December 5, 2016
Vol. 36, Issue 1
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College of Business Earns Prestigious Accreditation

GSU's College of Business has received one of the most distinguished honors awarded to any business education program in the world: accreditation from AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Fewer than five percent of the 16,000 business schools worldwide have received AACSB accreditation, which is considered the hallmark of excellence in business education.

GSU Shows Support for DREAMers and DACA

Dreamers Welcome butterfly logo artwork.

On Friday, December 2, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Dr. Aurélio Manuel Valente published an open letter to the GSU Community affirming the university's support for our undocumented immigrant resident students, also known as DREAMers. The letters also discusses efforts to ensure that the protections afforded under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) will be maintained.

President Maimon in Trusteeship magazine

GSU President Elaine Maimon contributed an article to the most recent issue of Trusteeship, the magazine of the AGB (Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges).

In the piece, "Helping Students Finish What They Start," Dr. Maimon writes about the challenges of retaining adult students and helping them succeed, and offers examples of some of the ways GSU assists these students—initiatives such as financial literacy, peer mentors, and the Center for the Junior Year.

Prof. Nearing's "Hogtown" is a NYT Critics' Pick

The most recent feature film from GSU Professor Daniel Nearing, "Hogtown," was reviewed in the New York Times on December 1 and received the accolade "NYT Critics' Pick." The review states that "with his new feature and his previous one, [Nearing] has carved out an original and boldly unfashionable niche." The review ends with the affirmation that "'Hogtown' plays like a find from a forgotten archive."

Winter Closing Schedule

Watch This Space. Information about winter closing and altered hours of operation is being collected and compiled even as you read this. As soon as possible, schedule information for areas like the Café, C-Store, Library, Cube, and Bookstore will be available here.

Employees: This is a reminder that GSU will be closed on December 27, 28, and 29. Employees should make sure they understand the way these days are accounted for.

Media Studies Students Interning in NYC

From December 2 – 7, GSU students Bailey Jones and Paul Leland will participate in an intensive production internship with ShoulderHill Entertainment in New York City, culminating in the global broadcast "24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward." The broadcast will originate from the 24 highest carbon-dioxide-emitting countries over 24 hours to educate the world about climate change. Jones and Leland will work alongside media professionals in the New York project hub, gaining valuable industry experience and contributing to this worthy cause.

This internship is the result of a long-term relationship with ShoulderHill partners Steve and Danielle Addair, who are graduates of GSU's MA COMS Media Production program.

To host a GSU Watch Party, sign up here.

Who Let the Dogs In?

Service dogs being petted by students and staff in the library.

Petting pooches to prevent potential problems: Heather and Shiloh, a pair of way-chill Golden Retrievers, visited the GSU Library on December 1 as part of the Library Jam. More than 100 students, faculty, and staff members took breaks from finals, papers, and work to get recharged by hanging out with the dogs.

"Thank You" from the Friends of the Library

"The Friends of the GSU Library would like to thank all who contributed to the recent Holiday Basket and Commemorative Card sale," said Ann Manning Nagel, President of the Friends of the GSU Library (FOL). "Supporting the FOL allows us to support your GSU Library in a variety of ways," she added.

In addition to purchasing books and materials, recently the FOL provided furniture and carpeting for the Skylight Gallery in the Library, upgraded furniture on the Library balcony for the Paperback Book Exchange area, and provided shelving for the GSU Library Archives Room.

Why not become a Friend? Whether you are a student or a member of the faculty or staff, you can join the Friends of the GSU Library. Here's how.

Emergency Readiness

New Emergency Alert System

Rave Alert is the new official emergency notification system used to communicate with students and employees during severe weather and campus emergencies. GSU recently licensed this service to offer the quickest and most reliable communications possible.

Students and employees are automatically subscribed to the Rave Alert system through their GSU email account; however, we rely on you to make sure we have your most up-to-date contact and emergency contact information.

Updating Your Personal and Emergency Contact Information

With upcoming weather changes, we ask that you please take a moment to make sure we can reach you or your emergency contact in case of an emergency, if there is a university closing, or some other event that requires rapid, wide-scale notification of the community.

For Students  
To update your personal contact information, please complete the Change of Student Information form and return it to the Registrar's office.
You can update your emergency contact information in the myGSU portal. The information provided is stored directly in our database and will be used only in case of emergency. Click here for a tutorial on how to update your emergency contact information. The process takes less than 10 minutes.

For Faculty and Staff

Update your contact information by sending an email to Human Resources with a subject line that reads "Update My Contacts."

To update your emergency contact information, go to the myGSU portal. Under Online Services, select "Employees," then select "Employee Profile" and "Emergency Information." You will be able to add and/or edit your contacts. After you enter the information, click "Add Contact." After editing or changing your emergency contact information, choose "Confirm" to save your changes. A confirmation notification message will appear on the top right of your screen to confirm your edits. Click here for a tutorial.


Friday Deadline for Leadership Conference

Headshot photo of Dr. Kevin Lamarr James.

The Inclusive Leadership Conference, designed to help our campus community create an understanding and appreciation for multiple identities through self-awareness, while encouraging them to be free of misconceptions and prejudices through social justice education, will be held on January 20, 2017. This year's theme, "Stop the Violence: Listen, Learn, Lead!!!," addresses how violence impacts multiple identities of diversity. Participants will learn ways that their background and skills can play an influential role in ending violence, "one leader at a time," through social change. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Kevin Lamarr James, Director of Service Learning, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Workshop proposals are due December 9. Registration is open until December 9. For more information, call 708.534.4551 or email

Make It Happen: Join Program Council  

Make your mark in GSU history and develop leadership and professional skills. The GSU Program Council is seeking innovative and creative students. Members plan, promote, and present events from a student perspective for the GSU campus and community. If you enjoy planning social, recreational, and co-curricular activities, join us in A2110 from 3 – 4 p.m. every Thursday. GSUPC is open to all Governors State University students.

Contact with questions.

Submit Program Ideas for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.

Sexual violence is a major public health, human rights, and social justice issue. We need everyone's help to end it. Thank you for getting involved and for supporting SAAM efforts. 

Please submit your program by January 27, 2017. For more information, call 708.534.4551 or email

Sculpture Restoration in Process

Geodesic dome sculpture on GSU campus.

Christine Tarkowski's "Working on the Failed Utopia," the dome-shaped sculpture just outside of D-Wing entry, will undergo conservation over the next several weeks. The artist will remove all of the fiberglass panels in order to resurface them. "This is just one of many conservation projects the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park is undertaking this year," said Director and Curator Geoff Bates. "With the artist's participation in this project, we insure the most positive possible outcome."

Students and staff are asked to please refrain from entering the geodesic dome while the panels are absent, since any change in the angles of the structure might cause problems with their re-attachment.

Marketing & Communications on Hiatus  

Marcomm will be going "dark" from December 19 – January 6 to focus on website and back-end maintenance to better serve the campus community in the new year. Please submit new work orders to Workzone by Friday, December 16. We will not be able to accommodate new work orders after December 16.

Holiday Schedule for GSU View

Please note that the final 2016 edition of GSU View will appear on Monday, December 19. Publication will resume on January 9, 2017.


Master of Occupational Therapy Research Day

All are invited to attend this year's Master of Occupational Therapy Research Day on Thursday, December 8, from 1 – 3 p.m. in the FOC Atrium (G-Building). MOT Students will share findings from their research projects on topics including:

  • Interprofessional Attitudes in Health Care
  • Exploration of Social Participation as Viewed by Occupational Therapy Practitioners and Post-Stroke Community Members
  • Caregivers' Ability to Support Children with Developmental Disabilities in Play
  • A Program to Facilitate Health and Well-Being of Caregivers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Exploring the Value of Interdependence

For more information, please contact Dr. Divya Sood at

Faculty & Staff Holiday Party

Smiling snowman doll with pipe cleaner arms.

Please join us for the "Because We Can't Afford a Party" Holiday Gathering, with a festive, yet inexpensive, spectacle. Starring faculty, staff, and students (all who generously waived their performance fee for one afternoon only).

Euphoria will erupt on Friday, December 9, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. in the Hall of Governors. Refreshments will be served.

For additional information, contact Penny Perdue, 708.534.4130,

MLK Commemoration Program

Headshot photo of Pamela Bates Porch.

Join us on campus on Monday, January 16, for "A Day On, Not a Day Off," a commemoration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The keynote speaker for this day of reflection, growth, and service will be Pamela Bates Porch, Assistant Pastor at St. James Industrial M.B. Church in Chicago. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the CPA.

When you attend, please bring a non-perishable item to donate to the Mobile Food Pantry. Students will help distribute the collected canned goods to families in need immediately following the commemoration program. Donations can also be made to Student Life from now until the day of the event. For more information, call 708.534.4551 or email

Workshops and Trainings

Looking for GSU workshops and training opportunities?

This week's list of opportunities — including Content Management System (CMS) training, Faculty Profile Page update information, workshops from the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, and the Global Lunch Lecture Series — can be found here.


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