GSO Announcements

Events and Announcements for May 13th

  1. GSO Office Hours During Finals
  2. Summer funding for RGSOs Available!!
  3. Office of Grad Studies Launches Facebook Page
  4. Educational Psychology and Methodology RGSO - A Research Conversation
  5. The Pride Center of the Capital Region: May - June Events!
  6. ISO Semester-End Cultural visit to the Hindu Temple
  7. Tango Lessons at UA - Free to students!
  8. Interactive Media Center classes
  9. Study on LBGTQ Activism Seeks Volunteers
  10. Volunteers Needed for Dissertation Research
  11. Call for Volunteers on the Student-Debt Preliminary Planning Committee
  12. Follow the GSO on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

1. GSO Office Hours During Finals
Monday May 13th - Wednesday May 15th the GSO Office will be open 10am-7pm. Summer hours TBA.

2. Summer funding for RGSOs Available!!
Attention all RGSOs!

Summer funding is available for all RGSOs that wish to hold events!! If you are interested in taking advantage of this funding opportunity - please email with the following information:

1) Name of RGSO
2) Event that you wish to hold (and the date)
3) A Brief Description of the Event to be held
4) Amount requested and why

All summer funding considerations will be made on a rolling basis, so the sooner it is received, the more likely you are to get the funding you want!! Applications will be considered for any event through August 15th.

Happy Planning!

3. 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

4. Educational Psychology and Methodology RGSO - A Research Conversaation
Come join the Educational Psychology and methodology RGSO in an evening of intellectually stimulating conversations about current research and policy int he field of education! Food will be served!

Please RSVP to Angela Lui at by Friday, May 13.

5. The Pride Center of the Capital Region - April Events!
Thursdays 5/16, 5/23, 5/30 Alternative Prom Planning Meetings - Youth that participate in these planning meetings receive a FREE PASS to A-PROM!

Thursday, May 16th, Educators Symposium! 4:30-6:30PM at Columbia County Chamber of Commerce 1 Front Street, Hudson

This is the 2nd Annual Educational Symposium being offered by the Hudson Pride Foundation in aprtnership with the Pride Center of the Capital Region. All area educaators, adminstrators and educational advocates are encouraged to attend and participate in the FREE event.

Noted educator, advocate and author, Peter Dewitt, EdD, will be the keynote speaker. Following the keynote, students from area high schools will be featured on a panel discussin their own experiences in school as well as tips for administration and teachers.

We do hope that you'll join us! Check out the event page here! If you would like more information please contact James Shultis, Youth Program Coordinator at Or visit our website.

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.

6. ISO Semester-End Cultural visit to the Hindu Templte
A visit to the Hindu Temple for a culturally educational trip followed by complimentary food. There is also a religious offering (Puja) to Lord Ganesha for those who wish to observe.

When - May 18, 2013
Where - Hindu Temple, 450 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY - 12211
Time - 11:00 AM
Contact - ISO at
Cost - FREE

7. 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.

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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!

11. 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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