Welcome Week Sign with jax the jaguar 

 FALL 2022  August 29 – September 2

During the start of each semester, Governors State University hosts a variety of quality experiences and engaging opportunities to welcome new and returning students to campus. We hope you are ready to maximize your first week here and experience all that Welcome Week has to offer!

Monday, August 29

CSEIP Open House, Jaguar Den (A2140), Noon – 2 p.m.

Welcome to GSU! Stop by to learn how you can become involved outside of the classroom, meet Center for Student Engagement & Intercultural Programs staff and enjoy a complimentary lunch and giveaways!

Tuesday, August 30

International Mix ‘n Mingle, Engbretson Hall, Noon – 2 p.m.

The International Mix ‘n Mingle is an opportunity for international students to meet other international students, engage with domestic students and get to know staff in the Office of International Services. Enjoy icebreakers and food. All students welcome!

Kid Ace the Illusionist, Sherman Hall, 8 p.m.

Come out and experience the illusion of Magician Kid Ace! Kid Ace is a national magician who has performed his bizarre and jaw dropping magic tricks on the Kelly Clarkson Show and Steve Harvey Show to name a few. Free admission. Open to the GSU community.

Wednesday, August 31

GSU Library: Ingredients for Success, WebEx, 11 a.m.

Learn about all the resources that the Library offers to help you succeed at GSU along with a quick tour around the website! 

Meeting number: 2620 015 7508
Password: library
Join by phone
+1-312-535-8110 United States Toll (Chicago)
+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll
Access code: 262 001 57508


Happy Tails Community Service, GSU Main Entrance, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Meet and hang out with some furry friends for a day of fun in the sun. The adoptable pups will enjoy every moment!

Student Employment Fair 2022, Hall of Governors, 2 – 4:30 p.m.

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

Thursday, September 1

Secretary of State Mobile Unit Services, Hall of Governors, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Have you been avoiding the DMV? The Secretary of State”s Mobile Unit will bring the following services to Governors State: Driver's license and State ID card (renewal, replacement, corrections), Vehicle sticker sales, and more! No appointment required. Check, Debit/Credit cards only. No Cash, please.

Student Organization Block Party, ‘D’ Main Entrance, 2 – 5 p.m.

Meet student leaders, join an organization and enjoy games, live DJ, food trucks and more!

Fall Fling, Hall of Governors/Lakeside Lounge Patios, 4 – 6 p.m.

Governors State University partners and leaders celebrate the 53rd Academic Year with refreshments, entertainment, and a brief program.

Chicago Southland International Film Festival Presents: BingeFest 2022, F1622, 7 p.m.

Binge some of the best short films from the 2021 CSIFF’s International Short Film Competition. Come enjoy an exciting film festival atmosphere. Walk the red carpet. Get your photo taken. Chat it up. Free pizza and beverages provided! First 30 attendees will receive exclusive CSIFF swag. Limited seating is available.

Friday, September 2

Jaguar Spirit Day, Campuswide, All Day

Show your Jaguar pride by wearing GSU colors or your favorite Jaguar gear today!

Welcome Back Bash, E-Lounge, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

End the first week of classes with a party! Complimentary admission for GSU students with valid GSU ID. 18+ Guests of GSU students – $10. Sounds by DJ Swerve.