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

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

SEA/KDP Newsletter – Spring 2019


Please take the time to check out SEA and KDP’s Spring 2019 newsletter!
On it, you will find detailed information regarding our upcoming events and different ways you can get involved.

This semester, we have several events occurring in February, April, and May.
Show your support by attending and participating with other SEA/KDP members!

You can find the newsletter here: newsletter, spring 2019 – sea & kdp vf 1.21.19

Workshop Success!

Written by Keelin Crotty

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) collaborated with the GSU Library to host a free professional development, Media Workshop on Monday, November 12, 2018 in Governor State University’s (GSU) Library.  The workshop, held in room D2430B, was open to GSU students, faculty, staff, and educators in the community.  Educators who attended the professional development workshop were able to earn CPDUs.  The workshop, by Cari Didion GSU Science Librarian and Assistant Professor, demonstrated how to use ten Google Plug-Ins extensions.  The ten extensions presented were: Google Scholar, Google Drive, Honey, full page screen capture, word count tool, Office editing for Docs/ Sheets/ Slides, Bitly, MyBib Toolbar, LastPass, and Screencastify.  All 20 workshop attendees left with an abundance of new knowledge regarding Google Plug-Ins/ extensions that will enhance attendee’s literacy toolbelt and makes online time more productive.

The members of SEA/ KDP would like to thank Cari Didion for her time and effort put into making the Media Workshop a success!

This event was organized by SEA/KDP Committee Chair, Dr. Katy E. Hisrich and GSU Librarian, Alexis Sarkisian.

20181112_153311Michelle Westergaard (VP of SEA/ President of KDP) & Cari Didion (GSU Science Librarian and Assistant Professor)  

20181112_155227Cari Didion (GSU Science Librarian and Assistant Professor) assisting attendees.

Click here to view more photos.

Messy (But Fun) Fundraiser!

Written by Keelin Crotty

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) hosted the Annual SEA Fundraiser on Thursday October 25, 2018. All who attended the event had an amazing time socializing with peers and professors while getting their hands a little sticky in some whipped cream. That’s right, the SEA Fundraiser’s theme was “Pie your Professor.” Those who donated $2 received a plate of whipped cream and were able to pie a professor in the face. All donations and proceeds will go to the SEA’s Literacy Project and Exceptional Learner Event for Spring 2019.

Some of the professors who volunteered to be pied were Prof. Cunningham, Dr. She, Dr. Cummings, Dr. Hisrich, Dean Dermer, Dr. Harrington, Dr. Vujaklija, Dr. Sharp, Prof. Mahoney, and Dr. Thompson.

The SEA would like to thank all the professors who participated in the fundraiser, and all the students and faculty that made donations to SEA.

This event was organized by Aimee York (SEA Leader, Student), Hailey Czerwinski (SEA Leader, Student), Dr. Marsh (Early Childhood professor), Dr. Pennington (Elementary Education professor), and SEA/KDP Committee Chair, Dr. Katy E.

Please click here for more photos.

Join us TODAY!

The day has finally come!

Pie in Face

When: Thursday, October 25 @ 3-5pm 
Where: Lakeside Lounge/Patio
Who: All students and faculty
What: “Pie” any of the professors who volunteered their faces for only $2.00 per plate. Additional toppings are $0.50 each. 

Check out our promo video here.

Please come out and support us!
All proceeds will fund our literacy project for the community in March 2019.

We hope to see you there!

Flyer: flyer, pie your professors Oct 25 – vF 10.11.18

Help Support OT Fest

Governors State University MOT Program, Student Education Association, and Kappa Delta Pi are hosting a day at The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park for students at Speed on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 9am-12:30pm.

We’d love to see you join us! Exciting fall-themed activities are planned. There will be a tour of the park, games, and crafts for the students.

In order to fund this event the MOT program and student organizations are selling bracelets for $3.00. The orange ones say, “Therapy & Art Good for the Heart”, “I’m a Friend of Nate” and the white bracelets say, “Lets Makes Obstacles Obsolete.”

OT Fest Bracelets

For more information, please contact Jessica White at

Flyer: GSU SPEED bracelet flyer

#RedNoseDay – May 24, 2018

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This year, Walgreens celebrates its 4th annual Red Nose Day event!

Individuals can purchase a red nose from any Walgreens store for $1.
All proceeds will help raise funds to end childhood poverty.

People can show their support by buying a red nose and posting pictures wearing them to help spread awareness to others.
Although people are encouraged to participate all throughout the month of May, the official Red Nose Day is Thursday, May 24, 2018. 

Walgreens’ motto – “Every One Counts.”
According to Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance and president of Walgreens, “Every One Counts means that a $1 donation can help provide nutritious food for a child or school supplies for a student. By choosing Walgreens, our customers choose to make a difference in the life of a child in need.”

In the past, the Red Nose Day event at Walgreens has “raised more than $100 million in the U.S. in three years to help end child poverty” (

Please help support Walgreens’ campaign.
Post pictures with the following hashtags: #RedNose, #RedNoseDay, #RedNoseDayUS, #NosesOn, #GoNosetoNose
For more information, visit,, or

Flyer: flyer Red Nose Day May 2018 – SEA & KDP vF