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GSU to hold its First Annual Colleges against Cancer-Relay for Life event

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Come out April 5, from 2-10 p.m. at the Recreation and Fitness Center with your family and friends to be a part of the worldwide movement that will find a cure for cancer. Relay for Life is a family friendly community building event. Everyone is welcome.

It’s not too late to participate…Join a team or make a donation to your favorite team.

Team Name                                                                              

1. Dr. Blount’s Adulthood Class -- Team leader:Kelly Harris
2. Team Catharsis (Psychology Club) -- Team leader: Douglas J. Nanfeldt
3. Marlene’s Team/ T.L.C. -- Team leader: Doria Scott
4. Cancer Crusaders -- Team leader: Vanessa Newby
5. Anderson’s Walking in May team -- Team leader: Machelle R. Anderson
6. Team Spring Fever! (Career Services) -- Team leader: Jessica Specht
7. Determination -- Team leader: Shaniqua Jones
8. Phi-Alpha Omicron Beta-
Social Work Honor Society -- Team leader: Jada April- Brown
9. GSU DPT’s -- Team leader: Hailey Corwin
10. SWSO -- Team leader: Brenda Rock
11. GSU TAU SIGMA -- Team leader: Archana Liggins
12. GSU Veterans Resource Center -- Team leader: VRC

For more information email: civicengagement@govst.edu or visit www.relayforlife.org/gsuil.

Civil Rights Film Series: “The Rosa Parks Story”

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The next film being screened for GSU’s Civil Rights Film Series is “The Rosa Parks Story,” starring Angela Bassett. The film will be screened Wednesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria annex. A discussion will be moderated by professor Rashidah Muhammad.

The film tells the story of the civil rights heroine, whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice. The screening is free and open to the public.

GSU to host autism workshop

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Governors State University will present a workshop to help loved ones of those who are on the autism spectrum understand the difficulty they may have in processing and analyzing information they need to achieve educational standards recently adopted in Illinois.

The workshop will be held on Friday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in room F1622. The workshop will be led by Timothy P. Kowalski, a speech and language pathologist and internationally known expert on Asperger Syndrome.

The workshop will analyze goals that take into account the challenges such students face and discuss techniques and strategies that help them succeed.

Immediately following the presentation, there will be a question and answer session along with a discussion lead by Governors State staff regarding best practices for specific situations that arise where assistance might be needed.

Professional development credit hours are available for this session. For registration and information, please visit www.govst.edu/oce/Autismworkshop, or call 708.534.4099. For professionals, use the registration code CE-PPEH01-01. There is a $50 charge. The workshop is free for GSU faculty, staff and students. They are to use the code CE-PPEH01-02 when registering. Verification will be required.

Symposium on violence against women comes to GSU

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Governors State University will host a free public forum, “Conversations on Violence Against Women: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Intimate Partner Violence,” on Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in Sherman Hall.

Dr. Beth E. Richie, director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois – Chicago, will discuss how race/ethnicity and social position affect women’s experience of violence and incarceration. Following her discussion, a panel of local experts will address a variety of issues related to intimate partner violence. A question-and-answer session will follow the panel discussion.

The department of social work, the department of criminal justice, Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work (Omicron Beta Chapter) and the Student Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice are hosting this symposium. To attend, please contact Giesela Grumbach or call 708.235.7690. Leave your name, email address and the number of people who will be attending. Three continuing education units will be provided for practitioners.

Take time to save time on your writing

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Are you writing a research paper this semester? Do you need help researching and writing your paper? Your GSU Library and Writing Center can help. Schedule you time now to attend one or both sessions of the following sessions:

Introduction to Online Library Resources
The library is your gateway to academic resources for assignments and research. In this session, you will learn to select relevant databases for your research, select search terms, find journal articles, and interpret database records and citations. Using the online catalog, accessing books and materials, and borrowing books from I-Share will also be reviewed.
Dates: Wednesday, March 26, 3:00-4:00 p.m. or Thursday, March 27: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Library, D2401C
If you have questions, contact associate professor Linda Geller, library instruction and workshop coordinator at 708.534.4136.

The Research Paper: Getting Started
Make a plan and make the grade. 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.
Dates: Wednesday, April 2, 3-4 p.m. or Thursday, April 3, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Library, Room D2401C
If you have questions, contact the Writing Center at 708.235.7337.

GSU’s bookstore is having a sale

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The GSU bookstore is having a sale March 24-28. There will be discounts of up to 50 percent on select clothing as well as deals on other products. Be sure to visit the bookstore and stock up on your favorite items.

General education symposium – electronic portfolios

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GSU is announces the next in our series of general education symposiums. Electronic portfolios will be the subject on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Dr. Kathleen Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and distinguished research professor at Florida State University, is a nationally recognized expert on the topic of ePortfolios. She leads the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research.

Join us as Dr. Yancey begins with an ePortfolio review (definitions, models, options), then shares her experience on their purpose and uses. She will then discuss the details of creating ePortfolios and how they can be used for both our students, faculty and staff.

The symposium will begin with a continental breakfast on the Center for Performing Arts stage at 8:30 a.m. The work will begin at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served. After lunch, faculty and any interested staff will be encouraged to stay and dig more deeply into the topic – including how to help students create their own ePortfolios and how they can be used further in assessment. Dr. Yancey will also address the issue of rubrics used for a variety of evaluation purposes.

The use of ePortfolios is “a campus/community wide effort,” Dr. Yancey said. If GSU wants the “eportfolios [to] provide a site for integration of student learning, students will need support from all corners of the campus.”

RSVP’s are required. Please RSVP via return email or by calling x4130.

Sculpture park director honored by local arts group

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Geoff Bates speaks before members of the Tall Grass Arts Association.

Geoffrey Bates, director and curator for GSU’s Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, was honored March 8 by the Tall Grass Arts Association at its Beaux Arts Ball.

Bates was honored not only for bringing greater exposure to the sculpture park and raising its profile to national prominence, but for his support of the arts as a whole throughout the South Suburbs. Bates has served as a juror and participant at other arts associations’ events. He also hosted a GSU tour to a sculpture exhibit at Tall Grass in Park Forest.

The association expressed “its warmest appreciation to Geoff Bates for his creative leadership in the arts and his great generosity in sharing his talents.” Now that GSU will have its first student residence open in the fall, a recurring theme is to have our students live and study in art. Geoff Bates has been instrumental in making that happen.

GSU president, Elaine P. Maimon, was similarly honored by the Tall Grass Arts Association in 2009.

Career and internship fair comes to campus

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Students, alumni and community members are invited to the Spring 2014 Career and Internship Fair, which focuses on the fields of communications, technology, business and public administration, criminal justice, addictions studies and community health.

The fair will be Thursday, April 17, from 2-5 p.m. in the lobbies of the Center for Performing Arts and the Hall of Governors. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet employers who are recruiting for interns and full-time employees. For more information visit 

http://www.govst.edu/Campus_Life/Career_Services/Upcoming_Events_and_Career_Fairs/ or call 708.235.3974.

Student speakers needed for commencement

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The Commencement Student Speaker Committee is currently accepting nominations for the commencement ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014. This year GSU will hold two ceremonies; one at 10 a.m. and one at 5 p.m. The university will have two commencement speakers, one for each ceremony. We will need candidates to represent all colleges, so please make a conscious effort to nominate deserving students for this honor.

To nominate a student speaker, access the nomination form at https://https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SpringCommencementspeakernomination and fill out the nomination form and the recommendation form no later than April 2.

In order for students to be eligible they must be willing to meet for an interview on Friday, April 11, 2014 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please be sure to share the information with your nominee before you submit the nomination.

For more information, contact ext. 4552.

GSU to host Fourth Annual Gender Matters Conference

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The Fourth Annual Gender Matters Conference, "Embodying Praxis, Engaging Solutions," will be held at Governors State University on April 11-12, 2014.

Gender Matters is an academic conference that highlights research on gender, women and sexuality across all disciplines and historical periods. This year's conference brings together students, activists and researchers from around the globe to discuss the ongoing role of gender in structuring society.

This year’s theme, "Embodying Praxis, Engaging Solutions," focuses attention on positive deviance, on exploring what works as we seek solutions and improvements to the challenges faced by our world. While conference planners invite work on all matters of gender, we are particularly interested in work that explores how evidence-based practices and outcomes related to gender and/or sexuality are used to affect positive change, behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, policies and procedures.

Pre-registration for the conference is required and the deadline is March 17. Information about the conference, registrations fees, and a preliminary program, can be found at www.govst.edu/gendermatters.

 

Celebrating Women's History Month

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Governors State University proudly celebrates Women’s History Month with a series of events throughout March. Prior to the 1970’s, the topic of women’s history was largely missing from general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” originally celebrated in 1978 and chose the week of March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day. The celebration was met with positive response, and in 1987, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March. For complete and updated information, please visit our website www.govst.edu/diversity.

Women and STEM Tribute
March 1–31
Display Case: 1st floor, B-Building
When you are walking down the hall of the B-wing, stop and take a look at the display of exceptional women involved with STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. For more information, email vnewby@govst.edu.

PechaKucha Night
Wednesday, March 26
6-7 p.m., E-Lounge
PechaKucha Night is an event that comes in a presentation format, where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Present your ideas, interests and hobbies at this event. For more information, email diversity@govst.edu.

“Our Bodies, Our Labor, Ourselves: Reproductive Technologies and Women’s Rights”
Thursday, March 27
4:30–6 p.m., E1540
This is a class that will discuss modern reproductive technologies such as surrogacy, in vitro fertilization, and prenatal testing as powerful resources. For more information, email balmassi@govst.edu.

Women’s Night poetry reading
March 27
5–6 p.m., café annex
Ladies are invited to participate in a poetry reading of your choice; selections must go along with the subject of women’s rights and/or women’s equality. For more information, email gzapolska@student.govst.edu.

Women’s History Month Closing Event: “Mama’s Place”
March 28
7 p.m., Sherman Recital Hall
Join us for a “Student Performance Spotlight” featuring Allen-Patricia Britten, this year’s GSU Idol winner, who performs highlights of her original production of “Mama’s Place.” This is a story of one mother’s daily challenges as she struggles to raise five scrappy children with limited resources and negative outside influences. Her story will move you from laughter to tears particularly when a social worker shows up at her door; she risks losing it all as she fights to uphold her Christian values against a system in opposition to her beliefs. For more information, email diversity@govst.edu.

If you have any questions, please email vnewby@govst.edu or call 708.534.4551 for more information.

Call for programs for Women's History Month

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If you have any events, programs or open classes for Women’s History Month, please send the details to diversityprograms@govst.edu to have them included in the calendar of events.

Women's History Month is in March. As in the past, Student Life is putting together a host of events to honor the month. As part of the events calendar, please consider hosting an open class if any of your content is relevant. The theme is Women of Character, Courage and Commitment – though your case can relate generally to Women's History Month.

To submit a presentation (open class) please complete the survey at survey monkey. Information about other events for Women's History Month can be found on the Campus Life page.

Documentary comes to GSU from theater and performance studies department

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"Still Life," a documentary about the post-Vietnam experience, comes to GSU.

“Still Life,” a documentary by Emily Mann and directed by Dr. Patrick Santoro, comes to Sherman Hall for two showings on April 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.

Shaped by the author from conversations with the people whose experience she sets forth, the documentary play explores the way that Vietnam has affected three lives: a Marine veteran, his estranged wife, and his mistress. The man confesses that he killed a Vietnamese family in cold blood and, carrying the seeds of violence with him, returned home to brutalize his pregnant wife. The wife, disillusioned and unhappy, wants to ignore the terrors that haunt her husband, believing that in time the awful memories will fade, while the mistress, an angry feminist, blames the man's destructiveness on the forces that conditioned him before he went to Vietnam.

In the end, these three become a metaphor for the nation as a whole—still trying to understand and overcome the lingering trauma that is the bitter legacy of the Vietnam experience.

The production has mature themes. Tickets are $10, $5 for students.

To order tickets, visit CenterTickets.net, or call the box office at 708.235.2222.

Campus menu and myONECARD

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The campus dining menu for March, as well as the newsletter, are now available online. Check out the campus dining website (http://www.govst.edu/Campus_Life/Campus_Dining/) for its calendar of daily hot entrees at lunch and dinner. Be sure to check out the March newsletter, which describes specials planned for the month.

Also, be sure to pick up your new myONECARD from the office of Auxiliary Services and University Housing (C1330) or the Welcome Center (D Building, Main Entrance). Click here for more information about myONECARD.

GSU to host info 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.

GSU portal gets new look

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The GSU portal has a new look

You may have noticed a new look for the GSU portal. This new look is part of a three-phase project to improve the overall user experience.

Karen Stuenkel and her committee are leading the project and they will soon seek input from various members of the GSU community about the portal.

Please be on the look out for an upcoming survey in which you can share your portal experiences. Also look for opportunities to participate in focus groups that will seek added input.

Student chapter places 6th in regional competition

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The student chapter of the Association for Operations Management won 6th place in the Great Lakes District Case Competition Feb. 22-23 in Downers Grove, Ill. This is the second year in a row GSU students have placed in this competition.

GSU students analyzed a business case, submitted a paper, and made a presentation in front of professionals from the Chicagoland area. The case for the competition was given to the students on Friday night and they had to write the paper and submit it for presentation by Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Presentations were held at 11 a.m.

GSU students were competing against universities of various calibers and regions and above all they performed well under pressure. The group is led by faculty member Dr. John Simon.

 

GSU student chosen as NBCC Foundation scholar

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Khadijah Bradford, a graduate student in school counseling, was recently named a National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation scholar. She will receive a $5,000 scholarship and be featured in the organization’s upcoming press releases.

 The NBCC Foundation was created in 2005 “to harness the knowledge and prestige of NBCC to improve the mental health and well-being of all people.” The mission of the NBCC Foundation is “to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change.”

Bradford will participate in a virtual awards ceremony, where she will get a chance to meet the team of reviewers who chose her for her award.

“The Miracle Worker” comes to Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts

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"The Miracle Worker" comes to the Center for Performing Arts

Governors State University welcomes the Montana Repertory Theater’s production of William Gibson’s play, “The Miracle Worker,” which will play at the Center for Performing Arts Friday, March 21 at 8 p.m.

“The Miracle Worker” tells the story of Helen Keller, deaf and blind since infancy, who finds her way into the world of knowledge and understanding with the help of Anne Sullivan, her gifted tutor. In some of the most turbulent and emotion-packed scenes ever presented on the stage, Helen overcomes rage and confusion to triumph over her physical disabilities. “The Miracle Worker” won the 1960 Tony Award for Best Play.

In conjunction with the performance, there will be two art exhibits on display. GSU’s Art on Campus program features art work from Little City Arts and Project Onward in the “Art Gathering: ABILITY” exhibit that can be seen throughout campus. These two Chicago organizations provide support and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to make and promote their art. The exhibit is now showing and will run until March 28.

For the other exhibit, guest curator Sarah Krepp took inspiration from Helen Keller’s energy, drive and fortitude to curate “Inner Sight/Insight: Driven to Dare,” which can be seen in the Visual Arts Gallery. This exhibit will run from March 17 to April 8.

Attendees are encouraged to enjoy the exhibitions prior to the performance during a free reception from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the E Lounge. Tickets for the performance start at $25. Tickets for seniors 65 and older are $20.

Colleague Users Group changes name, announces March meeting

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CUG, the Colleague Users Group, has a new name; the Technology Users Group, or TUG.

TUG is an advisory group made up of technology users from all areas of the university. Since all facets of technology are inter-reliant, all faculty, staff and students are considered members of TUG.

The next meeting of TUG is Thursday, March 20 at 2 p.m. in the ACS Computer Lab, room D2438. Please note new day and time.

The meeting is dedicated to learning more about Microsoft Excel. The workshop will cover how to set up password protections, how to split the screen and how to hide rows and columns. It will be presented by Diane Nadler, library reference desk manager. This is a hands-on session with limited seats, so please contact the Colleague Project Office to reserve your spot.

The activities of TUG provide a public forum for community members to share experiences, to explore possibilities and to learn about Colleague, the Portal and other technology used at GSU. Members can also share their technology expertise with others, so collaboratively all members can achieve peak technology efficiency.

Career and internship fair

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Students, alumni and community members are invited to the Spring 2014 Career and Internship Fair, which focuses on the fields of communications, technology, business and public administration, criminal justice, addictions studies and community health.

The fair will be Thursday, April 17, from 2-5 p.m. in the lobbies of the Center for Performing Arts and the Hall of Governors. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet employers who are recruiting for interns and full-time employees. For more information visit Career Services or call 708.235.3974.

Call for student nominations: commencement speakers

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The Commencement Student Speaker Committee is currently accepting nominations for the commencement ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014. This year GSU will hold two ceremonies; one at 10 a.m. and one at 5 p.m. The university will have two commencement speakers, one for each ceremony. We will need candidates to represent all colleges, so please make a conscious effort to nominate deserving students for this prestigious honor.

To nominate a student speaker, access the nomination form here and fill out both the nomination form and the recommendation form no later than April 2.

In order for students to be eligible they must be willing to meet for an interview on Friday, April 11, 2014 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please be sure to share the information with your nominee before you submit the nomination.

For more information, contact extension 4552.

GSU graduate students participate in consulting program in Barbados

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On March 8, four CBPA graduate students – Diane Gorka, Alethia Pollard, Edidiong Udonkong, and Arriahn Tucker – traveled to Barbados and started the two week long Barbados MBA Student Engagement Program. This exciting program is offered by Indiana University Kelley School of Business with grant funding from US Agency for International Development. The GSU students will be paired with IU Kelley School students and University of West Indies students and work with local businesses as consultants.

Faculty and administrators at CBPA believe programs like this provide great opportunities for our students to gain first-hand experience working with business clients in an emerging economy. Not only will they be able to apply what they have learned in their MBA/MSA coursework in real-world business settings to solve complex problems, they will also have opportunity to experience a different culture while working with people from different backgrounds in a group setting.

Student leadership programs shape tomorrow’s leaders

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Students receive certificates for completing this year's student leadership programs

GSU’s second annual student leadership programs – the Student Leadership Institute and the Graduate Leadership Scholars – came to a close Tuesday, March 4, as about 50 undergraduate and graduate students were recognized for their participation in the program.

In a ceremony in E-Lounge, students received certificates following weeks of attending intensive leadership workshops. The workshops were designed to address the five exemplary leadership practices that centered around the framework entitled “The Student Leadership Challenge” by James Kouzes and Barry Posner. The students’ mentors – mostly GSU faculty, administrators, and staff – were also recognized for their guidance during the program.

Students Cezanne Shannon and Mirabel Wiryen, along with mentor Dennis Dent, Jr., coordinator for campus programs and community service, discussed the focus and direction participating in this program provided them.

Student Amanda Ziaja and her mentor Jeff Stevenson, director of The Art Gallery, discussed their experiences during the program. “This made me look at leadership in a different light,” she said.

Undergraduate participants in the program were: Yomi Abraham, Dorota Allen, Critisha Ashley, Terri Baker, Chaundra Barber, Cherish Brown, Adrianna Cadena, Lisa Davis, Juana De Loera, Adreanna Doizan, Gloria Dotson-Lewis, Brian W. Drummond, Angel Green-Cholke, Melvin Hayes, Kristi Hendershott, Manar Jaber, Addison Jackson Jr., Annetta Jones-Morgan, Jeremy Joyce, Archana Liggins, Ricca Louissaint, Avalon Marciniak, Cheryl McClure-Johnson, Heather McKenna, Monique Mobley, Douglas Nanfeldt, Aviance Richard, Candice Robbins, Navarra Scott, Doria Scott, Cezanne Shannon, Sharita Walker, Yulonda Whisby, Mirabel Wiryen, and Amanda Ziaja.

Graduate students in the program were Michelle Adeniyi, Sheena Aikens , Sandra Alvarado, Josephine Anetekhai, Charles E. Barwegen, Jr., Yvonne Chism, Carla Davis, Paula Franklin, Michael Grammer, William E Joyce, William Moore, Diana Muhammad, Janel Riddick, and Tenille Wallace.

The fourth annual Gender Matters conference comes to GSU

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The fourth annual Gender Matters conference, "Embodying Praxis, Engaging Solutions," will be held at Governors State University on April 11-12, 2014.

Gender Matters is an academic conference that highlights research on gender, women and sexuality across all disciplines and historical periods. This year's conference brings together students, activists and researchers from around the globe to discuss the ongoing role of gender in structuring society.

This year’s theme, "Embodying Praxis, Engaging Solutions," focuses attention on positive deviance, on exploring what works as we seek solutions and improvements to the challenges faced by our world. While conference planners invite work on all matters of gender, we are particularly interested in work that explores how evidence-based practices and outcomes related to gender and/or sexuality are used to affect positive change, behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, policies and procedures.

Pre-registration for the conference is required and the deadline is March 17. Information about the conference, registrations fees, and a preliminary program, can be found at www.govst.edu/gendermatters.

Governors State University cyber security team competes in state championship

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GSU's cyber aces team

Governors State University cybersecurity team of students and faculty competed in the Governor’s Cyber Aces State Championship March 1 at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills. The team was asked to compete after finishing fifth in the Illinois Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Feb. 15 at MVCC.

GSU students were tested against students from around the country. The top 3 percent of students competing in the state were invited to the Governors State Championship.

Tomas Koslab, Jim Potulny, Regina Richard, Tamisha Rose, John Nelson and faculty member Steve Hyzny competed in the state championship. The event began with a panel discussion on ethics with an FBI agent, a system penetration tester and a cyber-security educator. The panel discussed and debated ethical issues of being a cyber-security professional. Then the participants were given a small lesson on tools used in the field. The goal was to discover information needed to answer questions for points. When enough points were achieved, up to four more levels could be opened.

The competition was developed by the SANS Institute (leaders in cyber security training) and is offered in a two day competition to top security professionals. The top three participants received awards but over 50 people, including GSU students, enjoyed the learning experience and chance to show off their skills.

This is the third completion GSU students have competed in for cyber security this year. The competitions test student’s skills and ability to apply the lessons learned in IT and CS classes at GSU. The new IT degree program started last year includes courses on ethical hacking, networking routing, and securing servers to prepare students for a future in cyber-security.

Celebrating Women's History Month: Women of character, courage and commitment

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Governors State University proudly celebrates Women’s History Month with a series of events throughout March. Prior to the 1970’s, the topic of women’s history was largely missing from general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” originally celebrated in 1978 and chose the week of March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day. The celebration was met with positive response, and in 1987, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March. For complete and updated information, please visit our website www.govst.edu/diversity.

Women and STEM Tribute
March 1–31
Display Case: 1st floor, B-Building
When you are walking down the hall of the B-wing; stop and take a look at the display of exceptional women involved with STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. For more information, email vnewby@govst.edu.

“Hot Flashes”
Wednesday, March 19
6:30 p.m., Center for Performing Arts
Free for GSU Students with ID. General admission is $10.
“Hot Flashes” is a play about the strength of women, young and old, as they overcome obstacles, face their issues and become phenomenal in their own right. For event information, email vnewby@govst.edu.

PechaKucha Night
Wednesday, March 26
6-7 p.m., E-Lounge
PechaKucha Night is an event that comes in a presentation format, where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Present your ideas, interests, hobbies at this event. For more information, email diversity@govst.edu.

“Our Bodies, Our Labor, Ourselves: Reproductive Technologies and Women’s Rights”
Thursday, March 27
4:30–6 p.m., E1540
This is a class that will discuss modern reproductive technologies such as surrogacy, in vitro fertilization, and prenatal testing as powerful resources. For more information, email balmassi@govst.edu.

Women’s Night poetry reading
March 27
5–6 p.m., café annex
Ladies are invited to participate in a poetry reading of your choice; selections must go along with the subject of women’s rights and/or women’s equality. For more information, email gzapolska@student.govst.edu.

Women’s History Month Closing Event: “Mama’s Place”
March 28
7 p.m., Sherman Recital Hall
Join us for a “Student Performance Spotlight” featuring Allen-Patricia Britten, this year’s GSU Idol winner, who performs highlights of her original production of “Mama’s Place.” This is a story of one mother’s daily challenges as she struggles to raise five scrappy children with limited resources and negative outside influences. Her story will move you from laughter to tears particularly when a social worker shows up at her door; she risks losing it all as she fights to uphold her Christian values against a system in opposition to her beliefs. For more information, email diversity@govst.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Newby or call 708.534.4551 for more information.

Call for programs: Women’s History Month

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If you have any events, programs or open classes for Women’s History Month, please send the details to diversityprograms@govst.edu to have them included in the calendar of events.

Women's History Month is in March. As in the past, Student Life is putting together a host of events to honor the month. As part of the events calendar, please consider hosting an open class if any of your content is relevant. The theme is Women of Character, Courage and Commitment – though your case can relate generally to Women's History Month.

To submit a presentation (open class) please complete the survey here. Information about other events for Women's History Month can be found at www.govst.edu/Campus_Life/Multicultural_Programs/.

 

Theater and Performance Studies department presents “Still Life”

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Still Life for View
 

“Still Life,” a documentary by Emily Mann and directed by Dr. Patrick Santoro, comes to Sherman Hall for two showings on April 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.

Shaped by the author from conversations with the people whose experience she sets forth, the documentary play explores the way that Vietnam has affected three lives: a Marine veteran, his estranged wife, and his mistress. The man confesses that he killed a Vietnamese family in cold blood and, carrying the seeds of violence with him, returned home to brutalize his pregnant wife. The wife, disillusioned and unhappy, wants to ignore the terrors that haunt her husband, believing that in time the awful memories will fade, while the mistress, an angry feminist, blames the man's destructiveness on the forces that conditioned him before he went to Vietnam.

In the end, these three become a metaphor for the nation as a whole—still trying to understand and overcome the lingering trauma that is the bitter legacy of the Vietnam experience.

The production has mature themes. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. To order tickets, visit CenterTickets.net, or call the box office at 708.235.2222.

Campus dining menu and myONECARD

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The campus dining menu for March, as well as the newsletter, are now available online. Check out the campus dining website for its calendar of daily hot entrees at lunch and dinner. Be sure to check out the March newsletter, which describes specials planned for the month.

Also, be sure to pick up your new myONECARD from the office of Auxiliary Services and University Housing (C1330) or the Welcome Center (D Building, Main Entrance). Click here for more information about myONECARD.

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 at 708.534.7290.

GSU president awarded Donna Shavlik Award

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GSU president Elaine P. Maimon (right) receives the Donna Shavlik award from Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education.

Governors State University announced this week that its president, Elaine P. Maimon, has won the 2014 Donna Shavlik Award from the American Council on Education.

The award honors an individual whose leadership demonstrates a sustained commitment to advancing women in higher education through actions or initiatives enhancing women’s leadership and career development, campus climate, and mentoring of women at both the state and national levels.

“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 both in how she has achieved success and in her sustained commitment to creating paths to success for so many others.”

The award was established in 1999 to honor the service of Donna Shavlik, past director ACE’s former Office of Women in Higher Education. The award is presented each year at ACE’s Women’s Leadership Dinner during its annual meeting.

Maimon was nominated for the award by Governors State University provost, Deborah Bordelon.

Dr. Colleen Sexton named associate provost

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GSU provost Deborah Bordelon announced that Dr. Colleen Sexton will be the next associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs.

During the months of April and May, Dr. Sexton will serve as the associate provost designate, and she will also continue to serve as the chair of the division of education during the transition. She will officially assume the position on June 1, 2014.

To read Provost Bordelon’s full memo, click here.

Great Colleges to Work For program

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The Great Colleges to Work For program – sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education and ModernThink, LLC – provides senior-level administrators and academic leaders with insights on the quality of the workplace experience and the competitiveness of their policies and benefits.

Governors State University is participating in The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For program, a study designed to recognize institutions that have built great workplaces.

Part of the program involves an employee survey distributed to a sample of each institution’s full-time faculty, adjuncts, A and Ps, division chairs, ASP’s, staff, and civil service (exempt and non-exempt) staff. The survey is designed specifically for higher education. On March 17, 2014, this survey will be distributed to a random selection of our employees.

If you receive the invitation, please take a moment to complete the survey. You will be representing not only yourself, but all your colleagues, so please take the time to share your feedback. The results of the survey will be factored into the overall scoring process which will ultimately determine the institutions recognized. After The Chronicle publishes the findings this July, GSU will receive a report that summarizes responses to the survey questions.

We encourage everyone’s participation! A high response rate helps ensure accurate results and demonstrates the commitment of our workforce.

Please contact Joyce Coleman, Assoc. VP for Human Resources & Diversity or visit www.ChronicleGreatColleges.com, if you have any questions.

Celebrating women of character, courage and commitment

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Governors State University proudly celebrates Women’s History Month with a series of events throughout March. Prior to the 1970’s, the topic of women’s history was largely missing from general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” originally celebrated in 1978 and chose the week of March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day. The celebration was met with positive response, and in 1987, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March. For complete and updated information, please visit our website www.govst.edu/diversity.

Women and STEM Tribute
March 1 – 31
Display Case: 1st floor, B-Building
When you are walking down the hall of the B-wing; stop and take a look at the display of exceptional women involved with STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. For more information, email vnewby@govst.edu.

Panel Discussion with Movie Screening: “Not My Life”
Tuesday, March 11
6 – 8:30 p.m., Center for Performing Arts
A viewing of the movie “Not My Life” is followed by a panel discussion on the effects of human trafficking on women and children. For more information, email gzapolska@student.govst.edu.

Labor Unions in the 21st Century: What is your [S]Take?
Thursday, March 13
5 – 7 p.m.
Faculty office center (G Building) atrium
Dr. Dan Gilbert, who is an Assistant Professor at the School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign, will give a brief overview of the history of unions, perhaps with an emphasis on the role Chicago played, and talk about contemporary labor issues that might be more interesting to the students. For more information, email eruiz@govst.edu.

“Hot Flashes”
Wednesday, March 19
6:30 p.m., Center for Performing Arts
Free for GSU Students with ID. General admission is $10.
“Hot Flashes” is a play about the strength of women, young and old, as they overcome obstacles, face their issues and become phenomenal in their own right. For event information, email vnewby@govst.edu.

PechaKucha Night
Wednesday, March 26
6 - 7 p.m., E-Lounge
PechaKucha Night is an event that comes in a presentation format, where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Present your ideas, interests, hobbies at this event. For more information, email diversity@govst.edu.

“Our Bodies, Our Labor, Ourselves: Reproductive Technologies and Women’s Rights”
Thursday, March 27
4:30 – 6 p.m., E1540
This is a class that will discuss modern reproductive technologies such as surrogacy, in vitro fertilization, and prenatal testing as powerful resources. For more information, email balmassi@govst.edu.

Women’s Night poetry reading
March 27
5 – 6 p.m., café annex
Ladies are invited to participate in a poetry reading of your choice; selections must go along with the subject of women’s rights and/or women’s equality. For more information, email gzapolska@student.govst.edu.

Women’s History Month Closing Event: “Mama’s Place”
March 28
7 p.m., Sherman Recital Hall
Join us for a “Student Performance Spotlight” featuring Allen-Patricia Britten, this year’s GSU Idol winner, who performs highlights of her original production of “Mama’s Place.” This is a story of one mother’s daily challenges as she struggles to raise five scrappy children with limited resources and negative outside influences. Her story will move you from laughter to tears particularly when a social worker shows up at her door; she risks losing it all as she fights to uphold her Christian values against a system in opposition to her beliefs. For more information, email diversity@govst.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Newby or call 708.534.4551 for more information.

Call for programs

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If you have any events, programs or open classes for Women’s History Month, please send the details to diversityprograms@govst.edu to have them included in the calendar of events.

Women's History Month is in March. As in the past, Student Life is putting together a host of events to honor the month. As part of the events calendar, please consider hosting an open class if any of your content is relevant. The theme is Women of Character, Courage and Commitment – though your case can relate generally to Women's History Month.

To submit a presentation please complete the survey monkey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/openclasswhmspring14

Information about other events for Women's History Month can be found at http://www.govst.edu/Campus_Life/Multicultural_Programs/.

Renovation of E and F wings is nearing completion

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With every filing cabinet emptied and every box packed, the excitement grows for the next big move at GSU. The multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation project of E and F wings is nearing completion.

The new faculty offices and classrooms and labs of F wing, which comprises phase 2 of the project, are almost ready to receive their new inhabitants. The projected completion date is March 17. The nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, communication disorders, math and computer science programs are expected to move into their new spaces during spring break. Faculty and staff in these programs are currently preparing for the move, which is being coordinated by Facilities Development and Management.

Signs will be posted on old office doors and classrooms directing students to the new locations of offices and classes.

Boot camp for graduate 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.

The workshop runs through Wednesday, March 12. All sessions are free. Current or former graduate students are welcome to attend. For a list of the workshops and times, click here. For more information, contact Career Services or Katrina Klotz.

Theater and Performance Studies presents “Still Life”

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Still Life for View
 

“Still Life,” a documentary by Emily Mann and directed by Dr. Patrick Santoro, comes to Sherman Hall for two showings on April 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.

Shaped by the author from conversations with the people whose experience she sets forth, the documentary play explores the way that Vietnam has affected three lives: a Marine veteran, his estranged wife, and his mistress. The man confesses that he killed a Vietnamese family in cold blood and, carrying the seeds of violence with him, returned home to brutalize his pregnant wife. The wife, disillusioned and unhappy, wants to ignore the terrors that haunt her husband, believing that in time the awful memories will fade, while the mistress, an angry feminist, blames the man's destructiveness on the forces that conditioned him before he went to Vietnam. In the end, these three become a metaphor for the nation as a whole—still trying to understand, and overcome, the lingering trauma that is the bitter legacy of the Vietnam experience.

The production has mature themes. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. To order tickets, visit CenterTickets.net, or call the box office at 708.235.2222.

 

Campus Dining and myONECARD

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The campus dining menu for March, as well as the newsletter, are now available online. Check out the campus dining website (http://www.govst.edu/Campus_Life/Campus_Dining/) for its calendar of daily hot entrees at lunch and dinner. Be sure to check out the March newsletter, which describes specials planned for the month.

Also, be sure to pick up your new myONECARD from the office of Auxiliary Services and University Housing (C1330) or the Welcome Center (D Building, Main Entrance). Click here for more information about myONECARD.

Labor unions in the 21st Century

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Drs. Elizabeth Johnson, Serena Wadhwa, and Elizabeth Ruiz will present “Labor Unions in the 21st Century: What’s your [S]Take?” Thursday, March 13 from 5-7 p.m. in the faculty office center atrium.

The event’s main speaker will be Dr. Dan Gilbert, who is an assistant professor at the School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign. He is a cultural historian with special interests in work, global mass culture and social movements. His previous work involves sports and unions, and he’s taught contemporary labor problems. Dr. Gilbert will give a brief overview of the history of unions, perhaps with an emphasis on the role Chicago played, and talk about contemporary labor issues that might be more interesting to the students.

All are welcome to attend this free event and faculty is encouraged to bring their students.

Commencement news and updates

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GSU commencement is going green by saving paper. Information and updates about commencement will no longer be sent through regular mail. It will be sent to your GSU email account and posted on the commencement website.

If you’re planning to walk at the Commencement ceremony in May, then come to the “Salute to Grads: Commencement Prep” event on March 12 and 13, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the Hall of Governors.

Eligible participants will pick up their caps and gowns, take pictures in them and visit with commencement vendors. Doctoral students will receive your caps and gowns at a later date through your academic program but come and participate in the festivities.

Participants must bring a photo ID and be in good financial standing with the university. More information about commencement is available online at www.govst.edu/commencement. For more information, contact 708.534.4500 or commencement@govst.edu.

Commencement is May 17, 2014. Participation in commencement is voluntary. If you plan to participate in the ceremony, remember to check your GSU email.

 

Faculty Scholarship and Teaching Center Workshop

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On Tuesday, March 11 in room D1496, Dr. Colleen Sexton will give a presentation on the scholarship of teaching. After attending this presentation, attendees may view teaching in a different light.

The presentation explores what it means to work toward the highest standards of “groundedness, of openness, of clarity and of complexity.” To move scholarly teaching into the realm of the scholarship of teaching, it requires that instructors step back and reflect on the teaching they have done and recount in a way that can be publicly reviewed and built upon by peers.

The presentation will run from 3-4 p.m.

Book discussion—Alice Munro and One Book, One University

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Dean Lydia Morrow Ruetten

Dean Lydia Morrow Ruetten will lead a discussion of Alice Munro’s short story “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage” on Wednesday, March 12, from noon-1 p.m. in room D2401A, which is located in the library.

“Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage” is also the title of a book of short stories by Alice Munro, winner of the Nobel Prize® in Literature 2013. The short story inspired the movie “Hateship Loveship,” which recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and stars Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Christine Lahti.

The story is a narrative featuring, Johanna, a matronly woman of middle age who has worked as a housekeeper and caregiver. Due to a very mean-spirited teen-age action, Johanna thinks that a man is in love with her for the first time in her life.

"The Intellectual Life Committee chose this book as this semester’s One Book, One University selection. It is fitting that during Women’s History Month we discuss a short story that some have said reflects Munro at her very best,” Ruetten said. “The Intellectual Life Committee invites you to bring your lunch and join in an hour of thoughtful discussion,” she said.

The Intellectual Life Committee is making the book available to students, through Dean Ruetten, for $5 and is underwriting the majority of the cost. For a copy, contact Dean Ruetten or go to room D2419 the day of the discussion to purchase a copy. Two copies of this book are on reserve in the library: PR9199.3.M8 H38 2001. Copies of this book are also available in the book store at retail prices.

Last day for suggestions for “Operation Mascot”

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Today is the last day for you to submit your suggestion for GSU’s first ever mascot.

The university is soliciting students, staff, faculty and the extended community for suggestions for what the new mascot should be.

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 for 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.

 

Information and open house: Doctor of physical therapy degree

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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 at 708.534.7290.

Intellectual property information

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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.

Peer mentors and orientation leaders needed

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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.P

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 Wednesday, March 12 from 3-4 p.m. in room B1215 in the Academic Resource Center.

Apply now at www.govst.edu/nsp.

Feb. 28 Board of Trustees meeting

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GSU Board votes to freeze tuition and fees

The Governors State University Board of Trustees voted Friday not to increase tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 academic year. The University maintains its position as the most affordable public university in the state.

GSU president Elaine P. Maimon said keeping the rates the same as they were for the 2013-2014 academic year builds trust with families.

“As we recruit our first class of freshman students,” Maimon said, “it does no good at all to raise tuition above the rates that we have been advertising for this year.”

President Maimon said that GSU has had the lowest tuition and fee rate in the state for several years and wanted it to stay that way. Even though students are eligible for grants such as the Pell Grant and MAP Grant, she said there is still a phenomenon of sticker shock, especially for those families who may be sending their first students to college.

“We think that no tuition increase will send a message that encourages more students to consider GSU,” she said.

The decision to freeze tuition and fees was made in accordance with prudent fiscal management at the university, Maimon said. The university is allocating budgetary resources to accommodate the new freshman class and to make sure that all students have a high quality experience.

Trustee Patrick Ormsby said that a student taking a full course load each semester still pays less than $5,000. “That’s just outstanding. It’s substantially less than some private high schools,” he said.

Board chair Jack Beaupre said freezing tuition and fees at last year’s rates is one of the more significant moves the university has made in the last two decades.

Library and academic computing services lab to be renovated

The GSU Board approved construction contracts in the amount of $2.572 million to renovate the academic computing services lab and library. Legat Architects will oversee the project, which is scheduled to begin in April and conclude by August.

Michael Lundeen, architect and associate director of the firm’s higher education unit, said the scope of the project is a “light remodeling” because it doesn’t involve moving walls. Rather, it involves changing carpet, changing finishes of certain surfaces as well as adding new furniture and new lighting, he said.

In the computer lab, the overall space will go from about 5,500 square feet to about 9,000 square feet and add 80 more additional seats for computers. The corridor will be widened and the entrance to the library will be remodeled.

Sylvia Kowalk, senior interior designer with Legat, said the goal with the library’s layout is to create a more modern, 21st Century design. The layout will be more inviting and have seating situated in a way where students will face each other more so they can work more collaboratively, she said.

In other financial business, the university entered into a contract with The Brill Company, Inc., which will provide furniture for the Prairie Place student residence hall. The winning bid was for $700,000, significantly lower than the originally projected cost of $888,000, said Karen Kissel, vice president for administration and finance.

GSU Board of Trustees elects new officers

The GSU Board elected three officers at the end of its meeting on Friday, Feb. 28.

Brian D. Mitchell was elected the board’s next chair while Eileen Durkin was elected vice chair and Bruce N. Friefeld was elected the board’s secretary.

Outgoing GSU Board chair Jack Beaupre bid farewell to his tenure as chair but will remain on the board.

Mr. Beaupre said Friday that he has been proud of having been part of the university’s recent successes as he reflected on his tenure as board chair. He mentioned some of the university’s accomplishments he was able to be part of, such as the construction of the first student residence hall, which will open in the fall.

Mr. Beaupre also commended the university for its role in keeping higher education accessible and affordable to students.

“Students today have an average student loan debt of $26,600. The cost of a year’s education at the average public university is over $17,800,” he said. “We are making an attempt to not be a part of the problem, but a part of the solution. So GSU is well on its way. Thanks to the leadership of this administration as discussed, we are in a position to rapidly become a model for the 21st Century for regional public universities.”

By freezing tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 academic year, the university has enhanced its role as a model for accessible and affordable higher education, Beaupre said.

Incoming secretary Bruce N. Friefeld thanked Mr. Beaupre for his service and his advocacy on behalf of the university and looked forward to working with him on the board. GSU president Elaine P. Maimon expressed her appreciation to Mr. Beaupre on behalf of the faculty, administration and students.

Concealed carry policy goes into effect

At the Feb. 28 GSU Board voted unanimously to adopt a policy regarding concealed carry of firearms.

The possession and carrying of weapons on GSU property is prohibited and illegal. This extends to all property owned or controlled by the university including, but not limited to places outside of the University Park campus and where university classes, programs and activities are held.

The policy states that "A weapon or firearm may be transported into an unrestricted parking area within a vehicle if the weapon or firearm and its ammunition remain locked in a case out of plain view within the parked vehicle. "Case" is defined as a glove compartment or console that completely encases the weapon or firearm and its ammunition; the trunk of the vehicle or a weapon or firearm carrying box, shipping box or other container. The weapon or firearm may only be removed for the limited purpose of storage or retrieval from within the trunk of the vehicle. A weapon or firearm must first be unloaded before removal from the vehicle."

The two parking lots where firearms are prohibited are the Family Development Center and campus housing.

The primary place of storage for a weapon or firearm is within a locked case out of plain view within a parked vehicle in an unrestricted parking area. When storage of a weapon or firearm in a vehicle is not practical, the weapon or firearm may also be stored with DPS. Prior arrangements should be made with DPS when using its storage devices, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Anyone not able to store their weapon in their vehicle must proceed immediately to the Dispatch Center of DPS in room C1375 to temporarily secure their weapon. They are required to present all necessary forms of identification, including their valid concealed carry license and Firearm Owners Identification Card.

Violations of this policy may constitute a criminal offense, qualify as student misconduct subject to discipline, and/or result in employment discipline up to and including termination of employment.

The first concealed carry permit is expected to be issued in early April.

 

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