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Keith & Mary Lou Hauge Scholarship

Student IEA members are encouraged to apply for the Keith & Mary Lou Hauge Scholarship no later than March 1, 2018. Download the information sheet.


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



LIVE on Facebook! SEA & KDP Event today

Education for Sustainability Event – LIVE

Watch our event today from 3-5pm (CST) – LIVE on Facebook!  #HandsOutToBuildUp

Student Education Association at GSU, Facebook Page 

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

#SEAatGSU #KDPatGSU #KappaDeltaPi #GovState #education #futureteachers #community #socialwork #psychologists #helpingothers #IEA

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, For more information, contact Brianna Fabsits,

#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

#Hashtag Lunchbag Event on October 24, 2017

#Hashtag Lunchbag

Join SEA & KDP in packing bagged lunches for those in need!  Volunteer or donate items!

 Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 3:00-5:00 PM in the G Atrium/Lobby at Governors State University

#HashtagLunchbag is a national movement started in Los Angeles which aims to empower humanity with the tools to create & benefit from organized acts of love.

We will join the movement by packing lunches which will be delivered to a local homeless and domestic violence shelter. All are welcome to help!

Donations needed by Friday, October 20th: individual bags of chips, individual bags of cookies or crackers, individual mayonnaise packets, individual mustard packets.  Place all donations outside Dr. Katy Hisrich’s office, G236. 

For information, to donate, or to volunteer, contact Stephanie Henning,

More information: flyer, #Hashtag lunchbag 10.24.17 – SEA vF 

~This event is sponsored in part by an IEA grant awarded to SEA. It is organized by Brianna Fabsits, Stephanie Henning, and Dr. Katy E. Hisrich.  #IEAHelpsOut~


Teacher Success Panel on Sept. 28, 2017 – Summary

SumMARy of Teacher Success Panel on September 28, 2017

The SEA at GSU hosted a Teacher Success Panel on Thursday, September 28, 2017 in the E-lounge at GSU. The event was paid for in part by a National Education Association (NEA) Create Grant awarded to SEA for use during the Fall 2017 semester.  Stephanie Henning and Jessica Dunahoo, the President and Vice-President of SEA respectively, wrote the grant with Dr. Katy Hisrich as the P.I.; they also planned and hosted the event.

Guest speakers on the panel were current teachers ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade, as well as an edTPA expert: Ms. Samantha Allen, Ms. Gwen Medrano, Mr. Michael Flood, Mr. Charles Robinson, Ms. Laroi Sykes, Mr. Steve Borchert, Mr. Joseph Slawinski, and Ms. Teresa Spesia.  Five of these professional were GSU graduates within the last two years; 3 of them were former SEA leaders. The professionals on the panel provided interesting and valuable insights to the more than 45 students who attended the event. Several first year teachers were able to share insights on student teaching and staying motivated. Veteran teachers also described their best classroom management strategies and how to create a successful classroom atmosphere. Ms. Teresa Spesia, the edTPA coordinator at St. Francis University, discussed edTPA tips and strategies.  Those who attended the event gained a wealth of knowledge to use throughout their education and career. The SEA would like to thank the panelist volunteers for their valuable time and expertise.


#SEAatGSU, #teachers, #education, #teacherquality, #NEAgrant, #NEA, #IEA, #futureteachers

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: