Chicago Reader Names Professor Nearing's "Hogtown" Best Chicago Film of 2015
The Chicago Reader has named "Hogtown," the latest movie from GSU Independent Film and Digital Imaging Professor Daniel Nearing, the best film about Chicago and the best film produced in Chicago "period" for 2015.
The honor, announced in the publication's June 24 "Best of Chicago" edition, is far removed from when a 12-year-old Daniel made his first film. It was an 8 mm black and white piece shot in a Calgary cemetery, three hours northwest of his native Medicine Hat in Alberta, Canada.
Occupational Therapy Student Named Scholarship Recipient
GSU Master of Occupational Therapy student Juliette Pierce (right), who was named the First Place EWI-Chicago ASIST Scholarship Award winner, is joined by second place winner, Elizabeth Gresey (left) and Illinois Comptroller, Leslie Geisller Munger at the group's June 9 awards dinner.
Juliette Pierce, a first year student in GSU's Master of Occupational Therapy program, was awarded a $6,000 Adult Students in Scholastic Transitions (ASIST) Scholarship from the Chicago Chapter of Executive Women International (EWI).
Juliette's was the first place award, and one of four scholarships awarded by the Chicago Chapter of EWI, an organization for networking and leadership development for business professionals, and was presented at the organization's June 9 awards dinner. As a chapter-level first place recipient, Juliette is also eligible for one of thirteen additional corporate-level EWI scholarships ranging from $2,000-$10,000.
CBPA Accreditation Reaffirmed by ACBSP
GSU's College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA) has been reaffirmed by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) until 2025. ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide. It is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence.
"The ACBSP was founded to create an accreditation process designed to fit the needs of business programs that emphasize quality in teaching and learning. The accreditation process is one of continuous improvement, using Baldridge and ISO 9000 standards. ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide. Businesses are familiar with the Baldrige National Quality Program and its Criteria for Performance Excellence, continuous improvement processes, Total Quality Improvement, and ISO 9000 standards. The Baldrige Program assures the business community, our students, and other stakeholders that our institution will be a reliable source of knowledgeable employees," said Dr. Ellen Foster Curtis, CBPA, Dean and Professor of Management.
Jun Zhao, center, Division Chair, CBPA Management Marketing & Public Relations, accepts the accreditation certificate on behalf of the CBPA from Jose David Marin Enriquez (left), Chair, ACBSP Board of Commissioners, Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree, and Steve Pascale, ACBSP Chief Accreditation Officer.
Freshmen ROAR into GSU
GSU staff, faculty and new students show their spirit at the Freshman Orientation Day.
Freshmen and their parents attended Freshman Orientation Day June 25. The event, part of the New Student Programs, is now called "ROAR" for Resources, Orientation, Advising and Registration, began with welcome and introductions from the ROAR leaders and interns, and Vice President of Student Affairs Aurelio Valente.
Professor Lectures at Mexican University
Dr. Carlos Ferran, an Associate Professor in Management Information Systems from the College of Business and Public Administration was invited by Universidad Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco in Cunduacan, Tabasco, Mexico to lecture students, faculty, and researchers. On June 15, Professor Ferran gave a lecture on "Rightsourcing," which literally means "choosing the correct source," and is a method of selecting the best way to procure a service for a company.
"I felt a very warm welcome from students, faculty, and administrators. I had a truly passionate audience for my talk on Rightsourcing," Dr. Ferran said.
During his visit, Dr. Ferran discussed opportunities for student and faculty exchange, joint research between the two universities, joint teaching ventures, and the potential for joint programs in the future. "I think that we can build multiple bridges between the two institutions that will help them both move forward in this flattening world. We have many things in common: both UJAT and GSU provide high quality education and serve first generation college students who have high aspirations. I believe that we might start small with shared courses and exchanging students but we could easily go into joint programs with dual degrees in just a couple of years. It's a win-win partnership," he said.
Professor Carlos Ferran of GSU's College of Business and Public Administration addresses students, faculty and researchers during a presentation on "Rightsourcing" at the Universidad Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco in Mexico.
Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus July 1
As of July 1, 2015, in accordance with (110 ILCS 64/) the Smoke-Free Campus Act, smoking and tobacco use will be prohibited at Governors State University indoors and outdoors on campus and in vehicles. Littering the remains of tobacco products or any other related waste product on campus property is further prohibited.
The purpose of the Smoke-Free Campus Act is to provide a healthy environment that promotes and encourages the health, well-being, and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors at Governors State University by minimizing the negative effects of secondhand smoke; to improve safety; and to encourage a more sustainable environment.
A link to consequences for disregarding the law is: http://www.govst.edu/communitystandards/.
To read the Higher Education Smoke-Free Campus Act.
Physical Therapy Student Association Hosts 5th Annual Run4Rehab
GSU Doctor of Physical Therapy students who worked at the Run4Rehab event were, (from left): Kate Lueders, Thomas Nye, Anna Albrecht, Katie Abrassart, Melissa Naegele, and Katie Nielson, 2014-2015 President of the GSU Physical Therapy Student Association. They are joined by (third from right) Joyce Sligar, Faculty Advisor to the GSU Physical Therapy Student Association, Philicia L. Deckard, Executive Director, Brain Injury Association of Illinois, and Dr. Rebecca Wojcik, Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy.
Rain, high humidity and gloomy skies failed to prevent approximately 30 runners and walkers from participating in this year's 5th Annual 2015 Run4Rehab 5k, sponsored by GSU's Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA) on the GSU campus.
Sign Prairie Place Contract, Get $100 Gift Card
Tomorrow is the last day to receive a $100 Visa gift card when you sign a contract to reside in Prairie Place for the 2015/2016 school year. Prairie Place, GSU's first on-campus residence, features fully furnished, air conditioned apartments or suites, with all utilities, cable TV, internet service and Wi-Fi included in the cost. Students can choose either an academic year (fall & spring) or 12-month contract (fall, spring, summer and all break periods).
Prairie Place is expected to be fully occupied this semester, so apply today!
Dining Services Closed July 1-3; New Food Service Begins
The excitement is building and our appetites are being whetted for GSU's new food service partner, Arena Food Service, Inc., which will begin service Monday, July 6 at 8 a.m. As Arena sets up their new dining operations, the café will close July 1-3. FSI will continue to provide food service in the Café through 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 30.
Arena will provide full retail services in the GSU Café and C-Store at Prairie Place. Daily specials, themed meals and a loyalty card program will be part of the program offerings in the GSU Café. The Arena Lifestyles program, which the company deliciously promotes as "Feeding your Mind, Body and Soul," features fresh, innovative menu creations, wholesome ingredients prepared in a healthful manner.
The dining website will provide a weekly calendar of all café menu specials being offered during the week as well as details about the dining, vending and catering program and services provided by our new dining partner. To get up-to-date information on specials and events offered, please follow the GSU Café on Facebook or Twitter.
Bookstore Summer Clearance
The GSU Bookstore is having a Summer Clearance Event. From June 29-July 26, take an additional 30 percent off already reduced items. The offer is not valid on food items, Starbucks products or graduation items and cannot be combined with any other offer.
Auditions for Fahrenheit 451 at CPA
Auditions for Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451"will be heldSeptember 1 & 3 at the Center for Performing Arts. Producers are casting a large ensemble of high energy, versatile, and creative performers—women and men, students and non-students, faculty and staff, novices and veterans of all ages—interested in creating science fiction magic. Those interested in auditioning should prepare a one-minute monologue showcasing intensity (focus, power, force, etc.)
Undergraduate Open House Saturday, July 11
Registration is still open for Undergraduate Open House Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information on admission requirements, financial aid, campus life and student housing, as well as specific undergraduate programs will be available for prospective students and their parents. Students will also be able to meet with Governors State faculty and academic advisors. Representatives from Financial Aid will be available to meet with all prospective students to discuss plans for financing education. Housing representatives will be available to provide information about living in Prairie Place.
GSU Days at Great America
GSU Days at Great America are July 25 & 26, and August 6 & 7. Discounted tickets are available to use on the designated days for entry into the park through the Cashiers' Office for $30 per ticket. Purchase tickets to enjoy fun and excitement with your friends and family.
Ticket sales are on a first come, first served basis. Contact Student Life for additional information at 708-235-7653.
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On-Campus Student Employment Workshop for Hiring Managers
The Office of Career Services is hosting a workshop for GSU Department Hiring Managers to explain the hiring process for Federal Work Study and Regular Student Employment on Campus. "Employing Students Helps GSU, Students and You!" will be held in two sessions: Thursday, July 9 (Room B2200) and Wednesday, July 15 (Room B2215). Both sessions are from Noon-1 p.m. Information will also be provided on registering as an on-campus employer for the upcoming August Student Employment Fair. For more information, call 708.235.3974. Students should plan to attend the Student Employment Fair on August 26, 2015.
Summer STEM Camps at GSU
GSU is hosting summer programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for grade school and high school students. A Robotics STEM Camp for students in grades 8-12 will be held July 13-17 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A second camp for high school students: Hands-on STEM Fun! will be held July 20-23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A Hands-on STEM Fun! Camp for students in grades 6-7 will be held July 20-23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration is required for all the camps. For more information, contact Melinda Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org or govst.edu/cas/stemcamp. See the 2014 STEM Camp video.
Shrek the Musical at CPA
The Crete-Monee Enrichment Program will present Shrek the Musical at The Center for Performing Arts, Friday, July 24 at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 25 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 26 at 2 p.m.
Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this TONY Award-winning fairytale adventure features all new songs and brings all the beloved characters from the film to life on stage. It's irreverent fun for the whole family.
Tickets are $15; $10 for students.
Scholarship Scramble Golf Outing July 24
Join the GSU Foundation for its Scholarship Scramble Golf Outing Friday, July 24, 2015 at the University Golf Club & Conference Center, 23520 Crawford Avenue. The day will feature 18 holes of golf, lunch, contests, and prizes. A dinner buffet and awards presentation will follow. Proceeds from the Scholarship Scramble will provide merit and financial need-based scholarship opportunities to deserving students in pursuit of bachelor's degrees. Call Angela Mehalek at 708.235.2832 for more information. Sponsorship and raffle opportunities are also available when you register.
Do You Do Research Involving Human Subjects?
The Office for Human Resource Protections will present a Research Community Forum: "Human Subjects Research: Current Challenges in the Modern Research World" at GSU Tuesday, July 28. Elizabeth Buchanan, Ph.D., Endowed Chair in Ethics and Director of the Center for Applied Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, will give the Keynote speech, "A New Internet Research Ethics Program." Additional information can be found at: http://www.ohrpjuly15.illinoisstate,edu/.
ADA Resource Fair July 29
GSU will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with an Alternative Accommodations Resource Fair, Wed., July 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Hall of Governors.
Learn about the services and programs that local, regional, and state agencies provide for our special needs community. The fair will feature speakers, presentations, and other valuable information about the ADA.
The event is free, and everyone is welcome. Vendor tables are also free. For information and to reserve a vendor table, contact email@example.com, or 708.235.3968.
Athletes Sign on as Jaguars
GSU Athletic Director and Head Men's Basketball Coach Tony Bates (left) and Head Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach, Kevin Kredens introduce GSU's cross country runner, Kendra Riley.
The GSU Athletic Department signed four more student athletes in women's sports to compete during the university's initial year of NAIA participation.
The women's Cross Country team signed Manteno High School state qualifier Haley Quinn. In addition to her accomplishments on the running course, Haley was an All-Academic Conference Athlete and a member of the National Honor Society in high school. The team also signed Kendra Riley, a runner from Bloom Trail High School in Chicago Heights.
The women's basketball program added two more players to its roster with the addition of junior transfer, Torrionna Evans from Richard J. Daley Community College, and shooting guard Rachel Distor from Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park. Torrianna was a starter and played in all 24 of Daley College's games in 2014-15. A Chicago native, Torrionna graduated from Daley with High Honors in Computer Science. Rachel helped Sandberg to a 24-8 record and a Regional Title in her senior year, and participated in the 3-point shooting contest at the Illinois State High School Tournament.
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