Relay for Life Update

10013788_10203515038455996_5248306262623161081_nRelay for Life is only days away! We are so proud of all of our team members for raising $2,900 and continuing their efforts over these last few days. Incredible work!

There is still time to donate! Submit cash or check to a Golden Apple ISU Relay for Life team member or donate online with a credit card on our team page here. Cash, checks, and even pocket change may be brought the night of Relay, which is Friday, April 25th at 6:00pm.

To the right is the design for our team shirts for 2014:

We invite all Gapples, both on and off the team, to attend our Spring picnic at People’s Park at 4:00pm on Friday. After enjoying pizza. we will all head over to the quad for Relay!

We will be having a raffle at the top of each hour. Members must be there to win, so it’s important to stay the whole night. The prizes get better and better each hour! Every raffle prize also has a bonus inside, so you definitely want these!

In the event that it rains, please not that Relay will likely be relocated to Redbird Arena, where it has been held in past years. Look for updates on Twitter and Facebook for this announcement.

10157222_10202517377473861_6258755961071460614_nA map of the quad for Relay, as well as our own team’s location, is pictured to the left.

The red arrow points to our location, which is in “District 12.” Use this map to find various locations the night of Relay. Please note the white arrows, which show the main Relay for Life track, as well as the locations of the stage, obstacle course, etc!

Don’t forget to bring money to use to buy some of the goodies that will be sold by various teams! Golden Apple ISU, for example, is selling ISU and sports themed pillows handmade by Nathan Titus’ grandma, like last year. Since these were such a big hit, she has made plenty this year! Note that if you want to buy one, they go quickly!

Bring blankets to sit on the grass or lawn chairs, but do not expect to take any naps! Relay is a very fun event that will keep us busy with obstacle courses, live performances, and meaningful demonstrations for cancer! Because of this, it is important to come early and leave as late as possible. You may also want to bring caffeine, though our team will provide some food and drink as usual.

Team members may RSVP to our Facebook event here to get more updates as we get closer to Friday.

Thank you all for your hard work, and continue to raise money for this great cause!

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 ISU Spring Banquet


Golden Apple ISU is holding the first annual Spring Banquet on May 2nd, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Circus Room of the Bone Student Center. We cordially invite all Golden Apple Scholars at Illinois State University to enjoy a night of fun with a delicious dinner and a celebration of our accomplishments for the year before we head into our summer apart. We will also welcome staff from the Golden Apple Foundation. There will be a $10 cost for students’ dinner at the door, or you could bring this to our April meeting. We hope to see you there!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please call Katie Oberman at (708)-269-8639

Jim Sorensen and Dannielle Mitchell Attend March Meeting

On March 27th, 2014, Director of the Golden Apple Scholars Program Jim Sorensen and Associate Director Dannielle Mitchell visited Golden Apple ISU at our monthly meeting in DeGarmo Hall. We were excited to give them a taste of our RSO by introducing new events such as Fundraisers and Socials, providing updates on our incredible success so far for Relay for Life, and celebrating our newest Gapple of the Month.  We were delighted to have both Jim and Dannielle speak about all of the new and exciting things happening with the foundation, especially regarding the new structure of Summer Institutes.

We want to thank Jim and Dannielle for making the effort to travel so far to see the Gapple family branch here at Illinois State University! We look forward to more such visits in the future!

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!

March Meeting + Special Guests from the Foundation

Golden Apple ISU will hold the third meeting of the Spring semester on Thursday, March 27th at 7:30pm in DeGarmo Hall, room 209. All Golden Apple Scholars are welcome!

We are pleased to announce that Jim Sorensen and Dannielle Mitchell (née Dungey) from the Golden Apple Foundation will visit this meeting! We are very excited to show them what Golden Apple ISU is all about. You won’t want to miss this meeting!

We will discuss Socials, Community Service, and Committee news as well as other events, activities, and opportunities for Gapples at ISU. Since Relay for Life is a month away, we will finalize all of the details for that special night! Those who attend this meeting will also have the chance to have their voices heard. Be sure to bring your friends, sign in to earn GA points, and enjoy time with your Golden Apple family here at ISU – plus two visitors from Chicago!

Relay for Life Update

This year’s Relay for Life event is coming up soon! Everyone has done an excellent job so far raising money. We have done so well, in fact, that Golden Apple ISU is currently in the lead at Illinois State University for funds raised with over $2,000! That is double our goal! Great job, everyone; you’re helping to end the fight against cancer! Keep it up until April, and be sure to thank everyone who has donated!


Now that the night of Relay is getting closer, it is time to make preparations. Nathan Titus’ grandmother has made an abundance of the quick-selling heart-shaped pillows that we sold at Relay last year. These will be in ISU and sports teams colors and will go for $10 each. If you want to buy one, now might be a good time to reserve one as these go very fast the night of Relay! Contact Nathan Titus to reserve a pillow.

Also, Community Service Chair Alysa White requests that everyone who is planning on doing Relay signs up for our team AND pays the minimum $10 donation by no later than Friday, March 21st. The following day, team shirts will be ordered. These will feature the Golden Apple ISU logo that we feature on our website! So, if you want to be on our team and get a shirt, please be sure that you sign up online by clicking “Join Our Team” here.

Keep up the fund raising, and great job! This is already our best year of Relay for Life yet! Keep making a difference.