ACM Weekly — Week of 4/23/2018

Good day, ACM! The final week of classes has arrived! Be sure to check out the ACM officer elections below and let us know if you’re interested in running for a position. Here are our announcements for this week:

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today will be TigerDev’s final meeting of the semester! Our game development teams will give their final project presentations, after which we will hold a playtesting session. All of this semester’s projects look great, so come on out tonight to see and play the games that our teams have worked so hard to develop!

Tuesday: ACM Officer Elections — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  ACM officer elections for the fall semester will be held this Tuesday. All four officer positions (Chair, Co-chair, Secretary, and Treasurer) are up for re-election. If you’d like to run for a position or would like more information about each position’s responsibilities, email me (jeromyswann@auburn.edu) or any other current officer. This is a fantastic leadership opportunity that looks great on a resume, so consider running for a position!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Little Italy:  As you spend hours upon hours studying for finals, why not take a break and join your fellow ACMers for Tea Time? Pizza provides wonderful comfort in the midst of despair!

That’s all for now! Good luck with the final week of classes!

ACM Weekly — Week of 4/16/2018

Ciao, ACM! The end is almost here! Here are our announcements for this week:

-ACM will be holding officer elections next week! Please consider running for one of our four officer positions: Chair, Co-chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. If you’re interested in serving as an ACM officer, please email me (jeromyswann@auburn.edu) or any other current officer to let us know what position you’d like to run for!

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today, TigerDev will hold officer elections for next year. If you are a voting member of TigerDev, be sure to come out and make your voice heard in the election! Afterward, we will hold a discussion on what makes a great boss battle in a video game. Boss battles are some of the most memorable aspects of the games we love, so it’s important to make this part of your game as good as it can be!

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, the Programming Team will work through the Google Code Jam Qualifying Round problems together. Come on out to learn how to solve these tricky problems!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Little Italy:  Finals are quickly approaching, and the only thing that can ease our pain is Tea Time at Little Italy. The pizza has healing powers unmatched by any other earthly substance.

That’s all for now!

ACM Weekly — Week of 4/9/2018

Aloha, ACM! Here are our announcements for this week:

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Last week, some members of TigerDev participated in a level design game jam in order to boost their knowledge of level design principles. Today, they’ll be presenting on what they’ve learned. Come check it out and learn how to design great video game levels!

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, the Programming Team will implement a solution to a dynamic programming problem together. Come on out to make sure you have a solid grasp on this useful concept!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Little Italy:  The semester is quickly coming to a close, but surely you have a couple of hours to spare Thursday night in the midst of your studying. Come join us for Tea Time at Little Italy! The pizza is almost as delicious as it is in Big Italy!

That’s all for now!

ACM Weekly — Week of 4/2/2018

Good afternoon, ACM! Here are our announcements for this week:

-Google Code Jam, Google’s annual programming competition, is coming up! The Qualification Round will be held this weekend, April 6-8, and you only need to reach a certain number of points to qualify for the next round. If you’d like to participate in Google Code Jam, please register at this link: http://g.co/codejam.

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today, TigerDev Sound Director Ethan Lindblom will be giving a presentation on video game music. The presentation will include a discussion on the history of game music and a demonstration of how to write game music. Video game music has come to be recognized as a meaningful art form in its own right. If you’re interested in learning more, come check out tonight’s presentation, even if you don’t know much about music!

Tuesday: Tech Talk — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Brian Bolton, an employee at Workiva, will give a presentation tomorrow called “Building a Collaborative Word Processor with Causal Trees.” This is a great learning opportunity, but it is also a great opportunity to network with a nearby potential employer!

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, the Programming Team will write an implementation of Dijkstra’s Algorithm together. It’s one thing to understand how an algorithm works, but every good programmer should understand how to write important algorithms from scratch. Come out Wednesday night to make sure you understand Dijkstra’s Algorithm through and through!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Little Italy:  Come on out to Little Italy this Thursday to spend some time with your best friend, pizza! And to have fun with your fellow ACMers, but mostly to spend some quality time with that delicious Little Italy pizza.

That’s all for now!

ACM Weekly — Week of 3/26/2018

Buongiorno, ACM! Here are our announcements for this week:

-Google Code Jam, Google’s annual programming competition, is coming up! The Qualification Round will be held next weekend, April 6-8, and you only need to reach a certain number of points to qualify for the next round. A practice round will be held this weekend. If you’d like to participate in Google Code Jam, please register at this link: http://g.co/codejam.

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today will be TigerDev’s second project update meeting of the semester. Our project teams have been working hard to finish their game development projects by the end of the semester. Come on out tonight to see the awesome progress they’ve made so far!

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, the Programming Team will be discussing disjoint sets, an advanced but useful data structure. Come out this Wednesday to get your weekly dose of Programming Practice and to get a solid grasp on disjoint sets!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Mike and Ed’s:  There’s no better place for Tea Time than a restaurant that serves tea from a 50-gallon drum! Come join the ACM for fun times and BBQ at Mike and Ed’s this Thursday night!

That’s all for now!

ACM Weekly — Week of 3/19/2018

G’day, ACM! We hope you all had a relaxing spring break! Now it’s time to get back into the groove and push towards the end. Here are our announcements for this week:

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today, TigerDev will be discussing balance in game design. Whether a game is too difficult or too easy, too linear or too open, a lack of balance can keep the gameplay from feeling right. Come out tonight to learn how to make sure your game is well-balanced!

Tuesday: Mock Interviews — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  ACM Chair Julien Legault will be conducting mock interviews on Tuesday! This will include a 1-on-1 interview, including resume questions and a technical question. If you’d like to get some great practice to make sure you nail your next interview, RSVP at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/cwiRG8jEOWQ1jLNy1.

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, the Programming Team will cover advanced graph concepts such as Dijkstra’s Algorithm. Come on out to make sure you have a solid grasp on all things graph-related!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Little Italy:  Spring break may be over, but you can still take a little break from homework this Thursday night! Come join us at Little Italy for some fun times and pizza!

That’s all for now!

ACM Weekly — Week of 3/5/2018

Hello, ACM! We just have one more week before we get a week-long break, so hang in there! Be sure to check out the recruiting presentation Wednesday night! Here are our announcements for this week:

Monday: Game Design Workshop — 5:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today, we’ll be continuing our Game Design Workshop! If you’re interested in learning how to design video games, come check it out, even if you missed the last meeting!

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today, TigerDev will be giving a tutorial on how to use Unity to make a game. The tutorial will be interactive, so download Unity and come follow along as we make a simple game!

Tuesday: Resume Review — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, instead of technical interview practice, we’re holding a resume review session. Having a great resume is key to snagging an interview, so bring your resume out Tuesday and learn how to perfect it!

Wednesday: Recruiting Presentation — 5:30 PM in Shelby 3129:  This Wednesday, Steve Boraz from Epsilon Systems Solutions will be giving a presentation on his company and the job opportunities they have available. Bring your resume and come on out to find out about some great career opportunities in defense systems!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Little Italy:  Spring Break is almost here! Come celebrate by grabbing some pizza with your fellow ACMers this Thursday night!

That’s all for now!

ACM Weekly — Week of 2/26/2018

Buongiorno, ACM! Google will be joining us this week, so take advantage of the great opportunity to talk to recruiters from one of the biggest software companies in the world! You can find them in the Shelby Courtyard from 10 AM to 4PM Thursday and Friday or at any of the events they’re holding. You can find more info about their events at http://goo.gl/VjaGYb, and you can RSVP to their events at http://goo.gl/Mxb7zM. Here are our announcements for this week:

Monday: Game Programming Workshop — 5:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today, TigerDev will be continuing its Game Programming Workshop! If you’re interested in learning how to program video games, come check it out, even if you missed the last meeting!

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today’s TigerDev meeting will be our first project update meeting of the semester. Come on out tonight to see the hard work our game development teams have put in so far!

Wednesday: Mock Programming Competition — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, instead of Programming Practice, we’ll be holding a mock competition focused on graphs. Come get some competitive programming practice and test your knowledge on graphs!

Google Events:

-Thursday: Resume and Interview Prep — 5:30PM in Shelby 1103

-Thursday: Cloud Tech Talk — 6:30PM in Shelby 1103

-Friday: Project Brainstorming — 12:00-2:00PM in Shelby 1214

-Friday: Grow with Google — 6:00PM in Shelby 1103

 

That’s all for now!

ACM Weekly — Week of 2/19/2018

Buenas tardes, ACM! Here are our announcements for this week:

Monday: Game Design Workshop — 5:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today, we’ll be continuing our Game Design Workshop! If you’re interested in learning how to design video games, come check it out, even if you missed the last meeting!

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today at TigerDev, we’ll be talking about level design. Come join the discussion on what makes a great level and how great levels come together to make up a great game world!

Tuesday: Tech Talk — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Clay Grisetti and Mark Glassford from CGI will be giving a Tech Talk on “Being a Software Professional,” with a focus on character and communication. Come on out and get some great career development advice from industry professionals! Pizza will be provided!

Wednesday: Ethical Hacking Club — 5:00 PM in Shelby 2117:  This week, EHC will be working through a lab in Shelby 2117. They will also be discussing several topics round robin style. Bring a laptop, and come learn about cybersecurity! 

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  The Programming Team will be covering graphs this week. Graphs are useful for modeling many real-world problems, so come on out to make sure you have a solid understanding of the topic!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Little Italy:  Come on out to Tea Time and have a good time with pizza and your fellow ACMers! 

That’s all for now!

ACM Weekly — Week of 2/12/2018

Good afternoon, ACM! Here are our announcements for this week:

-TigerDev will be hosting a Game Jam this weekend, February 16-18! There will be food and prizes! If you’d like to join in and make a game in a weekend, sign up (HERE) and check out the itch.io page (HERE) for more details! If you don’t have a team but would like to be placed on one, you can specify that in the Team Name field on the sign-up form.

Monday: Game Programming Workshop — 5:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today, we’ll be continuing our Game Programming Workshop, led by TigerDev Game Director Jeremy Roberts. If you’re interested in learning how to program video games, come check it out, even if you missed the last meeting!

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today at TigerDev, we will be discussing the issue of scope in projects. Most projects that fail do so because the scope is allowed to grow out of proportion. Come out tonight to learn how to ensure that your project doesn’t succumb to that fate!

Tuesday: Technical Interview Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  At Technical Interview Practice, we will discuss how to talk about the projects you’ve worked on with recruiters. Project experience looks great to prospective employers, so come learn how to talk about your past work!

Wednesday: Ethical Hacking Club — 5:00 PM in Shelby 2117:  This week, EHC will be working through a lab in Shelby 2117. They will also be discussing several topics round robin style. Bring a laptop, and come learn about cybersecurity! 

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  The Programming Team will be discussing the problems from last week’s mock competition. Even if you didn’t attend the mock, come to this week’s Programming Practice to learn how to solve the problems from the mock competition!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Taco Mama:  We’re changing things up this week with a little Mexican cuisine! Come grab yourself a few tacos and spend some time with your favorite ACMers!

Sunday: Mock Programming Competition — 2:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Programming Team will be holding another mock competition this weekend. Come check it out and get some competitive programming practice!

That’s all for now!

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