May 03, 2016
Vol. 29, Issue 1
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Cap and Gown Pick-Up May 3, 4

Graduates participating in the May Commencement Ceremony need to pick up their cap and gown on May 3 or 4 in Engbretson Hall. Doctoral students will pick up cap and gowns through their college. A photo ID is required. Visit the Web for more information.

Commencement Tickets

This year GSU is using electronic tickets for the May Commencement. Eligible students were sent an email with instructions about how to redeem tickets. Tickets must be redeemed by Monday, May 9 or they will be forfeited. Visit the Web for more information.

University Sustainable Garden Plots Available

The University Sustainable Garden at Governors State University features 64 garden plots of various sizes and is located on the southeast side of the Family Development Center. The gardens are open from dawn to dusk, May through October. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to work the ground and grow food for their own consumption or donation to the GSU Food Pantry. Applications and fees are due by Sunday, May 15.

GSU Launches Graduation Pages

As you prepare to graduate, stop by graduation headquarters on the Web for all the information you need - from ticket information to the personal stories of soon-to-be GSU graduates.

Registration Alerts

Regsiter Early Now! Photo of young man in front of computer

Save your seat now! On Friday, April 22, registration will be open to all current and new GSU students. Registering early means you can take advantage of a new GSU payment option. If you register and sign up for a payment plan by Wednesday, June 15, you can pay your tuition in five monthly payments. Additional payment plans and methods are also available. Registering early also helps avoid new late fees. Starting this fall, continuing students who wait until two weeks before the start of the semester will be billed a $100 late registration charge. The fee will increase to $200 once the semester begins.

GSU Program Named to Top List in Field

The online Doctoral Degree in Education at Governors State has been listed as one of the top degrees of its kind available by Affordable Colleges Online. Congratulations to faculty and students of the program. The complete rankings can be found on the Web.

GSU Digital Newsroom Strategy Highlighted in Industry Publication

GSU's Newsroom and its growing reach were the subjects of a recent article from PR Daily. The industry publication highlighted the marketing strategy employed at GSU to bring our stories into the local, regional, and even national news arena.


Year End Processing Deadlines

FY2016 is coming to a close. Faculty and staff are urged to do some fiscal housekeeping and make sure that all of your invoices have been submitted. A complete list of deadlines and helpful information has been provided by the Offices of Finance and Procurement & Business Services.

GSU Launches Free App to Celebrate International Sculpture Day

The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park launched a free app on April 24 in honor of International Sculpture Day. The app provides a real-time walking guide through the park, information from the artists, and more. iPhone users can go to the Apple Store and search for Otocast. Android users can search for Otocast in GooglePlay.

Need a Quiet Place to Study or Writing Help?

The GSU Library has something for you! Whether you need a quiet place to study or research assistance, come by and see what the library can do for you. Read more.

CAS Student Achievement Reception

COver of Reconstructed Literary and Art Journal

The CAS Student Achievement Reception is happening Wednesday, May 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the E Lounge. The event honors students in the CAS department and is co-sponsored by Reconstructed Literary and Art Journal. Light refreshments will be served, and student contributors to Reconstructed will present their work. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Principles of Peer Leadership Presentations

The students of the Principles of Peer Leadership will give two presentations on social matters in society in May. Both presentations will be held at 2 p.m. in F1622. On Tuesday, May 3, "How to Get Away with Murder" will explore the impact of police brutality. On Thursday, May 5, "Revenge of the Nerds" will focus on bullying. For more information, email Robert Clay.

Undergraduate Art Exhibition

See exceptional art from new GSU art grads! On Wednesday, May 4 from 5 to 8 p.m., visit the Visual Arts Gallery for a small reception in honor of the grads and featuring artist and GSU alum Sergio Gomez's "Artist Next Level" project. The reception also includes a book signing from photographer Peter LeGrand. The event is free and open to all.

Improv at GSU

Stress of finals getting you down? Need to laugh? Come to Cake & Fear on Thursday, May 5 from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in Sherman Hall. Featuring GSU students from the TAPS Improv Studies course, the show is sure to make you smile.

TAPS Takes on Domestic Violence

On Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. in F1622, a student showcase of select performances from TAPS courses will be held. A solo performance piece titled "I Can Leave: Surviving Domestic Violence" will be featured. The performance is open to all. Mature themes.

Take Center Stage in Support of the Arts

Taste of the HeART gala picture

The stage is set, and you're invited to a party unlike any other. Featuring food, music, theater, and wine, the HeART of Giving Gala will be held on Friday, May 20 in the Center for Performing Arts. This year's honoree is GSU alumna Inge Marra. Proceeds from the gala go toward supporting arts education at GSU. If you are unable to attend, there are other ways to contribute. More information is available on the Web.

Upsilon Phi Delta Inductions

Upsilon Phi Delta Inductees photo

The Department of Health Administration of CHHS inducted 21 new members into its national academic honor society on Friday, April 22. Students were welcomed into the society and commended for their academic excellence in the study of healthcare management and policy. They were joined by Dr. Zo Ramamonjiarivelo, James Munz, Dr. Elizabeth Cada, Dr. Jennifer Groebner, and Dr. Rupert Evans.

Biology, Chemistry, and FDM Participate in Earth Day Clean-Up

Earth Day was Friday, April 22 and a team of students, staff, and faculty from Biology, Chemistry, and FDM cleaned up a section of Dralle Road on the south side of campus. They collected over 100 lbs. of litter. Easy-see vests were donated by NuFarm Americas, Inc. thanks to GSU alumnus Robert Underhile.

GSU International Trade Center Director Presented at National Export and Trade Seminar

Mary Ma speaking at the National Export and Trade Seminar

Mary Ma, director of the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at GSU, was the only speaker from Illinois on April 21 at the National Export and Trade Seminar in Chicago. The seminar was hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce in conjunction with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The seminar provided an overall understanding of the National Export Initiative for Asia with some highlights and insights on trade policies such as Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and their impact on American business global expansion.


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