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Curriculum vitae

Hello, I’m Patrick.

If you don’t mind, I’d like to talk about myself for a moment

I’m an engagement expert. You might not know what that means right now, but sometime in the future, you will. In the last four years I’ve been keeping up with how people interact with one another through technology. I helped elect a president. I’ve pretended to be a dinosaur. I went back to school to learn about things that haven’t happened yet. But most of all I have passion for getting others excited and improving the world through design and play.

What I can do

In the past I’ve been a community manager for various online communities in the political, academic, and non-profit sectors. I’ve been trusted to represent major organizations and institutions to the public via copy writing, email correspondence, and social network interaction, and I’ve even won awards for it. I’ve helped to shape and implement marketing campaigns. I’ve been trained in programming, design, and communications and I feel comfortable moving between any of those environments.

Languages Known

English (Pretty Well), Kitchen Spanish (Hard earned knowledge earned from years in the service industry), French (Iffy), HTML 5/CSS 3, JavaScript (Particular attention paid to jQuery and Canvas), C#/XNA, Flash/ActionScript

Languages Learning

php/mySQL, Objective C/Cocoa , Ruby on Rails, Chinese (Mandarin), Facebook Markup Language

Software Skills

Windows (3.1 to 7), Mac OS X, Linux, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Google Docs, Apple Keynote, OmniGraffle, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash, xampp, Apache Server, Microsoft Visual Studio, XCode

Education

Columbia College Chicago

Currently Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Arts and Media

Courses included graphic design, programming, user interface/user experience design, media theory, typography, sound design, 3D modeling, game design, and visual and written communication.

Second City Theater

Graduate of Writing, Improvisation for Actors, and Conservatory programs in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas

Courses included writing for the stage and screen, improvisational performance, comedy theory, stand-up comedy performance, sketch comedy production, and collaborative writing.

Experiences

Second City Theater

As a host, coordinated theater seating of hundreds of people and aided in the day-to-day operations and maintenance of  a major performance venue. As a bartender, helped increase alcohol sales and check averages to their highest levels in over a decade.

Obama for America

Work included sorting and answering thousands of electronically delivered messages to over four dozen social media networks. Moderated discussion on the candidate’s YouTube channel, MySpace front page, and private social network (My.BarackObama.com). Aided Get Out the Vote efforts online and provided data entry for the campaign’s compliance with Federal election law.

Field Museum of Natural History

Created and managed a Twitter account for the museum’s centerpiece exhibit, SUE the Tyrannosaurus rex. Provided copy writing for the museum’s various web and social networking assets. Helped to coordinate a social media promotion with traditional media efforts in a city-wide search for an “escaped” SUE.

Special Recognition

2011- Publicity Club of Chicago’s Silver Trumpet for distinguished achievement in New Media

2011- Columbia College of Chicago Department of Interactive Arts and Media Dean’s List

2010- Columbia College of Chicago Department of Interactive Arts and Media Dean’s List

Conferences and Seminars

2011- Guest, Association for Computing Machinery and Google Chicago Panel “Do You Believe in the Users?” (Chicago, IL)

2011- Guest, Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (Chicago, IL)

2011- Speaker, Loyola Department of Computer Science Presentation “Twitter Revolutions: Social Media and Social Change” (Chicago, IL)

2010- Guest, Penny Arcade Expo (Seattle, WA)

2010- Guest, Publicity Club of Chicago Panel ““Using Social Media as a Powerful Branding Tool” (Chicago, IL)

2010- Guest, Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (Chicago, IL)

2008- Speaker, New Organizing Institute Panel “Yes We Did: New Media in the Obama for America Campaign” (Washington, DC)

Associations

Student Member, Association for Computing Machinery

Student Member, International Game Developers Association

Member, New Organizing Institute

Associate Member, REGEN Game Club of Columbia College Chicago

Member, Chicago JavaScript “jHacks” meetup group


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