SEA Members Contribute Voices

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


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.


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 ( for more information.

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.

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!

Research Study for College Students

Attention college students!

You are invited to participate. Graduate students and a professor at Governors State University need your help with their research study about social media use and perceptions of college students. Please take this brief 5 minute survey.

Researchers: Dr. Katy E. Hisrich (Assistant Professor in Education), Jordan Miroballi (graduate student in Psychology), and Kati Winchel (graduate student in Psychology)

#FutureTeachers at GovSt Host #HashtagLunchbag Event to Help Local Domestic Violence Shelter — funded by a grant from #IEA

The Student Education Association at Governors State University (#SEAatGSU) is hosting a #HashtagLunchbag Event to help people at local homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters.  This event is funded by a grant from the Illinois Education Association (#IEA). Dr. Katy E. Hisrich (Assistant Professor in Education) and Erin Peterson (Student Leader of SEA and Student in Early Childhood Education) are organizing and leading this event.

Volunteers will make sandwiches and cards, as well as pack the bags.  We welcome students, faculty, and staff at GSU, as well as members of the community.

This event takes place on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 3-5pm at Governors State University in the southern suburbs of Chicago, IL.  To RSVP or for more information, contact Erin Peterson:

#IEAHelpsOut #IEAFutureTeachers #GovSt #NEA #FutureTeachers #communityservice #HandsOutToBuildUp

Post on HashtagLunchbag Website: 

Teacher Success Panel

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


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,

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:

To become a member of SEA:

Pet-Palooza – need volunteers & donations!


Join us for Pet-Palooza on Saturday, June 17th from 12-3pm in Orland Park!  This event supports the local pet food pantry of Orland Township.

Admission: bag of pet food.  The event will have family games, live music, food, vendors, contests, events, etc. Bring family, friends, and pets!

**Want to volunteer?  We need people to set-up/clean-up, artists, DJs, photographers, military or police dog trainer, pet vendors. We also need donations of pet supplies and items to raffle, like gift cards.

Contact us! Gwen Medrano or Dr. Katy E. Hisrich

Flyers: Pet-Palooza 2017 Official Flyer and  flyer, pet-palooza on 6.17.17 – SEA, vF

#OTPetPalooza #PetParty #SEAatGSU #GovSt #savetheanimals #pets #petowners #petfest

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