September 2, 2014
Vol. 9, Issue 1

Ejigu to Transition to Faculty

Gebe Ejigu
Gebe Ejigu

In a message to the GSU community, President Maimon announced that Gebe Ejigu will leave his post next year as Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. In July 2015, he will join the faculty of the College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA) as a Visiting Professor. He will also serve as Special Adviser to the President.

"I have always wanted to finish my career in the classroom," said Ejigu. In reflecting on his seven years at GSU he added, "I have been privileged to work in one of the most rewarding positions of my 38-year career in higher education. I am enormously proud of the work we have done together to transform GSU to a full-service, regional comprehensive university in such a short time. Such an achievement is rare and I am honored to have been a part of it."

"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Ejigu as a colleague in our College," said Dr. Ellen Foster Curtis, CBPA’s dean.  "In his return to the classroom, his ability to draw on his many executive and academic achievements will greatly benefit our students, faculty, and community partners as he enters this new phase of his career."

In looking forward to Ejigu’s new role at GSU, President Maimon said, "Gebe’s contributions to GSU are well known.  Next year he will bring a new dimension of his talents to the university. His background, with a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Wisconsin, an MBA from Syracuse – along with his teaching experience at GSU and other universities and his work in China as a Fulbright scholar – will offer distinctive perspectives to our students in a variety of courses."

Click here to read President Maimon's full message.

"New" GSU Library is Open For Business

New GSU Library

Have you stopped into the newly renovated GSU Library yet? "If you haven't been to the library, we invite you to stop in soon. Students, faculty and staff are all commenting that the library is now a very exciting place to be," said Lydia Morrow Ruetten, Dean of the GSU Library. "While changes and additions are taking place in the library every day, we are open to help all in our GSU community with your information and research needs," she said.

The library also has new hours:

Monday - Thursday

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1 - 5 p.m.

*Sunday hours - Fall and Spring Semesters only.

Exceptions to these hours include semester breaks and closing for the following holidays: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve through New Year's Day.

New GSU Library

New GSU Library Drop Box

Have you noticed anything new as you walk through the Main Entrance of GSU? Check out the Library drop box that was recently installed. A gift from the Friends of the GSU Library, the drop box is available to be used 24/7. However, library staff requests that telecourse DVDs, reserve and interlibrary loan items, and tests be returned inside the library, as well as books due the same day that you plan to put them in the drop box.

Library Drop Box

"It was a pleasure to be able to provide the drop box for the GSU community," said Ann Marie Nagel, President of the Friends of the GSU Library. "Thanks to the support of many in our GSU Community, we are able to do what we do, and we invite anyone interested in becoming a member of the Friends of the GSU Library to visit, for information on how to join." she said.

Standing with Ferguson

Ferguson Silent Protest

The Social Work Student Organization organized a silent protest for students and campus community members to come together and Stand in Solidarity for Ferguson, MO. This is one of many efforts that will be take place during the 2014-2015 sponsored by various student organizations and university departments to bring awareness and create strategies for social issues that impact us all.

LONG LIVE PASSION – Lyric Opera Season Preview Comes to GSU for One Night Only

Back by popular demand! For the fifth consecutive year, singers from Lyric Opera will highlight selections from the company's upcoming season including Mozart's"Don Giovanni," Verdi's "Il Trovatore," Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," Puccini's "Tosca," Wagner's "Tannhauser" and more.

Lyric Opera Preview returns to the Center for Performing Arts stage for one performance only on September 21 at 4 p.m.

Lyric Opera of Chicago

You'll find Lyric Opera's season theme of LONG LIVE PASSION an exciting one as suitors compete, playboys conquer, rulers vie for power and love is a battlefield for rivals. Tickets are only $35. And our Opera Up Close series offers a unique and up-close experience for audience members. Rather than hearing the music from the perspective of the auditorium, patrons are seated onstage for a unique vantage point.

Soprano Kimberly McCord, last seen on the CPA stage in last year's Lyric Opera Preview, and Bass-Baritone Dan Richardson, who stunned audiences in last season's Love and Marriage, return to CPA for the preview. Award-winning Mezzo Soprano Jessye Wright and Tenor Hoss Brock make their CPA debut. Pianist Paul Hamilton, last seen on the CPA stage as the accompanist for Lift Ev'ry Voice, will accompany the singers.

The CPA box office is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday-Saturdays and two hours prior to performances. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at or by calling (708) 235-2222. Series packages are available through the box office. Programming is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

Calling All Actors and Backstage Hands

Raisin In the Sun

A Raisin In The Sun is coming to the Center for the Performing Arts and you could be part of the cast or crew. Auditions will be held this Saturday, September 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the CPA. The casting calls for three women, seven men and a 10-year-old boy. Actors should prepare a one-minute monologue.  The show will run from November 5 through November 9. If you cannot attend the audience and would like to try out, contact Dr. Patrick Santoro at or 708.235.2842. Or see him in his office, E 1541D.

Fore! Scholarships
GSU Foundation's Scholarship Scramble is next Sunday, September 7th

Fore! Scholarship

Time is short and the GSU Foundation's Scholarship Scramble Golf Outing is rapidly approaching! Join us at University Golf Club this Sunday, September 7th for a day of supporting, networking and enjoying! Proceeds from the Scholarship Scramble will provide merit and financial need scholarships to deserving GSU undergrads. Golf will be followed by a dinner buffet and awards presentations, including the Dave Drechsel Award to the member of the GSU Golf League with the most outstanding score for the league season. Plus, break open your piggy banks for the chance to win some fabulous raffle prizes:

  • 2 roundtrip airline tickets anywhere Southwest Airlines flies
  • An overnight stay and dinner at the Hyatt Regency Chicago
  • 2 weekly admission passes to the 115th U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club,
    and much more!

- $120/individual golfer (tax deductible portion - $37)

- $480/foursome (tax deductible portion - $148)

- $50/person – dinner only (tax deductible portion - $7)

Details and registration form at . Or secure your spot by calling Gina Ragland at extension 7559.