June 28, 2016
Vol. 30 Issue 4
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Save the Date for Convocation!

As we prepare to enter a new academic year, save the date on your calendar for this year's Convocation. On Friday, August 26, join your fellow Jaguars to welcome Academic Year 2016-17 in the Center for Performing Arts. All students who attend will receive this year's magnetic Convocation pin. The ceremony begins promptly at 3 p.m.

Convocation is a day for the GSU community to come together and commemorate the start of another year in GSU's history. Take a look back at Convocation 2015 when the university celebrated its first Sophomore class.

Office of Institutional Advancement Launches GSU 360°

GSU's Office of Institutional Advancement in collaboration with several departments have created the GSU 360° Initiative. The Governors State University 360° Initiative is designed to develop, enhance, and support partnerships between the businesses, organizations, and individuals with the university. This comprehensive initiative serves to encourage the development of positive long-term relationships between academic and administrative units at the university and our external constituents, making sure investment and engagement opportunities are aligned with our constituents' goals and include access to top faculty, student recruitment, education outreach, and more.

"It's so important that our supporters view GSU as an institution that coordinates its outreach efforts. I have described GSU 360 to other university presidents as a model of excellent external communications," said President Elaine P. Maimon.

Moving forward, as we pursue partnerships with external constituents it is important that we archive our engagements to help build and maintain a dynamic prospect pipeline for the University. Therefore we are asking all faculty and staff to utilize the contact report form, which can be found on the Fundraising and Resources portal.

"It will take you just a few minutes to fill out at contact report when you engage with an external constituent. These reports will provide continuity and will save everyone time and effort in the long run. Thank you for all you do for Governors State University," said Will Davis, VP of Development, CEO of the GSU Foundation.

University Receives Equity Grant

Governors State University was recently honored as one of 13 recipient schools to be selected to receive grant funding to develop replicable, equity-focused, campus-based strategies for student success. Our campus project focuses on promoting student success in the junior year of college consistent with the four project goals outlined by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

GSU President Elaine P. Maimon said, "This grant from AAC&U enriches the university's commitment to diversity, with an emphasis on the Center for the Junior Year, a vibrant intellectual hub designed to transition students to signature work in major fields and ultimately to graduation with high-quality degrees."

Congratulations to everyone who worked to bring this honor to the university!

Six GSU Faculty and Staff Named Fall 2016 AAC&U Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following faculty and staff members on their receiving AAC&U Awards for Fall 2016:

  • Professor Leann, Cambric, Untitled Grant
  • Dr. Crystal L. Harris, "Ethical Decision Making is our Social Responsibility"
  • Lisa Helm, "Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence Through Videos, Assessments, and Advisor Workshops"
  • Luke Helm, "Building a Better Mousetrap for Career Preparation"
  • Dr. Anne Morlett, Untitled Grant
  • Michelle Sebasco, "Mindfulness in Academic Advising"

Faculty teaching the innovative Junior Seminars are encouraged to apply for the next cycle of grants available for the Spring 2017 semester. More information from the planning meeting about the next funding cycle will be available in October 2016.

GSU Alum Named "Woman Worth Watching"

Angela M. Hickey, former GSU student, has been names a 2016 "Woman Worth Watching" by Profiles in Diversity Journal. The GSU community congratulates Ms. Hickey on this national recognition.

GSU Foundation Scholarship Application Period

The deadline to apply for scholarships through the GSU Foundation is July 7. All students are encouraged to apply. Freshmen and sophomores may apply for scholarships in their intended majors, even if they have not formally declared yet. Further information and applications can be found on the Web.

New Pop-Up Registration Screen

Some changes have been made to the online registration process. Two steps have been added. Please note these new procedures:

  • Students registering, adding, or dropping a class will need to read and check a new box as part of the registration process in MyGSU. In Step 4, you will be asked to accept terms and acknowledge policies and procedures surrounding Financial Aid.
  • In Step 5, students who have a registration hold will see an "Oops you cannot register" message that will instruct them to contact the appropriate office to clear the registration hold before they can proceed to register, add, or drop a class.

In Step 4, you will be asked to accept terms and acknowledge policies and procedures surrounding Financial Aid.

 In Step 5, students who have a registration hold will see an 'Oops you cannot register' message that will instruct them to contact the appropriate office to clear the registration hold before they can


State Universities Association Luncheon

Faculty, staff, former employees: are you an SUAA member or would you like to be? Then you're invited to the annual meeting and luncheon on Thursday, June 30 at 11:30 a.m. in the E Lounge.  State Representative Anthony DeLuca will be the Guest of Honor. RSVP or call Lynne Hostetter at 708.534.8043 for additional information.

Friends of the Library Thank You

The GSU Friends of the Library wants to thank everyone who participated in making its most recent fundraising basket sale a success. Through the FOL, many programs and upgrades to the library are made available for the GSU community.

Café Hours Adjusted for Summer

Based on customer traffic, the hours of the café are being adjusted for the remainder of the summer. Effective June 20, the café will be open:

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For complete information about dining hours and menu options for the summer, please visit Campus Dining on the Web.

Institutional Review Board Submissions Deadline

Please submit IRB protocol applications that must start during Fall 2016 on or prior to Friday, July 8. IRB applications submitted between July 15 to September 16 may be subject to extended processing times. Additional information can be found on the Web.

GSU Foundation Scramble Golf Outing

Register now and save your spot. The GSU Foundation Scholarship Scramble Golf Outing will be held at the Flossmoor Country Club on Monday, July 25. There are multiple registration options available on the Web form. All proceeds help to provide scholarships for students at GSU. Come out on the green for a good cause!

Meditation and Interfaith Prayer Room Available

A Meditation and Interfaith Prayer Room is available to students, faculty, and staff year-round in A2150. The room is an accessible space which can be used  for meditation, prayer, or just as a quiet space for thought by people of all faith traditions and beliefs, as well as those for whom religion has no particular significance. The room is open on a drop-in basis, or it can be reserved through Student Life.

Conference on Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools Hosted at GSU

On Wednesday, June 15, the COE hosted an all-day conference for local educators that focused on providing critical needs and services for students who have been subjected to family and childhood trauma. The conference featured prominent speakers from the education field. Read more.


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