February 21, 2017
Vol. 38, Issue 3
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Dedicated to Student Success

Photo of President Elaine P. Maimon cutting the ribbon in front of the new Student Success Commons.

With appropriate fanfare, the new Student Success Commons was officially opened on February 15. Career Services now shares the same suite of offices as the Academic Resource Center, the Writing Center, and Student Disability Services.

Watch Two Must-See Films

Side-by-side posters for two films; on left is Starving the Beast and on right is Stranded by the State.

Attend the free screening of two important films that examine national and state trends of underfunding higher education. Watch Starving the Beast and Stranded by the State, Wednesday, February 22, at 5 p.m. in F1622. The films will be followed by a panel discussion with one of the film’s producers and GSU faculty from 6:45 – 7:30 p.m.

Register Now for Spring 2017 Graduate Fair

On Saturday, February 25, the annual Spring Graduate Fair will be held in the E Lounge from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Even if you are undecided about pursuing graduate studies, you should attend. And you should bring a friend! Prospective students will 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.

Graduating This Spring? Tell Your GSU Story

Attention 2017 Graduates! Do you have a fantastic GSU story that you’d like to share? The Office of Marketing and Communications wants to give you the opportunity to tell it on camera, preserving it for posterity. Details and more information are here.

Save the Date for Spring Symposium

On Friday, April 28, 2017, GSU will continue its tradition of gathering for a symposium on the CPA stage. Last fall, a day was spent discussing diversity, inclusion, and equity. The conversations were rich and meaningful. Many suggested that a single day was not enough to explore these topics, so April 28 will be devoted to continuing the conversation. Dr. Laura Rendón, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas-San Antonio, will facilitate the symposium. Dr. Rendón’s research “focuses on access, retention, and graduation of low-income, first-generation college students.” More information will be forthcoming.

GSU Joins IIE's Generation Study Abroad Initiative

Blue logo badge for Generation Study Abroad that reads 'IIE | Opening Minds to the World' and has the footer, 'Commitment Partner.'

GSU has joined the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad initiative to help more Americans gain international experience through study-abroad programs. Under the new partnership, GSU will take concrete, action-oriented steps to expand opportunities for study abroad. GSU is committed to doubling its numbers and reaching a goal of 100 students who participate in credit-bearing study abroad programs by the academic year 2019–2020. Details are here. If you have questions, contact Amy Schoenberg, Study Abroad Coordinator, at aschoenberg@govst.edu

Honors for Counseling Students

Congratulations to counseling doctoral students Jahaan Abdullah and Christine Brown, who have been awarded National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) doctoral-level counseling fellowships. GSU has had a fellowship recipient in the doctoral program (and once before, two recipients) since the inception of this fellowship in 2012. NBCC has both doctoral and masters level fellowships. Students interested in applying will find information here.

Workshops & Trainings

SafeZone Training will take place on Tuesday, March 7, from 2 – 4 p.m. in D34150. SafeZone is a training program open to faculty and staff ONLY at this time. 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. Participants must RSVP by March 3. Space is limited.

This week's schedule of opportunities includes the following:

Faculty: If you haven’t had your headshot photograph taken, please refer to the schedule and pick a time.

Student Employees: Attend three Career Service workshops, receive your Certificate of Professional Development, and get a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from the GSU Bookstore!

Valentine’s Week—the Winners

GSU View is pleased to present the winners of the three contests held last week:

Guess the Number of Candy Hearts in the Jar. There were 488 candy hearts in the jar. First place winner is Anita Curl, an undergraduate English major with a guess of 500. Second place winner is Arjun Patel, an undergraduate economics major with a guess of 473. Anita won a $50 gift card for the campus bookstore and the jar of candies; Arjun won a $50 gift card for the campus bookstore. Congratulations from Financial Services and the Cashier’s Office and thank you to all of the students
who participated!

Photo of scavenger hunt winner Megan Boots.

“We are pleased to announce that Megan Boots is one of the winners of the GSU Library Scavenger Hunt,” said Diane L. Nader, Library Reference Desk Coordinator and First Year Student Contact.  “We would also like to thank these departments for their gracious support of the Library Scavenger Hunt: Offices of the President and Provost, Offices of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, and the GSU Bookstore,” she said. “The scavenger hunt is a wonderful way for students to learn about the various departments on campus.” 

Photo of Library Dean Lydia Morrow Ruetten with silent auction winner Sandi Kawanna.

Friends of the Library Silent Auction. “The Friends of the GSU Library are pleased to announce that our GSU staff member, Sandi Kawanna, is the recipient of the Valentine’s Day fire-engine-red fondue pot as the highest bidder for our first silent auction,” announced Ann Manning-Nagel, President of the Friends of the GSU Library. “We appreciate the support of all in the GSU community for the events that the Friends of the Library sponsor. One hundred percent of what we earn goes directly to the support of our GSU Library. Be on the lookout for future silent auctions from the Friends," she added.

Announcements and Events

Food and Justice Symposium

The GSU community is invited to attend the Food and Justice Symposium! The three-day event addresses how political, economic, and socio-cultural trends affect access to food and how we can become advocates for food accessibility and equality. There will be panels of experts, documentary viewings, and local food co-op and pantry representatives across three sessions. The three panels are:

  • Tuesday, February 21: Food Insecurity and Poverty in the United States
  • Thursday, February 23: Food Inequality, Underdevelopment, and Globalization
  • Tuesday, February 28: What Now? Food Justice and Activism

All sessions will be held in Engbretson Hall from 3 – 5 p.m. More information is here. Light refreshments will be served. The event is funded by the GSU Intellectual Life Grant.

DRUMLine Live—Only Chicago Tour Stop is GSU

Photo from stage production of DRUMLine Live showing several trombone players wearing band uniforms.

DRUMLine Live, the show-stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the hit movies “Drumline” and “Drumline: A New Beat,” marches its way onto the Center for Performing Arts stage at GSU on Sunday, February 26, at 6 p.m.

What better way to celebrate Black History Month than with this spectacle show, which embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band halftime show experience. With its riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear-grabbing energy, DRUMLine Live is a high-octane, musical rollercoaster ride that is an exciting experience for the whole family.

Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a time to remember important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. In 1976, the previous one-week observance was expanded into Black History Month as part of the U.S. Bicentennial and was officially recognized by the U.S. government. At that time, President Gerald Ford urged all Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” The full schedule of events and programs for celebrating Black History Month at GSU is here.

Male Success Initiative Spring Kickoff Meeting

The Male Success Initiative (MSI) kicks off the spring semester with a recruiting session for all interested students on Wednesday, February 22, at 6 p.m. in the Hall of Honors. The mission of the MSI is to improve enrollment, retention, and graduation rates among males of color here at GSU, through (on- and off-campus) engagement, awareness, and academic support. We invite all who are interested to attend and see what the MSI has to offer.

Submit Proposals Now for April 7 GSU Research Day

Friday, April 7, will be GSU Research Day, an opportunity to celebrate the research and creative works of our faculty, staff, and students. Presentation formats include individual and panel presentations, poster presentations, “authors’ corner” displays, and creative works and research demonstrations and workshops. All topics of research and scholarly activities from all academic disciplines are welcome. Information about the GSU Research Day proposal process is here. Proposals are due by Friday, February 24

Shero Registration Now Open

The Shero Women’s Leadership Symposium will be held on Friday, March 31. We are currently accepting workshop proposals for this awesome event that allows women to share stories and experiences that will empower them, increase resilience, and promote opportunities in their personal and professional development. Register by Friday, March 24. For more information or to submit a workshop proposal, call 708.534.4551 or email diversity@govst.edu

Call to Action: Social Activism and Leadership

Respond to Violence, a multimedia initiative, is hosting a TED-Talk-inspired program, Respond to Violence: Social Activism, on Wednesday, March 1, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Studio A. The program will be based on the Social Change Model of Leadership, which frames ways to lead and collaborate to bring about positive sustainable change. Register here to attend. For more information about the event, please email ybrown@govst.edu.

Study in China this Summer

GSU’s partner school in China, Hangzhou Normal University (HNU), is offering 12 scholarships for GSU students to join their Summer China Studies Program. The program runs from July 4 – 21 and the application deadline is March 1. For more information and to apply, click here or contact Amy Schoenberg at aschoenberg@govst.edu.

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.

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.

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Wix Elected to Counseling Board

Headshot photo of Dr Katherine Wix.

Congratulations to Dr. Katherine Wix on her election to the Military and Government Counseling Association (MGCA) Board of Directors.
Professor Fraud on ABC7

Professor Fraud Featured TV Interview About Smart Hub Privacy

GSU Professor William Kresse, a.k.a. “Professor Fraud,” was quoted in an article on the ABC7 Chicago television station’s website, “Who is Listening? Smart Hub Devices Spark Privacy Concerns.” The I-Team investigative reporters examined Kresse’s Amazon Echo and discussed its potential security flaws with him.


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