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#1 User is offline   sisterdiscord 

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 12:38 PM

There are really two options for becoming a part of the ACen team: becoming staff and becoming an at-con volunteer. First. There are a couple of things you should know about us- ACen is the major event sponsored by the Midwest Animation Promotion Society (MAPS) to further their mission . As staff, as an at-con volunteer (aka gopher), or as an attendee, you’re a member.

Every single member of our 500+ person staff, leadership team, and Board of Directors is a volunteer. We have no paid employees. What we do have, is a big, crazy family of staff and former staff who work all year to put this show on. We do long hours, late nights, early mornings, and lots of coffee and pizza, and we do it because we love what we’re doing. Becoming a member of our team is a responsibility, and it’s one we ask you to take seriously.

Becoming Staff
Staffing means committing to do tasks all year around in prep for the con. We have regular meetings, planning, office tasks, and all sorts of things that need doing. All kinds of tasks need doing: from translating letters into Japanese to preparing advertising and signage for publication, to labeling and mailing badges. Our staff run video tech equipment, they manage lines, they run our merch booth, they respond to medical calls, they work with catering to make sure the staff are fed, and so on. You don’t have to be in Chicago to be staff—we have people from as far away as Texas and California who staff with us. You just need to be responsible, communicative, and able to do what you’re assigned and do it on time, with minimal supervision.

Staffing Perks

At-Con Volunteers (Gophers)

Got free time during the con and want to help out? Volunteering can use you! We always need people to help out with various things around the convention. Whether you do it for the free crash space, comped badge, or just to give back to the con that you love so much, we'll always appreciate you.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:55 AM

We should put more details here, what do you think? ;-)
HI!
If you have any Questions feel free to: E-mail: Me! Angel = ) Volunteers DH Click on This Link HERE
NEW RULES:16 Hours = Roll Over Badge for Next Year (You Can NOT give this to a friend)
6 Hours Each Day, for Crash Space that Night.
First come, Fist serve. Crash Space is NOT Guaranteed.
You must be at least 18 to become a Volunteer & to qualify for Crash Space. ID Required.
Thanks for all your help in advance! And if you've done this once already, can't wait to see you again this year!
If you only want to work Before & After Con: Sign Up for The Set-Up/Tear-Down Team!

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:29 PM

Gotta agree, I have a friend that's staff and she loves it!
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 01:00 PM

Cool stuff that can happen when you're staff - Feel free to add more:

Great work experience - Check
References for jobs - Check
Meet cool new friends - Check
See the con for free - Check, though you have to budget your time because of your shift hours
Friends love you for letting them use your free membership(s) - Check
Gain critical time management skills - CHECK!
Networking, networking, networking - Check!
Learn about something you didn't know - Check
Learn to manage a business budget - Check
Gain volunteering hours for your school project - Check!
Attend a roadshow at another con and work our booth - Check!
Get tricked into dressing in a fox costume - BWAHAHAHAA!
Get to hear the behind-the-scenes stories we can't tell in public. - Check!
Gain new appreciation for how much work this takes - mega check!
Beer with the conchair - See Artie to apply :)
Meet industry and guests behind the scenes - Depends on where you work, but a definite possible.
Learn what interesting things you see after not sleeping for three days... (Oh, sorry. Dave said we gotta sleep.)
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Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:57 AM

View Postsisterdiscord, on 09 May 2012 - 01:00 PM, said:

*SNIP*
See the con for free - Check, though you have to budget your time because of your shift hours
*SNIP*

Also, budget your time for food and sleep each day :) [This one is a rule we (as medics) make for you]


Also, Rosa, you forgot to mention that your soul may forever be owned by ACen if you decide to join staff like what happned to mine which was signed over in 2008 :) Yes! I even start to put in my vacation days for the following year because of ACen.

In all seriousness, you get to work with a bunch of great people with very similar interests and make some new lifelong friends.
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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:51 AM

well im very upset if i would have knowen i could join this and it wasnt a job i would have totally been here in oct. atleast i JUST sgin up yesterday i hope i get to join as a staff esp. since im open in where i work well if anyone has helpful info plz. mesg. me thankyou

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 01:11 AM

Whoa, it's been a while since I jumped on here, but I thought to ask.
So, I'll be obtaining my PERC licence soon, and will be able to aid with whatever security issues and things of that nature.
Would I want to apply for IRT or is there something else on Staff, for which my skills would be optimized for?
I've been going to ACen for 9 years now, 10 is next and I would love to show my dedication to such an important part of my life.
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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:43 PM

Ignore this post. lol :) Oops!

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I love my ACen family! Whether or not I return next year- please know I love you all! Until we meet again!

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:42 PM

LOLOLOLOLOLOL
Name is Jadwin. No. It's not fake. Seriously.
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I'd call myself a Cos-player, but that means I've really cos-played, and well... that hasn't happened yet.

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 11:23 PM

i would like to know when they send the roll over badges since i volunteered in 2013 and got my required amount of hours for the roll over badge?

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 11:25 PM

always i would like to know when they are doing interviews for irt since i put in an app a few months ago also

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 10:55 AM

View Posttbellezzo, on 19 August 2014 - 11:23 PM, said:

i would like to know when they send the roll over badges since i volunteered in 2013 and got my required amount of hours for the roll over badge?


Hi tbellezzo,

Rollover memberships for volunteers will be processed in the registration system after preregistration opens in September. We will send out emails once the rollovers have been processed.

Melanie G.
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Questions about Registration? Email us at registration@ACen.org

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 11:06 PM

What about interview for irt?

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:50 AM

View Posttbellezzo, on 19 August 2014 - 11:23 PM, said:

i would like to know when they send the roll over badges since i volunteered in 2013 and got my required amount of hours for the roll over badge?


Hi tbellezzo,

I apologize, I think I read your message too fast when I responded yesterday. Were you a volunteer for ACen for ACen 2013 or ACen 2014?

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 09:40 AM

Last year the one they just recently had so 2014 sorry

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 08:53 AM

View Posttbellezzo, on 21 August 2014 - 09:40 AM, said:

Last year the one they just recently had so 2014 sorry


Hi tbellezzo,

Ok, just wanted to double check. As longas it was for 2014, my previous statement is still accurate. As for IRT interviews, I will let someone from IRT address the question.

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 03:13 PM

can they send me a message on here??

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 04:52 AM

When can staff sign-up for 2015?

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 04:47 AM

I can't. Find the general. ACen staff application. Is it up yet??

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