GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for April 15th

  1. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
  2. ITS – Faculty Technology Resources - 2013-2014 GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP AVAILABLE
  3. The Pride Center of the Capital Region - April Events!
  5. SEA-Change partnering with School of Public Health Students and a three day event April: 15, 19, and 26.
  6. Earth and Wellness day - Net Impact on April 18th from 11 am to 2 pm.
  7. The Social Welfare Student Association (SWSA) - 32nd annual Take Back The Night event on Thursday, April 18th.
  8. LACS Graduate Students for Unthinking Eurocentrism: A Film Series – Machuca. April 19 at 6:30pm Hudson River Coffee House 227 Quail Street
  9. Adult Swim Classes, YMCA, March 1-April 19
  10. Anthropology Graduate Student Organization's Citation Workshop- Friday, April 19, 2:00pm, AS 243
  11. UAlbany Earth Day Festival, April 20th
  12. Educational Psychology and Methodology RGSO's SPRING OUTING! Saturday, April 20th from 1-5PM
  13. The 3rd Annual Open Source Festival 2013, Thurs April 25
  14. The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is pleased to present Talavya on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:30pm
  15. UAlbany International Culture Day Saturday, April 27th from 11am - 1 pm
  16. Tango Lessons at UA - Free to students!
  17. Interactive Media Center classes
  18. Study on LBGTQ Activism Seeks Volunteers
  19. Volunteers Needed for Dissertation Research
  20. Call for Volunteers on the Student-Debt Preliminary Planning Committee
  21. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

1. 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

2. ITS- Faculty Technology Resources - 2013-2014 Graduate Assistantship Available
Description: Student Assistantship (SA) AND Graduate Assistantship (GA). Assist with support for the UAlbany’s Blackboard system. Duties include assisting with projects and program administration, providing technical support services to faculty, staff, and students through telephone/email, one-on-one consultation, workshops, and documentation.

Qualifications: Strong communication and interpersonal skills (oral and written); Excellent organizational skills; Ability to interpret client needs and produce instructional materials; Ability to adapt and quickly learn new procedures and software programs; Must be enterprising, diplomatic, and proactive at solving problems.

Technical Skills: Understanding of various operating systems, directory structures, file formats, and protocols; Good working knowledge of word processing, spread sheet, presentations, graphics, web page, and multimedia; Knowledge of web design principles and usability standards.

Preferred: Experience supporting course management software, software instruction, software testing, and/or working at a tech support help desk

Requirements: Graduate student; 40 hours per week summer 2013 (Student Assistantship); 20 hours per week 2013-2014 (Graduate Assistantship); employment in summer assistantship requires pre-registration for fall semester; GA must be enrolled in full-time study (9 credits/semester), and not hold other employment in the university while on the assistantship

Remuneration: SA: hourly rate TBD; GA: Stipend and tuition waiver

SA Position available starting May 20, 2013; GA Position is available starting August 26, 2013. If not filled on that date, the semester stipend will be prorated based on actual start date.

Send cover letter and résume to Chris Moore at
Subject line should read: FTR - Grad Assistant

3. The Pride Center of the Capital Region - April Events!
Wednesday 4/17 Breaking the Silence Planning Meetings

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 4/25, 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! In Albany Washington Park. Headlining this year's festival is the original pop Princess Debbie Gibson.

April 15: Alternative Career Trajectories: The Academic in the Non Academic Job Market Campus Center CC375 3pm-5pm

Have you ever considered how to use your Graduate Degree outside of the Academy? Please Join Dr. Jacklyn Chisholm as she addresses non traditional career trajectories for the budding academic in a market outside of the academy. Learn the various applications of your degree and engage in a conversation on what doors are open to you!

Dr. Chisholm is the Chief Executive Officer of the GLOBAL BLACK MUSIC CENTER (GBMC) and former Vice President of Planning at the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. Prior to joining the Rock Hall, Dr. Chisholm served as the Associate Vice President for Community Partnerships at CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY (CWRU) where she earned her doctorate in Psychological Anthropology with an emphasis on education. She has used her experiences as a student and an adult learner to establish WORTH IT! EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING L.L.C. focusing on encouraging individuals to pursue their dreams through education and personal investment.

Please RSVP to Heidi Nicholls or on our event page. OR....just come and join us!!!

May 1: "Writing for Your NSF GPFP Grant"
CC Terrace Lounge, 2-3:30PM
Dr. Kevin Williams

All the workshops are open & free, questions or info contact Heidi Nicholls at

5. SEA-Change partnering with School of Public Health Students and a three day event April: 15, 19, and 26
The purpose is to create awareness as well as raise some funds to help prevent violence against women. Proceeds would go to Equinox Domestic Violence Shelter...

The events are scheduled as follows:

1. April 15, A panel discussion, HU 116, 12 pm - 1:30 pm (free)

2. A self defense class, Collins Circle, April 19, 3-4 pm(free)

3. The V-day performance, April 26, East Campus, 6 pm (admission $7, for students $5)

6. Earth and Wellness day - net Impact on April 18th from 11 am to 2pm
Net Impact will be having a table on the Earth and Wellness day.

The location will be outside the small Fountain. Students can stop by for any questions and know more about Net Impact and its contributions.

7. The Social Welfare Student Association (SWSA) - 32nd annual Take Back The Night event on Thursday, April 18th
The Social Welfare Student Association (SWSA) would like to invite all students, faculty, staff, friends and community members to the 32nd annual Take Back The Night event on Thursday, April 18th on 140 New Scotland Avenue. This is a FREE EVENT to spread awareness of sexual assault & empower victims and survivors of violence.

140 New Scotland Avenue
Campus quad
Rain Location: Kahl Campus Center

  • 6:30PM RALLY & MARCH
  • 7:30PM SPEAK OUT

8. LACS Graduate Student for Unthinking Eurocentrism: A Film Series - Machuca. April 19 at 6:30pm Hudson River Coffee House 227 Quail Street
A Film Series - Machuca. April 19 at 6:30pm Hudson River Coffee House 227 Quail Street

9. 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.

10. Anthropology Graduate Student Organization's Citation Workshop- Friday, April 19, 2:00pm, AS 243
Have you wondered if there is an easier way to organize your references, notes, and every scholarly article/book you have read? Have you heard of Endnote or Zotero and wondered what they are and how they would benefit you?

The AGSO is hosting a workshop on both of these programs led to by two of our peers. Anthropology graduate studentsAmanda Spriggs and Kiersten Westbrook will show you how to build and organize your citations and how to fit them into your papers as citations.

The schedule is as follows:
2-2:45 p.m. - Zotero tutorial
~5 min. break~
2:50 - 3:35 p.m. - Endnote tutorial

For those attending - please download one or both of these programs in advance and bring your computer if you plan to go through the steps with the presenter.

Refreshments will be served

Your GSO Funds at work!

11. UAlbany Earth Day Festival, April 20th
Do you like beating Harvard? And setting world records?

This year, UAlbany is attempting to build a fort using the most cardboard boxes. Like 1300 cardboard boxes. We need you. Join us for a Food & Art Festival and build a fort with your fellow Danes!

Saturday, April 20th

Liberty Terrace


Enjoy refreshments and a free t-shirt. (And you can earn service hours if that's what you're into). For more info, contact

12. Educational Psychology and Methodology RGSO's Spring Outing- Saturday, April 20th from 1-5PM
The Ed Psych RGSO's Spring Outing for a picnic, some grillin', hiking, and activities at Thacher State Park, South, around the Paint Mine area. This is a family, friends, and kids friendly event, so please feel free to bring guests, games, and a dish to share!

If you will need a ride OR can offer a ride, please let us know so we can make arrangements. Please contact Angela Lui at for more information.

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. The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is pleased to present Talavya on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:30pm
This globe-trotting percussion ensemble brings tabla, the Indian hand-drum, to center stage distilling its age-old spirit and practice into a high-energy, highly accessible concert. Indian Student Organization has arranged for 20 free tickets for graduate students. More information on this will be available in next week's listserv announcement....stay tuned!

15. UAlbany International Culture Day Saturday, April 27th from 11am - 1pm
Come and have fun hearing jokes and funny stories, dancing, and playing games from around the world. We invite you to participate by sharing parts of your rich culture with fellow students from other countries and with American students. We are looking for both volunteers and spectators. To the volunteers (participants): the following are some suggested activities: tell a funny story, say tongue twisters, perform a traditional dance, play an instrument, sign a song, bring a game.

Saturday, April 27th
11am - 1 pm
Campus Center Ballroom

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. 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

18. 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

19. 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!

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.

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