GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for March 4th

  1. Finding an Academic Job that Fits Your Needs, Mon March 4 @ 2:30PM
  2. Documentary Screening on Human Trafficking, Fri March 8 @ 6:30PM
  3. 11th Annual English Grad Conference: Considering Relevance, March 8-9
  4. Take a "Paws" with Therapy Dogs, Fri. March 8 @ 1PM, Main Campus
  5. Future Faculty Leadership Council is now accepting applications for 2013-15
  6. Future Faculty Leadership Council Blog!
  7. Office of Grad Studies Presents: Grad Workshop Series, Spring '13
  8. Check Out Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook & Dean of Graduate Studies Twitter Account
  9. 2013 Somos El Futuro Spring Conference, March 23
  10. "The Throwaways" Sneak Preview Documentary Showing, April 9th
  11. CFP: 8th Annual New Trends in Computing and Informatics Research Conference, April 12
  12. Adult Swim Classes, YMCA, March 1-April 19
  13. The 3rd Annual Open Source Festival 2013, Thurs April 25
  14. Tango Lessons at UA - Free to students!
  15. Meditation Mondays
  16. Interactive Media Center classes
  17. Study on LBGTQ Activism Seeks Volunteers
  18. Call for Volunteers on the Student-Debt Preliminary Planning Committee
  19. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

1. Finding an Academic Job that Fits your Needs
Monday, March 4, 2:30-4:00
ITLAL, Library Basement 69

You know you want an academic job, but where? Most students assume they would be happiest at a research university (like the University at Albany), but 80% of PhD graduates don't end up working at research universities, and many who do aren't happy in that environment. Join us for a panel discussion with faculty members from local non-research institutions (including liberal arts and community colleges) to learn what their faculty life is like so that you can target your job search to the type of institution that will best fit your career interests. We will also discuss how to tailor your application package so that it will be attractive to a search committee at a non-research institution. Register at

2. Free Documentary Screening on Human Trafficking in America, Fri. March 8th
Please join your fellow Graduate Students & Faculty for a FREE documentary screening!! Social Welfare Student Association (SWSA) will be presenting 2 short documentaries exposing Human Trafficking in America in light of the recently passed Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA).

Trafficked: Slavery in America from MSNBC What I Have Been Through is Not Who I Am released by EPACT USA. Following the viewing, MSW Student Ayla Fleming will do a short presentation and Q&A.

Date: Friday, March 8th
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Husted Amphitheater

There will be REFRESHMENTS provided by SWSA. This screening is open to ALL Graduate Students and Faculty!! Reply to to RSVP.

3. 11th Annual English Grad Conference: "Considering Relevance" March 8-9
Please join the EGSO for the 11th Annual English Graduate Student Conference titled "Considering Relevance." The conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 8th and 9th at the University at Albany's Downtown campus. Both days will offer panels composed of graduate students from both UAlbany and from around the nation delivering papers with critical and creative perspectives on relevance.

Jill Magi, this year's creative keynote speaker brought to you by Barzakh, works in text, image, and textile and is the author of LABOR (forthcoming from Nightboat), SLOT (Ugly Duckling Presse), Cadastral Map (Shearsman),Torchwood (Shearsman), Threads (Futurepoem), the chapbooks Die for love/furlough, Poetry Barn Barn!, Confidence and Autonomy, and numerous handmade books. Jill teaches at Goddard College, Columbia College Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ashley Dawson, Professor at CUNY Graduate Center, will deliver this year's critical keynote lecture. Much of Dr. Dawson's work hinges on the experience and literature of migration, including movement from postcolonial nations such as Jamaica and Nigeria to the former imperial center and from rural areas to mega-cities of the global South like Lagos and Mumbai. At present Professor Dawson is at work on a book on urban culture and imperialism and on a history of twentieth-century British literature. He is the author of Mongrel Nation: Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain (Michigan, 2007).

For the conference schedule or more information, please visit the EGSO's webpage at

4. 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!!

5. 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!

6. Future Faculty Leadership Council Blog
Future Faculty Leadership Council Blog: This week's entry focuses on the academic job market timeline... What to do and when to do it! Check it out at AND "Like" UAlbany Future Faculty Leadership Council on Facebook to catch updates about what we're doing around campus.

7. 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

8. Check Out the Office of Graduate Studies Facebook Page & Graduate Studies Dean Twitter Account
Facebook: The Office of Graduate Studies has launched their Facebook Page! Please go to and like this page! All programming, events, and announcements issued from the Office of Graduate Studies will be found here...including follow up information and slides to the Graduate Workshop Series as well as posts from Dean Kevin Williams. Twitter: Hear from the Dean of Graduate Studies! Follow Dean Kevin Williams on Twitter @UAlbanyGradDean

9. 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

10. "The Throwaways" Sneak Preview Documentary Showing, Tues April 9th
Tues April 9, 6PM
Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, UAlbany
Facebook Event Page:

About: THE THROWAWAYS tells the story of homeless filmmaker and activist Ira McKinley, documenting his quest to shed light on the struggle of people living on the margins of society and to challenge a system that oppresses them. McKinley aims to pull the curtain back for viewers and expose how the current economic crisis is having a devastating effect on those who have become throwaways, invisible to most, discarded by a system that has failed them.

Co-Sponsored by: Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU/CWA 1104), Albany UUP Executive Committee, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, the UAlbany Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Studies Department, Holding Our Own, NYSR, Occupy Albany, Save Our SUNY, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Students Revolutionary Coalition, Third World Impact, Upper Hudson Peace Action

For more info:

11. The 8th Annual New Trends in Computing and Informatics Research (NTCIR) Conference, April 12
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.

12. 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.

13. The 3rd Annual Open Source Festival 2013, Thurs April 25
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

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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

17. 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

18. 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.

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