October 6, 2015
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President Maimon Accepts Mayor Emmanuel's Challenge to Support Star Scholars

Chicago City Colleges' Star Scholarship

GSU was the first public university to respond to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's recent challenge to join the University of Illinois Chicago in developing an alliance with Chicago City Colleges' Star Scholarship students. In a Letter to the Editor of the Chicago Tribune, President Maimon accepted the mayor's challenge and announced that GSU has already initiated talks with CCC to provide a special opportunity to the Star Scholars. The scholars are graduates of more than 100 Chicago public high schools. They earned scholarships to attend CCC for free because of excellent grades and demonstrated ability in college-level math and English courses. Five other area universities have joined GSU to support the Star Scholars.

Report: GSU is Safest Public University Campus in Illinois

James R. McGee, Chief of the GSU Police Department
James R. McGee, Chief of the GSU Police Department

There is no greater concern on college campuses in the U.S. than safety. In the Annual Security and Fire Report, Governors State University ranks as the safest public university campus in Illinois.

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GSU-PSC Male Success Initiative Signed at Summit

Dr. Shaun R. Harper
Click above for Dr. Shaun R. Harper's interview at Governors State University

Thursday, October 1 marked the signing of the Dual Degree Program-Male Success Initiative (DDP-MSI), a groundbreaking commitment between GSU and Prairie State College that will create a model for the community college-to-university pathway for male success. At a day-long summit, keynote speaker Dr. Shaun R. Harper, the nationally-renowned expert on male success, said the initiative could become "a model for the nation."

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Family & Friends Weekend, October 8 – 10

Family & Friends Weekend

This is it! Family and Friends Weekend is October 8–10. There are lots of exciting events planned, and it all starts tomorrow with a Pep Rally in the Hall of Governors from 3:30-4 p.m. The 2nd annual Jaguar Jamboree begins at 5 p.m. in the gym, where the fall sports teams will be introduced followed by scrimmage games with our men's and women's basketball teams. Wear your GSU gear and bring your school spirit! But that's just the beginning! There is even a Family and Friends App, developed by Professor Steve Hyzny and student Reddysagar Chenchu Akkaru.

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High School Students Learn about GSU's BAMM Program at Manufacturing Event

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti (L) and Dr. Jun Zhao (R) at the the 2015 Manufacturing Day
Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti (L) and Dr. Jun Zhao (R) at the the 2015 Manufacturing Day

Dr. Ellen Foster Curtis, Dean of the College of Business, and Dr. Jun Zhao, MME Division Chair attended the 2015 Manufacturing Day event held at Bloom High School in Chicago Heights on October 1. More than 200 students from 19 area high schools attended. Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti gave opening remarks. A panel discussion followed, with representatives from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, area manufacturing companies, and faculty and administrators from GSU, South Suburban College, and Prairie State College.

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Intellectual Life Grants Available

Intellectual Life Grants for up to $500 are being awarded for events that promote and increase awareness of the arts, humanities and other intellectual topics of universal interest. Possible events might include lecture series, faculty research salons, workshops, panel discussions, exhibits, presentations in local communities and field trips. The events must take place between January 19, 2016 and May 8, 2016.

The primary audience for these events is GSU students, although the events should be open to all members of the GSU community and the region.

GSU staff and faculty, as well as enrolled GSU students with a faculty collaborator, are invited to apply using the Intellectual Life Grant Application. Events must be promoted as sponsored by the GSU Intellectual Life Committee in addition to any other sponsors.

Selection Criteria include:

  • Comparative analysis between grant projects presented,
  • Value to the GSU community in terms of intellectual life,
  • Strategies for promoting the event,
  • Completion of the event within the Spring 2016 Semester,
  • Feasibility of the project based on the support of this grant plus any other sources of funding, and
  • Grant funding may not be used to compensate GSU employees or purchase hardware or software.
  • Grant funding may not be used to cover printing costs. Please consider electronic forms of notification.

Submissions are due October 16. Please fill out the submission form in Microsoft Word and email it to LRuetten@govst.edu. Award winners will be notified by November 6, 2015. For more information, contact Lydia Morrow Ruetten.


Students-Enter the Literacy Autobiography Writing Contest

Students-Enter the Literacy Autobiography Writing Contest

Students enrolled in English 1000 this fall are eligible to participate in the Literacy Autobiography Award Writing Contest. As a required assignment in the first semester, the Literacy Autobiography assignment asks students to reflect on how writing and reading have shaped their lives.

Students enter the contest by submitting their Literary Autobiography by February 27, 2016. Winners will be announced by the end of March and honored at a luncheon. Entries will be judged by a committee appointed by the President's and Provost's offices.

Students are encouraged to continue revising their autobiography after it has been graded - in preparation for the contest.


  • First place - $200
  • Second place - $100
  • Third place - $50
  • Honorable Mention - $25

Awards are funded through the generosity of Dr. Elaine P. Maimon and Dr. Mort Maimon.

World Renowned Documentarian Gordon Quinn at GSU
October 14

Gordon Quinn
Gordon Quinn

A giant among American documentary filmmakers and world renowned expert on documentary ethics will be appearing at GSU on October 14 at 6 p.m. in Screening Room F1622. Gordon Quinn received an Emmy last week for his work as Executive Producer on The Trials of Muhammad Ali, and his life's work extends into an array of influential social conscience films including Hoop Dreams, widely regarded as the greatest documentary ever made. Mr. Quinn is Founder and Artistic Director for Kartemquin Films of Chicago. The event has been sponsored by the Committee for Intellectual Life, GSU's MFA in Independent Film program, CAS, GSU's student Media Society, and the GSU Film Series. Admission is free. 

Reconstructed Accepting Submissions

Reconstructed, GSU's literary and visual arts journal, is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2015 issue. All creative work is welcome, including but not limited to: original artwork, fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and photography.

Reconstructed is published both in print and online. All published artists will receive a copy of the print journal and will be published on the website. To submit your original artwork, email up to six attached documents by November 2.

Faculty-Led Program to Thailand Info Session Oct. 15

The Department of Psychology and Counseling is returning to Thailand to sponsor a 15-day faculty-led program that will include 10 full days of workshops presented by Dr. Carlson on Counseling Across the Lifespan and Marriage Counseling. This opportunity is open to masters and doctoral students and will take place from December 5-19, 2015.

Learn more at an information session on Thursday, October 15 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in room C3300 or contact Dr. Sonya Lorelle.

Purchase Stepshow Tickets Today


The 2015 Stepshow will be held Friday, October 9 as part of Family and Friends Weekend. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for non-students in advance; $5 students and $20 non-students at the door. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Center for Performing Arts Box Office.

Alternative Spring Break 2016-Puerto Rico

Aletrnative Spring Break 2016

Are you interested in making a difference and volunteering during your spring break? Try going on Alternative Spring Break 2016 to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Students will be immersed into the Puerto Rican culture and volunteer their time to help the country's social and environmental issues. To find out more, attend an information session in Room A2110 on either Monday, October 12 from 3:15-4:30 p.m., or Wednesday, October 21 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Gym Shoes and Cupcakes

Gym Shoes and Cupcakes event

The Community Service Council is sponsoring a used gym shoe donation drive October 5-23. Gym shoe PAIRS ONLY will be accepted in large donation boxes that will be located near the elevators across campus. The Council is also hosting a Bake Sale on Thursday, October 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Hall of Governors.

2016 Inclusive Leadership Conference Committee

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to serve as committee members for the 2016 Inclusive Leadership Conference at GSU. The conference is designed to help students create an understanding and appreciation for cultural differences through self-awareness while encouraging them to be free of misconceptions and prejudices through social justice education. The conference is scheduled to take place Friday, January 29, 2016. Please submit your interest in serving on the committee by Friday, October 9.


Professional Image and Career Conference

The Office of Career Services is hosting a Professional Image and Career Conference through Thursday, October 8. "Preparation is the key to a successful Career" will feature such beneficial career advice as Job Search Tips for International Students, S.T.A.R. Interviewing Skills, and How to Find an Internship. No registration is necessary. Visit the Office of Career Services website for a complete schedule. For more information, email or call 708-235-3974.

National Depression Screening Day October 8

To increase awareness and encourage early intervention for mood and anxiety disorders, GSU is hosting a campus-wide National Depression Screening Day® event Thursday, October 8 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Hall of Governors. "Increasing numbers of college students are arriving on campus with mental health issues," said Emily Petkus, clinical mental health counselor in the Academic Resource Center. "Our goals for this event are to help identify students who may be struggling with depression or other mood disorders and connect them with quality treatment options early on."

Similar to many physical illnesses, early recognition and treatment offers the best opportunity for recovery from mental illness. The anonymous and confidential screening tool is designed to help students examine any thoughts or behaviors that may be associated with depression, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, or posttraumatic stress disorder. After completing the self-assessment, students will be able to talk to a mental health professional and receive treatment information through the Student Counseling Center if necessary. Contact Emily Petkus for more information.

LGBT History Month Events

LGBT History Month

The Office of Intercultural Student Affairs is celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month with a series of events during the month of October. This week's events include an artist reception and discussion featuring Lorenzo Triburgo, creator of transFORMATION: photographic portraits of transgender men on Thursday, October 8 from 4:30–7:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery. On Friday, October 9, join us for a National Coming Out Day Celebration from 11a.m.–2p.m., in the Hall of Governors. It's a celebration of coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBT) or as an ally. Hear stories from the LGBT community, their families and allies about their experiences and learn how to support those who came out.

Social Inequalities Exist, Now What?

Join us to discuss what you can do to address social injustice. A free symposium where social action will be discussed will take place Friday, October 9, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in room D34104. Learn about the experience of two activists, Jen Wallin-Ruschman and Perry William Green III. They will discuss their engagement in various forms of social action to address social inequities. 

Everyone is welcome to attend this free symposium sponsored by GSU's Intellectual Life grant. For additional information contact Dr. Mazna Patka.

Documentary Screening October 12

SOS Scars of the Soul

Lambda Pi Eta is hosting the premiere of the documentary film S.O.S. Scars of the Soul, Monday, October 12 at 4:30 in Sherman Hall. The film features the narratives of women who have experienced rape trauma. A question and answer session and a discussion on ways to minimize the long-term effects of rape will be held led by Dr. Nefertiti Nowell, PhD, LCPC after the free screening.

Study Abroad in South Africa

Stidy in South Africa

How would you like to study abroad in South Africa? The GSU College of Business is sponsoring a 12-day study trip that will include visits to companies and universities, cultural activities and tourism sights. Learn more at an information session Monday, October 12 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Hall of Honors. RSVP by October 8 or call 708.534.4930 for more details.

Stutter Support Group Meeting October 13

A new chapter of the National Stuttering Association (NSA) Support Group now meets under the sponsorship of GSU's Department of Communication Disorders. The support group is open to adults who stutter, as well as their family members. The group will meet Tuesday, October 13, at 7:15 p.m. in the Communication Disorders Department, Room F-1409. Refreshments will be provided. For additional information, please contact Assistant Professor Dr. Eileen Brann.


Interdisciplinary Leadership Info Session October 15

The Interdisciplinary Leadership Doctoral Program is holding an informational session Thursday, October 15, from 6-7:30 p.m. in Room G261. To RSVP for this event, contact Carla Johnson. Please include your desired concentration (Higher Education Administration, Not for Profit/Social Entrepreneurship, Public Safety Administration or Superintendency) area in your rsvp email.

SafeZone Training October 20

A SafeZone training session for staff and faculty members ONLY will be held Tuesday, October 20 from 1-3:30 p.m. in the Hall of Honors. The goal of this program is to raise awareness about the dynamics of gender and sexual orientation while exploring different ways to embody inclusive allyship for people of all orientations, genders, sexualities, identities, and levels of being out. This program is limited to 25 participants only. For more information email diversity@govst.edu or call 708-524-4551.

Community Health Degree Information Sessions

A degree in Community Health is your ticket to the world. Whatever your interest—healthy aging, wellness promotion, treating chronic illness—your career path in Community Health can take you in many different directions.

Meet our faculty, alumni and current students to find out more at two information sessions on Thursday, October 22: 10-11:30 a.m. in the Hall of Honors, or 6-7:30 p.m. in Engbretson Hall.

For additional information, contact Dr. Joseph Day or 708.235.7389.

CASEL Workshop October 28

A workshop for education administrators hosted by Metropolitan Institute for Leadership in Education (MILE), will be held Wednesday, October 28 from 8 a.m. -3 p.m. in E-Lounge. "Implementing Social and Emotional Learning to Improve Student Achievement" is designed to provide the research and strategic tools needed to implement academic, social, and emotional learning throughout buildings and districts. Attendees will learn how to improve conditions for learning and student achievement.

The workshop will be presented by Ruth Cross, Senior Illinois Consultant for the Collaborative on Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, (CASEL). Ms. Cross brings significant experience working in defining and aligning best practices for effective SEL in public school districts. Register online.

Strut for the Cure October 23

The Social Work Student Organization will hold its Strut for the Cure for cancer, Friday, October 23, at 7p.m. in Sherman Hall. Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. For Tickets, please contact Johnsie McAuley-Davis or 708.235.3997.

S.H.E.R.O. Women's Leadership Symposium

Women's Leadership Symposium Seeks Presenters

Please join us for the 2nd Annual S.H.E.R.O. (Sharing Her story of Empowerment Resilience & Opportunity) Women's Leadership Symposium to facilitate students' professional leadership development on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

This year's theme, E3: Empower, Enrich, Engage will inspire and encourage attendees to seek their highest level of personal and professional development. Participants will gain a greater understanding of their own approach to leadership and identify personal leadership strengths that contribute to one's advancement. The symposium will include a luncheon, keynote, and breakout sessions open to all women and women-identified community college students, GSU undergraduate and graduate students interested in a day of professional development and networking.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the online registration form by October 16. If you have any questions, contact Jessica Specht or Kyrie Kirkland.


Jaguar Cross-Country, Golf Teams in Action

GSU's men's and women's cross country teams were in action on October 2. At the Olivet Nazarene University Illinois Collegiate Classic, the men were led by Willie Lipsey III, who finished the 8k race in 32:21.9. Junior Richard Gray finished the race in 33:59.8, and was followed by freshman Terrell Littles and senior Steven Scott, finishing in 36:28.5 and 38:16.6, respectively. At the St. Francis University Twilight Invitational, the GSU women were led by sophomore Dominique Hunt, who finished the race in 26:57.8. She was followed by freshman Jayla Lewis, making her first appearance of the season, who finished in 28:44.4.

Junior Kevin Holtz led the Jaguars with a team low of 81
Kevin Holtz

On the links, the men's golf team competed in the 3rd Annual Troll Classic at Calumet Country Club in Homewood. Junior Kevin Holtz led the Jaguars with a team low of 81. Kevin was in the hunt for the championship after in the first 10 holes, at one over par. Finishing second for GSU was senior Anthony Roop with an 86. Freshman Joshua Janeic also competed.

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