Greetings Jaguars!!! Welcome Week is our annual welcome back for new and returning students. This exciting week of virtual events offers dozens of events, activities and more!



 For full event information visit Jaguar Connection. Click the blue "Sign In" button to enter your Governors State login ID and password in order to participate in events. 



Virtual Dr. Martin L. King Day of Celebration


Join the Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs VIRTUALLY for the Annual Commemoration Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The keynote speaker for this event is Dr. Peniel E. Joseph.  

Dr. Peniel Joseph is the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and professor of history and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a frequent national commentator on issues of Antiracism, Democracy and Civil Rights. He has written several previous books on African American history, including The Sword, The Shield & Stokely: A Life.  If you would like to read more about Dr. Joseph's work and publications, please visit

If you are unable to attend on Monday, January 18th, this event will also stream several times during the week of MLK Day on all GSU Social Media outlets.

To RSVP or for more information, please email




Virtual Jaguar Bingo                                      Instagram                                  All-Week

How much of a Jaguar are you really? Participate in Jaguar Bingo on the Governors State Instagram story all week for a chance to win a GSU mini swag bag. Visit our page, click on the Bingo highlight, screenshot, then play on your own story and tag us! Winners will be randomly selected.


Virtual Info Table                                         Online                                 9 am – Noon and 1 – 3 pm

Learn about the Foundation, Alumni, and Foundation scholarships all together during Virtual Office Hours Table. Click here to participate.


Virtual Tau Sigma Honor Society Meet & Greet                       Online                3:30 –  4:45 pm

Meet with members of the Executive Board of Tau Sigma National Honor Society for information about this honor society established just for Transfer Students! 


Virtual Escape Room                                    Online                                             5 – 9 pm

Come alone, come with a team but more importantly, just come and have fun! Make sure you reserve your spot on Jaguar Connection. Games scheduled every hour beginning at 5 pm. Spaces are limited. This is the perfect escape AFTER your classes! Visa gift cards awarded to the individual or team with the fastest completion time.


Virtual Open House                                          Zoom                                     12 pm  &   6 pm

Learn about the variety of fast track programs available through GSU's School of Extended Learning. Staff will also discuss funding options available (loans, grants, payment plans) for trainings. Registration required and a Zoom link will be sent to your email. Unable to attend live? View online

  • Register here for the Noon session
  • Register here for the 6 pm session


Virtual Tour: Center for the Junior Year              CJY Virtual Room                        4 pm

Join the CJY staff and peer mentors as we'd like to welcome you into a great semester here at GSU! We'll share fun in introductions, games, and more surprises!


GSU Jaguars vs. Roosevelt University                  Click here to view game

5 pm Women’s Basketball Game

7 pm Men’s Basketball Game



Virtual International Mix n’ Mingle                     Cisco Webex                    12 – 1 pm

Open to all GSU students, the Mix n’ Mingle is designed to introduce students to each other, build friendships between international and domestic students and introduce to students to the services and events offered by the Office of International Services (OIS) and International Culture Organization (ICO). Click here to attend.


Banana Season Watch Party                          Amazon Prime                      7:30 pm

Screen the movie Banana Season directed by Governors State University Professor Sanghoon Lee. View this major production with tthe GSU community along with the filmmaker community. Participants must have an Amazon Prime account to join the watch party. 




 #GovState Spirit Day 

Post a pic wearing your favorite GSU gear or GSU colors of Orange, White, and Black. Use #GovState to tag your pics on social media!


Virtual Governors State IG Tour                             Instagram                              10 am – 3 pm

How well do you know the Governors State campus? Whether you're a new or returning student -- GSU has a place for you to explore. Tune into the Governors State University Instagram for a behind the scenes build your own adventure tour. The #GovState Advocates are here to guide you, but YOU get to choose the destination! Join them for a live tour and choose where to go around the campus. Don't miss this experience!


Across A Crowded Zoom: Virtual Mystery                     Zoom                            8 pm

Zoom in for this one-of-a-kind interactive online event to gather clues and solve this hilarious comedy caper! Join the Student Activities Council for a night of mystery and intrigue and interact with live suspects. This unique event is taken from the classic mystery dinner party and happens from the comfort of your room or home! Seats are limited, reserve your spot on Jaguar Connection by 1/20/21. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Visa Gift Card.