March 20, 2018
Vol. 51, Issue 4
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GSU Votes in Today’s Illinois Primary Election


Responsible citizenship is central to the GSU mission. Demonstrate your civic engagement by voting in the Illinois Primary Election today! Polls are open until 7 p.m.

18 Things to Do Before You Graduate


In less than two months, excatly 59 days, GSU seniors will be 2018 college graduates wishing for one last chance to quench the thirst of college youth.

Don’t miss out on these 18 Things to Do Before You Graduate in 2018.

Celebrating GSU Graduates of 2018: Jerry Davis El


Leading up GSU’s 2018 Commencement, the GSU Newsroom will be telling the stories of upcoming graduates. Soon to be a two-time graduate of Governors State with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work, Jerry Davis El kicks off the series.

GSU Student Jalen Miller Earns NAIA All-America Honors


Governors State's Jalen Miller has established himself as one of the elite players in NAIA Division II Men's Basketball, earning All-America Second Team honors from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. He is the first All-American in our school’s history.

To put the award in perspective, approximately 1,700 players compete at the NAIA DII level, with 20 slots allocated to the All-America First and Second teams. This places Miller in the top 1.17 percent of the NAIA player pool.

Learn more.

Civil Service Employee of the Month


Congratulations to Ashley Stewart, Housing Representative, who recently was named Civil Service Employee of the Month! 

Is there a GSU employee who has gone out of their way for you, perhaps made your job easier or your day more pleasant? Please take the time to nominate someone who has made a difference.

Apply Now for a 2018 GSU Foundation Scholarship

Governors State University Foundation and Alumni Association scholarship funding recognizes academic excellence and is awarded to deserving students in pursuit of a GSU degree. More than 185 scholarships totaling over $200,000 in scholarship aid are being offered for the Fall 2018 semester to GSU students via this in-house program. Apply by Friday, April 13, for consideration.

View a full list of scholarships, as well as application guidelines here.

Dean of Students to Participate in Panel for AAC&U Webinar


Tune into an AAC&U Webinar: “A Vision for Equity: Campus-Based Strategies for Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence” on Thursday, April 19, at 2 p.m. to hear GSU Dean of Students Aurelio Valente participate on a panel of scholars sharing lessons learned about addressing equity gaps on college campuses.

Register and learn more here.

Conversations with Leaders: Will Davis


For Will Davis, fundraising for Governors State University is personal.
“As a child, I would accompany my late father to night school,’’ said Davis, sitting in his office at GSU, where he is Vice President for Institutional Advancement and CEO of the GSU Foundation.
“When I lost him suddenly, I was without a father for the remainder of junior high and high school. And when I graduated from Mount Union College, I was the first in my immediate family to graduate with a four-year college degree, so I see myself in these students,” said Davis, the son of an Air Force Technical Sergeant who traveled the world before his family settled in Ohio.
It may have been when sitting outside those classrooms that young Davis cultivated the simple but powerful statement emblazoned across his email signature: “Education is Economic Development.” This principle melds what he calls his “capitalistic mindset and community heart,” with his fundraising message to corporations and community organizations throughout the Southland.
Read more . . .

Have Your Say - GSU Food Service Survey


Have Your Say—provide feedback about the food service and vending program at Governors State University. Take the annual GSU Food Service Survey to let our dining partner, Arena Food Service, Inc., hear your thoughts.

The survey will be available beginning today through March 30.

President Maimon Receives Acclaim for ACE Session


GSU President Elaine P. Maimon believes higher ed leaders must do a better job of listening to their surrounding communities, partners, and each other.
In “Getting out of the ivory tower and into the public square,” Education Dive, a higher ed newsletter, reports Dr. Maimon’s comments to an audience assembled in Washington, D.C. for the American Council on Education’s 100th annual meeting.
“Every institution is in a community ... and these groups are so happy when the institution wants to not only tell them things and ask them things, but listen to them,’’ Dr. Maimon told the group. Read the full article here.
Arrow Payments also recently tweeted “We loved @epmaimon's session at #ACE2018DC "Transforming Academic Culture: An Imperative for Change."
View photos from Dr. Maimon’s ACE presentation here.

 Announcements and Events  

Today: GSU4U Link Card Application Workshop


Illinois Hunger Coalition will be on campus to assist GSU students with Link Card applications today from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in A2140. Bring a photo ID and information about your income.

Appointments recommended; walk-ins welcome. Questions? Contact GSU4U or call 708.235.2845.

Need food now? Visit the Food Pantry in the Jaguar Den (A2140).

Screening Tonight: Miss Representation


Join the Students Activities Council and Mr. & Ms. GSU for tonight’s screening of Miss Representation—a film that explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women has led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence—at 7:30 in F1622. Free hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks! RSVP here.

A panel discussion led by Dr. Lara Stache and featuring Mr. & Ms. GSU will immediately follow the screening.

Graduate Student Negotiation Workshop


All graduate students, CHHS graduate students in particular, please mark your calendars to attend Conflict Resolution Specialist Sheila M. Maloney’s workshop Successful Negotiation Strategies: How to Navigate the World with Finesse and Confidence on March 21, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in Engbretson Hall.

Through interactive exercises and a participator lecture, the program will feature interest-based negotiation theory and skills and will emphasize planning and executing successful post-graduation professional negotiations, including salary negotiations.

For more information, contact Dr. R. O’Shea. This program is presented by the Physical Therapy program in conjunction with the GSU Intellectual Life Committee.

Salute to GSU Women

Hear messages of hope and success on Thursday, March 22, from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Hall of Honors as we celebrate the contributions of GSU women to our campus community.

For updates or more information, call x4551 or email

Panera Fundraiser Hosted by Students of Addictions Studies Club


Help support the Students of Addictions Studies Club by dining at Panera in Matteson on Wednesday, March 28, from 4 – 8 p.m. Show this flyer or an electronic version to the cashier for a portion of proceeds to benefit the club.

Panera is located at 4864 211th St., Matteson, IL 60443.

Registration Extended: S.H.E.R.O.  Women’s Leadership Symposium


S.H.E.R.O. speakers, from left: Karen Evans, Dr. Isaura Pulido, Sharva Hampton-Campbell

The S.H.E.R.O. Women’s Leadership Symposium (Sharing Her story of Empowerment Resilience & Opportunity) allows women to share stories and experiences that will empower them, increase resilience, and promote opportunities in their personal and professional development. This year’s symposium will take place Friday, March 30 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Engbretson Hall. Speakers for this year’s symposium represent empowerment, resilience, and opportunity.

Register by March 23.

For updates or more information, call x4551 or email

Student IEA Conference

The Student Education Association (SEA) is part of the Illinois Education Association (IEA), which supports and promotes networking among individuals from the education community. The IEA hosts a conference each semester. This semester’s conference is at the Hilton in Lisle, IL (Chicago Suburbs) from Friday, April 6, through Saturday, April 7.

On Friday, the IEA has planned a Legacy Project, which will begin in the early afternoon. Saturday, members will take part in a variety of professional development workshops led by current teachers, professors, district administrators, and professionals in the field. Pre-service teachers have the opportunity to attend numerous high quality information sessions on a variety of subjects pertaining to the teaching profession. Along with the sessions, SEA members will have opportunities to meet and socialize with fellow SEA members from universities across Illinois. Pre-service teachers may also walk away with materials and prizes.

This professional development opportunity is only open to members of SEA. The conference costs a small amount in comparison to the meals, knowledge, and materials that comes with it. Registration deadline is April 2. For more information, contact the SEA Student Vice-President, Jessica Dunahoo.

View the agenda and register here.

Alcohol Awareness Month Kickoff: AAM Resource & Vendor Fair


Each year, since 1987, Alcohol Awareness Month is observed in April to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.

On Tuesday, April 3, from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the Hall of Governors, SASC will be hosting an Alcohol Awareness Month Kickoff event, featuring exhibits and activities geared toward increasing awareness on what responsible alcohol use is, the dangers of alcohol abuse, the disease of alcoholism, and available prevention, treatment, and recovery support resources.

Learn more and RSVP.

Financial Literacy 101


Join Brian McKenna, Associate Professor of Accounting and Tax, for a workshop on Budgeting, Borrowing, Investing, and Insurance.

There are two opportunities to attend: Monday, April 9, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Hall of Honors, or Monday, April 23, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Engbretson Hall.

Registration is free but required. The event is open to all GSU students and community members, and is brought to you by the GSU College of Business with support from a PNC Foundation Grant.

Nursing Student Town Hall

Those interested in learning more about nursing can ask questions about the field, as well as meet professors and members of the department, at the Nursing Open House Tuesday, April 10, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in Engbretson Hall.

This gathering also will allow current students from all Nursing programs (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral) the opportunity to meet the director, clinical coordinators, and instructors. 

GSU Faculty: Call for Submissions for the 2018 Faculty Authors Reception

The annual Faculty Authors and Sponsored Program Grant Recipients Reception will take place on Wednesday, April 11, from 2:30 – 4 p.m. on the library balcony. All faculty are invited to submit their works by Thursday, March 29.  

Each member of the faculty has received instructions for submitting works, along with the submission form. The Faculty Authors Reception is co-sponsored by the Governors State University Library, the Friends of the Governors State University Library, and the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research.

Email Alexis Sarkisian with questions.

GSU Library to Host Microsoft Access Workshops in April

Attend a two-part workshop series offered by the GSU Library in April to learn the basics of Microsoft Access, a database management system.

“Access The Basics, Part 1” will be held Tuesday, April 10, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 11, from 10 a.m. – noon, and will cover the very basics of Access and will focus on creating a table and querying data. This is a hands-on workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring a USB drive to save their database for future, more advanced sessions. Class size is limited to 15 people. Please register by emailing Cynthia Romanowski. The Access workshop is open to all in the GSU community.
“Access The Basics, Part 2” will take place Tuesday, April 17, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 18, from 10 a.m. – noon, and will cover the very basics of Access and will focus on sorting, dates, and querying between two tables. This is a hands-on workshop. Participants need to bring the USB drive containing their Access the Basics Part 1 database. Class size is limited to 15 people. Please register by emailing Cynthia Romanowski. This Access workshop is open to only those GSU Community members who took Access the Basics Part 1.

Two-Day Comprehensive Suture Training Workshop

A Comprehensive Suture Training Workshop will be held on April 21 – 22, starting at 8 a.m., in the G-Wing Nursing Simulation Lab.

This two-day (16-hour) course is directed to nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants. This course provides broad exposure to various types of procedural suturing. Learners at any level of experience will gain knowledge using integrated lecture and hands-on training under the expert guidance of experienced suture training instructors using surgical-grade instruments.

The program cost is $300 and includes the two-day course tuition, 16 CE contact hours, and training materials for home practice.

For more info or to register, click here.

Joliet Slammers Fundraiser


The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) are hosting a social and fundraiser at an upcoming Joliet Slammers game on Wednesday, May 30, at 7 p.m. on the Silver Cross Field in Joliet. The Slammers, a professional baseball team, will be battling the Washington Wild Things in one of the first games of the season. Their mascot, the Jailbird, dances with the crowd between innings and brings a lot of cheer to the game.

There was a great turnout at this event last year; SEA leaders, faculty, and staff from GSU brought their family and friends. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Tickets are $10 per person; portions of proceeds of ticket purchases will go to both organizations. Contact any leader of the SEA to purchase tickets (tickets must be purchased for cash from a student leader). For more information, contact Hannah Gruben.

Content Marketing Fellowship Opportunity in Vienna

Students pursuing a career in marketing can now apply for a two-month content marketing fellowship in Vienna, Austria. The successful applicant will hone their skills under the leadership of marketing specialists, obtaining an invaluable international work experience that will set them apart from competitors in their field.
The applicant will be individually mentored by content writers, performance marketing analysts, and social media marketers. Housing for the duration of the fellowship and a stipend of $1,200 (USD) per month is provided. 
Apply here by May 25.

GSU Summer STEAM Camp for Kids

GSU is once again sponsoring hands-on science, technology, art, and mathematics (STEAM) camp fun for summer 2018. Through a series of fun, highly interactive activities, students (ages 11 – 16) will learn basic concepts in the visual and performing arts, chemistry, engineering, physics, and robotics. Registration begins Friday, March 16, and space is limited.

STEAM Camps are held on two different weeks and students may register for one or both sessions. Camp fees are $200 per child, per week.

Week One: July 16 – 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Week Two: July 23 – 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

STEAM Camp Plus: Activities are also available Monday to Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m. Additional fee of $60 per session, per camper applies.

Scholarship Opportunities: A limited number of partial scholarships for Governors State University’s Summer 2018 STEAM Camp are awarded on a first-come, first-served, need-basis.

For additional information, click here or call 708.534.4088.


Susan Ji

Looking back, Governors State University College of Business Finance Professor Xiuqing (Susan) Ji had her first inkling that she would pursue a career in finance in middle school.
“When a friend asked what I wanted to study, Finance just jumped into my mind,” she said.
Throughout grade school and high school, Ji continued to build a strong foundation in math, but at China’s Tianjin University, Ji started looking for ways she could apply it in real life. “I thought about what I could do with math. In application, finance is an area where I could use my aptitude perhaps the best.”
At Arizona State University, where Ji earned a Ph.D. in finance, she decided academia was her path to make a difference in the world.
Read more . . .

C200 Scholarship Recipient Obtains Internship through Organization

Eman Samra, an undergraduate Accounting student at GSU, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship in October 2017’s C200 event held at GSU. In addition to the scholarship, recently she was selected by C200 for a competitive and prestigious internship with the organization of the nation’s premier women leaders in business.

In this position, Samra will work with a collaborative team helping to advance women’s leadership in business on behalf of the members of C200. She’ll gain experience in non-profit program implementation, fundraising best practices, and strategic planning and communications.

David Green, Division Chair for Accounting, Finance, MIS, & Economics, congratulated Sutra, saying, “We are very proud of Eman’s achievement and recognition from such an influential organization.”

Doing Business in Eastern Europe

 On Friday, March 9, GSU’s College of Business hosted its fourth annual "Doing Business in..." seminar for businesses in the region. This year's focus was Eastern Europe. Consuls General and trade commissioners from Poland, Bulgaria, and Serbia spoke about the business opportunities in their countries. Representatives from SBA, DOC, and IL DCEO also discussed resources and services the state and federal government provide to businesses. Keynote presenter, Dr. Sheila Puffer of Northeastern University, discussed cultural differences in Eastern Europe, and an afternoon business panel shared with audience best practices and lessons learned in the region.

About 55 people attended the event, including representatives from area businesses including Frigid Fluid, MedGyn, Metro Chicago Exports, Northwestern Indiana World Trade Alliance, and Lake County International Trade Center.

View more photos from this event.

Visited by [an] Angel

Hi All!

Sandy here.  Today is Tuesday, March 20, and I missed everyone so much last week during Spring Break. I’m happy to be back!  

Angel stopped by today—this was my first time meeting her! She is working on her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She told me that she and her husband have eight children and two dogs. She mentioned that she wanted to stop by because she is a big dog lover. She wanted me to tell you all that if you love animals, then you need to stop by the balcony to see me.  I am very relaxed, peaceful, and love to meet new GSU faculty, staff, and students.  

I also overheard some conversation about having a birthday party for me on Monday, April 2 for my fifth birthday.  It sounds like it will be lots of fun.  Mark your calendars!

Sandy, Your GSU Therapy Dog. 

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 Workshops & Trainings  

A list of workshops for students, faculty, and staff can be found here.

Faculty: If you have not already done so, it’s time to have a new headshot photograph taken. Please refer to the schedule to find a convenient time.


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