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  • Communications


    Communication for Nonprofit Managers

     Location: Governors State University

    Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Time: 9:30 a.m. –  1:30 p.m.

    A light lunch will be provided. 

    Instructor: Alexis H. Sarkisian

    Have you ever conducted  a meeting where attendees did not have a  clear understanding of  the message that you presented? Do you want to improve your communication style, but not certain what to do?  Did you know that a large percentage of how we communicate is through our body language? Communication is a cornerstone for effective management in any nonprofit organization. Using theory, research, and practice of interpersonal and group communication skills, participants will learn strategies for enhancing their roles as collaborative leaders, facilitators, coaches, catalysts, or mediators.

    This 1 day workshop will provide each nonprofit manager with the communication tools necessary to enhance their effectiveness.

    Participants will engage in discussion and hands-on activities that will:

    • Measure the impact of their body language on others
    • Define the communication model and why it is important
    • Provide strategies that  work with a variety of communication styles
    • Identify the characteristics of a strong manager
    • Identify the characteristics of a strong leader
    • Answer the questions: Can a leader be a manager? Can a manager be a leader? Why?
    • Allow them to apply what they learn

    General Fee: $75 Course Number: CE-BUS18-01

    Discount Fee for GSU Faculty, Staff, and Alumni: $65 Course Number: CE-BUS18-02

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  • The Knowledge Exchange


     The Knowledge Exchange at Governors State University 


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    The Knowledge Exchange is on its summer break but will return with another set of enriching classes in the fall starting September 22, 2017



     For more information, please contact Suzanne Patterson at

    708.534.4393 or by email at


     For lifelong learners

    • Unique and diverse non-credited courses

    • Reasonable price

    • Designed for retired and semi-retired learners

    • Relaxed and friendly environment

    • Encouraging shared learning and the free exchange of opinions and ideas


    $73 for the first class

    $28 for any additional class    


    Governors State University

    1 University Parkway

    University Park, IL 60484

    Lunch break between classes serves as a great time to enjoy lunch with other Exchange students, continue the classroom discussion, share ideas and participate in Lunch and Learn lectures when offered.  The GSU cafeteria is open, seating available.

    Questions? Contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393.



    8-week sessions (10:00a.m. - 12noon unless otherwise noted)

    A sneak peak at some of the class offerings planned for the fall session / September 22 - November 10, 2017



    The Crash of '08 

    Class Co-Leaders: Jerome Julian and Keith Kemp

    An exploration of the causes and effects of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, explained in laymen's terms through film, lecture, and discussion. 



    The American Musical Theatre 

    Class Leader: Ron Small

    A lyrical journey through the rise of musicals from their early beginnings up to the present day.


    Afternoon Classes

    8-week sessions / 1:00 - 3:00p.m.


    The Supreme Court: Classic and Contemporary Cases

    Class Leader: Carl Stover

    An informed reading and discussion of selected 2017 Supreme Court cases and the reasoning behind the decisions. 



    Short Story to Film  

    Class Leader: Suzanne Patterson

    Class will read short stories followed by screenings & discussions of their cinematic interpretations.  Authors include Graham Greene, Joyce Carol Oates, John Cheever, Alice Munro and others.

    For more information, please contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 or