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Alash Tuvan Throat-Singing Ensemble

Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies


Alash Tuvan Throat-Singing Ensemble

Friday, March 6 | 7pm

Scottish Rite Theater

We are pleased to announce that renowned Tuvan throat singing ensemble Alash will again be joining us for a concert this Friday!

Alash performs traditional music from the Republic of Tuva, located in southern Siberia bordering Mongolia, using throat singing and Tuvan folk instruments, all subtly infused with Western influences. Its members formed their first group, Changy-Xaya, as students at the Kyzyl Arts College in Kyzyl, the capital city of the Republic of Tuva, and first toured in the United States in 2006. The group’s members include Bady-Dorzhu Ondar (vocals, igil, doshpuluur, and guitar), Ayan-ool Sam (vocals, igil, doshpuluur, and guitar), and Ayan Shirizhik (vocals, kengirge, shynggyrash, shoor, murgu, and xomus).
The trio of master throat singers has toured the US annually since 2006, playing with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones (who were on tour to promote their CD “Jingle All the Way,” which features Alash on several tracks), at SXSW, at UT several times, and on air at public radio stations across the U.S.

More information about this event can be found here, and more information on Alash can be found at their website and on their Facebook page.

The concert is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will be at the Scottish Rite Theater, located at 207 W. 18th Street, Austin, TX 78701. Directions to the theater and parking information can be found here.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and the UT College of Liberal Arts.

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“Grading Papers and Changing Diapers: Surviving Graduate School With A Family”

“Grading Papers and Changing Diapers:  Surviving Graduate School With A Family”
A talk by David McGhan, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Physics. 
When:  Friday, February 13, 3-4 pm
Where:  RLM 5.122 (map)
About the talk:  How can you be successful at graduate school and also have a family? Come to this talk, hosted by the Physics Education Forum and open to all, and learn some tips and tricks, as well as the realities of raising children while in graduate school. If you have children, or if you are thinking about having children while in graduate school, you don’t want to miss this.  The talk is open to all graduate students at UT.
About the presenter:  Dave is a doctoral candidate in the Physics Department in the College of Natural Sciences.  His research focuses on using physics based models to analyze K-12 science education.  Dave has a MS from UT in Quantum Physics, and a BS from North Carolina State University.   When not working as an Assistant Instructor or coding, Dave enjoys hiking and visiting local museums with his wife and two boys. 
Hosted by the Physics Education Forum and co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Writing Group.

The Project, UT’s Largest Day of Service

On February 28, UT community members will volunteer at various sites in East Austin. Projects include planting trees, painting, building picnic tables, etc. You can see all of the volunteer opportunities at Most of the shifts appear to be around 5 hours long.


The Project, UT’s Largest Day of Service, is in 26 days!  We are recruiting 2200 volunteers and event staff (Team Leads) for February 28th.  Since January of 2013, we’ve been working with the Holly/East Cesar Chavez neighborhoods to get to know residents, map community resources, and to volunteer alongside a rapidly changing community.   After Project 2014 we had 1850 volunteers and 15 community organizations working at 36 sites, making a nearly $400,000 economic impact.  We’re proud  to support the Austin community that supports UT so well, and we hope you’ll join us in giving back – we welcome all UT faculty, staff, alumni, and families!

To volunteer:

Are you a student interested in leading a piece of the event?  We’re looking for Team Leads who will manage some part of the day – applications are due 2/9!

See you there!

Hook ‘Em,

AMORY BARIL, Assistant Director, Student Engagement Programs

The University of Texas at Austin | Longhorn Center for Community Engagement | 512-232-6593 |


Federal income tax return preparation

Need help filing your taxes? 
Foundation Communities prepares tax returns for free for individuals and families who make less than $50,000 annually.
Taxes and Graduate Students presentation (date unknown) 
IRS website about fellowships 
International students can get tax help at the International Office 
The Graduate School has resources listed at 


TA and AI Campus Safety and Security presentation

The role of the TAs and AIs is critical to the safety of the campus.  Therefore, the Campus Safety and Security Team puts on a presentation specifically for TAs and AIs each semester.  We ask that the Graduate Advisors and Coordinators assist with encouraging all TAs and AIs to attend the session below.  The session takes about an hour and there will be time for Q&A after the presentation.

TA and AI Campus Safety and Security presentation

Date:  Tuesday, February 10th

Time:  3:30 – 5 PM

Location:  Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302)

Thank you,

Beth Woods

Executive Assistant

Office of the Associate Vice President for Campus Safety and Security

The University of Texas at Austin

(512) 471-5767

Sanger Learning Center workshops for teaching assistants

The Sanger Learning Center and the Center for Teaching and Learning are excited to announce two new professional development opportunities for Graduate Teaching Assistants in non-teaching roles. While AI’s and TA’s leading discussions have access to a variety of training and support resources through CTL, the University currently does not have many offerings for TA’s whose duties consist mostly of grading and one-on-one communication with students. In response to this need, we are piloting a free program specifically for TA’s in the College of Liberal Arts.


Lesley Eblen Taylor

Learning Specialist, Sanger Learning Center

The University of Texas at Austin

Flawn Academic Center 338M



Workshop: Mastering TA-to-Student Communication

Do you sometimes feel that you and your students are speaking two different languages? Have you ever wondered whether your students actually read those comments that you spend hours writing in the margins of their essays? This 90-minute workshop will help you maximize both the efficiency and the effectiveness of your communication with students. Discussion topics will include the following:

  • Using minimal marking to manage your grading load
  • Using e-mail to make your life easier, not harder
  • Navigating complaints, grade disputes, and other sticky situations
  • Communicating clearly and professionally with first-year students

If you are interested in this workshop, please click the link below to provide us with your contact information and availability. We will schedule the workshop based on TA preferences, and we will contact you directly once the date and time have been set.

Click here to sign up:

Micro-Teach Seminar

If you are looking for an opportunity to polish your classroom teaching skills, this seminar is for you. Our micro-teach sessions will allow you to encounter a variety of instructional strategies, practice classroom teaching techniques, and receive constructive feedback on your presentation skills. Over the course of 3 90-minute sessions, you will observe teaching demonstrations from colleagues in various departments, discuss the effectiveness of the techniques you have observed, and present your own teaching demo to a supportive and encouraging group of peers.

If you are interested in the micro-teach, please click the link below to provide us with your contact information and availability. We will schedule these sessions based on TA preferences, and we will contact you directly once the dates and times have been set.

Click here to sign up:


Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF)

I’m reaching out to you to get your help on letting people in Asian Studies know that Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) is back and it’s only a week away! AAAFF was a successful film festival in Austin several years ago. I attended it one year when I was a graduate student in the Department of Asian Studies, and I loved my experience at the festival. Now I’m part of the team that brought the film festival back this year. I worked on the programing team and I’m proud to say that we have a strong line-up of films from Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, Thailand, Taiwan, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, and the U.S.
We’d like to get the word out to everyone in Asian Studies, so more people get to see the great films that we carefully selected, enjoy the panels and meet the filmmakers. The festival is offering a discounted student pass fee for $45.
Please see the flyers attached for more information about the $45 student film pass, as well as the information of a free screening on UT campus.

More information about the festival can be found on its website:
If any students would like to volunteer at the festival, please check out this page:
Jing Yang
MFA in Film/Media Production
The University of Texas at Austin
Director / Photographer


Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference “What We Read: Materiality, Narrative, Text”

Join us this Friday, October 11th for the tenth annual Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference “What We Read: Materiality, Narrative, Text” and our plenary address by Dr. N. Katherine Hayles.
“The Book and the Document: Materiality and Deformation”
Friday, October 11th
5:30PM – CLA 0.126
Reception to follow
N. Katherine Hayles is Professor of Literature and Director of Graduate Studies at Duke University. She teaches and writes on the relations of literature, science and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries. Her book “How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics” won the Rene Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory for 1998-99, and her book Writing Machines won the Suzanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Her most recent book is How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis.
Find attached our official program for times and locations of all the day’s events. Follow us for updates and other news on our website at:
Cory Hahn and Hannah Alpert-Abrams

Asian American Resource Center Grand Opening

Asian American Resource Center Grand Opening
Saturday, September 28, 2013 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

The Asian American Resource Center invites the public to its grand opening celebration on Saturday, September 28 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, at 8401 Cameron Road. Join us in celebrating the City of Austin Parks and Recreation’s newest cultural facility. The event will feature an official ceremony and ribbon cutting followed by a lively street festival on the great lawn. Other activities will include an outdoor street festival with a music stage, community information booths, vendors, children’s activities, and performers. The indoor stage in the grand ballroom will feature a variety of pan-Asian performances and entertainment. The open house includes self-guided tours of the facility with displays of Asian heritage and cultural exhibits. Elected officials, representatives from the City of Austin, a network of Asian American Organizations, the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, and other community leaders will be on hand to commemorate the new facility.

This is both an outdoor and indoor event, please dress accordingly. Limited parking and shuttle service will be available along Cameron Road. Please consider walking, carpooling or taking public transportation.

For more information, please visit or call (512)974-1700.

Asian American Resource Center
8401 Cameron Road
Austin, TX 78754
See map: Google Maps

Asian-American Cultural Center’s Dragon Boat Festival

My name is Ashley and I’m working as the event coordinator for the Asian-American Cultural Center’s Dragon Boat Festival that is to be held on Saturday, April 27th 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Festival Beach Park on Lady Bird Lake. This festival is free admission and everyone is welcome to come and join in our festivity!
Along side our main event, the racing of the dragon boats, we will be having many a variety of acts, such as (likely to change):
  • Taiko Drums
  • Shaolin Wushu
  • and many dances from various Asian cultures, such as:
    • Hawaiian & Polynesian
    • Filipino
    • Korean
    • Chinese
    • Japanese
    • and more!
We will also have an arrangement of entertainment for kids, like:
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Firetruck and/or Police Cars
  • Face-painting
  • Crafts, including:
    • Origami
    • Calligraphy
We are in need of volunteers and if you’re interested, you may e-mail me at ashemarie.bald (at) or call/text me at 512-636-2171.
Otherwise, hope to see you there!
-Ashley M. Bald