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Dr. Dianna Galante Mathematics Student Teaching Scholarship

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Our very beloved professor of Math Education, Dianna Galante (pictured above, in action, on the right), is set to retire in May.  As we celebrate her thirteen years at GSU, and the numerous lives and careers she has helped to forge, we are inspired to insure that her legacy of helping aspiring Math teachers reach their goals, endures throughout the future.

When Dianna arrived at GSU, she faced the challenge of the extensive financial burden of student teaching head on.  With $1000 of her own money, she helped establish the Math Education Endowment Fund.  The Math Education Endowment Fund, is a fund, exclusive to Math Education students in their student teaching semester. 

Dianna's mission is crucial!  Currently, there is a national shortage of Math teachers nationwide.  Once most of their very rigorous curriculum is completed, future teachers must complete the intensive requirement of a semester of student teaching in a classroom with the guidance of a certified teacher.  This semester is completely unpaid and must be completed in tandem with their last full load of courses.  This makes doing paid work virtually impossible.

The word “impossible” isn’t big in Dianna’s vocabulary.  Each year, she has contributed $1,000 her own money and passionately rallied her colleagues and the entire GSU community to invest in the foundation of our future: our burgeoning student teachers. 

Please join us in celebrating our love for Dianna, and for the excellent teachers she is helping to forge.  To contribute to our efforts to make a contribution in the amount of $25,000 to the Math Education Endowment Fund for Dianna’s retirement.  It’s one of the best investments you can make!

Click here to donate. 





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Dean Andrae Marak has been a passionate runner for a long time.  On August 22nd, he’s running for our students!  Dre is dedicating his Shawnee 100K race to the GSU Student Emergency Fund.  The Shawnee 100K is 64 miles through beautiful but extremely grueling and hazardous terrain in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.  Your donations in honor of his efforts will send him off with a huge push!

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Here’s why Dre is running for the Student Emergency Fund and why your donations are so essential:

Many of GSU’s students are First Generation College Students.  FGCS’s have taken the first steps to better their chances for a wider array of opportunities in the hopes of a future that includes more financial stability.  Often times, however, financial instability is one of the greatest obstacles they must overcome.  In these challenging times, support from the community is crucial.  Our Dean is all in!  He believes in our students and our Southland Community.  Show him you believe in him too! 

 Donate to Dre’s Miles for Many campaign here! 



 Fall 2019 Lectures:

 Cubic Miles of Oil Lecture

The Spring 2019 CAS Alumni Newsletter is available.  View it here:



 2018 Illinois Native Plant Society Annual Gathering 

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This year's annual INPS gathering will held on the weekend of June 8th and will be hosted by the Kankakee-Torrent Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society in University Park, Illinois, here at Governors State University and at numerous field locations in Illinois.  For more information on registering click here.

After a host of activities and field trips on Saturday, June 9th, Dr. Gerould Wilhelm, principal botanist/ ecologist of the Conservation Design Forum, will be using native prairie, woodland, and riverbank landscapes to illustrate Consilience and Concinnity.  Consilience means "jumping together" and is typified when all the elements of an ecosystem are working in harmony.  Concinnity is the beautiful harmony that grows between people and place as humans understand their role in "jumping together" with ecosystems in accordance with its own unique strictures.

Some of 2018's field trips include:
Sand Ridge Nature Preserve & Powderhorn Preserves
Indian Boundary Prairies
Clark & Pine and Ivanhoe North
Thornton-Lansing and Jurgensen Woods Nature Preserves
McMahon Woods & Fen and Cranberry Slough Nature Preserves
Miller Woods and Cowles Bog
Indiana Dunes State Park