Spring into Canvas Instructor Poster Session – Call for Proposals

Looking for AIs, GAs, TAs, and any graduate students working with Canvas.
Spring into Canvas Instructor Poster Session – Call for Proposals
We often hear from faculty and Canvas instructors that they’d like to talk with their colleagues in other departments about the ways they are using Canvas. Here is your opportunity! Mark your calendars for Friday, April 24th 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the SAC Ballroom South for our first-ever Canvas Poster Session (light refreshments served). In order to make this event a success, we need your participation. The call for proposals is open to anyone administering a Canvas site (e.g. faculty, graduate students, staff, organization leaders). Please help us publicize both the event and the call for proposals (deadline March 13th). We want to hear from you, and your colleagues do too!
We’re really excited to hear graduate-student perspectives on Canvas. This is a great opportunity to practice your presentation skills.
If you have any questions, please contact Lea Susan Engle, Training Coordinator for the Canvas:
Lea Susan Engle MSIS/MA ’09
Center for Teaching and Learning
Training Coordinator: Canvas Implementation Project
The University of Texas at Austin
512.475.9397  Twitter: @UTCanvas


TEXTUAL TECHNOLOGIES: An Interactive Genius Workshop

TEXTUAL TECHNOLOGIES: An Interactive Genius Workshop

In anticipation of the 14th Annual Sequels Symposium, E3W invites you to the second and final Prequels event of the semester – “Textual Technologies: An Interactive Genius Workshop.” Facilitated by Yvette DeChavez (PhD candidate, Department of English) and Dr. Jeremy Dean (Education Czar of Genius), this workshop will explore the history of Genius (formerly Rap Genius) and its pedagogical purposes, while also working hands-on with the site’s forthcoming functions. This workshop will take place on Thursday, March 12, from 3:30-5:00pm in FAC 9 and is designed for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.

In preparation for the hands-on portion of the workshop, Dr. Dean invites participants to sign up for Genius accounts here: http://genius.com/beta. This beta account allows you to play with a new Genius function that enables you to annotate any website, like the New York Times, Wikipedia, or a friend’s blog.

Here are some examples.

Please also mark your calendars for this year’s Sequels SymposiumApril 9-10 at the University of Texas at Austin. Sequels, an annual symposium sponsored by the Ethnic and Third World Literatures specialization in the Department of English, hosts distinguished E3W graduates and honors their recently published books. This year’s keynote speakers are Shaka McGlotten (Purchase College, SUNY) and Jeremy Dean (Education Czar at Genius).


Allison Haas

Lauren Grewe


The Department of English

Ethnic & Third World Literatures (E3W)






Email: SequelsE3W@gmail.com

Website: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/orgs/e3w/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UTAustinE3W

“Staying Afloat: Maritime Trade of Tamil Muslim Merchants in the Indian Ocean, c. 1800-40

The Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History invites you to:
“Staying Afloat: Maritime Trade of Tamil Muslim Merchants in the Indian Ocean, c. 1800-40″
A workshop by
Sundar Vadlamudi
Doctoral Candidate of History
The University of Texas at Austin
Mon., Mar. 9
Noon – 1:30pm
GAR 4.100
“This paper analyzes the maritime trade of Tamil-speaking South Indian Muslim maritime merchants in the Indian Ocean between 1800 and 1840,” writes Mr. Vadlamudi, “a period marked by the expansion of East India Company (EIC) rule in India and the Indian Ocean region and the increased export of British cotton manufactures to Asia.” Sundar received his B.E. (Computer Science) from Thiagarajar College of Engineering (India) in 2000. He quit the IT industry after working for two years and obtained his M.A. (International Policy Studies) from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2004. He worked for three years as a Researcher on security issues in South Asia prior to beginning his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2010, he obtained his M.A. (History) from The University of Texas at Austin.
Read more about Sundar and his work on his profile page:
Dr. Sumit Guha 
Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History
The University of Texas at Austin
Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email Courtney by 9 a.m., Friday, March 6.
Learn more about the 2014-15 New Work in Progress series for advanced graduate students, including upcoming events, at:
Thank you,
The Institute for Historical Studies


Upcoming Library Workshops

Inspiration & Research for Creative Writers

Come and see what library resources can do for your fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and any other genre. Whether you’re just getting started or finishing your manuscript, this workshop is for you. We’ll take a brief look at how creative writers use research for inspiration and fact checking, then we’ll introduce you to the exciting world of specialized reference sources and databases. We’ll also share strategies for finding writing handbooks and works by other writers. Bring your writing ideas and questions, too.

In Person: PCL 1.124

April 3                                   11-11:50am

Taught by Kristen Hogan (English Literature & Women’s & Gender Studies Librarian) & Allyssa Guzman (Senior Library Specialist in Research & Information Services)

RSVP encouraged, but not required
Lights… Camera… Longhorns! Creating videos for your student organization with iMovie
Get your group on the web with iMovie! This workshop, specially designed for student organizations, will teach you to import and edit video footage, add a soundtrack and titles, and upload to the web. Even if you have no experience of working with video, iMovie will help you produce professional-looking content with speed and ease.

In Person: PCL 2.400 Media Lab

March 24                                11-12

Taught by Andrew Wilbur of UT Libraries

RSVP – limited to 14 attendees


Podcasting with Audacity

Get on the air with Audacity, a simple recording and editing program favored by a global community of podcasters. In this workshop you will learn how to record directly from an external device, import audio files, edit recordings and export your podcast as a broadcast-ready MP3. You’ll also learn a few other tricks of the trade, such as how to combine audio samples, improve sound quality and apply effects.
Participants are not required to bring their own materials but may bring their own audio files or recording devices.

In Person: PCL 2.400 Media Lab

March 10                            10-11am

Taught by Andrew Wilbur of UT Libraries

RSVP – limited to 14 attendees


Poster Design Workshop

The workshop emphasizes poster design principles; appropriate sections for a research poster; presenting your poster; understanding your audience; and evaluating a poster. This workshop or its equivalent in your program is required for all students presenting at the Longhorn Research Bazaar during Research Week.

In person: PCL 2.400 Media Lab

March 3                                  3-4:30pm

Taught by Robert Reichle of the Office of Undergraduate Research

RSVP – limited to 14 attendees


Public Speaking

According to some polls, a majority of Americans fear public speaking more than death. Projecting a confident presence when called upon to share your ideas in public can impact your success in school and life. This workshop leads you through the fundamentals of speech delivery, provides rehearsal tips and helps you create a personal plan to improve your speech delivery. Don’t let fear hold you back from achieving excellence as a Longhorn. Make your own luck.

In person: PCL 1.124

February 9                               5-6pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

March 31                                 5-6pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

Taught by Michelle Jewell of the Sanger Learning Center


Writing Writing Assignments

Intended for graduate student instructors and faculty, this workshop will discuss four aspects of writing effective writing assignments: the major genres of undergraduate writing; the relationship (and sometimes disconnect) between those genres and course goals; methods of stair-stepping short writing assignments to lead to larger ones; and genres of writing assignment prompts. Drawing from research, our own experience as writing teachers, and our work with students in the University Writing Center, we will share general advice and offer specific models.

In person: PCL 1.124

March 26                                 1-3pm

RSVP – encouraged, but not required

Taught by the University Writing Center staff


Here are the ones I mentioned last email that are coming up soon:

Time Management for Researchers

Scholarship on graduate student and faculty success strongly suggests that academics who publish on a regular basis don’t necessarily work more than anyone else, but use their time strategically. This two-hour workshop will provide a quick overview of the research on scholarly writing and its relationship to time management and procrastination. The final third of the workshop will concern apps, programs, and practical strategies for managing the writing process effectively.
In person: PCL 1.124

March 27                                  12-2pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

Taught by Trish Roberts-Miller of the University Writing Center


Using the Thesis/Dissertation Templates 
The Graduate School distributes a set of thesis and dissertation templates in Microsoft Word for Apple and Windows computers, which will help you format your paper according to current requirements. This workshop will help you learn to use the templates, and will cover such topics as the use of styles, correct page numbering, and table of contents generation.

In person: PCL 1.124

April 10                                    3-4:30pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

April 16                                    1-2:30pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

Taught by Bob Penman of the Graduate School

CFP for the Tex-ICS Institute for Comics Studies Conference

Dear All,
We would like to share with you all the CFP for the Tex-ICS Institute for Comics Studies Conference to be held in San Antonio, Texas on August 7-9 in conjunction with Texas Comicon.
Please share this CFP with anyone that may be interested in participating.
Submissions deadline: April 1
The Institute for Comics Studies
Calls for Papers, Presentations, and Participation
Tex-ICS 2015
The Texas Comicon Institute for Comics Studies Conference
100 to 200 word abstracts for papers, presentations, panels, and poster sessions taking a critical or historical perspective on comics (juxtaposed images in sequence) are being accepted for a meeting of scholars and professionals during the Texas Comicon, San Antonio, TX, August 7-9, 2015, San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, 901 N. Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78258
Submission deadline April 1, 2015
The Institute for Comics Studies is a non-profit organization that promotes the study, understanding, and cultural legitimacy of comics through building knowledge, communication, expertise, and support for the study of comics and sequential art.
We seek proposals from a broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives and welcome the participation of academic and independent scholars.  We also encourage the involvement of professionals from all areas of the comics industry, including creators, editors, publishers, retailers,distributors, and journalists.
CSC Submission Site:
For more information:
Dr. Peter Coogan

Sam Cannon MA

Assistant Instructor
PhD Candidate

Co-organizer TexICS Comics Conference
University of Texas at Austin
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Student survey: Relaxation areas on campus

We are hoping to develop an easier way to map out relaxation areas across campus for our students.  Please participate in this 5 minute survey to help us get an idea of how to proceed: http://studentvoice.com/austin/studentrelaxationinput.

Thank you!

Katy Redd, MPH, MSW, CHES

Interim Program Director
Mental Health Promotion Coordinator
UT Counseling and Mental Health Center
100-A West Dean Keeton Street
1 University Station, SSB, A3500
Austin, TX 78712-0152
Website: http://cmhc.utexas.edu/


Legacies of Nonviolence in Art and Society

Legacies of Nonviolence in Art and Society

Friday, February 27th, 2015, 1 – 5 pm

Capitol Room, Edgar A. Smith Building

“Experiments with Truth:  Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence,” was an exhibition at the Menil Collection that explored how ideas about nonviolence have affected the creation of art throughout the world, both before and after the time of Gandhi.  It included a number of powerful contemporary works by artists such as Amar Kanwar, Kimsooja and Theaster Gates.  This symposium further examines issues raised by the exhibition.


An Introduction: Consequences of ahimsa.”

Janice Leoshko, Associate Professor, Dept of Art and Art History, UT

Creating the Exhibition on Gandhi and Images of Violence and Nonviolence.”

Josef Helfenstein, Director, The Menil Collection, Houston

Experiments with Books: The Publication for the Menil Exhibition.”

Joseph Newland, Director of Publications, The Menil Collection, Houston

After Gandhi:  Excerpts from art and history.”

Atreyee Gupta, Fellow of Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, Berlin and Visiting Fellow, Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin

Before Ecoart:  Hydroaesthetics in the Little Ice Age.”

Sugata Ray, Assistant Professor, Dept. of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley

Images of Non-Violence? Destruction and Self-Destruction in Contemporary Chinese Art.

Yun-Chiahn Sena, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Art and Art History, UT

There will be light snacks, coffee and tea.


FAFSA completion sessions for continuing students

The time has once again arrived for students to begin applying for financial aid for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only application needed at UT-Austin to apply for grants, work-study, and student loans.  Financial aid counselors will be available to assist current students completing the online FAFSA application (paper FAFSA’s available upon request).  Sessions are held in a computer lab setting on a walk-in basis.  NOTE: UT-Austin’s priority deadline is March 15th


Thank you very much.

Ernesto Lopez Jr.

Financial Aid Officer III

The Office of Student Financial Services

The University of Texas at Austin

P.O. Box 7758, UT Station – Austin, TX  78713-7758


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Student Paper Competition: communication technology, policy and its impact on society

The Communication Technology and Society research group, with the support of the Technology and Information Policy Institute (TIPI), is pleased to announce a student paper competition with cash awards. Full papers (approximately 20-25 pages; double spaced; one inch margins all around; 12 point font, and any reference style as long as it is consistent) along with a 250 word abstract should be submitted by April 30, 2015 at communicationtechsociety@gmail.com. Please do not include any personally identifiable information in the document you submit.

Papers that have been published or presented elsewhere will not be accepted for this paper competition.

This competition offers three cash awards:

1st Prize: $500

2nd Prize: $300

3rd Prize: $100

The competition is open to any graduate students enrolled at UT-Austin this semester. TIPI invites scholarly and original submissions that advance our understanding of communication technology, policy and its impact on society. Possible topics of interest include, but are certainly not limited to, the following: open government and “open” movement, policy toward immersive media or online gaming, digital inclusion, network neutrality, intellectualproperty issues, ethical and privacy implications of big data, ICT4D, equity issues in technology use, and the politics of platforms.

Submitted papers will be judged by a faculty panel and notice of decisions will be provided by May 15, 2015.

Winners will be expected to present their paper in a small-conference setting during a one half day event held in June.


Please address inquiries to communicationtechsociety@gmail.com.


Federal Resume Writing & Interview Techniques

Federal Resume Writing & Interview Techniques, hosted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Information Session

Thu, February 26, 2015 • 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM • PAR 308

Why Federal Employment?

–          Public service

–          Diverse Federal missions

–          Opportunity for advancement

–          Training and professional development

This workshop will cover two primary topics:

Federal Resume Writing

Job seekers will be able to apply for Federal positions using a resume and an optional cover letter.  This workshop will provide participants with information on how best to write a resume that highlights strengths and accomplishments.  They will learn what information to include on the resume, tips to market themselves and how to describe their experience.  Participants will leave this session armed with information to craft an effective Federal resume.

Interview Techniques

Participants will learn what to do prior to, during and after interviewing for Federal jobs.  After the session, they will know what the entire interview process will entail, to include the types of questions that will be asked and how to respond.

View event flyer here.