I skipped August but have returned for September. In the northern hemisphere that means many of us will see trees changing color. The picture above is Fall in Colorado. We may not have as many colors as the northeast of the US, but we have those mountains!
This month I'll focus on passing along information about new faculty and what's going on with the forum. The countdown has officially begun to the Force Awakens movie so we are all working to be prepared for new people awakening to the Force. For your part, be sure to stop by the forum and update your training journal to let us know what you are working on.
We recently underwent some faculty changes that you should be aware of. We brought three new faculty members on board to shore up our Novice level before the movies come out. This allows some faculty to take a break while allowing others new opportunities on their path. Ultimately this creates a better learning experience for students. Join us in welcoming our new faculty: Baru, JK Barger, and Kol Drake.
In other news, the faculty meets monthly to discuss projects and the future of IJRS. If you have a concern or topic you'd like us to discuss privately, feel free to private message myself (Jax) or Phoenix and it will be added to the agenda. Thanks!
We've all thought it. InstituteForJediRealistStudies.org is a really long address to type or say! Imagine how that would look on merchandise! In order to improve the look of future merchandise we now have the domain JediRealism.org which you can check out now. It's a simple page at the moment with a little information about Jedi Realism. Hopefully visitors are intrigued enough to continue on to IJRS. If you have a suggestion for the page, let me know in this thread.
Soon we will be voting on new logos and designs for tshirts, pendants, and perhaps silicone bracelets. Share your perspectives in this thread. We'll be sure to announce when you can vote and pre-order merchandise.
In addition to future merchandise sales you can now donate to the IJRS monthly using paypal. Donations go toward current costs to run the site as well as future software upgrades such as chat programs so we aren't limited to google hangouts. You can learn more about this option and our costs in this thread. If you are interested, one time donations are also accepted.
Thank you for reading this newsletter. My goal is to be more consistent with it. At the very least I will send another when there is something you need to know. :-) Until then, see you on the forum!