Read Across America and Literacy Alive!

Join us! Read to children in shelters and centers during the month of March for NEA’s Read Across America and KDP’s Literacy Alive!



#Hashtag Lunchbag 10.24.17 – summary of event


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 for more information on this organization.  To view photos of the event, visit the SEAatGSU Facebook page at and the SEAatGSU website at

~Story written by Jessica Dunahoo

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

Photos from #HashtagLunchbag on 10.24.17



Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society: Installation of New Chapter at #GovState on 10.10.17 – Summary of Event

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education: 

Installation and Induction Ceremony of the Alpha Iota Alpha Chapter at Governors State University

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) is an International Honor Society in Education which was founded by William Bagley, Truman Kelly, and Thomas Edgar Musselman in 1911 at the University of Illinois. The organization was created to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The founders chose the name from the Greek words for knowledge, duty, and power. Today, the organization is comprised of more than 45,000 members. The mission of Kappa Delta Pi is to sustain an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership, and service.

The Installation and Initiation Ceremony for the Alpha Iota Alpha chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at Governors State University (GSU) took place on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017. This ceremony established the chapter at GSU and initiated its first group of active members. Dr. Amy Schroeder from the University of St. Francis represented Kappa Delta Pi and served as the inaugurating officer. Those who were invited to be a member of Kappa Delta Pi were required to meet certain criteria.  Invitations were sent to students and faculty in the College of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Health and Human Services.  Almost 40 students were inducted at this ceremony; over 30 other members were inducted but were unable to attend this event.  More than 15 faculty were initiated as first-time members; a few faculty who were already members, like Dr. Glenna Howell and Dr. Quincy Martin, were reinitiated into this chapter at GSU.

The executive officers were initiated as members and into their new positions in the chapter: Jessica Dunahoo, Stephanie Henning, Jessica White, and Michelle Westergaard.  The faculty advisors (Dr. Katy Hisrich, Dr. Marlon Cummings, and Dr. Timothy Harrington) were previously inducted into Kappa Delta Pi in their college chapters; they were reinitiated into this chapter.  As members, the faculty advisors assisted with the traditions of this ceremony.  Dean Dermer, a new member of Kappa Delta Pi, spoke at this event.  Dr. Deborah Bordelon, a long-time member and supporter of Kappa Delta Pi, served as the honorary speaker for the ceremony.

Ms. Marie Iofallo, a career educator, was presented with an honorary membership. She is the oldest inducted member of Kappa Delta Pi. Ms. Iofallo served as Principal of the Siboney American Defense School prior to teaching fifth grade Art in Park Forest’s Sauk Trail school in 1956. While at Park Forest, Ms. Iofallo developed a Gifted Program that was implemented in all seven District 163 schools. In 1990, Ms. Iofallo helped start the Tall Grass Art School. She is active with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, the Illinois Theatre Center acting lessons program, the Center for Performing Arts and College of Education advisory boards at Governors State University. She is also a “friend” of the Steger-South Chicago Heights Library where she teaches Art classes. Ms. Iofallo was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Park Forest Historical Society in 2012.

Congratulations to all members of the new Alpha Iota Alpha Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at Governors State University. You should be proud of your hard work and accomplishments. Kappa Delta Pi cannot wait to see you at future events throughout the semester.

For photos, visit: 

#KappaDeltaPi  #KDPatGSU

Story written by: Jessica Dunahoo 10.12.17


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

Kappa Delta Pi Installation Ceremony for our new Chapter at GSU – Alpha Iota Alpha

Governors State University has a new chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.  

The Alpha Iota Alpha chapter is preparing for our installation ceremony and first initiation ceremony.  The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 10th at 3:30-5:30pm at Governors State University. 

We are excited to receive the charter for our new chapter, as well as recognize our students at Governors State University who excel scholastically in the field of education!

Kappa Delta Pi is one of the largest and most prestigious educational honor societies, with more than 40,000 members and 600 chapters around the world. To date, more than 1,200,000 educators worldwide have been inducted. Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Margaret Mead are just a few of the historically known members. KDP was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching.

For more information, contact the KDP faculty chair, Dr. Katy E. Hisrich ( or the student President, Jessica Dunahoo (

Additional information can be found on these websites: