Next Meeting is September 23rd
Michael Amrozowicz, Josh Bartlett, Luke Martin, Kaitlin Albertson, Aaron Wittman, Sara Alotaibi, Eric Anderson, Elaina Frulla, Harry Garrot, Tony Delgado, Cary Gouldin, Jessie Poole, Kate Cove, Maureen Anderson, Jared Young, Kristin Fay and Joel Sodano.
2:35: Luke Martin distributed the current constitution. This was made last year by the constitution committee, Chris Jacques and Michael Amrozowicz
2:40: Luke Martin welcomed everyone to the first EGSO meeting of the semester. He then began describing the purpose and previous years accomplishments of the EGSO's committees.
- Social Committee:
- Accomplished Can/Coat drive culmination Party
- Bar night idea (proposed)
- Conference committees: Successful conference last year and beginning work on the 10th annual English Graduate Conference.
The EGSO is always open to the idea of new committees.
2:47: Conference committee sign-ups were distributed. Any who missed their chance to sign up can e-mail Tony Delgado at firstname.lastname@example.org
Luke next described a number of events that are sponsored by and run by various EGSO members:
- EGSO sponsors a speaker series for the Americanist Group and 18th Century Reading Group.
- Interdisciplinary Conference: The idea of having an interdisciplinary conference this year had been proposed, but Luke reported that he had not received a response from any other department's GSOs. The plan is now to continue trying to contact other GSOs with the hope of having an interdisciplinary conference next year.
- Luke also mentioned the idea of creating a GSO for interdisciplinary activities.
2:55: Planning of Other Events
Luke asked if Books for Prisoners would still continue. Michael responded that he believed it would but follow-up with James Searle would be required.
Next the EGSO voiced their desire to do the Can/Coat drive again this year.
The idea of sponsoring a family in addition to the Can/Coat drive was raised.
Chris Jacques voiced some reservations regarding the obligation it would create for EGSO members and the association with the non-secular holiday of Christmas.
3:07: Floor turned to Josh Bartlett to discuss the Americanist group:
- This is the second year of the Americanist group, with the group hosting a round-table and a lecture by Theo Davis last year.
- The group is in the process of examining having an event this year during the middle two weeks of November.
3:14: Chris Jacques suggested a film series as a possible activity for the EGSO to put on.
- This would be a great opportunity for Grad and Undergrad students to interact in a forum outside of the classroom.
- He also wondered if this could be a possible MCAA tie-in. He said he will talk to Sara from MCAA and report back.
3:19 Floor turned to Michael Amrozowicz who described the 18th century reading group:
- They read poems, books, and dissertation chapters and are open to all who wish to come.
- They are in the process of exploring a round-table in the spring and/or a speaker.
- The first organizational meeting will be Wednesday the 14th of Sept from 12-1 in the Graduate Library.
3:22 Aaron Wittman added that he is Organizing a GRE study group for the spring.This would be for students planning to take the GRE (general and subject) in November.
3:29 Elaina Frulla suggested a “Welcome to Albany Packet” and enthusiastically described how awesome Albany is.
- There was some discussion on whether this would be a paper packet, or part of the EGSO website, or both.
- It was suggested that this be handed over to the social committee.
3:33 Sara Alotaibi described how to subscribe to the GSO listserve.
In your e-mail send a message to the GSO Listserv, email@example.com, with “Subscribe” in subject line.
3:36 Luke Martin explained the relationship of EGSO to GSO. Funding for the EGSO is received from the GSO. He also mentioned the possibility for Graduate students to sit on other University committees.
3:39 Jessie Poole suggested the idea of a “Community writing center” which would offer writing coaching, a writing club and workshops.
- It was suggested that the first step would be seeing if these services are met elsewhere in the committee.
- There was a discussion of venues with the Library and Social Justice center as possibilities.
- Idea was sent to the outreach committee.
3:46 Luke began a discussion of the EGSO's web presence. The EGSO official website is located at http://egsoalbany.weebly.com. There is a calendar of events there.
3:48 Next meeting of the EGSO will address Ideas for the Spring conference.
- Any interested parties should bring ideas.
- Most helpful are proposals that are as close to a draft CFP as possible.
- Chris Jacques highlighted that that was not necessary though.
Schedule of EGSO meetings:
September 23rd: Ideas presented for conference.
October 7th: Conference theme is decided.
3:57 Luke Martin highlighted that he would be very pleased if committees could select a liaison/chair by the September 23rd meeting.
- Chris Jacques stressed that any type of coercion by the President of the EGSO to the committees is unconstitutional.
4:00 Meeting ended.