January 15, 2019
Vol. 62, Issue 2
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Welcome Back!

January 21: Make It a Day On, Not a Day Off  

James Anyike Guest Speaker for MLK observance

Student Life invites Jaguars to its 2019 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration on Monday, January 21, at 10 a.m. in Sherman Hall. 

This year's keynote speaker is the Rev. James Anyike, an Elder in the United Methodist Church and Senior Pastor of Scott United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The father of four, Anyike hosts “Soul Liberation Radio”  on WTLC 1310 AM in Indianapolis, serves as a community organizer, and a seminary adjunct professor. He also is a publisher and the author of three books: “Historical Christianity African Centered,” “Rites of Passage Guidelines,” and “African American Holidays.”

Monday’s event is a collaboration between the University Park Library District, University Park MLK Committee, and the Monee Alliance of Churches.

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Welcome Week Spring 2019

student standing in front of welcome sign  

It’s the second week of the new year, and that means only one thing to Governors State University Student Senate President Lester Van Moody—Spring Welcome Week.
This is an exciting time on campus when students return to classes from a long holiday break to a weeklong celebration, beginning Monday, January 21, packed with fun events designed to help students make life-long friends and memories.
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GSU Launches LiveSafe Mobile App

LiveSafe Mobile App logo

Governors State University’s safe campus just got safer with the LiveSafe mobile app, putting safety at the fingertips of students, staff, and faculty.

Beginning January 22, LiveSafe will allow the Jaguar community to communicate with individuals and departments on campus, including Public Safety and Prairie Place, to report safety tips, provide real-time virtual escorts, and access emergency resources.

“The LiveSafe app provides students, faculty and staff with a direct connection to campus safety. Its easy-to-use features help you stay safe every day and enable University Police to better protect you,’’ said James McGee, Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police.

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Inclusive Leadership Conference Call for Workshops

Michael Benitez, Keynote Speaker for conference

2019 Inclusive Leadership Conference keynote speaker Michael Benitez, Ph.D.

The Inclusive Leadership Conference is designed to help GSU’s academic communities create an understanding and appreciation for multiple identities through self-awareness while encouraging them to be free of misconceptions and prejudices through social justice education. Through interactive workshops and guided group discussions, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate principles of social justice

  • Recognize how their own experiences inform their leadership style and perceptions

  • Understand the importance of diversity in leadership

  • Identify dynamics of power and privilege when working in groups

Learn about this year’s conference theme—“This is America,” inspired by Childish Gambino—and keynote speaker Michael Benitez, Ph.D.

Register to attend by Friday, January 25.

 Announcements and Events  

The Hook Up

Hook Up Graphic with students at a party

Hooking up can often sound like harmless fun, but it can also be a cover for some very unhealthy behaviors. This engaging discussion pulls back the covers on hooking up, clarifying when it’s actually sexual violence and how bystanders can protect potential victims from predators. Join Advocating for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP) as we connect the dots between sexist language, stereotypes, and hooking up. Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the E-Lounge. All student attendees will be entered for many free raffle prizes!

School of Extended Learning’s Phlebotomy Technician Certification Program Online Information Session

man having blood drawn

Have you considered becoming a phlebotomy technician? Join us for a free online information session on Wednesday, January 23 from noon – 1 p.m. A certified instructor will provide details about the GSU School of Extended Learning’s upcoming Phlebotomy Technician Certification Program and highlight the requirements for becoming a phlebotomy technician.
Register here
For more information, please contact Dr. Felicia L. Townsend, Director of Corporate and Community Education, at ftownsend@govst.edu or 708.534.3044.

School of Extended Learning’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Program Online Information Session

female pharmacist

Have you considered becoming a pharmacy technician? Join us for a free online information session on Monday, January 28 from noon – 1 p.m. A certified instructor will provide details about GSU School of Extended Learning’s upcoming Pharmacy Technician Certification Program and highlight the requirements for becoming a pharmacy technician.  
Register here
For more information, please contact Dr. Felicia L. Townsend, Director of Corporate and Community Education, at ftownsend@govst.edu or 708.534.3044.

Project Wild

Nature logo for Project Wild

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) are hosting a training workshop on Monday, February 4 from 4:30 – 8 p.m. in the Literacy Zone. This training will be taught by Associate Provost and Associate VP of Academic Affairs Colleen Sexton. Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children is an early childhood education activity guide that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills.

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Faculty Profile: Laura White

Laura White

If writing is merely putting thoughts down on paper, why do so many people find it so hard, even after spending 12 years in required English classes throughout elementary and high school?
Governors State University’s Laura Muthler White thinks she might know the answer.
“A lot of us have only ever received negative feedback, like ‘this is awkward,’ or ‘this is a dangling modifier,’ ” she said. “I think we learn better with writing when people show us what we’re doing right.”
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GSU Professor Speaks on Election Integrity

William Kresse speaking at Election Summit

GSU’s William Kresse recently spoke to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Election Audit Summit, sponsored by the Caltech-MIT Voting Technology Project.

Since the 2016 election, concern over the integrity of the computer systems that manage elections in the United States has increased—making it increasingly important to identify and prevent attempts to subvert the effective administration of elections. 

The summit provided a space for engineers, social scientists, legal scholars, election officials, and the public to discuss the new strategies that are developing in the field of post-election auditing. Participants explored key issues and perspectives from across the scientific, policy, and legal worlds, contributing to the advancement of our collective knowledge and dialogue.

Kresse is an Assistant Professor in the GSU College of Business and a Commissioner with the Chicago Board of Elections.

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Village of Orland Park Honors Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith being honored in Orland Park

Congratulations to Kevin Smith, GSU’s Director of the Veterans Affairs Center, who was recently recognized by the Village of Orland Park for his service in the United States Coast Guard.
Smith, who also co-chairs Illinois Joining Forces, and other veterans were honored in December during the state’s 2018 Bicentennial Celebration.

 Workshops & Trainings  

A list of workshops for students, faculty, and staff, including Mindfulness and Meditation workshops and the spring 2019 faculty headshot photography schedule, 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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