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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Pet-Palooza is here! Saturday, June 17th

Join us for Pet-Palooza on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 12-3pm in Orland Park!
This event raises money for the local pet food pantry.  SEAatGSU is helping Orland  Township organize this event for a community service project, as well as to learn and increase leadership, communication, and planning skills.
Admission: bag of pet food. There are games, family activities, live music, food, vendors, contests, events, etc. Bring family, friends, and pets!
We still need volunteers!
#OTPetPalooza #PetParty #SEAatGSU #GovSt #savetheanimals #pets #petparents #petfest
For info, contact:  Dr. Katy E. Hisrich,; Samantha Allen,; Gwen Medrano,

#RedNoseDayUSA is tomorrow! Thursday, May 25th

Get your #RedNose and other gear at #Walgreens to support the cause! Help end child poverty.

Join #SEAatGSU and wear your #RedNoseDay gear today and tomorrow!

#NosesOn #RedNoseDayUSA


Outreach To Teach (OTT) 2017

A Message from our 2017-2018 Student IEA Chairperson, Becky Kreidler:

Hello Student IEA Members!

Next month, our annual Student IEA event Outreach to Teach will take place at Brooks Middle School in Harvey, IL (South Chicago Suburb) on Friday, June 16thDuring this event, student, active, and retired members come together to make a positive difference at an Illinois school. Why is it called Outreach To Teach?  As future teachers, current teachers, and retired teachers, we reach out to a local school to make improvements they are in need of, such as painting.  This tradition has been a lot of fun and very successful in improving schools across the state!


Not only is this event a great service opportunity, but an excellent chance to network and gain knowledge from fellow teachers.  We are waiting to hear back from the school about the exact start and end times, but are predicting that it will be similar to past years (appx. 7:30am to 3:30pm on Friday). We will send out an update as soon as we hear from the school.


The IEA has a limited number of hotel rooms for Thursday night for those not from the Chicago area.  In order to ensure we have enough help to finish the project, it is very important that you RSVP in advance using the link below before May 23rd! This will help us have an accurate count for lunch, hotel rooms, and t-shirts!


Id’ also like to encourage you to share this message with members at your local chapter to help spread the word. Don’t hesitate to contact Anne Barnabe at, Mary Pat Hellner at, or Becky Kreidler at if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!


Becky Kreidler

Get Your Nose On for Red Nose Day! Help Children in Poverty

Get Your Nose On!! 

The Student Education Association at Governors State University is supporting Red Nose Day to help children in poverty.  The money raised supports projects that ensure kids are safe, healthy, educated, and empowered. Red Nose Day funds programs in all 50 states and in some of the poorest communities in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

All throughout the month of May, student leaders and advisors will be by wearing red noses and other gear from Walgreens and posting pictures wearing these items.  Join us in supporting this cause!

Red Nose Day is on Thursday, May 25th, 2017.  A telethon, “The Red Nose Day Special,” on NBC will air with various comedy acts and stories of children around the world who live in poverty.  Support the cause by watching this special event.

Every time you purchase red noses and other gear at Walgreens, money is donated to the Red Nose Day Fund.  You can also donate to the Red Nose Day Fund now and during the telethon special.  For information on fundraising ideas for Red Nose Day: 

More information: and

#RedNoseDay #RedNoseDayUSA #GetYourNoseOn #Walgreens #NBC

#SEAatGSU #IEA #NEA #GovSt      #charities #causes #donate #fundraise


Pet-Palooza! Join Us for Fun and to Help a Pet Food Pantry – June 17, 2017


by Jessica Dunahoo, 5.8.17

This year, an event is taking place to celebrate the bond between people and their furry children. Paul O’Grady and the Board of Trustees are excited to unleash Pet-Palooza, Orland Township’s Pet Fair and Parade. The purpose of the event is to benefit the Orland Township Pet Food Pantry, which is in need of food and supplies.  Pet-Palooza will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 12 to 3pm at the Township Grounds in Orland Park, IL.  

The Student Education Association at Governors State University is assisting with this event.  Two student leaders, Gwen Medrano and Samantha Allen, and the faculty advisor, Dr. Katy E. Hisrich, are helping plan and organize the event with Orland Park Township.  SEA is also helping by providing volunteers, supervising events, getting donations from the community and retailers, and make animal-friendly cookies for the event (fundraiser for SEA).

We need your help! We are looking for volunteers and donations.  Artists, musicians, animal trainers are needed to donate time or materials. We also need people to set up/clean up on the day of the event, as well as spent time prior to the even to obtain donations (monetary or supplies) from retailers such as pet stores, groceries, veterinarians, and restaurants. Additionally, we need vendors to purchase a table at Pet-Palooza.

In order to support the animals and the Orland Township Pet Food Pantry, a donation of one 5- pound bag of pet food or a cash donation to the pantry is encouraged, though admission is free. All well-mannered, leashed, and tagged pets are welcome. Everybody can take part in bingo, pet events, photo contests, pet parade, pet drawings, games, and demonstrations. In addition, there will be vendors, an ask-a-vet booth, and pet adoptions.  Live entertainment and food will also be there. Families can also enjoy a kids’ zone, games, and inflatable bounce houses. Don’t forget to stop by for some homemade dog treats and a caricature of you and your dog!  See the flyers for more information.

For more information: Orland Park Township  and Pet-Palooza 2017 Official Flyer and Flyer, Pet-Palooza – SEA

To volunteer or to provide services, contact: Gwen Medrano,; Samantha Allen,; or Dr. Katy E. Hisrich,


SEA at GSU was Nominated for Awards — and Won! April 27, 2017

Student Life and NEA Awards

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
by Jessica Dunahoo, 5.1.17

The Student Education Association (SEA) at Governors State University (GSU) has become involved in both the GSU and local community over the past two years. This year, the organization was nominated for multiple GSU Student Life awards including Program of the Year (Dog Blanket Community Service), Program of the Year (Student Success Panel), Outstanding Organization Advisor (Dr. Katy E. Hisrich), and Outstanding Student Club.  SEA Student leaders were also nominated for awards such as Outstanding Undergraduate Student, Rising Star, and the Elaine P. Maimon President Award. SEA won three of the awards nominated. Samantha Allen won the award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student, and Jessica Dunahoo and Stephanie Henning both won Rising Star awards. SEA worked hard this year to become an active group on campus and these efforts led to well-deserved recognition at the student life awards ceremony which took place on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at GSU.

In addition to these school awards, in May 2017, SEA was also nominated for awards at the national level. The National Education Association looks for state and local chapters every year who demonstrate excellence and outstanding leadership at that level. This year, Samantha Allen (president of SEA) was nominated as an Outstanding Local Student Leader. Dr. Katy E. Hisrich was nominated as Outstanding Local Advisor. SEA was nominated for the Local Excellence Award as an organization, as well as Local Communication Award.  SEA at GSU was able to show off their campus and community involvement through a binder and Prezi, which displayed their many achievements and events throughout the year. While awards will not be presented for another few months, SEA has demonstrated their commitment to improvement over this past year and their accomplishments are being recognized.

Congratulations to our student leaders, faculty advisor, and the College of Education at GSU for their hard work and support.

#SEAatGSU #GSULeaders #GovSt #IEA #NEA #AwardWinners

How SEA Communicates with Its Members

Click on this link to see the Prezi: sea prezi - local comunications.PNG

Two SEA Leaders Inducted into Tau Sigma Honor Society – April 20, 2017

Two SEA Leaders, Jessica Dunahoo and Stephanie Henning, were inducted into Tau Sigma Honor Society on April 20th, 2017.  This is an honor society for transfer students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students were given cords to wear at graduation. There were more than 100 people inducted; Governors State University has one of the largest chapters.


#SEAatGSU #GSULeaders #TauSigma

Beautification Day, summary – April 22, 2017

The Student Education Association (SEA) at Governors State University (GSU) joined the Chicago Heights Park District on Earth Day at Smith Memorial Park for this project. SEA received a grant from the National Education Association (NEA) that provided money to use towards a community service project. The park district leaders and leaders in SEA planned and implemented the Beautification Day event with the goal of cleaning up and restoring Smith Memorial Park in Chicago Heights.  The SEA leaders who wrote and organized the grant and event: Michael Flood and Kinga Drag (SEA Student Leaders) and Dr. Katy E. Hisrich (Faculty Advisor of SEA and Assistant Professor in the College of Education).

The event was a success.  We had 20 volunteers attend and help in the restoration of the park.  Volunteers were SEA leaders, SEA members, GSU students, along with their friends and family. A variety of flowers, large trees, and bushes were planted throughout the park. Volunteers were assigned to clean up, rake, dig, plant, and mulch specific areas in the park. As the day came to an end, Smith Park had transformed into a clean and appealing place in the community that can be enjoyed by all.  SEA hopes to continue their relationship with the Chicago Heights Park District with future events and next year on Earth Day.

Note to Dr. Katy E. Hisrich (Assistant Professor at GSU) from Frank Perez (Superintendent of Chicago Heights Park District) on April 25, 2017:   “Thank you and your students for the awesome job at Smith Park.  We are receiving many compliments from the public.  Hopefully, we can build our on partnership and make Earth Day an annual event at Smith Park.”

#SEAatGSU #IEA #NEA #GovSt #GSULeaders #ChicagoHeights #EarthDay #PlantaTree