July 26, 2016
Vol. 31, Issue 2
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GSU Faculty Members Receive HRSA Grants

Dr. Rebecca Wojcik, from the College of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Shannon Dermer, of the College of Education, have each been awarded four-year grants from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA). The grants, totaling over $4.6 million over the next four years, will fund scholarships for disadvantaged students who are preparing for careers in healthcare at GSU. Congratulations to Dr. Wojcik and Dr. Dermer on this great achievement that will serve the Governors State community now and in the future.

GSU Recognized as Most Affordable Doctoral Program

Governors State University's doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision has been ranked #15 nationally by Best Counseling Degrees. Using data from the NCES College Navigator database, GSU ranked high on the group's list. Congratulations, GSU!

Online Masters in Substance Abuse Counseling Named to Top 25 List

Best College Reviews has named GSU's online Masters in Substance Abuse Counseling one of the top programs of its kind. Governors State tied for the #7 spot on their list. Congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff who work to make their program rise above the rest!

Convocation is Coming

Convocation 2016 is just around the corner. Save the date! Join us in formally welcoming the new academic year on Friday, August 26 at 3 p.m. in the GSU Center for Performing Arts. Have a look at last year's ceremony.

FLSA Changes Will Affect Some Staff at GSU

Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) recently announced by the U.S. Department of Labor are expected to impact some GSU employees, making them eligible for overtime. The Department of Human Resources has released a full statement on the upcoming changes as well as a tentative timeline for implementation.



GSU Offers Free Counseling for the Community

The Counseling Lab at GSUoffers free counseling services for members of the community. You do not have to be a student to receive services. This training facility serves the dual purpose of preparing counselors in training and providing access to care for our community. Counseling is available for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Please call708-534-4545 for more information.

2016 Student Employment and Part-Time Job Fair

The Office of Career Services will sponsor the 2016 Student Employment and Part-Time Job Fair on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All students are welcome who are looking for either Federal Work Study or regular student employment. Some external employers will be participating as well to offer part-time openings. Dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes. For more information, please call the Office of Career Services at 708-235-3974.

On-Campus Student Employment Workshop

The Offices of Career Services and Financial will hold two workshops for personnel interested in hiring student employees on Wednesday, August 10 and Thursday, August 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in B1241. Get an inside view of the hiring process for Federal Work Study and regular student employment on campus. For more information, call 708-235-3974.

Ready to R.O.A.R.

GSU is hosting one more R.O.A.R. – Resources Orientation Advising Registration – session. The next session will be held on Wednesday, August 3. It begins at 8 a.m. with a lunch break in the cafeteria between 12:15 and 1 p.m. Wear your GSU gear and help welcome our newest Jaguars! You can use #new2gsu and #govst2016 to keep the conversation going online.

Pokemon Go at GSU!

Pokémon Going on Campus

Pikachu, where are you? Maybe he's somewhere on the GSU campus! As this augmented reality game has taken over the phones of millions, Governors State welcomes the game and wants players to keep safety in mind.

  • If you're playing at night, stay with a group.
  • Avoid suspicious or deserted locations.
  • Watch your step around the lagoon and traffic.
  • Don't play while driving.
  • Be respectful of public spaces – classes are in session.

Pokémon GO Club

GSU is catching 'em all! Get up and (Pokémon) GO with your fellow students, faculty, and staff as you join a team and play on campus. The official GSU group meets every Thursday by the lagoon from 2 to 4 p.m. You can also connect on Facebook.

Café Hours Adjusted for Summer

Based on customer traffic, the hours of the café are being adjusted for the remainder of the summer. Effective June 20, the café will be open:

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For complete information about dining hours and menu options for the summer, please visit Campus Dining on the Web.


GSU Faculty Update

GSU Faculty Update from New Hampshire

Daniel Nearing, Full Professor of Film in the MFA in Independent Film and Digital Imaging, recently checked in with GSU from the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, the oldest artist colony in the United States, where he is in residence this summer. Professor Nearing shared a photograph of the studio he is housed in and said that 20th century composer Aaron Copland once stayed in the same studio and composed his "Billy the Kid" on the Steinway piano there in 1938.

GSU Audio Network Featured in Tech Publication

Charles Nolley, Assistant Vice President of Digital Learning and Media Design, was recently interviewed for an article in Higher Ed Tech Decisions. Nolley runs a system at GSU named Dante that allows him to control university-wide sound systems from one main control room in the DLMD lab. Since the article's publication, he has been interviewed by Steve Harvey of Pro Sound News and invited to speak at a webinar organized by Shure and Audinate.

GSU Alumni's Documentary Airing on WTTW

King in Chicago, a 2009 documentary by Seth McLellan, a graduate of the MFA in Independent Film and Digital Media at GSU, will be shown on WTTW 11 on August 4 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s work in Chicago during the summer of 1966. From McLellan:

"50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Chicago Freedom Movement grappled with many of the same problems that are in the headlines today – the corrosive effects of pervasive racism and persistent poverty. This film emphasizes King's understanding of the link between the goals of the Civil Rights Movement and the social injustice of poverty."

Watch this important local documentary on August 4 at 8 p.m. on WTTW.


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