Student Life strives to empower students through interaction in self-initiated or planned activities with fellow students, faculty members and staff. It's based on principles in which the campus climate respects the rights of individuals and groups, encourages student success and ensures outlets for personal and professional development.

Campus Programs are listed below:

  • Service & Leadership Seminar




    August 21-25, 2017

    Governors State University

    For GSU Freshman & New Transfer Students

    This weeklong experiential learning opportunity leads to community service, leadership, and self-awareness for freshman and new transfer students at GSU. Participants enjoy this seminar at no cost.  You will be immersed in an array of activities to discover how you can help create positive, sustainable change at GSU.

    The seminar is held prior to the start of the Fall Semester, August 21st-25th and encompasses community service projects, workshops, speakers and interaction with current campus leaders.Click here to register.

    For More Information, Call: (708) 235-7362



  • Relay For Life of Governors State University


    APRIL 28TH, 2017

    Governors State University

    Hall of Governors

    5:00 pm, Survivor Celebration & Dinner

    6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    Teams and Individuals participate throughout the evening and raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer.  The event includes entertainment, family activities, survivor & caregiver recognition, food, theme laps, Luminaria ceremony and much more!

    For additional information, Call Karen Bruck, Community Manager, Relay For Life @ 708-633-7771 or

    Byron Terry, GSU Student Life,

    Mychael  Vanarsdale, GSU Student Life,

  • Illinois United Student Senate Forum






    APRIL 12TH, 2017


    11 A.M. – 1 P.M.   Sherman Hall

    The Governors State University Student Senate hosts a conversational, educational, informative, and transparent discussion between student leaders from eight Illinois universities and legislatures about the current state of higher education in Illinois.


    State Representative Will Davis

    State Representative Will Guzzardi

    State Representative Al Riley

    State Senator Pat McGuire

    State Senator Laura Murphy  




  • GSU Spring Fest 2018




    9am-1pm, GSU Main Entrance

    Grab your gym shoes and join the annual “Run, Walk or Roll for Rehab” hosted by the Physical Therapy Student Association.  Proceeds benefit the Illinois Brain injury Association.  Participants receive a complimentary t-shirt with registration fee.  Contact for inquiries. Register online via Jaguar Connection,

    APRIL 10TH


    Noon-5pm, Hall of Governors

    Treat yourself to a little shopping while supporting a worthy cause.  The Civic Engagement and Community Service Center will host a Pop-Up Shop to raise funds for Governors State University’s Relay for Life.  Local business owners and designers will sell merchandise on campus with a portion of every sale being donated to fund Cancer Research.


    2-4pm, Lobby inside the Center for Performing Arts

    Celebrate diversity, explore other cultures and enjoy a colorful, joyful celebration of fashion, music, food and dancing.This event is hosted by the International Culture Organization.


    7pm, United Center

    Witness Six-time World Champions, the Chicago Bulls as they host the Orlando Magic.  Bus Departs GSU at 5pm, Game time starts at 7pm.  Advance ticket purchase required.  Contact for inquiries.

    APRIL 11TH


    3:30 pm, Hall of Governors

    In recognition of the recent violence that has ravaged our communities-locally, nationally and globally-students, faculty and staff, in collaboration with Intercultural Student Affairs, is sponsoring this event. Following an array of faith-traditional prayers for peace, there will be a ribbon cutting and reception for the new Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Room in A1115.Contact for inquiries.

    APRIL 12TH


    Noon-3pm, Hall of Governors

    Pamper yourself before final exams.  Stop by Hall of Governors to learn the importance of self-care while managing multiple responsibilities as students in a fast paced world.  On-site Licensed massage therapist.   Nominal fee for services.  Proceeds benefit Generating Hope’s 2017-2018 “Art 4 justice” art therapy workshops for local jr. high and high school students. Contact


    4:30pm, Prairie Place Soccer Field

    Looking for a place to enjoy the fun of football before the semester ends?  Gather your team for an exciting game of co-ed Flag Football.  Have fun with GSU faculty/staff and students.  Free entry.  Register by April 7th via Jaguar Connection.  Contact

    APRIL 13TH


    11am, D-wing Atrium

    As a precursor to Earth Day, join Mr. & Mrs. GSU as they present Plant Your Future.  This stimulating event provides students the opportunity to learn about the many benefits of plants to the earth.  Limited number of flower pots available for decorating.  Co-sponsored by the GSU Community Service Council.  Contact or for inquiries.

    APRIL 14TH


    Noon-4pm, B2200

    Mr. & MRS. GSU along with the GSU Community Service Council invites students to become certified to recognize signs of mental health challenges, mental disorders or mental health crisis’ experienced by young persons.  Certification Awareness Recognition and Empathy training is offered by the National Council for Behavioral Health.  Students are required to attend two 4-hour trainings to receive this certification.


    9pm-1am, Hall of Honors

    Live entertainment by GSU students and local artists.  Guests will experience all genres of music followed by a Stop the Hate-themed dance party to increase campus unity.  Spring Festival is the perfect opportunity to relax and connect with other students before the semester ends.  Hosted by GSU Program Council. 

  • Non-Traditional Student Week


    We recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of returning adult students at colleges and universities all over the U.S. during National Non-traditional Student Week, November 4 to 8, 2013. There are a host of events planned that are geared toward the adult learner. Student Life partners with the College of Arts and Sciences, the Interdisciplinary Studies Program and the Student Senate to collaborate on special events throughout the week.

    11/4...GSU Café, 2 to 7 pm, Hall of Governors
    Enjoy warm beverages and treats, chat with friends and meet the new student senate members. Enter to win Chicago Bulls tickets.

    11/4…“Don’t Be Afraid…It’s Only Twitter,” 3 to 4 pm, D2430 (ACS LAB)
    An interactive workshop designed to conquer your fears about Twitter. Participants will learn about this social media outlet and ways that it can be integrated into your life.

    11/5…Utilizing LinkedIn and Social Media in your Job Search, 3 to 4:15 pm,
    This technology-enhanced workshop will focus on the use of, explore the site’s fundamental features and discuss how to incorporate the tool into your research and job search. Attendees will gain hands-on experience creating an account to use in their professional networking.

    11/6…Student Entrepreneur Expo, Pace Connection, 11 am to 6 pm, HOG

    11/6…Alpha Iota Sigma Honor Society Informational, 4:30 to 6 pm, Room A2110
    New honor society for Interdisciplinary Studies

    11/7…Financial Aid/Work Study/Internship Workshop, Cafeteria Annex, 3 to 4:15 pm
    Learn about financial aid processes, off-campus work study and acquiring internships.

    11/7…Creating Effective Resumes & Cover Letters, 3 to 4:15 pm, G227
    How to create effective correspondence pieces that adequately describe your experience, skills and abilities will be the focus.

    11/19…Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Induction, E-Lounge, 6 pm

  • Open Mic Night


    You bring the talent, We've got the mic! Open Mic Night is an open forum for poets, spoken word artists, singers, musicians or anyone who has profound thoughts to share. Open Mic Night happens the last Thursday of each month beginning January 25th in Lakeside Lounge from 6-7:30pm.

    Thursday, January 25th- Lakeside Lounge

    Thursday, February 22nd  - Lakeside Lounge

    Thursday, March 22nd  - Lakeside Lounge

     Sign up at the door or e-mail


  • Friends and Family Weekend


    Family and Friends Weekend


    Save the date!

    October 7 & 8, 2016

    Students, Alumni, Faculty and Friends!

    Family and Friends Weekend is an opportunity to experience Governors State University campus life.This exciting October weekend presents an important opportunity for families and friends to share first hand in Governors State campus experience. The fun continues all weekend long with events and activities for everyone to enjoy.

    A few programs on the schedule include:

    Walk, Roll and Stroll
    President's Brunch
    Student Variety Show

    Registration coming soon!




  • HIV/AIDS Focus Group


    HIV/AIDS Focus Group

    Student Life will collaborate with Phi Beta Sigma fraternity to bring HIV awareness  and education to the student population in the form of workshops and speakers.  The event will present programming during the Black History Month in February.

    For more information contact


  • Secretary of State Mobile Services


    Governors State University students, faculty and staff, as well as surrounding community members, can renew their driver’s license or state ID card, purchase their annual vehicle license plate sticker, register to be an organ and tissue donor or conduct other transactions with the Secretary of State Mobile Services on campus. Mobile Services Unit dates announced soon.

    We are excited to welcome Secretary Jesse White to Governors State University.

    The Mobile Services Unit will provide services on January 16, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Hall of Governors. Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, cash, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards.

The Jaguar Connection

GSU Jaguar


The Jaguar Connection is a long-awaited tool that features student clubs, organizations, and events.  It's a place where students can start or join an organization, or make plans to attend an event.  Club leaders can gather contact information, share event dates, and post-election processes for all clubs and organizations. The site also makes it easy for clubs to communication with each other.