UT Tyler Code-a-Thon 2017 is coming up!

 Code-A-Thon 2017 – Oct. 20th & 21st

Code-A-Thon 2017 is a two-day Halloween themed programming competition where teams of students work together to create the best possible game.

Raspberry Pi’s will be awarded the students who create the best games.

Registration is Open!

Code-a-Thon Information & Registration

UPE/ACM Scholarship and Service Saturday

UPE / ACM Scholarship

Did you know there is a scholarship specifically for ACM chapter members? ACM and Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) offer the $1,000 UPE ACM Student Chapter Scholarship Award. The current deadline for application is October 15, 2017.

Find out more about this opportunity and how to apply

Service Saturday

There will be an opportunity to volunteer at the East Texas Food Bank this Saturday, September 16. Volunteers will meet at 7:30am at the University Center and carpool to the location. The project will last from 8:00am to noon. Lunch will be provided upon return to campus. Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes. Email leadserve@uttyler.edu if you have any questions.

Register for Service Saturday

Congratulations to our new officers!

We had a great elections assembly on Wednesday. Most of the positions were contested and had close races. I’d like to commend everyone who participated and those who stepped up for leadership roles. Our chapter’s new officers for the 2017-2018 academic year are:

  • Chair: John Wilcher
  • Vice Chair: Will MacIntyre
  • Secretary: Garrett Pessink
  • Treasurer: Nicole Gaston

The new chapter leadership will be deciding what the regular meeting schedule will be for the upcoming year. Feel free to make suggestions using our contact form. The schedule will be announced as soon as it is ready.

Are you interested in staying updated for this year’s events? Sign up for our email newsletter and follow our Facebook Page. Here’s to a great year ahead!

ACM Elections Today

Happy ACM Elections Day, everyone! We will convene today at 1:30pm in RBN 3047 to elect a new set of officers for the 2017-2018 academic year.

I had a blast as Chair this last year. I worked with some great people, and we were able to organize a number of events that benefited the student body.

I’m looking forward to meeting the new candidates today and continuing to be a part of the chapter this coming year. See you at 1:30!

-Johnathon Stone
Chair of the ACM Chapter at UT Tyler

Officer Elections, SLL Orientation, and a Mini Meeting Tomorrow

Welcome Back

Classes are back in session, and your local ACM chapter is gearing up for the new academic year. We will hold an informal meeting tomorrow and the 2017-2018 officer elections next Wednesday. Read on for details on our next few meetings, instructions for new officer candidates, and information on the elections that will be held next week.

Mini Meeting on August 30

We will hold an informal meeting tomorrow (Wednesday), August 30th at 1:30pm. We will meet in RBN 3047, if it is available. If that room is already being used, we will meet in one of the common areas in the RBN building. We’ll post to Facebook if we need to relocate. All are welcome to join!

Officer Orientation

If you are interested in running for an officer position in the ACM chapter for the 2017-2018 academic year, we ask that you please attend one of the student organization orientation sessions offered by the Department of Student Life and Leadership (SLL). It is required by SLL that at least two officers from each organization attend orientation each year.

Even if you are not elected yet and are simply interested in a position, we still ask that you complete this step to ensure this requirement is met. Unfortunately, because the requirement must be met by September 8th, there is only one date you can attend in person. However, there is an online option in case you can’t make that one.

To attend SLL orientation online, visit the following link and complete the form. You will be invited to a Canvas course where you can complete orientation:
https://uttyler.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d4OrA7IIueHx30x

If you prefer to attend orientation in-person, below is the orientation session that is available before our organization’s registration deadline:
August 31 – 2pm – UC Theatre

2017-2018 ACM Elections

We will convene on Wednesday, September 6th at 1:30pm in RBN 3047 to elect new officers for our ACM chapter. Candidates are asked to prepare a brief speech on why they believe they should be elected to their desired position. The four standard officer positions available are:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

If you do not get elected to the position you want or cannot attend the elections, keep in mind that there are other leadership opportunities within the chapter. Our bylaws allow the officers to create committees within the chapter that can have their own leadership positions. If you have a specific vision you want to carry out for the chapter, this is a great way to become a leader within the student community. If this interests you, be sure to communicate your desires to the newly-elected officers.

While being a member of our chapter is free, elected officers are required by our parent organization to pay for a $19 ACM student membership. You may wait until after elections before completing this requirement.

It’s Going to Be a Great Year

Our chapter was massively successful last year. Working together, we organized five major events. We held a game design workshop, an alumni guest speaker event, an academic research presentation, a successful fundraiser, and a game design competition.

We have also been hard at work modernizing our communication systems, including a new MailChimp email marketing campaign, digital membership sign-ups, a Slack chat, and improvements to our website.

I had a great time working with my fellow officers and the awesome members of this chapter last year. I can’t wait to see what this year holds in store as we get even bigger and better. Let’s see how high this rocket can fly, partner.

Keep up the great work,

Johnathon Stone
2016-2017 ACM Chair

We now have a Slack chat!

Our chapter has created a new Slack channel to use as our primary means of communication among members. Slack is a modern messaging app that allows asynchronous, real-time communication.

You can automatically join using a Patriots email address. If you want to join but do not have a Patriots email, send a message using our contact form for an invitation.

acmchapter.slack.com

Hope to see you there!

March Code-A-Thon Update and Recent News

Code-A-Thon

We are planning a 24-hour competitive coding marathon on April 14 & April 15! Team up with other students to make the best game in one day. Win prizes, have fun, and enjoy free catering throughout the event. Official registration instructions will be announced soon.

March 6 Planning Meeting

Join us for our next planning meeting this Monday, March 6 at 4:00pm in RBN 3047. We’ll be discussing catering options and other items for the Code-A-Thon.

Valentine’s Day Fundraiser Success

The ACM Chapter's Valentine's Day Booth

We raised $430 from donations and sales during our flower sale last month! We’re extremely greatful to everyone who came together to support our chapter.

Officers Wanted!

We are looking for students who are interested in becoming ACM officers for the 2017-2018 academic year. If you are interested, please reach out to us by replying to this email, or stop by one of our planning meetings.

Gain leadership experience, enhance the computer science community at your school, and pad your resume with a prestigious title.

New Email Newsletter Launch

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