March 6, 2018
Vol. 51, Issue 2
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NAIA National Championship Viewing Party!


The Jaguar men’s basketball team heads to South Dakota this weekend for the NAIA National Championship. Come support the Jaguars at GSU’s NAIA Tournament watch parties!

Watch the first round against Dakota Wesleyan on Thursday, March 8 at 5:45 p.m. in Engbretson Hall. Be sure to pick up your bracket sheets to fill out, available at the Student Life Front Desk, A2100, and The Dean of Students Suite, C1310.

 The Second Round starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9, with a viewing party in Engbretson Hall. The quarterfinals watch party will take place Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m. in Prairie Place.

 For more information about the NAIA tournament, click here.

Find Out About Covering Summer Tuition with Your Pell Grant

Were you awarded the Pell Grant this academic year? Great news! You are now eligible for money to help you pay for your summer courses.

Registration for summer courses begins March 19, but you can get a jumpstart on preparing for a productive summer by viewing the summer schedule in your MyGSU portal now.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid to learn more about covering costs for the upcoming summer semester.

Apply Now for a 2018 GSU Foundation Scholarship


Governors State University Foundation and Alumni Association scholarship funding

recognizes academic excellence and is awarded to deserving students in pursuit of a GSU degree. More than 185 scholarships totaling over $200,000 in scholarship aid are being offered for the Fall 2018 semester to GSU students via this in-house program. Apply by Friday, April 13, for consideration.

View a full list of scholarships, as well as guidelines to apply, here.

Nominations for the 2017 – 18 Faculty Excellence Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 – 18 Faculty Excellence Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in one or more of the following areas: Teaching/performance of primary duties, research/creative activity, and service. Nominations may be made by other bargaining unit members or administrators. The awards reflect achievement in the academic year 2016-17.

Letters of nomination are due on April 13 by 5:00 p.m. to the Excellence Awards Committee in care of the Provost’s Office via e-mail. Please send submissions to Veronica Hunt. Late nominations will not be considered.  

Tornado Drill Day – Tuesday, March 20

GSU will host a campus-wide Tornado Drill Day, Tuesday, March 20 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. All persons on campus at the time are required to participate. If you are on campus, please proceed to the nearest tornado shelter and stay there until a member of the campus safety team directs you to leave the shelter. For faculty members who are in class at the time, please guide your students to the nearest shelter. We know this drill will be a brief disruption to class instruction and the workday, but it is imperative to participate in preparation of tornado season and assessment of campus readiness.

You will find Tornado Drill resources on GSU’s Emergency webpage that includes:

  •  Listing of Tornado Shelters
  •  University’s Emergency Preparedness Checklists
  •  Campus Safety Booklet

 There are separate checklists for faculty and staff. Please familiarize yourself with the processes and procedures contained within. This drill is a university-wide effort. We thank you for your cooperation in making GSU a safe environment for its entire community.

GSU Trustee Cornelius Griggs Named 2018 Governors Difference Maker


GSU Trustee Cornelius Griggs has been named among twelve 2018 Governors Difference Makers honored for helping make a difference in their communities and throughout Illinois. Recognized by the governor and the State of Illinois, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, the individuals were honored at a recent Black History Month celebration.

 “We rise by lifting others and each of the recipients are proof that Illinois is always rising. They are great, shining examples of service to our community. They are setting a powerful example of our duty to help each other and to work together to resolve challenges,” Gov. Rauner said.

Read more . . .

PAC Member Jill Wine-Banks Shows Off GSU Pin in Tweet


Jill Wine-Banks

, member of GSU President Elaine P. Maimon’s President Advisory Council (PAC) and one of the three former Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutors in the Watergate obstruction of justice, recently tweeted a photo of the Governors State University pin, saying she was “wearing it today in honor of [GSU’s] faculty, amazing President, and extraordinary students and programs.”

Follow Wine-Banks and her popular hashtag #JillsPins here.

GSU Votes!


We’ve spent weeks promoting all of the reasons to vote—but now GSU Professor Vincent Jones says, “Don’t Vote.”

Find out why in his op-ed “Why Vote, Anyway?”

 For a full guide on voting in the Illinois primary election, click here.

 Immunization Records Moves to New Location

The Immunization Records Office has moved to the Office of the Registrar, in C-1300 (near the Hall of Governors). Submit immunization records to the Registrar’s Office by:

  • Email: (scanned and attached as a PDF)
  • Fax: 708.534.1640 (NEW FAX Number)
  • Drop Off: Office of the Registrar, Room C-1300
  • Post Mail: Office of the Registrar, 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL 60484

For more information about immunization and compliance, click here.

 Announcements and Events  

Doing Business in Eastern Europe

On Friday, March 9,

GSU’s College of Business will host “Doing Business in Eastern Europe,” a workshop for businesses in the region that aspire to expand their operations to this emerging market.

Representatives from Bulgaria, Poland, and Serbia, as well as U.S. government agents from SBA, DOC, and DCEO will share information about opportunities in this market as well as marketing and finance strategies. The keynote speaker for this event is Dr. Sheila Puffer, renowned scholar in the area of Eastern Europe and Russian business studies. An afternoon business panel will also be included to share best practices and lessons learned.

Registration is required to attend this free workshop.

Student Organizations to Host Literacy Project

Throughout March, The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) will host a Literacy Project. The project will celebrate the nationwide Read Across America (NEA) and Literacy Alive! (KDP). Donations of children’s books (new and used, in good condition) will be collected throughout the month of February for the following shelters and centers, where student leaders and other volunteers will also read and facilitate literacy activities:

  •  Together We Cope (17010 Oak Park, Tinley Park): Thursday, March 8, 4 – 6 p.m.
  •  Ronald McDonald House (211 E. Grand Ave, Chicago): Friday, March 23, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Literacy activities will vary by location but will include an assortment of read-alouds, book creations, and crafts. All materials will be provided for the activities and then donated to the location at the culmination of the event.

This project is an extension of the Education for Sustainability event launched in November. For more information or to RSVP, contact Hannah Gruben.

Library Spring Break Hours


During Spring Break, the GSU Library will be open Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Library will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 – 18, and will reopen on Monday, March 19 at 8:30 a.m.

Email  with questions.

S.H.E.R.O. Registration Open


The S.H.E.R.O. (Sharing Her story of Empowerment, Resilience, and Opportunity) Women’s Leadership Symposium inspires women to seek their highest level of personal and professional development through a greater understanding of leadership and the acquisition of new ideas to optimize and sustain personal potential.

This year’s theme “Reclaiming My Time” encourages women to use their voices, celebrate how valuable they are, and take ownership of their destiny. It is a time of reclamation to celebrate the beauty of their multiple identities that makes them powerful leaders beyond measure.

Please register by Friday, March 16. For more information, email

Become a GSU4U Ambassador


GSU4U provides resources to students facing challenges with food and housing insecurity. To become a GSU4U ambassador, attend a workshop on Monday, March 19 from 3 – 4:15 p.m. (Location information will be sent to participants via email.)

The workshop will provide an overview of nationwide trends on hunger and homeless in college students, share information on hunger and homelessness at GSU, give information about resources for students on campus and in the local community, and more.

Register here by March 14. For more information, email or call 708.235.2845.

GSU4U to Host Link Card Application Workshop

Illinois Hunger Coalition will be on campus to assist GSU students with Link Card applications on Wednesday, March 21 from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in A2140. Bring a photo ID and information about your income.

Appointments recommended, walk-ins welcome. Questions? Contact GSU4U or call 708.235.2845.

Need food now? Visit the Food Pantry in the Jaguar Den (A2140)

Panera Fundraiser Hosted by Students of Addictions Studies Club


Help support the Students of Addictions Studies Club by dining at Panera in Matteson on Wednesday, March 28 from 4 – 8 p.m. Bring this flyer

or show an electronic version to the cashier for a portion of proceeds to benefit the club.

Panera is located at 4864 211th St., Matteson, IL 60443.

GPN Professional Etiquette Luncheon


Graduate Students: join the Graduate Professional Network (GPN) at the Professional Etiquette Luncheon on Tuesday, April 3, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. for a full four-course meal and manners instructions throughout each course.

RSVP and a $10 Registration fee is required. Availability is limited to the first 35 students. All additional students will be added to a waitlist.

 Visit the Office of Career Services (B1215) or contact Raven Hill to register & RSVP by Tuesday, March 19 at 5 p.m.

Attend a Performance and Support TAPS Students


Join Rosie’s family for an evening of fellowship, food, and theatre at upcoming production of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf on Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts for a pre-show celebration of Rosie Mae Riley’s life and passion for the arts in one of her favorite places.

Rosie Mae Riley was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, a staunch supporter of education, and a frequent patron of the arts at GSU Center for Performing Arts. To celebrate Rosie’s life and pay tribute to her passion for education and the arts, a scholarship will be endowed in her name to create opportunities for students in the Theatre and Performance Studies program.

Donations will be accepted in support of the fund. Refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Cash bar available.

Please RSVP by March 9 to or call 708.534.4012 with the name(s)/number attending the reception. For performance tickets, call the Box Office at 708.235.2222 and give the code ROSIE for a reduced ticket price.

Nursing Student Town Hall

Those interested in learning more about nursing can ask questions about the field, as well as meet or get to know professors and members of the department, at the Nursing Open House Tuesday, April 10 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in Engbretson Hall.

This gathering will allow students from all Nursing programs (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral) the opportunity to meet the director, clinical coordinators, and instructors.

GSU Faculty: Call for Submissions for the 2018 Faculty Authors Reception

The annual Faculty Authors and Sponsored Program Grant Recipients Reception will take place on Wednesday, April 11 from 2:30 – 4 p.m. on the library balcony. All faculty are invited to submit their works by Thursday, March 29.

Each member of the faculty has been sent instructions for submitting works, along with the submission form. The Faculty Authors Reception is co-sponsored by the Governors State University Library, the Friends of the Governors State University Library, and the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research. Email Alexis Sarkisian with questions.

Two-Day Comprehensive Suture Training Workshop

A two-day Comprehensive Suture Training Workshop will be held April 21 – 22, starting at 8 a.m., in the G-Wing Nursing Simulation Lab.

This two-day (16-hour) course is directed to nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants. This course provides broad exposure to various types of procedural suturing. Learners at any level of experience will gain knowledge using integrated lecture and hands-on training as follows under the expert guidance of experienced suture training instructors using surgical-grade instruments.

The program cost is $300 and includes the two-day course tuition, 16 CE contact hours, and training materials for home practice.

For more info or to register, click here.


Uday Shinde


Talk to Dr. Uday Shinde, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Governors State University, for very long, and eventually the topic of workplace outcomes or workplace satisfaction will come up.

He shares staggering statistics from a 2017 Gallup report which tracked responses from employees in 2015 and 2016 showing only 33 percent of employees are engaged at work. A staggering 51 percent are disengaged, and 16 percent were actively disengaged —or miserable.

“We spend so much time at work, yet we don’t really like what we’re doing—and that is sad,” said Shinde, who joined the GSU College of Business in 2015.

Those sobering statistics (from the 2017 Gallup report), along with the low level of confidence many have in corporate America, drive Shinde to encourage his students to leave their mark on the business world by making it a better—and more satisfying—environment.

 Read more . . .

All-Campus Symposium Plays to Strengths


Shifting from what’s wrong to what’s right—discovering a student’s strengths instead of calling out their weaknesses—is the best way to engage and retain them.

That was the essence of an all-campus symposium where nearly 160 GSU faculty, staff, and students gathered on Friday, February 23, to explore driving engagement on campus through an anti-deficit model of education.

“If you get students to year three, they usually graduate,’’ Gallup Education Lead Strategist Tom Matson told the group. “We have to find their strengths in years one and two.’’ Gallup Education administers the Clifton StrengthsFinder survey for leadership development.

Read more . . .

A Letter From Sandy the Therapy Dog


Hi all!

Last week, I had a chance to meet 28 new people while I was on the GSU Library Balcony, two of whom were Rodie (left) and Julie (right). They were so much fun for me to meet—I had a chance to play with them even though they were studying!

Rodie told me that she wasn’t used to seeing dogs on the balcony, but that it was fun and soothing to play with me. Julie was also surprised to see me, but she told me that it was relaxing to have a dog around while studying. So students, if you’re looking for a great place to study, and staff and faculty, if you just need to take a break, please come to the library balcony every Monday that classes are in session from 1:30 – 4 p.m. I would be so happy to meet and play with you!

With Jaguar Pride,


 Workshops & Trainings  

A list of workshops for students, faculty, and staff can be found here.

Faculty: If you have not already done so, it’s time to have a new headshot photograph taken. Please refer to the schedule to find a convenient time.


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