, Chair Tim Groves
Governance Council, Chair Christine Wagner (Ex Officio)
Council on Libraries, Information Systems, & Computing, Elections Friday
Undergraduate Academic Council, Chair Richard Fogarty
University Life Council, Chair Vincent LaBella
University Planning and Policy Council, Chair Susanna Fessler (Ex Officio)

Contact Karen Torrejon for any additional information and to sign up.

6. The Office of Graduate Studies Presents: NSF Grant Writing Workshop Graduate Research Fellowship Program
With the National Science Foundation's deadline for the GRFP coming up, it seems like a good time to sit with the experts and walk through the process of writing a successful NSF grant! Please join Dr. Kevin Williams Dean of Graduate Studies Beth Large, Office of Sponsored Programs.

Monday, Sept. 24th
Terrace Lounge, 12-2pm
For more info contact: Heidi Nicholls

7. Financial Literacy for Young Adults
Many young adults are not knowledgeable about the financial products and programs that could assist in paving a road to financial stability. If you are looking to get you financial house in order and make your money work for you as hard as you work for it join us 6 p.m. Thursday, September 27 at The Women's Building (373 Central Ave) or 6pm Thursday, October 11 at the Oakwood Community Center (313 Tenth St. Troy) for Financial Literacy for Young Adults lead by a Merrill Lynch financial advisor. Cost is $10 and refreshments will be provided.

In addition, if you work with young adults involved in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems please consider encouraging them to attend this workshop. Such a forum will allow them to get closer to accomplishing their money management goals and engage with peers in the community.

Register online. If you have questions contact 518-512-1858 or

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 or (516) 303-6214

10. Job Opening: OSEA 2012-13 Call for SELT Program Coordinator
The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology (OSEA) is currently seeking candidates for the position of the School for Experimental Language Training (SELT) Program Coordinator for the 2013 field season in Piste, Mexico. Piste is a Maya community of 5,000 persons located three kilometers from the international tourist destination of Chichen Itza. The SELT Program Coordinator is expected to live onsite for the entire duration of the program (approximately 6 weeks beginning June) along with time before and after for program preparation and wrap-up.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, CV, and letter of recommendation (all in PDF format) to Dr. Quetzil Castaneda, OSEA Director by Monday, December 3, 2012. Appointments will be made in January 2013 with work commencing shortly thereafter. Remuneration upon qualifications. Questions? Please email Christine, OSEA Assistant Director.

11. Research Workshop for International Students
The University Library is offering 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 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)

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

13. Anthropology: Bachelors to Doctorates (ABD) Journal Announcement
We are pleased to announce the inaugural issue of Anthropology: Bachelors to Doctorates (ABD), a peer-reviewed journal based in the Anthropology Department of the State University of New York at Buffalo. ABD provides an arena for dialogue across the subfields through its holistic emphasis on all areas of current anthropological research while showcasing emerging talent as well as emerging fields of study through its focus on original research by exceptional graduate and undergraduate students.

We are delighted to invite you to submit a paper for consideration. Abstracts should be 100-200 words while research articles should be 2500-8000 words, including all figures and tables. Interested parties should also include a title page and a short author biographical statement. Please email for full submission guidelines. Look for Volume 1, Issue 1 this spring in both hard copy and electronic format.

ABD welcomes a broad range of research interests in anthropology, including:
  • Applied Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Linguistics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Primatology
  • Sociocultural Anthropology

14. FUNDRAISER: Support the NOLA Service Learning Trip!

Saturday, Sept. 15th from 8:30am-3pm at the Polish Community Center
(225 Washington Ave. Extension)
*suggested donation of $7*

The UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY: School of Social Welfare's graduate student 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 impact from Hurricane Isaac.

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

ALBANY, NY-- 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!" See here for the complete listing of the Visiting Writers Series and Classic Film Series schedules.

16. 2012 Deloitte FanTAXtic Competition!
The Deloitte FanTAXtic features a reality-based case, student team presentations in Deloitte office telesuites, more opportunities for networking with tax professionals and a chance to compete in a national event at Deloitte University--Deloitte's learning and leadership development center near Dallas. NEW program timing! In response to participant feedback, we have scheduled the regional event for November 2-3, 2012(national event to be held January 18-20, 2013). Similar to last year's program:

Regional Competition:
  • Schools can register up to two teams to participate in the regional event on November 2-3, 2012. (Each team is responsible for its own transportation/lodging arrangements and expenses for the regional event.)
  • Team registrations will be accepted on a "first-come, first served basis". Once the maximum number of teams that can be accommodated at an office has been reached, no more will be accepted for that location.
  • Two-round competition begins with regional qualifying events on November 3 at Deloitte offices across the country.
  • A networking dinner will be held on the evening of November 2.
  • An issues based case that focuses on a hypothetical, real life scenario will be distributed to teams approximately 3 weeks in advance of the competition (the case will be less "tax technical" and more business issues oriented to allow for sophomores to contribute to the team).
  • On the day of the regional competition, all teams will engage in a case simulation exercise with Deloitte professionals.
    • Each team will have a finite period of time to finalize their presentation.
    • Each team will present for approximately 10-15 minutes, and engage in Q & A with the judging panel for approximately 10 minutes.
    • After all teams have presented at your location, a Deloitte Tax professional will debrief and review the solution with the group.
  • Regional winners will be announced the week following the competition.

Team Profile
  • Each team will be a mix of graduate and undergraduate students, for a total of five team members.
  • Each team must consist of at least 2 sophomores, 2 junior(s)/senior(s), and no more than 1 graduate student. Eligible students must either be enrolled in or have completed an accounting class(es).
  • Graduate students must currently be enrolled in a master's degree program in accounting or tax. If your school doesn't have a graduate program, you can substitute with an undergraduate student.
  • No student with more than 12 months relevant work experience (excluding internships) is eligible to participate.
  • Students that have previously participated in this program are not eligible to compete.
  • Students should be classified in the same manner in which the university classifies them for current enrollment status (regardless of the number of tax classes taken).

  • The first place team from each of the regions will advance to the national competition to be held January 18-20, 2013 at Deloitte University.
  • The second place team from each of the regions will receive regional honorable mention awards of $2,000 per school and $200 per student
  • National competition grand prize is $10,000 for the first place school and $2,000 for each student on that team; $5,000 for the second place school and $1,000 per student; and $2,500 for the third place school and $500 per student
  • Institution and individual awards will also be granted to all other national competition participating teams.

For registration and other important program information, visit the Deloitte FanTAXtic site. Please note that the deadline for registration is October 1, 2012.

17. 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.

18. 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

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