Fall 2016  Welcome Week


Governors State University is excited to welcome our students back each semester. During the first week of classes, get familiar with our student organizations, and participate in the exciting activities taking place campus wide.  If you need any additional information stop by the Student Life Office A-2100 or contact us at SLCO@govst.edu.

Smart Start Welcome Events

     Monday, August 15:

·         Where’s My Classes, 8:30am – 2pm, Hall of Governors

·         Jaguar Welcome Café: Ice Cream Social, August 15, 11am – 2pm, Hall of Governors

Tuesday, August 16

·         Service Works: Civic Engagement & Food Insecurities, Noon – 3:00pm, Hall of Governors

Wednesday, August 17

·         Grill & Chill, 11:00am – 2pm, E-Lounge Patio

Welcome Week Events:

·         Convocation, Friday, August 26, 2016, 3pm - 4:30pm, Center for Performing Arts

·         Prairie Place Resident Floor Meetings, Sunday, August 28, 2016, 9pm – 10pm, Prairie Place

·         Prairie Place Welcome Picnic, August 28, 2016, 6pm – 8pm, Prairie Place

Monday, August 29:

·         Fall  2016 Classes Start

·         Where’s My Classes? 8:30am—1:00 pm, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, Hall of Governors

·         Student Life Open House, 12noon – 4pm, Student Commons

·         LGBTQA 101, 7:30pm - 8:30pm, Lakeside Lounge

Tuesday, August 30:

·         Where’s My Classes? 8:30am—1:00 pm, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, Hall of Governors

·         Student Clubs & Org Fair, 12noon – 6pm, HALL OF GOVERNORS

               Welcome Week Carnival, 1pm – 5pm, CPA Green Room  

·         Volleyball vs Indiana University NW, 7pm, GSU Gymnasium

·         Let's Talk About Sex, 7:30pm – 9pm, Prairie Place Great Hall

Wednesday, August 31:

·         Where’s My Classes? 8:30am—1:00 pm, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, Hall of Governors

·         Student Employment Fair, 2pm - 5 pm, Hall of Governors

·         International Mixer, 3pm – 5pm, Engbretson Hall

Thursday, September 1:

·         Illinois United Student Senate Forum, 10:00am - Noon

·         Farmer's Market, 11am - 5:30pm, GSU Main Entrance                


·         GSU Rocks the Vote! Noon – 6pm, Hall of Governors

·         Turn Up Responsibility, 7:30pm - 8:30pm, Prairie Place Great Hall

·         Secretary of State, 11:30 am - 6pm, Hall of Governors

Friday, September 2:

·         Welcome Back Party sponsored by Black Student Union, 10pm – 2am, E-Lounge

·         Mr. and Ms. GSU Information Sessions,  TBD

Other Key Dates and Events:

·         Labor Day (No Classes) Monday, September 5, 2016                                         

·         Volleyball vs Trinity Christian College, Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 7pm, GSU Gymnasium

·         Art Exhibition:  "Ways of Making:  Abstraction" Closing Reception, Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 5- 7pm, E-Lounge

·         DDP Welcome Back Social, Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 2 – 5pm, Game Lounge

·         Study Abroad Information Session for Students, Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 3- 4:30pm, Engbretson Hall

·         Day of Remembrance and Service, Monday, September 12, 2016

·         Volleyball vs Purdue University Northwest, Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 7pm, GSU Gymnasium

·         Study Abroad Information Session for Students, Thursday, September 15, 2016, 3 - 4:30pm, Engbretson Hall

Events listed will be finalized in the upcoming weeks and are subject to change,


      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.