Student Life has established leadership opportunities for those students who excel in academic and co-curricular achievements. Faculty and students participate in the nominating process for these opportunities.

  • Student Leadership Awards 2015


    The Governors State University Student Senate and the Office of Student Life cordially invite you to nominate a student leader, or a student club/organization for recognition in the Student Leadership Awards Ceremony 2015.  Below you will find the nomination categories and descriptions. All nominations will must be submitted through this format. All nominees must be in good standing with GSU. All clubs and organizations must be recognized as an official club/organization by Student Life.

    Event Information:

    3rd Annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet
    Friday, May 1, 2015
    6pm, Hall of Governors
    RSVP Required. Please RSVP online by Friday, April 24. 

    Leadership Award Categories:

    Complete a nomination for any of the categories: Student Leadership Awards Nomination Form

    The Outstanding Student Club/Organization Award will be presented to the group that has motivated its membership, demonstrated an example of leadership, presented outstanding programs, and events that have enhanced the student experience at GSU.

    The Outstanding Graduate Student Award recognizes a GSU Graduate student. Each nominee must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better. The nominee should have displayed leadership qualities and dedication to co-curricular activities throughout their academic career.

     The Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award recognizes a GSU freshman, sophomore, junior or senior student. Each nominee must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. The nominee should have displayed leadership qualities and dedication to co-curricular activities, and their academic pursuits.

    The Freshman of the Year Award will be awarded to a GSU Freshman.  Each nominee must be in good standing, with a 3.0 or better. The student should have displayed dedication to their academic career, participation in co curricular activities, and shines as an example to their classmates.

    The Rising Star Award will be presented to a student who is in their first year of service to a club, organization, or program. The student's service can be through club membership or leadership. This student will have demonstrated a level of service and dedication to their club(s) that has promoted the mission and values of the organization.

    The New Student Organization of the Year Award is presented to a club/organization formed this academic year. The nominated clubs should demonstrate an increased in involvement, activities, and visibility on campus.

    The Program of the Year Award recognizes the activity, event, or program that best exposed students to opportunities to learn more about themselves and others, promote a sense of campus community, and leadership. This program must be sponsored by a recognized Student Life club/organization.

    The Outstanding Student Club/Organization Advisor recognizes an outstanding administrative staff or faculty member currently serving as an advisor or co-advisor for the 2014-2015 academic year. The nominees should display outstanding service and dedication to the club or organization and student development at GSU.

    The Outstanding Support Staff recognizes full-time or part-time, staff member at GSU, who displayed outstanding service and support to a recognized student club/organization.

    The Elaine P. Maimon Award will be given to the student club/organization President who has shown exemplary leadership in their club through motivation, club management, and the fulfillment of the club's mission.

  • Commencement Speaker


    GSU selects a commencement speaker based upon academic prowess and faculty recommendation of students' educational journeys. The commencement speaker is required to present to the commencement committee once nominated and be prepared to deliver a commencement address.

    Access the Student Commencement Speaker nomination form at and fill out both the nomination form and the recommendation form no later than April 3.  



  • Lincoln Laureate


     Lincoln Laureate BannerEach fall, an outstanding senior from each of the degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois is awarded the Student Lincoln Academy Medallion and thereby becomes a Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Student Laureates are honored for their overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.

    The Lincoln Laureate honor individuals whose contributions to the betterment of mankind have been accomplished in or on behalf of the State of Illinois, or, whose achievements have brought honor to the state because of their identity with it, whether by birth or residence, or by their dedication to those principles of democracy and humanity as exemplified by the great Illinoisan whose name it bears. It is to honor senior students at each of the four-year, degree-granting institutions in Illinois for overall excellence, in both curricular and extra-curricular programs.

    Applications for the Lincoln Laureate nomination can be retrieved at and are due Monday, October 5, 2015. Please note, a complete application must include a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. For additional information contact



  • 2013 Lincoln Laureate Award Recipient


    Ricca Louissaint

    Ricca Louissaint has been selected as the 2013 Governors State University Student Lincoln Laureate award recipient.

    Drs. Terri Christiansen, Randi Schneider and Aurelio Valente nominated Ricca and showcased her outstanding academic credentials and her spirit of civic engagement. Ricca demonstrates an impressive resume of academic accomplishments as well as work in humanities and volunteerism. We at GSU are proud to be represented by such an impressive individual who is passionate about empowering people through community involvement.

    It is with great pride that Riccca will represent GSU at the Thirty-Ninth Annual Student Lincoln Laureate Award Ceremony in Springfield, Illinois. Governor Pat Quinn, President of the Academy, has been invited to present the awards.