GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for February 4th

  2. GSO Grants Program Requesting Volunteers
  3. RGSO Deadline Extended to Feb. 6th
  4. RGSO Committee Requesting Volunteers
  5. Initiatives for Women
  6. The Office of Graduate Studies Presents: The Graduate Workshop Series, Spring 2013
  7. SUNY Albany 11th Annual English 2013 Graduate Conference: Considering Relevance
  8. Graduate Academic Conference- March 2013
  9. The Burian Lecture: Funded by the Jarka and Grayce Burian Endowment Colman Domingo, actor, director, and playwright
  10. Jorgen Randers, author and environmental scientist
  11. ESL Classes for Spring 2013
  12. NYS Writers Institute: Community Writers Workshops Spring 2013
  13. The Future of Film Series: RUSSIAN ARK
  14. Sweatshop Workers Speak Out
  15. Interactive Media Center classes begin February 11th
  16. Tango Lessons at UA - Free to students!
  17. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

1. GSO Assembly Meeting February 8th
The GSO will hold its first assembly meeting of the Spring semester on February 8th from 5:30 - 8:30 pm on the UAlbany East Campus in Room 110A, GEC Building. It is mandatory for all student groups seeking RGSO recognition in the spring to attend all assembly meetings - so please mark your calendars and have your representatives in attendance! We look forward to seeing you there!

2. GSO Grants Program Requesting Volunteers
The Grants Program is requesting volunteers for reviewing grant applications. This is a good opportunity to understand how the GSO Grant program evaluations function and may be a beneficial learning experience for future GSO grant applicants. You also fulfill RGSO committee requirements by volunteering to this committee. If you are applying for a grant for this Spring 2013 you may still volunteer to review. Please, if interested contact the grants chair at:

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. RGSO Committee Requesting Volunteers
The RGSO Committee is looking for volunteers to evaluate the Spring funding cycle for RGSO student groups!! If interested, please email Funding evaluations will begin on February 7th. This will count as a committee requirement for the Spring semester.

5. 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

6. The Office of Graduate Studies Presents: The Graduate Workshop Series, Spring 2013
Feb. 4: "Managing Relationships and Conflict"
Dr. Kevin Williams
CC Terrace Lounge, 2-3:30PM

Feb. 27: "Writing a Teaching Philosophy"

Katherine Truby, ITLAL Future Faculty Fellow
Dr. Betty Shadrick
CC Terrace Lounge, 2-3:30PM

March 12: "Alternative Career Trajectories"
Finding a Career Outside of Academia
HU354 1-2:30PM

March 27: "Financial Management
CC Terrace Lounge, 2-3:30PM

April 9: "Entrepreneurial Spirit"
Commercializing you research and exploring entrepreneurial opportunities
CC Terrace Lounge, 1-2:30PM

May 1: "Writing for Your NSF GPFP Grant"
Dr. Kevin Williams
CC Terrace Lounge, 2-3:30PM

All are open & free, questions or info contact Heidi Nicholls at

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. The Burian Lecture: Funded by the Jarka and Grayce Burian Endowment Colman Domingo, actor, director, and playwright
February 4 (Monday)
Seminar - 4:15 p.m., Assembly Hall, Campus Center
The Burian Lecture - 8:00 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center

Colman Domingo, rising star of the American stage, "a blazingly charismatic performer [with] a voice of remarkable range and dexterity" (The New York Times), received a 2011 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance in a Broadway Musical for "The Scottsboro Boys." He also wrote and starred in the play, "Wild With Happy," a comedy about a man coping with his mother's recent death, which was presented at New York's Public Theater in fall 2012. His film credits include Spielberg's Lincoln and Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer.
Cosponsored by UAlbany's Theatre Department

10. Jorgen Randers, author and environmental scientist
February 6 (Wednesday)
Reading - 7:30 p.m., Lecture Center 7, Academic Podium, Uptown campus

Leading futurist, bestselling author and founding figure in the new field of "sustainability studies," Norwegian environmental scientist Jorgen Randers coauthored the enormously influential 1972 book, The Limits to Growth, which predicts that world population growth will ultimately lead to the collapse of the earth's resources, despite advancing technologies. Still widely discussed today in scientific journals and policy circles, the controversial work reappeared in updated editions in 1992 and 2004. Randers' new book is 2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years (2012), a fresh perspective on humanity's immediate future- or possible futures- with particular emphasis on the impact of global warming and the collapse of the fossil fuel economy. UN Special Envoy on Climate Change Gro Harlem Brundtland called it, "thoughtful and thought provoking... inspiring and challenging, for all who really care about our common future." Professor of Climate Strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School, Randers formerly served as Deputy Director-General of the World Wildlife Fund.
Cosponsored by UAlbany's School of Business, Office of Environmental Sustainability, Rockefeller College, and the College of Computing and Information, as well as the University Auxiliary Services and System Dynamics Society

11 . 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

12. 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:

13. The Future of Film Series: RUSSIAN ARK
February 8 (Friday)
Film screening - 7:30 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus
Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov
(Russia, 2002, 99 minutes, color)
In Russian with English subtitles

Widely acclaimed as both a technical masterpiece and a captivating spectacle, this tour of three hundred years of Russian history represents, in its entirety, the single longest continuous shot in the annals of cinema. Featuring two thousand actors and three live orchestras, the film follows an invisible narrator and a group of dead souls as they cavort through thirty-three rooms of the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg. Writing in the Village Voice, J. Hoberman called it, "Sublime... blithely anachronistic and slyly achronological... [a] dazzling dance to the music of time."

For more information contact 518-442-5620 or, or visit us online at . You may also wish to visit our blog at, or to friend us on Facebook.

14. 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

15. Interactive Media Center classes begin February 11th
The Interactive Media Center offers short classes in video, audio, graphics and web design applications. These classes are free and open to the public. Some of the topics include Dreamweaver, iMovie, Audacity, Publisher, Illustrator, PowerPoint and Adobe Photoshop. The schedule is posted at: and on the University's Events Calendar:

Attending these classes you will
  • Gain skills for employment
  • Learn how to use audio and video applications for enhancing lectures
  • Learn how to make interactive forms to share electronically
  • Explore how to digitize and edit audio and video recordings and existing clips
  • Create websites for research, professional activities, and other purposes
See our flier! Register at the University Library Interactive Media Center desk, basement floor, tele. 442-3608, or on the web: Walk-Ins welcomed. For more information contact: Regina Conboy, 442-3608

16. Tango Lessons at UA - Free to students!
We will hold tango lessons in the dance studio located on the third floor of the athletic center behind the track (side nearest to Western Avenue). The lessons are open to all. You don't need prior experience to join. You may come with or without a partner. Wear shoes that slide well on the dance floor. If you don't have such shoes, just wear socks.

Classes will run every* Sunday from 3-5pm from 1/27 to 5/5.

*except 2/10
*except 3/17
*except 3/24
*except 3/31

The lessons are free to students. Non-students pay $80 for the whole semester or $15/class drop-in fee.

The teachers are from the Albany Tango Society which has been hosting tango events in the area for quite some time now.

Tango Instructor Bio: Kevin Magee is the organizer and founder of the Albany Tango Society, presenting tango events in Albany since 2007. Through the auspices of the Albany Tango Society Kevin teaches six levels of tango instruction and presents free weekly classes to the community. As an organizer and presenter, Kevin has hosted over two hundred guest instructors-performers to the Capital Region, drawing from the top echelon of tango dancers world-wide. Kevin is an instructor at Emma Willard School (Troy, NY) teaching ballet, modern dance, jazz, and tango. He also teaches tango through the Student Union at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY). Prior to his work in tango, Kevin performed contemporary choreography with False Alarm, Peter Sparling and Dancers, Second Wind Dance Co., and Ellen Sinopoli Dance Co. From 1991-2007 Kevin instructed modern dance, ballet, and jazz technique, and lectured in contemporary choreography, dance history, and cultural studies at colleges and universities throughout the US. Kevin received his MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois (1991) with an emphasis in contemporary performance, choreography, and pedagogy.

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I look forward to seeing you all at tango!

We'd like to thank our sponsors: The University Auxiliary Services, Amnesty International and the Department of Languages Literatures and Cultures.

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