Honors Events Spring 2014

The honors community has many events every semester, including lectures, musical performances, and information sessions.  Events are added throughout the semester. 

Monday 1/27
Yoga!  8:00  Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Bruce McEwen will be leading our weekly yoga class each Monday.  We have changed the time to 8:00 on Mondays for this semester.  I hope that this facilitates more honors students attending our yoga sessions.

This week, Bruce will lead an introductory session on Monday and repeat the same introductory session on Wednesday.  Please choose one of these to attend.  The reason for this is that there is limited room in our yoga area and it is too crowded if everyone tries to come on both Monday and Wednesday.  So, choose one of the two this week.  Next week, we will start with our regular Monday night classes at 8:00.  Can you attend the regular class sessions if you miss the introductory sessions?  Certainly.  New students are welcome at every yoga session.

Wednesday 1/29
Yoga!  8:00  Steinmetz Zen Zone. This week, Bruce will lead an introductory session on Monday and repeat the same introductory session on Wednesday.  Please choose one of these to attend.  The reason for this is that there is limited room in our yoga area and it is too crowded if everyone tries to come on both Monday and Wednesday.  So, choose one of the two this week.  Next week, we will start with our regular Monday night classes at 8:00.  Can you attend the regular class sessions if you miss the introductory sessions?  Certainly.  New students are welcome at every yoga session.

Friday 1/31
Order or Chaos: Tour and Explore the Library (1 hour) 2:00 PM, University Library, Basement Level, Cobb Room  Tour of the University Library for Honors College students. Get a head start and valuable tips on finding resources to navigate the University Libraries in person and virtually. Understanding how the University Libraries differ from libraries you’ve used in the past will help you use your library research time more efficiently.

Monday 2/3
Yoga! 
8:00  Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Bruce McEwen will be leading our weekly yoga class each Monday.  New students always welcome.  Bruce has yoga mats that can be borrowed for the class.

Tuesday 2/4
New York State Writers' Institute: Walter Mosely & Frankie Bailey 4:15, Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center  Walter Mosley, bestselling author of more than 40 books, and “one of this nation’s finest writers” (Boston Globe), is America’s leading author of detective fiction in the tradition of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Mosley is best-known for a series of mystery novels set in Los Angeles featuring African American private investigator Easy Rawlins.  Frankie Y. Bailey, UAlbany Criminal Justice professor and novelist, is the author most recently of The Red Queen Dies (2013), the first novel in a “near-future” police procedural series set in Albany.

Thursday 2/6
Honors Lecture: Professor Haugaard.  8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area.  As part of his continuing series of lectures on personality theories, Professor Haugaard will discuss the development of Attachment Theory and how it can be applied to understanding human love and other attachments across the lifespan.

Friday 2/7
Order or Chaos: Tour and Explore the Library (1 hour)
2:45 PM, University Library, Basement Level, Cobb Room  Tour of the University Library for Honors College students. Get a head start and valuable tips on finding resources to navigate the University Libraries in person and virtually. Understanding how the University Libraries differ from libraries you’ve used in the past will help you use your library research time more efficiently.

Raising Hope Marathon: Jimmy and Sabrina Fall in Love.  CANCELLED,  Come and spend the evening watching some of Professor Haugaard's favorite episodes of Raising Hope.  Love, dysfunctional parents, Maw-Maw, the cutest baby around, and snacks.  What more could one ask for (or, even better, For what more could one ask?)?

Monday 2/10
Yoga!  8:00  Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Bruce McEwen will be leading our weekly yoga class each Monday.  New students always welcome.  Bruce has yoga mats that can be borrowed for the class.

Tuesday 2/11
Get Involved!  8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area.  Honors students in a variety of campus, community, and sports organizations will describe their organizations and answer questions about them.  This is a great opportunity to meet honors students already involved in organizations that you might want to join.

Wednesday 2/12
Dessert reception for new honors students.  8:00 Steinmetz Formal Reception Area.  Please come and welcome the 20 or so new honors students, who were admitted to The Honors College after their first semester at UAlbany.  This is an important opportunity for current first-year honors students to help make the new honors students feel part of our Community of Developing Scholars.

Monday 2/17
Yoga!  8:00  Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Bruce McEwen will be leading our weekly yoga class each Monday.  New students always welcome.  Bruce has yoga mats that can be borrowed for the class.

Monday 2/24
Yoga! 8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone. Bruce McEwen will be leading our weekly yoga class each Monday. New students always welcome. Bruce has yoga mats that can be borrowed for the class.

Tuesday 2/25
Financial Analyst Honors and Financial Market Regulation Majors.  8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area.  Professor David Smith (Financial Analyst Honors Major) and Distinguished Teaching Professor David McCaffrey (Financial Market Regulation Major) and some current undergraduates in each major will describe their majors and the types of careers for which they prepare students.  Students in the School of Business who are not certain what area of business they might pursue may find the presentation particularly helpful; however, students in any major may find themselves drawn to one or both of these majors.

Wednesday 2/26
Focus on Library Tools: Databases (LexisNexis, Web of Science, EBSCOhost databases) (1 hour)  5:45, University Library, Basement Level, B48  Use databases and other tools to find valuable research materials and quality scholarly sources for your assignments. Two new databases or interfaces this semester include the Web of Science and an updated LexisNexis interface. Subjects related to news, law, business, biography, medicine (LexisNexis); science, social sciences, and arts and humanities (Web of Science); and searching EBSCOhost platform databases are the focus for this session.

Thursday 2/27
Graduate School - PhD and Masters Programs8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area.  Several graduates of The Honors College who are now in a graduate program at UAlbany will give a panel presentation on issues such as preparing for graduate school, the application process, and what graduate school is like.

Friday 2/28
Focus on Library Tools: Databases (LexisNexis, Web of Science, EBSCOhost databases) (1 hour)  3:15, University Library, Basement Level, B48 Use databases and other tools to find valuable research materials and quality scholarly sources for your assignments. Two new databases or interfaces this semester include the Web of Science and an updated LexisNexis interface. Subjects related to news, law, business, biography, medicine (LexisNexis); science, social sciences, and arts and humanities (Web of Science); and searching EBSCOhost platform databases are the focus for this session.

Monday 3/3
Albin Zak and the New Fold Chamber Players 7:00 Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall Following the fall release of his new CD, Villa Maria Road, this singer-songwriter performs a set of his songs in new arrangements featuring the New Folk Chamber Players: violinist Hilary Cumming, cellist Petia Kassarova and pianist Victoria von Arx.  Meet in Steinmetz at 6:40 to walk over, or meet us at the PAC at 6:45.  Sign up for a free ticket on the list in the Steinmetz Lecture Area.

Yoga! 8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone. Bruce McEwen will be leading our weekly yoga class each Monday. New students always welcome. Bruce has yoga mats that can be borrowed for the class.

Tuesday 3/4
Focus on Library Tools: Style Guides and Citation Generators (1 hour) 4:15, University Library, Basement Level, B48  Style guides and citation generator tools help you properly credit your research paper sources. Learn how to use them to organize your research and how to avoid mistakes when using them.

Honors Tour of the Spring Art Exhibit  5:30PM, University Art Museum (meet inside).  Janet Riker, the Director of the University Art Museum will give a special tour of the spring exhibit to students in The Honors College.  More information on the exhibit is available.

Wednesday 3/5
Graduate School - Masters and Combined BA/MA Programs
8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area.  Several graduates from The Honors College who are in masters programs at UAlbany will discuss preparing for graduate school, the application process, and how being a graduate student differs from being an undergraduate.  UAlbany BA/MA programs will also be discussed.

Monday 3/10
Yoga! 8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone. Bruce McEwen will be leading our weekly yoga class each Monday. New students always welcome. Bruce has yoga mats that can be borrowed for the class.

Tuesday 3/11    
Fall Honors Course Preview - Session 1  6:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area (note the earlier-than-usual time).   Professors teaching honors courses next semester will give a short presentation on their course and answer any questions about it. Professor Haugaard will send out a list of professors attending the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions a few days before the events. Students can attend one or both sessions, those attending both sessions will receive two honors events credits.

Wednesday 3/12
Fall Honors Course Preview - Session 2 6:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area (note the earlier-than-usual time). Professors teaching honors courses next semester will give a short presentation on their course and answer any questions about it. Professor Haugaard will send out a list of professors attending the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions a few days before the events. Students can attend one or both sessions, those attending both sessions will receive two honors events credits.

Monday 3/24
Yoga! Sorry, no yoga tonight.

Tuesday 3/25
Honors Lecture: Professor Rafferty8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area.  Professor Rafferty (Department of Anthropology) will describe some of his current research at an excavation he has been directing for the past 10 years in Schoharie County.

Thursday 3/27
Honors Lecture:  Professor Delano.  8:00  Steinmetz Lecture Area.  Professor Delano (Department of Chemistry) will be retiring at the end of this academic year.  Tonight, he comes for a final honors lecture to talk about life, science, and the meaning of It All.  Festive celebration (with cake and other goodies) follows.

Monday 3/31
Yoga! 8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone. Bruce McEwen will be leading our weekly yoga class each Monday. New students always welcome. Bruce has yoga mats that can be borrowed for the class.

Tuesday 4/1
My Life in Medical School.  8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area.  Dan daCosta, a graduate of The Honors College, is nearing the end of his four years of medical school.  Dan will be talking about his medical school experience, discussing strategies for applying to medical school, and describing his sense of what honors students who plan to attend medical school should be doing during their four undergraduate years. 

Monday 4/7
University-Community Jazz Ensemble 7:00, Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall The mid-sized ensemble presents popular jazz standards.  Meet in Steinmetz at 6:40 to walk over, or meet us at the PAC at 6:45.  Sign up for a free ticket on the list in the Steinmetz Lecture Area.

Yoga! 8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone. Bruce McEwen will be leading our weekly yoga class each Monday. New students always welcome. Bruce has yoga mats that can be borrowed for the class.

Tuesday 4/8
Honors Lecture: Professor Zitomer.  8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area.  Professor Zitomer, who always has something interestingly biological on his mind, will present "Pharmacogenomics: Drug Design, Drug Interactions, and Personalized Medicine."

Wednesday 4/9
Honors Lecture: Professors Arash Alaei and Kamier Alaei 8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area.  Professors Arash and Kamier Alaei (School of Public Health; Department of Political Science), the two co-directors of the UAlbany Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, will talk about the Institute and the opportunities afforded to UAlbany students for research and internships in the Institute.  They will also describe study abroad experiences focused on health and human rights issues.

Thursday 4/10
Honors Lecture: Dr. Lunin 8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area.  Dr. Lunin (Department of Physics) will present some of his current research in his talk "Do black holes destroy information?"  Extensive knowledge of physics will not be needed to understand Dr. Lunin's lecture, as it will be aimed at a general audience.

Monday 4/14
Yoga! 8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone. Bruce McEwen will be leading our weekly yoga class each Monday. New students always welcome. Bruce has yoga mats that can be borrowed for the class.

Wednesday 4/16
Honors Lecture: Professor Bozlak. 7:30 (note earlier-than-usual time) Steinmetz Lecture Area. Professor Bozlak (School of Public Health) will talk about the Positive Youth Development movement in her lecture, "Emerging insights in improving the health of adolescents: Reframing society’s 'problems to be solved.'"

Thursday 4/17
You and Your Second Career: Balloon Animals8:00 Steinmetz Arts & Crafts Pavilion.  Professor Haugaard will provide instruction on how to make balloon animals.  Come and learn a new skill, just in case the whole medical school or law school bit does not work out exactly as planned.

Monday 4/21
Yoga! 8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone. Bruce McEwen will be leading our weekly yoga class each Monday. New students always welcome. Bruce has yoga mats that can be borrowed for the class.

Tuesday 4/22
Honors Lecture: Professor McNay.  8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area. Professor McNay (Department of Psychology) will talk about some of his current neuroscience research in his lecture, "Insulin and amyloid - a tale of two molecules."

Monday 4/28
Yoga! 8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone. Bruce McEwen will be leading our weekly yoga class each Monday. New students always welcome. Bruce has yoga mats that can be borrowed for the class.

Tuesday 4/29
New York State Writers' Institute: Robert H. Patton  4:15, Standish Room, Science Library  Robert H. Patton, novelist, historian, and grandson of legendary World War II General George S. Patton (1885-1945), is the author most recently of Hell Before Breakfast (2014), a history of American war journalism between 1860 and 1910, from the Civil War and Spanish American War to conflicts in Europe and Asia. He is also the author of the bestselling memoir, The Pattons: A Personal History of an American Family (1994), which Jonathan Yardley of the Washington Post named one of the best books of the year.

Honors Lecture: Professor Greiman8:00, Steinmetz Lecture Area.  Professor Greiman (Department of English) will talk about some of her current research focused on Herman Melville and 19th Century democracy in her talk "A Whale Ship Was My Yale College and My Harvard; or The University of Herman Melville".

Sunday 5/4
University-Community Symphony Orchestra 3:00, Performing Arts Center, Main Theatre A group of students, faculty and community musicians present symphonic favorites under the direction of conductor Christopher Neubert.  Meet in Steinmetz at 2:40 to walk over, or meet us at the PAC at 2:45.  Sign up for a free ticket on the list in the Steinmetz Lecture Area.

Monday 5/5
The Sound of Trumpets, the Roll of the Drums 7:00, Performing Arts Center, Main Theatre The University-Community Symphonic Band and the University Percussion Ensemble present a shared concert. Meet in Steinmetz at 6:40 to walk over, or meet us at the PAC at 6:45.  Sign up for a free ticket on the list in the Steinmetz Lecture Area.

Tuesday 5/6
Honors Tour of the MFA Art Exhibit  5:30PM, University Art Museum (meet inside).  Janet Riker, the Director of the University Art Museum will give a special tour of the Master of Fine Arts exhibit to students in The Honors College.

The Choral Hour 7:00, Performing Arts Center, Main Theatre The University-Community Chorale and University Chamber Singers perform. Meet in Steinmetz at 6:40 to walk over, or meet us at the PAC at 6:45.  Sign up for a free ticket on the list in the Steinmetz Lecture Area.

Wednesday 5/7
Relax!  9:00 (note the somewhat-later-than-usual time) Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Professor Haugaard will lead everyone through some relaxation and guided imagery exercises.  Just what is needed before finals!