Governors State University is excited to welcome our students back each semester. During the first week of classes, get familiar with our student organizations, and participate in the exciting activities taking place campus wide. If you need any additional information stop by the Student Life Office A-2100 or contact Dennis Dent, Coordinator of Campus Programs and Community Service,

Smart Start and Welcome Week


Smart Start: August 10-21, 2015 

Monday, August 10

  • Jaguar Welcome Cafe11:00am-2:00pm, Hall of Governors

Tuesday, August 11

  • Civic Engagement and Food Insecurities- Noon- 3:00pm, Hall of Governors

Wednesday, August 12

  • Grill and Chill- 11:00pm- 2:00pm, E Lounge Patio
  • Kickback with Kickball- 6pm in Prairie Place Courtyard, sponsored by University Housing 

Thursday, August 13

  • Game Night and Open Gym- 5:00pm- 8:00pm, Game Room and GSU Gymnasium

Sunday, August 16

  • Crosstown Classic Viewing Party: Cubs vs White Sox- 1pm, Prairie Place Great Hall, sponsored by University Housing 

Monday, August 17 - Friday, August 21

  • Service & Leadership Seminar- for more information on program details and eligibility, please visit

Friday, August 21

  • Convocation and Ice Cream Social- 1:45pm, Freshmen Class Picture, GSU Gymnasium; 3pm Convocation


            Welcome Week: August 24-27, 2015


        Sunday, August 23

        • 2nd Annual Fall Semester Opening Picnic for Prairie Place Residents- 5:30-7:30pm, Prairie Place Courtyard

         Monday, August 24

        • Jaguar Welcome Cafe- 10:00am-Noon and 3:00pm-6:00pm, Hall of Governors
        • LGBTQA 101- 12:30pm, Cafeteria Annex

        Tuesday, August 25

        • Student Club and Organization Fair- Noon- 6:00pm, Hall of Governors
        • Secretary of State Mobile Unit- Noon- 6:00pm, Hall of Governors
        • Consent is Sexy- 6:30pm, Cafe Annex
        •  GSU Jaguars Women's Volleyball Kickoff against IU Northwest-3:00pm, GSU Gymnasium, for more information visit:

        Wednesday, August 26

        • Student Life Open House- Noon- 6:00pm, A2100 -- Student Commons
          Join Student Life at noon for the Grand Re-Opening of the food pantry.   Get helpful tips on how to eat on a shoe string budget, and enjoy food demonstrations.  Also, the winner of the GSU Food Pantry drive will be announced.  
          At 1:30 pm checkout the exciting program offerings in the Student Life Center; volunteer for a service project, join the GSU Program Council, or if you think you have talent showcase it during      Karaoke and Open Mic, and hear songs by the Transformation Gospel Choir at 3:00 pm.
        • Food Pantry Opening- Noon, Student Commons
        • Career Services Student Employment Fair- 3:00pm-6:00pm, Hall of Governors

        Thursday, August 27

        • Fall Concert Series- 11:00am-1:00pm, GSU Lake
        • Welcome Week Carnival- 11:00am-5:00pm, GSU Lake Sponsored by the Association of Latin American Students
        • Open Mic Night- 6:30pm, Cafe Annex

        Friday, August 28

        • Movie by the Lake- 7:00pm, GSU Lake
        • Welcome Back Party- 10:00pm-2:00am, GSU Gym, Sponsored by The Black Student Union
        •    GSU Students w/ID -- $5
             General Admission -- $10

        Saturday, August 29

        • Service Project- 1:00pm-3:45pm, Greater Chicago Food Depository

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