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.

March Gapple of the Month: Sarah Wysock

Sarah Wysock has been named March Gapple of the Month for her services to Golden Apple ISU, notably her work on the Pathway Recruitment and Mentoring committees!

Gapples of the Month are chosen by the Executive Board after all members are given the chance to nominate Gapples who have demonstrated hard work, dedication, and a passion for GAISU and teaching.

Get to know Sarah:

10256157_10152122497718429_6123641863777533126_nHello, I’m Sarah Wysock and I am from Joliet, IL. I am a 2011 Pathway Scholar and am so honored to have been chosen to join this family of future leaders. I am currently a junior Spanish Education major with a minor in international studies and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I am not quite sure yet where I want to teach, but I am excited to find out! I am currently a member of College Mentors for Kids, Sigma Delta Pi (Honors Spanish Society), and am secretary for the Pathway Committee for Golden Apple Club. I also tutor at University High School and work at Einsteins. I love being able to spread the word about Golden Apple to underclassmen at ISU because I want them all to have the same amazing opportunities I have been given. I know because of Golden Apple I will one day grow into am amazing educator and role model, and I want to be able to share this feeling with everyone!

We would like to congratulate and celebrate Sarah and her many accomplishments! Thank you for your hard work for Golden Apple ISU!

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!

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!

February Gapple of the Month: Sarah Hall

10168377_10152372348497774_1891495434_nSarah Hall has been named February Gapple of the Month for her services to Golden Apple ISU, specifically her pioneering of the GAISU Pinterest network and her dedication to the Technology Committee!

Gapples of the Month are chosen by the Executive Board after all members are given the chance to nominate Gapples who have demonstrated hard work, dedication, and a passion for GAISU and teaching.

Get to know Sarah:

10150953_10152372333407774_1265640096_nI’m from Danville, IL and I’m a 2011 Golden Apple Scholar. I’m an Elementary Education major with endorsements in science, social studies, mathematics, reading, and language arts and I have a minor in psychology. I’m the founder and president of Students Against Child Abuse, VP of Fundraising for College Mentors for Kids and then I’m involved in the Finance and Technology committees for Golden Apple. I would like to teach in a Chicago Public School, but I haven’t chosen a grade yet. I think teachers should allow their students to have flexibility within structure, especially for older grades to make a better transition to upper level education. My inspiration comes from my nieces, nephews, and my mom.”

We would like to congratulate and celebrate Sarah and her many accomplishments! Thank you for your hard work for Golden Apple ISU!

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!