December 8, 2014
Special Issue

JAX Can Be the Star of Your Next Event

Jax the Jaguar

JAX, our mighty mascot, is stirring up GSU pride wherever he goes. While he's most often found in the GSU gymnasium leading the cheers for our winning teams, he can add fun and spirit to both on-campus and community events.

Want to add Jax to your next event?

To request an appearance by Jax , just fill out the form you'll find at

Don't Miss the Last Basketball Games of the Season

GSU Men and Women's BasketballGSU Bball Womens

The inaugural season for men's and women's winning basketball teams is drawing to a close. Be there to help them extend their outstanding records.





Waubonsee Community College





Waubonsee Community College





Fire Club Team





Southern Illinois-Edwardsville University Club





@ Trinity International University





Judson University





@ Olivet Nazarene University

Do you have a BIG IDEA for GSU?

Why Not?

If so, you could win recognition and rewards by submitting it to WHY NOT at Each month ideas for making positive improvements to processes, services or the environment at GSU will be reviewed and the best BIG IDEAS will be recognized on the website. From those monthly winners an Annual Why Not Winner will be chosen to win a prize and a catered lunch with President Maimon.

Visit the WHY NOT site for the rules of the road, then submit your ideas for positive change at GSU.

Register by Friday for the

Inclusive Leadership Conference

The Inclusive Leadership Conference is your chance to build understanding and appreciation for diverse identities through social justice education. The conference theme is Lifting Every Voice and is free to all GSU students, faculty and staff. When you attend you'll build increased self-awareness and insights that will help you be free of misconceptions and prejudices as a leader. 

Register by visiting Deadline for registration is Friday, December 19th. For more information contact Robert Clay at or Roshaunda Ross at


You can take advantage of an excellent way to increase understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity at GSU. Whether you're faculty, staff or part of a student organization, you are invited to sponsor a program for Black History Month and other cultural heritage months throughout the year.  This will provide shared learning opportunities to increase awareness, knowledge and competencies that will strengthen our campus community, broaden our understanding of diversity and promote mutual respect and multicultural sensitivity.

Visit to submit your program.  Deadline for submission is Wednesday, January 7th. This opportunity is open to university departments, student organizations and GSU community affiliates.  For more information call x4551 or email

Meet the New Student Education Association Advisory Board

The Governors State University chapter of the Student Education Association has elected new Advisory Board members including:

Chairperson: Marissa Backlin
Vice-Chairperson: Courtney Hummel
Secretary: Danielle Schlosser
Treasurer: Nina Zalewski

The board, faculty advisors and other students attended the Illinois Education Association conference in Lisle last month. The chapter hopes to send even more students to the next conference in the spring.

The GSU chapter also has plans for the upcoming year including service events, social activities and fundraising. If you are an education student you are invited to attend the next meeting, scheduled for January. Email any of the Advisory Board members to be added to the email list and receive meeting notices.

GSU Professor and Alum Partner Publish in Leading Journal

GSU Professor Publishes in Leading Journal

GSU Chemistry Professor Shelly Kumar and Gregory Webster, Senior Principal Research Scientist in the Global Pharmaceutical Research & Development division of AbbVie, Inc., who received his master's degree in analytical chemistry at GSU, have authored an article appearing in the journal Analytical Chemistry. The article titled "Expanding the Analytical Toolbox: Pharmaceutical Application of Quantitative NMR" was published in the December 2, 2014 issue and is featured on the issue cover. It also was chosen for the journal's monthly podcast.

To read an abstract of the article, click on:

Or to read the full article go to:

To listen to the podcast go to:


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