We know that achieving your personal and academic goals is important to you. To help make your goals a reality, GS2U student success workshops are scheduled each semester, including the summer. These workshops are designed to assist students in honing skills that include writing, test and note taking, and time and stress management.  Advance registrations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.

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  • September Student Success Workshops

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    Winning Essays for Scholarships and Graduate School Admission
    When: Monday, September 8th from  3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room, B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    Are you thinking about applying for a scholarship? Need to write an essay for admission to graduate school? Boost your chances with a winning essay.  Showcase your strengths and talents so the selection committee will be certain that you are the best choice. This workshop will offer the “dos and don’ts” for writing a good essay, help you develop a plan, and provide sources for further one-on-one help during the process.   

    Self-care
    When: Tuesday September 9th from 3:30 p.m. until 4: p.m.
    Where: ARC Multipurpose Room (workshop room), B1215
    Contact: Lily Cahnman at lcahnman@govst.edu and Katie Springfield at kspringfield2@govst.edu
    As the demands of the semester grow and expectations increase it is very easy to forget to take care of yourself. Self-care is an important strategy to help manage stress and anxiety, prevent burnout, and even improve overall health. This workshop will offer tips and suggestions on how to best take care of oneself during the school year and in everyday life.

    Library Workshop: Finding and Getting Books etc. at GSU and Elsewhere
    When: Wednesday, September 10th from 3:00 p.m.  – 4:00 p.m.
    Contact: Linda Geller (708) 534-4136(708) 534-4136 lgeller@govst.edu
    Instructor: J. Egolf
    Where: Library Room D2401B
    You will learn to use the library’s online resources to locate books and other library materials at GSU and at other Illinois colleges and universities. Other topics to be covered include setting up a library account, renewing library materials you have checked out, and requesting that materials be sent to GSU for you from other libraries.

    Winning Essays for Scholarships and Graduate School Admission
    When: Wednesday, September 10th from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room, B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    Are you thinking about applying for a scholarship? Need to write an essay for admission to graduate school? Boost your chances with a winning essay.  Showcase your strengths and talents so the selection committee will be certain that you are the best choice. This workshop will offer the “dos and don’ts” for writing a good essay, help you develop a plan, and provide sources for further one-on-one help during the process.   

    Managing College Stress
    When: Monday September 15th from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
    Where: ARC Multipurpose Room (workshop room), B1215
    Contact: Andrea Williams at awilliams24@govst.edu Lily Cahnman at lcahnman@govst.edu or Katie Springfield at kspringfield2@govst.edu
    Stress in college is almost inevitable, but it does not have to keep you from doing your best! We often think of stress as a negative thing that builds and eventually takes over our sense of wellbeing. This workshop will help you identify strategies to turn your negative stress into positive stress that can be used to help you stay motivated and on top of all of your responsibilities.

    Writing Responses, Reflections, Essays, and Strong Discussion Board Posts
    When: Monday, September 15th from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room, B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    Boost the power of your more “informal” class writing with this workshop. Discussions of the resources available, plans for approaching the writing, and ways to power them up will lead to making your contributions really count.

    Take Note of What’s Important
    When:  Monday, September 15th  from 5:00pm-6:00pm
    Where: Room A2131
    Contact: Naila Silva, sep@govst.edu
    Having an effective note taking routine is vital to your success as a college student. This workshop will teach students the ins and outs to effective note taking skills: what to do before, during, and after class in order to achieve academic success.

    Lighten Up Your Path
    When: Wednesday, September 17th from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
    Where: Room A2131
    Contact: Naila Silva, sep@govst.edu
    We’re not saying it’ll be easy but it will be worth it. This summit will help you rekindle what motivates you in life to keep working hard. You will leave this workshop with the personal drive to reach your academic and personal goals.

    Have Time on Your Side
    When: Tuesday, September 23rd from 12:00 p.m. until1:00 p.m.
    Where: Room A2131
    Contact: Naila Silva, sep@govst.edu
    Having trouble juggling your busy schedule? This interactive workshop is designed to teach students how to best plan, prioritize, and manage their academic tasks using a variety of time management techniques.  We will also focus on how effective time management can decrease stress levels and tips for avoiding procrastination.

    The Research Paper: Getting Started Workshop
    When: Thursday, September 25th from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room, B1215
    Contact: Heather McKenna  (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    Make a plan and make the grade! This workshop will show you how to 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.

    Keep Calm and Pass the Test
    When: Thursday, September 25th from  4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
    Where: Room A2110
    Contact: Naila Silva, sep@govst.edu
    Learn how to study smarter, not harder, through enhancing your study skills and managing test anxiety. You will also learn how to map a study plan, memorization tips, and how to approach studying for different types of tests.

    Library Workshop:  Searching for E-Books and Online Journal Articles
    When: Monday, September 29th  from 3:00 p.m. until  4:00 p.m.
    Contact: Linda Geller (708) 534-4136(708) 534-4136 lgeller@govst.edu
    Instructor: L. Geller
    Where: Library Room D2401C
    The GSU Library has many e-books and full-text journal articles to support your research and assignments.  We will demonstrate the process of finding and retrieving e-books from our library catalog and journal articles from our periodical databases.

    You’re Graduating! What’s Next? Grad School?
    When: Tuesday, September 30th from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.
    Where: Room A2110
    Contact: Naila Silva, sep@govst.edu
    Graduating with your Bachelor’s Degree is an exciting time. You may find yourself asking, “What do I have to do to get into Graduate School and do I even have to go?” This workshop will go into detail about what the general application process entails and how to make yourself stand out of the crowd. You’ll also learn other helpful information on what to expect as a Graduate School Student.

  • October Student Success Workshops

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    Farm Instead of Hunt
    When: Wednesday, October 1st from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
    Where: Room A2110
    Contact: Naila Silva, sep@govst.edu
    “Networking is more about ‘farming’ than it is about ‘hunting’. It’s about cultivating relationships.” –Dr. Ivan Misner
    In today’s modern day society there can be grey areas on how to appropriately network with professionals. This summit will help you learn how to grow a new academic/business relationship that will give you much fruit. You will also learn how social media can help you network rather than hurt you.

    Finding Your Own Writing Process: What Works for YOU
    When: Monday, October 6th from 11:00 a.m.  until 11:20 a.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    Understanding how your own writing process works is the best way to become a good writer. This workshop will investigate different approaches to good writing; we will help you understanding the best way to pre-write, write, and revise for you.

    Writing Responses, Reflections, Essays, and Strong Discussion Board Posts
    When: Monday, October 6th from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room, B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    Boost the power of your more “informal” class writing with this workshop. Discussions of the resources available, plans for approaching the writing, and ways to power them up will lead to making your contributions really count

    Mastering APA Documentation Style
    When: Thursday, October 9th from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room, B1215
    Contact: Heather McKenna (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    From templates to make formatting a snap, crediting sources in your paper, to following rules about contractions, this workshop will help you navigate APA formatting and style. If APA makes you nervous, come to this workshop!

    Getting Started
    When: Monday, October 13th from 11:00 a.m.  until 11:20 a.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    The most important thing you can do when beginning a writing assignment is to make certain that you thoroughly understand the assignment. This workshop will provide tips for analyzing the written assignment to make certain you are moving in the right direction.

    Take Note of What’s Important
    When: Tuesday, October 14th from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.
    Where: Room A2131
    Contact: Naila Silva, sep@govst.edu
    Having an effective note taking routine is vital to your success as a college student. This workshop will teach students the ins and outs to effective note taking skills: what to do before, during, and after class in order to achieve academic success.

    Finding Your Own Writing Process: What Works for YOU
    When: Wednesday, October 15th from 3:00 p.m. until 3:20 p.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    Understanding how your own writing process works is the best way to become a good writer. This workshop will investigate different approaches to good writing; we will help you understanding the best way to pre-write, write, and revise for you.

    Keep Calm and Pass the Test
    When: Wednesday, October 15th from  5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
    Where: Room A2110
    Contact: Naila Silva, sep@govst.edu
    Learn how to study smarter, not harder, through enhancing your study skills and managing test anxiety. You will also learn how to map a study plan, memorization tips, and how to approach studying for different types of tests.

    Finding Your Focus
    When: Monday, October 20th from 11:00 a.m. until 11:20 a.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    Finding exactly what you want to write about and understanding why you want to write about are both important. Putting that information into writing is a key part of a successful piece of writing. In this session, we will discuss arriving at and writing a focus statement.

    Professional Image and Career Conference
    When: Tuesday, October 21 – Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Where: Time & Location: TBD
    Contact: Jessica Specht at jspecht@govst.edu
    The three-day conference is designed to educate undergraduate and graduate students on the appropriate steps towards achieving one’s short and long-term career goals.  In collaboration with multiple departments and student organizations at Governors State University, the program includes a series of interactive workshops to aid in improving one’s personal and professional development.  Students are able to: receive on-the-spot feedback regarding job correspondence (such as a resume and/or cover letter) and behavior-based interviewing, master stress and time management techniques, recognize appropriate networking etiquette and professional branding practices, as well as understand how work study and civic engagement programs can benefit one’s professional profile.

    Getting Started
    When: Wednesday, October 22nd from 3:00 p.m. until 3:20 p.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    The most important thing you can do when beginning a writing assignment is to make certain that you thoroughly understand the assignment. This workshop will provide tips for analyzing the written assignment to make certain you are moving in the right direction.

    Have Time on Your Side

    When: Wednesday, October 22nd from  4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
    Where: Room A2131
    Contact: Naila Silva, sep@govst.edu
    Having trouble juggling your busy schedule? This interactive workshop is designed to teach students how to best plan, prioritize, and manage their academic tasks using a variety of time management techniques.  We will also focus on how effective time management can decrease stress levels and tips for avoiding procrastination.

    The Research Paper: How to Use Your Sources without Plagiarizing:  Paraphrasing without Pain
    When: Thursday, October 23rd from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room, B1215
    Contact: Heather McKenna (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    Paraphrase your sources so that you don’t plagiarize, as well as show you how to credit each source properly. Included will be discussion of plagiarism and ways to make absolutely certain that you avoid it, and the easiest way to properly format your Reference Page.

    Organizing Your Writing
    When:  Monday, October 27th from 11:00 a.m.  until 11:20 a.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    Shaping your writing in a way that is easy for the reader to follow will make your writing more effective. This workshop will help you determine where your own writing might “go off the path” and guide you toward organizing your work in the best manner possible.

    Lighten Up Your Path

    When: Tuesday, October 28th from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.
    Where: Room A2131
    Contact: Naila Silva, sep@govst.edu
    We’re not saying it’ll be easy but it will be worth it. This summit will help you rekindle what motivates you in life to keep working hard. You will leave this workshop with the personal drive to reach your academic and personal goals.

    Finding Your Focus
    When: Wednesday, October 29th from 3:00 p.m. until 3:20 p.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    Finding exactly what you want to write about and understanding why you want to write about are both important. Putting that information into writing is a key part of a successful piece of writing. In this session, we will discuss arriving at and writing a focus statement.

  • November Student Success Workshops

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    Supporting Your Writing
    When: Monday,  November 3rd from 11:00 a.m. until 11:20 a.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    Giving your reader enough information to understand and believe what you are saying is very important. This workshop will discuss the elements of successful writing: giving definitions of specialized language, providing examples that make a point, and perhaps even relying on outside sources to support what your work.

    Farm Instead of Hunt
    When: Tuesday, November 4th from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.
    Where: Room A2110
    Contact: Naila Silva, sep@govst.edu
    “Networking is more about ‘farming’ than it is about ‘hunting’. It’s about cultivating relationships.” –Dr. Ivan Misner
    In today’s modern day society there can be grey areas on how to appropriately network with professionals. This summit will help you learn how to grow a new academic/business relationship that will give you much fruit. You will also learn how social media can help you network rather than hurt you.

    Organizing Your Writing
    When: Wednesday, November 5th from 3:00 p.m. until 3:20 p.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    Shaping your writing in a way that is easy for the reader to follow will make your writing more effective. This workshop will help you determine where your own writing might “go off the path” and guide you toward organizing your work in the best manner possible.

    You’re Graduating! What’s Next? Grad School?
    When: Wednesday, November 5th from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
    Where: Room A2110
    Contact: Naila Silva, sep@govst.edu
    Graduating with your Bachelor’s Degree is an exciting time. You may find yourself asking, “What do I have to do to get into Graduate School and do I even have to go?” This workshop will go into detail about what the general application process entails and how to make yourself stand out of the crowd. You’ll also learn other helpful information on what to expect as a Graduate School Student.

    Style and Mechanics
    When: Monday, November 10th from 11: 00 a.m. until 11:20 a.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    One of the ways that readers determine that a writer is “reliable” and “educated” is grammatically correct writing. This workshop will provide methods for proofreading your work to find and correct these kinds of errors in your writing.

    Winning Essays for Scholarships and Graduate School Admission
    When: Monday, November 10th from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room, B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    Are you thinking about applying for a scholarship? Need to write an essay for admission to graduate school? Boost your chances with a winning essay.  Showcase your strengths and talents so the selection committee will be certain that you are the best choice. This workshop will offer the “dos and don’ts” for writing a good essay, help you develop a plan, and provide sources for further one-on-one help during the process.  

    Wellness Week: Mindful Monday
    When: Monday, November 10th from 3:30 p.m.  until 4:30 p.m.
    Where: ARC Multipurpose room (workshop room), B1215
    Contact: Emily Petkus at epetkus@govst.edu Lily Cahnman at lcahnman@govst.edu or Andrea Williams at awilliams24@govst.edu
    The Counseling Center and Disability Services come together to facilitate this exciting new workshop. Mindfulness is common practice used for decreasing unhelpful thoughts and emotions and increasing positivity and acceptance. This workshop will teach attendees the basic components of mindfulness and suggest ways to incorporate mindfulness exercises into everyday life.

    Supporting Your Writing
    When: Wednesday, November 12th from 3:00 p.m. until 3:20 p.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    Giving your reader enough information to understand and believe what you are saying is very important. This workshop will discuss the elements of successful writing: giving definitions of specialized language, providing examples that make a point, and perhaps even relying on outside sources to support what your work.

    Self-care Tuesday
    When: Tuesday, November 11th from 3:30 p.m.  until 4:30 p.m.
    Where: ARC Multipurpose Room (workshop room), B1215
    Contact: Lily Cahnman at lcahnman@govst.edu and Katie Springfield at kspringfield2@govst.edu
    As the demands of the semester grow and expectations increase it is very easy to forget to take care of yourself. Self-care is an important strategy to help manage stress and anxiety, prevent burnout, and even improve overall health. This workshop will offer tips and suggestions on how to best take care of oneself during the school year and in everyday life.

    Wellness Wednesday
    When: Wednesday, November 12th from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
    Where: ARC Multipurpose room (workshop room), B1215
    Contact: Emily Petkus at epetkus@govst.edu Katie Springfield at kspringfield2@govst.edu
    When we feel badly our productivity plummets; when we feel well we are more capable and motivated to do the best we can in every area of our lives. Wellness Wednesday will be an open forum to discuss strategies to improve the overall wellness of students and staff alike. Those who attend this workshop will leave with positive wellness strategies and skills to incorporate into everyday life.

    The Research Paper: Finishing Touches
    When: Thursday, November 13th from 3:00 p.m.  until 4:00 p.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room, B1215
    Contact: Heather McKenna (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    Almost finished with your research paper, but not quite? This workshop will show you what to look for to make certain that you submit a winning paper; an editing checklist to show you what to look for and resources to provide knowledgeable revision suggestions will be offered.

    Keep Calm and Pass the Test
    When: Tuesday, November 17th from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.
    Where: Room A2110
    Contact: Naila Silva, sep@govst.edu
    Learn how to study smarter, not harder, through enhancing your study skills and managing test anxiety. You will also learn how to map a study plan, memorization tips, and how to approach studying for different types of tests.

    Have Time on Your Side
    When: Tuesday, November 17th from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
    Where: Room A2131
    Contact: Naila Silva, sep@govst.edu
    Having trouble juggling your busy schedule? This interactive workshop is designed to teach students how to best plan, prioritize, and manage their academic tasks using a variety of time management techniques.  We will also focus on how effective time management can decrease stress levels and tips for avoiding procrastination.

    Style and Mechanics
    When: Wednesday, November 19th from 3:00 p.m.  until 3:20 p.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    One of the ways that readers determine that a writer is “reliable” and “educated” is grammatically correct writing. This workshop will provide methods for proofreading your work to find and correct these kinds of errors in your writing.

    Winning Essays for Scholarships and Graduate School Admission
    When: Wednesday, November 19th from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
    Where: ARC Workshop Room, B1215
    Contact: Michael Alexander and April Sebenste (708) 235-7337(708) 235-7337
    Are you thinking about applying for a scholarship? Need to write an essay for admission to graduate school? Boost your chances with a winning essay.  Showcase your strengths and talents so the selection committee will be certain that you are the best choice. This workshop will offer the “dos and don’ts” for writing a good essay, help you develop a plan, and provide sources for further one-on-one help during the process.  

    Lighten Up Your Path
    When: Thursday, November 20th from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
    Where: Room A2131
    Contact: Naila Silva, sep@govst.edu
    We’re not saying it’ll be easy but it will be worth it. This summit will help you rekindle what motivates you in life to keep working hard. You will leave this workshop with the personal drive to reach your academic and personal goals.

    Negotiating the Job Offer: for Healthcare Professionals

    When: Monday, November  24th from  3:00  p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
    Where: Location: Engbretson Hall
    Contact: Katrina Koltz at career@govst.edu
    This is a chance for the healthcare profession students to learn, first hand, those important negotiation skills they will need when considering job offers.  The skills learned at this workshop will continue to serve them well into their future.

    Managing College Stress
    When: Tuesday, November 25th from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
    Where: ARC Multipurpose Room (workshop room), B1215
    Contact: Andrea Williams at awilliams24@govst.edu Lily Cahnman at lcahnman@govst.edu or Katie Springfield at kspringfield2@govst.edu
    Stress in college is almost inevitable, but it does not have to keep you from doing your best! We often think of stress as a negative thing that builds and eventually takes over our sense of wellbeing. This workshop will help you identify strategies to turn your negative stress into positive stress that can be used to help you stay motivated and on top of all of your responsibilities.

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