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Subject: Help Us Get to Our Goal
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Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers,
I'll never forget what my introduction to LINGUIST List was like.
At the time, I was taking The Linguistics Analysis of Literature
course with Dr. Helen Aristar-Dry, and I thought was only coming
into speak to her about my final paper for the class. But to my
surprise, after our discussion, Dr. Aristar-Dry began to show me
around the office and tell the other crew members about my work.
Being an incredibly shy student, this was quite overwhelming.
Though everyone was very friendly and welcoming, I left thinking
that I wasn't quite ready yet. Dr. Aristar-Dry knew better though
and kept in touch with me, and eventually I began to work at
LINGUIST List, starting as a Calls Editor.
My first couple of days at LINGUIST did not relieve me of my anxiety.
Before working at LINGUIST List, I had never even created a folder
on a computer. So being trained as both a Calls Editor and a member
of the LL-Map team almost simultaneously, I really felt the pressure
of a 'real job' so to speak. One day I was feeling particularly
unsure of myself and told my co-worker, Fatemeh, that I didn't
know if I could handle it. She looked at me, smiled and said, "We've
all been there, and you'll get it soon." And I did.
Currently, I am a team leader for the ICE team, a subproject of LL-Map
that deals specifically with the Arctic regions. Not only do I digitize
scholarly maps, but I also train new members and hold biweekly
meetings with team members to review their progress any issues they
are having. In addition to working on the ICE Project, I am also
Team Leader for Quality Control, which is website maintenance and
usability for the live site. For Quality Control, I assign tasks to
editors and move projects to the next stage in testing.
These positions have taught me very important lessons: 1) balancing
independent work and collaborative effort is tough, but necessary
for a successful work flow; 2) organization is a must; and 3) being
able to adjust is essential for multi-tasking and working with others.
While working at LINGUIST List, I've become a stronger worker, a
stronger student and mostly importantly, a stronger person. I smile
affectionately thinking of the shy girl who first began and is now
taking on challenges that she never would have imagined. But reader,
I cannot forget you. Without your support, I wouldn't be the person
I am today.
It is through donations that I am to continue working at such a
wonderful place. Please consider donating at:
This Year the LINGUIST List hopes to raise $67,000. This money will go to help
keep the List running by supporting all of our Student Editors for the coming year.
See below for donation instructions, and don't forget to check out Fund
Drive 2011 site!
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contacting your human resources department and sending us a form that the
EMU Foundation fills in and returns to your employer. This is generally a simple
administrative procedure that doubles the value of your gift to LINGUIST, without
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