September 21, 2015
Vol.21, Issue 4
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President Maimon Honors Faculty Excellence, Educators' Legacy, and Baysore Award Winners at Luncheon

Left to right:
Eduardo Garza, Dean of Student Services, Richard J. Daley College; Dr. Jose Aybar, President of Daley College; President Maimon; Joel Archuleta, Advisor, Richard J. Daley College; Wendy Harootunian, DDP Student at Daley College; Provost Deborah Bordelon; Yolanda Pitts, GSU Student Trustee.
Left to right: Eduardo Garza, Dean of Student Services, Richard J. Daley College; Dr. Jose Aybar, President of Daley College; President Maimon; Joel Archuleta, Advisor, Richard J. Daley College; Wendy Harootunian, DDP Student at Daley College; Provost Deborah Bordelon; Yolanda Pitts, GSU Student Trustee.

At a luncheon on Monday, September 28, President Elaine Maimon hosted the honorees named at this year’s Convocation. The three GSU Faculty Excellence Award winners, the two winners of the Educators' Legacy Award, and the Baysore Award honoree joined President Maimon for a celebration of their achievements.

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Provost Bordelon Named to Alumni Hall of Fame

From left: Dr. Linda  Flynn-Wilson, Professor and Chair of Special Education and Habilitative  Services, University of New Orleans; GSU Provost Deborah Bordelon; Dr. Janice  Janz, Associate Professor, Special  Education and Habilitative Services, University of New Orleans, and Dr. Mary  Banbury, Professor (retired) (and Bordelon’s major professor in her doctoral program), Special Education  and Habilitative Services, University of New Orleans.
From left: Dr. Linda Flynn-Wilson, Professor and Chair of Special Education and Habilitative Services, University of New Orleans; GSU Provost Deborah Bordelon; Dr. Janice Janz, Associate Professor, Special Education and Habilitative Services, University of New Orleans, and Dr. Mary Banbury, Professor (retired) (and Bordelon’s major professor in her doctoral program), Special Education and Habilitative Services, University of New Orleans.

At GSU, Provost Deborah Bordelon is recognized for her leadership and professionalism. Now, her alma mater has formally recognized her accomplishments. At a ceremony held last week in New Orleans, Provost Bordelon was inducted into the University of New Orleans’ College of Education and Human Development Alumni Hall of Fame.

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GSU-PSC Summit Will Feature Nationally-Renowned Expert on Male Success

Governors State University and Prairie State College are partnering in a groundbreaking initiative that will create a model for the community college-to-university pathway for male success. The agreement will create the Dual Degree Program-Male Success Initiative (DDP-MSI) and will be signed by GSU President Elaine P. Maimon and PSC President Terri L. Winfree at a summit in the Center for Performing Arts on Thursday, October 1.

From left: Dr. Linda  Flynn-Wilson, Professor and Chair of Special Education and Habilitative  Services, University of New Orleans; GSU Provost Deborah Bordelon; Dr. Janice  Janz, Associate Professor, Special  Education and Habilitative Services, University of New Orleans, and Dr. Mary  Banbury, Professor (retired) (and Bordelon’s major professor in her doctoral program), Special Education  and Habilitative Services, University of New Orleans.
Dr. Shaun R. Harper

As part of the summit, Dr. Shaun R. Harper will deliver a keynote address at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Harper is the nationally-renowned expert on male success. He is the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and a leader in research and practice in this field. He has published 12 books and more than 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications.

The summit begins at 1:15 and also includes a student panel discussion with GSU and PSC students at 2:30 p.m. It is open to all GSU students, faculty, and staff.

SUAA Letter Reassures Employees with Insurance Payment Concerns

GSU employees may have received a letter recently from the State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA) regarding health, dental, and life insurance. The letter states that despite budget issues in Springfield, health insurance for university employees, retirees and dependents will continue unchanged. Employees who have questions about SUAA coverage or any of the contents of the letter should contact Human Resources at 708.534.4100.

Mid-term Grading now Available to all Faculty

GSU is joining hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation using mid-term grades as one strategy to support student success. The midterm grading feature is now available in Colleague for all GSU undergraduate and graduate faculty to use this semester. Mid-term grade rosters are currently available for faculty to enter grades in myGSU under online services.

The withdrawal deadline for full-semester fall classes is October 31. Midterm grades should be submitted no earlier than October 4 and no later than October 16, 2015. This allows two weeks for advising conversations with students prior to the withdrawal deadline. A PDF of how to enter mid-term grades is available in myGSU portal. Information about submitting grades will also be sent to faculty via e-mail.

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What Would You Do If a Book You Wanted To Read Was Challenged or Censored?

What Would You Do If a Book You Wanted To Read Was Challenged or Censored?

What do the following books all have in common?

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The Kite Runner by Kaled Hosseini

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Thinking about Education as a Career? Join SEA

Leaders of the GSU Student Education Association include, from left: vice president Gwen Medrano, president Samantha Allen, and publications and social media officer Tanya Mathers.
Leaders of the GSU Student Education Association include, from left: vice president Gwen Medrano, president Samantha Allen, and publications and social media officer Tanya Mathers.

If you are thinking about a career in the education field, then the Student Education Association (SEA) is the place for you! The SEA is a pre-professional organization of undergraduate students preparing for careers in education. The group is holding its inaugural meeting of the semester on Tuesday, October 6 at 3 p.m. in G160, (the G Atrium Lobby).

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State Audit Compliance - All laptops must be upgraded by November 1, 2015  

All GSU Laptops and MacBooks are required to have security software installed to encrypt the hard drive.

This is part of a State of Illinois Auditor requirement to better protect the universities sensitive data that may reside on remote devices. It is imperative that your GSU Laptop or MacBook be upgraded by November 1, 2015.

ITS staff will need to perform this required upgrade. Two documents, one a Word document, the other a PDF file, will need to be filled out in advance of the upgrades. Please contact the ITS Helpdesk at 708-534-4357 at your earliest convenience to make an appointment.


CPA Voted the "Best Live Entertainment Value"

CPA Voted the “Best Live Entertainment Value”

The Center for Performing Arts has been voted "The Best Live Entertainment Venue in the Southland" for the second year in a row, by readers of the Southtown Star!

Come see for yourself why this vibrant cultural destination is making a name for itself as a center for arts education, entertainment, community dialog, and creative innovation for students and community members throughout the south suburban and Chicagoland areas.

Upcoming Events in October:

  • Whose Live Anyway? You’ve seen the TV show, Whose Line is it Anyway?, now see 4 comedy all-stars live for hilarious improv on Friday, October 16.
  • Interested in Improv? GSU’s Theatre & Performance Studies program is offering a new course this spring teaching Improvisation: TAPS 2000-02/4000-02—Improvisation 3 credits. Contact Dr. Patrick Santoro at for details.
  • Curious George Join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies, and the award-winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical on Saturday, October 17. 
  • PHILADANCO! at 45 The Philadelphia Dance Company The sounds of Nina Simone, Steve Reich and the legendary James Brown come alive through explosive dance in PHILADANCO! on October 24. If you like Alvin Ailey, you’ll love Philadanco!

GSU Tickets for Sold-Out Malala Event

GSU Tickets for Sold-Out Malala Event

In honor of the United Nation’s International Day of the Girl, MALA: Muslim American Leadership Alliance; Participant Media and the Malala Fund is presenting the Chicago Premiere of the film "He Named Me Malala," on Sunday, October 11 from 10 a.m.-noon at the AMC River East 21. The film is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends’ school bus in Pakistan.

A "Students Stand with Malala" event will be moderated by GSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Professor Khalil Marrar. Although it is sold out, a block of free seats exclusively for GSU attendees is available. Contact Khalil Marrar for more information.

Time to Eat? Visit Café at Best Times

Time to Eat? Visit Café at Best Times

Have you noticed the cafeteria is busier at some times than others? Like any restaurant, the café has peak times and off times. As you might expect, 12–1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, is a high traffic time coinciding with the lunch rush. But there is also a late afternoon traffic bump as students start arriving on campus for late afternoon/early evening classes. These bumps in traffic usually occur around 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. If you’re looking for a less crowded time for your café visit, try coming for an early lunch between 11-11:45 a.m. The hours between 5-6 p.m. are also good times to visit if you are in a hurry.

Purchase Your Step Show Tickets by Today


Be sure to get your tickets for the 2015 Step Show Friday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts.  This inaugural event is one of the many highlights of our annual Family & Friends Weekend.

Learn Debate and Inspire Young Minds

Students interested in debate will be happy to hear of an exciting new opportunity to learn about the theory and practice of argumentation and forensics. The new program is being led by Assistant Professor Khalil Marrar with the Urban Debate League.

In addition to learning about debate, GSU students will have the opportunity to mentor and inspire some of the most brilliant young minds from the top high schools in the city, and also earn money for judging on weekends or in their free time. No experience is necessary and full on-the-job training will be provided. Specific details will be forthcoming. Contact Khalil Marrar for more information.

Community Service Council has Events on its Plate

Community Service Council has Events on its Plate

Are you ready for some tacos? The Community Service Council is sponsoring Walking Taco Tuesday on September 29th from 10-a.m.-2 p.m. in the Hall of Governors. Grab a delicious walking taco bag for $3 each or two for $5.

The Council is also sponsoring a used gym shoe donation drive October 5-23. Gym shoe PAIRS ONLY will be accepted in large donation boxes that will be located near the elevators across campus. And be sure to celebrate national Make a Difference Day, with the Council as it hosts a Blood Drive, Saturday, October 24 from noon-5 p.m. in the Great Hall at Prairie Place. Schedule your appointment online and use group code: GSU1. For more information on any of these events, contact Ricca Louissaint.

Freshmen and Sophomores, Walk-In Help for Writing

If you are a freshman or sophomore and unsure about how to get started with your paper assignment, or if you have an idea that is good and want to make it better, visit the Writing Center Sophomore Tutors located either at Prairie Place or the Library Balcony. The Sophomore Tutors will help you to get started and help you to make a good paper great.

"Sophomore Tutors is a new program this year, and all tutors have been trained in the Writing Center," said Becky Nugent, Coordinator of the GSU Writing Center. "They are your peers. Last year they took the same classes that freshmen are taking now, and now they might be taking some of the same classes sophomores are taking," she said.

Following are the times that the Sophomore Tutors are available:
Prairie Place: Sunday, 3–10 p.m.; Monday, 6–9 p.m.; Tuesday, 6–9 p.m.; Saturday, 6–10 p.m.
Library Balcony: Monday, 11a.m-Noon, 2–3 p.m., and 6–9 p.m.; Tuesday, 2–5 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m.–Noon, and 2–10 p.m.; Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to simply drop in during these times to get help. It is on a first come first serve basis. Although the sophomore tutors are for freshmen and sophomores only, any student can make a 45-minute appointment for help at the Writing Center.


GSU Celebrates Latino Heritage Month

Latino Heritage Month Events

GSU’s celebration of Latino Heritage Month, continues this week with two free events.

At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29 join the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) in the Café Annex as they partner with the Family Development Center to teach children how to make piñatas and learn about Latino culture.

Also on September 29, at 6 p.m. in Engbretson Hall, YWCA Advocate Sonia Ayala presents Sexual Assault In The Latino Community. Join us as Ms. Ayala discusses her experience on the border and working with Latino victims of sexual violence in DuPage County.

Master of Occupational Therapy Info Session

The Department of Occupational Therapy will sponsor an Information Session for the Master of Occupational Therapy degree program at GSU on Wednesday, September 30, at 5 p.m. in G 157. Attendees are encouraged to bring unofficial copies of transcripts. For more information, contact Patricia Kalvelage.

Documentary Screening at Art Institute

Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

The Black Student Union is sponsoring a trip for students, faculty, and staff to the Art Institute of Chicago on Thursday, October 1 to view the Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the first feature-length documentary that takes a look at the revolutionary Black Panther party. Featuring archive footage, the film examines political and cultural significance of the movement critical to Blacks in America during a turbulent era when cities were on fire, the Vietnam War was raging, and the racial inequality persisted.  The cost of the trip is $5 per person which includes ticket and transportation.  Bus will depart from GSU at 5 p.m. and return immediately after viewing.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

GSU Jaguar Jump! Major Fair October 5

GSU Jaguar Jump! Major Fair October 5

Please join us on Monday, October 5 as we kick off the first ever GSU "Jaguar Jump!" New Student Programs will be hosting this undergraduate Major Fair designed with freshman sophomore, undecided, and undeclared students in mind.

The Jaguar Jump Major Fair is your opportunity to explore the numerous undergraduate academic programs offered at GSU. If you don’t know what you want to major in, or even if you do, the Jaguar Jump! is a great resource to help determine the next steps toward completing your academic journey.

Submit your RSVP now and secure your chance to meet with potential program advisors, speak with Career Services about internship opportunities and career outlooks, and network with GSU faculty, staff, and upperclassmen. Your RSVP also gives you an automatic entry into our special prize drawing. Contact LaTonya Holmes for more information.

Unlearn, Relearn, Learn October 6

Join the Office of Intercultural Student Affairs for "Unlearn, Relearn, Learn" Tuesday, October 6 at 6 p.m. in Room F1622. The quarterly program series will provide an opportunity for the GSU community to unlearn myths, stereotypes and fallacies about various subject matters, relearn the truth and learn ways to shape their understanding that will aid in bridging cultural divides in the campus community.  Participants will be exposed to current cultural issues as well as challenge the GSU community to realize the benefits of living in a multicultural world.  The topic for this "Unlearn, Relearn, Learn" is Immigration.  Email for more information or call x4551.

Professional Image and Career Conference

The Office of Career Services is hosting a Professional Image and Career Conference October 6-8. "Preparation is the key to a successful Career" will feature such beneficial career advice as Job Search Tips for International Students, S.T.A.R. Interviewing Skills, and How to Find an Internship.  No registration is necessary. Visit the Office of Career Services website a complete schedule. For more information, email or call 708-235-3974.

Family & Friends Weekend, October 8 – 10

Family & Friends Weekend

Online registration is now open for Family and Friends Weekend October 8–10. For many students, this special event provides the first opportunity to visit with family and friends since the beginning of the semester. This exciting October weekend presents an important opportunity for families and friends to share firsthand in their student's GSU experience.  GSU Presidential Scholar Carolina Serrato is among many students and faculty who made videos explaining why you should be attend.

There are lots of exciting events are planned, including the Jaguar Jamboree on Friday, and a Step Show featuring Power 92 "The Hot Boys," a Student Variety Show hosted by Comedian "Just Nesh," and Jazz Brunch with the President on Saturday.

Also, this year the colleges have joined together to create the "Generation Meet and Greet: All College Alumni Social" on Friday night. Be sure to contact all your classmates and tell them to meet you there!  Share this information with family, friends, constituents, retirees and alumni.

Registration is free for parents, family members, alumni, and friends of GSU. Participants will also be able to register on site. Space is limited for some events, and there is a minimal cost for some activities. Download a copy of the event brochure. Anyone interested in volunteering, please contact Student Life.


National Depression Screening Day October 8

To increase awareness and encourage early intervention for mood and anxiety disorders, GSU is hosting a campus-wide National Depression Screening Day® event Thursday, October 8 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Hall of Governors. "Increasing numbers of college students are arriving on campus with mental health issues," said Emily Petkus, clinical mental health counselor in the Academic Resource Center. "Our goals for this event are to help identify students who may be struggling with depression or other mood disorders and connect them with quality treatment options early on."

Similar to many physical illnesses, early recognition and treatment offers the best opportunity for recovery from mental illness. The anonymous and confidential screening tool is designed to help students examine any thoughts or behaviors that may be associated with depression, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, or posttraumatic stress disorder. After completing the self-assessment, students will be able to talk to a mental health professional and receive treatment information through the Student Counseling Center if necessary. Contact Emily Petkus for more information.

Communication Disorders Accreditation Site Visit Meeting Times

The MHS in Communication Disorders (CDIS) Program is hosting a site visit team from the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) on October 8 and 9, 2015. As part of their visit, the team will have a meeting with current CDIS graduate students on Thursday, October 8, from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Room D34170. The team will also have a meeting with community members who have a working relationship with the program on Thursday, October 8, from 5–6 p.m. in Room F1622.

The MHS in CDIS Program is an important resource in the region, providing a high-quality academic and clinical education that generates about 30 well-qualified graduates to the speech-language pathology workforce annually. CAA accreditation is a mark of that quality for students, employers and the community we serve. The program has been continuously accredited since the 1980s. This site visit is part of the regular eight-year cycle of accreditation, and an important event in the life of the program. With this site visit and re-accreditation application, our goal is to maintain that accredited status for another eight years.

Individuals may provide feedback about the program to CAA by attending one of the meetings, or by submitting comments online.

Study Abroad in South Africa

Stidy in South Africa

How would you like to study abroad in South Africa? The GSU College of Business is sponsoring a 12-day study trip that will include visits to companies and universities, cultural activities and tourism sights. Learn more at an information session Monday, October 12 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Hall of Honors. RSVP by October 8 or call 708.534.4930 for more details.

Symposium will Explore Mindfulness and Contemplative Practices

Explore ways in which mindfulness, meditation, and contemplative practices are incorporated into academic settings to create learning communities. Register today for the GSU Symposium on Mindfulness and Contemplative Practices in Higher Education Friday, October 16, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. in E-Lounge. This daylong symposium will feature presentations and workshops, panel discussion and experiential learning. The cost is $25 for non-GSU students and $15 for students. Seven CEUs are available. Contact Dr. Maristela Zell for more information.

S.H.E.R.O. Women’s Leadership Symposium

Women's Leadership Symposium Seeks Presenters

Please join us for the 2nd Annual S.H.E.R.O. (Sharing Her story of Empowerment Resilience & Opportunity) Women’s Leadership Symposium to facilitate students’ professional leadership development on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

This year's theme, E3: Empower, Enrich, Engage will inspire and encourage attendees to seek their highest level of personal and professional development.  Participants will gain a greater understanding of their own approach to leadership and identify personal leadership strengths that contribute to one’s advancement.  The symposium will include a luncheon, keynote, and breakout sessions open to all women and women-identified community college students, GSU undergraduate and graduate students interested in a day of professional development and networking.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the online registration form by October 16. If you have any questions, contact Jessica Specht or Kyrie Kirkland.

SafeZone Training October 20

A SafeZone training session for staff and faculty members ONLY will be held Tuesday, October 20 from 1-3:30 p.m. in the Hall of Honors. The goal of this program is to raise awareness about the dynamics of gender and sexual orientation while exploring different ways to embody inclusive allyship for people of all orientations, genders, sexualities, identities, and levels of being out.  This program is limited to 25 participants only.  For more information email or call 708-524-4551.

Community Health Degree Information Sessions

A degree in Community Health is your ticket to the world. Whatever your interest—healthy aging, wellness promotion, treating chronic illness—your career path in Community Health can take you in many different directions.

Meet our faculty, alumni and current students to find out more at two information sessions on Thursday, October 22: 10-11:30 a.m. in the Hall of Honors, or 6-7:30 p.m. in Engbretson Hall.

For additional information, contact Dr. Joseph Day or 708.235.7389.

Strut for the Cure October 23

The Social Work Student Organization will hold its Strut for the Cure for cancer, Friday, October 23, at 7p.m. in Sherman Hall. Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. For Tickets, please contact Johnsie McAuley-Davis or 708.235.3997.


Cross Country Squads Post Impressive Times in COD Invite

Men's Cross Country

On Friday, September 25 the men’s cross country team competed in the College of DuPage Invitational, and two GSU runners trimmed their times from previous meets. Willie Lipsey III took an impressive 1:25.23 off his last 8K time to finish the race in 32:18.02. Richard Gray improved his time by 33.53 seconds to finish in 33:09.72. On the women’s side, sophomore Dominique Hunt set the GSU mark for fastest 5K with a time of 26:05.51 at the Invitational. The impressive feat came in Dominique’s first 5K race of the season.

The women’s volleyball team is continuing its growing pains as they lost away matches to Indiana University East and Purdue Calumet University on September 26. The team now has a record of 0-19.

Learn more about the Jaguars by following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Facebook Facebook Posts of the Week

Facebook LikeResponse to our post on the improv show of Whose Live Anyway on October 16 at the Center for Perfroming Arts:
Shakana Kirksey-Polk Sounds awesome... I love that show

Facebook LikeFeaturing our newest artwork in the Prairie Place laundry room!
Make Waves with Jax at the Prairie PLace laundry!


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