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President Maimon profiled in Chicago Tribune

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President Elaine P. Maimon was featured in a Chicago Tribune story by Jenniffer Weigel on Sunday, April 27. In the interview, she talks about her upbringing, her accomplishments and some of the other issues most meaningful to her. To read the article, Chicago Tribune subscribers click here. If you don’t subscribe, click here.

Celebrating students at the GSU Foundation Scholarship Luncheon

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Pres. Maimon receives the 2014 Chicagoland ATHENA Leadership Award at the GSU Foundation Scholarship Luncheon

Friday, April 25 Governors State University celebrated student successes and big ideas at the GSU Foundation Scholarship Luncheon.

The GSU Scholarship Luncheon is the university’s annual stakeholder event celebrating and acknowledging the achievements of GSU student scholarship recipients. The luncheon provides an opportunity to connect recipients with their donors to personally express their appreciation for the rich opportunities and experiences made possible thanks to their financial support. The luncheon also honors the philanthropic support of corporate, private, alumni and community partners, who make higher education attainable for GSU students. This year, the foundation presented its annual Distinguished Philanthropist Award to GSU faculty member Stephen R. Hyzny, Sr. and corporate partner, Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers, Ltd. for their support of GSU students and mission.

This year’s luncheon was attended by approximately 170 guests and generously sponsored by Com Ed and First Midwest Bank. NBC 5’s Art Norman emceed the event and captivated audience attention with his contagious personality and reflections of personal experiences alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Norman interviewed Dual Degree Scholarship recipient Kayla Randolph-Clark, who graduates this May and will attend Emory Law School in the fall on a scholarship, and second year Doctorate of Physical Therapy student, Alex Bennett. Both shared their student experiences, the importance of “paying it forward” and their appreciation for the scholarships that have made a significant difference in their lives and futures.

GSU Foundation CEO, Will A. Davis expressed gratitude for steadfast partnerships throughout GSU’s renaissance. GSU President, Dr. Elaine P. Maimon made special remarks encouraging the importance of presenting your truest self in life. Later in the program, Dr. Maimon was presented the prestigious 2014 Chicagoland ATHENA Leadership Award – an honor bestowed to exceptional leaders who inspire women to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.

The GSU Foundation awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to GSU students during the 2013-2014 school year.

GSU to host “On the Table” event sponsored by the Chicago Community Trust

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On May 12, thousands of Chicago-area residents will participate in intimate, mealtime conversations about how we can build and sustain strong, safe, dynamic communities as part of a region-wide initiative called On the Table, spearheaded by The Chicago Community Trust.

GSU is participating in this initiative and encourages all students, faculty and staff to host a gathering. See what President Maimon has to say about the project here and visit www.onthetable2014.com to learn more.

Don’t miss one of GSU’s own on WTTW

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The first part of an initiative created by GSU professor Yevette Brown to address violence in the Chicagoland area will be aired next month on WTTW, Channel 11.

“Respond to Violence: Communities in Crisis” will air May 18 at 2 p.m.

The program explores the devastating impact of violence on families and neighborhoods and how they are fighting back. The program panel consists of: U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly Democratic of the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois; Attorney Irv Miller, legal correspondent for Channel 2 News Chicago; and Marlita White, director of the Office For Violence Prevention for the City of Chicago's Department of Public Health. The program is moderated by Robert Jordan, weekend anchor for WGN-TV.

The show was taped in front of a studio audience of community organizations, educators and the families of violence victims Hadiya Pendleton and Blair Holt. Support one of GSU’s own and watch on May 18. 

GSU launches “U Can’t Afford 2 B Undecided” campaign

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In an effort to appeal to high school seniors who haven’t yet chosen where they will attend college in the fall, GSU has launched the “U Can’t Afford 2 B Undecided” campaign, including three videos where seniors talk about the reasons why they committed to GSU. Check out one of the three here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpOz_I1QH6c.

GSU welcomes new additions to its sculpture park

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Chakaia Booker sculpture being constructed outside F wing

Governors State has three additions to its sculpture park from sculptor Chakaia Booker. The new additions will be located on the E-Lounge patio, the F wing quadrangle and the meadow across the lake.

Ms. Booker will visit campus in September as a special guest at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park’s Carts & Cocktails and Visiting Artist event September 12 – 17, where she will interact with students and staff and deliver a talk on her work.

Ms. Booker’s sculpture has been exhibited across the globe. Most recently she completed a presentation on New York Ave. in affiliation with the National Women Museum of the Arts in Washington, D.C. An exhibition will debut on Broadway in SoHo on the island of Manhattan in New York City in June. One of the works in the GSU exhibition, “What’s Not,” was exhibited in Beijing, China.

Save time and money ordering HP toner

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Need toner for your printer? The GSU print shop is now stocking HP brand toner, which is most frequently purchased for printers.

You can now order all of your HP toner through the GSU print shop. You will not need to enter a requisition. Simply place your order by going to the print shop portal page at the link provided below, complete the appropriate form and fax to the print shop. All HP toner is now to be ordered in this manner, whether stocked or non-stocked. This will save time and money for your department.

Click on the link “Stocked Items,” print and complete the form and fax to the print shop. If your HP toner is not on the list of stocked items, they will expedite your order. Click on the link “Non-Stocked Items,” print and complete the form and fax to the print shop.

In either case, your toner will be delivered quickly by just clicking on the link https://mygsu.govst.edu/facultystaffinformation/procurement/printshop/Pages/default.aspx

For additional information, call the print shop at ext. 4498.

SALUTE induction ceremony scheduled for this week

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GSU will host its SALUTE induction ceremony Friday, May 2, at 6 p.m. in Sherman Hall.

SALUTE stands for Service Academics Leadership Unity Tribute and Excellence. It is an honor society established for students who are active in the military or veterans and are enrolled in institutions of higher education. SALUTE has a four-tier system meant to encourage student veterans to improve their GPAs and advance to higher-tier levels in the honor society during their academic careers.

Students inducted into SALUTE must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA.

The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Occupational therapy degree information session

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The GSU Department of Occupational Therapy will sponsor an information session for the Master of Occupational Therapy degree program at GSU on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

The information session will be held in Room G127. Find more information by emailing Loren Buckley.

Student Health Care Management Association to host lecture on diversity and disparity

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GSU’s Student Health Care Management Association will host another in their annual series of spring lectures on Wednesday, April 30, from 6—8 p.m. in Sherman Hall.

This year’s lecture, “Diversity and Disparities in Health Care,” will feature two speakers: Dr. Frederick Hobby and Cynthia Washington.

Dr. Frederick Hobby is president and CEO for the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association. IFD is a non-profit organization that works closely with health service organizations and educators to expand leadership opportunities for ethnic minorities in health services management.

Cynthia Washington is director of member relations at the American Hospital Association. The AHA is a professional association that seeks to promote quality healthcare provision by hospitals and health care networks through public policy and by providing information about healthcare/health administration to health care providers and the public.

The event is free and open to the public. Additional information may be obtained by emailing shcma@govst.edu.

Film screening to commemorate Civil Rights Act

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The next film in the Civil Rights Film Series is the 1991’s “The Five Heartbeats” from director Robert Townsend. The screening and discussion afterward will be Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 5 p.m. in E Lounge. The moderator will be Art Gallery Director Jeff Stevenson.

Please tell your students and take your classes to this film, which tells the story of the rise and fall of an African-American vocal group. The film stars Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Harry Lennix and Leon.

More information on the Civil Rights Film Series and the yearlong campus-wide commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Freedom Summer can be found at www.davidgolland.com/1964.htm. We hope to see you and your students next Thursday.

The spring semester portion of the Civil Rights Film Series is brought to you through a generous grant from the Intellectual Life Committee. Captioning is available upon request.

GSU participates in the Illinois Higher Education Trade Mission trip to China

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GSU participates in The Illinois Higher Education Trade Mission

In 2010-2011, foreign students and their families contributed approximately $20 billion to the U.S. economy. Illinois’ market share was estimated at $1.4 billion. The Illinois Higher Education Trade Mission was hosted in March 2014 and sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The overall objective of this mission is to help increase the number of Chinese students studying in Illinois, which will help support job growth and Illinois’ economy.

Governors State University was one of 11 Illinois colleges and universities that participated in the mission in order to build relationships with Chinese institutions and meet prospective students. The two week trade mission started on Feb 28, 2014 in Shanghai, with stops in Taizhou, Yiwu, Hangzhou, Shenyang, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. Provost Deborah Bordelon, Mary Ma, director of the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at GSU, and Jackie He in International Services, participated in the Illinois education group to promote GSU’s newly launched four-year degree programs and attract more international students to GSU. During the trade mission, they visited more than 25 Chinese high schools and colleges, met more than 1,500 students and attended four Illinois Education Expos co-hosted by the State China office and U.S. General Consulate in China. The provost said, “We look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts to recruit international students and strengthen the relationship with Chinese schools.”

Benefits fair comes to campus

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Governors State University invites you to attend our Benefits Fair Wednesday, May 07, 2014, in the Hall of Governors, from 10 a.m.—2 p.m. Come and get information regarding your benefits.

Representatives from the following organizations will be there to answer questions: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Coventry, Health Alliance, Health Link, CMS, Express Scripts, Cigna, Eye Med Vision, Delta Dental, Minnesota Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts MCAP/DCAP, SURS Retirement, SUAA, The Legend Group, VALIC, Bright Start, Magellan Behavioral Health, Deferred Compensation, State Universities Annuitants Association.

When new benefits information becomes available, you will be notified. Visit www.benefitschoice.il.gov.

Physical Therapy Student Association to host fundraiser

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GSU’s Physical Therapy Student Association will hold its Fourth Annual Run4Rehab on Saturday, May 31, 2014, here on campus. This year's event will be a "Buddy Run" — a 5k run or a two-mile walk/roll. Participants are invited to support someone who has had a brain injury. All funds raised will support the Brain Injury Association of Illinois. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The walk/run/roll kicks off at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $25. To register online, visit  www.active.com/university-park-il/running/races/run4rehab-5k-run-2mile-walk-2014

Note: If registering on race day, only cash or check will be accepted. For additional information, contact Run4Rehab@gmail.com. Or visit www.facebook.com/run4rehab.

The PTSA is a student-run association at GSU. Its purpose is to familiarize and enhance the students with knowledge of and participation in professional organizations such as the American Physical Therapy Association, Illinois Physical Therapy Association, and other physical therapy-related special interest groups. It does this by developing and augmenting leadership skills, promoting service learning and enhancing students' and the public's knowledge of the physical therapy profession and GSU's Physical Therapy Program.

GSU professor to take part in literacy webinar

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Professor Karen Petersen will be a panelist for a webinar from the National Center for Literacy Education April 30, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.

The webinar explores the idea of combining kids’ summer school and camp opportunities that strengthen their skills with teachers’ own workshops that strengthen their skills, too. The two webinars have been separate in the past. Webinar attendees will hear about how two initiatives are challenging the longstanding traditions of how summer learning is designed.

Dr. Peterson and Mike Hurst, induction/mentor coordinator for Dolton Riverdale District 148, will discuss the 2013 Literacy Launch program, which provided science and literacy focused activities for elementary students in a partnering school district while also supporting early career graduates of GSU’s alternative certification residency program.

Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K3BD8FT to register for the webinar.

Computer Science Club holds book drive and fundraiser

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The Computer Science Club will hold a book drive fundraiser for Worldwide Book Drive.

Worldwide Book Drive is a non-profit organization that works with organizations to distribute hundreds of thousands of books locally and internationally. They put books into the hands of those who are eager to learn but do not have the means. The organization gives the gift of education and learning to men, women and children worldwide.

In addition, the Computer Science Club’s collection efforts have rescued hundreds of thousands of damaged and obsolete books and magazines from landfills and turned them back into usable paper.

The Computer Science club is looking to collect gently used textbooks that are five years old or newer. For each textbook the club collects, it will receive $1 from Worldwide Book Drive. There are donation boxes located in front of the library, in the commons area and in front of the Center of Performance Arts. The book drive will last up until the end of August.

For more information, email Kimberly Poole.

Planning the perfect event

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Chelsea Whittington, director of communications planning for the city of Gary, Ind., will teach how to plan the perfect event and place a public service announcement with a community.

The event is presented by student organization Alpha Iota Sigma and will take place April 29, from 6—8 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts lobby.

Ms. Whittington is also an adjunct professor for Indiana University Northwest where she teaches event planning, public relations and social networking. The presentation will include how to coordinate and prepare a planning and organizational chart; budgeting, logistics, marketing and advertising; writing for public relations and securing media interviews.

The event is free and open to the public.

Student Leadership Award nominees announced

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The Student Life Office will host the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 29, in E-Lounge. This program highlights the achievements and accomplishments of registered student organizations and individual students across campus. The Student Life Office would like to congratulate each nominee for their contribution to the student experience at GSU.

Below is the list of this year’s nominees:

Outstanding Support Staff
Asmeen Radee
Kimberly Poole
Katherine Haan
Dierdra Webb
Kristy Goodwin
Aida Martinez
LaTonia Richmond
Sang Hoon Lee

Outstanding Student - Graduate
Arriahn Tucker
Katrina Koltz
Danielle King
Angelique Crockett
Anna Zapolska
Alicia Tuuk
Margie Roberts
Kim Poole
Blevian Moore
Andrea Johnson
Tamika Hurley
Liberty Erfe
Jeffrey Smaltz
Gwendolyn Williams
Arielle Smith

Outstanding Student – Undergraduate
Michael L. Alexander
Kayla Randolph-Clark
Monique Mobley
Ricca Louissaint
Nicole Moore
Steven Warcholek
Addison Jackson Jr.

New Student Club/Organization of the Year
Masters of Public Administration Club
GSU Bowling Club

Program of the Year
Multicultural Festival
GSU Goes Blue
GSU Talking Circle
It Can Wait Campaign – Stop Texting While Driving

Rising Star Award
Mirable Wiryen
Nicole Reyes
Douglas Nanfeldt
Manar “Mimi” Jabar
Estafania Palafox
Monique Mobley
Critisha Ashley
Matthew Nyeholt
Yulonda Whisby
Jeremy Joyce

Outstanding Club/Organization Advisor
Katherine Haan
Dr. Caren Rossow
Ann Manning-Nagel
Vanesa Newby
Steve Hyzny
Robin Sweeney

Male Athlete of the Year
Penn Lin
Alex Bennett
Calvin Rowe

Female Athlete of the Year
NaTasha Dillard
Sarah Wicklin

Sports Club of the Year
Soccer Club
Bowling Club
Volleyball Club

Outstanding Student Club/Organization
International Cultural Club
Alpha Phi Sigma / Criminal Justice Society Club
Alpha Phi Nu Chapter / Criminal Justice Student Society
Masters of Public Administration Club
Psychology Club
Student Leadership Institute
Lambda Lambda – Sigma Theta Tau International
Social Work Student Organization
Student Healthcare Management Association
Toastmasters International
National Student Speech Language Hearing Association

Registration for University Sustainable Garden now open

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Registration is now open for gardeners interested in obtaining a plot at the University Sustainable Garden. The garden provides space for individuals or families to grow their own healthy food using fully organic methods. All participants, including returning gardeners, must complete a 2014 application, rules agreement and payment to reserve their plot. For further information, please see the university sustainable garden website: www.govst.edu/garden/. 

The library is collecting FC14 artifacts

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The admission of the first freshman class this fall is an exciting time for GSU. Help the library collect important artifacts from FC14 for the archives as well as future GSU anniversary displays. Lydia Morrow Ruetten, dean of the GSU library, asks anyone with materials pertaining to FC14 that they think would be important to preserve to contact Erin Engelbrecht, library operations specialist, or call ext. 7515.

Only a few days left for cell phone drive

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During the month of April, The Student Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice will be collecting cell phones and other electronics. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence partners with Cellular Recycler for the collection of used cell phones and select digital electronics. Your donation will support programming that helps stop violence in the home.

To donate please drop items in the collection boxes located in the Recreation and Fitness Center (A1106), Monday – Friday, 6 a.m.—9 p.m. or the Student Life Suites (A2100), Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.—5 p.m.

NCADV is recycling items to:
• Fund programming that empowers victims of domestic violence, connects victims and survivors to helpful resources, and helps them remain free from abuse.
• Support legislation aimed at ending domestic violence.
• Give support and resources to organizations across the US working to stop violence in the home

Any cell phone in any condition, along with phone accessories like chargers, cords, etc., (most wanted: iPhone and Blackberries, but we will take what you have) will be welcomed. For a full list of accepted items, visit www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DonateaPhone.php.

Annual spring open market comes this week

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For one day only, the GSU Civil Service Senate will hold its Annual Spring Open Market on May 1, from 11 a.m.—6 p.m.

Crafters and vendors will have their unique items on display and for sale in the Hall of Governors. Be sure to visit that day to find the perfect gift for someone’s birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or just because.

Crafters and vendors are encouraged to participate and can call 708.235.7559 before April 21 to reserve space.

Technology Users Group meeting

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The Technology Users Group meeting is this week, Wednesday, April 23 at 3 p.m. in Classroom D34104.

The forum will include two presentations by Michael Horvath, IT Manager. Michael will first present Help Desk Tips. The second part of the forum will include a demonstration of Windows 7. If your office computer has recently been upgraded to the Windows 7 operating system from Windows XP, this session is for you.

Membership to TUG is open to all faculty and staff. Please join us to learn and to share your comments and suggestions.

Contact the Colleague Project Office with any questions about the meeting.

GSU taking part in Gates Foundation project

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By now, all faculty and staff should have received an email from the email address, GovernorsState@post.syndiosocial.com, asking them to participate in the Higher Education Social Network Mapping Project, funded by the Gates Foundation.

Please take a moment to complete the survey, which is designed to “study how social networks among college and university faculty, staff and administration might facilitate innovation” and to “better understand the role that influential individuals play in advancing adoption of online learning innovations.”

The American Association of State College and Universities (AASCU) and Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit research organization, are working together on this project. GSU will gain information about collaboration and communication across the university. In addition, up to ten faculty and staff members will be invited to participate in a workshop focusing on how “individuals can contribute to innovation and transformation on campus.”

If you have any questions, you can contact Penny Perdue at pperdue@govst.edu, or ext. 4131. Your participation is encouraged and greatly appreciated. 

What to do if a gunman arrives on campus

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In the wake of such tragedies as the shootings at Virginia Tech University and Northern Illinois University, GSU will host screenings of an informative video that illustrates what to do when a gunman begins shooting at work or school.

The video being shown is called “Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter Event.” The video runs about 25 minutes and illustrates methods and techniques for surviving such an incident. GSU will have three screenings in Engbretson Hall:
1. April 22, 9:30 a.m.—11 a.m.
2. April 23, 9:30 a.m.—11a.m.
3. April 24, 4:30 p.m.—6 p.m.

The event will be hosted by the GSU Department of Public Safety and the Emergency Response Team. Chief James McGee will speak briefly before and after the video about the measures the department has in place to prevent such an incident. He will also take questions afterward.
The screenings are open to all students, faculty and staff. All are strongly encouraged to attend one of the screenings. For more information, contact the Department of Public Safety at 708.534.4900.

Remembering a long-time GSU faculty member

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On April 11, a group friends and colleagues gathered at the University of Chicago to celebrate the life of GSU faculty member, Dr. Judy Lewis.

Dr. Lewis left a far reaching legacy and her eulogizers were able to highlight her many accomplishments. Three former psychology and counseling faculty, Dave Matteson, Rachel Berg and Michael Lewis, were attendance as well as many other colleagues from other segments of GSU.

Many former graduates of GSU were also in attendance. Richard Yep, the CEO of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and several past-presidents of ACA were also participants. Chicago jazz legend and friend of Dr. Lewis,’ Frieda Lee, sang several songs that were her favorites, said professor Jon Carlson.

Prior to the service ending with “We Shall Overcome” and “What a Wonderful World,” letters of sympathy from another friend of Dr. Lewis, President Barack Obama, as well as the Illinois State Legislature were read. Judy’s impact went far beyond GSU.

Film Screening to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Civil Rights Act

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There will be a special screening of Spike Lee’s 1996 film, “Get on the Bus,” April 21 at 5 p.m. in room F1622.

The film tells the story of several black men who embark on a cross country bus trip to the Million Man March. The story focuses on several characters including a former gang member, a Hollywood actor, a cop, a laid-off aircraft worker and a white bus driver. The characters all make the trek while discussing issues such as religion, politics, and race. The film stars Ossie Davis, Andre Braugher and Charles S. Dutton. The screening is free and open to the public.

Loyola professor to speak about civic engagement

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The Faculty Scholarship and Teaching Center welcomes Dr. Patrick Green to give his presentation, “Research That Matters in Civic Engagement,” April 22 at 3 p.m. in the cafeteria annex (D1489).

Dr. Green will review existing research, discuss what new research is possible and give suggestions about how to develop a research agenda that is positioned around civic engagement. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact Teri Sosa at tsosa@govst.edu or Caron Jacobson cjacobson@govst.edu.

GSU professor to be panelist for literacy webinar

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Professor Karen Peterson will be a panelist for a webinar from the National Center for Literacy Education April 30, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.

The webinar explores the idea of combining kids’ summer school and camp opportunities that strengthen their skills with teachers’ own workshops that strengthen their skills too. Both have been traditionally separate in the past. Webinar attendees will hear about how two initiatives are challenging the longstanding traditions of how summer learning is designed.

Dr. Peterson and Mike Hurst, induction/mentor coordinator for Dolton Riverdale District 148, will discuss the 2013 Literacy Launch program, which provided science and literacy focused activities for elementary students in a partnering school district while also supporting early career graduates of GSU’s alternative certification residency program.

Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K3BD8FT to register for the webinar.

Graduate information session a success

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Prospective students attend GSU's graduate information session

On Saturday, April 12, GSU hosted its second annual graduate information session. The goal of the event was to bring prospective students to the campus to meet program faculty and staff, consult with financial aid and housing, and tour the campus.

The event was attended by about 100 prospective students and was hosted by all of the colleges.

Also in attendance for the second year in a row was Matthew Kadlubowksi, associate director, Global Client Relations with Educational Testing Services. Matthew commented that the event “was even better than last year and that GSU students ask provocative and focused questions.” Thanks to the dedicated team leads from each college who put together this annual event: Nancy Kaczmarcyk and Lisa Helm CAS; Julie Anderson, CHHS; Andrea Dalpolo, COE and Karen Williams, CBPA.

Computer Science Club to hold book drive and fundraiser

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The Computer Science Club will hold a book drive fundraiser for Worldwide Book Drive.

Worldwide Book Drive is a non-profit organization that works with organizations to distribute hundreds of thousands of books locally and internationally. They put books into the hands of those who are eager to learn but do not have the means. The organization gives the gift of education and learning to men, women and children worldwide.

In addition, the Computer Science Club’s collection efforts have rescued hundreds of thousands of damaged and obsolete books and magazines from landfills and turned them back into usable paper.

The Computer Science club is looking to collect gently used textbooks that are five years old or newer. For each textbook the club collects, it will receive $1 from Worldwide Book Drive. There are donation boxes located in front of the library, in the commons area and in front of the Center of Performance Arts. The book drive will last up until the end of August.

For more information, email Kimberly Poole at kpoole@student.govst.edu.

GSU student earns fellowship

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Congratulations to GSU student Shunda Mcgriff, who was chosen as a 2014 National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) Minority Fellow.

Shunda is a counseling doctoral student and professional counselor with several years of experience working with underserved populations.

This is the second year that NBCC has awarded fellowships to diverse counseling doctoral students. To learn more about the NBCC Minority Fellowship program, please visit www.nbccf.org/MFP.

Learn how to plan the perfect event

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Chelsea Whittington, director of communications planning for the city of Gary, Ind., will teach how to plan the perfect event and place a public service announcement with a community.

The event is presented by student organization Alpha Iota Sigma and will take place April 29, from 6—8 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts lobby.

Ms. Whittington is also an adjunct professor for Indiana University Northwest where she teaches event planning, public relations and social networking. The presentation will include how to coordinate and prepare a planning and organizational chart; budgeting, logistics, marketing and advertising; writing for public relations and securing media interviews.

The event is free and open to the public.

Student Leadership Award nominees

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The Student Life Office will host the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 29, in E-Lounge. This program highlights the achievements and accomplishments of registered student organizations and individual students across campus. The Student Life Office would like to congratulate each nominee for their contribution to the student experience at GSU.

Below is the list of this year’s nominees:

Outstanding Support Staff
Asmeen Radee
Kimberly Poole
Katherine Haan
Dierdra Webb
Kristy Goodwin
Aida Martinez
LaTonia Richmond
Sang Hoon Lee

Outstanding Student - Graduate
Arriahn Tucker
Katrina Koltz
Danielle King
Angelique Crockett
Anna Zapolska
Alicia Tuuk
Margie Roberts
Kim Poole
Blevian Moore
Andrea Johnson
Tamika Hurley
Liberty Erfe
Jeffrey Smaltz
Gwendolyn Williams
Arielle Smith

Outstanding Student – Undergraduate
Michael L. Alexander
Kayla Randolph-Clark
Monique Mobley
Ricca Louissaint
Nicole Moore
Steven Warcholek
Addison Jackson Jr.

New Student Club/Organization of the Year
Masters of Public Administration Club – MPAC
GSU Bowling Club

Program of the Year
Multicultural Festival
GSU Goes Blue
GSU Talking Circle
It Can Wait Campaign – Stop Texting While Driving

Rising Star Award
Mirable Wiryen
Nicole Reyes
Douglas Nanfeldt
Manar “Mimi” Jabar
Estafania Palafox
Monique Mobley
Critisha Ashley
Matthew Nyeholt
Yulonda Whisby
Jeremy Joyce

Outstanding Club/Organization Advisor
Katherine Haan
Dr. Caren Rossow
Ann Manning-Nagel
Vanesa Newby
Steve Hyzny
Robin Sweeney

Male Athlete of the Year
Penn Lin
Alex Bennett
Calvin Rowe

Female Athlete of the Year
NaTasha Dillard
Sarah Wicklin

Sports Club of the Year
Soccer Club
Bowling Club
Volleyball Club

Outstanding Student Club/Organization
International Cultural Club
Alpha Phi Sigma / Criminal Justice Society Club
Alpha Phi Nu Chapter / Criminal Justice Student Society
Masters of Public Administration Club – MPAC
Psychology Club
Student Leadership Institute
Lambda Lambda – Sigma Theta Tau International
Social Work Student Organization – SWSO
Student Healthcare Management Association
Toastmasters International
National Student Speech Language Hearing Association

Registration for University Sustainable Garden is open

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Registration is now open for gardeners interested in obtaining a plot at the University Sustainable Garden. The garden provides space for individuals or families to grow their own healthy food using fully organic methods. All participants, including returning gardeners, must complete a 2014 application, rules agreement, and payment to reserve their plot. For further information, please see the university sustainable garden website: www.govst.edu/garden/

Earth Day events at GSU

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In honor of Earth Day April 22, the university has scheduled several events aimed at sustainable initiatives. From tree planting and recycling to swapping books, join us for one or more of these events. Join GSU in making a positive contribution to the community.

Week of April 14 and 21
Re-usable GSU mug sale
Bookstore

Purchase a re-usable GSU mug on sale. Save money on re-fills of refreshments at the cafeteria while reducing the amount of waste generated on campus.

Monday, April 21
1—3 p.m.
Tree Planting
Meet at A building game room

Assist Facilities Development & Management staff plant trees on campus. Dress appropriately for weather conditions. Rain date: Wednesday, April 23.

Tuesday, April 22
10 a.m.—8 p.m.
Book Swap
Hall of Governors

Bring in your used books and swap them out for others that are new to you. All books left at the end of the event will be donated to the Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, April 22
11 a.m.—2 p.m.
Native plant sale
Hall of Governors

Civil Service Senate will be selling some plants to help your home landscape become greener and more sustainable. Additional plants can be ordered for future delivery.

Tuesday, April 22
10 a.m.--10 p.m.
Recycling services
Hall of Governors

Bring in old batteries, print cartridges, cell phones and prescription drugs for proper recycling, re-use or disposal. Prescriptions should have name and address removed.

Tuesday, April 22
11 a.m.—7 p.m.
Earth Day menu
Cafeteria

Purchase local and/or sustainable food for your meals today. Bring your own drink container for 85 cent refills of refreshments at the cafeteria while reducing the amount of waste generated on campus.

Friday, April 25
8:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.
South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium Student Sustainability Summit

Pre-registration is required. Join students from other area schools in becoming more sustainable on campus and at home. See www.southmetroed.org/ for more details.

Science academy coming to GSU

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Governors State University is proud to host the 106th Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26. About 200 undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty members from colleges and universities throughout Illinois are expected to attend the conference. The meeting will present student research projects via poster displays and oral presentations. The poster sessions and oral presentations are free and open to the public. Poster sessions will be held from 2:30—5:30 p.m. on Friday. Oral presentations will be held from 9 a.m.—12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

An additional highlight of the meeting is a keynote address titled “Science and Cinema,” April 25 at 8 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts given by Dr. Marius Stan. Dr. Stan is a senior scientist with the Energy Engineering and Systems Analysis Directorate at Argonne National Laboratory, a senior fellow with the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago and a senior fellow with the Institute for Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. He is also an actor and writer. You might recognize him from the TV series “Breaking Bad” where he was featured as carwash owner, Bogdan Wolynetz. The presentation is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Visit the Center box office or call 708.235.2222.

Help the library archive and preserve FC14 artifacts

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The admission of the first freshman class this fall is an exciting time for GSU. Help the library collect important artifacts from FC14 for the archives as well as future GSU anniversary displays. Lydia Morrow Ruetten, dean of the GSU library, asks anyone with materials pertaining to FC14 that they think would be important to preserve to contact Erin Engelbrecht, at eengelbrecht@govst.edu, library operations specialist, or call ext. 7515.

Help plan for LGBT History Month and Hispanic Hertitage Month

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Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month is October 1-31. Are you interested in being a member of the planning team for LGBT History Month? Please join us at the first of several planning team meetings scheduled for Thursday, April 24, at 3 p.m., in Room A2110 and help make this month of events informative, meaningful, and enjoyable for all, volunteer today.

All are invited to attend the meeting to share their ideas. For more information, contact Vanessa Newby at 708.534.4551.

Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 – October 15. If you’d like to join the Hispanic Heritage Month Team, please join us on Tuesday, April 22 at 1 p.m. in room A2110 for an idea sharing session in preparation for Hispanic Heritage Month. Volunteer and help plan events to celebrate the rich history and traditions of this vibrant culture.

For more information, contact Vanessa Newby at 708.534.4551.

This month is sexual assault awareness month

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The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. This year’s programming is themed “It’s time … to talk about it! Your voice. Our future. Prevent sexual violence.”

For more information, go to www.nsvrc.org/saam/sexual-assault-awareness-month-home.

Cell phone drive to save lives

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During the month of April, The Student Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice will be collecting cell phones and other electronics. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) partners with Cellular Recycler for the collection of used cell phones and select digital electronics. Your donation will support programming that helps stop violence in the home.

To donate please drop items in the collection boxes located in the Recreation and Fitness Center (A1106), Monday – Friday, 6 a.m.—9 p.m. or the Student Life Suites (A2100), Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.—5 p.m.

NCADV is recycling items to:
• Fund programming that empowers victims of domestic violence, connects victims and survivors to helpful resources, and helps them remain free from abuse.
• Support legislation aimed at ending domestic violence.
• Give support and resources to organizations across the US working to stop violence in the home.

Any cell phone in any condition and their accessories (most wanted: iPhone and Blackberries, but we will take what you have) are welcome. Chargers, accessories, cords, etc. are accepted too. For a full list of accepted items, visit www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DonateaPhone.php.

Show off your public speaking skills

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The Communication Studies Initiative, a student organization, will be hosting its first public speaking contest on April 22, 2014 in Sherman Hall from 5—7 p.m. All students are welcome to participate and there will be cash prizes for the first, second and third place winners. For more information, please contact either Arness Krause at akrause@govst.edu or Etta Oben at eoben@students.govst.edu for more information.

This is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate your outstanding public speaking skills and win a little money, so please join us.

Library construction to begin this week

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By now most have noticed that the library move has taken place. The library entrance is now through the balcony fire doors. There are computer stations on the balcony and inside of the library, but there is a significant reduction in the number of computers in the library. During the peak times between 2:30—4:30 p.m. and 5:30—7:30 p.m., the library computers are all frequently in use. However, there is now a computer lab set up in the Hall of Honors (across from the bookstore) with printers. The ACS lab will also be open through the end of classes. If there are any issues with finding a computer during the library peak times, please visit the Hall of Honors or the ACS lab.

“The GSU community has been most cooperative and flexible with us during this time of change,” said Lydia Morrow Ruetten, dean of the GSU Library. “Because our space is limited, we are only able to have one person at the circulation desk and in most cases, one person at the reference desk. We are working to provide everyone with excellent service, but from time to time there might be a need to wait,” she said.

It is likely that there will be more noise and dust in the library during construction. It is expected that the renovation will be completed by the middle of August, 2014. If you have questions regarding the library renovation, please follow Reggie the Library Renovation Guru at https://www.facebook.com/GSULibrary or send us an email at GSULibraryInfo@govst.edu.

The next “One Book, One University” selection announced

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"As we celebrate Earth Week, here at GSU, it is my pleasure to announce that the next ‘One Book, One University/Common Reading Program’ selection is ‘The Story of Stuff’ by Annie Leonard,” said Lydia Morrow Ruetten, Dean of the GSU Library and chair of the Intellectual Life Committee.

“The Story of Stuff” focuses upon the fact that Americans just have way too much. Annie Leonard raises the reader’s awareness by sharing her many experiences and pointing out how having too much stuff can be very negative for our health and well-being along with having a major negative impact on our planet.

“By embracing the messages in this book our entire GSU community will learn more about improving our sustainability. And through the many collaborative events that will be planned in association with this book, we will enhance our civic engagement and become more aware of the impact that we all have on our planet,” Ruetten said.

"The selection of ‘The Story of Stuff’ has come at a great time. We are looking forward to working with the Intellectual Life Committee and the entire GSU community to enhance our sustainability efforts while contributing to a healthier planet," said Kevin Barto, director, Campus Facilities Services.

If you have any questions, thoughts, or ideas associated with this selection, please direct them to lruetten@govst.edu.

Friends of the Library says thank you

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“The Friends of the GSU Library are most appreciative to the GSU community for your support of our Spring Book Sale last Wednesday,” said Ann Marie Nagel, president of the Friends of the GSU Library. Your contributions allow us to enhance the Library in many ways including most recently supporting the Skylight Gallery in the Library, and purchasing new furniture for the Library Book Exchange area outside of the library, along with books, CD’s and DVD’s for the Library.

“We are always interested in recruiting new members for the Friends. If you are interested in donating a couple of hours a month to a worthwhile cause and an enjoyable group, we invite you to become a member of Friends of the GSU Library. To learn more, visit http://libguides.govst.edu/friends/, or send an email to the FriendsofGSULibrary@gmail.com,” said Ann.

GSU to take part in Gates Foundation project

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GSU has been chosen to participate in the Higher Education Social Network Mapping Project, funded by the Gates Foundation. The American Association of State College and Universities and Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit research organization, are working together with the
Gates Foundation to “study how social networks among college and university faculty, staff and administration might facilitate innovation” and to “better understand the role that influential individuals play in advancing adoption of online learning innovations.”

GSU will gain information about collaboration and communication across the university. In addition, up to ten faculty and staff members will be invited to participate in a workshop focusing on how “individuals can contribute to innovation and transformation on campus.”

“We know a bit about transformation around here,” said Penny Perdue, campus coordinator for the project. “We are so pleased that AASCU nominated us for this research. It will add to our already considerable ability to implement change in an effective, efficient and successful manner and will gain further visibility for the university with the Gates Foundation.”

President Maimon and Provost Bordelon have sent an email to all faculty and staff, asking for participation in the online survey. The email will come from GovernorsState@post.syndiosocial.com with a subject line reading “Governors State Network Mapping". Please take a few minutes to participate in this survey. 

State science academy comes to GSU

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Governors State University is proud to host the 106th Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26. About 200 undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty members from colleges and universities throughout Illinois are expected to attend the conference. The meeting will present student research projects via poster displays and oral presentations The poster sessions and oral presentations are free and open to the public. Poster sessions will be held from 2:30- 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Oral presentations will be held from 9 a.m.-12:30 on Saturday.

An additional highlight of the meeting is a keynote address titled “Science and Cinema” at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Center for Performing Arts given by Dr. Marius Stan. Dr. Stan is a senior scientist with the Energy Engineering and Systems Analysis Directorate at Argonne National Laboratory, a senior fellow with the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago and a senior fellow with the Institute for Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. He is also an actor and writer. You might recognize him from the TV series “Breaking Bad” where he was featured as the carwash owner, Bogdan Wolynetz. The presentation is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Visit the Center box office or call 708.235.2222.

GSU celebrates Earth Day

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In honor of Earth Day April 22, the university has scheduled two weeks’ worth of events aimed at sustainable initiatives. From tree planting and recycling to swapping books and helping clean the grounds, join us for one or more of these events. Join GSU in making a positive contribution to the community.

Week of April 14 and 21
Re-usable GSU mug sale
Bookstore

Purchase a re-usable GSU mug on sale! Save money on re-fills of refreshments at the cafeteria while reducing the amount of waste generated on campus.

Tuesday, April 15
11:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m.
Service work day
Meet in student commons, A building

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to enjoy lunch and then assist in picking up refuse on campus in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, College of Arts & Sciences Environmental Research Preserve or other areas on campus. Dress appropriately for weather conditions. Rain date: Monday, April 21.

Monday, April 21
1—3 p.m.
Tree Planting
Meet at A building game room

Assist Facilities Development & Management staff plant trees on campus. Dress appropriately for weather conditions. Rain date: Wednesday, April 23.

Tuesday, April 22
10 a.m.—8 p.m.
Book Swap
Hall of Governors

Bring in your used books and swap them out for others that are new to you. All books left at the end of the event will be donated to the Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, April 22
11 a.m.—2 p.m.
Native plant sale
Hall of Governors

Civil Service Senate will be selling some plants to help your home landscape become greener and more sustainable. Additional plants can be ordered for future delivery.

Tuesday, April 22
10 a.m.--10 p.m.
Recycling services
Hall of Governors

Bring in old batteries, print cartridges, cell phones and prescription drugs for proper recycling, re-use or disposal. Prescriptions should have name and address removed.

Tuesday, April 22
11 a.m.—7 p.m.
Earth Day menu
Cafeteria

Purchase local and/or sustainable food for your meals today. Bring your own drink container for $0.85 re-fills of refreshments at the cafeteria while reducing the amount of waste generated on campus.

Friday, April 25
8:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.
SMHEC Student Sustainability Summit

Pre-registration is required. Join students from other area schools in becoming more sustainable on campus and at home. See www.southmetroed.org/ for more details.

GSU receives positive feedback for Sun-Times story about LEAP initiatives

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The Chicago Sun-Times featured GSU president Elaine P. Maimon in its April 4 story entitled, “Common Core for college.” In the story, reporter Sandra Guy interviewed president Maimon about how college students throughout the Chicago area will soon face a higher education program that requires they meet 16 criteria that show they can think critically, work hard and become valuable citizens of the world.

The story received tremendous feedback, having been shared through various social media 428 times.

The learning outcomes cover civic engagement, ethical reasoning, global learning and information literacy among others. The program is called LEAP, which stands for Liberal Education and America’s Promise. GSU began implementing LEAP two years ago as it prepared to move from a two-year to four-year university.

To read the full story, visit www.suntimes.com/news/25990792-418/common-core-for-college.html.

Mascot Match-up: Last day to vote

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Governors State University has narrowed its choices for an official mascot down to four: the Bengals, the Prairie Wolves, the Jaguars and the Gladiators. If you haven’t had a chance to vote for one, now is the time to do it by visiting www.govst.edu/mascotmatchup. Voting closes as of midnight April 14.

The university is soliciting the help of students, faculty, staff and the extended community once again for help in making a selection.

The final choice for the GSU mascot will be a combination of the community and university input.

By going to that web address, voters will see the four groups of designs, one for each mascot. Voters will vote for one group in its entirety, not just one image. Be sure to see the story ABC Channel 7’s Theresa Gutierrez did on our mascot search at http://abclocal.go.com/wls/video?id=9498215

Anyone can vote for one of the final four as many times as they want. A combination of the votes tallied and university officials’ input will ultimately determine who the very first GSU mascot is.

The official announcement of the university mascot is scheduled for the first week of May. Prizes will go to those who submitted the four finalists.

Spring Student Senate election results

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The results of this spring’s student senate are in. Congratulations to the following elected Student Senators:
College of Arts and Sciences: Marie Penny
College of Business and Public Administration: Darren Heldt
College of Health and Human Services: Angela Miranda
College of Education: Lisa Wallace, NaTasha Dillard and Shaniqua Jones
Senator at Large: Ricca Louissaint, Alumni
Board of Trustees representative: Jeremy Joyce
Illinois Board of Higher Education representative: Michael Alexander

Student Senate induction will be held April 23, 2014, in the Hall of Governors at 3 p.m. All students are invited to attend the induction ceremony and experience how the Student Senate conducts business. New Student Senators will join existing Senators Addison Jackson, April Grammar, Michelle Adeniyi, Ashley Critisha and Betty Campbell.

Help the library archive and preserve artifacts from FC14

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The admission of the first freshman class this fall is an exciting time for GSU. Help the library collect important artifacts from FC14 for the archives as well as future GSU anniversary displays. Lydia Morrow Ruetten, dean of the GSU library, asks anyone with materials pertaining to FC14 that they think would be important to preserve to contact Erin Engelbrecht, library operations specialist, or call ext. 7515.

GSU professor has book published

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Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Robinson-Easley on the publication of her book “Beyond Diversity and Intercultural Management,” on April 9. Publisher Palgrave Macmillan’s book description reads: “Our global world still faces many issues of discrimination. The marginalization faced by people across many different realms of difference is causing significant strife in organizations, governments, and our education systems. Yet the literature and conversations on diversity, intercultural management and related topics on equality have not significantly changed in over twenty years.

"Beyond Diversity and Intercultural Management develops a change model designed to challenge prevailing paradigms. Robinson-Easley argues that while equal employment opportunity, diversity, and intercultural management are generally treated separately in the literature, these topics and related issues reside on one continuum and require the same core competencies and skills. This follow up work to Robinson-Easley's ‘Preparing for Today's Global Job Market’ demonstrates that it is time to move away from a ‘managing’ mindset and towards a ‘valuing humanity’ mindset, while concomitantly privileging the personal lenses, cultures, and micro-cultures of people who make up today's diverse global world.”

Dr. Ellen Foster Curtis, dean of the College of Business and Public Administration, said “This book marks a culmination of her recent work in the field and represents a significant addition to the literature.”

Board meetings cancelled

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The May 2, 2014 Board of Trustees committee meetings have been rescheduled to Friday, May 9, 2014, to be followed by the full board meeting. The meetings will take place in the newly renovated Engbretson Hall, adjacent to the Hall of Governors.

Spring means the return of Boxelder bugs

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The Boxelder bug

Boxelder bugs are commonly seen at various times throughout the year. Typically, sunny, southern exposures will see a higher number of them. At times, they may be seen attempting to exit buildings with some becoming trapped inside.

While definitely a nuisance, boxelders are harmless. They can only live a few days in a building before dying and do not reproduce indoors. Spraying insecticide in the building is not recommended and does not prevent more from returning.

If you are bothered by them in your area, please call the Facilities office at ext. 4515 and a building service worker will come and vacuum them.

Planning for LGBT History Month and Hispanic Hertitage Month

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Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month is October 1-31. Are you interested in being a member of the planning team for LGBT History Month? Please join us at the first of several planning team meetings scheduled for Thursday, April 24, at 3 p.m., in Room A2110 and help make this month of events informative, meaningful, and enjoyable for all, volunteer today.

All are invited to attend the meeting to share their ideas. For more information, contact Vanessa Newby at 708.534.4551.

Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 – October 15. If you’d like to join the Hispanic Heritage Month Team, please join us on Tuesday, April 22 at 1 p.m. in room A2110 for an idea sharing session in preparation for Hispanic Heritage Month. Volunteer and help plan events to celebrate the rich history and traditions of this vibrant culture.

For more information, contact Vanessa Newby at 708.534.4551.

Sexual assault awareness month

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The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. This year’s programming is themed “It’s time … to talk about it! Your voice. Our future. Prevent sexual violence.”

For more information, go to www.nsvrc.org/saam/sexual-assault-awareness-month-home.

Save lives by donating old cell phones

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During the month of April, The Student Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice will be collecting cell phones and other electronics. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) partners with Cellular Recycler for the collection of used cell phones and select digital electronics. Your donation will support programming that helps stop violence in the home.

To donate please drop items in the collection boxes located in the Recreation and Fitness Center (A1106), Monday – Friday, 6 a.m.--9 p.m. or the Student Life Suites (A2100), Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.--5 p.m.

NCADV is recycling items to:
• Fund programming that empowers victims of domestic violence, connects victims and survivors to helpful resources, and helps them remain free from abuse.
• Support legislation aimed at ending domestic violence.
• Give support and resources to organizations across the US working to stop violence in the home.

Any cell phone in any condition and their accessories (most wanted: iPhone and Blackberries, but we will take what you have) are welcome. Chargers, accessories, cords, etc. are accepted too. For a full list of accepted items, visit www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DonateaPhone.php.

Test your public speaking skills

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The Communication Studies Initiative, a student organization, will be hosting its first public speaking contest on April 22, 2014 in Sherman Hall from 5-7 p.m. All students are welcome to participate and there will be cash prizes for the first, second and third place winners. For more information, please contact either Arness Krause at akrause@govst.edu or Etta Oben at eoben@students.govst.edu for more information.

This is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate your outstanding public speaking skills and win a little money, so please join us.

GSU to host Restorative Justice Conference

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 The Restorative Justice Conference will be held on Wednesday, April 16, from 11 a.m.--4 p.m. in the CPA Lobby. Check in will begin at 10 a.m.

The conference will also feature student poster presentations from Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Harvey and a marketplace that will include local organizations that promote the balanced approach; accountability, safety, and competency development.

Join us to gain insight into how restorative justice practices can advance your culture and climate.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be David R. Karp, associate dean of student affairs and professor of sociology at Skidmore College. Dr. Karp is nationally known for his work in restorative justice with a focus on colleges and universities. Restorative justice practices contribute to accountability, safety, and competency development – all important factors in working with today’s students.

Visit www.govst.edu/dos or email lcarra@govst.edu to register or find more information. On-site registration is also available for $40 at the door. This event is open to the general public.

Friends of the Library sale

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The donations to the Friends of the Library during the most recent book drive have been outstanding. There are a number of newer items in a broad variety of subject areas including best sellers, education, psychology, nursing and criminal justice to name a few. In addition, we have a number of CDs, DVDs and cassettes along with a number of surprises that you will just have to stop by to see.

The sale will be April 16, from 10 a.m.--3 p.m. in the alcove between the top of the stairs in the main entrance to GSU and the elevator. A large bag of books will be $5. A small bag of books will be $3. Individual books, depending upon whether they are paperback or hard cover, will begin at 25 cents.

“By supporting the Friends of the Library Book Sale, you are supporting the GSU Library in so many ways,” said Ann Manning Nagel, president of the Friends of the Library. “Your support helped us to furnish the library book exchange area outside of the library, the Skylight Gallery in the library, and a number of events including the recent autism workshop,” she said.

Library construction is underway

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The GSU Library is part of a building renovation that has just begun. We are looking forward to this much needed upgrade to our library. There will be a new entrance to the library, private study areas and a 21st Century upgrade of furniture just to offer a few highlights.

The library will remain open through the renovation and library faculty and staff are committed to providing all students, faculty and the GSU community with seamless service as we approach finals and the end of the semester.

The first major change will come on Monday morning, April 7. At that time the current entrance to the library will be closed. The new library entrance will be in the same general location, but directly opposite the current library entrance. The new entrance will be through the balcony emergency doors which have traditionally been kept closed.

The new colorful Friends of the Library drop box will be placed outside the entrance doors for after-hours drop off. The library return slot that you are accustomed to using will not be available.

While construction is getting ready to begin, the ACS Lab will remain fully functional until the end of the spring semester. During the summer semester only rooms D2438 and D2440 During the renovation, the Hall of Honors (located across from the bookstore) is serving as a computer lab. The library will retain 28 computers for student, faculty and community use. A pay for print station, photocopier, change machine, fax/scanner, and microform scanner will also be available.

Separate research, circulation, technology and writing center desks will be maintained. Library faculty availability will remain the same, and library hours from now through the end of the semester will also remain the same.

“We have made every effort to preserve and maintain our customer service,” said Lydia Morrow Ruetten, Dean of the GSU Library. “We will be sharing information regularly until the renovation is completed in mid-August.”

If you have any questions, please send them to GSULibraryInfo@govst.edu.

Last day to submit for GSU Faculty Authors’ Reception

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Faculty members are invited to submit their work for the annual GSU Faculty Authors' Reception, which will take place April 23 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the FOC Atrium Hallway, G160. Authors are asked to submit their work by 5 p.m. Monday, April 14.

This year, we are pleased that the Friends of the GSU Library will once again be co-sponsoring the GSU Faculty Authors' Reception. Together, the GSU Library and Friends of the Library look forward to acknowledging GSU's esteemed authors.

Click here to download the submission form for your work. Please attach a file of your published work/s and send to FriendsofGSULibrary@gmail.com with Attention: Alexis. Should you have any questions, please send them also to FriendsofGSULibrary@gmail.com. If your work is in hard copy format, please bring your submission along with this completed form to the library administrative office. Please do not leave your work at the circulation or reference desk.

University Sustainable Garden Registration

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Registration is now open through April 15 for returning gardeners to secure their previous plot in the university sustainable garden.

New gardeners or returning gardeners who desire a plot change may sign up after April 16 for the upcoming gardening season. All participants, including returning gardeners, must complete a 2014 application, rules agreement, and make payment to reserve their plot. For further information, please see the university sustainable garden website: www.govst.edu/garden/

Career and internship fair comes to campus this week

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Students, alumni and community members are invited to the spring 2014 Career and Internship Fair, which focuses on the fields of communications, technology, business and public administration, criminal justice, addictions studies and community health.

The fair will be Thursday, April 17, from 2-5 p.m. in the lobbies of the Center for Performing Arts and the Hall of Governors. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet employers who are recruiting for interns and full-time employees. For more information visit http://www.govst.edu/Campus_Life/Career_Services/Upcoming_Events_and_Career_Fairs/, or call 708.235.3974.

Live docudrama “Still Life” comes this week

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"Still Life" comes this week

"Still Life,” a documentary by Emily Mann and directed by Dr. Patrick Santoro, comes to Sherman Hall for two showings on April 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.

Shaped by the author from conversations with the people whose experience she sets forth, the documentary play explores the way that Vietnam has affected three lives: a Marine veteran, his estranged wife, and his mistress. The man confesses that he killed a Vietnamese family in cold blood and, carrying the seeds of violence with him, returned home to brutalize his pregnant wife. The wife, disillusioned and unhappy, wants to ignore the terrors that haunt her husband, believing that in time the awful memories will fade, while the mistress, an angry feminist, blames the man's destructiveness on the forces that conditioned him before he went to Vietnam.

In the end, these three become a metaphor for the nation as a whole—still trying to understand and overcome the lingering trauma that is the bitter legacy of the Vietnam experience.

For faculty or staff members in the following fields: theatre and performance studies, communication studies, gender and women’s studies, identity studies or psychology, anthropology and sociology, history, media studies, film studies, or counseling, please consider supporting the upcoming production and encourage students to attend, perhaps for extra credit.

The production has mature themes dealing with war, violence, documentary/docudrama, identity, trauma/loss, memory, interpersonal relationships, and ethnography/ethnographic methods. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. Click here to see a promo of the performance

To order tickets, visit CenterTickets.net, or call the box office at 708.235.2222.

Mascot Match-up: Let the voting begin

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After receiving over 400 suggestions, Governors State University has narrowed its choices for an official mascot down to four: the Bengals, the Prairie Wolves, the Jaguars and the Gladiators.

The university is soliciting the help of students, faculty, staff and the extended community once again for help in making the final choice.

The final choice for the GSU mascot will be a combination of the community and university input. The community is able to vote for one week by visiting http://www.govst.edu/mascotmatchup.
By going to that web address, voters will see the four groups of designs, one for each mascot. Voters will vote for one group in its entirety, not just one image.

During that weeklong period, anyone can vote for one of the final four as many times as they want. Voting officially begins Monday, April 7 and ends at midnight Monday, April 14.
A combination of the votes tallied and university officials’ input will ultimately determine who the very first GSU mascot is.

Voters are also encouraged to attend the Mascot Match-up 3-on-3 basketball tournament April 10, at 3 p.m. Four basketball teams, each representing one of the four GSU mascot choices, will battle it out for supremacy.

The official announcement of the university mascot is scheduled for the first week of May. Prizes will go to those who submitted the four finalists.

Professor stresses the benefits of ePortfolios

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GSU welcomed Dr. Kathleen Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and distinguished research professor at Florida State University, who led the general education symposium April 4 on ePortfolios.

Dr. Yancey is considered an expert in the subject and leads the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research. The website is http://ncepr.org/. She began with an ePortfolio review (definitions, models, options) and then shared her experience on their purpose and multiple uses. Dr. Yancey and GSU faculty then discussed the details of creating an ePortfolio and how it can be used for faculty and students.

In the second half of the symposium, faculty and any interested staff stayed to dig more deeply into the topic – including how to help students create their own ePortfolios and how they can be used further in assessment. Dr. Yancey also addressed the issue of rubrics used for a variety of evaluation purposes.

Many thanks to Dr. Yancey for her presentation.

April is sexual assault awareness month

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The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States. The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. This year’s programming is themed “It’s time … to talk about it! Your voice. Our future. Prevent sexual violence.”

For more information, go to http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/sexual-assault-awareness-month-home.

Cell phone drive: collecting cell phones to save lives

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During the month of April, The Student Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice will be collecting cell phones and other electronics. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence partners with Cellular Recycler for the collection of used cell phones and select digital electronics. Your donation will support programming that helps stop violence in the home.

To donate please drop items in the collection boxes located in the Recreation and Fitness Center (A1106) during Monday – Friday. Operational hours are 6 a.m.--9 p.m. Or you can make donations at the Student Life Suites (A2100) during Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

NCADV is recycling items to:
• Fund programming that empowers victims of domestic violence, connects victims and survivors to helpful resources, and helps them remain free from abuse.
• Support legislation aimed at ending domestic violence.
• Give support and resources to organizations across the U.S. working to stop violence in the home.

Any cell phone in any condition and their accessories (most wanted: iPhone and Blackberries, but we will take what you have) are welcome. Chargers, accessories, cords, etc. are accepted too.

For a full list of accepted items, visit http://www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DonateaPhone.php.

Put your public speaking skills to the test

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The Communication Studies Initiative, a student organization, will be hosting its first public speaking contest on April 22, 2014 in Sherman Hall from 5-7 p.m. All students are welcome to participate and there will be cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. For more information, please contact either Arness Krause at akrause@govst.edu or Etta Oben at eoben@students.govst.edu for more information.

This is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate your outstanding public speaking skills and win a little money, so please join us.

Restorative Justice Conference

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The Restorative Justice Conference will be held on Wednesday, April 16, from 11 a.m.--4 p.m. in the CPA Lobby. Check in will begin at 10 a.m.

The conference will also feature student poster presentations from Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Harvey and a marketplace that will include local organizations that promote the balanced approach; accountability, safety, and competency development.

Join us to gain insight into how restorative justice practices can advance your culture and climate.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be David R. Karp, associate dean of student affairs and professor of sociology at Skidmore College. Dr. Karp is nationally known for his work in restorative justice with a focus on colleges and universities. Restorative justice practices contribute to accountability, safety, and competency development – all important factors in working with today’s students.

Visit www.govst.edu/dos or e-mail lcarra@govst.edu to register or find more information. On-site registration is also available for $40 at the door. This event is open to the general public.

Film screening—“Cambodian Son”

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Associate professor Sanghoon Lee will host a screening of the film “Cambodian Son” Wednesday, April 9 from 4:30–6:30p.m. in room F1622. This powerful documentary tells the story of Cambodian poet/spoken artist Kosal Khiev. It is directed by Masahiro Sugano.

The film’s director will attend the screening and have a Q&A session afterward. This event is free and open to the public.

Flash sale event – April 8

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The GSU Bookstore will be having the third Flash Sale Event on Tuesday, April 8th. This sale will feature 25 percent off all t-shirts, and 25 percent additional off clearance items at our campus store.

Commencement announcement from Provost Bordelon

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Commencement is a special time for our university. It is the culmination of hours of study and preparation on the part of our graduates. It also recognizes and celebrates your dedicated service to our students and to the university community.

As we all know, a successful commencement ceremony requires the time and commitment of many individuals. Participation by faculty and staff is extremely important. I encourage you to participate in the appropriate ceremony or in both ceremonies, if you wish. It is essential, however, that faculty and staff connected with the colleges turn out in large numbers for these ceremonies. Nevertheless, preparation has begun, please pay special attention to deadlines, as they must be respected.

This year’s faculty marshal coordinator will be John Cook, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Division of Education. Tonnika Gillespie recently joined Governor State University as the administrative assistant to the provost. She will assist John in coordinating our faculty marshals and other related commencement business.

The College of Business and Public Administration and the College of Arts and Sciences students will graduate in the morning, beginning at 10 a.m. Mr. Scott Turow, distinguished writer and attorney, will be the honorary degree recipient during this ceremony. The second ceremony of the day, for the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Education students, will begin at 5 p.m. Accepting an honorary degree at this ceremony will be Mr. Orbert Davis, an Emmy Award winning trumpeter, composer and educator.

Both ceremonies will be held at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, Ill. and will last approximately two hours.

On the evening of Thursday, May 15, our doctoral graduates will be honored during our now traditional hooding ceremony in the Center for Performing Arts. I encourage you to participate in this special occasion as well.

Imagine the feeling of pride our graduates will have when they see GSU faculty and staff members participating in these culminating activities. Our students have worked hard to reach this day. Please celebrate with them. Also, please complete and submit the attached Commencement Ceremony Participation Form by Wednesday, April 23.

If you would like to purchase custom or rental regalia, please follow the instructions on the bottom of the attached form.

I look forward to seeing you!

Friends of the Library book, media and surprise sale

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The donations to the Friends of the Library during the most recent book drive have been outstanding. There are a number of newer items in a broad variety of subject areas including best sellers, education, psychology, nursing and criminal justice to name a few. In addition, we have a number of CDs, DVDs and cassettes along with a number of surprises that you will just have to stop by to see.

The sale will be April 16, from 10 a.m.--3 p.m. in the alcove between the top of the stairs in the main entrance to GSU and the elevator. A large bag of books will be $5. A small bag of books will be $3. Individual books, depending upon whether they are paperback or hard cover, will begin at 25 cents.

“By supporting the Friends of the Library Book Sale, you are supporting the GSU Library in so many ways,” said Ann Manning Nagel, president of the Friends of the Library. “Your support helped us to furnish the library book exchange area outside of the library, the Skylight Gallery in the library, and a number of events including the recent autism workshop,” she said.

Book discussion: Alice Munro’s “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage”

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Dean Lydia Morrow Ruetten will lead a discussion of Alice Munro’s short story “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage” on Wednesday, April 9, from noon--1 p.m. in room D2417, the library conference room.

“Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage” is also the title of a book of short stories by Alice Munro, winner of the Nobel Prize® in Literature 2013. The short story inspired the movie “Hateship Loveship,” which recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and stars Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Christine Lahti.

The story is a narrative featuring, Johanna, a matronly woman of middle age who has worked as a housekeeper and caregiver. Due to a very mean-spirited teen-age action, Johanna thinks that a man is in love with her for the first time in her life.

"The Intellectual Life Committee chose this book as this semester’s One Book, One University selection. It is fitting that during Women’s History Month we discuss a short story that some have said reflects Munro at her very best,” Ruetten said. “The Intellectual Life Committee invites you to bring your lunch and join in an hour of thoughtful discussion,” she said.

The Intellectual Life Committee is making the book available to students, through Dean Ruetten, for $5 and is underwriting the majority of the cost. For a copy, contact Dean Ruetten or go to room D2419 the day of the discussion to purchase a copy. Two copies of this book are on reserve in the library: PR9199.3.M8 H38 2001. Copies of this book are also available in the book store at retail prices.

GSU to host speech by former Surgeon General

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Dr. Joycelyn Elders will present her keynote address "Evolving Gender Roles in the 21st Century" as part of the Gender Matters Conference. Elders’ speech takes place in Sherman Music Hall Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 7-9 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Elders will present lively discussion on the status of women's health, gender issues in health, education, economics and politics as well as gender equality. And she questions if we are making progress in closing the gap.

Dr. Elders is a long-time proponent of calling for connecting research to practice. During the U.S. Senate hearings on her confirmation, Elders said, "I want to change the way we think about health by putting prevention first. I want to be the voice and vision of the poor and powerless. I want to change concern about social problems that affect health into commitment. And I would like to make every child born in America a wanted child."

An Evening with Dr. Joycelyn Elders is made possible by the generous support of the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College Health and Human Services, and an Intellectual Life Grant.

A new look for the GSU library

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The GSU Library is part of a building renovation that will begin the weekend of April 5. We are looking forward to this much needed upgrade to our library. There will be a new entrance to the library, private study areas and a 21st Century upgrade of furniture just to offer a few highlights.

The library will remain open through the renovation and library faculty and staff are committed to providing all students, faculty and the GSU community with seamless service as we approach finals and the end of the semester.

The first major change will come on Monday morning, April 7. At that time the current entrance to the library will be closed. The new library entrance will be in the same general location, but directly opposite the current library entrance. The new entrance will be through the balcony emergency doors which have traditionally been kept closed.

The new colorful Friends of the Library drop box will be placed outside the entrance doors for after-hours drop off. The library return slot that you are accustomed to using will not be available.

While construction is getting ready to begin, the ACS Lab will remain fully functional until the end of the spring semester. During the summer semester only rooms D2438 and D2440 During the renovation, the Hall of Honors (located across from the bookstore) will be serving as a computer lab. The library will retain 28 computers for student, faculty and community use. A pay for print station, photocopier, change machine, fax/scanner, and microform scanner will also be available.

Separate research, circulation, technology, and writing center desks will be maintained. Library faculty availability will remain the same, and library hours from now through the end of the semester will also remain the same.

“We have made every effort to preserve and maintain our customer service,” said Lydia Morrow Ruetten, Dean of the GSU Library. “We will be sharing information regularly until the renovation is completed in mid-August.”

If you have any questions, please send them to GSULibraryInfo@govst.edu.

GSU to host state science academy

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Governors State University is proud to host the 106th Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, 2014. About 200 undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members from colleges and universities throughout Illinois are expected to attend the conference. The meeting will present student research projects via poster displays and oral presentations.

An additional highlight of the meeting is a keynote address titled “Science and Cinema” at 8 p.m. on Friday evening given by Dr. Marius Stan. Dr. Stan is a senior scientist with the Energy Engineering and Systems Analysis Directorate at Argonne National Laboratory, a senior fellow with the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago, and a senior fellow with the Institute for Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. He is also an actor and writer. You might recognize him from the TV series “Breaking Bad” where he was featured as the carwash owner, Bogdan Wolynetz.

The keynote address, poster sessions, and oral presentations are free and open to the public, general admission ticket are available through the GSU Center for Performing Arts box office. Poster sessions will be held from 2:30- 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Oral presentations will be held from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

 

Submissions being accepted for GSU Faculty Authors’ Reception

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Faculty members are invited to submit their work for the annual GSU Faculty Authors' Reception, which will take place April 23 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. in the FOC Atrium Hallway, G160. Authors are asked to submit their work by 5 p.m. Monday, April 14.

This year, we are pleased that the Friends of the GSU Library will once again be co-sponsoring the GSU Faculty Authors' Reception. Together, The GSU Library and Friends of the Library look forward to acknowledging GSU's esteemed authors.

Click here to download the submission form for your work. Please attach a file of your published work/s and send to FriendsofGSULibrary@gmail.com with Attention: Alexis. Should you have any questions, please send them also to FriendsofGSULibrary@gmail.com. If your work is in hard copy format, please bring your submission along with this completed form to the library administrative office. Please do not leave your work at the circulation or reference desk.

 

Nominations needed for Student Leadership Awards

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The deadline to nominate someone for a student leadership is fast approaching. Be sure to make your nominations for the Unsung Hero Award, the Outstanding Support Staff, Student Organization of the Year, Outstanding Grad Student, Program of the Year and the Rising Star Award.

Be sure to make your nominations before the April 10 deadline. To do so, go to
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/StudentLeadershipAwards2014.

Spring open market coming in May

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For one day only, the GSU Civil Service Senate will hold its Annual Spring Open Market on May 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Crafters and vendors will have their unique items on display and for sale in the Hall of Governors. Be sure to visit that day to find the perfect gift for someone’s birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or just because.

Crafters and vendors are encouraged to participate and can call 708.235.7559 before April 21 to reserve space.

Deadline to register for university sustainable garden approaches

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Registration is now open through April 15 for returning gardeners to secure their previous plot in the university sustainable garden.

New gardeners or returning gardeners who desire a plot change may sign up after April 16 for the upcoming gardening season. All participants, including returning gardeners, must complete a 2014 application, rules agreement, and make payment to reserve their plot. For further information, please see the university sustainable garden website at http://www.govst.edu/garden/.

Career and internship fair comes to campus this month

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Students, alumni and community members are invited to the spring 2014 Career and Internship Fair, which focuses on the fields of communications, technology, business and public administration, criminal justice, addictions studies and community health.

The fair will be Thursday, April 17, from 2-5 p.m. in the lobbies of the Center for Performing Arts and the Hall of Governors. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet employers who are recruiting for interns and full-time employees. For more information visit http://www.govst.edu/Campus_Life/Career_Services/Upcoming_Events_and_Career_Fairs/, or call 708.235.3974.

GSU will host Fourth Annual Gender Matters Conference

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The fourth annual Gender Matters Conference, "Embodying Praxis, Engaging Solutions," will be held at Governors State University on April 11-12, 2014.

Gender Matters is an academic conference that highlights research on gender, women and sexuality across all disciplines and historical periods. This year's conference brings together students, activists and researchers from around the globe to discuss the ongoing role of gender in structuring society.

This year’s theme, "Embodying Praxis, Engaging Solutions," focuses attention on positive deviance, on exploring what works as we seek solutions and improvements to the challenges faced by our world. While conference planners invite work on all matters of gender, we are particularly interested in work that explores how evidence-based practices and outcomes related to gender and/or sexuality are used to affect positive change, behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, policies and procedures.

Pre-registration for the conference is required and the deadline is March 17. Information about the conference, registrations fees, and a preliminary program, can be found at http://www.govst.edu/gendermatters.

Docudrama “Still Life” comes to GSU

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"Still Life" comes to GSU

“Still Life,” a documentary by Emily Mann and directed by Dr. Patrick Santoro, comes to Sherman Hall for two showings on April 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.

Shaped by the author from conversations with the people whose experience she sets forth, the documentary play explores the way that Vietnam has affected three lives: a Marine veteran, his estranged wife, and his mistress. The man confesses that he killed a Vietnamese family in cold blood and, carrying the seeds of violence with him, returned home to brutalize his pregnant wife. The wife, disillusioned and unhappy, wants to ignore the terrors that haunt her husband, believing that in time the awful memories will fade, while the mistress, an angry feminist, blames the man's destructiveness on the forces that conditioned him before he went to Vietnam.

In the end, these three become a metaphor for the nation as a whole—still trying to understand and overcome the lingering trauma that is the bitter legacy of the Vietnam experience.

For faculty or staff members in the following fields: theatre and performance studies, communication studies, gender and women’s studies, identity studies or psychology, anthropology and sociology, history, media studies, film studies, or counseling, please consider supporting the upcoming production and encourage students to attend, perhaps for extra credit.

The production has mature themes dealing with war, violence, documentary/docudrama, identity, trauma/loss, memory, interpersonal relationships, and ethnography/ethnographic methods. Tickets are $10, $5 for students.
To order tickets, visit CenterTickets.net, or call the box office at 708.235.2222.

GSU starts its “U can’t afford 2B undecided” campaign with school counselors

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Last week GSU officially launched its “U can’t afford 2B undecided” campaign with area school counselors. GSU wants to get the message to counselors and their undecided students that GSU is the choice they’ve been looking for.

Student debt is rising because of tuition costs are increasing. Graduates are saddled with massive loan payments, of which many struggle to pay back.

GSU is where students can afford to get a great education. Students have a chance to earn the degree they need to prepare them for the careers they want. And with GSU’s tuition being the lowest of any public university in the state, students will borrow less and will not be burdened with paying back huge loans upon graduation.

If you know an undecided senior who is still considering options for their freshman year, invite them for a tour and/or have them call a GSU admissions counselor to learn more about our freshman program. Also visit #itsgovstime.

 

Former surgeon general to speak at GSU

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Dr. Joycelyn Elders will present her keynote address "Evolving Gender Roles in the 21st Century" as part of the Gender Matters Conference. Elders’ speech takes place in Sherman Music Hall Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 7-9 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Elders will present lively discussion on the status of women's health, gender issues in health, education, economics and politics as well as gender equality. And she questions if we are making progress in closing the gap.

Dr. Elders is a long-time proponent of calling for connecting research to practice. During the U.S. Senate hearings on her confirmation, Elders said, "I want to change the way we think about health by putting prevention first. I want to be the voice and vision of the poor and powerless. I want to change concern about social problems that affect health into commitment. And I would like to make every child born in America a wanted child."

An Evening with Dr. Joycelyn Elders is made possible by the generous support of the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College Health and Human Services, and an Intellectual Life Grant.

The GSU Library Is Getting a New Look

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The GSU Library is part of a building renovation that will begin the weekend of April 5. We are looking forward to this much needed upgrade to our library. There will be a new entrance to the library, private study areas and a 21st Century upgrade of furniture just to offer a few highlights.

The library will remain open through the renovation and library faculty and staff are committed to providing all students, faculty and the GSU community with seamless service as we approach finals and the end of the semester.

The first major change will come on Monday morning, April 7. At that time the current entrance to the library will be closed. The new library entrance will be in the same general location, but directly opposite the current library entrance. The new entrance will be through the balcony emergency doors which have traditionally been kept closed.

The new colorful Friends of the Library drop box will be placed outside the entrance doors for after-hours drop off. The library return slot that you are accustomed to using will not be available.

During the renovation, the Hall of Honors will be serving as a computer lab. Movement of the computers from the library to the Hall of Honors will begin this week. The library will retain 28 computers for student, faculty and community use. A pay for print station, photocopier, change machine, fax/scanner, and microform scanner will also be available.

Separate research, circulation, technology, and writing center desks will be maintained. Library faculty availability will remain the same, and library hours from now through the end of the semester will also remain the same.

“We have made every effort to preserve and maintain our customer service,” said Lydia Morrow Ruetten, Dean of the GSU Library. “We will be sharing information regularly until the renovation is completed in mid-August.”

If you have any questions, please send them to GSULibraryInfo@govst.edu.

Drs. Michel and Schranz receive seed grants to expand service-learning

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Congratulations to Drs. Rebecca Earhart Michel and Caren Schranz, both recipients of the Fall 2014 Service-Learning Seed Grants which were awarded by the Civic Engagement Steering Committee. The service-learning seed grants are being offered to develop, or substantially revise, service-learning courses. The purpose of these course development grants is to expand the number of courses offered at Governors State University that incorporate service-learning as a teaching pedagogy.

Dr. Michel, Assistant Professor of Counseling, will use the grant for a Lifestyle and Career Development (COUN 7730) course offered within the Division of Psychology and Counseling. During the class, students learn evidence-based career theories, assessments, and interventions to empower clients to create meaningful lifestyles and careers. For the culminating service-learning project, students work in teams to design and deliver career workshops within the local community. In the past, students have presented to adolescents living in residential facilities, adult survivors of domestic violence, ex-offenders, and individuals experiencing homelessness. Students have the opportunity to put theory to practice and teach participants essential skills to support their career development (e.g., interviewing skills, resume writing, networking with social media). This grant will allow us to have the funds to continue making a meaningful contribution within our community.

Dr. Schranz will use the grant for Occupational Therapy students enrolled in Human Development and Performance (OCCT 7750). During the summer 2014 semester, students will be required to complete a service learning project, including an instructional methods assignment to support the children and families in the community. This project will focus on groups of students working with children and families in a local community program. The intent of this project is to support occupational therapy intervention through consultation or educational processes. The impact on the student will be to connect knowledge to ‘real life’ situations through civic engagement. The children and families of this project will benefit from a consultative or educational intervention design to support the child and family.

Please look for future development and grant opportunities provided by the Civic Engagement Steering Committee. Under the sponsorship of the Office of the Provost, the Civic Engagement Steering Committee meets regularly and includes leadership from the Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service, the Consortium for Civic Engagement, and the Faculty Scholarship and Teaching Center. For more information about GSU’s civic engagement efforts, please visit: http://www.govst.edu/service/.

Special film screening: “Away from Her”

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On Wednesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in F1622, you are invited to attend the screening and discussion of “Away from Her,” a 2006 Canadian film which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and also played in the Premier category at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The film is based on Alice Munro's short story "The Bear Came over the Mountain", from the 2001 collection “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage,” GSU’s One Book, One University selection.

“Away from Her” stars Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy and Wendy Crewson. The movie is about an elderly couple who are very much in love. As the wife begins to suffer memory loss, she makes a radical decision. The movie allows the viewer to experience the couple as they go through these difficult life experiences, and to learn how her husband supports her decision at all costs.

Roger Ebert stated, “Using sympathy and tenderness for its characters, ‘Away From Her’ tells the story of a marriage that drifts out of the memory of the wife, and of the husband’s efforts to deal with that fact.”

Immediately following the movie, Christopher White (Faculty, English) and Daniel Nearing (faculty, Independent Film and Digital Imaging) will speak to the relationship of the film to the short story and about Alice Munro and her Nobel Prize-winning body of work.

This event is sponsored by GSU’s Intellectual Life Committee.

Governors State to host state science academy

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 Governors State University is proud to host the 106th Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, 2014. About 200 undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members from colleges and universities throughout Illinois are expected to attend the conference. The meeting will present student research projects via poster displays and oral presentations.

An additional highlight of the meeting is a keynote address titled “Science and Cinema” at 8 p.m. on Friday evening given by Dr. Marius Stan. Dr. Stan is a senior scientist with the Energy Engineering and Systems Analysis Directorate at Argonne National Laboratory, a senior fellow with the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago, and a senior fellow with the Institute for Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. He is also an actor and writer. You might recognize him from the TV series “Breaking Bad” where he was featured as the carwash owner, Bogdan Wolynetz.

The keynote address, poster sessions, and oral presentations are free and open to the public, general admission ticket are available through the GSU Center for Performing Arts box office. Poster sessions will be held from 2:30- 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Oral presentations will be held from 9 a.m.-12:30 on Saturday.

Graduate program open house

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Be sure to come to the G building lobby Saturday April 12, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the Graduate Program Open House. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about master’s, specialist and doctoral degree programs at Governors State.

Prospective graduate student will interact with program faculty, advisors and staff, learn successful GRE strategies, explore the campus and register to win prizes.

If you want to attend, please RSVP by April 4 to 708.534.4582 or email adalpolo@govst.edu.

Submissions being taken for GSU Faculty Authors’ Reception

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Faculty members are invited to submit their work for the annual GSU Faculty Authors' Reception, which will take place April 23 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. in the FOC Atrium Hallway, G160. Authors are asked to submit their work by 5 p.m. Monday, April 14.

This year, we are pleased that the Friends of the GSU Library will once again be co-sponsoring the GSU Faculty Authors' Reception. Together, The GSU Library and Friends of the Library look forward to acknowledging GSU's esteemed authors.

Click here to download the submission form for your work. Please attach a file of your published work/s and send to FriendsofGSULibrary@gmail.com with Attention: Alexis. Should you have any questions, please send them also to FriendsofGSULibrary@gmail.com. If your work is in hard copy format, please bring your submission along with this completed form to the library administrative office. Please do not leave your work at the circulation or reference desk.

Call for nominations: Student Leadership Awards Banquet 2014

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The deadline to nominate someone for a student leadership is fast approaching. Be sure to make your nominations for the Unsung Hero Award, the Outstanding Support Staff, Student Organization of the Year, Outstanding Grad Student, Program of the Year and the Rising Star Award.

Be sure to make your nominations before the April 10 deadline. To do so, go to
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/StudentLeadershipAwards2014

Annual spring open market comes next month

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For one day only, the GSU Civil Service Senate will hold its Annual Spring Open Market on May 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Crafters and vendors will have their unique items on display and for sale in the Hall of Governors. Be sure to visit that day to find the perfect gift for someone’s birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or just because.

Crafters and vendors are encouraged to participate and can call 708.235.7559 before April 21 to reserve space.

GSU will hold its first Colleges Against Cancer-Relay for Life event

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Come out with you family and friends to be a part of the worldwide movement that will find a cure for cancer. This is a family friendly community building event. Everyone is welcome.

It’s not too late to participate…Join a team or make a donation to your favorite team.

Team Name                                                  Team Leader

1. Dr. Blount’s Adulthood Class                  Kelly Harris
2. Team Catharsis (Psychology Club)         Douglas J. Nanfeldt
3. Marlene’s Team/ T.L.C.                           Doria Scott
4. Cancer Crusaders                                     Vanessa Newby
5. Anderson’s Walking in May team            Machelle R. Anderson
6. Team Spring Fever! (Career Services)     Jessica Specht
7. Determination                                           Shaniqua Jones
8. Phi-Alpha Omicron Beta-
Social Work Honor Society                         Jada April- Brown
9. GSU DPT’s                                              Hailey Corwin
10. SWSO                                                    Brenda Rock
11. GSU TAU SIGMA                                Archana Liggins
12. GSU Veterans Resource Center            VRC

Relay for Life
April 5
2-10 p.m.
Recreation and Fitness Center

For more information email: civicengagement@govst.edu or visit www.relayforlife.org/gsuil

Sustainable garden registration deadline is approaching

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Registration is now open through April 15 for returning gardeners to secure their previous plot in the university sustainable garden.

New gardeners or returning gardeners who desire a plot change may sign up after April 16 for the upcoming gardening season. All participants, including returning gardeners, must complete a 2014 application, rules agreement, and make payment to reserve their plot. For further information, please see the university sustainable garden website: http://www.govst.edu/garden/

Symposium on violence against women

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Governors State University will host a free public forum, “Conversations on Violence Against Women: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Intimate Partner Violence,” on Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in Sherman Hall.

Dr. Beth E. Richie, director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois – Chicago, will discuss how race/ethnicity and social position affect women’s experience of violence and incarceration. Following her discussion, a panel of local experts will address a variety of issues related to intimate partner violence. A question-and-answer session will follow the panel discussion.

The department of social work, the department of criminal justice, Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work (Omicron Beta Chapter) and the Student Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice are hosting this symposium. To attend, please contact Giesela Grumbach, or call 708.235.7690. Leave your name, email address and the number of people who will be attending. Three continuing education units will be provided for practitioners.

Take time to save time on writing

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Are you writing a research paper this semester? Do you need help researching and writing your paper? Your GSU Library and Writing Center can help. Schedule time now to attend one of the remaining sessions:

The Research Paper: Getting Started
Make a plan and make the grade. Find the resources that you need to write an almost stress-free research paper. Included will be discussions of analyzing the assignment to make certain your paper is on target; APA documentation styles and where to find the templates and information that make it so much easier; and the importance of developing a focus statement to make organizing the paper a snap.
Dates: Wednesday, April 2, 3-4 p.m. or Thursday, April 3, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Library, Room D2401C
If you have questions, contact the Writing Center at 708.235.7337

General education symposium will discuss electronic portfolios

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GSU is announces the next in our series of general education symposiums. Electronic portfolios will be the subject on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Dr. Kathleen Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and distinguished research professor at Florida State University, is a nationally recognized expert on the topic of
ePortfolios. She leads the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research.

Join us as Dr. Yancey begins with an ePortfolio review (definitions, models, options), then shares her experience on their purpose and uses. She will then discuss the details of creating ePortfolios and how they can be used by students, faculty and staff.

The symposium will begin with a continental breakfast on the Center for Performing Arts stage at 8:30 a.m. The work will begin at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served. After lunch, faculty and any interested staff will be encouraged to stay and dig more deeply into the topic – including how to help students create their own ePortfolios and how they can be used further in assessment. Dr. Yancey will also address the issue of rubrics used for a variety of evaluation purposes.

The use of ePortfolios is “a campus/community wide effort,” Dr. Yancey said. If GSU wants the “eportfolios [to] provide a site for integration of student learning, students will need support from all corners of the campus.”

Because of the nature of this event, RSVPs are required. Please RSVP to Penny Perdue, or by calling x4130.

Career and internship fair is coming to GSU

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Students, alumni and community members are invited to the spring 2014 Career and Internship Fair, which focuses on the fields of communications, technology, business and public administration, criminal justice, addictions studies and community health.

The fair will be Thursday, April 17, from 2-5 p.m. in the lobbies of the Center for Performing Arts and the Hall of Governors. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet employers who are recruiting for interns and full-time employees. For more information visit http://www.govst.edu/Campus_Life/Career_Services/Upcoming_Events_and_Career_Fairs/, or call 708.235.3974.

Nominate a student to be a commencement speaker

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The Commencement Student Speaker Committee is currently accepting nominations for the commencement ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014. This year GSU will hold two ceremonies; one at 10 a.m. and one at 5 p.m. The university will have two commencement speakers, one for each ceremony. We will need candidates to represent all colleges, so please make a conscious effort to nominate deserving students for this honor.

To nominate a student speaker, access the nomination form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SpringCommencementspeakernomination and fill out the nomination form and the recommendation form no later than April 2.

In order for students to be eligible they must be willing to meet for an interview on Friday, April 11, 2014 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please be sure to share the information with your nominee before you submit the nomination.

For more information, contact extension 4552.

Gender Matters Conference is coming to GSU

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The fourth annual Gender Matters conference, "Embodying Praxis, Engaging Solutions," will be held at Governors State University on April 11-12, 2014.

Gender Matters is an academic conference that highlights research on gender, women and sexuality across all disciplines and historical periods. This year's conference brings together students, activists and researchers from around the globe to discuss the ongoing role of gender in structuring society.

This year’s theme, "Embodying Praxis, Engaging Solutions," focuses attention on positive deviance, on exploring what works as we seek solutions and improvements to the challenges faced by our world. While conference planners invite work on all matters of gender, we are particularly interested in work that explores how evidence-based practices and outcomes related to gender and/or sexuality are used to affect positive change, behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, policies and procedures.

Pre-registration for the conference is required and the deadline is March 17. Information about the conference, registrations fees, and a preliminary program, can be found at http://www.govst.edu/gendermatters.

Performances about the Vietnam experience are coming to GSU

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 Still Life for View
"Still Life" is coming to GSU

“Still Life,” a documentary by Emily Mann and directed by Dr. Patrick Santoro, comes to Sherman Hall for two showings on April 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.

Shaped by the author from conversations with the people whose experience she sets forth, the documentary play explores the way that Vietnam has affected three lives: a Marine veteran, his estranged wife, and his mistress. The man confesses that he killed a Vietnamese family in cold blood and, carrying the seeds of violence with him, returned home to brutalize his pregnant wife. The wife, disillusioned and unhappy, wants to ignore the terrors that haunt her husband, believing that in time the awful memories will fade, while the mistress, an angry feminist, blames the man's destructiveness on the forces that conditioned him before he went to Vietnam.

In the end, these three become a metaphor for the nation as a whole—still trying to understand and overcome the lingering trauma that is the bitter legacy of the Vietnam experience.

For faculty or staff members in the fields of theatre and performance studies, communication studies, gender and women’s studies, identity studies or psychology, anthropology and sociology, history, media studies, film studies, or counseling, please consider supporting the upcoming production and encourage students to attend, perhaps for extra credit.

The production has mature themes dealing with war, violence, documentary/docudrama, identity, trauma/loss, memory, interpersonal relationships, and ethnography/ethnographic methods. Tickets are $10, $5 for students.

To order tickets, visit CenterTickets.net, or call the box office at 708.235.2222.

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