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:

  • 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

  • GSU Promise Fest


    GSU Promise is a commitment to provide scholarships to qualified graduates from Illinois community colleges with the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree debt-free. The Promise will supplement student grants and state assisted tuition.

    The GSU Promise Fest is a 100 percent student-produced event that raises awareness and support for the GSU Promise Scholarship Program. The GSU Promise Fest presents a comedy show, featuring Damon Williams and a 5K Run. The concept was born out of a class project by students in the College of Business and Public Administration.

    For more information about the GSU Promise Fest, please contact Student Life at 708.235.7362 to learn of opportunities to volunteer or make a contribution; or visit the GSU Promise Fest social media sites for more information:
    Facebook &  Twitter Facebook Image
    To purchase tickets, please visit

  • Promise Fest Comedy Show: Damon Williams


    Damon WilliamsChicago’s hometown favorite Damon Williams is one of America’s busiest headliners was the highlight of the GSU Promise Fest event. Heard weekly on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, Damon is one to watch. You can catch him in a city near you on The Royal Comedy Tour, one of his monthly sets at Laughter Lounge in Grand Cayman, Jokes and Notes in Chicago or the J Spot Comedy Club in Los Angeles. Damon also performs every long weekend in Edmonton Alberta (Canada) at the Comic Strip.

  • PromiseFest 5K Run


    The 5K run was the closing event for the GSU PromiseFest, faculty, students and community members  participated.  The ArtForum Club entertained children with art projects while their parents ran the 5K.

    Enjoy these photos of recent and past events coordinated or sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Support Services. Visit this page often for new and updated Photo Albums.

    Fall Career Services Fair
    Fall Fitness Fair
    Student Senate Holiday Party
    Student Leadership Institute Closing Ceremony

  • Open Mic Night


    Open Mic Night is looking for poets, spoken word performers, musicians and people who have profound thoughts to share.  Open Mic Night is the last Thursday of each month beginning January 30 in the Cafeteria Annex.

    Sign up at the door or email


  • Salute to Graduates


    Salute our Graduates - Wednesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 13

    11 am to 7 pm - both days

    Pick up your cap and gown, take your graduate photo, visit the graduation vendors and order your DVD of the graduation ceremony.

  • Friends and Family Weekend


    Family and Friends Weekend


    Save the date!

    October 9 & 10, 2015

    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

  • Gospel Brunch


    Join us at the upcoming Gospel Brunch, March 26, 2014

    Hall of Governors

  • Casino Night


    GSU will host Casino Night, April 18, 2014.

  • 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. The Mobile Services Unit will be here on the following dates:

    January 22, 2014
    May 20, 2014
    August 26, 2014

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

    The Mobile Services Unit will provide services  from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Hall of Governors. Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, cash, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards.