SEA Members Contribute Voices

Through an initiative to hear students’ voices, President Elaine Maimon presented one of

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Jessica White, Dr. Elaine Maimon, Michelle Westergaard

many opportunities for students to join in round table discussions with campus leaders on Thursday, February 1.  Taking initiative, Jessica White (Student Education Association Treasurer and Kappa Delta Pi Secretary) and Michelle Westergaard (Student Education Association Membership and Activities Director and Kappa Delta Pi Secretary) joined students, faculty, and staff for an evening of sharing experiences.

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Jessica White, Justin Smith, Michelle Westergaard

After Dr. Maimon made introductions, participants spoke from personal perspectives resulting in productive dialogue about both issues on campus as well as potential solutions.  Michelle said, “The evening was an excellent opportunity to talk about our overall experiences as GSU students.”  These experiences included involvement in student activities, clubs, and honor societies such as the Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi (KDP).

Michelle said that she and Jessica shared with the room “how involvement is crucial for having a positive overall collegiate experience.”  She went on to say, “Joining organizations helps students to feel like they are an integral part of the University, and provides excellent opportunities for networking.”  For Michelle and Jessica, being involved in SEA and KDP have been vital to their success and enjoyment as students at Governors State University.

Students interested in joining SEA or learning more about KDP should check out the website or contact Michelle Westergaard (mweatergaard@student.govst.edu) for more information.

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

PROJECT LEARNING TREE Educator Workshop & Certification

Screen Shot 2018-01-29 at 11.57.39 AMElementary & Early Childhood Educators & Teacher Candidates (undergraduate and graduate students) are invited to attend this hands-on workshop investigating environmental topics through indoor and outdoor activities. Educators will learn to integrate environmental education, literature, math and social science into your existing curriculum with nature as your medium.

Dr. Colleen Sexton (Associate Provost) is the trainer for this workshop. She was a National PLT Educator and an Ohio PLT Educator.

Workshop includes Pre-K through 8 activity guide, snack, resources, & PLT certification.

Cost: $22 – includes materials (to keep), training, & certification

Space is very limited. Seats are first filled by SEA & KDP members.

RSVP by Monday, February 5th with funds due at this time in cash; put in an envelope with your name on it.

(RSVPs beyond this date will not be accepted due to ordering materials.)

For info or to RSVP: Dr. Colleen Sexton, csexton@govst.edu or Michelle Westergaard, mwestergaard@student.govst.edu

For more information about PLT training: https://www.plt.org/network/illinois/

Project Learning Tree® is the environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation and is sponsored in Illinois by the Environmental Education Association of Illinois.

SEA Career Workshop: January 25, 2018

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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.

Education for Sustainability: Monday November 6, 3:00-5:00

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The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) at Governors State University are organizing a political action event, Education for Sustainability, on Monday, November 6th, 2017 from 3:00-5:00pm in the E-lounge. This event will include guest speakers on homelessness, domestic violence, long-term illness and disasters. The speakers will focus on children and families who are having personal difficulties or are in traumatic situations and discuss how these circumstances affect their learning, health, and well-being.  Additionally, they will provide strategies for educators, social workers, and psychologists on working with these populations. This is extremely beneficial to future and current teachers and psychologists, who will be equipped with new knowledge and ways of thinking which are necessary to improve our community. Michelle Westergaard and Brianna Fabsits, student leaders of SEA and KDP, are planning and organizing this event with the assistance of Dr. Megan McCaffrey and Dr. Marlon Cummings, faculty advisors for the SEA and KDP.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

To RSVP, contact Michelle Westergaard, mwestergaard@student.govst.edu.

For more information, contact Brianna Fabsits, bfabsits@student.govst.edu.

Teacher Success Panel

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 4:00-6:00 PM

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Are you nervous about student teaching and edTPA? Do you have questions about being a teacher?

Join SEA for an informative panel!

  • Hear from first-year teachers, recent student teachers/ GSU graduates, edTPA experts, veteran teachers, and NEA retired teachers
  • Topics covered: edTPA, student teaching, first year of teaching
  • Q&A- ask questions and get expert advice!
  • RSVP for dinner was required by September 21st 
  • RSVP still open for seats (space limited; first come, first served): Stephanie Henning, shenning@student.govst.edu

This event is sponsored in part by an NEA grant awarded to SEA, written and organized by Stephanie Henning, Jessica Dunahoo, and Dr. Katy Hisrich.

Follow us! SEAatGSU            website: https://seaatgsu.wordpress.com

To become a member of SEA: http://www.ieanea.org/members/student/

SEA & KDP Info Table – September 11-15

Stop by our table during the week to learn more about the Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) honor society.

Student leaders and faculty advisors will be able to provide you with information and handouts, as well as answer any questions you might have.

Monday-Friday, September 11-15, 2017

Various times throughout the day

G building, 2nd floor (near G228)

Flyer – Info Table

To become a member of SEA ($25 cash until Sept 18, $30 credit card online): http://www.ieanea.org/members/student/