August 15, 2017
Vol. 44, Issue 2
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GSU Stands with Charlottesville

GSU building

GSU President Elaine P. Maimon released a statement expressing solidarity with the University of Virginia community, denouncing the acts of hatred, and reinforcing GSU as a safe and welcoming community rooted in diversity.

Welcome, Smart Start Students!

Smart Start students

Over 100 freshmen students from the Class of 2021 arrive to campus today with the beginning of Smart Start. Students new to campus can get a jump-start by reading study tips here.

Encourage students to stop by the Welcome Table in the Hall of Governors to receive a goody bag, sign up to get their free laptop, get help finding classes, and more! The Welcome Table will be open today and tomorrow from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Direct questions to New Student Programs or call 708.235.6819.

Gifts for the Smart Start students

Smart Start students can also win a backpack of GSU swag by taking a tour of the GSU Library. Tours will be held Monday, August 21, at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Receive a gift and sign up for a chance to win the backpack!
What’s New at GSU

In the next few weeks, we are excited to welcome new students, faculty, and staff to Governors State University. We are delighted that you’ve chosen to be part of our vibrant campus community. To those returning to campus after a restful (or busy) summer, welcome back!

The summer may have seemed quiet on campus, but several exciting projects have been unfolding. With the beginning of the new academic year, these new additions and updates to campus are officially ready for use.

Read more . . .

All Invited to GSU’s 48th Annual Convocation Ceremony

President Maimon and Provost Deboroah Bordelon sitting with Jaxx at GSU

Kick off the new school year with GSU as the university celebrates its 48th annual Convocation. While Convocation is always exciting, this year holds a special significance: the first entering freshman class will take part in its final march before Commencement. These students are the first to complete a four-year undergraduate degree at GSU.
Arrive early – between 2:30 and 2:55 p.m. – to be entered in a drawing for GSU swag. Doors will close at 3 p.m., so be sure to arrive on time!

During the ceremony, students will receive commemorative Convocation pins, and following the ceremony is the annual ice cream social. Convocation 2017 also welcomes the Class of 2021 to GSU and recognizes the winners of the Faculty Excellence Awards and the Baysore Award.

The ceremony will take place Friday, August 25 at 3 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts. Contact Penny Perdue or call 708.534.4130 for more information.

Nominations Requested for the Baysore Award

Dr. Gerald C. Baysore

The Dr. Gerald C. Baysore Award is presented to the GSU employee who most fully demonstrates the following four qualities so consistently and fully embodied by Dr. Baysore during his eighteen-year service to the university:

            - Absolute integrity
            - Total competence
            - Generous dedication
            - Unfailing civility

The Baysore Award will be presented by President Maimon during Convocation on Friday, August 25.

This award is given only when a candidate meets the strict qualifications as listed above. Nominators are encouraged to devote special time and attention to their written nominations. The length of the nomination is not as important as the quality, but enough information should be included so that the committee can make an informed decision.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 18 at 5 p.m. Submit your nominations to Penny Perdue.

Announcements and Events

Campus Events Observing Solar Eclipse

solar eclipse

On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will darken the skies across America as it moves in its path of totality—a narrow range in which the sun will be completely obscured by the moon. While GSU lies just outside of this path, the region will experience a partial eclipse in which the moon obscures the sun by 87%.

GSU is observing the solar eclipse with two on-campus events. Click here for details.

Motorcycle Safety Training Now Available at GSU

RiderCourse motorcycle safety training courses, hosted by Harper College, are now open for registration and available for no charge with a $20 refundable deposit. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to enroll in early offerings of the course, as the courses are likely to fill up quickly as they catch on in popularity. The first class begins this Friday, August 18.

Click here to register online using the University Park link or call 847.925.6300 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. To register as a walk-in on the first night of class, arrive 15 minutes before the start of class.

MSI National Bowtie Day  

National Bowtie Daylogo

The Male Success Initiative invites the entire GSU community to participate in National Bow Tie Day by wearing a bow tie on Monday, August 28, to show support for the MSI. All are invited: males, females, students, staff, faculty, and administration. Dress up, dress down, dress funky... just rock your bow tie on National Bow Tie Day.

For more information, contact Sean Smith.

Call for Programs – Latino Heritage Month

The Office of Intercultural Student Affairs wants your ideas for Latino Heritage Month! Students, faculty, and staff members are invited to submit events to help GSU celebrate the history, culture, and contributions of Latinos in our global society past, present, and future.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.
Submissions and questions can be directed to Robert Clay. Deadline for event proposals is August 25.

MSI Fall Kickoff Retreat

The Male Success Initiative invites students to attend its Second Annual Fall Kickoff Retreat, taking place at Camp Manitoqua from Thursday, August 24 – Friday, August 25. The off-campus retreat, free to all attendees, is designed to orient new and returning male students of color to MSI and GSU campus culture.

Participants will engage in team building, bonding, and socializing. This year’s retreat will include sessions from returning students, outdoor team activities, and individual consultations dedicated to identifying attendees’ personal strengths.

Space is limited. Click here to register by Friday, Aug 18. For more information, contact Sean Smith.

Student Employment and Part-time Job Fair

Career Services is hosting the Student Employment and Part-time Job Fair on Wednesday, August 30 from 2 – 5 p.m. in the Hall of Governors. The fair is open to all students looking for part-time federal work-study and student worker jobs at GSU, as well as some external employers offering part-time employment.

In preparation for the fair, Career Services will offer drop-in resume review services on Monday and Tuesday, August 28 – 29 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Career Services is located in the Student Success Commons in B1215.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Career Services or call 708.235.3974.

Workshop Proposals Requested for IDEAS Labs

Intercultural Student Affairs presents Intercultural Development for Equity and Success (IDEAS) Labs: an innovative program designed to engage faculty, staff, and students in a think tank acknowledging campus inequities that may limit student success. IDEAS Labs will serve as professional development for faculty and staff and leadership development opportunities for students. IDEAS Labs are an opportunity for our community to develop resolutions regarding these matters in a holistic, inclusive manner.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to facilitate an IDEAS Lab. Please submit your proposed workshop here by Friday, September 1. For more information, email Intercultural Student Affairs or call 708.534.4551.

GSU First Annual Department of Public Safety Car and Motorcycle Show

In cooperation with the GSU Library and University Events Office, GSU’s Department of Public Safety is hosting its first Car and Motorcycle Show on Friday, September 8 from 4 – 8 p.m., rain or shine. Enjoy a fun and memorable evening with the show’s awards, goodie bags, dash plaques, and door prizes.

A donation of $10 is required to display your vehicle, and all proceeds benefit the Special Olympics Illinois. No admission will be charged for spectators. Contact Lee Taylor for more information.

Auditions for Adaptation of the Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

GSU’s Theatre and Performance Studies (TAPS) and Center for Performing Arts (CPA) are seeking an inclusive, dynamic ensemble of six female-identified and four male-identified actors for a modern theatrical adaptation by Sarah Saltwick of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. To sign up, click here.

Rehearsals for this production will begin the week of September 11; tech weekend is October 28 & 29; and performances are November 3, 4, and 5.To see the full audition notice and read more about Saltwick’s adaptation, click here.

Sculpture, Wine, and Dine

Join Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park for a unique dining experience among the arts at Sculpture, Wine, and Dine, hosted by Wayne Johnson, host of NBC5 Wayne’s Weekend. Dinner will take place on Saturday, September 9 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Following the dinner, attend the Afterglow party at 6:30 for live music, drinks, and dessert in the E-Lounge and Visual Arts Gallery,  featuring the work of Vera Klement and Dan Ramirez.

Tickets are $125 per person and benefit the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. RSVP by August 29. For ticket information, contact Gina Ragland at 708.235.7559.

Men’s Leadership Summit 2017 – Call for Workshops

Men's leadership Summit participants

The Men’s Leadership Summit is seeking workshop proposals for its 2017 conference held on November 17. This year’s theme is “From Reasonable Doubt to 4:44: The Evolution of Maleness, Masculinity, and Manhood.”  Using the musical career of Jay-Z as a backdrop, the conference theme speaks to men discovering the influence of maleness, masculinity, and manhood on their journey to be leaders. 

Click here to submit your workshop proposal by October 6.  For more information, click here, email Intercultural Student Affairs, or call 708.534.4551.

Emergency Preparedness for Faculty and Staff

To help ensure that campus safety remains at the forefront, whether you are a faculty or staff member, the Emergency Response Team would like to share with you a preparedness check-list and website for your review. Click here to view.


Fall 2017 Intellectual Life Grant Recipients Announced

The GSU Library has announced the Fall 2017 Intellectual Life Grant recipients. “The committee is looking forward to the wonderful activities that will take place on campus this semester as a result of these grants,” said Lydia Morrow Ruetten, Dean of the Library. 
Click here to view the list of grant recipients.

Successful Library Amnesty Food for Fines Program

Food donations at the GSU library

The GSU Library received a great response for its Food for Fines amnesty program.  Thanks to all who participated!

Expert Voices from GSU

GSU has a long history of representing and defining best practices, and our faculty and staff have a history of sharing that with the higher ed community. Peer Review, a prestigious academic journal published by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, accepted two written by GSU faculty and staff members recently. Both demonstrate the university’s methodological approach to serving students through the highest academic standards.

Read more . . .

Orientation Welcomes New Faculty to GSU

New faculty enjpying lunch

New Faculty Orientation took place last week as GSU welcomed more than 13 new members to its full-time, unit A & B, and adjunct faculty. Participants were introduced to many aspects of campus, including resources, research, the grounds, and more. 

Fall Into Good Habits

Welcome to Fall 2017! It's time to buckle down and settle in. Are you ready to study? We know you are.

But in case you aren't, in case you still have a glaze of summertime laying over your spirit, in case you can't believe it's already August and you just don't know how you're going to get yourself in gear, we have some advice to help you along.

Read more . . .  

Workshops & Trainings

A list of workshops for students, faculty, and staff can be found here, including the next Office of Marketing & Communications WorkZone training, 25Live training, and Faculty and Advisor Open Labs for GSU STAR.

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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