GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for April 1st

  1. LAST CALL: Future Faculty Leadership Council Application Deadline April 1st.
  2. Educational Psychology and Methodology RGSO April 3, 11:30am-1pm ED335: "Cross-cultural research"
  3. Ronald McDonald House - Volunteer Opportunity, April 3
  4. James Salter, fiction writer April 4 (Thursday)
  5. What I Wish I'd Known...Advice for Future Faculty, April 5th
  6. Justice & Multiculturalism in the 21st Century Film Series: CENTRAL PARK FIVE screening followed Q&A with directors Sarah Burns and David McMahon April 5 (Friday)
  7. Holi Celebrations @ UAlbany, Sunday April 7
  8. March & April Events! The Pride Center of the Capital Region
  9. What I Wish I'd Known...Advice for Future Faculty, Fri. April 5
  10. Office of Grad Studies Presents: Grad Workshop Series, Spring ’13- April 9: "Entrepreneurial Spirit"
  11. "The Throwaways" Sneak Preview Documentary Showing, April 9th
  12. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
  13. International Night! Thursday, April 11th
  14. CFP: 8th Annual New Trends in Computing and Informatics Research Conference, April 12
  15. Adult Swim Classes, YMCA, March 1-April 19
  16. UAlbany Earth Day Festival, April 20th
  17. The 3rd Annual Open Source Festival 2013, Thurs April 25
  18. Tango Lessons at UA - Free to students!
  19. Meditation Mondays
  20. Interactive Media Center classes
  21. Study on LBGTQ Activism Seeks Volunteers
  22. Volunteers Needed for Dissertation Research
  23. Call for Volunteers on the Student-Debt Preliminary Planning Committee
  24. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook



1. LAST CALL: Future Faculty Leadership Council Application Deadline April 1st
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) here.

To request an application, please contact Katie Truby at futurefacultyfellow@albany.edu

The deadline to apply is April 1st!


2. Educational Psychology and Methodology RGSO April 3, 11:30am-1pm ED335: "Cross-cultural research"
Brown Bag #3: Cross-cultural research, using well-being of Taiwanese and Singaporean students as an example

Please come join in on a presentation by Dr. Hung-Bin Sheu on a cross-cultural research program that is designed to examine possible psychological pathways through which individuals of different cultural/racial backgrounds achieve and maintain their well-being. The different theoretical models and structural equation modeling techniques used will also be discussed. All students and faculty are encouraged to attend!

For questions please contact Angela Lui at ms.angelalui@gmail.com


3. Ronald McDonald House - Volunteer opportunity, April 3
The SPH GSO is sponsoring two dinners at the Capital Region's Ronald McDonald House. Volunteers will plan a menu, shop for food, and prepare dinner for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Dinner is served between 5:00pm and 6:00pm. Volunteers should arrive at 3:30pm to prepare the meal.

Date: April 3, 2013. 6-8 volunteers are needed for each day.

Please email the RGSO volunteer coordinator Richard Kugblenu @ rkugblenu@albany.edu to sign-up or for any questions. More information on the Ronald McDonald House and the meal program, visit: http://www.rmhcofalbany.org/


4. James Salter, fiction writer April 4 (Thursday)
Seminar — 4:15 p.m., Campus Center Room 375
Reading — 8:00 p.m., Campus Center Room 375

James Salter, prize-winning fiction writer and former New York State Author (1998–2000), has been called "one of the best writers in this country" (Bloomsbury Review), and "the author of some of the most esteemed fiction of the past three decades" (Publishers Weekly). A graduate of West Point and former fighter pilot, Salter is acclaimed for fiction about military life, and for stories about human desire in its many manifestations. At the age of 85, he is the author of a major new novel, All That Is (2013), about a naval officer who returns from the battles of World War II to make a life as a book editor in bohemian New York. Salter’s early novels include Solo Faces (1979), A Sport and a Pastime (1967), and The Hunters (1957). Winner of the 2012 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, Salter also received the PEN/Faulkner Award for his 1988 collection, Dusk. His other works include the story collection Last Night (2005), and the memoir, Burning the Days (1997).


5. 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


6. Justice & Multiculturalism in the 21st Century Film Series: CENTRAL PARK FIVE screening followed by Q&A with directors Sarah Burns and David McMahon April 5 (Friday)
Film Screening — 7:00 p.m., [Note early start time] Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus
Directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon
(United States, 2012, 119 minutes, b/w and color)

Ken Burns' newest documentary, based on the book by his daughter Sarah Burns (who codirects), is a probing inquiry into the 1989 "Central Park Jogger" rape case that resulted in the wrongful conviction of five Harlem teenagers. The five spent more than a decade in prison until their sentence was vacated in 2002. Burns received a subpoena from the City of New York for access to his original footage for use in addressing lawsuits brought by the five. By special arrangement with Ken Burns' film company and local PBS-affiliate WMHT, we will be screening this much-talked-about film in advance of its national PBS air date on April 16. The film was named Best Nonfiction Film at the 2012 New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

The film will be followed by Q&A with with codirectors Sarah Burns and David McMahon.

Cosponsored by WMHT and the UAlbany School of Criminal Justice


7. Holi Colebration @ UAlbany, Sunday April 7
Indian Student Organization is hosting the first ever on-campus Holi celebrations on Sunday April, 7th from 11 am to 2 pm at the Interfaith Center (near SEFCU arena).

Holi - the festival of colors - is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Indian festival. It's an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors!

We will have a great time playing with dry organic colors. The event is FREE and open to everyone. Please feel free to bring your friends as well!!

Please RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/431195083641702/


8. 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, nycr@chapters.glsen.org **

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!


9. What I Wish I'd Known...Advice for Future Faculty, April 5th
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


10. 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.


11. "The Throwaways" Sneak Preview Documentary Showing, Tues April 9th
Tues April 9, 6PM
Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, UAlbany
Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/305407006248742/

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: http://throwawaysmovie.com/


12. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
Please go to www.facebook.com/UAGradStudies 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


13. 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 @ lmutters@albany.edu for information.


14. 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

OFFICIAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:
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 ntcir@albany.edu. 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.


15. 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.


16. UAlbany Earth Day Festival, April 20th



17. 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? Opensource.com
OFFICIAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:
  • 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 http://ocs.opensourcefestival.org/index.php/osf/osf13
Please send all submissions electronically. Selected presenters will be notified via electronic mail by March 20, 2013. For more info:
ualbanyosf@albany.edu

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


18. 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. http://www.albanytangosociety.org/

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 sunyalbanytango@gmail.com.

You can also follow us on myinvolvement.org
We are listed as "UAlbany Tango Club"
Email us at sunyalbanytango@gmail.com

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.


19. 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.


20. 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: http://apps.library.albany.edu/IMCClassRegistrationSystem/ and on the University's Events Calendar: http://events.albany.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo

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! http://library.albany.edu/imc/pdf/classlist.pdf Register at the University Library Interactive Media Center desk, basement floor, tele. 442-3608, or on the web: http://apps.library.albany.edu/IMCClassRegistrationSystem/ Walk-Ins welcomed. For more information contact: Regina Conboy, 442-3608 rconboy@albany.edu


21. 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: mmurphy2@albany.edu or call me at: (518) 334-0714.

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


22. 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!


23. 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 groth@albany.edu if you wish to volunteer.


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