The Jaguar Connection linkStudent Life has established leadership opportunities for those students who excel in academic and co-curricular achievements. Faculty and students participate in the nominating process for these opportunities.

  • Student Leadership Awards 2022

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    The Governors State University cordially invite you to nominate a student leader, or a student club/organization for recognition in the Celebration of Excellence, annual student leadership awards.  The 2022 Student Leadership Awards will take place online Thursday, April 21th from 1pm – 3pm.  Details are forthcoming.  For more information email cmcbride@govst.edu 

     

     

  • Commencement Singer

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    GSU selects a commencement singer based upon vocal ability and strong academic record at the University. The commencement student vocalist sings the National Anthem at the start of their Commencement Ceremony.

     

     Due to the impact of COVID-19, this has been postponed until further notice

  • Lincoln Laureate

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     Lincoln Laureate BannerEach 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.

     

    This process will begin Fall 2021.

     

     

     

  • 2020 Lincoln Laureate Award Recipient

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    Jeanine Latrice Koger -- 2020 GSU Lincoln Laureate

    Each year an outstanding senior from each of the four-year degree granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois is named a Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Student Laureates are honored for their overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities. 

     "Jeanine Latrice Koger exemplifies the “Lincoln Leadership Legacy” and would be an excellent guide in directing a civic minded life of service and commitment to a greater good.  Latrice offers herself up as an example in a way that was very helpful to other students, so they were inspired to face their own difficulties.   Academically, Latrice is simply outstanding.  She has taken on the role of leadership, striving to assist her fellow students throughout the semester.  Assignment submissions are of very high quality and demonstrate a great deal of thought and care.  Should a concept require more clarification, J Latrice is always sure to inquire further and have candid conversations with faculty about the topic at hand.  It is refreshing to see a student strive for academic knowledge solely for the sake of having the knowledge.  Latrice has been involved in study abroad, undergraduate research.

    Latrice has distinguished herself from her peers through her outstanding academic performance, but also through her continual university volunteerism. As a member of DDP, she has attended DDP Monthly Community Service since the day she started the program. While at PSC, Ms. Koger was dynamic in her work with the college’s Phi Theta Kappa and was awarded for her excellent academics.  It is rare to encounter a student that is involved in as many activities as Latrice.  Latrice prefers to spend her time making the university and the surrounding community a better place.  It can be surmised that Latrice wishes to improve the quality of offerings for future GSU students, as evidenced by the initiatives she is undertaking at present.  Her devotion to these selfless acts is apparent and has made significant contributions towards the betterment of the university at large, as well as those she interacts with daily.   

    Latrice has participated in a bi-monthly community outreach and volunteer efforts. Just last month she volunteered at the Hope Food pantry in Kankakee.  She has also sought to expand her learning in the field of Psychology by attending many different conferences and trainings at GSU. She is always an avid learning and generates excitement for learning for others.  She recently interviewed President Green for the 2020 Convocation as well as featured in GSU News for being a super voter which is an example of being civic-minded.  Most recently she was elected as to Student Senate as the Board of Trustees Representative.  She is amazing, indeed!"


    The Lincoln Laureate honors 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.