Alumni AssociationGovernors State University
Monthly Announcement - August 7, 2013

Dear Alumnus,

I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far.

Join us at Convocation on August 20, Bowl with the Alumni Association on Sunday, August 18, and we would love to see you at our golf outing in September. No matter how you decide to stay connected - joining clubs, attending lectures and events on campus, participating in an alumni activity - GSU has something for everyone.

Let us know what you've been up to. We'd love to hear from you. Stay connected with your alma mater and get involved.

For more information, call the Alumni Relations Office at 708.534.4128. Feel free to visit the alumni website to view past editions of the e-connections newsletter and our annual print newsletter, Alumni Connections and to get up-to-the-minute details.


Cheri Garey
Director of Alumni Relations

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Upcoming Alumni Events

Reserve your space now for upcoming Alumni Association Events.

Sunday, August 18, Bowling Party from 1 to 6 p.m. at Oak Forest Bowl, $28 per person ($25 for a group of 4 or more). Children 12 or under are $22. Includes 3 hours open bowling, pizza dinner, shoe rental, prizes, silent auction and patio party, which includes table tennis, bean bag toss, and more. Meet fellow alumni, show off your bowling skills (or not), and have fun at this family friendly event! Click here to register or call 708.534.7892.

Sunday, September 15 - GSU Promise Scholarship Scramble. Noon check-in. 1 p.m. Shotgun Start. This event takes place at the University Golf Club and Conference Center. Join us in honoring GSU's friend, Dave Dreschel at our annual golf outing. Visit for more information or to register.

More detailed information can be found at our website. Mail your reservation form or call the Alumni Relations Office at 708.534.7892.

Alumni Club Events

As a GSU alum, you may join as many of our Alumni Clubs as you like, free of charge. Sign up for Alumni Clubs by visiting or call the Alumni Relations Office at 708.534.4128 for more information.

Alumni Book Club

Join other book enthusiasts in a lively discussion on the current book. The Alumni Book Club typically meets the fourth Thursday of every month.

Thursday, August 15, (NOTE DATE CHANGE) - Native Tongue by Carl Hiasson 6:30 p.m. - Panera Bread, 4864 211th St, Matteson, IL (corner of Cicero and Rt 30)

Thursday, September 26 - Native Son by Richard Wright
6:30 p.m. - Panera Bread, 4864 211th St, Matteson, IL (corner of Cicero and Rt 30)

Books are chosen by the Alumni Book Club members. Join today to receive monthly notices. There is no cost to join. Call the Alumni Relations Office at 708.534.4128 to join or e-mail and say "sign me up for the Book Club." Visit the website at (book club) for details and book descriptions.

Golf Club

The GSU Golf League plays on Tuesdays at the University Golf Course, conveniently located across the street from GSU in University Park. During the 2013 season, the League will play nine holes of golf each week, weather permitting. Everyone is encouraged to join in on the fun, regardless of their skill level. For information on joining the GSU Golf League please contact Hollie Campbell at 708.235.6813.

Don't miss the GSU Promise Scholarship Scramble on September 15. Visit for complete details and sign up information. Sponsorships are also available. Call 708.534.7892 for more information.

Addiction Studies Alumni Club (ASAC)

Saturday, September 14 - Addiction Studies Alumni Club second annual Recovery Walk, 8 a.m. to noon at GSU. This is a free event for everyone interested in addictions recovery. Resource fair, speakers, entertainment, and refreshments are included. Click here for more information or to register. Pre-registered individuals will be entered into a drawing for a special door prize.

Saturday, October 19 - Workshop: "Affordable Care Act and the SUD Field in Illinois" - Panel Discussion. Earn 3 CEU's from IAODAPCA (CEU's applied for) at this workshop. Networking: 8:30 a.m.; Workshop: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Only $15 per person.

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - Workshop: "Using EMDR ("Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) with Addicted Individuals" (rescheduled from August). Earn 3 CEU's from IAODAPCA (CEU's applied for) at this workshop. Networking: 8:30 a.m.; Workshop: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Only $15 per person.

For more information visit Mail the reservation form or call 708.534.7892 to register

Convocation 2013 - August 20

Please join President Elaine P. Maimon at the State of the University Address on Tuesday, August 20. All alumni are welcome to come and hear the latest at GSU. The event will be held in the Center for Performing Arts at GSU at 3 p.m. We hope to see you there.

Master of Occupational Therapy Info Session - August 12

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree - Monday, August 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room G127.

A tour of the campus will follow. Room G127 is located on the first floor of GSU's Faculty Office Center (FOC), otherwise known as the "G" Building. The FOC is located at the far eastern edge of the campus. For more information, contact Patricia Kalvelage at, or 708.534.7294. Additional information may be found at 

Attendees are encouraged to bring official or unofficial transcripts for review. Refreshments will be served and tours of the campus will be offered.

"A… My Name is Alice" Auditions - September 7

Auditions for the GSU Fall production of "A… My Name Is Alice," is a musical revue conceived by Joan Micklin Silver and Julianne Boyd, will be held on September 7, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. or 6 to 7:30 p.m. To reserve an audition timeslot, sign up at room E1541D. Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, September 10, from 8 to 10 p.m.

"A… My Name Is Alice," is sophisticated, bawdy, funny and insightful. It consists of a series of songs and sketches portraying women of all ages and types in a variety of situations and relationships. The show dates are November 6 through 8, in the Center for Performing Arts.

The production is looking for women and men of different ages and types with skills in any combination of singing, acting and basic jazz and tap dancing. Auditioners should prepare 16 bars of a song (bring sheet music or sing a cappella), a 1-minute published or original monologue, and be prepared to move.

Auditions are open to students, staff, faculty and community members, both experienced and novice.

For more information, contact Dr. Patrick Santoro at or 708.235.2842.

GSU Promise Fest - October 4 & 5 - SAVE THE DATE

Marketing students are hosting the event to raise money for GSU student scholarships. On Saturday, October 4, a Comedy show will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, October 5 will have a 5 k run/walk, a children's fair, sponsor awards and a Motown show. For more information or to volunteer, visit, email or call 708.510.7785.

Science Wing Renovation - Phase I Complete

We are happy to report that Phase I of the science wing renovation is complete, and that many of the labs and classrooms in E and F buildings are ready for our students. With the completion of the first phase of E & F wing renovation, GSU's east entrance is once again open. The stairway silo, just south of the east entrance, will be open only to construction workers only for the remainder of the E & F project.

Construction of Phase II of the E & F project has begun. It is likely that the Phase II project will be completed in the summer of 2014.

"Prairie Place" Groundbreaking

GSU has broken ground on our first student residential housing complex, "Prairie Place." Located near the southwest of the Goodman-Malamuth Technology building, (formerly ITS), builders are making progress, with the foundation already in place. We will post photos periodically showing the progress of the construction beginning next month.

Prairie Place will open in Summer, 2014. Prairie Place will be built in three phases; the first building will have 77 suite style and apartment units, with a total of 296 beds. The complex will be open to GSU students - freshmen through doctoral students - and is being designed as a living-learning community that will add to their educational experience. More information on Prairie Place is available at

Read the SouthtownStar's story on the Prairie Place groundbreaking.

RecycleMania Championship Five-Peat

Once again, GSU shows its commitment to recycling and reducing waste by winning first place for the fifth time among all Illinois university competitors in the annual RecycleMania competition.

President Maimon Named to 100 Women of Influence

Today's Chicago Woman magazine has named its list of 100 Women of Influence in their fields and the city of Chicago, including GSU President Elaine P. Maimon. The 100 women leaders are drawn from a diverse group representing various sectors - including finance, government, philanthropy, arts, education, health care and more. According to TCW they are, "both well-known leaders and up-and-coming game changers."

To see the entire list, click 100 Women of Influence.

Donors Help Preserve Sculpture at GSU

"Signal yellow" is the color but you wouldn't have known that earlier this spring. The wear and tear of exposure to the elements over 38 years had faded the monumental sculpture "Illinois Landscape No. 5" by John Henry into a mellow buttercream.

Funding for conservation work and painting came from memberships in Pathfinder, the sculpture park's donor organization, and other funds collected over the past six years. "This is another important piece of the revitalization of Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, and we have our many supporters to thank," said Geoffrey Bates, NMSP Director and Curator.


Facilities Development & Management partnered with Digital Learning and Media Design to recycle 2,086 pounds of electronic waste, including VHS and other types of tape. The materials were taken to Intercon Solutions in Chicago Heights for disassembly.

As a result of FDM and DLMD's initiative, GSU received a certificate of sustainability.

This recycling results in a reduction of 20 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, saves 2,237 gallons of gasoline, 46 barrels of oil and 79,016 gallons of water. The recycling effort compares to taking four gas-fueled cars off the road per day and planting 510 trees.

The initiative by the departments is a great example of how waste diversion can positively impact our environment.

GSU Cable Station Accepting Video Submissions for Broadcast this Fall

The Division of Digital Learning and Media Design (DLMD) is asking for submissions of films and television programs of any length to be showcased on the cable station this fall. GSU students, staff and faculty, past or present, are invited to submit their work. Approved submissions will air Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays this fall from 7 to 9 p.m. on The Educator TV. Read more here 

In This Issue

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Upcoming Alumni Events

Alumni Club Events

Convocation 2013 - August 20

Master of Occupational Therapy Info Session - August 12

"A … My Name is Alice" Auditions - September 7
GSU Promise Fest - October 4 & 5 - SAVE THE DATE

Science Wing Renovation - Phase I Complete

"Prairie Place" Groundbreaking

RecycleMania Championship Five-Peat

President Maimon Named to 100 Women of Influence

Donors Help Preserve Sculpture at GSU


GSU Cable Station Accepting Video Submissions for Broadcast this Fall

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