The School of Extended Learning is dedicated to helping learners reach their full potential by offering personal development courses that develop talents, enhance employment skills, promotes career advancement,and personal interests.


  • Health and Wellness


    Introduction to Chakras

    Location: Governors State University

    Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

    Time: 7-9p.m.

    Room: TBA

    Fee: $30 Course Number: CE-HF12-01

    Instructor: Linda Herrick

    What are chakras and what are you supposed to do with them?  Being aware of the chakra system can help you on a mental, emotional and physical level. We will explore the locations, colors, meanings and other aspects of each chakra.  We will:

    • Implement effective breathing, grounding, and centering techniques
    • Learn how energy flows through the chakra system and the physical body and how to work effectively with energy
    • Clear and balance your chakras.
    • Learn to "Feel energy"

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    Natural Energy Healing and You 

    Location: Governors State University

    Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    Time: 7-9p.m.

    Room: TBA

    Fee: $30 Course Number: CE-HF13-01

    Instructor: Linda Herrick

    The objective of this class is to develop your knowledge and understanding of working with natural healing energies. As you tune into your own natural healing power, we will:

    • Explore the inter connection between mind, body and spirit.
    • Experience how to encourage self-healing, strengthen your body and soul, release emotional blocks and balance the chakras (energy centers of the body). 
    • Strengthen your intuition
    • Assist you to make positive changes to your own life in an objective and constructive manner.  

    This is a “hands-on” workshop.  Embrace your personal energy and experience a state of total relaxation. 

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  • The Knowledge Exchange


     The Knowledge Exchange at Governors State University 


    Thank you for visiting our page! 

    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