GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for January 28th

  1. GSO Spring 2013 Grants Deadline
  2. How to Succeed in Organizing a Writing Group- A Brown Bag Workshop
  3. Initiatives for Women
  4. College Night at Rainbow Cafe
  5. SUNY Albany 11th Annual English 2013 Graduate Conference: Considering Relevance
  6. Graduate Academic Conference- March 2013
  7. Special Lecture by Stephen P. Heyneman
  8. PAHO/IHHR Training- Agenda and Working Groups
  9. ESL Classes for Spring 2013
  10. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

1. GSO Spring Grants Deadline
The deadline for submissions of grant applications for the spring is Jan. 30, 2013.

2. GSO Vice President Office Hours this Tuesday
Genevieve Kane, the GSO VP, will be holding office hours from 4-6pm on Tuesday 1/29 for any questions for new groups seeking recognition or returning groups that have questions about recognition or funding.

3. The RGSO funding deadline has been extended to February 6th
Any group that is looking to apply for GSO recognition, or to renew their recognition can apply! If you have any questions, please email

4. 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

5. The Office of Graduate Studies Presents: Managing Expectations and Conflict
Monday, Feb 4th
CC, Terrace Lounge

In the day-to-day existence of being a graduate student, you may encounter those times when you experience conflict of some form. It is important to recognize that conflict does not need to be negative. When resolved effectively it can lead to unexpected and positive consequences. Please join in the discussion with Dr. Kevin Williams Dean of Graduate Studies. Learn how to increase both your personal and professional growth through the skills of conflict resolution.

For questions or more info contact: Heidi Nicholls,

6. 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.

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. Special Lecture by Stephen P. Heyneman
Special Lecture by Stephen P. Heyneman
Professor of International Education Policy
Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

Global Discussions of Educational Quality: on Efficiency and Ethics

When: Thursday, January 31, 2013
When: 4 pm - 6 pm
Where: ED 335

Welcome Reception begins 3:30 pm

Stephen P. Heyneman received his doctorate in comparative education from the University of Chicago in 1976. He served the World Bank for 22 years. Between 1976 and 1984 he helped research education quality and design policies to support educational effectiveness. Between 1984 and 1989 he was in charge of external training for senior officials world wide in education policy. Between 1989 and 1998, he was responsible for education policy and lending strategy, first for the Middle East and North Africa and later for the 27 countries of Europe and Central Asia. In 1992, he served as president of the Comparative and International Education Society. Since 2000 he has served as professor of International Education Policy at Vanderbilt University.

Sponsored by Educational Administration and Policy Studies and SEA Change. Your GSO funds at work!

9. PAHO/IHHR Training- Agenda and Working Groups
The recently established Institute for Health and Human Rights at UAlbany (IHHR) advocates for the promotion and protection of health and human rights for all. It achieves this through a variety of activities and in collaboration with different regional and international partners.

IHHR is presently partnering with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to conduct its firsttraining workshop on health and human rights which will take placeon February 2nd and 3rd at the University at Albany. This workshop is being organized for students involved with the IHHR/PAHO health and human rights projects from various universities across the country.

As part of this two day workshop, there will be two "open sessions", which are open to all students, to learn about the Institute's activities and the importance of linking health and human rights in various areas and disciplines. We would like to invite all students to join us for these special sessions which are open to all.

Open sessions:

Saturday, February 2nd, 10AM- 10:45AM: Opening Session

Saturday, February 2nd, 10:45-11:45: Panel with guest professors who will discuss the importance of linking health and human rights in their respective areas of work. They will also discuss the importance of the collaboration between IHHR and PAHO/WHO

Sunday February 3rd 2:00PM-4:00PM: Informational Session for all students who would like to find out more about the IHHR or would like to get involved in the activities that are being developed in collaboration with PAHO/WHO.

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. NYS Writers Institute: Community Writers Workshops Spring 2013
REACHING OUT - SPRING 2013 Each semester the Writers Institute sponsors residencies of varying lengths by authors who have distinguished themselves both for their writing and their teaching. In tandem with these residencies free writing workshops are offered on a competitive basis to members of the community.

(1) Memoir and the Personal Essay Workshop Offered by Writer-in-Residence James Lasdun
(2) Fiction Workshop Offered by Writers Institute Fellow James Lasdun

For full description and for more information please visit:

12. Fundraiser for the New Sanctuary for Immigrants
New Sanctuary for Immigrants (NSI) is the only all-volunteer, justice-based effort to assist all immigrants (both documented and undocumented).

Friday, February 1st, 6 to 8:30pm
for an NSI Fundraiser
with Live Music, Food, Silent Auction, and Immigrants' Stories
at Our Lady of the Americas Shrine Church
273 Central Ave (near North Lake Ave.), Albany NY 12206

Please see our Facebook event page:¬if_t=plan_user_joined Let us know if you're coming! Please bring a friend.

13. Sweatshop Workers Speak Out
Date: Friday, February 8th
Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: University at Albany, Humanities 354

Honduran and Haitian garment workers speak out against the sweatshop conditions in factories owned and contracted by Gildan, the largest supplier in the Western hemisphere to Adidas.

Speakers: A worker from Honduras will tell stories of death threats and intimidation she and her co-workers faced when organizing to improve working conditions in their factory. A worker from Haiti will speak about her union's protracted struggle to force Gildan to honor a nationwide minimum wage increase for some of the poorest garment workers in the world.

Sponsors: The Institute for Mesoamerican Studies, Cornerstone Protestant Campus Ministry, University at Albany Hillel, UAlbany Newman Association, Sweatfree Communities, Labor Religion Coalition of NYS, United Students Against Sweatshops

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