1. Why are you interested in being UGL’s Coordinator?
I remember coming in with the idea of becoming the Coordinator partly for the sake of having something good to put on a resume, but mostly because, I had a great many ideas to take the UGL organization to a new level of recognition on not only this campus, but across the nation. I haven’t finished yet. I do not intend to sell a platform of “change” for the sake of changing things, but I do still have ideas that will seek to not only prolong the legacy of this organization, but also improve its capabilities to adjust game play for our ever-evolving tastes. I am not big on starting things and letting them die out before completion, and I do not intend to leave UGL to fade out with a whimper. I have a lot of work left to do, and am definitely willing to go the distance for the members of this organization.
2. Overseeing an organization that can have as many as 250 active members is a complex and time consuming task.
What prior experience do you have that you believe qualifies you for this position?
Be especially detailed about experience in Public relations, Management, and Marketing.
I am a firm believer in the idea that if everything seems to be going well, you obviously don’t have a clue what is going on. That said, I have been in office for six months, and have seen no great catastrophe that has resulted in the discontinuation of a game. I have relinquished the additional office of Capture the Flag Admin, and freed my schedule up to better attend to my duties as Coordinator. I have secured an office space for our business, and adhered to my promise of regular staff meetings. No one has yet asked me for a space reservation that I was not able to meet, and we have not had the cops asking about our activities in a good while. Do I claim that I am the sole reason this organization still functions? No. Do I think that qualifies me to continue to manage this organization and members? No. Each small experience contributes a skill that will aid me in my job as Coordinator, but there are still many challenges that Lie ahead. Additionally, since taking Office I have taken multiple classes in management, leadership, and ethics that have certainly provided tools and skills to point me in the right direction, especially when coupled with multiple leadership conferences, including NRHH and the BSU Presidents’ retreat. Plus, I intend to get help from the rest of the Executive Board, and the Committees I have helped to create, whenever I have goals that I cannot accomplish on my own. It is my hope and prayer that good teamwork will accomplish what I alone cannot.
3. Do you have any other commitments?
What are they, and how do you expect to balance them with your role as Coordinator?
My only other commitments are to my classes, and work. I work desk jobs that will not interfere with UGL events because I tend not to work nights and weekends. True, this semester is shaping up to be one of the hardest I have experienced here, but I have not let it impede my duties as Coordinator, and do not intend to let it start. Next semester promises to be much lighter, and I my ability to attend the needs of UGL will be increased even more.
4. If you are elected, what are your plans for the organization?
As I stated earlier, my goal is not to change things just for the sake of “change” itself. I do not believe that is necessary or desired. However, I do still believe that there are things that need to be changed to better organize the collection of games within our organization, and small changes to the structure that will hopefully allow us to progress further into the future.
I aim to continue the monthly staff meeting, for all elected and appointed officers, because I believe that it has improved the stability of our working relationships with each other. I don’t believe meetings should happen on a basis of whether there is business that warrants a physical gathering, but that business should be brought to a meeting that happens regardless. I remember seeing so many good ideas in this organization go to waste because there is no deadline for thoughts on the forum, no mandate of action. We as officers and staff have no longer hidden behind digital mediums in the hope that someone else will do what needs to be done for us, delighting in the lack of accountability for ideas that do not turn into action. Instead, we have raised multiple new initiatives that will continue to grow in the coming years. The PR Committee and the Medic squad are just two such examples. And more are on the horizon. I feel that a periodical meeting streamlines coherence within the organization, and facilitates progress for things that otherwise would have died on the unread threads of the forums.
For the sake of brevity, I will end this response here. But know that even after the previous term, I am still just getting started.
5. How often do you visit the forums?
Given my status as the second most prolific poster, after the founder of the forums, I can testify that I will be on daily, bare minimum, and always be on hand to address the needs of the players, whenever such needs arise.
6. How involved are you in UGL activities?
Since taking office, I have played in both HvZ games, Moderated the Invitational, played every Assassins game, every battle royale event, at least ¾ of the training missions and am a consistent supporter of CtF and 4Square. I have even made showings at Dag trainings, even though they are usually not conveniently scheduled for me. That hasn’t changed a bit since I came to this campus, and I expect to continue being as involved as I can in every facet of UGL gaming.
7. In your own words, what is the purpose of UGL?
I still believe that this organization was founded on the principle of fun, and the kind of fun that cannot be experienced from behind a keyboard, or game controller. I maintain that this organization’s primary goals should be in the facilitation of events that bring together groups of people from all walks of life, to participate in events that create friendships in an environment that promotes stress relief, as well as a healthy amount of exercise.
I personally have installed a rule number two, to go along with rule number one: “If you aren’t having fun, you’re doing it wrong”. Recently I have even added a rule number three: “If the people around you aren’t having as much fun, chances are you can do something about it.” I want to ensure that the main reason that we are here is based around fun, how ever you spell it, because in my mind, that is the only reason an organization like this SHOULD exist.
8. Currently, Many UGL players are uninvolved most of the year.
What new games and events will you bring to UGL to keep UGL members active through the year?
I have been toiling laboriously to ensure that exactly this is never again the case. My hope is to Continue promoting awareness of games like Dagorhir and 4Square, which meet bi-weekly all year, and Capture the Flag’s die-hard policy of having a game every possible Friday, no matter what the weather has to say about it. In addition, I would like to facilitate the creation and upstart of new games, designed to work behind the scenes, and fit right into peoples’ undoubtedly busy schedules. Games I want to see will include Assassins, in whatever form, or the ARG that so many people were so intrigued by in its debut, as well as new games, like Grif-ball, Ninja-ball, and E$CAPE, which hope to see betas this spring. Battle Royal and Black Ops have both had promising starts, and I intend to see a resurgence of Laser Tag. I also still aim to see to fruition events that pull new people into the organization, to expand our reaches to other parts of campus, to groups of people that are still unaware of the enjoyment that we can offer them. Events like tournaments, family-fun-days, cookouts, and more. There is still a wide range of untapped potential in this organization, and it is my personal goal to see it mined, refined, primed and combined to see what amazing things happen in the coming years.
9. How do you intend to enforce rules and UGL policies?
In much the same way I always have, promoting awareness. I understand that people do not always notice when rules change, and new players are not always aware of every rule and policy that exists. My goal with this organization is to make people as aware as I can about everything that concerns them. It’s hard to punish someone for a rule they didn’t know about, and most policy details are things that do not need to be enforced on a player level anyway, as they apply more to staff.
10. Advertising is a critical part of all events.
What new ideas for advertising can you bring to the table?
I have been working over the past few months to introduce our advertisements into dorms in an official capacity for the first time ever, and succeeded just a smidge too late for this past HvZ game. Nonetheless, our events are now being broadcast on the net, thanks to a very much activated facebook page and integrated twitter feed, and we now have the support and retweeting of RHA, as well as t-shirts that are slowly working their way into production, slowed only by a lack of funding. I also have been making connections with various businesses to have printed products and banners added, as soon as we can establish a brand for ourselves, in the completion of our style guide. Some time ago, I commissioned a logo to be designed to showcase what UGL is, and with your votes and a little help from the above paragraph (read: funding) I hope to start an advertisement campaign that will sweep campus once a semester, to let people know that we are here and we are ready to play. And I am not just talking a few monochromatic flyers taped here and there, lost in the rabble of other ads screaming to be ignored by all passersby. I intend to initiate full color, full-scale marketing to a degree of unprecedented proportions. No longer will the average student be able to ask “UGL? What’s that?” but from the top of the stadium, to the bottom of the south bus stop, they will KNOW who we are. I have already enlisted the PR committee to help on this venture, and I know we can achieve success. I have been working on a style guide and several new logos that will showcase our games in a unique and vivid way.
11. Funding is essential to an organization.
What can you do to bring in funding?
No longer is the idea of raising funds through outside means a far off dream. On principle, we do not and will never charge the players to play HvZ, CtF, or Dagorhir. But as the organization grows larger, we cannot hope to sustain that growth on the middling donations that we receive from the few players who are able to help. But my efforts have led to sponsorship for a Capture the Flag tournament during opening weekend, and the most recent HvZ game is being partially funded by RHA. In the next year I aim to seek out sponsorship from SGA and UPB to bring back laser tag, beef up the Community weapon cache for Dag, and see that CtF gets official Armbands. I also intend to get t-shirt sales off the ground and run a signature line of Souvenir bandanas for HvZ events. I have the capability to do all this myself, and am establishing connections with local businesses to see that it will continue even after I am gone. From this venture I hope to start generating our own funding, and make this organization self sufficient.
12. Networking is a vital part of staying up to date with Campus Administration, and opportunities to promote BSUGL.
What connections do you have outside of this organization?
I have always felt that recognition for our organization has always been lacking on this campus. Many students still only know us as “that zombie game” and nothing else. The problem is that UGL has become so much more than that, and I believe that it is time to show the students and faculty of this campus that we really do have something to offer to everyone. So why should we keep it to ourselves?
I have been working closely with RHA this year, and still have intentions of gaining ground with SGA, UPB, and various other groups. Thanks to the presidents’ retreat, I have established connections with presidents of nearly 50 other student organizations, and intend to use those connections to throw more events that feature UGL working with another organization to provide an awesome adventure that brings new faces into both groups.
13. What do you intend to do to further good public relations, both within the organization, and with outside groups?
Establishing the connections that I have with outside groups is only the beginning. I intend to continue working closely with the Office of Student Life, and other bodies of administration, to make sure this organization can always continue to fulfill its purpose. That purpose is also a strong focus to me, and I intend to do a far better job than I have in the past of leading by example, and encouraging everyone to enjoy playing the games for the fun of playing. I have plans to promote cross-over events between games, such as a Capture the Flag/Dagorhir event that is in the works, and the Battle Royale vs Zombies event that has already happened. In addition, I have established contacts in the journalism department to ensure that our organization can be portrayed in the most accurate and positive light possible. I will enlist the help of the PR committee to spread the joy of our games across the campus, and continue making connections across the nation to see that our games can continue to grow and provide the social experience that brings stress relief to all who participate.
14. Are you currently or in danger of being on Academic Probation?
No, maintaining a rather steady 3.129
(15.) Anything else you would like us to know?
Flavor text is nice, but keep it short.
I have received some negative feedback from a select source on some of my methods, and I understand that I am not perfect. But it is my continued goal to learn and grow with this organization as long as you will choose to have me as your coordinator. I cannot guarantee that I will never make a mistake, but I can guarantee that my actions as Coordinator will always be with the organizations best interests at heart.
Thank you for your continued support. Check out my presentation from the Election seminar.
____________ ~ JC Alacrán: UGL Coordinator
ALSO, black ops is referenced in this post.