Welcome to the student lens on news at Governors State University and the Chicago Southland! Newly renamed ArtSci, the CAS Newsmagazine is a shining example of GSU's hallmark: empowering exceptionally driven students to produce outstanding creations born of their experiences and knowledge.

Welcome to the fourth annual College of Arts and Sciences newsmagazine. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I write this letter from home where I am safely sheltered with my family and working to balance multiple and competing roles. I applaud our students’ willingness to continue working on this newsmagazine in the face of all their other needs and priorities in this difficult time. That said, I am not surprised. GSU is a unique place, an incredibly diverse majority minority institution that serves urban, suburban, rural communities with a wide range of socioeconomic characteristics. Here at GSU, we have an incredibly dedicated student body that leaps to take advantage of high impact learning opportunities like ArtSci that provide our students with the skills and experiences that employers are seeking (see https://www.aacu.org/leap/hips).

Once again faculty advisor Dr. Christopher White (English) and his team of dedicated students – Erik Kay (English BA), Courtney Keller (English BA), and Brittany LaFond (English BA) - provide us with a series of captivating stories. In this issue you’ll read about bird banding at our Biological Field Station; the Lewis Manilow Common Ground Initiative aimed at expanding access to our nationally renowned outdoor sculpture park; and student participation in ILSAMP, a National Science Foundation effort to increase minority student participation in STEM fields. These and other stories in the issue highlight some of the many exciting events, programs, and opportunities sponsored by GSU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

(see the full letter from Dean Marak on page 2 of ArtSci)

                                                                       - Dr. Andrae Marak, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

View this year's issue here:
 ArtSci 2019-2020