September 8, 2014
Vol. 9, Issue 2

Ready. Set. Open.

On September 5, GSU made national news as it officially opened its newly renovated science, health sciences & technology wing. Click here for more on our celebrations for our new E & F Wing.

E&F Wing Opening
Cutting the ribbon to open the new Science, Health Sciences and Technology Wing on Friday are:  (From L to R) Eileen Durkin, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees; Lorraine Tyson, Trustee; Brian Mitchell, Chair, Board of Trustees; Elaine P. Maimon, President; Jim Underwood, Executive Director of the Capitol Development Board; Bill Cunningham, Illinois State Senator; Karen D’Arcy, Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Interim Chair of Chemistry and Biological Sciences, GSU; Jack Beaupre, Trustee & Toi Hutchinson, Illinois State Senator.

Carts & Cocktails This Saturday

Cocktails sipped under a lakeside tent. Chauffeured golf carts rambling across
an early autumn prairie ablaze with gold. Monumental artworks that challenge your sense of scale.

What's not to like?

Don't miss the 4th Annual Carts & Cocktails – a great afternoon of fun, food and fine art – all to benefit the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park.

NBC 5 Chicago Morning News anchor Stefan Holt will host the event and Visiting Artist Chakaia Booker will be the Special Guest. The event will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the creation of Mark diSuvero's Yes! for Lady Day and the sculpture of Chakaia Booker.

Saturday, September 13
2:30 – 5:30 p.m.On the lower patio behind Hall of Governors, D-Wing
Tickets: $125 per person
To reserve your spot, contact or call 708.235.0559.

Community Standards Handbook Available Online

The 2014-2015 Community Standards Handbook is available online at this link.

The Handbook is your guide to the shared expectations about acceptable behaviors on and off campus. It gives you a clear picture of our community standards.

This is also where you will find the procedures that guide our student conduct system. Students are accountable for violations of GSU's policies. Addressing student conduct is an educational process that allows students to reflect and develop skills to ensure advancement as responsible citizens and leaders on campus and in the community.

The success of the student conduct process is dependent upon our community involvement. To report a perceived violation of the student conduct (policy 4), please submit an incident report  through the community standards home page.

Academic Resource Center and Writing Center Join Forces

Writing Center

The GSU Academic Resource Center and the Writing Center have come together to provide even better student services than before. You can check out everything that's available at an Open House on Thursday, September 19 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the ARC, B1215.

Come grab a snack and maybe even win a gift card at the Open House. And get to know about the free services just waiting to support GSU students:

  • Math and Science Tutoring
  • Writing Consultation
  • Workshops
  • Online Tutoring

GSU Professor Provides Expert Advice to ABC Viewers on Credit Card Hacking

Prof Kresse

In an interview on Chicago's ABC affiliate, WLS, Assistant Professor William Kresse of the GSU College of Business and Public Administration helped viewers understand the potential dangers posed by the hacking of Home Depot credit card information. View the segment here:

Register This Week for GSU's first Men's Global Leadership Initiative.

men's Global LEadership Initiative

Governors State University is hosting the inaugural Men's Global Leadership Initiative on September 27, 2014. You can explore what it means to be in a leadership role in the GSU community and in a global text.

By examining the intersection of gender and leadership participants will focus on topics and develop skills such as advocacy, coalition building, communication, decision making, consensus building, diversity/inclusion and conflict management.

The goal of the summit: to develop a community of male leaders. Together these leaders will develop knowledge of and trust among each other so that they can have a positive and enduring influence on the GSU campus community. For more information and/or to register, please visit .

GSU Open Access Task Force Rolls Out

Public Act 098-0295 or the "Open Access to Research Articles Act" requires that the Governors State University, along with all public universities in Illinois, establish a Task Force to design a proposed policy regarding open access for the scholarly articles produced at the University.

The Act specifies a number of issues the Task Force must consider when recommending such a policy. The Task Force must be put in place by January 2014, and the final report must be issued by January 2015.

Members of GSU Task Force are: Deborah Bordelon (co-chair), Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs; Lydia Morrow Ruetten (co-chair), Dean of the Library; Elizabeth Cada, Dean, College of Health and Human Services and Dean of Graduate Studies; Carlos Ferran, Associate Professor, Management Information Systems; David Golland, Assistant Professor, History; Walter Henne, Assistant Professor, Chemistry; and, Michael D. Springer, Senior Vice President, Business and Publishing, American Dental Association. 

A portal team site has been established to solicit your questions, comments and concerns regarding Open Access. Please feel free to visit that site for more information on open access at:

Open forums are scheduled to discuss open access and the proposed policy on:

  • September 22, 2014 2-4 p.m. (Location TBA) – Lynne Thomas from Northern Illinois University will be presenting on Open Access.
  • October 1, 2014 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Location TBA) – This will be an open meeting to field and answer questions about the proposed Open Access policy for GSU.

Meetings of the GSU Open Access Task Force are open to the public and a schedule of the meetings is posted on the Provost's website.