Congratulations on making your transition to GSU! Now that you are enrolled at GSU, we want to let you know about an additional resource available to you exclusively as a DDP student.

Below you can read more information about DDP Student Transition Assistants (STAs) and the assistance they can provide to you.

  • Who are STAs?


    Student Transition Assistants are DDP students and graduates of the program who have been trained and are familiar with the various offices and services at GSU. They have the resources and information to help make your transition to GSU as smooth and comfortable as possible! STAs also serve as:

    • A thoughtful guide for Dual Degree Program students new at Governors State University;
    • A knowledgeable facilitator who provides pathways to people and resources;
    • A reliable and energetic role model and advocate for student success.

    Spring 2017 Student Transition Assistants

    Anna Maris Briz - SSC graduate
    Antoine Hawkins - PSC graduate
    Chicarin Mallett - CCC graduate
    Chris Jackson - MVCC graduate
    Danielle Terry - PSC graduate
    Gina D'Angelo - MVCC graduate
    Megan Boots - JJC graduate
    Melinda Arce-Gudino - PSC graduate

  • What can STAs help me with?


    • Assistance with transition issues and concerns
    • Database of academic advisors and other useful contacts  
    • Lists of academic, financial, and personal support resources
    • Information on upcoming campus events, programs, and workshops
    • Contact and meeting information for GSU clubs and extracurricular activities
    • They also ALWAYS have FREE snacks…AND MUCH MORE!

  • What are the benefits of connecting with an STA?


    • Personalized attention and valuable advice from an experienced, trained STA
    • Individualized help with the transfer process from another student who understands exactly what you are going through
    • Assistance with scholarship research and applications
    • Access to someone who can be a resource outside of regular business hours
    • Networking with other students and forming professional/social relationships
    • (Optional) workshops/activities that will help you add to your resume
    • Invitations to exclusive FUN events/social activities (i.e. Dave & Buster’s, bowling, etc.)
    • Extra application points if/when you apply to be a Student Transition Assistant in the future

  • Do I need to make an appointment to meet with an STA?


    No! Student Transition Assistants have open office hours each semester! However, if you would like to make an appointment, you are more than welcome to do so!

  • Where can I find the STAs at GSU?


    The Student Transition Assistants are located at GSU in room A2124. Their office hours for spring 2017 are as follows:

    Mondays - 10:00am to 12:00pm & 12:30pm to 2:30pm
    Tuesdays - 9:00am to 12:00pm & 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Thursdays - 10:00am to 12:00pm & 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    Fridays - 10:30am to 1:30pm

    For more information or to make an appointment, please email or call (708) 235-7173.

  • How can I get hired as an STA?


    Student Transition Assistants are recruited and hired every year in August.  All applicants must meet all eligibility criteria and must be interviewed.

  • What are the benefits of becoming an STA?


     There are many benefits to becoming an STA:

    • Serving as an integral part of another student’s educational experience…. When you help others, you are helping yourself!  
    • Valuable leadership and paraprofessional experience to add to your resume  
    • Training on a wide range of topics from higher education resources to intercultural communication to financial management and much more  
    • Opportunity to coordinate community service projects  
    • Hourly pay (up to 30 hours per month) 
    • Meeting other students and forming professional/social relationships  
    • Invitations to exclusive FUN events/social activities (i.e. Dave & Buster’s, bowling, etc.)  
    • Networking with university administrators and higher education professionals from around the country