Employee newsletters are a rich resource for Governors State University history because they tell the story of GSU, noting campus events and the accomplishments of the people who work here. The GSU staff newsletter is a publication of the Office of Marketing and Communication. The department's original name was Office of Communications. In June 1975, it was renamed the Office of University Relations. In 1993, it was renamed the Office of Public Affairs. In 2012, it was given its current name, the Office of Marketing and Communication.
The complete run is available online through OPUS. Through the years, the official university newsletter changed its title and layout. Please note: the University Archives collection has no newsletters on file for 2006. Here is a listing of the newsletter's names by publication date:
|Faze 1||1971-1981||Access Faze 1 through OPUS|
|GSU Landscapes||1981-1985||Access GSU Landscapes through OPUS|
|Inscapes||1982-1988||Access Inscapes through OPUS|
|F.Y.I.||1989-1996||Access F.Y.I. through OPUS|
|@govst.edu||1996-2001||Access @govst.edu through OPUS|
|News & Views||2002-2002||Access News & Views through OPUS|
|GSUniverse||2002-2005||Access GSUniverse through OPUS|
|GSU View||2007-Current||Access GSU View through OPUS|
- The name Faze 1 was derived from "Phase I" which first president William E. Engbretson called the permanent campus as a reminder that the new construction was just the beginning for GSU.
- The title and logo of GSU Landscapes is taken from Illinois Landscapes No. 5, a sculpture by John Henry in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park collection.
- Inscapes started as an insert inside GSU Landscapes but was eventually issued on its own as a continuation of the newsletter. The title comes from a quote by poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.
- News & Views proved an unpopular name with the GSU community. As early as the third issue, a contest to rename the publication was announced. Within three months, the publication's title had been changed to GSUniverse. Employee Tracy Sullivan submitted the winning name and received a $25 gift certificate. Less successful names entered in the contest included The One-Armed Paperhanger, The Penguin, and The Platypus according to the GSUniverse's first issue published April 22-29, 2002.
- In 2004, newsletters were distributed via email rather than print copies.
- Newsletters were not published during 2006.
- Beginning in 2007, the newsletters have been archived in a reverse chronological blog format on the GSU website.
GSU employees have been recognized for their performance in a number of ways.
Annual awards include:
- Acknowledgment by Human Resources of significant employment anniversaries: 5 years, 10 years, etc... This practice began in 1975. In the early days of GSU, long-time employees were known as Veterans of Innovation.
- Faculty Excellence Awards - recognition for outstanding achievement in teaching/performance of primary duties, research/creative activity, and service.
- Employee of the Year - selected from among 12 winners of the Employee of the Month award.
- Gerald C. Baysore Award - given to the employees who most fully demonstrate the qualitites of absolute integrity, total competence, generous dedication, and unfailing civility as consistently embodied by Dr. Baysore during his 18 years of service to GSU. The award was first presented in 1989.
Who Was Dr. Gerald Baysore?
Dr. Gerald C. Baysore was a part of Governors State University even before the school opened for classes. He worked as the Assistant to the President from 1971-1975 and afterward served as Associate Vice President for Administration and Planning.
The university newsletter Inscapes reported that colleagues described Dr. Baysore as "trustworthy, helpful, friendly, courteous, and kind" when he filled in for Dr. Virginio Piucci, Vice President, during a six month sabbatical leave. The Inscape article also noted that Dr. Baysore was involved in curriculum realignment, accreditation evaluation, and was largely responsible for the "computer revolution" at Governors State University. When asked about any of his accomplishments, he was quick to give credit to his colleagues and the faculty. (See attached file Inscapes April 7, 1988 to read the complete article.)
It was with extreme sadness that the university announced his death after a prolonged illness on October 17, 1988. The next issue of Inscapes printed a page of tributes from his coworkers including the words of Provost David Curtis, "Jerry Baysore, simply, was the best man I've ever known." President Leo Goodman-Malamuth II recalled, "When everyone was gone, Jerry was there working. He brought integrity, common sense and dedication to his profession and the university." (See attached file Inscapes October 20, 1988 to read all the tributes.)
The following year his family and the university established the Dr. Gerald C. Baystore Distinguished Service Award to honor his memory. The award is given to a university employee who in the judgment of the University President, during the year in question, most fully embodies the following four qualities so consistently and fully embodied by Dr. Baysore during his eighteen years of service to GSU: absolute integrity, total competence, generous dedication, and unfailing civility.
Additional archives sources:
- Faculty Portraits (p. 48)
- Faculty and Staff who have been at GSU since We Opened our Doors to Students, Monday, September 13, 1971
- History of GSU 1969-1979 (pp. 41, 49)
- Innovator October 24, 1988 (death notice on p. 4)