Welcome Back Jaguars! Welcome Week is our annual beginning of the semester celebration for new and returning students. Join us for exciting events and activities throughout the welcome week experience.


Monday, 8/30                         


Jaguar Journey Virtual Scavenger Hunt                 Online                 All week              

  • Welcome Back Students! Jaguar Journey offers hundreds of interactive selfie-based challenges, trivia, and physical check-ins to win prizes! Create virtual teams of up to six players or play solo. Must download the Goosechase app to play.
  • Visa Gift Cards awarded for 1st-3rd places. 
    • 1st Place: $100
    • 2nd Place: $75
    • 3rd Place: $50
  • Joining the Game

    Download GooseChase app

    Click “Play with New Account”

    Create your USERNAME and PASSWORD, Enter your @STUDENT.GOVST.EDU e-mail address only!

    Click “Sign Up”

    Enable Location – “Not Now”

    Click “Search for a Game button”

    Enter Game Code 8XJ3XX

    Click “Submit”

    Select “Join the Game”

    Select mission you wish to complete

    Complete mission and select “Submit Evidence”

    Select “Remaining Missions” to continue with the hunt

    No need to register, just download the app and start hunting! PLEASE REMEMBER TO USE YOUR GOVST EMAIL AS YOUR USERNAME. If you have questions or run into any issues, please contact the Student Activities Council at SAC@govst.edu. ENJOY and GOOD LUCK!

GSU Sculpture Park Tour                                            Sculpture Park                                 2 pm

Paul Bunyan sculpture

  • Let’s Get Back to the Nate! Enjoy a guided tour of the #1 sculpture park in the Nation (USA Today). Meet us at the GSU Art Gallery (located in the ‘E’ wing) to connect with art and nature. Walking shoes highly recommended.


 Take & Make Activity: Lucky Bamboo                   Hall of Governors                      12 pm 

  • Stop by the Student Activities Council (SAC) table to receive your lucky bamboo plant for good luck! Lucky bamboo is said to bring health, love, and luck to whoever possesses it.  Add a goal this semester so your new plant can be a reminder that you can achieve what you set your mind to! This event is open to all students and first come, first served. (Limited supplies)


Tuesday, 8/31                       


 Linked-In Headshots                 Lakeside Lounge       

 Do you need a professional headshot? Looking to update your old headshot? Stop by a session below to receive your complimentary photo! Open to any student, staff, or faculty. 

Virtual Trivia: Music of the 2000’s                          Facebook                                    12 – 1 pm

  • Booyah!! Who is ready to revisit some of the best hits from the 2000’s? All you need is a good wifi connection and a Facebook account! Don't miss out on this event and a chance to win GSU merch and Visa Gift Cards.
  International Mix & Mingle                                      Engbretson Hall                            1 – 2 pm
  • This event is an opportunity for new international students to meet each other and other GSU students. Icebreakers and games will be provided.

Center for Performing Arts Backstage Tour                CPA                                        2 – 4pm
  • Enjoy a snack and exclusive backstage tour of the Center for Performing Arts, one of Southland’s most vibrant cultural destinations. Each year, the Center for Performing Arts presents more than 50 performances offering diverse, high quality national touring acts, Chicago-based artists, community, and academic theater to more than 60,000 people. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to step on stage and get a behind the scenes look! Multiple tours will be offered.                                   

 Back Like We Never Left Karaoke Night                E-Lounge                                          7 pm    

  • This will be a night to sing, dance, eat, and socialize. Come grab the mic to create cherished moments, community and enjoy a fun night of Karaoke. Hosted by DJ Swerve.


Wednesday, 9/1                      


Interfaith Campus Prayer              The GSU Rock (near Hall of Governors Patio)                           Noon – 1 pm

  • In recognition of our return to campus and the start of a new semester, meet us at the GSU Rock, near the Hall of Governors patio, for prayer. Prayer led by Bishop Larry Trotter. All religions welcome. Rain location – Hall of Governors

Student Employment Fair                                 Hall of Governors                         2 – 4:30 pm

  • Hear about Federal Work Study and Regular Student Employment opportunities on campus from hiring managers in GSU Departments.

Pizza with President Green                                       Hall of Governors Patio                6 – 7 pm

  • Come meet the sixth President of GSU, Dr. Cheryl Green while enjoying free pizza! Share stories. Ask questions. Get advice.


Thursday, 9/2               

Convocation                                                    Center for Performing Arts                         11 am

  • Join us for the official kick off of the academic year, Convocation, which welcomes new and returning students. Ice cream reception immediately following.

  Vaccination Station                                E-Lounge                                 12 – 7 pm

  • Walgreens and Governors State will be offering the fall influenza (flu) vaccine along with the Pfizer COVID vaccine. Click here to make an appointment for the flu vaccine.
    While an appointment is preferred, walk-ins for flu are also welcome.

  • COVID vaccinations will be provided on a walk-in basis, no appointment needed.

Graduate Professional Network: Connect                         Library Balcony              1 – 2 pm

  • Start the school year off right by getting connected with other graduate students and graduate alumni! Build your professional network, have some FREE FOOD, and learn about the excited opportunities that GNP has to offer and ways you can get involved.

Club/Org Block Party                                 GSU Carrillon (D Main Entrance)              2 – 5 pm

  • Are you looking to get involved on-campus? Meet 80+ student organizations and student leaders, enjoy music, food trucks, and games. This is a great opportunity to build friendships and join student clubs and organizations.  Music by Power92's DJ Nehpets.



Friday, 9/3 

 Explore Chicago                  Downtown Chicago                All Weekend   

Image of downtown Chicago

After your first week of classes, enjoy a restful weekend visiting Chicago. Take a moment to explore all that beautiful Chicago has to offer via the Metra train, Saturday - Sunday! One complimentary ticket per student. Must reserve tickets online via Jaguar Connection by noon on 9/3/21.  


GSU Spirit Day (T-shirt Giveaway)                            Hall of Governors                    11 am 

  • Show your school pride by wearing your favorite GSU gear or GSU colors! Stop by the CSEIP table to receive a complimentary T-shirt to wear each Friday throughout the year (limited supplies).


International Film Festival: Bingefest 2021                         F1622                   6 – 8 pm

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