June 26, 2017
Vol. 42, Issue 4
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GSU Addresses Illinois Budget

At the start of this Special Session, presidents from nine state universities, including GSU President Elaine P. Maimon, sent a letter to Governor Rauner, Senate President Cullerton, Senate Minority Leader Radogno, House Speaker Madigan, and House Minority Leader Durkin that acknowledges the struggle of their task while pleading the case—again—for higher education.

Maureen Kelly, Director of Governmental and Community Relations for GSU, has penned the following memorandum to the Governors State community, and she urges everyone to contact their elected officials

GSU Mourns Beloved Faculty Member Dr. Cyrus Marcellus Ellis


GSU is deeply saddened to announce the recent passing of Dr. Cyrus Marcellus Ellis, a long-time faculty member in the Division of Psychology and Counseling. He is survived by his wife, Colleen Rock Ellis (who served GSU for 20 years) and his two daughters, Courtney and Morgan. For a deeper appreciation of Dr. Ellis’s life, a memorial has been posted here.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 28, at 11 a.m., at New Hope Christian Community Church, 4700 West Court Street, Monee, IL 60449. There will be a repast in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.

If anyone wishes to make a memorial donation in honor of Dr. Ellis, the family requests donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.

On behalf of GSU, we offer condolences to all of Dr. Ellis's family, friends, students, and colleagues.

GSU Making a Difference on NBC


NBC Chicago's Making a Difference spotlight series shines a light on Governors State University. In a segment that began running June 19, President Maimon talks about the life-changing significance of a first generation college degree and the university's impact on the state and the region.

“Every day, I get to work with a remarkable group,” she says, “to create experiences for students that will make a transformative difference in their lives ... Further education means a better life, a better Chicagoland, and a better Illinois.” To view the segment, click here.

GSU Updates Online Payment Processing System

The university has partnered with TouchNet for the management of our online payment processing which began June 20. Students can expect to see a slightly different look and feel when making an online payment to their student accounts. Click here to view the related announcement and tutorials that went out to students.

For any questions, please contact Student Accounts or call 708.235.3990.

Work on Stuenkel Road to be Sufficiently Complete before IDOT Shutdown

As Illinois faces another budget deadline, the Illinois Department of Transportation is taking measures to halt all state-funded projects. Project manager Lisa Taccola has commented that all contract work on the Stuenkel Road project should be completed prior to a potential shutdown date of June 30.

Taccola stated, “The traffic signals are currently scheduled to be turned on Tuesday, June 27. There may be punch list work still to be completed. If there is a shutdown, the punch list work will be completed after projects resume. I don't think it's much of a concern on this project.”

Contractors on road construction projects throughout the state are preparing to stop work by July 1 if a budget has not been reached.

Lincoln Oaks Becomes New Home of Jaguar Golf


GSU Athletics and Recreation has signed a multi-year deal with Lincoln Oaks in Crete to serve as the new home for the Jaguar men's and women's golf programs. GSU previously partnered with the University Park Golf Club.

"We're delighted to have Lincoln Oaks as our new home course and look forward to hosting tournaments and providing a quality training environment for our student-athletes," said GSU Director of Athletics Tony Bates.

Read the full release here.

Announcements and Events

Undergraduate Open House This Summer

Here’s your chance to show off GSU to friends and family interested in enrolling in one of our outstanding undergraduate programs. All are invited to GSU’s Undergraduate Open House on Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tour the state-of-the-art housing at Prairie Place, meet leading professors, and enjoy music and refreshments. To show your friends and family members what it means to be a Jaguar, register for the Open House here.

Wish You Were Here – A Postcard Exhibition

GSU’s Visual Arts Gallery has released a Call for Entry for handmade postcards from around the world. The gallery’s goal is to receive 500 or more standard sized postcards mailed through postal services to create a continuous line of postcards around the gallery walls. Domestic postcards should be mailed by June 30 for inclusion in the display.

View the Call for Entry here or email Jeff Stevenson for more information.

Take a Summer Time-Out for Fun!

Summer is for fun, so take a break from the office for GSU’s Time Out for Fun (TOFF)! All GSU staff, students, and faculty are invited to get together, as schedules allow, between noon and 2 p.m. this Wednesday, June 28 for a variety of organized activities such as bags, bocce ball, volleyball, hula-hoops, board games, and more. In the case of rain, pool, X-Box, and ping-pong are on the agenda.

TOFF activities are planned for the following Wednesdays during the summer: June 28; July 12, 19, and 26; and August 2 and 9. Locations will be announced in an upcoming e-blast. For more information, contact TOFF Committee members Karen Caesar, Dean Jennings, Marco Krcatovich, or Lydia Morrow-Ruetten.

A Must-Read Checklist for Planning Your Upcoming Events!

Faculty and staff members: are you planning an event or events in the 2017–18 academic year? Although rooms aren’t released until two weeks after the semester begins, planning in advance and engaging your campus partners is an essential component of your event’s success. This checklist will help facilitate the success of your event.

Students interested in planning events for student clubs and organizations can contact Student Life for guidelines and assistance.

Hate Has No Home Here Flyers Available

Stop by the Office of Marketing and Communications to pick up a Hate Has No Home Here flyer. Display your flyer in a visible location to promote GSU’s dedication to diversity and inclusion.


GSU Student Lives Pride Year-Round


GSU alumnus Randall Krause traveled a hard road before earning his bachelor's degree in psychology this past spring. Now set to enter a master's program at GSU that will allow him to continue on his path of compassion—his goal is to work with LGBTQ and other marginalized youth—he reflects on his journey.

"Pride Month for me is about being proud of who I am. It's about walking out of my house and knowing that I have everything I fought for for so long and not being ashamed of it," Krause said. To read his full story, click here.

Nine GSU Faculty and Staff Named Fall 2017 AAC&U Award Recipients

GSU has awarded seven campus-based projects identifying promising evidence-based interventions for improving student learning and success during the third and final year of the Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence project funded by the Association of American Colleges and University (AAC&U) and the Strada Education Network.

Congratulations to the faculty and staff members on receiving awards for Fall 2017. See the full list of award-winning projects here.

The Thought Leader’s Viewpoint


Listen to the School of Extended Learning’s recent interview with Dr. Anthony Andrews on The Thought Leader's Viewpoint. Dr. Andrews, an associate professor in economics at GSU’s College of Business, discusses the effects of the external environment on small to midsize companies.

Dr. Andrews says, “I really enjoy, and I get my inspiration from, Governors State University and teaching our students and preparing them to face their internal and external factors.” Listen to the full interview here or read the transcript here.

Roberta O’Shea


Governors State University’s Dr. Roberta “Robbie” O’Shea embodies the very mission adopted by the Physical Therapy program she has helped shape and mold over the last two decades.

“Everybody should have access to care,’’ said O’Shea, a pediatric disabilities advocate and researcher, who instructs her students in the GSU College of Health and Human Services Program to align their metaphorical money with their mouths.

Read more . . .

Summer Fun in the Southland


Who says you have to head to the city to have fun? Explore your own backyard this summer, and see what the Southland has to offer. Whether you're a nature bug, a music lover, or a thrill-seeker, there's something for everyone.

Find local events and attractions to check out this summer here.

Workshops & Trainings

Check out the Writing Center’s APA Workshop offering, as well as opportunities for faculty members to have a new headshot taken, here.


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