Here at ISU, we also have a particular way of speaking. 

To help new students become familiarized with the slang of State, here is a list of a few terms that incoming students should learn. Extended on page 11.

For more information on the lingo and traditions of ISU, find the list in the first-year student resource guide online created by New Student Transition Programs.

Get Involved

Donaghy Day: The first of many community service opportunities offered to students at ISU. Named for Fred Donaghy, who graduated in 1912 and was a professor. First set aside as a day to beautify campus and surrounding community through service in 1976, plan to attend Donaghy Day projects, 8 a.m., Monday, August 19. 

The Forest: Led by the Student Government Association, it is the main student cheer section at Indiana State University athletic events. By being a member, students gain early admittance to games, free Forest gear, and more. To become a member, register in room 621 in the Hulman Memorial Student Union (HMSU) for $10. MARCH ON!

FSL: Fraternity and Sorority Life also known as Greek Life. Membership recruitment takes place at the beginning of each semester. Look on the Calendar on page three for Carnival information.

Bid Day: Bid Day defines the end of sorority membership recruitment when new pledge classes are formed. A group sorority event where recruits run to meet their new sorority sisters.

March On: A slogan that is used to cheer on our teams. March On! (You Fighting Sycamores) is our official school fight song.

Trike/Tandem: Both are annual ISU traditions involving male and female teams from organizations across campus. Trike is an over-sized tricycle race that takes place during Homecoming festivities. Tandem is a co-ed, two-person bicycle race during Spring Week. Both races take place at Recreation East.

SGA:This is Student Government Association. They represent ISU students by providing improvement of campus and implementation of student-driven programs to achieve awareness, unity, and pride. They even have town meetings for students to express concerns.


Blackboard: An online learning environment, accessed through My ISU Portal or,  where students can submit assignments, view graded assignments, etc. for individual classes. Many professors have the course pages customized, so keeping straight where things are for different classes will be key.  

The Branch: An online platform accessed through My ISU Portal, where students can log in and see scholarship opportunities and narrow their search according to their qualifications, then submit general applications.

Handshake: This online service connects students, alumni, faculty and employers and grants one-stop access to job postings, campus interviews, job fairs, and Career Center workshops and resources,.“It’s a great tool that connects students not only to professional development events on campus, but to job opportunities all over the world,” said alumnae Chelsea Chapman.

Honors College: Any freshmen meeting at least one of the following can apply for the Honors College; a high school GPA 3.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale, 1170 SAT or higher, ACT score of 24 or higher, or being in the top 10% of your high school class. The college offers TV based classes, an exclusive residence hall and more.

My ISU Portal: This secure network environment is a gateway for students to access their official University information, including financial aid requirements, awards, class schedules, housing information, grades, student employment, scholarship opportunities, application for graduation, etc.

MySAM: A suite of online tools where students can declare or change their major, construct a semester-by-semester plan of study, see what classes they have remaining, calculate their GPA, and more. Student use this the most when beginning to schedule classes for the next term. It is easy to understand for both students and advisors and provides a clearly defined pathway to completing a degree.

The Treehouse: This student social network tool helps students find student organizations they can be a part of, reach out to members directly, find events to attend and things to do. It connects students to campus.