Mixing Writing and Technology at EA Games

Technical WritingUnsurprising to the English majors reading this, I love to write. I feel most complete when writing novels, short stories, or academic papers. Only when I find the right sequence of words can I effectively bare my soul.

However, as I have explored more writing genres, I have found that my passion for the craft exceeds creative and academic pursuits. I became interested in how writing was utilized in everyday contexts, how typified genres were explored in professional contexts, and how writing is used alongside rapidly evolving technologies. For these reasons, I started to consider Technical Writing, not just as a career option, but as a way to explore alternative writing genres. I began thinking about how Technical Writing marries writing and science to form a new genre, and how that is important to those of us who are irrevocably enamored with the craft.

Technical WritingTo satiate this curiosity, I accepted a Technical Writing internship with EA Games. During my internship, I witnessed the importance of writing within a professional setting. Many technology companies are frequently on the precipice of new and innovative ideas and products. While the importance of these ideas or products is abundantly clear to the engineers and designers who made them, there is an exigence for explaining the importance in accessible language. I was tasked with crafting such language. I also learned how writing is used to communicate across global communities, and also how it evolves with technology. While there was a focus on the engineering forces at EA, the importance of writing was an unspoken accompaniment. One could not exist without the other. As our economy becomes focused on technology, writing is becoming more and more important to the accessibility of technology.

EA GamesThrough this internship, I learned my passion for writing was not exclusive to the creative and academic outlets I am accustomed to. I understand that writing has utilitarian function in contexts I wouldn’t have previously considered. In this sense, my passion for writing has grown because even though I have considered myself a writer for years, I have realized there is still much to explore within the field. I believe that the sense of the unknown, that sense of continuous evolution, is why my passion for writing will remain a lifelong devotion.


Banned Books Haley HelgesenHaley Helgesen
Student Representative, Midwestern Region, 2016-2017
Phi Delta Chapter
Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

If You Feed Them, They Will Come: 5 Tips for Throwing a Pizza Social

The beginning of a new semester is an exciting, whirlwind time for returning students and new students alike. Organizations begin to put their plans in motion for a productive term, and that involves the necessary act of new member recruitment. While a campus organization fair is a great way to quickly meet new students, it’s also a bit of a frenzy. There’s not much of an opportunity to talk with students as they quickly head from table to table. A follow-up event, such as a pizza social, can be a great way to gather your returning members and have them meet and mingle with new students.

Host a Pizza Social!

At a pizza social, you can talk about what Sigma Tau Delta is, your school’s chapter, the annual international convention, and who your chapter members are. Plus, if you feed them, they will come. Trust me: Free food is always a reason to attend an event!

Pizza Social RecruitmentWhile the costs for a pizza social depend on your chapter’s budget, here are five tips on how to host a successful social:

1) Schedule Your Event

Don’t forget to promote your social with flyers posted across your campus and numerous social media posts on your chapter’s accounts, accounts hosted by your English department, and any other applicable accounts for your school.

2) Buy Local

Help support your local pizzerias by buying from them. Don’t forget to ask for group discounts. Also, be aware of students’ dietary needs and order a gluten-free pizza or two.

3) Stick to the Classics

Don’t get all fancy ordering pizza with a dozen toppings. Cheese and pepperoni are the way to go.

4) Quench that Thirst

Buy drinks! Head to your local grocery store and pick up some 2-liters of soda and water. Your potential new members will thank you for the choice between a fizzy drink and a healthier alternative.

5) Make It Rain . . . with Recruitment Materials

Have a table set up with applications and recruitment flyers such as the official Sigma Tau Delta At A Glance flyer. Don’t forget to provide information such as what your application funds go toward and the numerous benefits of joining Sigma Tau Delta.

When your event is over, don’t forget to clean up and thank your members for all their hard work and help.

Additional Sigma Tau Delta Resources

What kind of new member recruitment events has your chapter hosted? Let us know in the comments below!


Shelly RomeroShelly Romero
Associate Student Representative, Midwest Region, 2016-2017
Alpha Epsilon Eta Chapter
Stephens College, Columbia, MO

Sweet Fundraising Ideas: Holiday Candy-Grams

Holidays often are great sources of inspiration for organizations. Whether it’s for planning a chapter holiday party or as a way to organize an event, holidays can be a great way to raise money for your chapter’s various needs. One such way is creating themed holiday candy-grams.

Turkey Candy-GramsIn order to raise funds for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for the Student Leadership 2016-2017 Service Project, my chapter hand-made turkey-grams during the month of October. Our chapter’s vice-president came across the idea on Pinterest and from there, our chapter members worked hard to assemble more than 300 candy-grams.

For this particular holiday, BlowPop lollipops were covered with burlap fabric, tied with colorful ribbon, and had construction paper cutouts hot-glued on to create the feathers and beak of a turkey. We advertised to students and faculty/staff members at Stephens to buy these turkey-grams for just a dollar to send to their friends, professors, or anyone at Stephens that they were thankful for.

Turning a Profit with Candy-Grams

Candy-grams can be inexpensive depending on how much and what kind of bulk candy your chapter wants to purchase. Other costs include construction paper, printing (if necessary), and tools such as hot-glue guns and glue sticks.

Candy-Grams FlierThe benefit of candy-grams is they can be used for any holiday, from Valentine’s Day to Halloween to Christmas and even Easter. A quick Google search renders a result of an Easter inspired candy-gram using Peeps and an attached note with the words “Happy Easter to one of my favorite peeps!” The only restrictions are your imagination or inspiration.

If your chapter is trying to get the most out of your budget, be sure to check out sales on candy following the major holidays. For crafting materials, depending on what you need to make your candy-grams, you could check out your local dollar store or craft store, such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, many of which send frequent email newsletters with coupons and promotions. Lastly, if your campus or department has an organization closet with supplies that students can check out and use, be sure to do so. Most of the time, you don’t need to purchase tools such as scissors or hot-glue guns and this can help save your chapter money.

Most importantly, be sure to have fun, bond with your chapter members, and spread some joy on your campus with candy-grams!

Resources

Valentine Candy-GramsValentine’s Day is just around the corner. How might your chapter adapt the candy-gram project to send valentines across your campus and raise funds for the Imagination Library or for traveling to the Sigma Tau Delta 2017 International Convention in Louisville, KY?


Shelly RomeroShelly Romero
Associate Student Representative, Midwest Region, 2016-2017
Alpha Epsilon Eta Chapter
Stephens College, Columbia, MO