Welcome Week

FAll 2017

Putting the 'U' in GSU!


Here, you are encouraged to get involved in your new community of diverse, smart and interesting people that will make you glad you chose to become a Jaguar.  Welcome Week is a campus-wide celebration that kicks off the start of each semester.It's a great time for you to meet new friends and find out more about GSU.                  

Service & Leadership Seminar, August 21-24

·         Open to Freshmen & Transfer Students, this weeklong experiential learning opportunity, students are immersed in an array of activities to discover ways to create positive sustainable change at GSU. No cost. Schedule available via Jaguar Connection.

Thursday, August 24-25

MSI Retreat – Overnight expedition designed for MSI participants to engage in teambuilding and bonding exercises.

Monday, August 28

  • Student Life Open House – Meet our staff and learn how to get involved in service projects, leadership programs and off-campus expeditions. Student Life is your place to get involved and enhance your Jaguar experience! Music & refreshments served.  Noon – 4 pm, The Jaguar Den A2140 (formerly Student Commons)
  • National Bowtie Day @ GSU - The GSU community is invited to support the Male Success Initiative by wearing bowties today.  
  • LGBTQA 101 - Interactive and informative, LGBTQA 101 is an open discussion around LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally)-related issues. All are welcome to attend. 7:30 pm, Lakeside Lounge

  Tuesday, August 29

  • Together We Can: Jaguar Den Food Pantry Donation Drive- Student organizations and GSU departments are invited to donate canned goods for the Jaguar Den and help prepare Grab-n-Go bags for Governors State University students experiencing hardship. Stop by to support this new initiative. Grab-n-Go bags contain clothing and hygiene products. Noon - 4pm, The Jaguar Den, A2140
  • GSU Rocks the Vote! Become a registered voter today.Noon - 5:00 pm, Hall of Governors 
  • Step in the Name of Diversity – Grab your Steppin’ partner and enjoy this Chicago style dance. 3 - 4:15pm, Hall of Governors
  • Get the Scoop on Your Rights - What are your rights and responsibilities as a GSU student? This trivia program will provide helpful information on your rights as a student including support resources and how to file an academic or non-academic complaint on campus. 6 pm, Prairie Place. Free ice cream served.

Wednesday, August 30

  • Multi-faith Conversations – Open dialogue with a multi-faith panel focused on the ideas of hope and faith. Noon, A1150
  • Student Employment and Part-Time Job Fair- Looking for on campus student employment or part-time work off-campus? Stop by the Fair with plenty of resumes and dressed for success. 2 pm – 5 pm, Hall of Governors
  • ·Welcome Week Splash Bash: Sit by the pool or take a dip! Must show GSU student i.d. Swim suits required, bring your own towel. Sponsored by Student Activities Council.  Games and refreshments in the Game Lounge. 7 – 9 pm, GSU Swimming Pool

Thursday, August 31

  • Student Organization Involvement Fair - Want to get involved on campus but not sure where to start? Visit the fair to meet representatives from over 80 student organizations. Get involved early and stop by the outdoor carnival activities. Be sure to log-in to Jaguar Connection to learn more about student organizations and events taking place on campus! Live broadcast by 107.5 WGCI Noon - 6pm, GSU Lake; Carnival 1-5pm 
  • Secretary of State Mobile Services - Whether you need to renew your driver’s license or sticker, stop by the booth!11:30 am - 6:00 pm, Hall of Governors

Friday, September 1

  • Mr. & Ms. GSU Informational Sessions – Learn the requirements of becoming the 2nd Mr. or Ms. Governors State University. Noon & 3pm, The Jaguar Den (A2140)
  • Recycle Mania – GSU to promote waste reduction on campus. 10 am - 3pm, Hall of Governors
  • Public Health Brigade Mixer – Meet and mingle with former Brigade participants to gain exposure on their experience and learn how you can sign up. 3 - 4:30pm, Hall of Honors
  • Women’s Volleyball Game – Watch as the GSU Jaguars host Silver Cross! 7 pm, Gym
  • Welcome Back Party – Enjoy a night of music, friends and fun to wrap-up the first week of classes. Hosted by Black Student Union. 10 pm - 2am, E-lounge

Saturday, September 2

  • Welcome Back Comedy Extravaganza – Comedy show hosted by comedian B. Cole and featuring the comedic talent of Kenny Howell and Just Nesh, Headliner, Melanie Comarcho. Hosted by Generating Hope, The Darryl Cooke Live show and Chicago’s 106.3 WSRB. 7 pm, Center for Performing Arts, Tickets available online www.centertickets.net or CPA Box Office .





Jaguar Connection

GSU Jaguar

The Jaguar Connection is a long-awaited tool that features student clubs, organizations, and events.  It's a place where students can start or join an organization, or make plans to attend an event.  Club leaders can gather contact information, share event dates, and post-election processes for all clubs and organizations. The site also makes it easy for clubs to communication with each other.