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Welcome to Student Life
|Members of Social Work Student Organization are all smiles after being recognized as Outstanding Student Organization of the Year.
The mission of the office of Student Life is to support and enrich the Governors State University educational experience through student involvement in its programs, student organizations and services. Emphasis is placed upon disseminating material and implementing initiatives which provide opportunities and information for students to realize life long learning skills. Wellness, fitness, recreation, leadership, volunteerism, governance, media, and ethnic cultural observances are integral parts of Student Life events.
The staff strives to empower students through interaction in self-initiated or planned activities with fellow students, faculty members and staff. Thus, Student Life is predicated on principles in which the campus climate respects the rights of individuals and groups, encourages student success and insures outlets for personal and professional development.
Student Life is a unit within the Division of Student Affairs and Support Services at Governors State University.
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week activities are designed to raise awareness, promote ending hunger and homelessness in our community, and the world. The week provides a forum for understanding, reflective discussion and indepth review of social ills that face so many of our citizens. Participation creates an awareness of the issues that plague millions and assists in strengthening the resolve to eradicate hunger and homelessness one person at a time. The National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessnessset aside the week prior to Thanksgiving to sponsor the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
The Civic Engagement and Community Service Center presents the following events:
Monday, November 18th, 2013
Hunger Banquet – 6 p.m., E-Lounge, RSVP’s Required. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708.235.7454.
Please join us as we consider the scope and scale of global hunger inequality, and the circumstances that lead to so many going to bed hungry.
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Civic Engagement Workshops -- Noon–1 p.m. & 3 – 4 p.m., A2110, RSVP early, seats are limited. Email email@example.com or call 708.235.7454.
A workshop designed to provide information on Hunger and Homelessness in America, as well as discuss the brand new GSU Community Service Council and Program Council and their roles this year. Lunch will be provided from Noon–1 p.m., and Dessert from 3–4 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Wasted Food in America -- 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Cafeteria Annex
Visual displays examine the problems and causes of food waste and join us at 1 p.m. for an interactive trivia game, on wasted food in America.
Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Inocente Film Screening and Panel Discussion – 5 p.m. –7 p.m., F 1622
Featuring: Drs. Phyllis West, Debbie James, Andrae Marak, and student Miguel Martinez
Join us for the Academy Award Winning short documentary and open discussion. A coming of age story about a young artist as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless.
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Food Pantry Open for Thanksgiving and Web Series—Noon -- 5 p.m., A2141
The second episode of the TWAG-sponsored Food Pantry Web Series will premiere.
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
Day of Service
University Park , IL
Sign-up required, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708.235.7454
GSU will participate in a day of service with the University Park, Parks and Recreation Department.
Non-Traditional Student Week
We recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of returning adult students at colleges and universities all over the U.S. during National Nontraditional Student Week, November 4–8, 2013. There are a host of events planned geared toward the adult learner. Student Life partners with the College of Arts and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies Program, and the Student Senate to collaborate on special events throughout the week.
11/ 4 GSU Café , 2-7 pm, Hall of Governors
Enjoy warm beverages and treats, chat with friends and meet the new student senate members.. Enter to win Chicago Bulls tickets.
11/4… “Don’t Be Afraid…It’s Only Twitter” 3-4 pm, D2430 (ACS LAB)
An interactive workshop designed to conquer your fears about twitter. Participants will learn about this social media outlet, and ways that it can be integrated into your life.
11/5…Utilizing LinkedIn and Social Media in your Job Search, 3-4:15 pm,
This technology enhanced workshop will focus on the use of LinkedIn.com and explore the site’s fundamental features and how to incorporate the tool into your research and job search. Attendees will gain hands-on experience creating an account to use in their professional networking.
11/6…Student Entrepreneur Expo, Pace Connection, 11 am – 6 pm, HOG
11/6…Alpha Iota Sigma Honor Society Informational, 4:30 -6 pm, Room A2110
New honor society for Interdisciplinary Studies.
11/7…Financial Aid/Work Study/Internship Workshop, Cafeteria Annex, 3-4:15 pm
Learn about financial aid processes, off-campus work study, and acquiring internships.
11/7…Creating Effective Resumes & Cover Letters, 3-4:15 pm G227
How to create effective correspondence pieces that adequately describe your experience, skills and abilities will be the focus.
11/19…Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Induction, E-Lounge, 6 pm
2013 GSU Idol
Congratulations to Allen Patricia Britten our 2013 GSU Idol.
She is currently pursuing her Masters in English and Secondary Education at Governors State University, and holds a Bachelor in technical and professional writing with a concentration in creative writing. While Britten is a published author, and devotes much of her time to writing, she has an equal passion for singing and exemplifies both musical and writing skills through her stage plays
Each fall, an outstanding senior from each of the degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois is awarded the Student Lincoln Academy Medallion and thereby becomes a Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Student Laureates are honored for their overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.
The Lincoln Laureate honor individuals whose contributions to the betterment of mankind have been accomplished in or on behalf of the State of Illinois, or, whose achievements have brought honor to the state because of their identity with it, whether by birth or residence, or by their dedication to those principles of democracy and humanity as exemplified by the great Illinoisan whose name it bears. It is to honor senior students at each of the four-year, degree-granting institutions in Illinois for overall excellence, in both curricular and extra-curricular programs.
Applications for the Lincoln Laureate nomination can be retrieved at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013LincolnLaureate and are due Thursday, October 3. Please note, a complete application must include a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. For additional information contact email@example.com.
2013 Lincoln Laureate Award Recipient
Ricca Louissaint has been selected as the 2013 Governors State University Student Lincoln Laureate award recipient.
Drs. Terri Christiansen, Randi Schneider and Aurelio Valente nominated Ricca and showcased her outstanding academic credentials and her spirit of civic engagement. Ricca demonstrates an impressive resume of academic accomplishments as well as work in humanities and volunteerism. We at GSU are proud to be represented by such an impressive individual who is passionate about empowering people through community involvement.
It is with great pride that Riccca will represent GSU at the Thirty-Ninth Annual Student Lincoln Laureate Award Ceremony Springfield, Illinois. Governor Pat Quinn, President of the Academy, has been invited to present the awards.
Unleash the Leader in YOU!
There are many opportunities for students to get involved; GSU Program Council, Community Service Council, and the GSU Editorial Board, register today! Click on the link to access the application.
GSU Program Council (GSUPC)
- Create Student Events
- Promote Campus Involvement
- Celebrate Diversity
- Become a Student Leader
Contact: Dennis Dent, Coordinator of Campus Programs
Student Life, Room A2102
Community Service Council
- Develop Alternative Spring Breaks
- Develop Service Days
- Coordinate GSU Food Pantry
- Design Food & Clothing Drives
Contact: Neel Rana
Student Life, CECSC, Room A2130
GSU Editorial Board
- Student Newspaper "the Phoenix"
- Develop the Student Experience
- Promote newspaper standards
Contact: Dr. Debbie James, Phoenix Advisor
E-Building, Room E2560
GSU Promise Fest
GSU Promise is a commitment to provide scholarships to qualified graduates from Illinois community colleges with the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree debt-free. The Promise will supplement student grants and state assisted tuition.
The GSU Promise Fest is a 100% student-produced event to raise awareness and support for the GSU Promise Scholarship program. The GSU Promise Fest will feature a comedy show, 5K Run, and an evening with Terisa Griffin. The concept was born out of a class project with students in the College of Business and Public Administration.
For more information about the GSU Promise Fest, please contact Student Life at 708-235-7362 to learn of opportunities to volunteer or make a contribution, or visit the GSU Promise Fest social media sites for more information:
To purchase tickets, please visit www.centertickets.net
GSU Promise Fest Comedy Show Featuring Damon Williams
Chicago’s hometown favorite Damon Williams is one of America’s busiest headliners. Heard weekly on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, Damon is one to watch. You can catch him in a city near you on The Royal Comedy Tour, or one of his monthly sets at Laughter Lounge in Grand Cayman, Jokes and Notes in Chicago or the J Spot Comedy Club in Los Angeles. Damon also performs every long weekend in Edmonton Alberta (Canada) at the Comic Strip.
- Time: 7:00 pm
- Place: Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
- Date: Friday, October 4, 2013
- Tickets: $30.00 General/$15.00 Students
To purchase tickets for GSU Promise Fest Comedy Show featuring Damon Williams, please visit www.centertickets.net.
GSU Promise Fest -- 5K Run
- Time: 10:00am
- Place: Governors State University - Alumni Path/Sculpture Park
- Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013
- Tickets: $25.00 General/ $15.00 Students
Registration and Payments will be accepted in the Student Life Office prior to the event. All others will be accepted on Race Day.
Student Life Photo Gallery
Enjoy these photos of recent and past events coordinated or sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Support Services. Visit this page often for new and updated Photo Albums.
Leadership Awards Banquet
The Governors State University Student Senate and Student Life Office will host the 1st annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on Friday, April 26, in E-Lounge. Nominators and nominees are invited to attend the Student Leadership Awards Banquet recognizing the contribution and excellence of the various members of the GSU community.
The categories and the nominees are:
Outstanding Graduating Student:
Maria Ramirez, William Schranz, Nicole Roy, Stephanie Snow, Daniel Ellington, Erin Fletcher, Shaniqua Anderson (Jones), Brittani Barnett, and David Laxton.
Rising Star Award:
Terry Banies, William Schranz, Carrie Parks, Bianca Mangabhai, Raymond Vazquez, Samantha Claysen, Katrina Love, and Shawnta Young.
New or Most Improved Student Club/Organization of the Year:
Bowling Club, Art Forum, Wellness Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Human Resource Management Club, Psychology Club, Student Healthcare Management Association, and Computer Science Club.
Latoya Tanniehill, Rieko Miyakuni, Nneka Howell, Snehal Chavda, William Schranz, Julie Bryar, Terry Banies, Kayla Randolph-Clark, Natasha Dillard, Adriene Farmer, and David Laxton.
Program of the Year:Inaugural Trip to Washington, D.C., Bowling Club - Friday Bowling Program, Physical Therapy Program.
Outstanding Club/Organization Advisor of the Year:
Ann Marie Manning-Nagel, Jim Howley, TJ Wang, Aida Martinez, Sheree Sanderson, Tina Hughes-Burke, Susan Gaffney, and Carren Rossow.
Outstanding Support Staff of the Year:
Johnsie McAuley-Davis, Margaret Brady, Latonia Richmond, Lisa Carra, Alishia Flowers, Brenda Moore, Christopher Cook, and Nancy Rios.
Outstanding Student Club/ Organization of the Year:
Social Work Student Club, Bowling Club, Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA), Black Student Union, Criminal Justice Student Society, Gay Straight Alliance, Association of Latin American Studies (ALAS), and Masters of Public Administration Club (MPAC).
Student Life Forms and Calendar
Secretary of State Mobile Services
Governors State University students, faculty and staff as well as surrounding community members can renew their driver’s license or state ID card, purchase their annual vehicle license plate sticker, register to be an organ and tissue donor or conduct other transactions with the Secretary of State Mobile Services on campus. The Mobile Services Unit will be here on the following dates:
- August 27, 2013
- January 22, 2014
We are excited to welcome Secretary Jesse White to Governors State University.
The Mobile Services Unit will provide services from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Hall of Governors. Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, cash, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards.
Free Shuttle Service between the GSU campus and selected University Park locations and the University Park Metra Station is now available. The GSU shuttle stop is located in front of the main entrance (D-Wing). For more information and the schedule, contact the Welcome Center at 708.534.4363.
The Welcome Center at Student Central Hours and Contact Information
Hours of Operation
Mon - Thur: 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.