GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for April 29th

  1. ELECTIONS: Voting begins TODAY Monday April 29th and ends Tuesday April 30th at 11:59 p.m.
  2. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
  3. Take a Paws with Therapy Dogs April 29th on the East Campus!!
  4. The Pride Center of the Capital Region: April - May - June Events!
  5. Writers Institute Presentations
  6. THE LAST GRADUATE WORKSHOP SERIES: May 1st - 2 - 3:30 pm.
  7. The Anthropology Graduate Student Organization's Speaker Series Presents: Dr. Jonathan C. Lothrop, Curator of Archaeology, New York State Museum 5/3/13.
  8. University Library EXTENDED HOURS
  9. The Student Chapter of the American Library Association (SCALA) is Hosting a: Book Preservation and Repair Workshop Monday, May 6th.
  10. Educational Psychology and Methodology RGSO 5/6/13 4-5pm Poster Session; 5-6pm Talk with Dr. Joshua S. Smith Standish Room, Science Library
  11. BMS/EHS GSO Movie Night! "Outbreak" - Tuesday, May 7th
  12. NanoGSO Science Cafe "The Whiskey Tales" A discussion of the history and science of whiskey followed by a tasting
  13. Tango Lessons at UA - Free to students!
  14. Interactive Media Center classes
  15. Study on LBGTQ Activism Seeks Volunteers
  16. Volunteers Needed for Dissertation Research
  17. Call for Volunteers on the Student-Debt Preliminary Planning Committee
  18. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

1. ELECTIONS: Voting begins TODAY Monday April 29th and ends Tuesday April 30th at 11:59pm
Greetings All!

Elections have started! Please read below for instructions on how you may vote for your favorite candidates in this election.

Candidate information can be found at

To vote, log on to MyUAlbany (, click on the Campus Life tab, then choose Student Elections. If you have any technical difficulties with voting please e-mail

Please note - in addition to the candidates, there are two issues up for approval by the student population this year:

The Student Activity Fee is on the ballot this year! Currently, the student activity fee covers many student expenses such as free printing in the GSO office, Grants and RGSO allocations awarded to our student groups, as well as the GSO programming that can be seen year round! Based on a vote of the student body - this fee can become optional to students, OR can remain mandatory - helping the GSO to continue providing these services to all registered graduate students who pay this fee.

This means No Mandatory Fee = No Free Printing or the potential loss of other GSO resources!!

The Referendum listed on the ballot is a series of changes to the GSO Constitution - these changes have been a product of two years of the GSO Constitutional Committee in deliberation over discrepancies in the original documents. These changes have been approved by the GSO Assembly and now require a student wide election to approve them! More information on the revised constitution and the constitutional committee can be found here.

Happy Voting!

2. 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

3. 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!

4. The Pride Center of the Capital Region - April Events!
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!

Here's what you can do to help:

  • On Facebook, "like" Give OUT here and the Pride Center of the Capital Region page here. One individual will be selected from those who like the Give OUT page prior to May 9th and that donor will have the opportunity to designate their charity of choice for a $1,000 award.
  • Put May 9th on your calendar as the most important day to make a contribution to the Pride Center. Even better, you can schedule your gift now by visiting
  • Spread the word to your friends and family that Give OUT Day is important to you, and encourage them to make a gift.
  • Respond to our upcoming appeal, during Give OUT Day and give generously on May 9th.

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.

4. The Writers Institute Presentations
Gail Collins, journalist and New York Times columnist
April 30 (Tuesday)
Reading - 8:00 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

One of the most recognizable names in American journalism, Gail Collins served as the first female editor of the New York Times Editorial Page (2001-2007), and has contributed an influential biweekly column to the Times Op-Ed page for most of the past decade. Her column is distinguished by its fondness for humor and storytelling, its attention to political absurdity, and its championing of women's rights. Her newest book is As Texas Goes... How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda (2012). MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said, "Gail Collins is the funniest serious political commentator in America. Reading As Texas Goes... is pure pleasure from page one." Publishers Weekly said, "Collins revels in the state's 10-gallon self-regard, Alamo-inspired cult of suicidal last stands, and eccentric right-wing pols... she slathers plenty of wry humor onto a critique that stings like a red-hot brand." Her previous books include When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present (2009), and Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity, and American Politics (1998).

American Place Theatre performance of The Giver
May 1 (Wednesday)
Performance - 7:30 p.m.

NOTE NEW LOCATION: Due to popular demand for tickets, the production has been moved to a larger venue, the MAIN THEATER, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus Pre-Performance discussion at 7 p.m. $15 general public / $12 seniors & faculty-staff / $10 students Box Office: (518) 442-3997

Winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal, Lois Lowry's richly provocative novel The Giver (1993) was published nearly 20 years ago and is still widely read today. In a dystopian world of "Sameness," where all negative emotions and feelings of pain have been successfully eliminated, twelve-year-old Jonas is selected to receive the memories of humankind's experiences from the time before. Breathing life into literature, this stunning one-person stage adaptation deftly portrays the first of a quartet of books that also includes Gathering Blue (2000), Messenger (2004) and Son (2012).

Presented by the Performing Arts Center with the NYS Writes Institute. This performance is part of the New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artsist Partnership Project with support from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Support also provided by the Ualbany Foundation and Holiday Inn Express.

6. The Last Graduate Workshop Series: May 1st - 2 - 3:30pm
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

7. The Anthropology Graduate Student organization's Speaker Series Presents: Dr. Jonathan C. Lothrop, Curator of Archaeology, New York State Museum 5/3/13
Lecture Title: "Current Research on First Peoples of New York and the New England Maritimes"
When: Friday, May 3, 3:30pm

Where: HU 290
* Reception to follow
* Funding for this speaker series event was provided by University Auxiliary Services

8. University Library EXTENDED HOURS
The University Libraries is excited to offer Extended Hours for final exams from 8:00am Friday, May 3rd through 8:00pm Friday, May 17th. During the Libraries' Extended Hours, the University Library will be open 24/5. What does "24/5" mean? Starting at 8:00am on Friday, May 3rd, the University Library will be open 24-hours a day, five days a week, only closing at 1:00am on weekends. The Science Library will remain open until 1:00am Sunday–Thursday. Please see the following link for more details

In the University Library, the circulation desk, periodicals, and IMC will remain open throughout the night to allow books, headphones, laptops, and the rest of our collection to circulate. Check out our top 5 reasons why Undergrads use the library:

Having trouble finding a good place to study? Ask the staff at the circulation desk for suggestions! If you have any questions, please contact us at (518) 442-3569. Good luck with final exams!

9. The Student Chapter of the American Library Association (SCALA) is Hosting a: Book Preservation and Repair Workshop Monday, May 6th
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Downtown Campus
Husted 202

Want to get some hand on experience with book repair? Interested in preservation, but haven't had a chance to practice any of your theory? Join us on May 6th for a hands-on workshop!

Space is limited and registration is required. Email to reserve asp

10. Educational Psychology and Methodology RGSO 5/6/13 4-5pm Poster Sessionl; 5-6pm Talk with Dr. Joshua S. Smith Standish Room, Science Library
Educational Psychology and Methodology RGSO
5/6/13 4-5pm Poster Session; 5-6pm Talk with Dr. Joshua S. Smith
Standish Room, Science Library

As part of the 12th Annual Educational Psychology and Methodology Poster Session, Dr. Joshua S. Smith, from Loyola University and a graduate of the Educational Psychology and Methodology program, will be speaking on "Navigating the Transition from Graduate School to your First Faculty Position." Students will be presenting their posters at 4pm, and the talk will begin at 5pm, with a reception to follow. We hope to see you there!

Please RSVP by May 1 to

11. BMS/EHS GSO Movie Night! "Outbreak" - Tuesday, May 7th
We will be screening Outbreak in the Massry Auditorium located on the East Campus in the Cancer Research Center at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, May 7th. Pizza will be provided! Come take a break from the lab and studying for finals to join us! Hope to see you there!

"Your GSO Funds at Work"

12. NanoGSO Science Cafe "The Whiskey Tales" A discussion of the history and science of whiskey followed by a tasting
Date of Event: Wednesday May 8th, 2013
Time of Event: 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Location: Elda's on Lark,205 Lark St, Albany, NY 12210
Presented by Dr. Magnus Bergkvist
Assistant Professor of Nanobioscience at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

Hors d'oeuvres will be served, but they'll probably go fast;
Don't be afraid to bring "stupid" questions... there's no such thing;
Adult beverages will be available for purchase, so bring your IDs!
Professor Magnus will also personally supply four types of whiskey from different parts of Scotland for a tasting! (Tasting is optional but you must be over 21 with valid ID to try!)

Questions? E-mail Bushra -

13. 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

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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.

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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!

17. 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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