Guest Blog: Relay for Life 2011!

Hello there! My name is Arianne Gasser and I am a senior Communication Studies major with a focus in Organizational Communication. I am the President of Kent Communication Society, Vice President of Lambda Pi Eta, and the Team Captain for the School of Communication Studies’ Relay for Life team! As the Team Captain, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write a guest-blog entry for CCI to tell you all about our Relay for Life efforts!

Relay for Life is a fundraising event sponsored by the American Cancer Society that seeks to raise money for cancer research, patient care, advocacy, and awareness about the disease. It is a 24-hour event that Kent State University participates in every year at the Liquid Crystal Track in April. The idea is that each team has at least one team member on the track at all times throughout the entire event. In addition to walking, the teams all have booths and tents set up for fundraisers, games, food, and other activities that people can participate in. In addition to being extremely fun, Relay for Life is also incredibly powerful. Everyone is there for one goal—to find a cure—and everyone there knows at least one person who has been affected by this awful disease.

I won’t go into much more detail about the event because I hope you get the chance to experience it for yourself! This year’s Relay for Life will be April 16 at 10:00am to April 17 at 10:00am at the Liquid Crystal Track behind the Ice Arena.

Luminaria at Relay for Life 2010

Last year, Kent Communication Society (the School of Communication Studies’ undergraduate student association) participated in Relay for Life and raised over $2,500 toward the fight against cancer. The group had an amazing time at Relay for Life and we decided that the following year we wanted to share this experience with more people and expand our team to the entire Communication Studies department.

Comm Studies graduate & undergraduate students at Relay for Life 2010
KCS Team from Relay for Life 2010

 This year, we teamed up with the Communication Graduate Student Association to lead the School of Communication Studies Relay for Life team with a goal of $7,500. Our Relay for Life team is open to all students, faculty, and staff within the School of Communication Studies (but we would of course welcome support from other CCI students!). So far, we have about 30 team members signed up online and together we have raised over $1,600. With less than a month left until Relay, we have a long way to go, but we are going to do everything we can to get there!

And by “everything we can,” I of course mean several fundraisers! So far, the money we have raised has just been our team members asking friends and family members for donations. We still have four fundraisers planned—two before Relay for Life, and two on-site.

Our big fundraising event will be a Zumbathon night on April 12 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the United Methodist Church of Kent. We will have a suggested donation of $5 to $10 to participate in an hour of Zumba aerobic dance and exercise! Please come out and join us that night and bring your friends.

A mother of one of our team members, Kristina Lee, has offered to donate a beautiful blue and white quilt for our team to raffle off. Raffle tickets will be 1 for $1 and 6 for $5. Please see any member of KCS or CGSA or email me ( if you would like to purchase raffle tickets for the quilt.

I would love to share with you our on-site fundraisers (because they’re going to be AWESOME), but I am going to keep that a secret for now! I guess you will just have to come see us at Relay to find out what we’ll be up to!

If you would like to JOIN OUR TEAM or DONATE to our fundraising goal, please visit today! Also, if you have any questions, you may direct them to me at

Thank you for your time and thanks to CCI for allowing me to share this exciting event with its readers!

Arianne Gasser is a senior organizational communication studies major and a guest blogger for the College of Communication & Information.


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