Slama Slam Slam!

Come join us on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Joliet Slammers game!
This baseball game is meant as an end-of-the-year celebration for all SEA/KDP members and leaders for a job well done these past two semesters.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Route 66 Stadium
Michigan Pl, Joliet, IL 60432

This event is open to all GSU staff, faculty, and students!
However, we encourage that you bring family and friends.
Tickets are $10/person.

RSVP and money (cash only) to Aimee York, or Hannah Gruben,
If you already purchased tickets, you can pick them up from a leader on campus today or at the box office on the day of the game.

We hope to see you there!

Joliet Slammers

Written by Sireen Hamarshah

Get Your Red Nose On!

Today, May 23, 2019, is Walgreens’s annual red nose day celebration.
Please purchase a red nose from any of your local Walgreens to help children in poverty.


According to their website, Walgreens will “donate 50% of the retail purchase price of every Red Nose, Wristband, Pen and Pin Badge sold to Comic Relief Inc.’s Red Nose Day Fund, which helps lift children out of poverty in the U.S. and internationally.”

Participation is simple:

  1. Purchase a red nose from Walgreens (donations will occur automatically!).
  2. Take a picture of you wearing the red nose.
  3. Post your picture on social media to encourage others to participate.

Thank you to those who are willing to support this cause.
SEA/KDP looks forward to seeing all of your photos!


Written by Sireen Hamarshah

Games, Food, and More!

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society (KDP) hosted the annual Dave & Buster’s Social on April 17th from 6 pm to 10 pm.  Members of SEA, GSU faculty, and guests socialized and ate while playing arcade games.  Attendees had the opportunity to celebrate the end of a wonderful academic year in an environment full of fun and laughter.  This social was a fantastic way to wrap up the 2018-2019 academic school year.

The SEA/ KDP leaders would like to thank all who attended the social for coming.  Social events would not be successful without the continuous support of SEA and KDP members, GSU faculty, and guests.

Written by Keelin Crotty & Caitlin Rich

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Smith Park Has Been Beautified!

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society (KDP) hosted an event on Saturday April 13th, from 9:00am- 12:00pm.  This event was sponsored with a grant awarded to the SEA from the Illinois Education Association (IEA).  SEA members, GSU faculty, Lions Club, and community volunteers beautified Smith Park in Chicago Heights.  During the event volunteers planted bushes, spread mulch, painted a bench, and cleaned up trash and twigs.  This was a great event that helped beautify both the Chicago Heights Community and Earth.

The SEA would like to thank the 40 volunteers that gave up their Saturday morning to participate in this service project.  We would also like to thank the Smith Park staff for allowing us to work in their park.

Written by Keelin Crotty

Beautification Day

Taking Care of Our World

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) are hosting an event the weekend before Earth Day on Saturday, April 13th, from 9:00am-12:00pm.  This event is part of a grant awarded to the SEA from the Illinois Education Association (IEA).  We will be beautifying Smith Park in Chicago Heights (1435 Scott Avenue).  During the event, volunteers will have the opportunity to plant trees, bushes, flowers, as well as pull weeds and clean up trash in order to beautify Smith Park.  This will be a great event that helps the Chicago Heights community and the Earth alike!

All are welcome to attend the event – GSU faculty and students, friends, family, and members of the community. RSVP required.  For further questions and to RSVP email Aimee York

Written by Keelin Crotty.


S2S Conference Success!

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Dr. Katy Hisrich’s EDEC 4570 Literacy Methods class participated in the S2S Conference on March 1st, 2019 at Governors State University.  This conference was offered to local high school students in the Crete-Monee area.  The high school students attended presentations given by GSU students. The presentations informed high school students on what to look forward to in college, helpful tips on how to be successful in college, and what they can prepare for currently in order to have a smoother transition from high school to college.

Katie Zalkowski and Keelin Crotty (SEA student leaders) presented “What’s Next?” along with EDEC students Tamara Coleman, Andrea Ivy, and Yasmin Ramos.  Karli Olszowka (EDEC student), Jaclyn Lukjanowicz (EDEC student), Amane Sbitan (EDEC student), Kia Taylor (student/ SEA leader), and Claudia Musa (EDEC student) presented “Navigating College and College Expectations.”  “Money, Money, Money” was presented by Guadalupe Mercado (EDEC student), Eman Ashkar (EDEC student), and Jamileh Shuaibi (EDEC student).  Lastly, Aimee York (student/ SEA leader), Hailey Czerwinski (student/ SEA leader), and Caitlin Kidd (EDEC student) presented “Campus Engagement and Involvement.”

The high schoolers left with an abundance of helpful tips, strategies, and advice that will benefit their future college careers.

Written by Keelin Crotty

Teacher Panel Clipart

Literacy Night was Super!

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society (KDP) took part in a Literacy Night on Wednesday February 27th, 2019 from 5:30- 7pm at Monee Elementary School- district 201.  The theme for literacy night was “Superheroes.”  Students from Monee Elementary and family members were able to partake in six different activities.  The literacy activities gave students the opportunity to engage in reading and writing in fun ways.  Students left with literacy crafts they made such as superhero masks, comic strips, and decorated cookies.  Volunteers worked with students at each center to ensure they had a positive experience.

The SEA/ KDP committee would like to thank Monee Elementary for allowing us to participate in their Literature Night Event.  We would also like to thank all the pre-service teachers and professors that volunteered for the event.

Written by Keelin Crotty


Growing Up Wild Training

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) hosted the Growing Up Wild training workshop on Monday, February 4th, 2019 from 4:30- 8pm at Governor State University (GSU).  The training workshop was facilitated by GSU’s very own Associate Provost, Dr. Colleen Sexton. The seventeen attendees received the Growing Up Wild book that includes twenty-seven field-tested, hands-on, nature-based activities for children, ages 3-7. Dr. Sexton presented four of the activities from the Growing Up Wild guide and then participants used materials provided to make the activities. The activities were both fun and informative. The future educators who attended this workshop have an amazing science resource they will be able to use in their classrooms.

The leaders of SEA/ KDP would like to thank Dr. Sexton for her time and commitment to making this event a success!

Written by Keelin Crotty

Featured: Dr. Colleen Sexton explaining an activity.    

Featured: attendees working hard on their Project Wild crafts.

See more PLT photos here.

Superhero Literacy Night with Families


The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) are taking part in a Literacy Night on Wednesday February 27th, 2019 from 5:30- 7pm at Monee Elementary School- district 201.  The theme for the literacy activities for the event is “Superheroes.”  The activities will give students the opportunity to use their reading and writing skills in an engaging and fun way.  Stations that will be set up for the students include: a cupcake station, creating a comic strip, writing a job description of a superhero, creating a book marker, creating your own super hero and writing about the hero using alliteration, etc. 

SEA & KDP are looking for volunteers to help at the event for set up, facilitating an activity table/station, and clean up. GSU students, faculty, and staff are welcome to volunteer.  For further questions and to RSVP, email Aimee York

Written by Keelin Crotty

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Bloomington, IL – IEA Student Conference


On February 8 & 9, the Illinois Education Association (IEA) will be hosting it’s annual student conference for educators which will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton in Bloomington, IL. On Friday, Feb 8, the sessions are from 3-9pm. On Saturday, Feb 9, the sessions run from 7:30am-3:30pm.

The registration deadline is Monday, February 4, 2019 which can be completed online. Students will have to pay a small fee. Registering between January 9-31 will cost $15. Depending on whether students are commuting or staying the night in the hotel, the total cost will vary. For a breakdown of the pricing, please click here.

For more information on the various sessions offered, please click here.
To register, please click here.

Official flyer: flyer, student iea conf. feb. 8-9

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