GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for April 22nd

  1. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
  2. The Pride Center of the Capital Region: April - May - June Events!
  3. The Anthropology Graduate Student Organization's Applying to Grad School Workshop
  4. The writers institute invites you to attend free events
  5. The 3rd Annual Open Source Festival 2013, Thurs April 25
  6. The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is pleased to present Talavya on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:30pm
  7. SEA-Change partnering with School of Public Health Students event April 26Th .
  8. UAlbany International Culture Day Saturday, April 27th from 11am - 1 pm
  9. Take a Paws with Therapy Dogs April 29th on the East Campus!!
  10. THE LAST GRADUATE WORKSHOP SERIES: May 1: "Writing for Your NSF GPFP Grant"
  11. Tango Lessons at UA - Free to students!
  12. Interactive Media Center classes
  13. Study on LBGTQ Activism Seeks Volunteers
  14. Volunteers Needed for Dissertation Research
  15. Call for Volunteers on the Student-Debt Preliminary Planning Committee
  16. 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. 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.

3. The Anthropology Graduate Student Organization's Applying to Grad School Workshop
The Anthropology Graduate Student Organization's Applying to Grad School Workshop
When: Wednesday, April 24, 12:00pm
Where: AS 231
What: A panel of anthropology graduate students will meet with undergraduate students in anthropology (students in other disciplines are also welcome) and offer advice for applying to graduate school. Refreshments will be served. Your GSO Funds at Work!

4. The writers institute invites you to attend free events
James Lasdun, memoirist
April 24 (Wednesday)
Reading - 4:15 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library

James Lasdun's newest book, Give Me Everything You Have (2013), is a nonfiction account of his experience of being harassed and stalked (electronically) by a former writing student. Publishers Weekly named it a February 2012 "Pick of the Week," and said, "This subtle, compassionate take on the subject is rife with insights into the current cyberculture's cult of anonymity, as well as the power, failure, and magic of writing." New York State Writers Institute Writing Fellow James Lasdun is an award-winning fiction and nonfiction writer, poet, and screenwriter. Lasdun's first novel, The Horned Man (2002), was a New York Times Notable Book and an Economist Best Book of the Year. In an eerie coincidence, the novel prefigures the author's personal experience in that it tells the story of a professor persecuted by a secret enemy. The London Sunday Times called it an "enormously inventive, superbly written novel [that] puts more seasoned authors in the shade." The Washington Post called it, "unputdownable... a masterpiece of chilling mesmerizing control."

Chris Bohjalian, bestselling novelist
April 25 (Thursday)
Seminar - 4:15 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library
Reading - 8:00 p.m., Ballroom, Campus Center

Chris Bohjalian, bestselling writer of fifteen novels, is the author most recently of the New York Times bestseller, The Sandcastle Girls (2012), an epic tale of the Armenian Genocide that mines Bohjalian's own Armenian heritage (his grandparents survived the tragedy). The reviewer called it, "A searing, tautly woven tale of war and the legacy it leaves behind... A nuanced, sophisticated portrayal of what it means not only to endure, but to insist on hope." Bohjalian achieved wide renown for his 1997 novel about the struggles of a modern-day midwife in rural Vermont, Midwives, an Oprah Book Club book that was adapted as a 2001 Lifetime Television movie starring Sissy Spacek. The Washington Post called Midwives, "Astonishing," and said, "it will keep readers up late at night until the last page is turned." His most recent novels include The Night Strangers (2011), Secrets of Eden (2010), and The Double Bind (2007).

Justice & Multiculturalism in the 21st Century Film Series: ONCE WERE WARRIORS April 26 (Friday)
Film Screening - 7:30 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus
Directed by Lee Tamahori
(New Zealand, 1995, 102 minutes, color, in English and Maori with English subtitles)

Set in a public housing project in Auckland, New Zealand, ONCE WERE WARRIORS tells the story of a modern-day Maori family plagued by domestic violence, crime, poverty, and alcohol abuse. Directed by Maori filmmaker Lee Tamahori, the film is based on a bestselling novel by Maori author Alan Duff. Austin Chronicle reviewer Marjorie Baumgarten said, "Harrowing... both culturally specific and broadly universal... the film's searing performances are matched by the lovely camerawork of cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh (The Piano)."

5. 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

6. 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!

7. SEA-Change partnering with School of Public Health Students event April 26th
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 last event:

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

8. 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

9. Take a Paws with Therapy Dogs April 29th on the East Campus!!
Final exams and papers are around the corner but so are the therapy dogs!! The event is on the School of Public Health East Campus in Rensellaer! There will be free refreshments and of course, certified therapy dogs to pet and relieve your stress!! You can participate in a $1 raffle to win a Great Danes Gift Basket in support of Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program and the SPH GSO! We hope to see you there: Monday, April 29th on the East Campus from 12pm to 2pm in the George Education Building!

10. The Last Graduate Workshop Series: Writing for Your NSF GPFP Grant
Come prepare for the National Science Foundation's GRFP application due in the fall! Sit with the experts and walk through the process of writing a successful NSF GRFP grant! This workshop is ideal for graduate students completing their first year and undergraduate seniors, with useful information applicable to ALL grants! May 1 in the Terrace Lounge from 2-3:30. Please RSVP to Heidi Nicholls at

11. 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.

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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.

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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!

15. 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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