Student Life strives to empower students through interaction in self-initiated or planned activities with fellow students, faculty members and staff. It's based on principles in which the campus climate respects the rights of individuals and groups, encourages student success and ensures outlets for personal and professional development.

Campus Programs are listed below:

  • Service & Leadership Seminar




    August 20-24, 2018

    Governors State University

    For GSU Freshman & New Transfer Students

    This weeklong experiential learning opportunity leads to community service, leadership, and self-awareness for freshman and new transfer students at GSU. Participants enjoy this seminar at no cost.  You will be immersed in the Five Dimensions of Leadership Development:

    • Global/Community Perspectives: Multicultural activities, social justice programs, LGBT and women's issues, cultural immersion and group power dynamics.
    • Ethics and Values: Students understand their own personal values and  learn about ethics in the workplace.
    • Personal Empowerment: Is achieved through enhancing interpersonal skills, confidence building, motivation, public speaking, stress and time management.
    • Interpersonal Skills: Team dynamics, cooperative learning, conflict resolution/mediation, goal setting, leadership styles.
    • Community Service opportunity: Students are introduced to the benefits of and encouraged to join the Community Service Council.

    The seminar is held prior to the start of the Fall Semester, August 20th-24th and encompasses community service projects, workshops, speakers and interaction with current campus leaders.Click here to register.

    For More Information, Call Student Life: (708) 235-7362 or email



  • Relay For Life of Governors State University


    APRIL 28TH, 2017

    Governors State University

    Hall of Governors

    5:00 pm, Survivor Celebration & Dinner

    6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    Teams and Individuals participate throughout the evening and raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer.  The event includes entertainment, family activities, survivor & caregiver recognition, food, theme laps, Luminaria ceremony and much more!

    For additional information, Call Karen Bruck, Community Manager, Relay For Life @ 708-633-7771 or

    Byron Terry, GSU Student Life,

    Mychael  Vanarsdale, GSU Student Life,

  • Illinois United Student Senate Forum






    APRIL 12TH, 2017


    11 A.M. – 1 P.M.   Sherman Hall

    The Governors State University Student Senate hosts a conversational, educational, informative, and transparent discussion between student leaders from eight Illinois universities and legislatures about the current state of higher education in Illinois.


    State Representative Will Davis

    State Representative Will Guzzardi

    State Representative Al Riley

    State Senator Pat McGuire

    State Senator Laura Murphy  




  • GSU Spring Fest 2018


    APRIL 8


    9 am-1 pm, F-Wing Entrance

    Grab your gym shoes and join the annual “Run, Walk or Roll for Rehab" hosted by the Physical Therapy Student Association. Proceeds benefit the Illinois Brain Injury Association. Participants receive a complimentary t-shirt with registration fee.  Online registration


    APRIL 9


    Noon-5 pm, Hall of Governors

    Stop by to donate non-perishable food to the GSU Food Pantry.  All donations welcome.


    APRIL 10


    11 am - 2 pm, Hall of Governors

    Did you know that 75,000 deaths are caused by alcohol abuse each year? April is Alcohol Awareness month.  Visit us to learn how to prevent the dangers of drinking and prevention strategies.  Sponsored by the Student Activities Council.



    The Male Success Initiative will host a virtual reality interactive table where attendees can experience the world of VR technology by experiencing digital simulations, play games, and more! Come out and have fun, while learning about upcoming events and programs by the MSI.

    VR equipment will be provided by T-Mobile.


    APRIL 11


    2-4 pm, D-wing ATRIUM

    Exercise your right to vote! Stop by the table and become a registered to vote.  Hosted by Student Senate


    APRIL 12



    Meet and greet up to 10 exotic animals on campus.  The Affection Section is an educational encounter made possible by Scales & Tales, a USDA licensed and insured facility. Scales & Tales is a refuge for a variety of unusual and unwanted pets. Their techniques blend warmth and wisdom, drawing on personal knowledge and experience. This experience is tailored to suit specific studies in the environment, endangered species, predator-prey relationships and animal care and compassion.

    Professional trainers and animal handlers, closely supervise each animal encounter and maintain an atmosphere of excitement with vivid tales of life in the animal’s natural surroundings.  Come out to enjoy the wild side of GSU!



    3 - 4:30 pm, CPA Lobby

    Celebrate diversity, explore other cultures and enjoy a colorful, joyful celebration of fashion, music, food, and dancing.  Hosted by the International Culture Organization.


    APRIL 13


    7:30 pm, Sherman Hall

    Celebrate FriGAY the 13th with an evening of comedy, music, drag, dance, and more! 

    Sponsored by the Gender and Sexuality Club.


    APRIL 14


    1:20 pm- Wrigley Field, Chicago

    Mr. & Ms. GSU invites the GSU community to enjoy a game of Cubs baseball at Wrigley Field as the 2106 World Series champions compete against the Atlanta Braves.  Tickets are $20 per person. Payment due to Student Life, A2100.  Ticket sales begin April 2nd.  Cash Only.

  • Non-Traditional Student Week


    We recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of returning adult students at colleges and universities all over the U.S. during National Non-traditional Student Week, November 4 to 8, 2013. There are a host of events planned that are geared toward the adult learner. Student Life partners with the College of Arts and Sciences, the Interdisciplinary Studies Program and the Student Senate to collaborate on special events throughout the week.

    11/4...GSU Café, 2 to 7 pm, Hall of Governors
    Enjoy warm beverages and treats, chat with friends and meet the new student senate members. Enter to win Chicago Bulls tickets.

    11/4…“Don’t Be Afraid…It’s Only Twitter,” 3 to 4 pm, D2430 (ACS LAB)
    An interactive workshop designed to conquer your fears about Twitter. Participants will learn about this social media outlet and ways that it can be integrated into your life.

    11/5…Utilizing LinkedIn and Social Media in your Job Search, 3 to 4:15 pm,
    This technology-enhanced workshop will focus on the use of, explore the site’s fundamental features and discuss how to incorporate the tool into your research and job search. Attendees will gain hands-on experience creating an account to use in their professional networking.

    11/6…Student Entrepreneur Expo, Pace Connection, 11 am to 6 pm, HOG

    11/6…Alpha Iota Sigma Honor Society Informational, 4:30 to 6 pm, Room A2110
    New honor society for Interdisciplinary Studies

    11/7…Financial Aid/Work Study/Internship Workshop, Cafeteria Annex, 3 to 4:15 pm
    Learn about financial aid processes, off-campus work study and acquiring internships.

    11/7…Creating Effective Resumes & Cover Letters, 3 to 4:15 pm, G227
    How to create effective correspondence pieces that adequately describe your experience, skills and abilities will be the focus.

    11/19…Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Induction, E-Lounge, 6 pm

  • Open Mic Night


    You bring the talent, We've got the mic! Open Mic Night is an open forum for poets, spoken word artists, singers, musicians or anyone who has profound thoughts to share. Open Mic Night happens the last Thursday of each month beginning January 25th in Lakeside Lounge from 6-7:30pm.

    Thursday, January 25th- Lakeside Lounge

    Thursday, February 22nd  - Lakeside Lounge

    Thursday, March 22nd  - Lakeside Lounge

     Sign up at the door or e-mail


  • Friends and Family Weekend


    Family and Friends Weekend


    Save the date!

    October 7 & 8, 2016

    Students, Alumni, Faculty and Friends!

    Family and Friends Weekend is an opportunity to experience Governors State University campus life.This exciting October weekend presents an important opportunity for families and friends to share first hand in Governors State campus experience. The fun continues all weekend long with events and activities for everyone to enjoy.

    A few programs on the schedule include:

    Walk, Roll and Stroll
    President's Brunch
    Student Variety Show

    Registration coming soon!




  • HIV/AIDS Focus Group


    HIV/AIDS Focus Group

    Student Life will collaborate with Phi Beta Sigma fraternity to bring HIV awareness  and education to the student population in the form of workshops and speakers.  The event will present programming during the Black History Month in February.

    For more information contact


  • Secretary of State Mobile Services


    Governors State University students, faculty and staff, as well as surrounding community members, can renew their driver’s license or state ID card, purchase their annual vehicle license plate sticker, register to be an organ and tissue donor or conduct other transactions with the Secretary of State Mobile Services on campus. Mobile Services Unit dates announced soon.

    We are excited to welcome Secretary Jesse White to Governors State University.

    The Mobile Services Unit will provide services on August 30, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Hall of Governors. Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, cash, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards.

The Jaguar Connection

GSU Jaguar


The Jaguar Connection is a long-awaited tool that features student clubs, organizations, and events.  It's a place where students can start or join an organization, or make plans to attend an event.  Club leaders can gather contact information, share event dates, and post-election processes for all clubs and organizations. The site also makes it easy for clubs to communication with each other.