TAG Events: Bonfires & Volunteer Opportunities

 By Sarah Bransley

 

It’s that time of year for falling leaves, the smell of wood smoke, and eating s’mores! TAG members braved the one of the first cold days of the season last Sunday at our bonfire event. Huddled around a warm grill, members enjoyed s’mores, hot dogs, and hot chocolate in the scenic atmosphere of Illini Grove.

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Another TAG Meeting was held and TAG members were treated to a guest speaker, Angie Armstrong, from Thomas Paine Elementary School. Angie gave TAG members insights into volunteer opportunities at the local Urbana school systems. This is the second year that TAG members will participate as volunteers in this particular program.

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Following the volunteer presentation we had TAG updates. A large portion of the update was a presentation on the TAG Blog! Members were invited to contribute to the blog and were given a glimpse of the changes planned. Social events, plans for TAG, and other topics were also covered.

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Thank you to everyone who showed up and we hope to see you all at our next event!

Fall 2014: Past TAG Events

By Sarah Bransley

TAG is an active community of transfer students which aims to provide both support for students transitioning into university life as well as a social outlet.

General meetings occur regularly (about once a month) and provide a variety of information to students. We have had speakers from LAS, the Career Center, and will soon have a volunteer opportunity meeting. Below is a typical meeting at Lincoln Hall.

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Beyond our meetings we also have social events! The first social event we had was a meet-and-greet at Firehaus. It was a great turn out! We got to eat some delicious bar food and get to know our fellow transfer students.

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Did you know there’s bowling in the basement of the Union? TAG members got to enjoy this student benefit at our bowling event this year. As always, pizza was in abundance and apparently more than a few strikes were made!

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Our third social event was a trip to Curtis Orchard. At Curtis Orchard you can pick your own apples and pumpkins, try to find your way out of a corn maze, visit the petting zoo, take a tractor ride, and eat some delicious apple fritters! The iconic big chair is where these members decided to take their photo this year.

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For more information on our meetings and social events, click on the 2014 TAG Meetings link at the top of the page or email taguiuc@gmail.com. We’d love to see you there!

TAG: Who are we and What do we do?

Lauren Gay is a Junior in Political Science and Psychology in the College of LAS. An active member of Panhellenic Council and her sorority, Lauren is also an Illinois Student Admissions Representative (ISTAR), Order of Omega member, Illini Democrat, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Transfer Leadership Committee Chair. She can be reached at legay2@illinois.edu.

Lauren Gay is a Junior in Political Science and Psychology in the College of LAS. An active member of Panhellenic Council and her sorority, Lauren is also an Illinois Student Admissions Representative (ISTAR), Order of Omega member, Illini Democrat, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Transfer Leadership Committee Chair. She can be reached at legay2@illinois.edu.

Are you a transfer student? Are you new or have you been here awhile? Have you found your niche? Are you looking for fun and free social events to meet people like you? Well if you answered yes to any or all of the above, the Transfer Advisory Group, or more commonly known as “TAG” is definitely for you.

As a second semester freshman transfer student from California, I hardly knew anyone when I moved to the university. When I heard about TAG from Cory Ohms through meetings, I immediately knew it would be something I wanted to check out. Little did I know that I would not only find an amazing home away from home in this community, but also several leadership opportunities which led to even more. Since the RSO is relatively new, the structural kinks had to work themselves out and once they did this past year under Kenny’s leadership (our president), I became more and more involved, which eventually led me to a position on the executive position as the Transfer Leadership Committee (TLC) Chair.

Since I have served on the exec board of the RSO in the past year, I commonly get asked about the structure of TAG. TAG is the overarching organization which oversees all social, professional and extracurricular activities for transfer students, specifically in LAS but also more generally at the university. The executive team consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, TLC Chair, Marketing Chair, and Programming Chair.

The TLC has its own committee which oversees important transitionary programs for new and existing transfer students while working with the LAS Administration. Formally, the objective of the Transfer Leadership Committee (TLC) of TAG is to ease the transition of transfer students into the greater sphere of the University of Illinois. That said, we’ve had some amazingly successful programs that included surveying incoming transfer students, “native” (non-transfer) students, and students that have been at the university for longer than a semester about their experiences with advising, classes, registration, living situations and resource availability. Using that, we brought that to the LAS administration who has begun important programs, with members of TLC, to ease those findings for transfer students. You can be a member of TAG and not a member of the TLC, and also a member of both. I highly encourage you to check the committee out! Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 15, 2015 at 5 PM in 1024 Lincoln Hall. Hopefully we’ll see you there!