Here, you are welcome.
Here, you are valued.
Here, you are.
"We are thrilled and deeply honored that you have decided to pursue your higher education, either as an undergraduate or graduate student, as a new student or returning student, at Governors State University! As you learn more about the people, programs, and resources that define this community, look for places where you can contribute your talent and energy."
—Dr. Aurelio Manuel Valente, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Smart Start: Monday, August 13 - Friday, August 25
Smart Start is a highly individualized program with personal attention of faculty and peer mentors in an intensive and nurturing environment that begins two weeks ahead of the fall semester. Smart Start students have an excellent opportunity to strengthen their academic skills, develop a peer support network, and to familiarize themselves with GSU and its resources. All events free and open to all GSU Class of 2022 students! For more information about Smart Start, please visit: http://www.govst.edu/smart-start/
Sunday, August 12
Prairie Place Floor Meeting
8 – 9 p.m., Prairie Place Great HallFor our residents moving into Prairie Place early, we will be having a floor meeting. Come out and meet the R.A. (Resident Assistant) staff as they explain the importance of Prairie Place! Sponsored by University Housing.
Monday, August 13Smart Start Welcome Table8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hall of GovernorsLet us welcome you to Jaguar Nation! Welcome bags and snacks will be provided. Ask about the location of your classes or anything you need to know! You will also sign up for laptop distribution sessions. Sponsored by New Student Programs.GSU-Connect Laptop Distribution4 – 6 p.m., F1622Come get your FREE laptop and learn about the great IT resources available on campus. You are required to sign up in advance at the Welcome Table. Sponsored by Information Technology.Welcome Home Kick Back8 – 10 p.m., Prairie PlaceYou survived your first day of Smart Start...now it's time to kick back and relax at your new home: GSU. FREE dinner will be provided. Smart Start students who are either residents or non-residents of Prairie Place are invited. Sponsored by New Student Programs and University Housing.
Tuesday, August 14Smart Start Welcome Table
8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hall of GovernorsLet us welcome you to Jaguar Nation! Welcome bags and snacks will be provided. Ask about the location of your classes or anything you need to know! You will also sign up for laptop distribution sessions. Sponsored by New Student Programs.GSU-Connect Laptop Distribution
4 – 6 p.m., F1622Come get your FREE laptop and learn about the great IT resources available on campus. You are required to sign up in advance at the Welcome Table. Sponsored by Information Technology.
Wednesday, August 15Resume Preparation Workshop11 a.m. – Noon, B2202This resume workshop provides detailed explanations, as well as a systematic process for creating an effective resume or strategies on improving the resume you already have. This workshop will help you to transform your resume into a powerful tool that will get you interviews. Sponsored by Career Services.
FREE Smart Start Welcome Lunch
Noon – 2 p.m., E-Lounge
Chill between classes with some free lunch! Come out and learn more about the cohort and the Cohort Success teams. Sponsored by New Student Programs.
3 – 4 p.m., Jaguar Den (Student Lounge, A-Building, second floor)
Grab your spades partner and try to beat the competition! Winners of this tournament will have a chance to go against our resident champions Sean Smith and Susie Morris. Prizes will be given. Sponsored by New Student Programs.
GSU Volleyball Scrimmage vs. Olive Harvey College
7 p.m., GSU Gymnasium
Support the GSU Jaguars at home against the Olive-Harvey Panthers! GSU students, faculty, and staff gain free admittance with my ONECARD. For more information about GSU Athletics, please visit: www.GSUJaguars.com
Thursday, August 16Student Success Commons Open House11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Student Success Commons (B-1215)Visit the Student Success Commons (entrance off of Hall of Governors) to learn about the FREE tutoring services, the Writing Center, and Career Services. Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the Student Success Commons.Student Life B&B3 – 4:30 p.m., Jaguar Den (Student Lounge, A-Building, second floor) Join Student Life staff for a game of Jax Basketball (modeled after H.O.R.S.E.) or stop by the Jaguar Den (A2140) to Build-A-Bear! Sponsored by Student Life
Friday, August 17Peer Mentor Chat and Popcorn Social11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Student Success Commons (B-1215)Chat with your peer mentors and have some FREE popcorn (butter, caramel, and cheese!). Games will be available. Sponsored by New Student Programs.Resume Lab11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., D-2430DThis is a hands-on workshop held in a computer lab, which allows you to bring an electronic copy of your resume in order to receive immediate feedback from a Career Counselor, with an opportunity to make changes to your resume on site. This is the perfect opportunity to put those finishing touches on your resume prior to the August 29 Student Employment Fair. Sponsored by Career Services.
Sunday, August 19Movie Night
8 – 10 p.m., Prairie PlaceWatch a movie with your new friends and/or come meet some new friends. Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by New Student Programs and University Housing.
Monday, August 20GSU Library Open House11 a.m. – 4 p.m., GSU LibraryVisit the Library to learn about all of the great FREE services provided including state-wide textbook shares, private study rooms, and online research databases. Tours will be given. Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the GSU Library.
Resume Preparation Workshop
11a.m. – Noon, B2202
resume workshop provides detailed explanations, as well as a systematic
process for creating an effective resume or strategies on improving the
resume you already have. This workshop will help you to transform your
resume into a powerful tool that will get you interviews.Sponsored by Career Services.
Volleyball Battle: RAs vs. Residents
6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Prairie Place
Show your volleyball skills against the RA staff! Sponsored by University Housing.
Tuesday, August 21Recreation & Fitness Open House
11 a.m – 4 p.m., Game Room (A Bldg, first floor)Visit the Recreation & Fitness Center to learn about the equipment and classes that are FREE for students. Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by Recreation and Fitness.Advising Center Open House11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Undergraduate Academic Advising Center, C3385 Chat with the advisors and learn more about what your degree can do for you! Sponsored by New Student Programs and the Center for Undergraduate Advising.
Beyond The Stage
1 - 2 p.m., Center for Performing Arts
Cue the lights. Take a peek behind the curtain.
Find out what it takes to present top-notch theatre, concerts, dance, and more, in this backstage tour of the “Best Live Entertainment Venue”in the southland (Daily Southtown
, 2013-2017). Sponsored by Center for Performing ArtsYoga and Walking Meditation in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
5:30-7:30pm, Meet on the lawn in front of the sculpture pictured above ("Paul" by Tony Tasset)
Join Liz Smith of serendipityyogaandwellness.com
for an opportunity to merge yoga, meditation and creative expression. Begin with a 45-minute yoga class designed for individuals with all-levels of yoga experience. Following class, you will be led through a walking meditation in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Participants will stop at each piece of art for a guided meditation designed to inspire creativity, peace and artistic expression. Be sure to dress comfortably to move and walk. Participants should be able to bear weight in the hands and kneel. Bring water, and a yoga mat. If you do not have one, extras will be available. The event will be rescheduled if it rains.
Wednesday, August 22Resume Lab11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., D2430DThis is a hands-on workshop held in a computer lab, which allows you to bring an electronic copy of your resume in order to receive immediate feedback from a Career Counselor, with an opportunity to make changes to your resume on site. This is the perfect opportunity to put those finishing touches on your resume prior to the August 29 Student Employment Fair. Sponsored by Career Services.Game Night7 – 9 p.m., D1496Come out and enjoy an assortment of different games with our peer mentors! Sponsored by New Student Programs.
Thursday, August 23Community Service Event5 – 6 p.m., GSU Food Pantry (A Bldg, second floor)Help sort food for the GSU Food Pantry. The Food Pantry is a FREE resource for any GSU student in need. Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the GSU Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service.
Friday, August 24Class of 2021/22 Day Party
Noon – 2 p.m., E-LoungeCalling all Class of 2022 (freshmen) and Class of 2021 (sophomores) students: come mix and mingle, have some FREE lunch, and listen to good music. Freshmen will also receive their FREE Class of 2022 shirts and take their class picture. Sponsored by New Student Programs. Following this event, we will go get ready for Convocation.
Service and Leadership Seminar: August 20 - 24If you are a GSU Freshman or New Transfer Student, we have the perfect opportunity for you to get connected to GSU and enhance your leadership skills. The Service and Leadership Seminar is held prior to the start of the fall semester, and encompasses community service projects, workshops, speakers, interaction with current campus leaders. In addition to the exploration day, which is always filled with excitement. There is no fee for the seminar, but register early, as space is limited.Register via Jaguar Connection: Click Here!
49th annual Convocation: Friday, August 24
Governors State University celebrates its annual Convocation. Among the highlights of this tradition, Convocation welcomes the Class of 2022 to GSU and recognizes the winners of the Faculty Excellence Awards and the Baysore Award. During the ceremony all faculty, staff, and students will receive commemorative Convocation pins, and following the ceremony the Office of the President hosts an ice cream social.
Convocation Day Activities
- Dual Degree Program Convocation Luncheon and Cording Ceremony (for DDP students)
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hall of Honors
- Class of 2021 and Class of 2022 Day Party
Noon – 2 p.m., E-Lounge
- Convocation Celebration and Ice Cream Social
3 p.m. (Students line-up at 2:30 p.m. in Green Room, near the Center for Performing Arts)
Where are my classes? Welcome Tables!
As you become acclimated to Governors State, you might have questions and need some directions. Please make use of the “Where are my classes?” Welcome Tables from Monday, August 27 through Wednesday, August 29 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Hall of Governors by the Registrar’s Office.
Welcome Week for ALL GSU students!
Welcome Week, sponsored by Student Life, is a campus-wide celebration at the beginning of each semester. It's a great time for you to meet new friends and find out more about your University! For more information about Welcome Week, please visit: www.govst.edu/welcomeweek.
Monday, August 27
- GSU Virtual Reality Tour: The Office of Marketing and Communications welcomes new and returning students with refreshments and a preview of a new virtual reality tour of campus.
D-Wing Atrium (near Student Central), 9-11 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.
- Scavenger Hunt: Challenge yourself to find the locations of our scavenger hunt list in GSU's newly renovated library. Snap a picture of yourself at each spot. All participants will receive a small gift. Those who find all locations on our list can enter to win a daily prize during Welcome Week.
GSU Library, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Student Life Open House: Met the Student Life staff, tour the Jaguar Den (which houses the GSU Food Pantry) and the Career Closet, and enjoy light snacks!
Jaguar Den, located in A-2140, Noon – 2 p.m.
- Vaccines are for all of us! August is National Immunization Month. Visit the new Advocate Health Center's table to receive information on the importance of getting your shots.
Hall of Governors, 2 - 3 p.m.
- Want to Study Abroad? GSU is dedicated to creating opportunities for students to study in another country. Speak with the Office of International Services to learn how to make the World your classroom. Most programs allow students from all disciplines to apply.
Hall of Governors, 2 - 4:30 p.m.
- Bags with SOTA: Visit the Student Occupational Therapy's information table to learn about the field of OT and have fun playing bean bags and ladder golf.
Hall of Governors, 3 - 4 p.m.
- GSU Volleyball vs. IU Northwest: Support the GSU Jaguars as they play at home against their CCAC rivals! GSU students, faculty, and staff gain free admittance with my ONECARD. Non-GSU Admission: $5 for adults, $2 for children (under 12). For more information about GSU Athletics, please visit: www.GSUJaguars.com
- GSU Gymnasium, 7 p.m.
- Wild-n-Out @ GSU: Join Student Activities Council for the first Wild-n-Out @GSU session. Meet and greet MTV Wild 'N Out Comedians following the show. Bring your "A" game for a chance to compete head-to-head with students in this comedic battle spinoff of MTV's Winld 'N Out show. Email email@example.com to sign-up. Sponsored by the Student Activities Council.
Sherman Hall, 8 - 10 p.m.
Tuesday, August 28
- National Bowtie Day: Wear your favorite bowtie and take a selfie wearing your bowtie on campus. Once you have the perfect selfie, upload it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #GSURocksBowties and win a FREE dinner with Dr. Aurelio Manuel Valente, Vice President for Student Affairs and Corey Williams, Dean of Students.
- Vision Board Party: Dream it, Believe it, Achieve it! Create your own vision board.
Jaguar Den (A-2140), 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
- GSU Supply Chain Student Club: Stop by our table for GSU trivia. Prizes, giveaways and much more!
Hall of Governors, 3 - 4 p.m.
- Meet your Student Senate. Meet your Student Senate executive board, your senators and find out how YOU can participate in the upcoming fall elections for open seats in Student Senate.
Hall of Governors, 3 p.m.
- Male Success Initiative (MSI) Information Session: Find out how you can be part of the Male Success Initiative, a campus enrichment program for male students, particularly men of color. MSI provides professional, academic, and personal development and helps participants develop a game plan for success, from orientation to graduation.
Jaguar Den, located in A-2140, 6 p.m.
- Prairie Place Social: Come socialize at Prairie Place to learn about the amazing events offered by Hall Council.
Prairie Place Great Hall, 6 - 7 p.m.
- Scoop on YOUR rights! Learn your student rights and enjoy free ice cream.
Prairie Place Great Hall, 7 - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, August 29
- Mix n' Mingle: Get to know the Office of International Services staff and meet domestic and international GSU students. Enjoy light refreshments, ice breakers, games and prizes.
Lakeside Lounge, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
- Trans4orm U: Fellowship with TGC in song and meet Trans4mation Gospel Choir members. Food, games and door prizes provided.
Hall of Honors, 1 - 2 p.m.
- Student Employment Fair: Looking for an on-campus job or part-time job off-campus? Visit the fair with copies of your updated resume to learn about job opportunities available specifically for GSU students! The Student Employment Fair is sponsored by Career Services.
Jaguar Den, located in A-2140, Noon – 2 p.m.
- Pool Party and Cookout: Meet new friends, enjoy a swim, or have a bite to eat. Swim wear required. Must bring your own towel and present your myONECARD GSU ID for free access to the Olympic size lap pool.
GSU Pool, Recreation Center, 7 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, August 30
- Secretary of State Mobile Services: Whether you need to renew your driver’s license or sticker, stop by the booth!
Hall of Governors, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- GSU Rocks the Vote! Become a registered voter.
Hall of Governors, 12 noon - 5 p.m.
- Student Organization Involvement Fair: Want to get involved on campus but not sure where to start? Visit the involvement fair to meet representatives from more than 80 student organizations. Get involved as soon as your first day on campus! Be sure to log-in to Jaguar Connection to learn more about student organizations and events taking place on campus.
GSU Lake (enter via Hall of Governors patio), 2 – 6 p.m.
Friday, August 31
- Welcome Back Party: You have survived the first week of classes. Relax with an end of the week dance party! Admission fee charged.
E-Lounge, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday, September 1
Tuesday, September 4
- GSU Volleyball vs. St. Francis University: Support the GSU Jaguars at home against the St. Francis Fighting Saints! GSU students, faculty, and staff gain free admittance with my ONECARD. Non-GSU Admission: $5 for adults, $2 for children (under 12). For more information about GSU Athletics, please visit: www.GSUJaguars.com
GSU Gymnasium, 7 p.m.
Stay involved after Welcome Week ...
Beyond participating in Welcome Week, consider utilizing our Recreation and Fitness Center, and taking advantage of our many academic success workshops.
Please take a moment to explore these important links and resources:
- Welcome Week Schedule of Events
- Blackboard (requires login, classroom assignments and progress)
- Campus Dining
- Career Services and Jobs for Jaguars (requires login, on and off campus job listings)
- Dean of Students
- Financial Aid
- GSU Bookstore
- GSU Jaguar Athletics, come with friends and family and cheer on the Jaguars!
- GSU MyPortal (requires login, access GSU student email, class schedule, and financial aid)
- GSU Phone and Email Directory
- ITS and Technology Help Desk Information
- Jaguar Connection (requires login, student involvement and campus engagement portal)
- Library Information
- List of Academic Advisors
- Student Clubs and Organizations
- Student Handbook
- Student Health and Counseling
- Student Success Commons
- The STAR Student Success Network (requires login, connects students with faculty, advisors, and GSU services)
- University Housing