GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for February 11th

  1. GSO Grants Program Requesting Volunteers
  2. RGSO Committee Requesting Volunteers
  3. Initiatives for Women deadline, March 1
  4. Jane Guskin discusses the Politics of Immigration, Feb 15
  5. Study on LBGTQ Activism Seeks Volunteers
  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. UA Future Faculty Blog is back for the Spring!
  10. Call for Papers: The 8th Annual New Trends in Computing and Informatics Research (NTCIR) Conference
  11. ESL Classes for Spring 2013
  12. NYS Writers Institute: Community Writers Workshops Spring 2013
  13. Call for Volunteers on the Student-Debt Preliminary Planning Committee
  14. SEA Change Presents: Introductory Workshop on Software for Qualitative Data Analysis- Feb. 12
  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 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:

2. 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.

3. Initiatives for Women deadline, March 1
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

4. Jane Guskin discusses The Politics of Immigration
Jane Guskin is coauthor with David Wilson of The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers, published in July 2007 by Monthly Review Press. Guskin and Wilson are also coeditors, since 1990, of Weekly News Update on the Americas, a summary of Latin American news. In addition, Guskin edited Immigration News Briefs, a bulletin covering immigrationrelated news, from 1998 through 2008. In 1997 Guskin and Wilson helped found the Coalition for the Human Rights of Immigrants, an all volunteer group mobilizing against workplace raids. From April 2002 to April 2004, they worked to free their colleague and friend, Farouk AbdelMuhti, from immigration detention. Guskin is codirector of the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute, a grassroots foundation supporting nonviolent action for social justice, where she has worked since 1993. She lives in New York City. Parking on left on 9th St., Old Fire station building parking lot left on 10th Use the door facing Hoosick St. Donation of $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students more information: 518 505 0948

5. Study on LGBTQ Activism Seeks Volunteers
The purpose of the study is to explore the lives of young LGBTQ activists, who are often ignored and misrepresented in the scientific literature. This research will work to fill this gap by revealing the true experiences of young LGBTQ individuals and the ways in which they define their sexual identities and engage in sexual politics. The study was reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University at Albany, SUNY.

I am seeking volunteers who:
  • are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, unlabelled, queer or anything in between
  • have engaged in activism around LGBTQ issues (however you define it membership in a specific organization is not required nor is a minimum amount of activist participation) and
  • are between the ages of 18 25 years old.

Participation involves:
  • completing a one-on-one interview (lasting between 1 2 hours, time and location to be determined by you)

Participation in the study is completely voluntary and all information provided will be kept confidential. Upon completion of the interview, volunteers will receive $15 as a thank you for your time and participation.

If you are interested, please contact me at: or call me at: (518) 3340714.

Thank you,
Megan Murphy
Department of Sociology, University at Albany

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. UA Future Faculty Blog is back for the Spring Semester!
The UA Future Faculty Blog is back for the Spring semester! This week's entries: Finding Work-Life Balance and Getting your students to do the assigned readings. Catch these great blogs here:

AND you can 'Like' UAlbany Future Faculty Leadership Council on Facebook, too!

10. Call for Papers: The Informatics Department of the University of Albany presents The 8th Annual New Trends in Computing and Informatics Research (NTCIR) Conference
Friday, April 12th, 2013
Held in Milne 200, University of Albany, Downtown campus

We are looking for papers detailing research projects or graduate dissertations on subjects related to computerized Information Science topics. We will also have a poster display available for researchers to demonstrate progress on research that is not ready to be reported in a paper or presentation. Selected presenters and posters will be invited to present their research during the conference. Please design your presentation to last 30 minutes, including any questions and answers section.

Topics for consideration can include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Data Security and Information Assurance
  • Privacy, Governmental, and Societal issues
  • Business Information and Decision Systems
  • Decision and Policy Sciences
  • Information Technology and Learning
  • Organizational structures, both informational and institutional
  • Geographic information systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Please submit papers no later than February 15, 2013 to Please send all submissions electronically, and begin the Subject: tag with the word NTCIR. Selected presenters will be notified via electronic mail by March 1, 2013.

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. Call for Volunteers on the Student-Debt Preliminary Planning Committee
The SDPPC is calling for volunteers interested in helping their fellow students avoid and deal with debt. Many students graduate with tremendous amounts of personal debt which can significantly impact their quality of life. Part of the reason for this is students often lack good information on how to avoid debt and how to deal with debt when it occurs. This committee will develop ways to disseminate helpful information. The ideas of this committee would be brought to administrative and student-government attention for possible implementation.

Please contact Gary Roth at if you wish to volunteer.

14. SEA Change Presents: Introductory Workshop on Software for Qualitative Data Analysis
Join us for an introductory workshop on software for qualitative data analysis. It is a great opportunity to learn more about software that can help you in a research project, master's thesis and/or dissertation.

Juliana Svistova, an advanced PhD student of the School of Social Welfare, will share her knowledge on NVivo, one of the various software available to conduct qualitative analysis and give us some hands on tips to begin using the software!

Workshop: Qualitative Analysis with NVivo
Who: Juliana Svistova
When: Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Where: Education Building - ED 346.
How Long: 12pm 1pm

Your GSO Funds at Work!

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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