Michigan Archaeological Society Meeting 3/19

The next meeting of the year for the Upper Grand Valley Chapter of the Michigan Archaeological Society is Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., in Baker 455.  Chapter Elections for the 2014-2015 year will occur at this meeting, and Eric Perkins from the Michigan Historical Museum will be presenting “Identifying U.S. Military Insignia and Gear for Archaeologists.”

Abstract:  As more work is done on turn-of-the-century and 20th century sites, archaeologists will be recovering military artifacts from a period that saw many changes in uniforms, insignia, and gear.  While 18th and 19th century military artifacts are fairly well-known, later military artifacts have received less attention.  This presentation will provide an overview of US. Military insignia and gear from the late-19th and 20th centuries, focusing on what is likely to be preserved in archaeological contexts.

Effective Public Speaking

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2–3:30 p.m. (ET)

Public speaking is a vital professional skill, yet not everyone is an effective public speaker. Learn to be a better communicator as we explore, through practical video demonstrations, techniques and tips to help you overcome some common pitfalls of public speaking.

How Will I Benefit?

By participating in this program attendees will be better able to:

  • Identify common pitfalls of public speaking
  • Deliver effective public presentations
  • Improve overall communication skills

Who Should Attend

This program will be useful to anyone interested in building communication and public speaking skills.


  • George Buss, director of experience and education, Minnetrista, Muncie, IN
  • Greg Stevens, assistant director for professional development, American Alliance of Museums, Washington, DC

Register online at: http://aam-us.org/resources/online-programs/effective-public-speaking

Last Chance to Register as Judge or Presenter for the GAC

The Council Of Graduate Students (COGS) at Michigan State University are proud to announce the Sixth Annual Graduate Academic Conference (GAC), taking place on MARCH 27, 2014. The GAC is open to Graduate and Professional students of ALL academic fields with the purpose in mind of cultivating connections within and across disciplines.

You can participate in multiple sessions including ten minute presentations, the three minute dissertation competition and the poster presentations!

Registration is still open for both judges and presenters. To participate in the conference, apply at www.msugac.com by THURSDAY, JANUARY 30TH, 2014.

We are also excited to announce that JORGE CHAM, renowned lecturer and the creator of PhD Comics, will be our keynote speaker. In his talk, Cham talks about his own experience as a graduate student, and discusses the stress, guilt, and humor of this chosen academic path. All participants in the conference are invited to come to this keynote lunch.