April 25, 2016
Vol. 28, Issue 4
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President Maimon's Update on Illinois Budget

In an update sent to the GSU community last week, President Maimon discussed the recent legislation passed by Illinois lawmakers that partially funds Illinois higher education. The bipartisan bill, which Governor Bruce Rauner is expected to sign, is a stop gap measure designed to provide immediate funding for Illinois public universities and colleges until a final budget for Fiscal Year 2016 is reached.

Of the $600 million allocated in partial MAP and state funding for Illinois public universities, Governors State University will receive $6.97 million (or 31 percent of its FY 2015 appropriations), and $1.2 million in MAP funding (or 43 percent of MAP funds fronted by GSU for the 1,941 students who received the grants in the Spring and Fall semesters).

"While we are pleased to receive this partial funding for FY 16, the budget crisis still exists. We will, therefore, continue our collaborative efforts to address the budget shortfall through the internal budget development process that is currently underway. Likewise, we will continue our efforts to work with state lawmakers for a reasonable final budget for both FYs 2016 and 2017," wrote Dr. Maimon.

GSU Launches Graduation Pages

As we prepare to say goodbye to the graduating Class of 2016, check in on the Web and check out all of your graduation needs, from ticket information to the personal stories of soon-to-be GSU graduates.

GSU Rallies Again

Students, staff members, faculty, and members of GSU administration traveled to Springfield on Wednesday, April 20 to participate in the continuing conversation and movement to restore balance to Illinois' budget for higher education. Read more.

Registration Alerts

Regsiter Early Now! Photo of young man in front of computer

Save your seat now! On Friday, April 22, registration will be open to all current and new GSU students. Registering early means you can take advantage of the new GSU payment option. If you register and sign up for a payment plan by Wednesday, June 15, you can pay your tuition in five monthly payments. Additional payment plans and methods are also available. Registering early also helps avoid new late fees. Starting this fall, continuing students who wait until two weeks before the start of the semester will be billed a $100 late registration charge. The fee will increase to $200 once the semester begins.


Year End Processing Deadlines

FY2016 is coming to a close. Faculty and staff are urged to do some fiscal housekeeping and make sure that all of your invoices have been submitted. A complete list of deadlines and helpful information has been provided by the Offices of Finance and Procurement & Business Services.

GSU Launches Free App to Celebrate International Sculpture Day

The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park launched a free app on April 24 in honor of International Sculpture Day. The app provides a real-time walking guide through the park, information from the artists, and more. iPhone users can go to the Apple Store and search for Otocast. Android users can search for Otocast in GooglePlay.

We Day Volunteer Opportunity

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Do you need service hours? Volunteer for We Day Illinois! RSVP in Jaguar Connection or stop by A2130. Email for more information.

Need a Quiet Place to Study or Writing Help?

The GSU Library has something for you! Whether you need a quiet place to study or research assistance, come by and see what the library can do for you. Read more.

Who Let the Dogs Out?

Students, are you in need of a break from preparing for finals? Why not come to the Stress Free Study Zone on the library balcony this Tuesday, April 26 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and meet Sophie and some of her friends. Sophie is a therapy dog, and she loves to be petted and talked to. Read more.

Mother's Day Basket Sale

Looking for a beautiful gift to give your mom or a favorite person in your life? Stop by the Friends of the Library Mother's Day Basket Sale on Wednesday, April 27 in the D Wing Atrium from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Read more.

Dr. Seuss Is on the Loose

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Come see your favorite Dr. Seuss characters come alive on stage in a production by Theatreworks in the Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, May 1. Showtime is 2 p.m., and tickets are available at the box office and online.

Principles of Peer Leadership Presentations

The students of the Principles of Peer Leadership will give two presentations on social matters in society in May. Both presentations will be held at 2 p.m. in F1622. On Tuesday, May 3, "How to Get Away with Murder" will explore the impact of police brutality. On Thursday, May 5, "Revenge of the Nerds" will focus on bullying. For more information email Robert Clay.

Faculty Highlights

Bill Kresse, Professor Fraud Profiled on GSU News

Bill Kresse, Assistant Professor of Accounting, is featured this week in GSU News. Stop by the Newsroom and learn about this fascinating member of the Governors State academic community.

GSU Film Studies Professor Named MacDowell Colony Fellow

Daniel Nearing, Full Professor of Independent Film and Digital Imaging, will spend five weeks honing his craft at the prestigious MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire this summer. This highly-competitive fellowship has been bestowed on some of the most notable persons in arts, including James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein, Alice Walker, Aaron Copland, and E.L. Doctorow. The colony has hosted 75 Pulitzer Prize winners, as well. Please extend congratulations to Professor Nearing on this opportunity and honor.

GSU Mathematics Represented at Chicago Symposium Series

Photo of Angela Thompson and GSU students at the Chicago Symposium Series

Dr. Angela Thompson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, in conjunction with three GSU students, gave a presentation titled "Co-Teaching Gen-Ed Mathematics Courses with Preservice Teachers," a model of supplemental instruction based on the Academic Resource Center's program at the Chicago Symposium Series at UIC. GSU students Monica King, Michelle Hale, and Matt Watters worked with Dr. Thompson on the presentation.

Top Conference in Composition and Communication Welcomes GSU President and Faculty

President Maimon, along with Drs. Hill, Morris, Muhammad, and Athon—all members of our English Program—presented at the 4C's Conference, the top conference in college composition and communication, earlier this month in Houston. Their topics ranged from the role of Composition in our Freshman Program to the use of comics in the classroom. Dr. Amanda Athon earned a competitive travel scholarship to attend the conference. Congratulations to Dr. Athon and all of our faculty members who participated in the 2016 4C.


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