May 15, 2018
Vol. 54, Issue 3
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Coming This Saturday: Commencement 2018!

2 female grads hug

Governors State University is gearing up to celebrate its 2017 – 18 graduates at Commencement this Saturday, May 19. Participants, including graduation candidates, family, friends, as well as participating faculty, staff, and volunteers should review the important information and resources below and on our Commencement webpage, which includes updated security policies.

College of Arts and Sciences and College of Business: Ceremony begins at 10 a.m.; students arrive at the Tinley Park Convention Center by 8:30 a.m.

College of Education and College of Health and Human Services: Ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m.; students arrive at the Tinley Park Convention Center by 3 p.m.

Please note: Doors close at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., with admission into the auditorium suspended five minutes before the ceremonies in preparation for the procession of graduates, faculty, and platform party. Late arriving students will not be permitted to enter and will not walk across the stage.

This Doctor Wants to Heal Bodies and Emotions

Jason does physical therapy on person

For many, the desire to relieve pain and help people is what drives them to pursue medicine. But for Jason Berlongieri, a Governors State University graduate student, it was more than that—it was personal.

He was just a young child when his father, a mechanic, was injured: shattered vertebrae in his neck were the worst of multiple injuries. Although his father survived, the incident ended his career and left him battling a lifetime of pain, a struggle Berlongieri saw firsthand as he grew up.

His father and mother will be among those in the audience when Berlongieri, 30, receives his Doctorate of Physical Therapy on May 19. “My drive comes from living with him and knowing what it’s like to have that constant struggle,” he said. “I just want to see if I can make a change in anyone’s life for the better.”

Read more . . .

GSU Grad Earns Emory JD, MBA

Woman in doctoral regalia

For Kayla Randolph-Clark, a 2014 Governors State University student trustee and alum, personal transformation took shape in her life at the same time the university was morphing into a new institution.
Randolph-Clark (now Siam) is now set to graduate from Atlanta’s prestigious Emory University with Juris Doctorate of Law and MBA degrees. This month, GSU also marks a milestone in its evolution from an upper division school to a four-year university as it graduates its first-ever freshman class.

Siam was leaving GSU as the first freshmen were arriving in 2014. Now, Siam celebrates matriculation with trailblazing GSU graduates, and she is inspired by what she’s accomplished.

“I would have never imagined that through perseverance, time, and dedication the transformation that could have happened in just eight years,” said Siam. “I am a totally different person. I don’t think I could have imagined where I am right now.”

Read more . . .

Fourth Annual SALUTE Ceremony and Annual Military-Connected Student Cording

Tables of veterans at ceremony

Twenty-nine student-veteran graduates of the Class of 2018 were recognized at last week’s fourth annual SALUTE Ceremony and Annual Military-Connected Student Cording. In total, 85 students connected to the military graduate from Governors State University this year.

Kevin Smith, Director of the Veterans Resource Center at GSU, said, “Less than 20% of veterans that are eligible to receive post-9/11 educational benefits use them. GSU’s graduating veterans represent the best of the best in their pursuit to serve others in after serving their country.”

Congratulations to all student-veterans graduating this year!

Graduating Student Body President Featured in IBHE Bulletin

Justin Smith headshot

This week’s IBHE Bulletin, a biweekly report from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, features a profile of Justin Smith, GSU’s graduating student body president of two terms, 2017 Lincoln Laureate, and Commencement speaker representing the First Freshman Class of 2014. The profile is part of story featuring three students graduating from colleges and universities throughout Illinois. .

Read the newsletter.

AVP for Procurement and Business Services receives Distinguished Service Award

Tracey Sullivan AVP for Procurement

Tracy Sullivan, AVP for Procurement and Business Services at Governors State, was among those honored with a Distinguished Service Award at a recent conference hosted by the Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative (IPHEC).

Aaron Carter, Executive Director of IPHEC, commented on Sullivan’s more than 20 years of commitment to Public University Procurement, her willingness to assist and serve others, and her ability to think strategically, work collaboratively, and lead in the field.

Sullivan said of the award, “I am so blessed to have a career that I am passionate about, at a place that I love, with the ability to enjoy the company of so many wonderful people while impacting the lives of our students, staff and the Jaguar community.”

Beginning July 1, Sullivan will be Chairperson of the IPHEC Board of Trustees representing all of the Illinois Public Universities for Procurement.

Literacy Autobiography Winners Announced

Student with President Maimon and Provost Cada

Winners of GSU’s Annual Literacy Autobiography Award Writing Contest were announced at a luncheon on Thursday, May 10 in the Center for Performing Arts. View photos of the contest winners.

The annual contest is embedded in the freshman curriculum as a required assignment. In the first semester, students are asked to reflect on how writing and reading have shaped their lives. In the spring semester, the students revise their essays, sometimes multiple times, and then are invited to submit final versions to the contest.

Entries are judged by a committee of staff and faculty appointed by the President’s and Provost’s offices. Each year the prizes are funded by Drs. Elaine and Mort Maimon.

The winners, all students in Professor Laura White’s class, are

  • Madeline Lomeli – First – $200
  • Alexandria Pavloski – Second – $100
  • Marina Ibrahim – Third – $50
  • Eunise Lukose – Honorable Mention – $25
  • April Sanchez – Honorable Mention – $25


Congrats to all winners!

GSU 2018 Signing Day

Director of Admissions with new student

With high school graduation still days ahead for some, the members of the class of 2022 received a warm welcome to Governors State University May 9 at a special ceremony to celebrate their commitment to GSU.

Dozens of incoming freshmen, flanked by smiling family members, turned out for the university’s third annual Signing Day, an event originally launched by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2015 to shine a spotlight on students preparing to attend a college or university. Those who committed to attending GSU by May 1 received a $200 bookstore voucher and an invitation to a buffet dinner and celebration at GSU’s Center for Performing Arts.

Read more . . .

Second Annual CAS Newsmagazine Published

Group of students

The College of Arts and Sciences has published its second annual CAS Newsmagazine—entirely student-produced under the guidance of English faculty member Laura White.

Read the 2017 – 18 issue

Study Abroad Students Reap Benefits of Global Opportunity

Students abroad

From left to right: COE students and faculty in Slovenia; COB students and faculty in Eastern Europe  

Groups of students from GSU’s College of Education and College of Business are currently studying abroad, gaining valuable academic experience and international perspective.

The Education and Counseling Study Abroad Program is currently in Slovenia, working with the University of Ljubljana. Students are gaining an understanding of language development and the impact of culture on development in Slovenia while interacting with students and faculty at the university. They will also visit health service centers and local schools of various grades and examine teachers and instruction in another country. The site visits provide opportunities for students to observe typical/atypical language development and various ways to support development. This experience better prepares preservice teachers to instruct and differentiate lessons for English Language Learners. During their time, the group will also visit Croatia and Italy.

Follow the Education and Counseling students on their blog.

The College of Business has taken their annual program abroad, this year to Eastern Europe. Students are visiting Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic to learn about the business and culture of those emerging countries. The experience will help globalize our students and allow them to stand out as they pursue their goals in business and other disciplines. 

GSU Earns Runner-Up Divisional Finish at PGA Minority Collegiate Championship

Golf team with awards

The Governors State men's golf team will return home from the Treasure Coast with a prize of its own after earning a second-place crystal trophy at the 32nd PGA Minority Collegiate Championship, considered collegiate golf’s most culturally significant Championship.

Read more . . .

Library Summer Hours

During the summer, the GSU Library will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Questions? Contact

GSU View to Take Memorial Day Break

The GSU View will not be published the week of May 28 as it takes its annual Memorial Day holiday. Please reserve all stories to be published upon its return on June 5.

 Announcements and Events  

Secretary of State Mobile Services

Secretary of State Mobile Services is on campus today, May 15, in the Hall of Governors until 6 p.m. Renew or replace your driver's license, purchase a sticker, and many other services. Cash only accepted.

Take a Moment for Dinner and Support the Friends of the GSU Library


On Tuesday, May 22 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Matteson Chipotle (4815 W. 211th Street), you can have dinner and 50% of the proceeds with be donated to the Friends of the GSU Library. When you are checking out, be sure to bring a print or electronic version of this flyer, or mention that you are supporting the GSU Friends of the Library. 

Questions? Email

Scholarship Scramble Golf Outing

Give back through golf! Join the Office of Institutional Advancement for its annual Scholarship Scramble Golf Outing on Tuesday, June 12, at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park, IL. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

Register here.

For more information, contact Cheri Garey (708.534.7892).


Department of Social Work Hosts Graduation Reception 

Social work students crowd around Dr. Essex

On Friday, May 4, GSU’s Department of Social Work hosted a party to celebrate the achievements of its 2017 – 18 graduates. The event also recognized the upcoming retirement of Dr. Elizabeth Essex, Associate Professor of Social Work.

View more photos from the event.

Many thanks to Glenn Coffey for his photos of the event, and congrats to all BSW and MSW graduates!

Health and Benefits Fair

Woman at benefits table


On May 3, GSU hosted a successful Health and Benefits Fair featuring vendors who provide benefits to our faculty and staff. Our students, faculty, and staff received valuable information, health screenings, and massages. A special thanks to everyone who participated and to all of the staff and vendors who made this event a success.

View a highlight video of the event.

Remember, Benefits Choice Open Enrollment ends May 31, 2018. Make your changes now: visit; call Customer Service at 1.844.251.1777 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

GSU Friends of the Library Flower Sale a Success!


"We would like to thank all who purchased the flats for the recent Friends of the Library flower sale. Your support is so very important to our success,” said Ann Nagel, President of the Friends of the GSU Library, continuing "I would also like to give a special thank you to Cheri Garey, Treasurer, who coordinated this sale.”

“All proceeds from our fund raising efforts go to supporting the library, and that includes books, furniture, carpeting, and other materials that are needed by the library to support our student success," she added. 


 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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