Honoring Jim: JordanCon and the Mayo Clinic

Honoring Jim: JordanCon and the Mayo Clinic

Did you know?
JordanCon, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that supports Amyloidosis research at the Mayo Clinic.

Why Amyloidosis?

In 2006, James Rigney, best known to his fans around the world as “Robert Jordan,” was diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis, a rare blood disease where abnormal proteins form in the bone marrow and are deposited in the patient’s heart. After a long and difficult struggle, Rigney passed away in 2007, leaving behind his family, friends, and an unfinished literary legacy. 

During his illness, Rigney received treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and encouraged his fans to donate in support of the clinic. We proudly continue to honor that request each year at JordanCon.

Charity Events 

Under normal circumstances, JordanCon hosts the popular Seanchan Hold’Em Poker Tournament, all proceeds going to the charity. We also hold a silent auction for attendees to bid on some truly spectacular items: our amazing donors (attendees, vendors, staff, even Jim’s family and friends) from all over the world have donated art, handmade crafts, and even items from Jim’s personal collections.  

Clearly, this year is different. We won’t be together physically for poker or live auctions.

Celebrity D&D 

We don’t consider this year’s barrier a good enough reason not to raise money for Amyloidosis research, so we put our heads together. We’ve talked about a Celebrity D&D game at JordanCon for some time, and this year we finally managed to get it off the ground! We had planned to hold it live, but were, thankfully, able to push it to JordanCONline. We are excited that this experience will lead to exposure for other similar events going forward.

The players are four JordanCon guest authors. They are bringing in characters from or related to their own writings. The characters are being sucked into the world of the Wheel of Time to find the Bowl of Winds. It is a fun little adventure that we hope the audience will enjoy.

How Can I Support Amyloidosis Research by Watching an Online Celebrity D&D Game?

 YOU impact the game. You can purchase “votes” for items; the top vote-getter for each character will determine the item with which they begin their journey. Then, while watching the live game, we’ll have special items for purchase at different points and send them to the player to use!  Every single purchase will be donated to the Mayo Clinic.

Visit the Page Here

Because JordanCon, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) nonprofit, contributions or gifts to JordanCon Inc. are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. However, they may be tax deductible under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

 

JordanCon Staff Opening – Director of New Member Services

JordanCon Staff Opening – Director of New Member Services

This is a new Director-level position within the Operations Division. New Member Services welcomes our first-time attendees into the JordanCon family by providing information and assistance both at the convention and via social media and email between conventions.

The Director of New Member Services will be assisted by a Manager and will report to the Officer/Deputy of Operations

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

·       Ability to attend JordanCon each year;

·       Familiarity with JordanCon and its culture;

·       Strong communications skills (written and oral);

·       Patient, friendly, outgoing personality;

·       Comfortable with reaching out to new people;

·       Ability to work unsupervised as well as collaborate with other departments and divisions;

·       Organizational skills;

·       Dedication and follow-through;

·       Comfortable speaking in front of small groups.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:

·       Minimum one (1) year as a JordanCon volunteer.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

·       Prior attendance at multiple JordanCon events;

·       Prior attendance at JCon’s Speed Friending panel;

·       Experience in a leadership/developmental role;

·       Familiarity with the area around the convention site;

·       Public speaking.

PHYSICAL CONSIDERATIONS/ENVIRONMENT:

Candidates should have the ability to traverse and maneuver crowded hotel & convention spaces assisted or unassisted and be comfortable being part of or leading groups of people.

DUTIES: (this is a developing role and duties may change or expand)

Pre-Con:

·       Create/update/maintain various New Attendees resources for the website, social media, blog, etc.

·       Develop programs/activities to integrate new attendees into JordanCon and its culture;

·       Work with Member Engagement, Programming, Communications, and other departments/divisions to identify and/or develop activities oriented towards new attendees;

·       Monitor and respond to posts and emails from new or potentially new attendees;

·       Create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere;

·       Work with Accessibility to facilitate special needs of new attendees to the extent possible;

·       Develop and maintain a New Attendee Packet with important information and helpful tips.

At the Convention:

·       Organize and lead one or more tours of the hotel and convention spaces for new attendees;

·       Attend the Speed Friending panel on Friday and encourage others to attend;

·       Be available to answer questions, provide maps/schedules, and to assist new attendees who may need help engaging or feeling overwhelmed;

·       Solicit feedback from new attendees regarding their experiences and what we can do to improve.

Anticipated Time Commitment:

·       May-December – 1 hour week

·      January – April – 1-3 hours week

·       At JordanCon – Friday – approx. 4 hours

                                    Sat & Sun – approx. 2 hours each

TO APPLY:

Interested applicants should email HR@jordancon.org and include a brief summary of their qualifications and attach a basic resume that speaks to their skills and experiences relevant to the position.

Hiring Timeline:

Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2019.

Candidate review and selection should be completed by March 24, 2019.

Selected candidate should expect to begin work immediately (on a scaled-down basis due to the proximity to this year’s convention.)

Food at JordanCon

Food at JordanCon
  • Our ConSuite will be open Friday-Sunday and will feature GF and vegetarian options.
  • The Ravinia has three options for food: Bistro 55, The Mix Lounge, and Sylvia’s Cafe.
  • Perimeter Mall is just across the street and features restaurants such as the Cheesecake Factory, Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, Maggiano’s Little Italy, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, and a food court.
  • Perimeter Place features Carrabba’s, Chipotle, Cold Stone Creamery, Flemings Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Mimi’s Cafe, Panera Bread, Shane’s Rib Shack, Taco Mac Sports Grill, Tin Drum Asia Cafe, and Your Pie.
  • Other nearby options are California Pizza Kitchen, Chuy’s, Newk’s, PF Chang’s China Bistro, Sage Woodfire Tavern, Taki Japanese Steakhouse, and more.
  • For general grocery and supplies purchases, there is a Target, Total Wine and More, and Wal-Mart.
  • Delivery services: UberEats, Prime Now, Grub Hub, and PostMates. The address to use for delivery is 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA, USA.
  • The Ravinia has a shuttle! It is available from 6am – 11pm and can be used to get to locations in a 2-4 mile range from the hotel.

Rivets & Robot 2018 Weirdnesday Blog: Multiverse

In This Issue:

  • Coffee in Cornwall
  • Science!
  • Science Fiction Trends
  • Honorverse & The Royal Manticore Navy
  • British TV and Film

Let’s talk quickly about the rest of our fun and great panels.  We will see you Friday at 2:30pm!

Coffee in Cornwall. A discussion of British science fiction old and new

New In Science: 2017-2018. We put the science in our science fiction track. 

Science Fiction Trends 2018. We talk about the books you should be reading

Royal Manticore Navy: Who Are They? A discussion on the history of the Honorverse.

Blake’s 7 & Beyond. A discussion of British SF television and film.

Jordancon 10 Workshop Reminder

We have an amazing series of Workshops scheduled for you this year – from leather tooling and pewter casting to mum making, pattern making, crating Stormlight glyphs and more!

All Workshops will have sign-up forms at Registration. Be sure you sign up early so you don’t miss your spot!

You may have noticed on the schedule that Workshops typically have a nominal fee for participants. That’s to help pay for the materials you use to create the Workshop products. 🙂 All supply fees will be collected by the teachers in class. Please have exact change, when possible.

Don’t forget to share pics of your amazing Workshop creations on social media using #JordanCon, #JCon10, #JConWorkshops!!!!