October 24, 2016
Vol. 34, Issue 2
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GSU Students Chat with the President

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Tonight is the night! Do you have questions or ideas to share with President Elaine P. Maimon? Meet Dr. Maimon at Prairie Place for conversation and free food on Monday, October 24 at 6 p.m. Non-residents will be given access to enter the Great Hall. RSVPs are appreciated. If you have questions or need further information, please contact Penny Perdue at x 4130.

Honors Program Pinning Ceremony

Honors Program Pinning Ceremony

Nearly 40 students were inducted into the Honors Program during the third annual Pinning Ceremony Friday, October 21 in the E-Lounge. The mid-Fall Semester event welcomes the newest students into the academic program and helps them connect to the 110 undergraduate students already enrolled in the program. The President, Provost, and several Honors Program Faculty and Student Council Members were on hand to welcome the new students and celebrate with them. If you'd like more information about the Honors Program, or to submit a request to join the academic program, please visit us on the web.

Professor Nearing becomes First Filmmaker in Residence at the Chicago Film Office

Professor Daniel Nearing

Daniel Nearing/photo: Joe Mazza/Brave Lux

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) named GSU Professor Daniel Nearing as the inaugural "Filmmaker in Residence" at the Chicago Film Office. Nearing was selected for both his filmmaking experience and his commitment to sharing Chicago stories through independent film. As part of the year-long residency, Nearing will film his project Sister Carrie — the third and final installment of a Chicago trilogy directed by Nearingan adaptation of the landmark feminist Chicago novel of the same name. In the same week, Professor Daniel Nearing was also named to Newcity's biennial list of the top 50 filmmakers working in the Chicago area.

Archive Month Ends with Grand Opening of Archives Room

Throughout October, the GSU Library has been celebrating American Archives Month by exploring GSU's rich history preserved in the library and University Archives on Opus. The month long festivities lead to a culminating event, Thursday, November 3 from 4 – 6 p.m. when the library will host the GSU Archives Room grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony along with the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Friends of the GSU Library. The event will be held in the GSU library. RSVP attendance to asarkisian@govst.edu.


Recovery Coach Training

The College of Health and Human Services has space available in the next Recovery Coaching Training. Sessions will be Friday, October 28 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thirty-two CEUs will be given. Please contact Laura Owens at 708.235.2134 for more information.

"Fat Pig" Opens Saturday, October 29

Fat Pig Cast with Scripts

Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus-sized — and then some. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, he finally comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks.

Neil LaBute's sharply drawn play not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty but also boldly questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.

The play opens Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. Other performances are Sunday, October 30, at 2 p.m. and November 3 & 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students), and on November 4, for an additional $15, you can attend the Pre-Show Bacon Bar!

Wednesday Walks in the Park

Explore the big art park in GSU's own backyard every other Wednesday, from noon – 12:45 p.m. through November 30. The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park is a world-renowned outdoor museum-in-the-prairie, showcasing 32 master works of sculpture. Each tour visits different artworks, so choose the tour that works for you! RSVP to 708.235.7559 by the Monday prior to your tour.

Submit a Proposal, Register for the Inclusive Leadership Conference

"Stop the Violence: Listen, Learn, Lead!!!" is the theme for the 2016 Inclusive Leadership Conference. This year's theme speaks to how violence impacts multiple identities of diversity through education that will empower participants with knowledge to help them recognize how their backgrounds and skills can play an influential role in ending violence, one leader at a time. 

Today is the last day to submit workshops proposals for the Inclusive Leadership Conference that reflect this theme. Workshops are 45 minutes and must be reflective of the conference theme. Submit your proposal to diversity@govst.edu by Monday, October 24, 2016.

Registration for the Inclusive Leadership Conference is FREE and open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/inclusive2016 to register. Registration is open until Wednesday, November 2.

Fall Harvest Festival

The Fall Family Harvest Festival takes place on Tuesday, October 25, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Hall of Honors. This is a free family-friendly event and open to the public. Wear your best costume and enjoy ghost stories, games, prizes, crafts, and food! Contact Konya Sledge with questions.

Considering a Career in Higher Education?

Do you want to turn your college experience into a career? Attend the Higher Education Student Association panel discussion, Tuesday, October 25 from 3 – 4:15 p.m. Learn about graduate programs and careers in student affairs.

There will be short presentations from GSU alumni and staff with higher education and student affairs (HESA) degrees. This is a great networking opportunity for undergraduates who are considering the fields of higher education and student affairs as a career option. This panel is co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students and the College of Education.

Domestic Violence Awareness Lecture

Join the National Communication Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta, for a lecture and discussion on Domestic Violence October 26, from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Hall of Honors. The guest speaker is Prisma Arevalo from The Crisis Center for South Suburbia.

GSU Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

GSU's Friends of the Library hosts it annual Fall Book Sale on Tuesday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 26, from 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. on the Library Balcony. Please bring exact change to place in the coin box. Hardcover books and DVDs are $1. Paperback books and VHS tapes are 50¢.

Northwestern Memorial Healthcare CFO to Speak at GSU

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, John Orsini, CPA, will be speaking at GSU on Tuesday, November 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. in Sherman Hall. This event is sponsored by the Student Healthcare Management Association and Tau Sigma National Honor Society. For more information, contact kbathani@student.govst.edu or Dr. Ning Lu, Professor and Associate Program Director, Department of Health Administration at 708.534.4916.

Annual Fall Vendor and Craft Fair

This year's Annual Fall Vendor and Craft Fair will take place November 2, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Hall of Governors. Over 40 vendors and crafters will be on site showcasing a variety of items. Join us for early holiday shopping and find unique gifts. For more information, please contact Gina Ragland or the Civil Service Senate. The fair is sponsored by the GSU Civil Service Senate.

Student Affairs Sponsors Fifth Annual Student Leadership Institute


Based on national best practices for leadership education, the Student Leadership Institute (SLI) is a distinctive co-curricular certificate program designed for students seeking leadership development opportunities that will contribute to their personal development and help achieve their leadership potential. Using Kouzes and Posner's nationally recognized Five Practices of Exemplary Student Leadership as a foundation, this innovative program consists of workshops that participants elect to attend based on their individual interests and leadership goals.

FACULTY/STAFF: Please nominate students in your class or department/organization who you feel would benefit from this program. From conversations with past participants, a faculty/staff nomination often has been the encouragement students need to participate in this high impact program. If you have been impressed by a student's example of leadership in your class, department, or organization, please take a moment to nominate them to participate in this program by October 28.

STUDENTS: With more than 150 Student Leadership Institute (SLI) alumni, students involved with the SLI program at GSU will also benefit from the mentorship component that is woven into the program design. Students will have the opportunity to work directly with a mentor who will discuss their workshop options, provide direction, as well as track their development and progress. Applications are due by November 4.

To apply or nominate a student, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016-17GSUSLI.

Respond to Violence: Social Activism

Respond to Violence, a multimedia initiative, is partnering with the "Be the Change" movement, both housed in the Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service, for a university-wide spring event focused on social activism. "Social Change Model of Leadership Development," will be used to frame ways to lead and collaborate to bring about positive sustainable change and to engage students around the idea of first changing yourself, then your community, and then the world.

Respond to Violence would like to involve staff, faculty members, and students in this "Call to Action: Social Activism and Leadership" event through work in the classroom, on campus, or in community organizations. If you are interested or would like more information, please email ybrown@govst.edu.


Center for Performing Arts Awarded Grant

The Chicago Community Trust recently awarded funding for three Chicago-based dance, theatre, and musical national tour premieres to perform at GSU's Center for Performing Arts. The series' upcoming presentations include: "Evil and Good" by Chicago Dance Crash on October 22, "The Scottsboro Boys" by Porchlight Music Theatre on March 25, and "The Monk Meets the First Lady" by Chicago Jazz Philharmonic on April 29.

"The continued support of The Chicago Community Trust allows GSU to bring unique and exciting artists to the south suburbs, thus developing new audiences for Chicago theaters. We are so grateful that the Trust supports our efforts," said GSU President Elaine P. Maimon.

COE & CHHS Receive Nearly $5 Million in Federal Grants

The College of Education and College of Health and Human Services have been awarded $4.9 million in scholarship and grant money for students from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read More

Kresge Grant

Governors State University was recently awarded a $450K grant from the Kresge Foundation to support the DDP-Male Success Initiative and the national dissemination of the DDP model. The MSI-DDP is an expansion of the DDP to include proven strategies for leading men of color on a clear pathway from high school to community college to achieving a university bachelor degree. Provost Deborah Bordelon was the grant's principal investigator.

Workshops and Trainings

Looking for GSU workshops and training opportunities?

This week's list of opportunities — including Content Management System (CMS) training, Faculty Profile Page update information, workshops from the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, and the Global Lunch Lecture Series — can be found here.


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