GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for September 4th

  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

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