There's No Place Like HOME! 


October 17-24, 2020



Tik Tok WizGSU Tik Tok Spirit Day Challenge – Click your "Ruby Red Slippers" three times and transform into your fav Wizard of Oz or The Wiz character or appear in GSU gear! Post to Tik Tok or Instagram using hashtag #GovStateHomecoming throughout the week.  Winners announced at the Yellow Brick Road Curbside Cinema on Saturday, October 24th.  (Winner need not be present to win)


1st place prize $100 Visa Gift Card; 2nd place: $75; 3rd place: $50

 No place pic

No Place Like Home....Window/Door Decorating Competition - Win a GSU Swag Bag for proudly displaying your GSU Spirit!  Decorate a window or a door (home or car) using elements of GSU items and elements of The Wiz/Wizard of Oz movie. Submissions should be tagged on Instagram and Facebook using #GovStateHomecoming. Entries will be featured during Homecoming Week until Friday, October 23rd.  Winners announced at the Yellow Brick Road Curbside Cinema on Saturday, October 24th(Winner need not be present to win)


 Gospel Concert flyer 2020

Everybody Rejoice! Virtual Gospel Concert – Grab your ruby red slippers (optional of course) and log on to hear local Chicago recording artists offer praise and worship.  Showtime: 4 pm.



3rd Annual Chicago Southland International Film Fest – “Poppies will put them to sleep”, but these feature films along with our national and international short film competition last throughout the week. For more information visit


 Dual Degree

Community College Spirit Day - Celebrate National Transfer Student Week by rocking your previous community college’s spirit wear!  Post your pics on social media outlets with hashtag #TransferStudentWeek

Tau Sigma National Honors Society Info Social, 3-4pm on Zoom ( - Learn what it means to be a member of a prestigious national honor society specifically for transfer students.

Pathways to the University: Transfer Student Spotlight, 5-6pm - There is more than one road to the “Emerald City”, and transfer students have traveled them all.  Hear from recent graduates, and current transfer students, about their experiences and successes along the way.  Hosted by the Dual Degree Program.

Conversation with Pres. Cheryl Green

Ascending to Leadership: A Conversation with GSU President, Dr. Cheryl Green, 4-5pm
 Enhance your personal & career development, network with fellow alumni and participate in an interactive dialogue with President Cheryl Green as she shares leadership insights and discusses her vision for Governors State University. Click here to register.


 Wiz Quiz

 Wiz Quiz Trivia -Test your knowledge of The Wiz movie  throughout the day! Log on for one of three virtual trivia sessions. One $50 and two $25 GSU Bookstore gift card will be awarded to the top participants! Visit Facebook@GSUCSEIP or Instagram GSU_CSEIP to participate.    


 12 pm, 2 pm, 4pm


Courage, Heart & Mind Discussion, 2 pm, Facebook Live – Join the Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural programs for an insightful conversation on how to excel in college while learning of the pivotal role that courage, heart and mind plays in a successful academic career. Click here to attend. 




College of Education Homecoming 2020 Seminar, Connecting with Compassion During COVID-19

The pandemic has brought about a great deal of hardship which has contributed to large scale stress, anxiety, and reactivity. In this time of crisis, we need to come together and support each other. To do that we need to calm ourselves and connect with our heart again and again.

In this presentation Dr. Tim Pedigo, Professor of Psychology at GSU will discuss and lead a compassion practice that can help to calm our reactive minds and reconnect with each other. 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Link:


 If IOnly Had A Mic

If I Only Had A Mic? 5 -7 pm via Zoom – You bring the talent, we’ve got the mic! Open Mic Night is open to all acts-poetry, dance, rap, comedy, etc. Special guest host Peace Bell and international touring poet and performance artist, Ebony Stewart will keep the crowd enlightened in between acts. As a caveat, witness our movie-themed Fashion Show during intermission. Register to perform on Jaguar Connection by 10/19/20. Prizes awarded to top performers and contest winners.  



There’s No Place Like Home College of Business Virtual Homecoming 2020 Reception

Join us virtually from your home to ours, catch up with some of your favorite professors and fellow alumni.

Hear about what’s been happening around Governors State including new spirit and alumni initiatives and how you can get involved! Submit your burning questions for any of the below professors, and they will answer live during the event.

Dr. Jun Zhao – Dean College of Business, Dr. David Green – Division Chair; Acct, Finance, MIS & Econ, Dr. Olu Ijose – Division Chair; Mgmt, Mktg, Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain, Dr. Bill Kresse – AKA “Professor Fraud”, Dr. Tricia Kerns – Supply Chain, Dr. Uday Shinde – Entrepreneurship, Dr. Stephen Wagner – Management.

Small group break-outs will also be available allowing for more personal conversations between alumni attendees.

2 sessions: 

1pm – 2pm


2pm - 3pm

Registration Link:



dawson hollow

Brand New Day of Music, Virtual Concert, 8 pm - Enjoy the sounds of Dawson Hollow in their first virtual GSU concert. This amazing band consists of five siblings with Missouri roots, bringing the nostalgic sounds of folk with exciting, intoxicating indie-folk energy.  Their unique and invigorating music leaves listeners energized and refreshed! Click here to attend.



Yellow Brick Road Outdoor Cinema, THE WIZ, 7 pm, East Lot 3 (Near F building)

 Ease on down the yellow-brick road and relive all of the magic of this beloved musical! Dorothy is whisked away to an urban, fantasy land called Oz, where she encounters the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion in their quest to return home with the help of the Wiz. 

 PLEASE NOTE: Movie is FREE for faculty, staff, and students with valid GSU I.D. Free Alumni admission with registrationSocial distancing guidelines will be in effect and enforced. Early arrival recommended. 

Limited capacity. Reserved seating available for Prairie Place residents. 

Enjoy Food Trucks and Games (in-vehicle) beginning at 6 pm. May bring own snacks/drinks. MUST WEAR A MASK WHEN OUTSIDE OF VEHICLE.                  

For more information, email Homecoming Event is not open to the public.