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Welcome to Student Life
The mission of the office of Student Life is to support and enrich the Governors State University educational experience through student involvement in its programs, student organizations and services. Emphasis is placed upon disseminating material and implementing initiatives which provide opportunities and information for students to realize life long learning skills. Wellness, fitness, recreation, leadership, volunteerism, governance, media, and ethnic cultural observances are integral parts of Student Life events.
The staff strives to empower students through interaction in self-initiated or planned activities with fellow students, faculty members and staff. Thus, Student Life is predicated on principles in which the campus climate respects the rights of individuals and groups, encourages student success and insures outlets for personal and professional development.
Student Life is a unit within the Division of Student Affairs and Support Services at Governors State University.
2013 Commencement Speaker
The Commencement Student Speaker Committee is currently accepting nominations for the commencement ceremony to be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013. This year we will hold two ceremonies; one at 10 a.m. for CHHS and COE, and the 5 p.m. ceremony for CAS and CBPA. As a result, we will select two commencement speakers, one for the morning and the other for the evening ceremony. We will need candidates to represent all colleges, so please make a conscious effort to nominate deserving students for this prestigious honor.
Access the Student Commencement Speaker nomination form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SpringCommencementspeakernomination and fill out both pages of the nomination form no later than April 24.
In order for students to be eligible they must be willing to meet for an interview on Friday, May 3, 2013 between 10AM and 3PM. Please be sure to share the information with your nominee before you submit the nomination.
Enough is Enough--Campaign to Stem Societal Violence
Enough is Enough is a critical collaboration designed to create a new paradigm for peace and safety on the nation's campuses -- elementary through postsecondary -- by addressing the societal violence that has contributed to unprecedented violence in some of the very places our students should feel most safe. The campaign is held during the month of April, and Student Life has collaborated to present the following events for the Enough is Enough campaign:
Communicating Possibilities: Reframing the Gun Debate and Finding Common Ground
Thursday, April 4, 2013
A Panel Discussion hosted by the GSU Forensics Team
Lunch and Learn Series
Campus Safety (Bring your lunch)
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
12 Noon – 1:30 pm
Speaker: Chief James McGee
Dangers of Social Media (Bring your lunch)
Thursday, April 11, 2013
12 Noon - 1:30 pm
Speaker: Professor Steve Hyzny
Overcoming Violence Creating an Era of Peace in Southland Schools and CommunitiesThursday, April 25, 2013
9 am – 12 Noon
Sherman Recital Hall
Student Life collaboration with the Area P District 6450 Rotary Clubs
The events are free and open to the public. Please join us. For additional information contact S. Sanderson at email@example.com.
Leadership Awards Banquet
The Governors State University Student Senate and Student Life Office will host the 1st annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on Friday, April 26, in E-Lounge. Nominators and nominees are invited to attend the Student Leadership Awards Banquet recognizing the contribution and excellence of the various members of the GSU community.
The categories and the nominees are:
Outstanding Graduating Student:
Maria Ramirez, William Schranz, Nicole Roy, Stephanie Snow, Daniel Ellington, Erin Fletcher, Shaniqua Anderson (Jones), Brittani Barnett, and David Laxton.
Rising Star Award:
Terry Banies, William Schranz, Carrie Parks, Bianca Mangabhai, Raymond Vazquez, Samantha Claysen, Katrina Love, and Shawnta Young.
New or Most Improved Student Club/Organization of the Year:
Bowling Club, Art Forum, Wellness Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Human Resource Management Club, Psychology Club, Student Healthcare Management Association, and Computer Science Club.
Latoya Tanniehill, Rieko Miyakuni, Nneka Howell, Snehal Chavda, William Schranz, Julie Bryar, Terry Banies, Kayla Randolph-Clark, Natasha Dillard, Adriene Farmer, and David Laxton.
Program of the Year:Inaugural Trip to Washington, D.C., Bowling Club - Friday Bowling Program, Physical Therapy Program.
Outstanding Club/Organization Advisor of the Year:
Ann Marie Manning-Nagel, Jim Howley, TJ Wang, Aida Martinez, Sheree Sanderson, Tina Hughes-Burke, Susan Gaffney, and Carren Rossow.
Outstanding Support Staff of the Year:
Johnsie McAuley-Davis, Margaret Brady, Latonia Richmond, Lisa Carra, Alishia Flowers, Brenda Moore, Christopher Cook, and Nancy Rios.
Outstanding Student Club/ Organization of the Year:
Social Work Student Club, Bowling Club, Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA), Black Student Union, Criminal Justice Student Society, Gay Straight Alliance, Association of Latin American Studies (ALAS), and Masters of Public Administration Club (MPAC).
Student Leadership Institute
The Student Leadership Institute (SLI) is a co-curricular certificate program designed for upper-class students looking for leadership development opportunities that will contribute to their personal development and help achieve their leadership potential.
The Graduate Leadership Scholars Program (GLS) is a co-curricular certificate program designed for graduate students looking for leadership development opportunities that will contribute to their personal development and career and leadership potential.
Student Life Forms and Calendar
Secretary of State Mobile Services
Governors State University students, faculty and staff as well as surrounding community members can renew their driver’s license or state ID card, purchase their annual vehicle license plate sticker, register to be an organ and tissue donor or conduct other transactions with the Secretary of State Mobile Services on campus. The Mobile Services Unit will be here on the following dates:
- January 22, 2013
- May 21, 2013
We are excited to welcome Secretary Jesse White to Governors State University.
The Mobile Services Unit will provide services from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Hall of Governors. Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, cash, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards.
Free Shuttle Service between the GSU campus and selected University Park locations and the University Park Metra Station is now available. The GSU shuttle stop is located in front of the main entrance (D-Wing). For more information and the schedule, contact the Welcome Center at 708.534.4363.
The Welcome Center at Student Central Hours and Contact Information
Hours of Operation
Mon - Thur: 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.