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Smart Start: August 12 - August 23

Smart Start is a highly individualized program with personal attention of faculty and peer mentors in an intensive and nurturing environment that begins two weeks ahead of the fall semester. Smart Start students have an excellent opportunity to strengthen their academic skills, develop a peer support network and to familiarize themselves with GSU and its resources. For more information, visit:

About Smart Start Lunch, Learn and Connect:

Community focused lunches, hosted by offices or cluster of offices, will be provided to all Smart Start students from Monday, August 12 through Friday, August 26. To attend, a free admission ticket will be required. Students can pick up their ticket at their 11am, Peer Mentor session preceding lunch. To find your meeting location, please look at your class schedule. Hosts for each lunch include:

Monday, August 12

Smart Start Welcome Table
8am-2pm, Hall of Governors (adjacent to the Registrar's Office)
Sponsored by: New Student Programs 

Laptop Pick-up
8am-5pm, GSU Help Desk / CUBE (next to GSU Library)
Commuter students pick up your free laptop! Resident students if you didn't get your laptop when you checked in to Prairie Place, this is your chance! Don't miss out!
Sponsored by Information Technology

Welcome Home Kick Back
7:30-9:30pm, Prairie Place Great Hall
Kick back and enjoy free Pizza and play Board Games as you get settled into your new home!
Sponsored by University Housing

Tuesday, August 13

Smart Start Welcome Table
8am-2pm, Hall of Governors (adjacent to the Registrar's Office)
Sponsored by New Student Programs

Yoga and Walking Meditation
5:30pm, Hosted by Serendipity Yoga and Wellness and Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
Join in for an opportunity to merge yoga, meditation and creative expression. Begin with a 45-minute yoga class designed for individuals with all-levels of yoga experience. Following class, you will be led through a walking meditation in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Participants will stop at each piece of art for a guided meditation designed to inspire creativity, peace and artistic expression. Be sure to dress comfortably to move and walk.

Wednesday, August 14

Engagement and Stuff! 
12:30-2pm, Jaguar Den (A-2100)
Our team is excited to host you for your Lunch, Learn and Connect! After lunch, join us for more fun and a Stuff-a-Bear. Sponsored by the Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs (formerly known as Student Life).

Thursday, August 15

What Used to be Right Now
August 15 - September 19, 2019
Visual Arts Gallery, Governors State University
Reception: Monday September 9, 6-8pm; Remarks ar 6:30pm and 7:30pm to address visiting art classes during an informal setting. Free and open to the public. 

GSU Volleyball vs. Olive Harvey College
6pm, GSU Gymnasium
Support the GSU Jaguars as they play at home against for their fall scrimmage schedule! GSU students, faculty, and staff gain free admittance with my ONECARD. Non-GSU Admission: $5 for adults, $2 for children (under 12). For more information about GSU Athletics, please visit:

Friday, August 16 
Karaoke Night
6pm-9pm, Engbretson Hall
Sponsored by New Student Programs  

Saturday, August 17
Back to School Community Celebration at Palmer Park
10am - 6pm, Parade begins 10am - Cheer on the GSU walking float!
Sponsored by the Village of University Park 
Food, fun, music, talent show, free book bags, car show, children and adult activities! Register to vote on-site. Lady Red will be the host and Jay Deep will be the special guest comedian. 

Sunday, August 18

Movie Night with Walking Tacos
8-10pm, Prairie Place Classroom
Sponsored by University Housing

Monday, August 19

Volleyball Battle: RAs vs. Residents
6:30-7:30pm, Prairie Place Courtyard
Sponsored by University Housing

Tuesday, August 20

Relay Race
4pm-6pm, Game Lounge (Recreation Center)
Sponsored by New Student Programs

Wednesday, August 21
Game Night with the Peer Mentors
5pm-8pm, Game Lounge (Recreation Center)
Sponsored by New Student Programs

Thursday, August 22

Open Gym (Volleyball and Basketball) 
4pm-6pm, GSU Gym
Sponsored by: New Student Programs


Service and Leadership Seminar: August 19 - 23

The Service and Leadership Seminar is a week long service-learning opportunity for incoming freshmen and new transfer students at Governors State University.  The seminar will be held prior to the start of the 2019 fall semester, August 19 through the 23rd. Students will be provided an opportunity to learn about community service, leadership, and self-awareness.  The seminar encompasses community service projects, workshops, speakers, and interaction with current campus leaders.  Students are immersed in an array of activities that enables participants to discover how they can help create positive, sustainable change on Governors State University’s campus.

For more information or to register to participate, contact the Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs at 708.235.7362 or


Prairie Place - Welcome Weekend for Resident Students

 PP Action Pic

The University Housing staff is eager to welcome you to your home away from home. As you plan your move-in to Prairie Place,  please visit our page for move-in tips and details

Friday, August 23

Welcome Home Picnic & Carnival
4:30pm, Prairie Place Picnic; 5:30pm, Carnival
After moving in to Prairie Place, enjoy some picnic food with your family and friends in the PP Courtyard! Meet some new faces and make some friends! When you say goodbye to your family, join us in the courtyard at 5:30PM for the carnival! Enjoy the free photo booth, challenge someone to outdoor games, get your picture drawn by caricature artist and more!

Saturday, August 24

 Prairie Place Brunch

11am, Brunch in Great Hall
Wake up and enjoy #brunch with your new friends and the RA Staff! Meet the Faculty-In-Residence and the Counselor-In-Residence and learn how to get involved with Hall Council. 


Where are my classes? Welcome Tables!

As you become acclimated to Governors State, you might have questions and need some directions. Please make use of the “Where are my classes?” Welcome Tables from Monday, August 26 through Wednesday, August 28 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Hall of Governors by the Registrar’s Office.

HINT: To access you class schedule and classroom locations, download the myGSU Mobile app (available on iTunes and Google Play) Download now to check grades, see course schedule and keep up with all GSU news and events. If you have any suggestions about how we can make it better, please email us at


Welcome Week for ALL GSU students!

Welcome Week, sponsored by the Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs, is a campus-wide celebration at the beginning of each semester. It's a great time for you to meet new friends and find out more about your University! For more information about Welcome Week, please visit:

August 15 - September 19

What Used to be Right Now
August 15 - September 19, 2019
Visual Arts Gallery, Governors State University
Reception: Monday September 9, 6-8pm; Remarks ar 6:30pm and 7:30pm to address visiting art classes during an informal setting. Free and open to the public. 


Monday, August 26

Convo 2019 Pic 
GSU Convocation Ceremony [RSVP via Facebook]

10am, Student Line up in Green Room
10:30am, Ceremony Begins at the Center for Performing Arts
Join the GovState community by celebrating an official start to the academic year with our 50th annual Convocation. This year we kick off celebrating 50 Years of innovation and continuity by presenting Excellence Awards and the Baysore Award, followed by words from President Elaine Maimon. Convocation with be followed by a light lunch and ice cream dessert in the Hall of Governors.

Male Success Initiative Facts & Fades
3-6pm, CPA Green Room
Come chop it up as the MSI sponsors free haircuts for all male students on campus.  Walk-ups only-last cut at 5:30pm.  Pizza and pop provided on a first come, first served basis.


Tuesday, August 27

Student Engagement & Intercultural Programs Open House

12noon - 2pm, Jaguar Den (A-2140)
Meet Student Engagement staff and Student Activities Council leaders, take a Selfie, enjoy lunch and receive GSU swag.

GSU Dance Company Fundraiser
12noon - 5pm, D wing Atrium
Buy a sweet treat in support of GSUDC! Cash only, please.

Student Engagement & Intercultural Programs Open House 2.0
4:15-7pm, Stop by our table to meet staff & learn how Grad students can get involved and best practices for success. Free popcorn and giveaways.

Get Your Feet Wet Pool Party
6-8pm, GSU Pool, Recreation Center
Enjoy a swim or relax by the pool and mingle with friends! Must wear swim suit & bring your own towel.  Free food and music provided.

Wednesday, August 28


On-Campus Employment & Career Fair
2-5pm, Hall of Governors
Looking for part-time employment or a federal work-study job?  Bring plenty of resumes and dress for success. Sponsored by Career Services.

International Mix n' Mingle
3-4:30pm, Hall of Honors
Open to all GSU students to meet and get to know each other and the Office of International Services staff. Icebreakers, prizes, food, and fun for all!

Psi Chi Ice Cream Social
12noon - 2pm, Lakeside Lounge
Enjoy ice cream with toppings, socialize, and receive information about Psi Chi, the Psychology National Honors Society from current members and advisors.

Thursday, August 29


Secretary of State Jesse White Mobile Services
11am-5pm, Hall of Governors
Renew your driver’s license, purchase a vehicle sticker and more. Only check, credit, or debit cards accepted.

Welcome Week Block Party
1-5pm, GSU Main Entrance (D building)
Looking to join a club or get involved on campus? Visit each table at the fair to learn about GSU student clubs/organizations and connect with student leaders. Free food, live music and capture the party with a photo.

Friday, August 30


Welcome Back Party
10pm-2am, Holiday Inn, Matteson
The first week of classes has ended! Take some time to catch up with friends or make new ones at the Welcome Back party hosted by Student Activities Council. GSU students FREE with valid GSU I.D. Guests $10, Must be 18 or older.

Stay involved after Welcome Week ...

     Swimming Pool 

    Beyond participating in Welcome Week, consider utilizing our Recreation and Fitness Center, and taking advantage of our many academic success workshops

    Please take a moment to explore these important links and resources: