In September 2015, I helped organize a public event for National Geographic Correspondence Writer, Mark Jenkins, in the small town of Torrington, Wyoming where the University of Wyoming once had a satellite distance learning office. Jenkins serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Wyoming, which allowed our office the opportunity to host his amazing presentation about his exploration of the world’s largest cave, located in Vietnam. My tiny team of two helped Jenkins set up his presentation in the local community college’s auditorium, assisted with book and ticket sales, organized crowds, and worked closely with Jenkins before and after his presentation ensuring his presentation went off without a hitch. It was an absolute pleasure working with Jenkins and an inspiration as my own writing career was really just taking off at the time. My favorite interaction with him came when I casually mentioned the publication of my novel and he responded with “Wow! I’ve never written a novel!” This coming from a man who has summited Everest.
Established in 2015, Beaux Cooper Media (BC) has grown beyond its simple blog origins into a shared creative space and online publication. We strive to disseminate literature, research, news, inspiration, tips and tools of the trade, and entertainment across all modalities that best fit the information presented as well as builds upon already existing literature loving communities across the globe.
We actively seek out collaborative projects with other artists and aim to create a space where writers can share their work, advice, and feedback. As a result, BC has had the privilege of featuring short stories from writers across the United States, the Arapaho Nation, England, Ireland, Norway, and South Africa.
As of 2020, we started accepting all genre submissions for flash fiction, short and serial stories, and poetry. I currently serve as Director and one of the contributing authors for the budding online publication.
Since joining the International Student & Scholar Services team at Colorado State University in 2017, I have worked on updating and upgrading the communications campaigns directed at our internal and external clients. This includes creating dozens of email templates for common themes throughout our unit’s processes, the development of infographics and social media posts, website maintenance, eForm creation, general announcements, surveys, and newsletters.
Communication styles and messaging vary from industry-familiar clients to second language learners with zero experience with immigration regulations and processes which create new challenges in how we present and convey our information. These communications are often high stakes, with an individual’s immigration status at the heart of the messaging so making sure we can communicate efficiently and effectively is vital.
Near the end of 2019, my unit within the Office of International Programs at Colorado State University was tasked with the hefty project of migrating and redesigning our website that was over decade old. We had a two month deadline and about 250 pages to migrate, consolidate, review for accuracy, create new content, and freshen up to SEO standards. Due to my past experience with web design and maintenance, I served as Project Leader and with the help of my amazing, yet amateur team, we were able to finish the project a week ahead of schedule. Learn more about the Website Redesign project and view before and after videos of the website.
In 2019, I had the absolute pleasure of collaborating with fellow author, Darrah Perez-Good Voice Elk, marketing her project working with PBS’s Farm to Fork: Wyoming. Perez-Good Voice Elk served as a Associate Producer on the show’s episode titled Food Sovereignty in Indian Country. Beaux Cooper Media hosted a 3-part interview series with Perez-Good Voice Elk and contributed to her social media campaign for spreading the news about the episode. Perez-Good Voice Elk is a popularly featured artist on Beaux Cooper Media.
One of my more recent digital projects was a website I designed to display two of my history research papers in a format that was more pleasing to experience than a power point presentation. I organized the website in blog format titled A Historic Lens so that I could provide bite sized pieces of the research paper to my classmates while also including related images.
I have been fortunate to be able to pursue an education in a field I am passionate about – Anthropology. I am fascinated with the story of us and love learning about the different ways humanity has grown since the beginning of our existence. My education is a passion project that has allowed me to work full time while also attending courses full time, or, in Spring 2019 semester’s case, almost double full time at 19 credits. I am sure there will be many formal publications in my future, but for now I will stick to school projects.
You can find other samples of my academic writing on the Beaux Cooper Media website.