May 23, 2019
Vol. 66, Issue 5
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Illinois Public Universities Team Up to Advocate for Increased Funding

Joint campaign seeks reinvestment in Illinois higher education

GSU Student

Governors State University joined forces with peer institutions across the state to build awareness of the need and value for robust funding in Illinois higher education. The universities rallied together to launch a statewide campaign on Thursday, May 23, 2019.  The campaign includes a video message from university students, emails to alumni and appearances from university presidents around the state asking the community and legislators for their support of higher education.

Governors State University president Elaine P. Maimon said, “Supporting Governors State and all Illinois public universities is an investment in the future. We ask all those committed to a vibrant state to advocate for public higher education.”

The campaign, The Time is Now: Re-invest in Illinois Higher Education, focuses on the importance of increased funding for Illinois public universities so that these institutions can continue to drive economic growth and development in the state by developing its workforce, which will attract businesses to the state and keep families in Illinois. An increase in funding would create jobs and spur more economic activity statewide and provide students with much needed improvements to campus buildings, classrooms, and new technology on campuses.
During the FY16-FY18 Illinois budget crisis, funding for higher education throughout the state of Illinois was significantly reduced by hundreds of millions of dollars forcing universities to defer maintenance and realign resources to ensure student success. Since then, the state has seen an outmigration of college students attending universities out of Illinois due to the uncertainty of state support.  

The Illinois General Assembly is set to conclude its work on May 31, 2019, and is discussing appropriated and capital funding for its Illinois public universities. All universities have submitted a proposal detailing their capital and operational needs for this year’s budget and are requesting a funding increase. The campaign efforts seek to influence the universities request for an increase.

For more information, contact Will Davis, VP of Institutional Advancement and Marketing, at


2019 Commencement Celebrates 50 Years of Education

happy graduate  

With the pomp and circumstance reserved for only the most distinguished ceremonies, Governors State University celebrated 1,050 graduates and a half century of education during the historic 48th Commencement on May 18, 2019, at the Tinley Park Convention Center.
“It’s a beautiful day for a graduation,” boomed Professor Emeritus Tony Labriola, draped in ceremonial regalia to serve tradition as the theatrical master of ceremonies for both morning and afternoon ceremonies. “This is best day of the year.”
Indeed, graduates—some beaming while others wore solemn faces—streamed in to the ever present graduation march to receive their baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.
Read more . . .

Honorary Degree Recipients Discuss Role of Art in Social Justice and Healing

honorary degree recipient panel discussion  

Governors State University’s honorary degree recipients took time on the eve of the 48th commencement to meet with faculty, staff and students in an intimate setting that sometimes felt like a robust living room conversation that flowed from the arts to social justice and finally pooled around healing.
“Art provides a context for difficult conversations,” said GSU President Elaine P. Maimon, who led the discussion between Civic Leader Terry Mazany, Goodman Theatre Director Chuck Smith and about 20 members of the GSU community.
Read more . . .

Ceremonial Hoods for 2019 Doctoral Candidates

doctoral candidates at hooding ceremony  

In welcoming new members to the exclusive community of those who have earned the highest academic degree in the land, Governors State University “hooded”  58 doctoral candidates Thursday. The ritual, with its roots in Medieval Times, also reached far into the future—the year 2069, to be exact.
Read more . . .

2019 Senior Cording Ceremony

Senior Cording Ceremony
College graduation is always a reason to celebrate. But Governors State University threw a special party last week in honor of some true GSU pioneers — those who were among its very first freshmen.
“You were with us as we built an undergraduate program that is a model for the nation, and you will leave a legacy that will define us for the next 50 years,” said President Elaine P. Maimon.
Read more . . .

Study Abroad Trips Return from Paris and China

study abroad students
Pictured: administrators from the United Experimental Middle School of AHSJU & Livon with Drs. Tim Harrington, Katy Hisrich, and GSU students. 
Dr. Katy Hisrich and Dr. Tim Harrington took seven Early Childhood Education majors and one graduate Counseling student to China for an 11 day study aboard opportunity. During this cultural immersion trip, students traveled to Shanghai, Changchun and Beijing. During their travels they experienced the Bund, the Jade and Pearl Markets, the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace, and Water Village. Students experienced a traditional tea ceremony, viewed the world’s second tallest building in Shanghai’s financial district, and, as a special treat, explored Shanghai Disney. 
During the trip, the students from GSU presented on similarities and differences between the US and China as they related to education, counseling, and healthcare to both undergraduate and graduate students at the prestigious Jilin University. 

Save the Date: GSU’s 50th Birthday/Day of Giving

50th Anniversary Logo  

On July 17, celebrate GSU’s 50th birthday! Join the entire GSU community including employees, retirees, alumni, and students for a free “family reunion” style festival, then drive or take the party bus to the Park Forest Main Street Nights for a free concert by Maggie Speaks and Theo Peoples + fun activities for all ages.
The birthday will also become GSU’s annual Day of Giving, because what better way to celebrate a milestone than to support a great cause? For GSU’s 50th birthday, please consider donating $50 or more. You can make your donation at

College of Health & Human Services Recognition Night 2019

health studentshonored health students  

On Wednesday, May 8, the College of Health & Human Services recognized 14 outstanding students in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Eleven outstanding supervisors, preceptors, and field instructors were also recognized for their contributions.

Announcements and Events  

Welcome, Summer Session Students!

Summer courses started yesterday. Here are a few things you need to know about Summer Session:

  1. The Summer 2019 term started yesterday.

    • Please check your course schedule for individual course section meeting dates, times, and classrooms.

    • For example, if you have a class that meets on Wednesdays only, the first day of class will be Wednesday, May 22.

  2. Last day to drop deadline

  • If you drop a course by the drop deadline, that course will not appear on your official transcript, and tuition will be credited back to you. These deadline dates are found on your class schedule and in “Search for Sections” in the myGSU portal.

  1. Last day to withdraw deadline

  • This deadline occurs after the “Drop Deadline.” If a course is withdrawn, that course will show on your transcript with a “W” grade and tuition and fees will apply. These deadlines are found on your class schedule and in “Search for Sections” in the myGSU portal.

  1. Enrollment Verifications

  • If you have student loans, please have your lenders check with the National Student Clearinghouse directly for your enrollment status. This is the quickest way for your lender to verify your enrollment.


STEAM Camp students

Governors State University is once again sponsoring hands-on science, technology, art and mathematics (STEAM) Camp fun for summer 2019! Through a series of fun, highly interactive activities students ages 11-16 will learn basic concepts in the visual and performing arts, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, and robotics.

Session 1: Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Session 2: Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

STEAM Camp Plus activities available Monday to Thursday, 3 – 5 p.m. Additional fee of $60 per session, per camper applies.

Costs: $200 per session, per camper; limited number of partial scholarships may be available: please refer to website for more information.

Register here. Questions? 708.534.4088.

Plots Available in University Sustainable Garden

sustainable garden logo

Plots are currently available in the University Sustainable Garden. Plots can be rented by the GSU Community (faculty, staff, and students) and the community at large. Each year, planting starts on or around May 15th.
For information, click here.

South Africa Study Abroad Program

student on mountain top

The College of Business will take a group of students—from any discipline—to study abroad in South Africa in December. This is an excellent opportunity for all students to learn about the business and culture of the emerging market of South Africa, particularly in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Special grants and scholarships are available to students.

Come to the next info session on May 30 at 4 p.m. in D1496 or contact Study Abroad Coordinator Amy Schoenberg for more information.

Fall 2019 Welcome Week Doodle Poll

Student Life has begun the initial planning phases for Welcome Week 2019. As we prepare to welcome students back to campus in the fall, departments, divisions, and student organizations are encouraged to plan events and activities that offer a festive and lively environment during the first week of classes, August 26—August 31. Requests are accepted via a Doodle Poll.

Steps to access Welcome Week Doodle Poll:

1.  Click here to access the poll.

2.  Select an available time frame.

3.  Include your name or department name in the “participants” field.

4.  Click send.

Welcome Week is an exciting time of the year for the GSU community. Although departments are not mandated to program an event, Student Life is excited to offer the opportunity to make this year’s Welcome Week one for the record books! Our goal is to have a jam-packed calendar of events that support student connections while making students’ first days on campus memorable. 

Requests are due by July 11. Email Konya Sledge for inquiries.

Bench for Michele McMaster

 Michelle McMaster  

We’re almost halfway to our goal: approximately 230 pounds of plastic have been collected to date; 270 pounds are remaining to reach the goal of 500 pounds to make a bench in honor of Michele McMaster. The faculty and staff of the Division of Arts and Letters and College of Arts and Sciences welcome you to continue collecting plastic bags to reach the goal.  Remember, you can recycle any of the following items:

recyclable items  

Bring them to the T-Rex Boxes located inside and outside of the library, the CAS Dean’s Office, across from the E Wing Elevator on the second Floor, and the F Wing entrance on the first floor. Please, no plastic bottles.

Questions? Email

Support Red Nose Day

 people wearing red noses

Watch Red Nose Day special TV event on Thursday, May 23. From now until May 23, join SEA & KDP to help raise awareness for childhood poverty across the globe. Get your red Nose Day gear at Walgreens. To support this cause, post pictures in red noses (with hashtags), donate money, and watch the TV event special on NBC.

LSW-LCSW Preparation Course

 hand with pen and notebook

The School of Extended Learning will offer a two-day LSW-LCSW Preparation Course on Saturday, June 1 and Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This review course will use the most up-to-date examination materials and will reflect the latest diagnostic publication (DSM-5™). Attendees will receive a comprehensive study guide with current practice questions, test-taking strategies, information on what to expect on the day of the exam, as well as reference materials at the end of the study guide.

The course will be taught by Dr. Giesla Grumbach and Dr. Lydia Falconnier. Please register here.

For more information, please email Dr. Felicia L. Townsend or call 708.534.3044.

June 2019 IDOC State Testing

The Illinois Department of Corrections is taking applications for the position of Correctional Officer Trainee. All who are interested, click here to fill out a brief application. You will then be contacted with an invitation to attend the screening, which will take place on Monday, June 10, and Tuesday, June 11. For more information, please contact the Office of Career Services at 708.235.3974.

For questions, contact Cynthia Staples.

Celebrate the Life of Tim Fisher with a Night Out at the Ballpark

katie, tim frossard and son at baseball game

The late Tim Fisher was a student in the College of Health and Human Services pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration. Tim was also the husband of Katie Frossard Fisher, a graduate of the College of Business, an employee in Financial Services and a Civil Service Senator. Tim was also a huge fan of the Joliet Slammers.

Tim passed away in 2017 after a brief illness. To celebrate his love for the Slammers as well as his passion as a GSU student, the Civil Service Senate and the GSU Foundation are sponsoring a night out at the ball park with profits from the ticket sales being donated the Civil Service Senate Scholarship funds that benefit employees, their spouses, and their dependents. The game will take place June 15 at 6 p.m. at 1 Mayor Art Schultz Drive in Joliet, IL.

For more information or for tickets, please contact Katie Frossard Fisher in Financial Services at X7411.

Emerald City Theatre Summer Camp

 student production on stage

Emerald City Theatre returns to the Center for Performing Arts this summer with an immersive, week-long, summer camp June 17-21. Combining some of Broadway’s biggest hits from classics like“Newsies,” “Into the Woods,” and “Sound of Music” with contemporary smash hits like “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and more. Campers will focus on the finer details of performing musical theatre with an emphasis on dancing and vocal technique to hone their skills and challenge them as performers. The final showcase on June 21 at 7:30 p.m. will feature a number of Broadway hits, connected with characters created by the students.

Register your camper through the box office at 708.235.2222. Camp registration fee is $250. Limited to 60 campers.

CAPM® Exam Preparation Course 100% online

 group studying around table

Starting July 15, the School of Extended Learning will offer the CAPM® Exam Preparation Course 100% online. The course breaks down complex topics for anyone who is interested in or are just starting out in project management.

By successfully completing this course, participants will earn the required 23 contact hours needed to meet the credential application requirements for the PMI CAPM® Certification Exam. GSU is a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P) with the PMI® with all material approved through the PMI®.

The course will be taught by Richard Manprisio. GSU students, faculty, staff and alumni can register at a special rate of $550. Please register at this link.  

For more information, please contact Dr. Felicia L. Townsend at 708.534.3044.

 Workshops & Trainings  

A complete 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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