January 9, 2017
Vol. 37, Issue 1
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Spotlight on College Majors and Successful Careers

Dr. Bordelon at the You & Me show at WCIU-TV

GSU’s Provost, Dr. Deborah Bordelon, got the new year off to a sparkling start with an appearance on WCIU-TV’s morning show, “You & Me,” on January 6. She offered information and advice for students and prospective career-changers based on recently published data about which college majors lead to successful careers. You can watch the segment here.

As an insider, you’ll be pleased to learn that GSU’s curriculum aligns quite closely to the pathways to successful careers discussed by Dr. Bordelon, and you can find all the details here. Please be sure to share this information with any prospective students you know.

Thailand Trip for Counseling Students and Faculty

Students enjoying Thailand

The Counseling Department took a group of 11 master’s and doctoral students to Thailand to study counseling and diversity from December 3 – 20, 2016. Faculty leaders Dr. Shannon Dermer, Dr. Sonya Lorelle, and Dr. Katherine Wix arranged for the students to interact with the faculty and students at Burapa University. The group visited Bangkok, Chonburi, and Chiang Mai, taking part in various cultural tours such as floating river markets, elephant rides, and Buddhist temple visits. 

Goodbye and So Long to Employee Clearance Forms

In another green initiative that will save time, money, and paper, Human Resources and Information Technology Services have teamed up to eliminate the Employee Clearance Form. Previously, when an employee separated from GSU, he or she had to schlep around to the several units listed on the form, but that’s been replaced by an electronic process known as the Employee Separation Workflow that will notify the corresponding units of the employee’s separation. 

Training for workflow initiators and department approvers is tentatively scheduled for early January 2017.

GSU Shows Support for DREAMers and DACA

Dreamers logo

Last month, 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 letter also discusses efforts to ensure that the protections afforded under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) will be maintained.

GSU is Closed on Monday for MLK Day

In observance of the federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., GSU will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017.

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.

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.


Use Financial Aid for Purchases at the GSU Bookstore

Students now have the ability to use their financial aid to make purchases online at www.govstshop.com. Simply choose the financial aid option at checkout and enter your student ID number.

The GSU Bookstore is now offering computers for purchase both in store and online. Financial aid can also be used to purchase a computer for the upcoming term. 

The GSU Bookstore continues to offer a price match against Amazon and Barnes & Noble prices. Some restrictions apply.


Inclusive Leadership Conference

Dr. Kevin Lamarr James, Director of Service Learning, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

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 Friday, 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.

For more information, call 708.534.4551 or email diversity@govst.edu.

Hot Guitar in the Middle of Winter

Jamiah Rogers, Guitarist

Don’t miss the dynamic duo of Jamiah Rogers and Babidoll performing live for an intimate crowd at GSU on Saturday, January 28 at 8 p.m. in the CPA. The show is called “Guitar Greats” and will feature tributes to players like Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy. This performance is one of the Center’s “on stage experiences” where patrons are seated on the stage with the performers in the midst of the action. Limited seating is available. More information is here and tickets are here.

Spring 2017 Graduate Fair

On Saturday, February 25, 2017, the annual Spring Graduate Fair will be held in the E Lounge from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Prospective students are invited to come and meet with representatives from the programs in all four colleges and attend information sessions on financial aid, GRE, and GSU programs. The registration deadline is February 22, 2017.

Alternative Spring Break

Students will visit Biloxi, Mississippi from March 12 – 17 for Alternative Spring Break. Join us for a week full of service, culture, and fun. Email bterry3@govst.edu if interested.

Operation Healthy

Student Life will be passing out a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to students this Spring! Once a month, every month, come to the Hall of Governors from 3 – 4:30 p.m. to receive free, fresh, and healthy foods.  

Get Your Team Together for Relay for Life

Join us on April 28 as we raise money for the Relay for Life. Students, faculty, and staff create teams and fundraise all year long for the cause. Interested in creating a team? Email bterry3@govst.edu for more information.

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 ksledge@govst.edu 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 diversity@govst.edu.

Faculty Highlights

Dan Nearing Named “Chicagoan of the Year” in Film

Photo of GSU Professor Daniel Nearing

As part of a “Chicagoans of the Year” feature, GSU Professor Daniel Nearing was profiled in the  December 25, 2016, Chicago Tribune.

Professor Shahid Receives Mentoring Award

Aslam “Sam” Shahid receiving award

GSU’s Aslam “Sam” Shahid, Lecturer in the Division of Computing, Mathematics, and Technology, received the 2016 IEEE Chicago Section Distinguished Mentoring Award at the Section’s annual awards banquet on December 9. IEEE is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world’s largest technical professional organization.

Christmas in 1941: Professor Golland in Daily Southtown Article

GSU Professor David Golland was quoted in a December 23, 2016, article in the Daily Southtown, “75 Years Later, Residents Share Memories of Christmas 1941.”

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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