Career Workshop Success

The Student Education Association (SEA) at Governor’s State University (GSU) hosted a career and resume workshop on Thursday, January 25 from 4-6pm in F1622 and the Lakeside Lounge. This workshop was a joint effort between the Student Education Association (SEA), Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, Psi Chi Psychology National Honor Society, and the Psychology club at GSU. Students from across the university, including individuals within the Division of Education, Division of Social Work, and Division of Psychology and Counseling, attended this event. School administrators, psychologists, graduate school representatives, and student graduates provided beneficial information regarding: creating resumes, interviews, job and graduate school applications. Presenters at the event also provided tips on when to apply for positions and how to stand out from other applicants. The second part of this event included small group consultations and work sessions. In the work sessions students were able to receive individualized help with their resumes from experienced faculty and staff. A special thank you to our presenters, including school administrators Dr. LaMonica Williams and Dr. Saundra Mickles, counselors Kalyna Brumfield and Amina Dahleh, GSU Career Center representative Cynthia Staples, and recent GSU graduate Kinga Drag.

Thanks to the coordinators of this event:

  • Alli Cipra and Dr. Sasha Cervantes – advisor, PSI CHI
  • Marlon Cummings, Dr. Timothy Harrington, Dr. Katy Hisrich – advisors, SEA and KDP

Attention Teachers or Pre-Service Teachers: Call for Science Fair Judges (no science background required!)

The Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 will have student Science Fairs in our schools during 2018.  We would like to invite you to participate with our young scientists by judging our student’s work as they present to you their Science Fair Projects.  You do not have to be a scientist to participate!  We begin the judging with an informational presentation where you will receive an explanation of our judging rubric.   We will then adjourn to the gymnasium for approximately an hour where each judge will be assigned four to five students to judge.

The dates and schools are listed below of our upcoming fairs.  Please let us know your availability to judge either by emailing Annmarie Goodman:  agoodman@sd163.com or calling 708-668-9417. We thank you in advance for your commitment to our students!

Friday, February 9, 2018 (4th-8th 12:00-2:30pm): Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts

Thursday, April 26, 2018 (K-2 Class projects 9:30-10:30am) (3rd 9:30-10:30am): 21st Century Primary Center

Friday, May 4, 2018 (K-2 Class projects 9:00-10:30am) (3rd 9:00-10:30am): Blackhawk Primary Center

Friday, April 27, 2018 (K-2 Class projects 1:00-2:30pm) (3rd 1:00-2:30pm): Mohawk Primary Center

From the office of Dr. Caletha White – Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services

Park Forest ~ Chicago Heights School District 163

SEA Career Workshop: January 25, 2018

Story written by Jessica Dunahoo 1.7.18CareerWorkshop

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) at Governor’s State University will be hosting a career and resume workshop on Thursday, January 25 from 4-6pm in the E-lounge. SEA’s current president, Stephanie Henning, will be acting as host for the event. The workshop will be a joint effort between the SEA, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, Psi Chi Psychology National Honor Society, and the Psychology club at GSU. All students from across the university, including individuals within the Division of Education, Division of Social Work, and Division of Psychology and Counseling are encouraged to attend.

Presenters include school administrators, psychologists, graduate school representatives, and student graduates in the field of psychology and education. They will provide useful information on resume formatting, content, and cover letters. They will also provide resume and interview tips, as well as advice on when to apply for positions and how to stand out from other applicants.

Additionally, information and guidance on applying to graduate school will be provided.  Student attendees will be encouraged to ask questions. The second part of this event will include small group consultations and work sessions. In the work sessions, students will be able to receive individualized help with their resumes from experienced faculty and staff. Any student who wishes to receive advice on improvements should bring their resume to the event.

Disaster Relief Project (NEA Grant)

Collection: January 29 thru February 21

Sorting and Packing event: Tuesday, February 27

Story written by Jessica Dunahoo 1.7.18

Houston

The Student Education Association (SEA) at Governors State University will be organizing a disaster relief project funded by a National Education Association (NEA) grant. This event will benefit residents of Texas affected by the hurricanes in fall 2017. Thousands of people lost everything including: their homes, clothing, books, and basic school supplies. This project and grant focuses on helping South Houston High School, along with their students, teachers, and families.  SEA at GSU will be collaborating with the high school, NEA retired teachers, and the SEA chapter at San Jacinto College.

The first goal of the event is to ameliorate the outside area at South Houston High School (SHHS).  The outside area used for lunch and classes was damaged by the hurricane. Money received from the grant will be used to purchase paint, trees, shrubs, and picnic tables. Teachers at SHHS and students in the SEA at San Jacinto College, as well as other people in the community, will spend a day in February installing the picnic tables, planting trees, and painting the outside wall in order to create at least one beautiful area at the school that students, teachers, and the community can enjoy.

The second goal of the disaster relief project is to collect school supplies, as well as personal care items, to be donated to school children in Texas. The donation drive for this event will take place between January 29 and February 21, 2018.  Items for this project will can be dropped off at the SEA office (G228) or in one of the donation boxes in G building, 2nd floor until February 21st. The culminating event of this project will take place on Tuesday, February 27th from 3-5pm in the G Atrium/Lobby. At this time, SEA members, faculty, and other volunteers will work together to sort items and package them for transport to Texas.

Donations: we are accepting only certain items that are listed on the flyer (please do not drop off other stuff). We are also accepting cash donations to purchase paint, trees, and shrubs.

For more information, please visit the SEA at GSU website and social media.  If you have any questions, or would like to donate or volunteer, please contact the student officers or faculty advisors organizing this project.

Student leaders: Jessica White (jwhite7@student.govst.edu), Reyna Hernandez (rhernandez7@student.govst.edu)

Faculty advisors: Dr. Katy Hisrich (khisrich@govst.edu), Dr. Xiaobo She (xshe@govst.edu), Dr. Amy Vujaklija (avujaklija@govst.edu)

#Hashtag Lunchbag 10.24.17 – summary of event

#HashtagLunchbag

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Student Education Association (SEA) at Governors State University (GSU) completed a community service project on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. The event, #HashtagLunchbag, was sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Education Association (IEA). The event was organized and led by Stephanie Henning, Brianna Fabsits, and Dr. Katy Hisrich.  #Hashtag Lunchbag is a nationwide humanity service movement dedicated to empowering and inspiring people by showing the benefits of paying it forward. The #HashtagLunchbag event was a great community outreach opportunity for all students, faculty, and staff to make a difference in their community.

Our team used funds from the IEA grant to purchase supplies for the lunches. Additionally, we collected over $150.00 worth of food and supplies from faculty, staff, and students at GSU. Students and faculty used an assembly line to make a variety of sandwiches (turkey, ham, PB&J), as well as bag the lunches with snacks and dessert. Notes with positive messages written by students were included in the lunch bags.

More than 250 bagged lunches were created and donated to both a local homeless and domestic violence shelter. Half of the lunches were donated to South Suburban PADS in Country Club Hills, located at 4411 West Gatling Blvd. This is a nonprofit organization established in 1990 as a response to the growing number of homeless individuals and families in Chicago’s south suburbs. They have served over 15,000 men, women, and children by providing shelter, housing units, support services, and employment services. The other half of the lunches were donated to Bethel Family Resource Center, located at 1250 Portland Avenue in Chicago Heights. This organization was formed to strengthen low-income families by providing the tools needed to have an improved quality of life and become economically stable and self-sufficient. The shelter offers a day care center, medical clinic, pharmacy, and study rooms. These establishments assist individuals and families as they work towards improving their living conditions.

Visit the website at https://www.hashtaglunchbag.org for more information on this organization.  To view photos of the event, visit the SEAatGSU Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SEAatGSU/ and the SEAatGSU website at https://seaatgsu.wordpress.com/.

~Story written by Jessica Dunahoo

Hands Out to Build Up!     #SEAatGSU theme for AY17-18

Photos from #HashtagLunchbag on 10.24.17

 

 

Join Us Nov. 6th for our Event – Education for Sustainability!

Education for Sustainability Event

Join us today – Monday, November 6th from 3-5pm in the e-lounge at Governors State University.

There will be activities and guest speakers from the American Red Cross, South Suburban Family Shelter, Together We Cope, Make a Wish Foundation, and Cook County Health and Hospital System.

Teachers can earn CPDU’s for attending!

Join us for our Education for Sustainability Event on Monday, November 6, 2017!

Education for Sustainability Event on Monday, November 6, 2017!

Join us from 3-5pm in the e-lounge at Governors State University to hear from four guest speakers about homelessness, domestic violence, long-term illness, and natural disasters. Participate in motivational activities that help others.  Activities are facilitated by SEA at GSU and KDP at GSU, as well as the GSU Psych Club and PSI Chi.

Homelessness: According to Covenant House, 194,716 people were homeless in 61,265 families with children, representing 35 percent of the total homeless population in 2016.

Long-Term Illness: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 3.2% of children aged 5-11 have missed 11 or more days of school in the past 12 months because of illness/injury.

Natural Disasters: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention expresses that children experience more mental stress from disasters as a result from feeling less of a sense of control.

Domestic violence: According to the Domestic Violence Roundtable, 3-4 million children between the ages of 3-17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year.

Education for Sustainabilty, PA Event 11.16.17 – SEA & KDP, PSI CHI & Psych Club, vF

To RSVP, contact Michelle Westergaard, mwestergaard@student.govst.edu. For more information, contact Brianna Fabsits, bfabsits@student.govst.edu.

#SEAatGSU #KDPatGSU #KappaDeltaPi

Education for Sustainability – Monday, November 6, 2017

Education for Sustainability

Monday, November 6th from 3-5pm in the e-lounge. Join us to learn about how homelessness, domestic violence, natural disasters, and long-term illness affect children and families.  Learn how educators, social workers, and psychologists can help them.  Participate in positive, motivational activities.

Flyer: Education for Sustainabilty, PA Event 11.16.17 – SEA & KDP, PSI CHI & Psych Club, vF

#SEAatGSU #KDPatGSU #KappaDeltaPi