GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for February 25th

  1. GSO Assembly Meeting, Friday, March 1 @ 5:30PM
  2. Getting GSEU Professional Development Funds, Tues Feb 26 @ 1PM
  3. Take a "Paws" with Therapy Dogs! Mon, Feb. 25 12-2pm, East Campus
  4. The 3rd Annual Open Source Festival 2013
  5. Food-wise & Fundraising: Support UAlbany Disability Resources Center by Eating at UNO's on Thurs, Feb. 28
  6. Future Faculty Research Council is now accepting applications for 2013-15
  7. Meditation Mondays
  8. Initiatives for Women Grant deadline, March 1
  9. Marjorie Heins talk on her new book, Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge, Tues. Feb 26
  10. AGSO Annual Grad Student Symposium, Fri. March 1 @ 1:30PM
  11. Office of Grad Studies Presents: Grad Workshop Series, Spring '13- Wed Feb. 27th Workshop "Writing a Teaching Philosophy"
  12. Eugene Mirabelli, novelist, and Ann Hood, novelist, February 26 (Tuesday)
  13. 2013 Somos El Futuro Spring Conference, March 23
  14. 11th Annual English 2013 Grad Conference: Considering Relevance, March 8-9
  15. Graduate Academic Conference- March 2013
  16. UA Future Faculty Blog is back for the Spring!
  17. CFP: 8th Annual New Trends in Computing and Informatics Research Conference
  18. Harriet Tubman: A Legacy of Resistance Symposium- Registration Deadline Feb. 28
  19. Study on LBGTQ Activism Seeks Volunteers
  20. Call for Volunteers on the Student-Debt Preliminary Planning Committee
  21. Interactive Media Center classes
  22. Tango Lessons at UA - Free to students!
  23. Adult Swim Classes, YMCA
  24. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

1. GSO Assembly Meeting, Fri. March 1st
The next GSO Assembly Meeting will be on March 1st from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in room 110A in the George Education Center Building on East Campus.

If you have any questions, please e-mail the GSO at

We look forward to seeing you there.

2. Getting GSEU Professional Development Funds, Tues Feb. 26 @ 1PM
Students of Sociology are hosting a brown bag, "Getting GSEU Professional Development Funds" Tuesday February 26th at 1pm in the Sociology conference room, AS357. Anyone is invited to attend.

3. Take a "Paws" with Therapy Dogs! Mon, Feb. 25 12-2pm, East Campus
Take a "paws" with Therapy Dogs! This event is hopefully just in time during your midterm exams and projects! It is this Monday, February 25th in the East Campus from 12pm to 2pm in Room 110A (the room on your right upon entry)! You will gain the opportunity to reduce stress, pet certified therapy dogs and buy a $1 raffle ticket to win a $25 Macy's Gift card, $15 Panera Bread Gift card, $10 CVS/pharmacy Gift card or a special SPH mug with snacks and other surprises. Many raffle prizes to choose from and many therapy dogs to pet!! 100% of the Proceeds goes to Albany's Ronald McDonald House. We hope to see you there!!

4. The 3rd Annual Open Source Festival 2013
The University of Albany Student Chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) proudly present:

The 3rd Annual Open Source Festival 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 11:00am- 8:00pm
Assembly Hall, Campus Center,
SUNY Abany

What is Open Source?

  • Are you working on an Open Source application?
  • Are you familiar with a popular Open Source application?
  • Are you working on a new technique to benefit Open Source software development?

We are looking for presentations detailing projects, applications, and techniques of Open Source Technology. The audience will be a diverse group of students, professionals, and interested parties, so we welcome both technical and practical presentations.

Please submit proposals no later than March 6, 2013 to:

Please send all submissions electronically. Selected presenters will be notified via electronic mail by March 20, 2013. For more info:

Organized by UAlbany ASIS&T, College of Computing and Information, University at Albany, SUNY

5. Food-wise and Fundraising: Support UAlbany Disability Resource Center by Eating at UNO's, Feb. 28
UAlbany Disability Resource Center and UNO Chicago Grill/Pizzeria in Crossgates Mid-Mall are teaming up to make some serious dough-Food-wise and Fundraising. Please support the DRC Scholarship Fund by dining in the restaurant for a snack, meal or any type of beverage on Thursday, February 28th.

The opportunity is going on all day on Thursday BUT you will need to have a voucher to give the UNO servers to let UNO donate 20% of your bill to the DRC scholarship. Special Vouchers can be picked up in the DRC Office in the Campus Center, GSO office OR you can print the Special Vouchers from (search for Disability Resource Center) or from the DRC Facebook page. One voucher is good for one person, so the more, the better!

6. The Future Faculty Leadership Council is now accepting applications for the 2013-2015 term!
The FFLC is a group of graduate students who organize events for the UAlbany graduate student community on becoming successful faculty members. The overall mission of the FFLC is to "empower you to become confident faculty, excellent teachers, and to achieve tenure in an organized, strategic manner". You can find out more information about the FFLC (as well as see posted blogs) at

To request an application, please contact Katie Truby at The deadline to apply is March 25th!

7. Meditation Mondays
Jumpstart the week with a meditation that relaxes the mind and sets the tone for all the challenges of the week ahead. Join us on Monday evenings at 5:00 pm in The Interfaith Center (behind tennis courts and Dutch Parking Lot) for a session with some light breathing exercises, a guided meditation and discussions on healthy lifestyle. No prior experience of yoga/meditation is required and welcome to join any session. No fee.

A Yesplus RGSO initiative.

8. Initiatives for Women
DUE DATE: March 1, 2013

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

9. Marjorie Heins, legal scholar and activist, will talk about her new book, Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge (NYU Press, 2013).
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7:00 pm
Albany Law School, West Wing

The book covers the history of New York's political witch-hunt from the early 1940s through the late 1960s, and the battle over academic freedom on campuses and in the courts. It traces the genealogy of Keyishian v. The Board of Regents, the case in which the United States Supreme Court finally vacated New York's notorious Feinberg Law, under which hundreds of teachers and professors were persecuted from 1949 to 1967. A lawyer and a journalist, Heins founded and directed the ACLU's Arts Censorship Project, as well as the Free Expression Policy Project ( She has written extensively on censorship and the law, and the First Amendment. Her books include, Not in Front of the Children: 'Indecency,' Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth and Sex, Sin and Blasphemy: A Guide to America's Censorship Wars. She currently teaches at New York University. (Park in main parking lot on Holland Ave,go through main entrance and follow the signs) This event is co-sponsored by Albany Chapter of United University Professions, the Capital District Progressive Faculty Caucus and Albany Law School

For more information contact A. Feffer or (518)388-6787

10. AGSO Annual Graduate Student Symposium, Fri. March 1 @ 1:30
AGSO Annual Graduate Student Symposium
When: Friday March 1st, 1:30-4:30pm
Where: Standish Room (3rd Floor Science Library)
What: Students from the Anthropology and Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies department will give poster and podium presentations to present their research. Light refreshments will be served.
Your GSO Funds at Work!

11. The Office of Graduate Studies Presents: The Graduate Workshop Series, Spring 2013
Feb. 27: "Writing a Teaching Philosophy" with Katherine Truby, ITLAL Future Faculty Fellow and Dr. Betty Shadrick
CC Terrace Lounge, 2-3:30PM, Wed., Feb. 27: "Writing a Teaching Philosophy":
Regardless of the type of academic job you are interested in, you will most likely be asked to submit a statement of teaching philosophy at some point during the hiring process. In this interactive workshop, we will reflect on the key beliefs and teaching behaviors that define your philosophy and should be emphasized in your statement. We will also identify the qualities of an effective statement, evaluate examples and consider possibilities for effectively organizing a teaching philosophy. You will leave with a draft that will be the beginning of your own statement.

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

12. Eugene Mirabelli, novelist, and Ann Hood, novelist, February 26 (Tuesday)
Seminar - 4:15 p.m., Assembly Hall, Campus Center
Reading - 8:00 p.m., Assembly Hall, Campus Center

Eugene Mirabelli, Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany, is the author of eight highly praised novels. His most recent, Renato, the Painter (2012), is the story of an elderly artist who lives his messy life with gusto, and who applies himself to art with great energy, defying the neglect of the public and the critics. Publishers Weekly said, "In prose as lusty and vigorous as Renato himself, Mirabelli captures the feeling of coming to terms- ready or not- with old age." Author Andrei Codrescu said in advance praise, "This generous, sprawling, fleshy novel of a life lived among lovers, friends, olives, wine, bread, and prosciutto, is a fresco of Sicilian-American-New England life... an American story that shows just how a first generation of immigrants branch from village craftsmen to engineers and artists."

Ann Hood is the author of the bestselling novel, The Knitting Circle (2007), about a woman who takes up knitting in order to cope with the death of her young daughter. The book is currently being adapted as an HBO television movie. Hood was inspired to write The Knitting Circle by her own experience with grief after the death of her five-year-old daughter, Grace, an experience she chronicles in the memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief (2008), a New York Times Editor's Choice. Her newest book is The Obituary Writer (2013), about two women coping with heartbreak and loss during two different periods in American history. Novelist Tom Perrotta said, "In this poignant and incisive novel, Ann Hood brings history back to life in the most intimate way."

13. 2013 Somos El Futuro Spring Conference, March 23
Albany, NY at the Empire State Plaza Concourse
Saturday March 23, 2013

The Somos El Futuro Conference has established itself as an important forum for policy-makers, federal, state and local elected officials, scholars and business leaders to engage and address issues pertinent to the Hispanic Community. This year's theme is "The Time is Now" and will be filled with informative workshops, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities aspiring to energize, empower and motivate our participants and audiences.

This conference will feature a "Youth Summit" comprised of seminars and forums from the student perspective. Topics include the educational process, from getting into college to graduation; understanding the legislative process by learning how to run for office; and financial literacy through learning new techniques on how to manage finances and build credit. The Census Bureau will also present research techniques and ideas that will provide the youth with the right tools to conduct their own demographic/ economic research. In addition, we will also have a Youth Town Hall Meeting where students can take part in a dialogue with elected officials.

All of these workshops are FREE for all students who attend. We are interested in inviting youth from all over the New York State and opening our conference to as many students who are interested in attending.

For more information please visit our website If you are interested in attending the conference please contact Michelle Garcia directly via email at We look forward to working with you and your organization

14. SUNY Albany 11th Annual English 2012 Graduate Conference: Considering Relevance
SUNY Albany 11th Annual English 2013 Graduate Conference: Considering Relevance March 8-9, 2013. For our 11th Annual Conference, we invite graduate students of any discipline to consider the applications and effects of relevance. For more information see: OR contact

15. Graduate Academic Conference- March 2013
Registration for Institutions & Societies: Graduate Conference is now open. Join graduate students and faculty from nine different social science programs as we discuss the interface of social institutions and contemporary societies.Click here to sign up today.

Keynote speaker: Richard Kirsch - 8:30 am
Where: Milne 200, Rockefeller College (downtown campus)
When: March 1, 2013
What: 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.

Organized by GAPS and SEAChange
Your GSO Funds at Work!

16. 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!

17. 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.

18. Harriet Tubman: A Legacy of Resistance- Registration Deadline Feb. 28
Harriet Tubman: A Legacy of Resistance is a symposium and celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passing of HarrietTubman (1820-1913), legendary black feminist, Underground Railroad conductor, Civil War veteran, suffragette, community leader, and freedom fighter. This women's studies and women's history month event launches on International Women's Day, Friday, March 8, 2013, while continuing through the weekend, leading up to the official anniversary on March 10, 2013.

In a milestone year that also commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Parks, and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the Department of Women's Studies and all its supporters here at the University at Albany are pleased to highlight an important figure to both women's history and New York State history. Harriet Tubman not only found self-liberation but liberated countless others in the journey to freedom. Through this symposium, the life and symbols of Harriet Tubman will be examined, explored, and celebrated through academic papers, educational workshops, tours, critical conversations, and creative performances - including song selections from the musical debut of Nkeiru Okoye's folk opera, Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom. An interdisciplinary assemblage of scholars, educators, artists and community organizers are brought together to commemorate a legend, build community, and enrich the public.

The symposium papers will later be included in a special issue of the academic journal Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, edited by historian Paula Giddings at Smith College.

For a full schedule of events and for more information on registering for the symposium, please visit our website:

19. 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) 334-0714.

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

20. 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.

21. Interactive Media Center Classes
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

22. 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.

If you want to be on the emailing list, please send an e-mail to

You can also follow us on
We are listed as "UAlbany Tango Club"
Email us at

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.

23. Adult Swim Classes, YMCA
Community, Adult Learn to Swim Program

Guilderland YMCA
250 Winding Brook Drive
Guilderland, NY 12084
(518) 456-3634

All levels of swim instruction (Level 1 - Level 6)
Small groups Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Guilderland YMCA pool

8 weeks beginning March 1 through April 19, 2013
Cost: $70 payable to the Guilderland YMCA
Free parking and use of locker room facilities, Easy access into facility which is handicapped accessible, Certified Instructors with extensive aquatic instruction experience, Registration on first day of class at 9 a.m., March 1. Open to the community as well as Y members.

24. GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook
Follow the GSO on Twitter: @UAlbanyGSO
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