May 23, 2017
Vol. 41, Issue 3
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2017 Commencement

Graduates hug at Saturday's Commencement

Excitement reverberated through the walls of the Tinley Park Convention Center as this year’s 1,710 graduates of Governors State received their diplomas during Saturday’s Commencement ceremonies.

A week of Commencement activities honored graduates. During the DDP Cording Ceremony of May 12, participants in the Dual Degree Program received special cords in the colors of their community colleges to be worn with their cap and gown.

More than fifty doctoral students received their hoods for Commencement during the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 18. Graduating with a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy, Othman O’Malley called achieving his doctoral degree his “dream come true.” To read more and view photos of the hooding ceremony, click here.

Streamed live, speeches from the ceremonies can be viewed on the GSU Facebook page.

President Maimon Advocates for Higher Ed

Throughout this month, President Maimon has advocated for funding for GSU and its peer institutions through a variety of media outlets.

Last night, President Maimon and Student Senate President Justin Smith were featured on NBC5 News in an investigative report by Carol Marin on the “Collateral Damage” caused by the unprecedented budget crisis.

“In fiscal year ’16 we had a 70% cut in appropriation. And for fiscal year ’17, the year that we are in, we had a 50% cut in appropriation,” said Maimon. “There is no fat at all. And in fact we are beyond muscle and bone. What we are being asked to do is cut off vital organs.”

In last week’s editorial in the Daily Southtown, Dr. Maimon celebrated the traditions and opportunities given to students at GSU and stressed the importance of the health of our public universities.

Also, in an audio feature on NPR, Dr. Maimon paralleled the Illinois budget impasse to the creation of the constitution in her review of Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton. “Compromise is essential to democratic government,” she says. To listen to President Maimon’s review, click here.

Announcements and Events


Artists, musicians, animal trainers, and all-around lovers of fur babies are needed for Pet-Palooza! Bring your well-mannered and leashed pets for fun and games at the Orland Township Grounds on Saturday, June 17 from 12 – 3 p.m. Hosted by Paul O’Grady and the Board of Trustees, the Pet Fair and Parade will benefit Orland Township’s Pet Food Pantry which is in need of food and supplies.

Ways you can help:

  • Volunteer to set-up/breakdown the event
  • Contribute your musical, artistic, and animal training talents
  • Help obtain donations from vendors such as pet stores, grocery stores, veterinarians, and restaurants
  • Ask vendors to purchase a table at Pet-Palooza
  • Donate a five-pound bag of dog-food or make a cash donation to the pantry

Pet-Palooza serves as a fundraiser for GSU’s Student Education Association (SEA). For more information, contact student organizers Gwen Medrano, Samantha Allen, or faculty advisor Dr. Katy E. Hisrich.

Library Summer Hours

GSU Library Summer Hours began on Monday May 15. Library summer hours are Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Library will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, email the Library.

STEAM Camp on Campus this Summer

STEAM camp members on stage

Science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics: these concepts are the foundation of modern education, and they’re all a part of summer learning at GSU. Registration is currently open for STEAM Camp where students, ages 11 to 16, will take part in activities in the visual and performing arts, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, and robotics.

There are two sessions: July 17 – 21 and July 24 – 28, both from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., for middle and high school students for $200 per session, per camper. STEAM Camp Plus activities are also available from 3 – 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday for an additional fee of $60 per session, per camper.

To register, click here.


Dr. Gökçe Sargut Recognized for Excellence

Dr. Gökçe Sargut

Dr.Gökçe Sargut, Associate Professor of Management at Governors State University, discusses his prolific research, organization theory, and Faculty Excellence Award for his teaching, research, and service to the university.

To read the interview, click here.

GSU Honors Program Takes its Seminar to Italy

Sunset over Rome, Italy

The GSU Honors Program leaves today for its first seminar in Rome, Italy this summer from May 23 – June 10. Through historical and cultural visits, students will study the leadership of Ancient Rome, the Pope, the noble families during the Renaissance and more, comparing them to concepts of modern day theories on leadership. Students will also spend an evening serving at a local soup kitchen to experience modern day leadership and a side of Rome that most tourists do not see.

The Honors Seminar in Rome supports the Honors Program mission by providing students with a high-impact, unique, experimental, and immersive learning opportunity for students. Study abroad programs aid in student retention and provide an invaluable learning opportunity to participants. If you are interested a study abroad program, you can find more information here.

Please follow the group to Italy by liking the GSU Honors Study Abroad Facebook page.

Southland Companies Network at GSU

Members of South Chicago Companies work around a table

GSU’s School of Extended Learning hosted a business networking breakfast last Thursday. Joan Wisniewski and Mary Gajcak of the Workforce Investment Board of Will County presented Meeting Your Employees’ Training Needs with Grant Funds.

In addition to the employee training grants, guest speakers provided a comprehensive overview of their Will County business services and on-the-job training programs. Company representatives from First Midwest Bank, National Tube Company, Big Wrench Plumbing & Sewer, LegalShield Business Solutions, and Sharn Enterprises were in attendance.

Felicia Townsend, External Program Manager of the School of Extended Learning, says, “Governors State University School of Extended Learning is committed to strengthening businesses in Chicago’s Southland and in other parts of Illinois. Providing our businesses with valuable resources, such as training grant opportunities, helps us contribute to their development and overall success.” 

Workshops & Trainings

Summer doesn’t stop GSU from continuing its workshop and training offerings for students, faculty members, and staff. Check out informative programs such as this week’s two-day workshop on Faculty Development in International Business, a June program addressing hunger and housing insecurity among college students, as well as the Office of Marketing and Communications Brown Bag Lunch. For the complete list of options, click 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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