November 13, 2017
Vol. 47, Issue 2
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Winter Weather Preparedness Week

Jaguar logo overlay 'Winter Is Coming'

Winter is coming, and we want you to be prepared. Whether the thought of winter brings you cheer or makes you want to hibernate, read these precautions and procedures that the university's Facilities Development and Management (FDM) team would like to remind the community of before sub-zero temperatures, ice, and snow accumulation hit the GSU region.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Starts Today

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. The Civic Engagement Community Service Center has created a weeklong series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events: log onto Jaguar Connection for a full schedule of this week’s events. 

Donations will be accepted all week for the GSU Food Pantry, sponsored by the Community Service Council.

For additional information, email Leah Frazier Dixon or call 708.235.7454.

International Education Week

Logo of globe with flags and 'International Education Week'

Celebrate International Education Week (IEW) throughout the week with events hosted by the Office of International Services (OIS). IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of the university’s efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences at Governors State University.

For a full listing of events, click here. All members of the GSU community are invited to participate.

Fall All-Campus Symposium Explores Diversity and Inclusion

Campus members on stage of Center for Performing Arts with Here, You Are on screen

Governors State’s Fall All-Campus Symposium, held Friday November 10, tackled issues of diversity and inclusion as they affect GSU community members. Students, faculty, and staff gathered on the Center for Performing Arts (CPA) stage to observe five panel discussions on topics covering inclusivity for students, veterans, and DREAMers, among others.

Graduate student Abby Miller said that the symposium, “emphasized the importance of putting the focus on individual,” continuing, “we should continue to be cognizant of these important issues.”

GSU’s spring symposium will take place on February 23 and focus on the university’s core value of strength-based learning.

Why You Should #DoTheFAFSA

Students at outdoor table

  1. It's Money for College! Filing a FAFSA automatically qualifies you for low-interest federal student loans of at least $5,500 a year.
  2. More Money for College! Illinois MAP grants are tied to FAFSA. Grants are education dollars that you don’t have to pay back. This year’s MAP recipients are eligible to receive up to $4,800. As always, MAP is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wait to apply, the money could run out, so fill out your FAFSA as soon as you can.
  3. Graduate Earlier! Students can now graduate sooner by taking summer classes. Learn more.
  4. It’s Easy. How easy? Click here!

Plus, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) safely and securely links your and/or your parents' tax information directly from the IRS to your FAFSA.

This online video shows you the ease of applying for FAFSA.

Follett Bookstore Survey

Follett Higher Education Group, our GSU Bookstore partner, wants to hear what you think. Please provide feedback here. The survey will be available through Sunday, November 26.

Student Art Installations Connect with the Skylight Gallery in the Library

Angela Jackson beside artwork

In collaboration with Dr. Patrick Santoro’s Performance Art course and the Visual Arts Gallery, the GSU Library is hosting a five-week series of student art installations.

This week’s featured student artist is Angel Jackson, a Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS) major. Her interactive exhibit Who We Are considers trauma and its impact on individual identity.

In her artist statement, Jackson reflects, “So often we human beings refuse to allow ourselves to process emotions. We forget that we are imperfect and emotional creatures. We don’t realize that we then carry these things in our bodies.”

As she describes the painting hanging above the childhood bed in her exhibit, Jackson says, “Every event that we go through impacts who we are and creates the person that we become.”

Email the Library with questions or for more information about this series of student art installations.

Advance Your Tech Skills with Library Workshops

Attend workshops throughout the week hosted by the GSU Library designed to help students, staff, and faculty advance research and technology skills. 

Register for workshops in database research methods, e-books, and the Microsoft Office Suite. Drops-ins are also welcome.

Men’s Leadership Summit – Registration Closed

Registration is closed for Friday’s Men’s Leadership Summit. There will be no onsite registration.  We are excited to welcome delegations from Prairie State College, Triton College, South Suburban College, Indiana University, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Kankakee Community College and regional agencies and organizations.

Last Chance to Submit to the View in 2017

The GSUView goes on winter break following its December 4 issue. Please submit your last View entries of the year by Thursday, November 30.

Announcements and Events

Join Our Team!

diversity logo

GSU’s Student Activities Council seeks students to join the Culture/Diversity Team. Students must love having fun, being part of a team, and planning/marketing cultural and diversity-themed activities on campus.

Contact Konya Sledge to sign up. No experience required. 

A Reading by R.M. Ryan

Patrick Russell

Join poet and memoirist R.M. Ryan on November 14 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Hall of Honors for a reading from his memoir There’s A Man With A Gun Over There, an autobiographical novel based on his military experiences during the Vietnam era.

Ryan says of his memoir: “All of us men with guns were pretty scary—even scarier is the realization that most of the people who come through the American military are trained killers. These people are your neighbors. They’re your relatives. We need to face up to what we're doing, both to peasants in the Third World and to our own children.”

Pizza will be provided for students following the reading.

Please RSVP to Sandi Kawanna or call 708.534.4011. This event is part of The Dialogues on the Experience of War program, made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The ABC’s of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Logo of family says 'The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act'

All in the GSU community are invited to attend a panel discussion covering the details of the Affordable Care Act, led by Dr. Ning Lu, Full Professor of Health Administration, on November 14 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Engbretson Hall. 

Panelists include Health Care Administration students Brittnee Harris, Dhupina Patel, and Lisa Purdy, officers of the Student Health Care Management Club. GSU’s Dr. Rupert Evans, a regent of the American College of Health Executives for Metro Chicago, will also speak.

Refreshments will be served. This event is hosted by the GSU Student Health Care Management Club and supported by a grant from the Intellectual Life Committee. Contact the Library with questions.

I AM A ZEBRA: A Curiously Entertaining Story of Illness

Zebra print overlay of face

Join Ingrid Masterton, creator and performer of I AM A ZEBRA, on her journey of trials met with humor; pain muted by joy; and the absurd kind of amusement that only the world of medicine could provide. Have fun with her as she discovers how she’ll next use her peculiar identity to undertake the reinvention that illness demands.

This free performance, directed by Anne Marie Scheffler, will take place November 15 at 4:30 p.m. in Sherman Hall. Click here to learn more.

Professional Networking Event

The Office of Career Services and the GSU Foundation are partnering to provide a professional networking event on Thursday, November 16 from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Lakeside Lounge. Students will network with faculty, staff, and employers to expand their professional etiquette skills so that they may become more comfortable and better prepared for opportunities within their chosen field.

Dine at Schoop’s in Monee and Support the Friends of the GSU Library

Dining room of Schoops

Dine in or order pickup for lunch on Thursday, November 16 to support the Friends of the GSU Library. From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 20% of purchases from customers who mention Governors State or print and bring this article will be donated directly to the Friends of the GSU Library.

Schoop’s is located at 5701 Monee-Manhattan Road, in Monee, Illinois. The phone number is 708.534.6000. Check out their menu, and contact the library with questions.

Veterans Speak: War, Trauma, and the Humanities—A Town Hall Event

Soldiers graphic image

In this Town Hall event hosted by Kevin Smith, GSU Director of Veterans Affairs, five student veterans, along with Professors Rosemary Johnsen and Andrae Marak, lead a discussion on how engaging war-related humanities sources enables veterans to make connections with their own experiences and to help others better understand war's impact on those who serve.

Veterans Speak will be held in the Digital Learning and Media Design Studios on December 4 at 7:30 p.m.—check-in starts at 6:50 p.m.—and will be taped and live-streamed to Facebook.

This forum is hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Veterans Resource Center and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Dialogues on the Experience of War program. GSU’s project explores war trauma through literature and other humanities sources with the trained student-veterans serving as embedded discussion facilitators in a special topics class. This event is made possible in part by a major grant from the NEH.

Writing Table and Poetry Workshop

Reconstructed logo with blue bar

GSU students, faculty, and staff interested in polishing their writing or reading their poetry are invited to the Writing Table and Poetry Workshop hosted by the staff of GSU’s literary and visual arts journal Reconstructed and the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) writing fellows. The workshop will take place Friday, November 17 from 4 – 7 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery and E-Lounge. Dessert will be served. 

Email Reconstructed for more information.

Jaguar Career Closet Grand Opening

The Jaguar Career Closet was established to assist GSU students with professional apparel for job interviews, career fairs, and other presentations. The closet provides students FREE access to one professional outfit or accessory based on need.  We invite you to attend the grand opening on Wednesday, November 15 from 2 – 3 p.m. in the Jaguar Den (Room A2140). 

Contact the Civic Engagement and Community Service Center for additional information.

Call for Auditions: for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

Woman with rainbow makeup

Theatre and Performance Studies (TAPS) and the Center for Performing Arts (CPA) are calling for auditions for the upcoming production of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. Auditions will be heldon two dates: Wednesday, November 15 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the E-Lounge, and Saturday, November 18 from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Sherman Hall. Schedule an audition.

Chicago Dreamgirl Celebrates the Legendary Aretha Franklin at GSU

African American woman in purple says Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul starring Donica Lynn

Joseph Jefferson Award-winning actress Donica Lynn (Effie White in Dreamgirls, 2016) brings a deeply moving tribute to GSU’s Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, November 18 at 8 p.m. in Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul, presented by Artists Lounge Live. Chicago Tribune named her among the Chicagoans of the Year (2016), citing “Lynn has stepped up to Chicago stardom.”

Read more about the performance.
Tickets are $36 and $28, based on seating location. GSU staff and faculty pay $25, and students pay only $10, with valid I.D.

Internationalizing Higher Education: A Faculty Symposium

All faculty are invited to attend Internationalizing Higher Education: Challenges and Strategies, an interdisciplinary symposium on Friday, December 15 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Faculty experts from GSU, UIC, Marquette University, Purdue University Northwest, Indiana University, and Harper College will share their perspectives and experiences on curriculum design, learning assessment, and institutional strategies on internationalizing higher education.

Register here to attend the symposium. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. The symposium is presented by the College of Business, in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Active Engagement and Scholarship, and Indiana University Center for International Business Education and Research.

Salt Creek Ballet Presents a Time-Honored Holiday Tradition: The Nutcracker

Ballet Dancers

The highly acclaimed Salt Creek Ballet brings its lovable holiday classic The Nutcracker, once again, to GSU’s Center for Performing Arts. This year, the production will feature internationally-recognized guest dancers Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys from Festival Ballet Providence. The Nutcracker performers waltz into Governors State University on Saturday, December 9 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Families will enjoy a “Sugar Plum Party” between the performances at 3 p.m. where they can take pictures with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and enter to win prizes.

Tickets are discounted for GSU faculty/staff ($25) and students ($10). The performance is supported by First Midwest Bank and the Illinois Arts Council.

Submit Programs for Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

Submit your program to Robert Clay by Friday, December 15.

MLK Commemoration: Save-the-Date

Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti

Save the date for GSU’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program on Monday, January 15 at 10 a.m. in Sherman Hall. This year’s keynote speaker is publisher, editor, and educator Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti, founder and president of Third World Press, the oldest independent publisher of Black thought and literature in the country.

Donations of nonperishable food items for the GSU Food Pantry are suggested. This program is presented in collaboration with the University Park Library and University Park MLK Committee.


Gretchen Jankowski

Gretchen Jankowski

GSU lecturer and mixed media artist Gretchen Jankowski likes audiences to engage with her work and becomes animated when she sees students relaxing in a remote corner of the E Building on campus.

There, outside the art studio, the vision of Jankowski and her fellow art faculty has materialized in bright, colorful sofas and chairs, oversized art books, and student masterpieces that beckon visitors to enter, relax, and reflect.

“We wanted to create a student lounge, to make this area into an art space where people feel welcome to come check out. The lounge has an energy that makes me happy,’’ said the instructor whose passion is processes (“I’m a process junkie,” she says) and “pushing ink into paper.”

Read more . . .

GSU Registrar Named President-Elect for IACRAO

Chris Huang headshot

GSU’s University Registrar Chris Huang was named 2017 – 18 president-elect of the Illinois Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (IACRAO) at its 95th Annual Conference in late October.

The IACRAO presidency is a three-year commitment: president-elect, president, and past president. IACRAO consists of over 100 institutions and over 500 members, and is the local chapter of the national American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).
Huang has been involved with IACRAO since 2013, previously serving as district chair and as professional activities officer. One of Huang’s main responsibilities as president elect will be to plan IACRAO’s 96th annual conference in Alsip, Illinois.

Public Administration Honors Society Welcomes New Members

Mary Bruce and Tankya Baker accept grant

Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA), a national society for honoring "outstanding graduate students in public administration, public policy, and public affairs," welcomed new members for the 2016 – 17 academic year on Friday, November 10 in an on-campus induction ceremony in Engbretson Hall. GSU President Elaine P. Maimon attended the event along with 40th District State Senator Toi W. Hutchinson and 80th District State Representative Anthony DeLuca.

The organization also took time to acknowledge the work of Tasha Baker—PAA and Master of Public Administration advisory board member—for her successful grant work in 2017. 

Read about PAA’s new grant and inductees.

Congrats to CEO Leadership Certificate Program Participants!

CEO certificate recipients

Over 50 GSU students completed the Certified Executive Officer (CEO) Leadership Certificate program—a program designed to provide student leaders of clubs and organizations with effective and essential leadership skills. The CEO program develops leadership potential and self-efficacy in preparing today’s students to lead. Student leaders also explored leadership trends to foster learning and personal development through exploration of theories and practices. At the closing ceremony, students were able to engage and participate in program reflections with Robert Currie, ‎President and CEO of ‎Community Care Alliance of Illinois.

SEA Provides Community Lunches through #Hashtag Lunchbag

SEA packs lunches

The Student Education Association (SEA) completed #HashtagLunchbag, a community service project sponsored by an Illinois Education Association (IEA) grant, on Tuesday, October 24. Using funds from the grant as well as over $150 worth of food and supplies donated by the GSU community, the team purchased supplies for more than 250 sandwich lunches made by an assembly line of students and faculty. Notes with positive messages written by students were included in the lunch bags. Lunches were donated to two local nonprofit organizations—South Suburban PADS and the Bethel Family Resource Center—which both provide access to resources to low-income and homeless individuals and families.

The #HashtagLunchbag event was organized and led by Stephanie Henning, Brianna Fabsits, and Dr. Katy Hisrich.

Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society Induction Ceremony

KDP inductees

The Installation and Initiation Ceremony for the Alpha Iota Alpha chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education at GSU, took place on Tuesday, October 10. The ceremony established the chapter and initiated its first group of active members—almost 40 students were inducted at the ceremony along with more than 30 who were unable to attend. More than fifteen faculty members were initiated as first-time members, along with a few faculty members who were reinitiated into this chapter at GSU.

Click here to read more about the ceremony and the new chapter inductees.

KDP and SEA recently collaborated with PSI Chi and the Psych Club to host a workshop on traumatic conditions that can impact children and families.

Workshops & Trainings

A list of workshops for students, faculty, and staff can be found here, including the next FAFSA Completion Workshops, Writing Center Workshops, and GSU4U Ambassador training, among others


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