GAISU raises $3,439 for Relay for Life

This year’s Relay for Life saw Golden Apple ISU double their efforts from last year! From individual team member fundraising, team donations, change collections, and the proceeds from the pillow sale the night of Relay, our team has raised a grand total of $3,439! This placed our team of 18 Gapples  in fourth place for teams at Relay for Life at ISU this year. A big thank you is in order for ’10 Scholar Kevin Glabowicz, who raised the most for our team at $1,570!

2014 saw a change from the last few years as Relay for Life was held outside on the quad. There was perfect weather to stay up all night walking, celebrating our efforts, and continuing to raise money until dawn. We sold almost all of our pillows made by Nate Titus’ Grandma June! The raffles were a great success, with every winner receiving a Domfather shirt from last year’s Relay and some candy or goodies for their classroom. The highlight of the night was certainly the intense series of foursquare games that our team played!

Our incredible efforts made a huge difference in the ongoing fight to end the devastation of cancer. Every day, the American Cancer Society helps people take steps to reduce their risk of cancer or find it early, when it is easiest to treat. They provide free information and services to cancer patients throughout their journey. The organization is investing in crucial research to  prevent, treat, and ultimately, cure all cancers. We feel that it is our honor and duty as future educators to do our part in helping the American Cancer Society to ensure that less and less people, including our future students, are affected by this disease.

Our team’s photo album for Relay for Life 2014 can be found here.

We will participate in Relay for Life again next spring, and we look forward to rising to this challenge once again. We hope that we can continue to make a difference and help to finish the fight!

Spring Picnic at People’s Park

The Social Committee invites you to gear up for Relay for Life and join GAISU for a spring picnic! This will take place on Friday, April25th, at 4pm at People’s Park (located south of the State Farm Hall of Business on University St).
Even if you are not attending Relay, you are still welcome to come and eat with us in the fresh April air! We will order some pizzas, but you may also bring your own choice of food if you wish. We will have kickball, volleyball, and slacklining! Finally, around 6pm, we will all head over to the quad to begin the Relay for Life festivities.
For comments or questions, please contact Katie Oberman.

Professional Online Presence Seminar: Building Your Presence

The Technology Committee invites you to our second Professional Online Presence Seminar (POPS!) Join us in DeGarmo Hall, Room 209, on Thursday, April 24th at 7:00pm, just a half hour early before the GAISU meeting. We will explore how you can build a professional presence on the internet with various tools and websites. There will be snacks, raffle prizes, and GA points earned. Most importantly, you will gain a valuable new outlook on teaching in the 21st century!

Please try to bring a laptop or tablet. For questions or comments, please contact Jennifer Seger.

Golden Apple Announces 175 Scholars for 2014

The Golden Apple Foundation has released the names and other information on the 175 high school seniors and college sophomores who have been accepted into the Golden Apple Scholars Program.

According to the Golden Apple website, “the 2014 class represents a 30% increase in future teachers now participating in the program in Illinois.” This is the largest number of Scholars awarded in all of the program’s 26 years.

“The 2014 class of Scholars represents a diverse group of young people from across the state of Illinois:

  • 61% are the first in their family to attend college
  • 39% are from very low/low income households
  • 56% are people of color
  • 21% are men and 79% are women”

We would like to congratulate all 175 new additions to the Golden Apple family, especially those who plan to attend Illinois State University (or already do!) We are all incredibly excited to meet and get to know these ’14 Gapples.

Nominations are open beginning on April 1st for the Class of 2015.

The list of the Golden Apple Scholar Class of 2014 and more information can be found at the Golden Apple Foundation’s website here.

Update: On Thursday, April 4th, Golden Apple asks that we celebrate the new class by remembering when we received our own life-changing letters and using the hashtags #‎BeTheChange‬ and ‪#‎WeLoveTeachers‬ across all social media. 

April Pathway Informational Meetings

The Pathway Recruitment Committee will be holding informational meetings to help spread the word about the Golden Apple Scholars Program to potential Pathways at ISU. All freshmen education majors are welcome to attend! These will take place on April 3rd in the Rosa Parks room in Watterson from 6pm-7pm and on April 17th in the McAllister’s Private Dining Room from 6pm-7pm. We would also like for Gapples to attend to answer questions, offer essay and interview guidance, and represent Golden Apple ISU. Contact Jordan Oliva with any questions, comments, or to volunteer.

Meatheads Gapple Fundraiser

On April 8th, Golden Apple ISU will work with Meatheads restaurant on Main Street to help raise funds for our events, such as the upcoming Golden Apple ISU Banquet! Treasurer Nick Ulferts and his Fundraising Committee invite you and your friends to come to Meatheads and order some delicious food, mentioning our RSO to get 10% of the proceeds donated to GAISU. The fundraiser will run from 4pm to close. See you there!

School Supply Drive with U of I

From now until April 12th, we are collaborating with Golden Apple Illini on community service! Here at ISU, we will conduct a school supply drive; at UIUC, they will conduct a book drive. On April 12th, both RSOs will gather on ISU’s campus to organize everything we’ve collected for donation. We will then go out to dinner to celebrate our efforts together! Until then, spread the word and collect as many supplies as you can. For your convenience, feel free to bring supplies to the March meeting. For questions and to donate at other times, contact Community Service Chair Alysa White.