May 24, 2016
Vol. 29 Issue 3
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2016 Commencement

GSU Graduates smiling at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony

The 2016 Commencement ceremonies were a complete success. Over 1,800 GSU students became graduates on May 14. In case you missed it, highlights of all of the ceremonies can be found online.

Karen Caesar-Smith, Director of University Events and Commencement Coordinator, extends her gratitude and praises the efforts of the many individuals who worked together to make Commencement 2016 a success.

GSU Online Featured in State Rankings has declared Governors State University to be one of the top online colleges in the state of Illinois. Congratulations to Dr. Teri Sosa and the staff of the Center for Online Teaching and Learning on this major achievement!

Tornado Drill

GSU will be participating in a Tornado Drill on Tuesday, May 24 at 6 p.m. All persons on campus at that time are required to participate. If you are on campus when the alarm sounds, please proceed to the nearest tornado shelter and stay there until a member of the campus safety team directs you to leave the shelter. For faculty members who are in class at the time, please guide your students to the nearest shelter. We know this drill will be a brief disruption to class instruction and the workday, but it is imperative to participate in preparation of tornado season and assessment of campus readiness.

There are separate checklists for faculty and staff. Please familiarize yourself with the processes and procedures.

What's Happening to Flying Saucer?

Jene Highstein's Flying Saucer sculpture undergoing repairs

The 1977 sculpture by Jene Highstein is undergoing major conservation this spring. According to Geoffrey Bates, Director and Curator of the NMSP, the sculpture has developed significant cracks along its northern face, making it time for repairs. The work, which has been approved by the artist's widow, should take about 2-3 weeks.

Students, staff, and vistors are cautioned to stay outside the orange fence during the restoration, as the piece is unstable without its customary coat of concrete.

Memorial Day

Campus will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of the national Memorial Day holiday. Please make note of the closure on your calendars.


Occupational Therapy Info-Session

The Department of Occupational Therapy will be hosting an informational session on Wednesday, June 1 in G157 from 5 to 6 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring unofficial copies of transcripts. For more information, contact Patricia Kalvelage.

Faculty Summer Institute

This year's one-day conference will be held on Tuesday, June 7. Keynote speaker Jillian Kinzie, PhD., is the Associate Director of the Center for Post-Secondary Research & NSSE Institute. Please plan to attend and hear Dr. Kinzie's talk on, "Conditions for Student Success." This collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs will be an interesting event for all faculty and staff.

Summer Grill and Chill

GSU's Summer Grill and Chill photo of Hamburgers, Chips and a cold drink

On Tuesday's during the months of June and July from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (weather permitting), Arena Food Service, Inc. will be grilling on the Hall of Governors patio. Please join them for lunch at the Summer Grill and Chill program.


GSU is once again sponsoring STEAM camps this summer for middle and high school students. Camps are being held during two different weeks, and students may register for one or both sessions. Week 1 runs from July 18 – 22 and focuses on forensics. Week 2 will feature robotics and gores from July 25 – 29. Read more.


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