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President Elaine P. Maimon receives prestigious award from American Council on Education (2/24/14)

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The American Council on Education will give the 2014 Donna Shavlik Award to GSU President Elaine P. Maimon, a longtime leader in strengthening higher education through inclusion and diversity.

The award will be presented at ACE’s 96th Annual Meeting in San Diego, during the Women’s Leadership Dinner Saturday, March 8.

ACE established the Donna Shavlik Award to honor the long and outstanding service of Donna Shavlik, former director of ACE's Office of Women in Higher Education (now part of the Inclusive Excellence Group). Presented annually, the award honors an individual who demonstrates a sustained commitment to advancing women in higher education, through leadership and career development, campus climate and mentoring.

Maimon has served as an ACE Women’s Leadership presidential sponsor in Arizona, Alaska and Illinois and worked as a state coordinator in Rhode Island and New York. She was a member of ACE’s Women’s Commission. When ACE first organized the National Identification Program for Women, Maimon—then an assistant professor at Beaver College (PA) (now Arcadia University)—assisted the college president in organizing the Pennsylvania chapter.

“Elaine Maimon has worked tirelessly and effectively to expand access to higher education overall and advance the cause of women in higher education leadership in particular,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. “She is an inspiring role model and frequent mentor through her own achievements and her sustained commitment to creating paths to success for so many others.”

 

GSU launches “Operation Mascot”

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This week GSU will launch “Operation Mascot,” the university’s official search for a school mascot. The university is soliciting the help of students, staff, faculty and the extended community for suggestions for what the new mascot should be.

The mascot will be the university’s first. It is another achievement that accompanies other recent firsts, including the university’s first freshman class and first student residence coming this fall, and several collegiate and recreational sports teams that will soon begin competition for the first time.

The university will begin taking suggestions from Tuesday, Feb. 25 until Monday March 10. Go to www.govst.edu/operationmascot to submit your suggestions. Anyone can submit a suggestion, whether they are affiliated with the university currently or not.

A search committee will take the suggestions and choose four finalists, then submit the finalists to a designer to sketch. The four finalists and their accompanying designs will be made public so the GSU community can vote for their choice. The mascot will then be chosen based on a combination of popular vote and university officials’ input.

The winner and three other finalists will receive prizes. In the event that more than one person submits the same idea chosen as a finalist, the prize will go to the person who submits the suggestion first according to the time stamp on the submission.

 

Film screening in celebration of women’s history month

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The Office of International Services invites you to join a celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day with a film screening of “Not My Life,” directed by Robert Bilheimer. This film documents the dangerous practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on global scale. Our panelists will focus on the disproportionate effects of human trafficking on women living in the state of Illinois.

The event will take place at the Center for Performing Arts on March 11, 2014 from 5-7:30 pm. A reception hosted by Toastmasters and Lambda Pi Eta will take place after the conclusion of the panel discussion.

Representatives from CAASE, Chicago Dream Center and Farah Baqai will be on the panel discussing the topic of human trafficking and slavery in Illinois.

Immunization records

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As students have returned for the spring semester, they may have noticed signs throughout campus that tell them they have to provide their immunization records.

Now that Governors State University will open its first on-campus residence, Illinois law requires all students to submit immunization records. For students registered for the Spring 2014 semester, the deadline is March 14. For new students registered in Summer or Fall 2014, the deadline to submit the records is September 2.

Students must complete the GSU Mandatory Student Information History form to comply with state law. The form can be found on the university’s immunization website at www.govst.edu/immunizations. There you can also find the Student Immunization Fact Sheet & Instructions, which provides specific guidelines regarding authenticity of documents and appropriate signatures. Once students complete the form and have it signed by a healthcare provider, they are to bring the forms to the Academic Resource Center, B1215. It can also be mailed to:

Academic Resource Center, B1215
Governors State University/Immunization Compliance
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484-0975

There are some exceptions. Those who are graduating in the spring or summer need not provide records. Also, any student born before Jan. 1, 1957 is exempt.

If you have previously submitted to your immunization history to your faculty/academic advisor in compliance with a specific requirement of your degree program, you are still required to submit your immunization history with the completed form to the Academic Resource Center (B1215) by March 14, 2014.

For those who have trouble obtaining their records, GSU partner Riverside Immediate Care in Monee is available to administer the necessary immunizations. Riverside Immediate Care is located at 25711 S. Egyptian Trail, Monee. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Black Women Rock show

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The Student Life Department presents the 2nd Annual Black Women Rock awards show Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts. This show recognizes women in the Chicago Southland area for their success in philanthropy, the arts, political or social activism, business and scholarship.

The show will feature a fashion show and performances by De’Borah (a contestant on “The Voice”), Electric Ladies, Four Women, LAVAInk, Arletha Bolton and the Blue Angels. Also featured will be special guest speaker Dorothy Tucker from CBS News.

For more information, contact Vanessa Newby.

Fashion show and contest

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The Office of International Services will host a multicultural fashion show and contest to celebrate International Women’s Day. The event will be Tuesday, March 4, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Hall of Governors.

GSU clubs and individual students are invited to model an outfit to represent the country or a particular culture of their choice. Audience members will vote for the most creative looking outfit. All participants will receive a small gift. The winner will receive a tea set.

For more information, contact the Office of International services at 708.235.7611 or Anna Zapolska (gzapolska@student.govst.edu).

Celebrate Mardi Gras traditions

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GSU welcomes the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic ensemble for “Mardi Gras Carnival,” March 1 at the Center for Performing Arts, for a celebration of food and music that gives New Orleans its distinct character.

The event begins with a pre-show party at 6:30 p.m. with a New Orleans-style buffet. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and features the rich musical culture of New Orleans. The ensemble brings the sounds of the world’s most famous street festival to life with jazz, blues, brass bands, Mardi Gras Indian melodies and more.

The ensemble is under the direction of Orbert Davis, co-founder, conductor and artistic director of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic – a 55-piece jazz-style symphonic orchestra. Davis is one of Chicago’s most sought-after musicians. He won an Emmy Award for a composition and production of an original score for the PBS documentary, “DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis.”

Tickets for the show are $35. Tickets for the show and dinner are $60. For more information, contact the Center for Performing Arts box office at CenterTickets.net or call 708.235.2222.

GSU hosting information session/open house on doctor of physical therapy degree program

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GSU’s Department of Physical Therapy will host an information session/open house for the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program on Wednesday, March 26, from 4-7:30 p.m. in room D-34000.

GSU offers an on-campus, entry-level doctor of physical therapy degree for those interested in starting a career as a physical therapist. Information about prerequisite requirements, admission criteria and course curricula will be available. Attend to have your questions answered, meet faculty and students, and tour our classroom/laboratory spaces. Advisors will be available for individual consultation. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, email Mary Tracy or call708.534.7290.

Boot camp for grad students

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New GSU graduate students can learn the tools they need to become strong academics and professionals with the 2014 Graduate Student Boot Camp. During this three-day boot camp, students can attend workshops on student publishing, professional branding, library resources, creating an effective resume and more.

Workshop for pitching research

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The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research presents a workshop on how to market ideas in hopes to secure funding.

“Pitching Your Research Ideas: A Practical Workshop on Writing the Concept Note” will illustrate how to write a concept note to help market an idea to potential funding sources when a proposal hasn’t been solicited. The first of this two-session workshop will be Friday, March 7, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in room G262. The second will be by appointment on Friday, April 25, in room C3301.

Consultants Yvonne Chang and Sarah Nerenberg will facilitate. Both have experience developing proposals for government agencies, private clients, foundations and corporations. They currently support the development of proposals at nonprofits and educational institutions in Indiana and Illinois.

To RSVP, email the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research or call Jennifer Morehead at 708.235.2846. More information about this and other OSPR training and grant writing resources can be found at www.govst.edu/ospr/training.

Intellectual property seminar

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GSU will present a seminar on intellectual property fundamentals Friday, March 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The seminar will be in the Hall of Honors.

The Husch Blackwell law firm will collaborate with Southern Illinois University to conduct the “Intellectual Property Fundamentals – Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks and More” seminar. It will cover various intellectual property topics as they pertain to universities and other institutions of higher education and research. Some of the topics include patents, copyrights, trademarks, licensing and the potential loss of rights when submitting to publications.

To attend, RSVP to the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research or call Jennifer Morehead at 708.235.2846.

 

Undergrad research submission deadline extended

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Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) holds a biennial conference in even years in Washington, D.C. This conference is considered to be one of the most prestigious conferences for undergraduate research activities. It features over 100 workshops, presentations by representatives of funding agencies, social interactions, and poster presentations. One of the goals of this conference is to encourage broad participation in undergraduate research.

This year the conference will be held June 28 - July 1. The deadline for the poster presentation has been extended to Feb. 28 due to inclement weather around the country. Please consider sending a submission to the poster session of this conference of your research that you have done with your undergraduate student.

The Student Life department may provide $500 toward the travel and registration costs of those undergraduate students who will present their research at the conference. Undergraduate Research Program (URP) will assist in providing the rest of the funds for undergraduate students. However, funds from Student Life and URP are limited, and all undergraduate students may not be funded fully.

For more information visit www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/cur_conference_2014/ or contact Shelly Kumar.

 

Presentation on IT job market

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Learn what you need to compete in the IT job market at a special interactive presentation on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m., in E-Lounge. Chief Information Officers, IT professionals and directors will discuss the traits are in demand by the IT market and how to interview for the jobs of the future.

This event is sponsored by the GSU Computer Science Club. For more information, go to www.govst-tech.com or visit the GSU CS club on Facebook.

 

GSU Cyber Defense Team scores well in statewide competition

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The GSU Cyber Defense Team placed 5th in the Illinois Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition on Feb. 15, at Moraine Valley Community College. Students studying information technology, computer science and MIS comprised the team. They were Tamisha Rose (captain), Hinal Mehta, Jen Elentery-Mejia, Jose Arroyo, Kelly Wehrley, McClinton Hoover, Jim Potulny and Gina Richard. The team’s advisors were Steve Hyzny and Donald Washington.

The team began preparations in October. The task was to be in the operational role of a network security teams. The team spent eight hours of high pressure competition by defending and maintaining an operating network consisting of Linux and Windows computers and servers while being attacked by professional security personnel.

On the road to sobriety

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Stephen Thorpe, a Chicago-born rock star from the 70s and 80s, will share his experience of going from a rock star who played with the likes of Three Dog Night, The Beach Boys and Chuck Berry to substance abuse and almost killing himself through alcohol consumption.

Thorpe will share his story Thursday, Feb. 27, at the GSU Naperville Education Center, located at 2244 95th St., Naperville. Thorpe’s presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in room 308.

Thorpe will tell how he chased the natural high of performing to using and abusing drugs and alcohol. Having been sober for five years, Thorpe now helps others see their lives with hope instead of the despair of drugs and alcohol.

Video conference on identity

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Dr. James E. Marcia will present his research on the establishment of individual identity during a video conference March 6 at the GSU Naperville Education Center, located at 2244 95th St., Naperville. Dr. Marcia’s presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in room 308.

Dr. Marcia is internationally known for his extensive research and writings on psychosocial development with special attention to adolescent psychosocial and lifespan identity development. His landmark theory of identity achievement suggests that there are two distinct variables that contribute to the achievement of identity: Crisis (making active choices) and commitment (level of personal sacrifice and involvement).

Anti-racism activist to speak in Naperville

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Ms. Jane Elliot, an internationally known anti-racism activist and educator will share some of the current projects she’s working on March 13 at the GSU Naperville Education Center, 2244 95th St., Naperville. Ms. Elliot’s presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in room 308.

Ms. Elliott is a recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education. She has exposed prejudice and bigotry for what it is; an irrational class system based upon purely arbitrary factors.

Best known for her, now famous, exercise where she divides her class based upon the color of their eyes and bestows upon one group privileges and on the other group impediments. Her work endures to this day and is featured on national TV specials.

GSU table tennis team wins at regional tournament

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The GSU Table Tennis team beat the likes of Purdue University, University of Minnesota and Lindenwood University, the second ranked team in the country, at the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association’s Midwest regional tournament on Saturday. The team is the Midwest champions and will now move on the National Championship tournament this April in Pittsburgh. Team members who competed were Yuefan Lin, Oladele Iyodo, Yimin Jin and Wenjie Nie.

GSU hiring orientation leaders and peer mentors

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New Student Programs is looking for students to participate in the GSU Orientation Leader and Peer Mentor programs.

Orientation leaders will assist new students and their families in their transition to GSU. Selected students will play an integral role in the success of the first year, transfer and graduate students and family members as they transition to the GSU community. These positions are for summer employment.

Peer Mentors will be integrated into the First-Year Seminar (FYS 1001) and will be recognized leaders throughout the university community. They will serve as group leaders, contacts between departments, peer educators and positive role models. These positions are for fall and spring employment.

To join the team, attend a mandatory information session in room B1215 in the Academic Resource Center. Sessions will be held:

• Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 3-4 p.m.
• Monday, March 3, from 6-7 p.m.
• Thursday, March 6, from 6-7 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 12, 3-4 p.m.

Apply now at www.govst.edu/nsp.

Workshop by renowned author

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The Division of Psychology and Counseling is pleased to present a workshop titled “Why Do Kids Act That Way?” by Dr. Nancy S. Buck. The workshop will take place Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 4:30-7 p.m. in the faculty office center atrium.

In this workshop, Dr. Buck will share simple and effective strategies for improving relationships between children, peers and adults; assisting children in learning how to solve their own problems responsibly and respectfully; and helping parents, teachers, and other helping professionals to work out differences and conflicts during the most challenging and difficult moments.

Dr. Buck is internationally known for her work on this topic and is the author of “Peaceful Parenting,” “Why Do Kids Act That Way?” and “How To Be a Great Parent: Understanding Your Child’s Wants and Needs.” Books will be available for purchase with cash or check.

The workshop is free and open to GSU and non-GSU students, faculty, staff, and clinicians.

Please contact Dr. Patricia Robey at 708.534.4975 with any questions.

Get immunization records together

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As students have returned for the spring semester, they may have noticed signs throughout campus that tell them they have to provide their immunization records.

Now that Governors State University will open its first on-campus residence, Illinois law requires all students to submit immunization records. For students registered for the Spring 2014 semester, the deadline is March 14. For new students registered in Summer or Fall 2014, the deadline to submit the records is September 2.

Students must complete the GSU Mandatory Student Information History form to comply with state law. The form can be found on the university’s immunization website. There you can also find the Student Immunization Fact Sheet & Instructions, which provides specific guidelines regarding authenticity of documents and appropriate signatures. Once students complete the form and have it signed by a healthcare provider, they are to bring the forms to the Academic Resource Center, B1215. It can also be mailed to:

Academic Resource Center, B1215
Governors State University/Immunization Compliance
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484-0975

There are some exceptions. Those who are graduating in the spring or summer need not provide records. Also, any student born before Jan. 1, 1957 is exempt.

If you have previously submitted to your immunization history to your faculty/academic advisor in compliance with a specific requirement of your degree program, you are still required to submit your immunization history with the completed form to the Academic Resource Center (B1215) by March 14, 2014.

For those who have trouble obtaining their records, GSU partner Riverside Immediate Care in Monee is available to administer the necessary immunizations. Riverside Immediate Care is located at 25711 S. Egyptian Trail, Monee. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Black Women Rock awards show

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The Student Life Department presents the 2nd Annual Black Women Rock awards show Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts. This show recognizes women in the Chicago Southland area for their success in philanthropy, the arts, political or social activism, business and scholarship.

Nominations for awards are being taken now. To submit a nomination for a current student, alumna, faculty member or staff member, go to www.govst.edu/diversity/. Finalists will be chosen by the Black History Month Committee.

The show will feature a fashion show and performances by De’Borah (a contestant on “The Voice”), Electric Ladies, Four Women, LAVAInk, Arletha Bolton and the Blue Angels. Also featured will be special guest speaker Dorothy Tucker from CBS News.

For more information, contact Vanessa Newby.

Black History Month—Art from Ivory Coast

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The GSU Library and GSU Friends of the Library celebrate Black History Month with the inaugural exhibit of the Skylight Gallery in the Library, “Traditional Art of the Ivory Coast” on Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m.

The event will begin with a lecture in the E Lounge by Dr. Arthur P. Bourgeois and Dr. Michel Nguessan. Immediately following there will be a guided gallery tour with commentary at 4 p.m., followed by a ribbon cutting and reception. Students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community are welcome to attend. The event is free.

“Traditional Art of the Ivory Coast” will run from Feb. 21 through April 25. For further information, please contact Library@govst.edu.

Join over a million readers for a national celebration of Black History Month

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GSU is calling all readers to bring the voices of African American literary giants to life in the 25th Annual National African American Read-In. The event takes place Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 6-8 p.m. Bring your favorite poem, excerpt from a book, or other literary work written by an African American author to read in the cafeteria annex. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the English Department, Student Life and the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (www.ncte.org), the African American Read-In celebrates literacy as a significant part of Black History Month. The program is endorsed by the International Reading Association.

Please email Dr. Rashidah Muhammad or call 708.534.6974 to sign up to read or receive additional information. All are invited to participate.

Fashion show and contest to celebrate International Women's Day

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The Office of International Services will host a multicultural fashion show and contest to celebrate International Women’s Day. The event will be Tuesday, March 4, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Hall of Governors.

GSU clubs and individual students are invited to model an outfit to represent the country or a particular culture of their choice. Audience members will vote for the most creative looking outfit. All participants will receive a small gift. The winner will receive a tea set.

For more information, contact the Office of International Services at 708.235.7611 or Anna Zapolska.

Celebrate the traditions of Mardi Gras at the Center for Performing Arts

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GSU welcomes the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic ensemble for “Mardi Gras Carnival” March 1 at the Center for Performing Arts, for a celebration of food and music that gives New Orleans its distinct character.

The event begins with a pre-show party at 6:30 p.m. with a New Orleans-style buffet. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and features the rich musical culture of New Orleans. The ensemble brings the sounds of the world’s most famous street festival to life with jazz, blues, brass bands, Mardi Gras Indian melodies and more.

The ensemble is under the direction of Orbert Davis, co-founder, conductor and artistic director of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic – a 55-piece jazz-style symphonic orchestra. Davis is one of Chicago’s most sought-after musicians. He won an Emmy Award for a composition and production of an original score for the PBS documentary, “DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis.”

Tickets for the show are $35. Tickets for the show and dinner are $60. For more information, contact the Center for Performing Arts box office or call 708.235.2222.

Funding workshops

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The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research presents a workshop on how to market ideas in hopes to secure funding.

“A Practical Workshop on Writing the Concept Note” will illustrate how to write a concept note to help market an idea to potential funding sources when a proposal hasn’t been solicited. The first of this two-session workshop will be Friday, March 7, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in room G262. The second will be by appointment on Friday, April 25, in room C3301.

Yvonne Chang and Sarah Nerenberg will facilitate. Both consultants have experience developing proposals for government agencies, private clients, foundations and corporations. They currently support the development of proposals at nonprofits and educational institutions in Indiana and Illinois.

To RSVP, email the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research or call Jennifer Morehead at 708.235.2846.

Seminar on intellectual property

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GSU will present a seminar on intellectual property fundamentals Friday, March 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The seminar will be in the Hall of Honors.

Litigation and business services law firm Husch Blackwell will collaborate with Southern Illinois University to conduct the seminar. It will cover various intellectual property topics as they pertain to universities and other institutions of higher education and research. Some of the topics include patents, copyrights, trademarks, licensing and the potential loss of rights when submitting to publications.

To attend, RSVP to the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR@govst.edu) or call Jennifer Morehead at 708.235.2846.

Film screening – the widening economic gap in the United States

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GSU is hosting a screening of the film, “Inequality for All,” on Thursday, Feb. 20. The documentary was directed by Jacob Kornbluth and features Robert Reich, the former Labor Secretary in the Clinton administration. The film discusses the unequal distribution of income and how the gap is widening.

The screening of the film will begin at 4 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts. A live webcast with Robert Reich will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Besides holding a position in the Clinton administration, Reich is a best-selling author of thirteen books, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at University of California-Berkeley, and a foremost expert on economics.

To RSVP or for additional information, please contact Lisa Carra or call 708.235.2834.

For more information on the film, see inequalityforall.com. Faculty is encouraged to bring their classes.

Art odyssey: Autumn in New England

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Join friends and fellow art enthusiasts for an unforgettable excursion through New England’s Berkshire Mountains at the height of their autumn splendor. The trip will be October 28 to November 2.

Your fee includes airfare, luxury motor coach and transfers; five nights of accommodations; admission to all museums and sculpture sites on the itinerary, including Storm King Art Center; select gourmet meals and wine and much more. Book your trip by Feb. 27 and save $50.

For more information, contact Gina Ragland or call 708.235.7559.

Click here for pricing details.

Toastmasters club presents August Wilson play

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GSU Toastmasters Club presents a performance of August Wilson’s play “Gem of the Ocean,” Monday, Feb. 24 at the Center for Performing Arts. The performance begins at 6 p.m.

“Gem of the Ocean” is Wilson’s first installment in his ten-play chronicle, “The Pittsburgh Cycle.” The series dramatizes the African-American experience in the 20th Century. “Gem of the Ocean” is set in 1904 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Matriarch Aunt Ester Tyler helps a young man begin a spiritual awakening after an incident at a local mill throws the district into a riot.

Admission is $10.

GSU to host information session/open house on doctor of physical therapy degree program

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GSU’s Department of Physical Therapy will host an information session/open house for the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program on Wednesday, March 26, from 4-7:30 p.m. in room D-34000.

GSU offers an on-campus, entry-level doctor of physical therapy degree for those interested in starting a career as a physical therapist. Information about prerequisite requirements, admission criteria and course curricula will be available. Attend to have your questions answered, meet faculty and students, and tour our classroom/laboratory spaces. Advisors will be available for individual consultation. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Mary Tracy or call 708.534.7290.

Family Development Center creates an official Certified Wildlife Habitat site

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GSU’s Family Development Center has successfully created a Certified Wildlife Habitat™ as designated by The National Wildlife Federation. The NWF celebrates the efforts of the Family Development Center for creating a garden space that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by providing natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young.

The GSU habitat is located near the entrance to the campus in the school garden. Erin Gutierrez, curriculum specialist for the Family Development Center, said certifying the garden as a wildlife habitat is a way for children to learn they can directly make an impact in their environment in a way that’s meaningful to them.

GSU’s habitat becomes one of more than 150,000 certified habitats nationwide. Such habitats are important to year-round wildlife residents as well as species that migrate.

For more information, contact Erin Gutierrez or call 708.235.7324.

Graduate student boot camp

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New GSU graduate students can learn the tools they need to become strong academics and professionals with the 2014 Graduate Student Boot Camp. During this three-day boot camp, students can attend workshops on student publishing, professional branding, library resources, creating an effective resume and more.

The workshop is March 10-12. For more information, contact Career Services

Board of Trustees meeting rescheduled

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The Governors State University Board of Trustees Committee Meetings scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, have been canceled. The Board Committees and Full Board will meet on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in the William D. McGee Hall of Honors on the main campus, 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL 60484. The meetings are open to the public.

Any questions regarding the GSU Board of Trustees may be directed to Joan Johns Maloney at jjohns@govst.edu or 708.534.4131.

 

Navigating the immunization maze

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As students havereturned for the spring semester, they may have noticed signs throughout campus that tell them they have to provide their immunization records.

Now that Governors State University will open its first dormitory, Illinois law requires all students to submit immunization records. For students registered for the Spring 2014 semester, the deadline is March 14. For new students registered in Summer or Fall 2014, the deadline to submit the records is September 2.

Students must complete the GSU Mandatory Student Information History form to comply with state law. The form can be found on the university’s immunization website at www.govst.edu/immunizations. There you can also find the Student Immunization Fact Sheet & Instructions, which provides specific guidelines regarding authenticity of documents and appropriate signatures. Once students complete the form and have it signed by a healthcare provider, they are to bring the forms to the Academic Resource Center, B1215. If they cannot bring it in person, they can mail the form to:

Academic Resource Center, B1215
Governors State University/Immunization Compliance
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484-0975

There are some exceptions. Those who are graduating in the spring or summer need not provide records. Also, any student born before Jan. 1, 1957 is exempt.

If you have previously submitted to your immunization history to your faculty/academic advisor in compliance with a specific requirement of your degree program, you are still required to submit your immunization history with the completed form to the Academic Resource Center (B1215) by March 14, 2014.

For those who have trouble obtaining their records, GSU partner Riverside Immediate Care in Monee is available to administer the necessary immunizations. Riverside Immediate Care is located at 25711 S. Egyptian Trail, Monee. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

NBC’s America’s Got Talent Finalists Light Up the Stage

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CPA Ugly Duckling 2014Blacklight, dancing ducklings lit up in wires, stunning choreography and a musical explosion of genres—your family has never seen anything like this. Lightwire Theater presents “The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and The Hare,” on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m., as part of GSU’s Family Fun series giving a modern upgrade to a pair of classic tales, Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling" and Aesop's fable, "The Tortoise and The Hare."

Lightwire Theater teamed up with Corbian Visual Arts and Dance to bring their use of cutting edge technology, moving sculpture and dance to another unforgettable theatrical experience. Lined with electroluminescent wire, actors illuminate the darkened stage and wend their way into audiences' hearts. Don’t miss a dazzling display of puppetry, cutting-edge technology, poignant choreography, and music ranging from classical to jazz to pop.

Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts offers the best in affordable family entertainment in the Chicago Southland region. Don’t miss this family fun series in a world-class theater that is close to home, and where parking is always free.

Tickets are $20 for staff/faculty and $15 for students. Visit www.centertickets.net or call 708. 235.2222.

 

Valentine’s Day is about adult relationships

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 GSU’s Intellectual Life Committee will host an interactive discussion exploring how early life experiences shape adult relationships. This discussion is based on the short story “Nettles,” by Alice Munro, who recently won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The story is from Munro’s book, “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage,” which is the “One Book One University” selection for spring.

The event will be held in the Hall of Honors on Feb. 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It will be facilitated by counseling program faculty Dr. Patricia Robey, Dr. Rebecca Michel, Dr. Sonya Lorelle and doctoral student, Ms. Mary McClure. It is open to all GSU students and faculty.

The Intellectual Life Committee is underwriting the majority of the cost of this book to students, making it available to them for $5. If you wish to pick up a copy, please contact Dean Lydia Morrow Ruetten, or stop in room D2419 in the library. Two copies of this book are on reserve in the library and copies of this book are also available in the book store.

 

2nd Annual Black Women Rock awards show

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The Student Life Department presents the 2nd Annual Black Women Rock awards show Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts. This show recognizes women in the Chicago Southland area for their success in philanthropy, the arts, political or social activism, business and scholarship.

Nominations for awards are being taken now. To submit a nomination for a current student, alumna, faculty member or staff member, go to www.govst.edu/diversity/. Finalists will be chosen by the Black History Month Committee.

The show will feature a fashion show and performances by De’Borah (a contestant on “The Voice”), Electric Ladies, Four Women, LAVAInk, Arletha Bolton and the Blue Angels. Also featured will be special guest speaker Dorothy Tucker from CBS News.

For more information, contact Vanessa Newby at Diversity@govst.edu.

 

Scholarship - Dr. Gökçe Sargut and Dr. Natalia Ermasova

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Congratulations to Dr. Gökçe Sargut and Dr. Natalia Ermasova on their two recent publications.

Dr. Sargut partnered with University of Kansas associate professor Argun Saatcioglu to write the article “Sociology of School Boards: A Social Capital Perspective.” Their article appeared in the February 2014 edition of “Sociological Inquiry,” the journal of International Sociology Honor Society Alpha Kappa Delta.

Dr. Natalia Ermasova authored “Administrative Innovations in Capital Budgeting at the State Level in the USA during the Great Recession,” which appeared in the Oct. 2013 edition of “Journal of Business and Economics.”

 

Black History Month—Art from the Ivory Coast

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 Library art exhibit Ivory Coast 2014The GSU Library and GSU Friends of the Library celebrate Black History Month with the inaugural exhibit of the GSU Library Skylight Gallery, “Traditional Art of the Ivory Coast” on Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m.

The event will begin with a lecture in the E Lounge by Dr. Arthur P. Bourgeois and Dr. Michel Nguessan. Immediately following there will be a guided gallery tour with commentary at 4 p.m., followed by a ribbon cutting and reception. Students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community are welcome to attend. The event is free.

Traditional Art of the Ivory Coast” will run from Feb. 21 through April 25. For further information, please contact Library@govst.edu.

Writing Center services

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The GSU Writing Center has a variety of services to help students as they prepare to write papers for class. Consultants at the Writing Center are available to speak to classes about the services offered, such as workshops, the online writing center, email revision and suggestions, individual tutoring sessions and more. If a student is writing a research paper, the Writing Center can help with APA documentation style. It can also make arrangements for a librarian to provide information about library resources.

For more information, contact Becky Nugent at ext. 2105. A schedule of workshops in March can be found at www.govst.edu/writingcenter.

 

Join over a million readers nationally for a celebration of Black History Month

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GSU is calling all readers to bring the voices of African American literary giants to life in the 25th Annual National African American Read-In. The event takes place Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 6-8 p.m. Bring your favorite poem, excerpt from a book, or other literary work written by an African American author to read in the cafeteria annex. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the English Department, Student Life and the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English, the African American Read-In celebrates literacy as a significant part of Black History Month. The program is endorsed by the International Reading Association.

Please email Dr. Rashidah Muhammad or call 708.534.6974 to sign up to read or receive additional information. All are invited to participate.

 

Scholarship—Dr. Michael Williams

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Dr. Michael Williams of GSU's College of Business and Public Administration has recently published a coauthored paper in the January 2014 edition of the Journal of Banking and Finance: News Spillovers from the Greek Debt Crisis: Impact on the Eurozone Financial Sector (2014, Vol. 38, pg. 51-63).

In this paper, Dr. Williams and his coauthors discuss how negative news can "spillover" from one market to the next. More specifically, the paper address how news from near-defaulting Eurozone countries (i.e. the PIIGS: Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain) can impact those countries' bond markets and then, through an information-based channel, impact those countries' stock markets.

Their results are of interest to academics and practitioners alike in that markets are generally thought of as being linked only by "fundamental information" within that market alone. Dr. Williams' recent paper shows that "excess" news spillovers may occur, especially when markets are highly risk adverse to that information.

 

Multicultural fashion show and contest

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The Office of International Services will host a multicultural fashion show and contest to celebrate International Women’s Day. The event will be Tuesday, March 4, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Hall of Governors.

GSU clubs and individual students are invited to model an outfit to represent the country or a particular culture of their choice. Audience members will vote for the most creative looking outfit. The winner will receive a prize.

For more information, contact the Office of International services at 708.235.7611 or gzapolska@student.govst.edu.

 

Workshop – Why Do Kids Act That Way?

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The Division of Psychology and Counseling is pleased to present a workshop titled “Why Do Kids Act That Way?” by Dr. Nancy S. Buck. The workshop will take place Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 4:30-7 p.m. in the faculty office center atrium.

In this workshop, Dr. Buck will share simple and effective strategies for improving relationships between children, peers, and adults; assisting children in learning how to solve their own problems responsibly and respectfully and helping parents, teachers, and other helping professionals to work out differences and conflicts during the most challenging and difficult moments.

Dr. Buck is internationally known for her work on this topic and is the author of “Peaceful Parenting,” “Why Do Kids Act That Way?” and “How To Be a Great Parent: Understanding Your Child’s Wants and Needs.” Books will be available for purchase with cash or check.

This workshop is free of charge and open to GSU and non-GSU students, faculty, staff, and clinicians. Please contact Dr. Patricia Robey or 708.534.4975 with any questions.

 

Graduate Application Deadline Fast Approaching

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Graduation applications for spring 2014 and summer 2014 are due to the registrar’s office Friday, February 7, 2014.

A $50 non-refundable graduation application processing fee will be charged to students who submit an application.

Go to the Graduation and Commencement website and look under "Apply to Graduate."

 

W2 Forms Available Online

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GSU employees who consented to receive electronic W2 forms may now access their 2013 W2 forms through the myGSU portal.

For Frequently Asked Questions regarding W2 forms, view the memo.

 

Students – Streamline Your Taxes

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Students can streamline their personal tax process by signing up for an electronic 1098T form.

Students have the option of updating their student profile through GSU’s online portal to consent to receiving an electronic 1098T. Signing up for this service allows students to access, view and print their 1098T forms.

If you already gave consent, there is no need to take action.

For instructions on how to sign up, view the memo

 

Auditions for “Still Life”

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Auditions for “Still Life,” a documentary by Emily Mann, will be held February 4, from 8 to 10 p.m.

Based on real life experiences, “Still Life” explores the ways the Vietnam affected three lives: a Marine veteran, his estranged wife and his mistress. The three characters serves as a metaphor for the nation as a whole, still trying to understand and overcome the lingering trauma of the Vietnam experience.

Three performers will be cast. Those interested in auditioning should prepare a one to two minute monologue, either published or original. Auditions are open to students, staff, faculty and community members. No experience is necessary.

For more information and to sign up for an audition time slot, go to E 1541-D.

 

Two Women. Two Stories. One Night.

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Chicago-based performers Medina Perine and Penelope Walker will be performing their one-woman shows “Hair Crownicles and Sugar Funk” at the GSU Center for Performing Arts for one night only on Friday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Explore what it means to be a woman on a quest for balance and acceptance in the hilarious and poignant, “Hair Crownicles and Sugar Funk.” This no-holds-

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barred journey blends house music, dance and humor to deliver a message of empowerment that all women can relate to. Join Medina Perine on her personal quest to come to terms with her hair amidst peer pressure and social expectations. Then watch Penelope Walker dance her way through life with diabetes and a whole lot of humor, finding a sense of balance through family, fitness and spirituality.

Only 200 audience members will be seated onstage with the performers for this unique and intimate performance. Tickets are $25. Seniors (65+) pay $20. Students pay $10. Discounts are not available online.

This event is part of the One More Night series, bringing Chicago artists to the southland and is generously supported by The Chicago Community Trust. Our 2013-2014 Season is sponsored in part by a grant from The Illinois Arts Council, an agency of the State of Illinois.

Buy tickets online or call the box office at 708.235.2222.

 

Hair, Health and Heritage in the 21st Century

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Before you see the presentation of “Hair Crownicles and Sugar Funk” at the GSU Center for Performing Arts on Friday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m., join the conversations.

A panel discussion and conversation on hair and body aesthetics among black women, “Hair, Health and Heritage in the 21st Century,” will be held on February 4 at 6 p.m., in Sherman Hall.

The discussion will also include reflections on women’s self-perception and societal influences.

Co-moderators of the discussion include: Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, Assistant Professor in CAS and author of “Resistance and Empowerment in Black Women's Hair Styling;” Dr. Phyllis West, University Lecturer Senior Status, Department of Social Work and Tammara Winn, University Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies.

This event is part of the "One More Night" Pre-Performance Series. 

 

Student Leadership Institute Success

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Nearly sixty GSU students, 40 undergraduate and 20 graduate students, participated this week in the opening workshop for the second annual Student Leadership Institute based on the

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nationally recognized Leadership Practices Inventory.

Over the course of the next month, participants will choose from more than 20 workshops, with topics such as leading change, ethics and integrity, vision and goal setting, and multicultural issues in leadership. Participants will also meet with their leadership mentors; 45 faculty and staff who have volunteered to guide students through this leadership journey.

This distinctive co-curricular certificate program is designed for students seeking leadership development opportunities that will contribute to their personal development and help achieve their leadership potential. For more information, visit the Student Leadership Institute website. You can follow their experience on Twitter by using #GSULeaders.

 

Extended Learning Spring Course Offerings

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It’s time to fulfill that New Year’s resolution to enrich your life through education.

Continuing education courses offered at GSU provide the opportunity to keep your professional licensure or certification current. Continuing education courses can also offer a pathway to career advancement or a new career development. These courses also offer enrichment and development opportunities.

Classes begin in February. To learn more, visit the School of Extended Learning website or call 708.534.4099.

Get Moving to the Recreation and Fitness Center

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Get moving and get fit with a class at the Recreation and Fitness Center. Courses are restricted to GSU students and Recreation and Fitness Center members, unless otherwise noted.

Aqua Yoga - Yoga performed in a pool has all of the benefits of yoga and more. Classes meet Tuesdays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The fee is $15.
Chi Waves - Using water buoyancy to assist balance and incorporating Thi Chi, Yoga, and various dance moves. Class meets Wednesdays, from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Fees are $10 for GSU students; $15 for Recreation and Fitness Center members and $30 for non-member.
Zumba – Using dance and aerobic elements to get fit and have fun. Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fees are $10 for GSU students; $40 for Recreation and Fitness Center members and $100 for non-member.

Stop by the Recreation and Fitness Center office in A1106, call 708.534.4556 or visit the Recreation and Fitness Center website for more information. 

 

FAFSA Completion Workshops

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The Office of Financial Aid will be hosting workshops every Friday in February to assist students in completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA application determines eligibility for grants, scholarships, loans and work study programs.

The workshops will be held on February 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., D2430. Students should bring their most recent Federal tax return and/or W2s. Filing early gives you the best chance at securing financial aid.

 

An Evening with African American Researchers

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For the fourth year in a row, students from SOCW 3100 Social Welfare Policy I Class, taught by Dr. Asabi S.Yakini,of the Department of Social Work, will host “An Evening with African American Researchers” on Wednesday, February 5, at 4:30 p.m., in Sherman Hall.

Faculty members from social work, public administration, psychology, community health, physical therapy, occupational therapy, education and economics will present their research findings, methodologies, interpretations and recommendations. A question and answer session will follow the research presentations. Students are strongly encouraged to attend

“In addition to strengthening students’ critical thinking skills, our hope is to generate excitement and interest in a discipline, to show students how research impacts policy making, and to demonstrate how researchers engage people in meaningful action,” said Dr. Yakini.

The discussion is free and open to the public. It is made possible by a grant from the Intellectual Life Committee. For more information, email Dr. Asabi Yakini.

 

Campus Dining - Menu and News Online

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Check out the Campus Dining website for its calendar of daily hot entrees at lunch and at dinner as well as the February Newsletter describing specials planned for the month.

 

Get Your myONECARD

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myonecard 2014Don’t forget to pick up your new myONECARD from the Office of Auxiliary Services and University Housing in C1330 or at the Welcome Center in the main entrance of D Building.

To learn more about the myONECARD, visit the myONECARD website.

 

ECE Students Share Experience

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Each semester, to help students prepare for their upcoming student teaching experience, Dr. Jeannine Klomes, professor of education, invites current student teachers to share a pot luck

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breakfast with students enrolled in EDEC Lab Three.

The purpose of this gathering is to provide those preparing to student teach with feedback and information from those currently engaged in the 15 week field experience. At the breakfast, EC majors network with the current EC student teachers to share stories and advice. Discussions range from how best to prepare for working with a classroom of children seven hours a day, five days a week, to topics about the most stressful verses rewarding moments. This annual social gives lab students the opportunity to learn from new supportive peers, the student teachers confirm their performance progress, and Dr. Klomes gains insight about how to improve EC course instruction.

“Gearing up for student teaching can be very intimidating because students are required to effectively integrate a wealth of college class material into the professional knowledge, skills, and disposition expected of beginning teachers, thus having an opportunity to talk with those succeeding in this process is wonderful,” said Dr. Klomes.

 

Know Your Rights and Responsibilities – Student Handbook

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A critical element of your success as a student at GSU is having a full understanding of what your expectations are of the university and what the institutions’ expectations are of you as a student, whether it be inside or outside the classroom.

The Student Handbook serves as a clearinghouse of policies and procedures that outline student’s rights and responsibilities as a valued student member of the GSU community. In particular, students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the student conduct and student grievance policies.

Information in the student handbook is subject to change and does not constitute a contract or guarantee with the university. The university expressly reserves the right to change, phase out, or discontinue any policy or program. Such changes take precedence over student handbook statements.

To view the Student Handbook, go to www.govst.edu/studenthandbook.

For more information, contact the Aurelio Valente, Dean of Students at deanofstudents@govst.edu

 

Meningitis Notice

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GSU, consistent with the American College Health Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, recommends that students consider vaccination to reduce their risk for potentially fatal meningococcal disease.

For additional information, please refer to the index of ACHA and other resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For personal assistance regarding all immunizations for you or a member of your family please see your healthcare provider.

This announcement is intended to promote public health awareness and practices, and is in compliance with the Illinois Meningitis Information Law (110 ILCS 690/35-120).

 

Tutorials on the Portal

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portal image 2014A new section has been added to the myGSU Student Portal - an online resource called “How Do I … ”

Students can find online services tutorials on how to accept their financial aid awards, how to sign up for the tuition payment plan, how to register for and drop classes, how to find their class schedules and much more.

Click here to go to the student portal and view the “How do I …” section.

Choices and Consequences – February 13

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GSU celebrates Black History Month with a special presentation of “Choices and Consequences,” a play exploring the personal and professional trials, choices and consequences associated with being an African American man in today’s society. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. on February 13, in the Center for Performing Arts.

Seating is limited as audience members will be seated onstage providing an intimate and personal performance. Admission is free with a college ID. General admission tickets are only $10. Tickets are available online, 708.235.2222, or at the Center for Performing Arts box office.

The play is staged by CBC Productions and is sponsored by a university wide initiative in conjunction with Black History Month.

Dr. Ning Lu Named Grant Reviewer

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Dr. Ning (Linda) Lu, Health Administration professor, has been selected to be a grant reviewer for the Chicagoland area Susan G. Komen Community Breast Cancer education, prevention and treatment program. Komen Chicago invested nearly $1.3 million in grants to 17 local originations in 2013. Dr. Lu, along with other reviewers, will evaluate the grant applications for 2014.

Dr. Lu has long held research interests in healthcare access, quality and utilization for vulnerable populations, including children, women, minorities, low-income families and rural residents. Before joining GSU in 2007, Dr. Lu conducted research to examine the disparities in the use of preventive care in Kentucky women. Her research, entitled “Trends and disparities in breast and cervical cancer screening practices in Kentucky women: 1991-2000,” was presented at the Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association in 2003.

 

Donations Needed for the Annual Book Drive

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Clear your shelves of those new or gently used books, CD’s, DVD’s, cassette tapes and artwork you will never look at again. The GSU Friends of the Library will find a good use for them at the Spring Book Sale on Wednesday, April 16.

 Donate to the GSU Library during regular business hours. Once in the library, go to the Friends of the GSU Library table and follow these three easy steps:

1) Place your items for donation in one or more of the green bags, and leave them on the table;
2) Fill out the donations/gifts to GSU Library Form found on the table. Please note whether you would like a letter of acknowledgement; and
3) Insert the completed donations/gifts to GSU Library form in the bag.

Donations help support the many worthwhile activities of the Friends of the GSU Library. For more information, email FriendsofGSULibrary@gmail.com.

 

Recently Published - Sarah Wegley

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A story by Sarah Wegley, Library Operations Associate for Digital Metadata & Web Services, was recently included in the new book, “A Student’s Guide to the Deaf Experience: Stories from

the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.”

Sarah was asked to contribute a story by the book’s editor. She chose to write about receiving her name sign in Costa Rica while on a trip with Discovering Deaf Worlds of Rochester, NY. Sarah hopes sharing her experience will help raise awareness of this worthy organization.

 

International Learning Scholarships Available

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Did you know GSU has scholarships available for you to study abroad in other countries?

The deadlines to apply for a study abroad scholarship are:
• For Summer 2014 semester: March 1, 2014
• Fall 2014 semester: June 1, 2014
• Spring 2015 semester: November 1, 2014

The Office of International Services is eager to assist anyone interested in any aspect of participating in learning outside of the United States. Let us help you.

For information about study abroad opportunities or for a GSU Study Abroad Scholarship application, please contact the Office of International Services in C3370 or via email.

 

Library Student Advisory Team

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The first meeting of the GSU Library Student Advisory Team took place recently in the library. The focus of the group will be to provide input, recommendations, and leadership to Dean Lydia Morrow Ruetten and the library staff in terms of how to provide the very best content and customer service to the GSU student body.

"Thanks to the new Library Student Advisory Team for their input to make the library a better place," said Dean Ruetten. "It is a pleasure working with a student group representing all levels of our GSU Student Body."

Members of the team include: Dana Agusto, Critisha Ashley, Snehal Chavda, Natasha Lyn Dillard, Marcelina Jara, Katrina Koltz and Douglas Nanfeldt.

Meetings will take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month. For further questions regarding the GSU Student Advisory Team or if you are interested in becoming a member of the team, please contact Dean Ruetten.

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Colleague Users Group Meeting - Thursday

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The next meeting of the Colleague Users Group is Thursday, February 6 at 3 p.m. in the ACS Computer Lab D2430. Please note new day and time.

The meeting is dedicated to learning how to use pivot tables in Excel. The workshop, titled “There's More (and Less) to Pivot Tables Than You Think…,” will be presented by Linda Buyer, Interim Director, Institutional Research & Effectiveness. This is an extended hands-on session, so please contact the Colleague Project Office to reserve your seat.

CUG provides a monthly forum for members of the GSU community to share and discuss their experiences using the university systems. All faculty and staff members are welcome to attend this workshop.

 

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