GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for March 25th

  1. GSO Printer & Copier Working
  2. GSO Hosts Trivia Night, Tonight Mon. March 25, 8PM
  3. GSO Employment Opportunity
  4. BMS/EHS GSO Speaker Series - Nathaniel Cady, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Nanobioscience- Today, March 25
  5. Invitation to Apply to Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society! Tues. March 26
  6. March & April Events! The Pride Center of the Capital Region
  7. Final Call: Future Faculty Leadership Council Application Deadline EXTENDED to April 1st.
  8. What I Wish I'd Known...Advice for Future Faculty, Fri. April 5
  9. Office of Grad Studies Presents: Grad Workshop Series, Spring ’13- March 27th Be Smart With Your Money
  10. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
  11. "The Throwaways" Sneak Preview Documentary Showing, April 9th
  12. International Night! Thursday, April 11th
  13. CFP: 8th Annual New Trends in Computing and Informatics Research Conference, April 12
  14. Adult Swim Classes, YMCA, March 1-April 19
  15. The 3rd Annual Open Source Festival 2013, Thurs April 25
  16. Tango Lessons at UA - Free to students!
  17. Meditation Mondays
  18. Interactive Media Center classes
  19. Study on LBGTQ Activism Seeks Volunteers
  20. Volunteers Needed for Dissertation Research
  21. Call for Volunteers on the Student-Debt Preliminary Planning Committee
  22. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

1. GSO Printer and Copier Working
GSO printer & copier is up and working. Thank you for your patience!

2. GSO Hosts Trivia Night, Tonight Mon. March 25, 8PM
The next GSO event will take place on Monday March 25th titled "Trivia Night" at the Washington Tavern at 8pm. There will be many prize giveaways for the winners! There will also be all you can eat appetizers and great drink specials. Sign up starts tomorrow Monday March 11th. If you sign up with your RGSO, groups will receive monetary rewards toward their budget!

3. GSO Employment Opportunity
The Graduate Student Organization is pleased to announce the following employment opportunity posted below. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume with the appropriate job title in the subject line to:

Please note, graduate students already receiving University funding through Assistantships are ineligible for employment in the GSO. Only serious applications will be considered.

Office Manager - Uptown Campus, to begin immediately

The Office Manager is responsible for the operation of the GSO Office, assisting the E-Board with administrative duties, and helping graduate students with various needs.

Qualified candidates for this position must have:
  • Office administrative experience, including problem solving, working independently, and a solid work ethic
  • Pleasant and patient disposition, the ability to stay calm, helpful and engaged with multiple tasks and requests at hand
  • Have good customer service, computer, and organizational skills
  • Have the ability to multi-task and work with culturally diverse populations
  • Be graduate students at UAlbany

Preferred qualifications include advanced proficiency in computers, fluency in multiple languages, and knowledge of UAlbany policies and procedures.

In your cover letter please indicate your specific qualifications and work experience that would make you the best office manager for UAlbany’s graduate student body. Email to

Starting pay is $10.00. Highest consideration will be given to those with solid prior administrative experience.

4. BMS/EHS GSO Speaker Series - Nathanial Cady, PhD - Associate Professor of Nanobioscience- Today, March 25
Nathaniel Cady, associate professor from the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, will be presenting his work: "From Micro-bumps to Molecular Inhibitors - Combating Bacterial Biofilms," at 2 pm on Monday, March 25th in the DAI Auditorium. There will also be a catered lunch with the speaker before the talk at 1 pm. This lunch will be limited to the first responders, so please e-mail: if you are interested in meeting Dr. Cady.

5. Invitation to Apply to Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society! Tues. March 26
Ten years ago, Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society, established a new chapter at the University at Albany. We'd like to invite you to apply for membership in ODK!

The Omicron Delta Kappa Society is a national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character. Membership in ODK is a mark of the highest distinction and honor. Student members must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students at the time of initiation, have at least a 3.25 GPA, and have exhibited proven leadership in campus and community activities.

The Society recognizes achievement in five areas:
  • Scholarship
  • Athletics
  • Campus/ Community Service, Social/Religious Activities, and Campus Government
  • Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
  • Creative and Performing Arts

Emphasis is placed on the development of the whole person, both as a member of the college community and as a contributor to a better society. Hence, the purpose of Omicron Delta Kappa is threefold:
  1. To recognize those who have exhibited a high standard of leadership and efficiency in collegiate activities;
  2. To bring together student leaders from all sectors of collegiate life in order to help mold the sentiment of the university for questions of local and collegiate interest;
  3. To bring together members of the faculty and the student body on a basis of mutual interest and understanding.

If you believe that you have demonstrated achievement across the five categories (not necessarily all five), we strongly encourage you to apply for membership. To be considered, please visit Omicron Delta Kappa on and submit the application form by 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. (Application is under the Forms tab) The selection committee will review each application and notify candidates of their status in April.

If you are selected, there is a one-time membership fee of $80, which must be submitted before you are inducted. This fee helps support ODK on our campus and national level. The induction ceremony is tentatively scheduled for the end of Homecoming Weekend in Fall 2013. Families and friends are welcome to attend and witness your initiation to the University at Albany's Chapter of ODK.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Beth Conrad, UAlbany's ODK Faculty Secretary, by email at In the meantime, if you wish to learn more about Omicron Delta Kappa, please visit the National website at, or the University at Albany Circle's website at

We look forward to hearing from you!

Whitney Brown
UAlbany Circle President

Anne Hildreth
UAlbany Circle Faculty Advisor

6. March and April Events! The Price Center of the Capital Region
Wednesdays, 3/15, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17 Breaking the Silence Planning Meetings

Friday, April 12th JDP Scholarship Deadline!! (Application online & attached)

Friday, April 19th GLSEN's 11th Annual Breaking the Silence Rally, 4PM @ The Egg
If you'd like more information, or if you need transportation to the event, we are coordinating buses throughout NYS to get as many students to this event as we can! Please call us at (518) 462-6138 or email myself or our GLSEN contact, **

Friday, April 26th SPRING FLING! 7pm-10pm @ the Pride Center. Youth Dance for folks ages 13-18.

Tuesday, April 30th EQUALITY & JUSTICE DAY! 9am-5pm @ Empire State Plaza, Capitol Buildings. The Pride Center has a number of youth scholarships to attend the day. If you or a few of your students are interested in repping your community and advocating for LGBTQ rights, this is your chance! More info can be found here.

Thursdays, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30 Alternative Prom Planning Meetings Youth that participate in these planning meetings receive a FREE PASS to A-PROM!

Friday, June 7th, Alternative Prom 2013!!! 7pm-11pm @ UAlbany Campus Center Ballroom. If you're interested in chaperoning for the event, please let me know! We have over 70 chaperones for this not to miss event, it's a lot of fun for both the youth and the adults that come!

Sunday, June 9th, YOUTH MARCH! (More details to come!)

Don't forget about Capital Pride 2013!

7. Final Call: Future Faculty Leadership Council Application Deadline EXTENDED to April 1st.
The Future Faculty Leadership Council (FFLC) is looking for new departmental representatives! Attached you will more information and application details.

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 more information about the FFLC, as well as posted blogs, at:

our blog OR you can find UAlbany Future Faculty Leadership Council on Facebook!

Applications are due by April 1st to Katie Truby at If you have any questions concerning the position or application process, please feel free to contact Katie at the above email address. We look forward to hearing from you!

8. What I Wish I'd Known... Advice for Future Faculty, Fri. April 5
Fri, April 5, 12:00pm - 1:30pm Bring your lunch! Light snacks and drinks will be served!

Location: ITLAL Underground (Library 69)

A panel of first and second year faculty members from within and outside of the University at Albany discuss their experiences on the job market, landing their first job, and the surprises they encountered once they arrived. Panelists will also share their thoughts on negotiations, getting along with colleagues, and managing to stay productive in the first year without going crazy. Also join us to hear about ITLAL's new Teaching Certificate program, and how such preparation has helped these professors as they prepared for their current positions. Click here to register

9. Office of Grad Studies Presents: Grad Workshop Series, Spring '13- March 27th Be Smart With Your Money
March 27: "Financial Management"
BE SMART WITH YOUR MONEY: Financial and Loan Management is scheduled for March 27th in the Terrace Lounge from 2-3:30.

Please join Dr. Betty Shadrick, the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, and Mary E. Stokes, ChFC, CDFA, CFP a certified Financial Planner and Practitioner for a workshop focusing on accessing and managing student accounts and loans before, during, and after graduate school, while achieving financial success!

Any questions ou may have, please feel free to contact Heidi Nicholls.

Reminder: All of these workshops are open and free to ALL graduate students!!!

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.

10. Office of Grad Studies Launches 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

11. "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:

12. International Night! Thursday, April 11th
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Cancer Research Canter Lobby
Time 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Celebrate our world heritage!
Join the School of Public Health in a night of FUN to promote world heritage. There will be guest speakers, traditional music from all over the world, arts and crafts tables for the kids & ethnic food! Traditional dress is highly encouraged!

Raffle proceeds benefit the Engeye Hospital in Uganda
This event is a potluck, bring an ethnic dish to share!
Please bring your friends and family!

Anyone who would like to contribute: performance, crafts, or food. Please email Lana Mutters @ for information.

13. CFP: 8th Annual New Trends in Computing and Informatics Research 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.

14. 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.

15. 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

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.

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.

17. 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.

18. 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

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. Volunteers Needed for Dissertation Research
Greetings All,

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Heidi Nicholls and I am a Doctoral Candidate in the Anthropology Department at the University of Albany. I am looking for your assistance in completing my dissertation research. My research is centered on touristic performances, diaspora studies, and hyphenated identities in general and the Indian Diaspora in particular. Why am I interested in this research? Ultimately, investigating the duality of identity negotiation in the diaspora in connection to festivals can shed light on the importance of an extended community to new arrivals. This investigation can further inform international study programs, diasporic community agencies, and non profits, lending a voice to the importance and social relevance of culturally situated social networks.

I am looking for individuals from India who have come to Albany to either study, work, or both to take part in this research. Participation would come in the form of being interviewed for a couple of hours. This interview would be anonymous and scheduled at your convenience.

The kinds of questions I will ask will include:
  • Where did you grow up?
  • Why did you choose Albany?
  • What are your favorite cultural festivals? Why?
  • What systems were in place for your arrival that meant the most to you? Why?

If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact me: Heidi Nicholls

Thank you so much for your time and consideration!

21. 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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