Monthly Announcement - April 4, 2012
Spring is my favorite time of year. The dull brown of winter has been replaced with the blooms of spring. Don't miss our Earth Day events on April 19.
Watch the mail for the new Alumni Magazine which will be mailed shortly. In it we will let you know what some of our alumni are up to, we'll give you more information of the many changes here at GSU, and much more!
No matter how you decide to stay connected - joining clubs, attending lectures and events on campus, participating in an alumni activity - GSU has something for everyone. Tell us what you've been up to. We love to hear from you. Stay connected with your alma mater and get involved.
For more information, call the Alumni Relations Office at 708.534.4128. Feel free to visit the alumni website to view past editions of the e-connections newsletter and our annual print newsletter, Alumni Connections and to get up-to-the-minute details.
Interim Director of Alumni Relations
Crosstown Classic - Chicago White Sox vs Chicago Cubs - June 19
Join the GSU Alumni Association at US Cellular Park for an evening of fun and camaraderie as you cheer on your favorite team.
Mingle with fellow alumni and GSU faculty while enjoying our pre-game patio reception with a two-hour all-you-can-eat buffet including BBQ ribs, Cajun chicken, fried chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, side salads, wine, Miller and Pepsi products. Seating is in lower boxes, section 111. Buffet begins at 5:30 p.m.; Game time is 7:10 p.m.
Tickets are $120 per person. For tickets call the Alumni Relations Office at 708.534.4128 or visit www.govst.edu/alumni for a mail-in reservation form.
As a GSU alum, you may join as many of our Alumni Clubs as you like, free of charge. Sign up for Alumni Clubs by visiting www.govst.edu/alumni (click on Clubs side bar) or call the Alumni Relations Office at 708.534.4128 for more information.
Alumni Golf Club
Join the Alumni Golf Club now. Club members will be joining the GSU Golf League again this summer. The league golfs each week beginning in May. Days, times and rates will be announced soon.
Addiction Studies Alumni Club Workshop - May 12
Earn three CEU's at the Addictions Studies Alumni Club Workshop on Opioid Dependence, on May 12 at GSU. This training will address the basics of opiate addiction and how the brain responds to the use of opiates, both illicit and those used to treat dependence. Don Pinkston LCSW, CADC, QHEIC, ATE will be the presenter. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. The cost is $15 and includes a networking continental breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants receive three CEUs. Call 708.534.7892 to register or mail the registration form.
Alumni Artforum Club Alumni Art Show - April 26 - May 29
The Alumni Artforum Club is hosting a GSU Alumni Art Show from April 26 through May 29, with a reception taking place on Thursday, May 3. A call for submissions has been posted on the Alumni website at www.govst.edu/alumni (click "Activities" sidebar) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry deadline is April 16. Join in on the fun! This event is free.
Alumni Book Club Reviews
"The Good Earth" - April 26
Join other book enthusiasts in a lively discussion on the current book. The Alumni Book Club meets the fourth Thursday of every month.
Book Club Schedule:
April 26 The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Books to be reviewed are chosen by the Alumni Book Club members. Call the Alumni Relations Office at 708.534.4128 to join or e-mail email@example.com and say "sign me up for the Book Club." Meeting reminders will be sent via e-mail. Visit the website at www.govst.edu/alumni for details and book descriptions.
Alumni Occupational Therapy Reception - April 27
All graduates of the GSU Occupational Therapy program are invited to attend a reception during the AOTA Conference at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana on Friday, April 27. The reception is in room 206 and begins at 6:30 p.m. You do not have to attend the conference in order to attend the reception. Please call 708.534.7892 to RSVP.
Going Green with Bixby's Rainforest Rescue at GSU Center for Performing Arts - April 14
Bixby's Rainforest Rescue brings the rainforest to the Governors State University Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 14, at 1 p.m.
Through the use of magic, puppetry, vibrant musical numbers, comedy, audience participation, and a menagerie of live exotic animals, children discover the importance of conservation, preservation, and going green.
Ticket prices range from $15 to $31. Call GSU Center's friendly Box Office staff at (708) 235-2222 or visit www.centertickets.net. Read more here
Common Core Strategies Workshop for Educators - April 14
"How much is really new in Language Arts?" is the question answered at a free workshop for educators on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, in room D34115 sponsored by GSU's College of Education.
This professional development workshop offers K-12 educators the opportunity to explore Common Core State Standards in English and Language Arts and their impact on instruction. Facilitated by Judy Johnstone, Literacy Consultant and Co-Director of the Illinois Writing Project.
Certified teachers will also earn three CPDUs for attending the workshop. Information about GSU's programs in graduate education will be available. Continental breakfast is provided. Seating is limited. To reserve your seat, email Dr. Dor Fitzgerald, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth Day Celebrated At GSU - April 19
GSU is getting a jump on the traditional Earth Day celebrations by hosting Earth Day at GSU on April 19th, is three days earlier than the more recognized Earth Day date of April 22. Activities are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read more here.
GSU Library Book Sale
Friends of the GSU Library are sponsoring a book sale on Thursday, April 12 in the Hall of Governors from Noon to 6 p.m. A special pre-sale is from 11 a.m. to noon for Friendsof the Library members.
Creating a More Sustainable Future - April 17
Learn more about establishing and maintaining a sustainable future from Jack Byrne, Director of the Sustainability Integration Office, Middlebury College, on Tuesday, April 17, from 1 to 2 p.m., in Engbretson Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Read more here.
"Stop Kiss" Airs at GSU - April 13
"Stop Kiss", by Diana Son, will be presented as an all-student production at Governors State University in April. The one-act play will be presented at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12 and at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 13. All performances will take place free of charge in Engbretson Hall on GSU's main campus in University Park.Read more here.
Substitute Teacher Academy at GSU - April 21 (April 6 deadline)
GSU is sponsoring a daylong Substitute Teacher Academy with Resources on April 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Hall of Honors. Many school districts are in need of qualified substitute teachers. This workshop will help experienced and new substitutes increase their knowledge and skills.
Participants must have a bachelor's degree. The $50 registration fee includes lunch and all materials. Seating is limited to 40 registrants, and registration is required, by April 6. Call 708.534.4024 to register.
Southland Theatre Ensemble to Perform "Legally Blonde" at GSU - Auditions: May 14 and 15
The Southland Area Theatre Ensemble (SLATE) at GSU will present "Legally Blonde: The Musical" as its 2012 summer production. Performance dates are July 28 and 29, and August 4 and 5 at the Governors State University Center for Performing Arts.
Auditions will take place May 14 and 15 in Sherman Recital Hall at GSU. "Legally Blonde: The Musical" has roles for a cast of between 24 and 32 players. There are roles for 12 principal cast members and between 12 and 20 supporting players. Persons wishing to audition should be prepared to present a one minute song selection that demonstrates their vocal range. A dance call will follow the vocal audition. Read more here.
Remembering Dr. Gary Lyon
A memorial service in honor of the late Dr. Gary Lyon was held on Tuesday, March 20. Dr. Lyon was an admired member of the GSU faculty. He joined the chemistry department in 2001. He is remembered for his genuine warmth, compassion, and dedication to GSU and to helping his students achieve in the classroom and their careers. He will be missed.
Home Inspection Course Offered at GSU - April 13 Deadline
GSU is offering a "Become a Certified Home Inspector" certification course this spring. The course, offered by GSU's Office of Continuing Education, takes place May 11, 12, and 13, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at GSU's main campus in University Park.
The course provides the tools needed to successfully start a home inspection business and is open to those seeking both a part and full-time career opportunities. Studies show that full-time certified home inspectors earn approximately $50,000 per year. Read more here
Lecture Series Explores Navigating Our Colliding Worlds beginning April 11
The GSU Honors Program is hosting "Navigating Our Colliding Worlds," a lecture series featuring presentations by Anna Carvalho, Alex Kotlowitz, and Dr. Charles Payne. Read more here
April 11 "Making Sense of the Madness: Reflections from Twenty Years of Reporting on Urban Violence" Alex Kotlowitz 5 to 7 p.m Hall of Honors.
April 18 "Urban School Reform: the State of the Debate" Dr. Charles Payne 5 to 7 p.m. Hall of Honors.
April 25 "Riding the Cultural Revolution: Lessons From Chicago's Southland" Anna Carvalho 5 to 7 p.m. Hall of Honors.
The Honors Program lectures are free and open to the public. Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois.
Children's Summer Adventure Camp at GSU
Children no longer have to face the summer weeks with little to do and nothing to excite their interest. The Adventure Club will take them on a journey of excitement, discovery, and exploration.
The Adventure Club is summer camp with a difference. It was developed by GSU's Family Development Center to take the boredom out of summer. Children ages 6 to 12 will enjoy nine weeks of fun and learning. Recreation activities include swimming, basketball, table tennis, foosball, air hockey, and lots of outdoor play. Fine arts activities involve art enrichment, creativity, field trips, and drama. The academics include economic education though business games and computer instruction and activities.
Adventure Club takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with before and after club childcare services available. The cost is only $175 per week. Adventure Club is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services. Eligible grant participants receive discounts based on income. Pell grant, TANF, SSI, and low income families receive camp free of charge. Childcare fees apply.
For more information, visit www.govst.edu/children or call 708.235.7300.