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Students may take advantage of the many clubs and organizations that exist at Governors State University. They provide the opportunity to meet others with the same majors or special interests. The majority of organizations are related to academic programs, while others support a variety of social and special interests.

New clubs and organizations can be formed by any group of students. A minimum of seven students can seek chartering as a student club or organization through the Office of Student Life. Students can select their advisor in cooperation with the Office of Student Life and the college, if appropriate. All organizations must renew their charters each academic year. The following is a list of charters on file and the general purpose of the organization, as stated by its members.

For information or assistance, contact the Assistant Dean of Students at 708.534.4552708.534.4552 or contact the club/organization by email.

  • Accounting/Finance Club

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    Learn how the numbers add up - join other accounting students to learn more about the field, understand the issues facing accountants and develop academic positions on issues related to accounting.
    Advisor: TJ Wang, twang@govst.edu.
    Accounting Finance Club Website.
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  • Alpha Eta Society - Chapter 67

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    The National Honor Society for Allied Health students recognizes the scholastic and educational achievements of its student members (membership is by invitation/nomination only).
    Advisor: Nancy Burley, nburley@govst.edu

  • Alpha Sigma Lambda

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    This association is dedicated to recognizing the academically outstanding undergraduate adult learning students in continuing higher education.
    Advisor: Latonya Holmes, lholmes@govst.edu

  • Alpha Upsilon Alpha

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    Dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of scholarship, the development of personal and professional leadership qualities, and service to the field of reading.
    Advisor: Sandra Gandy, sgandy@govst.edu

  • ANSO

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    To educate and allow all types of students to engage with and notice the world from a sociological and anthropological perspective.
    Advisor: Daniel Cortese, dcortese@govst.edu 

  • Art Forum

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    Art students and those interested in art promote student involvement in the visual arts and advise faculty of the needs of art students and the artistic interests of the community.
    Advisor: Jeff Stevenson, jstevenson@govst.edu

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  • Association of Production and Inventory Control

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    An association dedicated to understanding operations management.
    Advisor: John T. Simon, jsimon@govst.edu
    http://www.apics.org
    http://www.apics-chicago.org
    govstapics@googlegroups

  • Association of Latin American Students

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    Enhancing the Latino student’s educational experience through friendship, activities, service and university and community outreach.
    Advisor: Aida Martinez, amartinez@govst.edu

  • Behind the Mic

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    Behind the Mic was established to showcase, cultivate and influence change through spoken-word. 

    Advisor:  Noreen Heidelberg, nheidelberg@govst.edu

  • Biology Club

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    Biology Club brings together students and faculty to enhance awareness, enjoyment, teaching and learning of the natural sciences, and support the natural science endeavors of the Biology Department, the campus and our community.
    Advisor: John Yunger, jyunger@govst.edu 

  • Black Student Union

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    BSU promotes high scholastic standards, cultural awareness and friendship, and nurtures unity and pride among Black people.
    Advisor: Tina Hughes Burke, thughesburke@govst.edu

  • Bowling Club

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    Bowling - enjoy the game and enhance your skills. Don't miss the fun. 
    Advisor: Ann Manning-Nagel, amanning-nagel@govst.edu

  • Chemistry Club

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    Explore the field of chemistry around GSU and around the world with students and faculty.
    Advisor: Shelly Kumar, skumar@govst.edu 

  • Chi Sigma Iota

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    An international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators dedicated to scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognizing achievements in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in counseling.
    Advisor: Cyrus Ellis, cellis@govst.edu 

  • Chinese Students' Association

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    Interested in learning about your fellow Chinese students and their culture? This group works to address the needs and concerns of Chinese students and help share their culture with others.
    Advisor: Changyue Luo, cluo@govst.edu 

  • Computer Science Club

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    Learn how computer science is so much more than zeros and ones.
    Advisor: Steve Shyzny, shyzny@govst.edu

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  • Communicators Network

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    Communications is more than texting. Come and network, share ideas and learn about the field of communications.
    Advisor: Tamara Winn, twinn@govst.edu

  • Criminal Justice Club - Lambda Alpha Epsilon

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    Dedicated to understanding and promoting the professions related to criminal justice studies.
    Advisor: Caron Jacobson, cjacobson@govst.edu 

  • Delta Mu Delta - Lambda Delta Chapter

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    This international honor society for business programs is accredited by ACBSP at the baccalaureate and graduate level.
    Advisor: Jennifer Davidson, jdavidson3@govst.edu 

  • Enactus

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    Enactus purpose is to enable progress through entrepreneurial action.  The organization focuses on social, economic, and environmental issues facing society through the application of business principles.

    Advisor: David Green,  dgreen@govst.edu

     

  • Forensics Debate Team

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    GSU's speech club is open to all interested students.
    Advisor: Arness Krause, akrause@govst.edu

  • Gay-Straight Alliance

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    GSA fosters an active and diverse culture to promote acceptance and diversity on campus, and works toward the goal of eradicating discrimination while building friendships.
    Advisor: Angela Thompson, athompson7@govst.edu 

  • D.R.E.A.M.

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    D.R.E.A.M. (Disability Rights Education Activism and Mentoring) promotes academic success while raising disability awareness and encouraging the development, leadership and advocacy skills of our members.
    Advisor: Robin Sweeney, rsweeney@govst.edu

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  • Governors State University ENACTUS

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    To enable progress through entrepreneurial action.
    Advisor: David Green, dgreen@govst.edu 

  • Graduate Professional Network

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    GPN is an educational organization that fosters and enhances the development and growth of the graduate student culture.
    Advisor: Darcie Campos, dcampos@govst.edu 

  • Human Resource Management Club

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    To provide GSU students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the effective management of human capital in the field of Human Resource Management through affiliation with the Grundy-Will HR Association of SHRM and the National SHRM organization.

    Advisor: Stephen Wagner, swagner2@govst.edu

  • Illinois Counseling Association, GSU Chapter

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    Promote the development of professional counselors, provide networking opportunities for students, advance the counseling profession and use the profession and practice of counseling to promote respect for human dignity and diversity.
    Advisor: Kim Snow, ksnow@govst.edu 

  • International Business Club

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    To expose students to the international environment and create useful networking opportunities.
    Advisor: Olumide Ijose, oijose@govst.edu

  • International Culture Organization

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    The purpose of ICO is to create an environment for international culture exchange among the students of Governors State University. GSU students, both domestic and international, can come together to share ideas, cultures, experiences and promote international education. ICO will provide students with opportunities to learn about different cultures, individually and collectively, by participating in group discussions, club excursions and other social activities. ICO will also collaborate with the Office of International Services to increase global awareness and encourage cultural diversity at Governors State University.
    Advisor: Katherine Haan, khaan@govst.edu

  • International Dance Club

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    To promote and celebrate dance across political, cultural and ethnic barriers and to bring people together through the common language of dance. It is our endeavor to improve interpersonal relations and harmonize the cultural diversity at GSU.
    Advisor: Vanessa Newby, vnewby@govst.edu

  • International Students Organization

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    Learn about the world outside of GSU, meet students from other countries, discuss international affairs and learn about international study and internship opportunities.
    Advisor: Shelly Kumar, skumar@govst.edu

  • Japanese Philosophy Art and Culture Club (J*PAC)

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    Explore and share the beauty and wonder of Japan by examining the refined culture that gives this country its identity.
    Advisor: Makiko Miyara, mmiyara@govst.edu

  • Lambda Pi Eta

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    Lambda Pi Eta is the official communications studies honor society of the National Communication Association.
    Advisor: Tamara Winn, twinn@govst.edu

  • Management and Leadership Organization

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    Gather together with other people who want to learn about and improve their leadership and management skills, as well as personal growth. Learn techniques to become an effective leader and manager through group discussions and participating in miscellaneous activities at MLO meetings.

  • Management Information Systems

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    Management Information Systems provides information that organizations need to manage themselves efficiently and effectively.  Share knowledge of computer systems used for managing five primary components: hardware, software, data (information for decision making), procedures (design, development and documentation) and people (individuals, groups or organizations).
    Advisor: Dalsang Chung, dchung@govst.edu 

  • Masters of Public Administration Club

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    MPAC's mission is to prepare students to serve as public managers in both the public and private sectors. This objective is accomplished by providing students with an opportunity to meet high profile public servants through our lecture series, networking with MPA graduates and local elected and appointed officials, fundraising and research opportunities. MPAC also offers extra-curricular social activities to keep students connected to GSU.
    Advisor: Susan Gaffney, sgaffney@govst.edu 

  • Muslim Student Association

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    The association shares the teachings of Islam with non-muslim students, provides the muslim student body with a prayer place and group for fellowship, and fosters a relationship between different people who share the same faith.
    Advisor: Rashidah Muhammad, rmuhammad@govst.edu

  • Mu Beta Alpha

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    Dedicated to the promotion of GSU’s MBA program by advancing the reputation, accomplishments, leadership and visibility of the program.
    Advisor: Phyllis Anderson, panderson@govst.edu 

  • National Student Speech, Language & Hearing Assn.

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    NSSHLA promotes a feeling of belonging for students with communications disorders, fosters communications between students and faculty, and exposes students to relevant experiences they would not receive in the classroom or clinical practicums. Advisor: Jennifer Armstrong, jarmstrong@govst.edu or govstnsshla@gmail.com

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  • Phi Alpha Honor Society

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    The society invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. Members support each other, promote humanitarian goals and ideals, and foster high standards of education for social workers.
    Advisor: Maristela Zell, mzell@govst.edu 

  • The Phoenix (Student Newspaper)

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    The newspaper informs and entertains the university community with the production of a responsible, non-biased newspaper. It also provides staff with hands-on involvement in the creation of a publication.
    Advisor: Debbie James, djames@govst.edu
    Read the online edition at http://www.gsuphoenix.com 

  • Physical Therapy Student Association

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    To familiarize and enhance the students with knowledge of and participation in professional organziations such as the American Physical Therapy Association, Illinois Physical Therapy Association and other physical therapy related special interest groups; and develop and augment leadership skills in students. Promote service learning through community outreach programs, enhance students' and the public's knowledge of the physical therapy profession and Governors State University's physical therapy program. The association strives to elevate the standards of its members, provide useful opportunities and experiences and promote professional growth.
    Advisor: Joyce Sligar, jsligar@govst.edu 

  • Pi Theta Epsilon

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    The National Honor Society for Occupational Therapy supports the development of occupational sciences and the practice of authentic occupational therapy by promoting research and other scholarly activities by its members. It both serves its members and helps ensure quality health care services for the general public. Advisor: Elizabeth Cada, ecada@govst.edu

  • Presidents Club Council

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    The monthly meeting of all GSU Club/Organization presidents (or representatives) facilitates communications and cooperation among organizations. Information is shared about fundraisers, events and activities. Business practices and procedures, governance issues, questions and concerns are discussed and sent to the appropriate GSU office and/or the GSU Student Senate.

    The convener of the GSU Club Presidents Council is the Vice President of the GSU Student Senate, Shawnta Young, syoung@student.govst.edu 

  • Psi Chi (International Honor Society)

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    The purpose of the organization is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain scholarship in the field of psychology and to advance the science of psychology. 

    Advisor:  Darlene Wright, dwright@govst.edu

     

  • Psychology Club

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    The club's mission is to expand knowledge and understanding of the field of psychology, and facilitate interaction among students in addition to enriching students' social experiences.
    Advisors: Crystal Blount cblount@govst.edu, and Matthew Covic mcovic@govst.edu

  • ReConstructed

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    To provide a creative outlet for all students of GSU, regardless of major or intent, in which to freely express and publish personal works of short fiction, poetry, short films and visual art in an online journal.
    Advisor: Christopher White, cwhite@govst.edu

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  • Sign Language Club

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    The purpose of this club is to bridge the gap between the hearing and the deaf by encouraging awareness of current/relevant topics and the practice/utilization of Sign Language outsie of the classroom environment.
    Advisor: mjohnson19@govst.edu 

  • SLICK

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    Are you looking for academic excellence and student engagement? If so, this is the group for you. SLICK - Student Leadership Inspired by Consuelo Kickbusch.
    Advisor:

  • Society of Collegiate Entrepreneurs

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    Bringing together students, entrepreneurs, alumni and faculty with the hopes of building relationships that foster interactive learning about the world of entrepreneurship. Create a diverse network of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and at differing stages of the entrepreneurial ventures.
    Advisor: Robert Sinclair, rsinclair@govst.edu 

  • Spanish Reading Club

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    Join others interested in improving Spanish language, reading and writing skills. Enjoy student presentations in both Spanish and English.
    Advisor:

  • Soccer Club

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    Play soccer, enjoy the game, learn the rules and skills, and have a ball.

    Advisor: Dean Jennings, djennings@govst.edu 

  • Social Work Student Organization

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    The purpose of the Social Work Student Organization is to inform, educate and involve social work students within GSU. This will include professional development of social work students and the promotion of self-awareness and interaction among social work students.
    Advisor: Phyllis West, pwest@govst.edu

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  • Student Education Association

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    Explore education and professional development opportunities in the field of education.
    Advisor: Susan Burke, sburke@govst.edu

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  • Student Health Care Management Association

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    Join a professional association that includes healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations; provides prestigious credentialing and educational programs; and sponsors the annual Congress on Healthcare Management.
    Advisor: Caren Rossow, crossow@govst.edu 

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  • Student Occupational Therapy Association

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    Unite and affiliate with one organization, all Governors State University students interested in occupational therapy. Promote and advocate the lasting value of Occupational Therapy to the Governors State student body, staff, faculty and the surrounding communities. Provide opportunities for members to socialize, build strong friendships and networks with one another. Provide its members with the most up-to-date information about issues facing hte occupational therapy profession and its related fields. Motivate and inspire members to become the best occupational therapy practitioners possible.
    Advisor: Patricia Kalvelage, pkalvelage@govst.edu 

  • Student Veterans Association

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    Promote educational, networking and leadership opportunities to military veterans, military dependents and military families as well as educate the civilian population about issues that affect those who served.
    Advisor: James Flagg, jflagg@govst.edu 

  • Student Senate

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    The elected Student Senate promotes the general welfare of GSU students through the representation of student concerns, viewpoints and interests regarding governance issues to the administration, staff and faculty. It also strives to improve the academic and co-curricular experiences at GSU and provide developmental opportunities for its members.
    Advisor: Sheree Sanderson, ssanderson@govst.edu 

  • Student Sustainability Committee

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    Student group to develop and initiate sustainability efforts and represent GSU in the region.
    Advisor: Maristella Zell, mzell@govst.edu 

  • Students of Addiction Studies

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    Join an association that investigates and discusses lead hospitals, healthcare systems and treatments related to addictions.
    Advisor: James Golding, jgolding@govst.edu

  • Table Tennis Club

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    Break out the paddles and practice your serve - join the Table Tennis Club and get your game on.
    Advisor: TJ Wang, twang@govst.edu

  • Tau Sigma National Honor Society

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    Tau Sigma is the national honor society for transfer students. Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA to be invited to join.
    Advisor: Sheree Sanderson, ssanderson@govst.edu

    tausigma@govst.edu
    http://tausigmanhs.org 

  • Toastmasters International-UP Speaks Up

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    Toastmasters International is a world leader in communications and leadership development. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,350 clubs in 122 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.

    GSU’s Chapter of Toastmasters - University Park Speaks Up - began in 2013.

    http://www.toastmasters.org 

  • Undergraduate Research Club

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    To facilitate the engagement of undergraduate students in research and scholarly activities, to participate in research related workshops and to share individual research experiences among club members, all in order to enhance and enrich the research experience.

    Advisor:  Shelly Kumar, skumar@govst.edu

  • Wellness Club

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    Manage stress levels as you manage your education and learn about, share and implement stress management techniques in real world situations.
    Advisor: Vanessa Newby, vnewby@govst.edu