Welcome to the student lens on news at Governors State University and the Chicago Southland! Newly renamed ArtSci, the CAS Newsmagazine is a shining example of GSU's hallmark: empowering exceptionally driven students to produce outstanding creations born of their experiences and knowledge.

Welcome to the fifth annual College of Arts and Sciences newsmagazine, the second published under COVID pandemic restrictions. I would like to frame my comments this year – a year of major adjustments and losses that further revealed the unequal impacts that systemic inequality and racism have on our communities – through the words of our own students. They remind us that Governors State University is part of the solution to our society’s many problems. We are a community, a place of belonging. As Alex Pavloski tells us in the VOICES section, “[On campus,] I was always running into someone I previously met. It was a nice feeling to be recognized, everyone I met was always kind and welcoming.” If you are not already, I welcome you too to become part of our community. If you are already a member, please continue welcoming others into our ever-growing community. No one who makes GSU a part of their life fails to notice our uniqueness. Our incredible diversity serves as a mirror to the future of the United States, and our use of high impact practices – such as this student-written newsmagazine and our faculty’s focus on traumainformed pedagogy (this issue) – provides our students with the skills that employers want, and our communities with well-prepared leaders.

We are again indebted to ArtSci’s faculty advisor Dr. Christopher White (English) and his team of dedicated students – Ansam Abdeljaber (English BA), Erik Kay (English BA), Courtney Keller (English BA), Brittany LaFond (English BA), and Kelly Weissbohn (English BA) – who hone in on only some of the many examples of hands-on experiential opportunities that the College of Arts and Sciences provides for its students. In this issue you’ll learn more about how GSU modified its laboratory and art studio and media studies courses and programs to provide students with flexible and safe learning options as well as the shift to virtual live streaming adopted by our Theater and Performance Studies program, allowing GSU to “outperform COVID-19.

(see the full letter from Dean Marak on page 2 of ArtSci)

                                                                       - Dr. Andrae Marak, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

View this year's issue here:
 ArtSci 2020-2021