October 16, 2018
Vol. 59, Issue 3
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President Maimon Pens Tribute to Warner Saunders

Warner Saunders

Governors State University mourns the recent loss of award-winning NBC journalist Warner Saunders. A 2008 Honorary Degree Recipient and Emeritus member of the GSU Foundation board, Saunders was integral to the university community.

In memory of Saunders, GSU President Elaine P. Maimon wrote this tribute commemorating his dedication to the university.

GSU Named Among the Best Online Colleges in Illinois

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A recent ranking by AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org has placed GSU among the Best Online Colleges in Illinois for 2018 – 19.

GSU offers a variety of 100% online programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including an MBA in Supply Chain Management and an RN to BSN Completion Program. View all online degree options at the Program Listing page.

Last Chance to RSVP for Friday’s Fall All-Campus Symposium

Dr. Catherine Marienau

RSVP by this Wednesday, October 17 to attend the Fall All-Campus Symposium this Friday, October 19. This semester’s symposium theme is “The Adult Learner,” and the guest speaker and facilitator is Dr. Catherine Marienau, Professor and Coordinator of MA in Educating Adults Program at DePaul’s School for New Learning.

Dr. Marienau will be leading an interactive day of discussion and learning about GSU’s service to the adult learner, which goes back to our founding in 1969. As we prepare for our 50th anniversary, it seems fitting to spend some time focusing on students who have always been essential to our mission.  

The day will begin with an 8:30 a.m. continental breakfast followed by the start of the symposium at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served and the day’s work will end mid-afternoon.

RSVP’s are required and may be sent to Penny Perdue (x4130).

AIM HIGH at GSU Offers Free or Reduced Tuition for Students

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Beginning fall 2019, Governors State University’s new AIM HIGH scholarships may qualify new first-year students and transfer students to receive guaranteed scholarships ranging from 25% to 100% of tuition cost.

Learn more about AIM HIGH at GSU here.

Student Affairs Sixth Annual Student Leadership Institute

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2017 Student Leadership Institute Closing Ceremony

Student Affairs is preparing to sponsor the sixth annual Student Leadership Institute. Employing Kouzes and Posner’s nationally recognized Five Practices of Exemplary Student Leadership as a foundation, the Student Leadership Institute (SLI) is a distinctive co-curricular certificate program designed for students seeking leadership development opportunities that will contribute to their personal development and help achieve their leadership potential. This innovative program consists of workshops that participants elect to attend based on their individual interests and leadership goals.

FACULTY/STAFF: If you have been impressed by a student’s example of leadership in your class, department, or organization, please take a moment to nominate them to participate in this program by November 2.

STUDENTS: With more than 150 Student Leadership Institute (SLI) alumni, students involved with the SLI program at GSU will also benefit from the mentorship component that is woven into the program design. Students will have the opportunity to work directly with a mentor who will discuss their workshop options, provide direction, as well as track their development and progress. Applications are due by November 16.

To apply, or nominate a student, click here.

Nominate a Civil Service Employee of the Month

Is there a GSU employee that has gone out of their way for you, perhaps made your job easier, or made your day more pleasant?

Please take the time to nominate a civil service employee who has made a difference.

Don’t Delay—#DoTheFAFSA Today!

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The FAFSA—the Free Application for Federal Student Aid—has officially opened! #DotheFAFSA early to take advantage of all of the available aid to pay tuition and fees for the upcoming year, including grants, scholarships, and loans.

GSU’s Office of Financial Aid offers weekly FAFSA Friday workshops to help you with FAFSA completion. Workshops take place in the Cube on Fridays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Learn more about FAFSA here.

Faculty, Staff: Enter Homecoming Office Decorating Contest! 

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Earn bragging rights while showing of your school spirit, creativity, and adherence to this year's theme of “Salute to the Past, Cheers to the Future!”

All participating spaces must incorporate two particular items into their themes to honor GSU’s past and future; the two “items” will be announced late October. Judging will take place the afternoon of Thursday, November 8, and the winner will be announced during the Homecoming Pep Rally that evening.

Individual offices or whole departments are welcome to participate. Participants must abide by the rules and regulations established by Governors State University as well as fire and safety codes.

To enter the contest, complete the application. Deadline to register is 5 p.m. on Friday, October 19. Questions? Contact Jessica Specht (x4494).

 Announcements and Events  

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events

Purple Ribbon

Wear purple on Tuesday, October 16 to take a stand against domestic violence with GSU. Join the group picture at noon in the Hall of Governors on both days!

Attend the Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Awareness presentation Tuesday, October 16 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Engbretson Hall. Presented by the South Suburban Family Shelter. Toys will be collected for the resident children at the event (new toys only, please).

We can all do one thing to work to end domestic violence.  Stop by the tabling event to share your #1Thing Monday, October 22 from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Hall of Governors.

Stand against domestic violence Tuesday, October 30 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. by attending a film screening and discussion of the documentary “Scars on the Soul” to help the GSU community understand the trauma of domestic violence and how survivors survive with a scarred soul.
Professional Image Career Conference

The 2018 Professional Image Career Conference, hosted by the Office of Career Services, continues with several workshops on Tuesday, October 16 through Wednesday, October 18 between 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Please see the current events page at the Office of Career Services website.

Fright Fest Tickets

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Enjoy a spooky good time with Student Activities Council at Six Flags on Saturday, October 20 from 2 – 11 p.m. Ticket pricing for GSU students with a valid I.D. is $10 per ticket. GSU faculty/staff tickets are $20 per person. Transportation will be provided. There is a two-ticket maximum per person.
Tickets are available in Student Life. The bus will depart from the main entrance at 1:45 p.m., and please note, no meals will be provided.

Reminder! Spring 2019 Priority Registration

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Mark your calendars for Priority Registration, which begins Monday, October 22. Students, register early to save your seat. Know which day you can register by checking the priority registration schedule and avoid the late registration charge which starts January 8, 2019. Contact your academic advisor to ensure you’re registering for the classes you need!

Financial Literacy Workshops

GSU's College of Business is offering financial literacy workshops (101 & 201) on October 24 and November 1. The workshops are supported with a PNC Foundation Grant and led by Professor Brian McKenna.

Registration is free but required. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Space is limited.

Learn more about the workshops and register.

Veterans Resource and Testing Centers Dedication Ceremony

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Join the Veterans Resource and Testing Centers’ staff for fall treats, cider, and coffee in celebration of the opening of dedicated spaces for veteran students and testing candidates on Wednesday, October 24 at 2 p.m. Tour the new space and become acquainted with resources and service offerings from 2:30 – 5 p.m. 

Juicing 101: Juicing for Life

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Adding juicing to your lifestyle is a healthy practice, delicious, and life changing. Dawn Haley, Nutritional Health Coach, will share her own juicy story about her determination to nourish her body back to better health after a cancer diagnosis.
Dawn manages her health and speaks on the benefits of juicing and healthier eating. In this course, you will learn how to juice, why you should, and what benefits you can expect, as well as sample refreshing, freshly squeezed juices, including orange, leafy green, carrot, and carrot apple juices.
Join us on Wednesday, October 24 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Fee is $10. For more information, please contact Michelle Sebasco, 708.235.3983.

Back by Popular Demand: Safe Use of Social Media Workshop

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Mark your calendars for a Safe Use of Social Media workshop on Thursday, October 25 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the library, room D2401A. The workshop will be conducted by Steve Hzyny, Cisco CCNA, CCAI, Microsoft MCSE, Novell MCNE, CNI Comptia A+, Network+ CTT+, Server+, Security+, Project+, and Certified Advanced Security Practitioner CISSP.
The workshop will focus on the dangers of connecting, outcomes and impacts, a review of best practices for using social media to connect safely, and will also feature a Q & A.

This workshop is open to all in the GSU community. To register, or for more information, please contact GSULibraryinfo@govst.edu.

Nursing Grad Students Present Health Promotions, Health Fair

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration students of the Master of Science of Nursing (MSN) graduate program will conduct a Health Promotion Fair on Thursday, October 25 from noon – 7 p.m. in the Hall of Governors, with poster presentations highlighting the outcome of researched topics designed to educate and enlighten.

For more information, contact Debra Sbalchiero.

A Woman’s Journey through the Criminal Justice System: The Impact on Children, Families, and Communities

Women are the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population in the U.S., with more than 1,000,000 women behind bars or under the control of the criminal justice system. Many women in prison have experienced physical or sexual trauma prior to and during incarceration. Among female prisoners, approximately two-thirds are mothers of minors.

Join Generating Hope on Monday, October 29 from 4:30 – 7 p.m., for a panel discussion to address these issues from the personal experience of women who have been impacted by incarceration.

Learn more about discussion topics and panel members.

This event is sponsored by GSU’s Generating Hope Student Organization and made possible through a Governors State University Intellectual Life Grant. For additional information, contact Dr. Lorri Glass, Associate Professor of Social Work, or Falisa Byers, President of Generating Hope.

“Why Do People Do What They Do?” and “Basic Intensive Training in Choice Theory®” Workshops

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Hosted by the School of Extended Learning, the one-day “Why Do People Do What They Do?” and four-day “Basic Intensive Training” in Choice Theory® workshops will begin on Monday, October 29 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  During a recent interview with Dr. Felicia L. Townsend, the instructor, Kim Olver discussed the features and benefits of both workshops and how Choice Theory® can impact your life.

Click here for the interview with Kim Olver.  

Register here.

For more information, please contact Dr. Felicia L. Townsend, Director of Corporate and Community Education (708.534.3044).

Strengthening Community through Restorative Justice

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If you are interested in learning about restorative justice and the positive impact it can have on a community, come hear from one of the international leaders in restorative justice.
In a workshop lead by GSU’s Dr. Joao Salm, you will have an opportunity to hear from and meet Susan Sharpe, a professor at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, with a professional background in conflict resolution and professional certification in interest-based mediation and negotiation.
Dr. Sharpe will join community leaders in a circle of dialogue where they will share stories related to the impact of restorative justice.
This workshop is made possible through a grant from the GSU Intellectual Life Committee. Contact GSULibraryinfo@govst.edu for more information.

GSU Civil Service Senate Annual Fall Vendor and Craft Fair

Discover great gifts and shop the Fall Vendor and Craft Fair Wednesday, October 31 – Thursday, November 1 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day in the Hall of Governors. An assortment of vendors and crafters will be selling goods to the GSU community just in time for the holidays. The event is open to the public. Free parking is available. 

For more information on how to become a vendor/crafter at the event, please contact civilservice@govst.edu or call 708.534.4481.

Re-Imagined Alice in Wonderland at GSU

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Within the vast cornfields of Chicago’s south suburbs, the portal to another world is opening. Governors State University's Center for Performing Arts invites you to plunge down the rabbit hole this fall to witness the eccentric Alice in Wonderland through a new lens. Three performances from November 1 to 3 at 8 p.m. feature five representations of Alice in this experiential theatre production, directed by Patrick Santoro, an associate professor in GSU's College of Arts and Sciences

The well-renowned stories of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, receive a twist in their narrative, unveiling Carroll’s real-life infatuation with underage girls. Both novels will be divided into a unique set of fourteen episodes directed by Santoro.

Read more . . .

Save the Date: Narcan® (Opioid Overdose Response) Training

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On November 20 at 3 p.m. in the Hall of Honors (D1490), the Students of Addiction Studies Club will be hosting Dr. Kathleen Burke, the Director of Substance Use Initiatives with Will County, to provide a Narcan® training.

This training is free and open to all GSU students, staff, faculty, and the surrounding community members. As a part of Will County's Substance Abuse Initiatives & Drug Overdose Prevention Programming, participants will learn (1) how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose, and (2) helpful ways to respond to an overdose emergency, including how to administer Narcan® (a nasal spray form of the opioid overdose reversal medicine naloxone).

Participants that complete the training will also receive a supply of Narcan®.


SEA and KDP Host Successful Teacher Panel

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) hosted a Teacher Panel on Tuesday September 18 in the Hall of Governors. The diverse panel consisted of teachers from first-year through retired, as well several principals, and covered topics regarding student teaching, first year teaching strategies, how to write résumés, tips on applying for jobs, educators as professionals, specialty areas in education, and how to prep for the edTPA. 

The GSU students who attended left with an abundance of knowledge to help them prepare to be successful educators. The SEA would like to thank the panelist volunteers for their valuable time and knowledge.    

This event was organized by SEA President/KDP Vice-President, Jessica White, and SEA/KDP Committee Chair, Dr. Katy Hisrich.

For a full event recap, click here.

 Workshops & Trainings  

A list of workshops for students, faculty, and staff, including Writing Center workshops, SafeZone training, CMS Web Editor training sessions, faculty profile updating sessions, Workzone training sessions, and more 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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