People at Olive Tree

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas copy

As a special gift you can download the New American Standard Bible for free!

 

 

The Office Decoration Contest

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Today we took a brief break and blitzed our work areas in the annual Olive Tree office decorating contest.

 

Thoughts of Thanks

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thanksgivingToday is Thanksgiving and so we thought we’d share some of the things that the Olive Tree team are thankful for in this season!

What are you thankful for?

 

Drew – President and CEO

  • The Bible and Jesus my savior
  • My wife and family
  • the privilege of publishing the Bible to help people spiritually


Molly
– Content Craftsmen

  • First thing on a cold Monday morning?  I am thankful for flannel sheets and long hot showers

 

Elizabeth – Customer Support

  • I’m thankful for my church family and the way they encourage me to use my gifts, love me even with my oddities, and challenge me to live a life of faithfulness.
  • I’m thankful for my younger sister and how our friendship has grown in the last couple months.

 

Stephen – Chief Technology Officer

  • Double imputation!  My sins were imputed to Christ and his righteousness was imputed to me.
  • My wife and kids

 

Chris – Developer

  • God’s grace
  • My family

 

Ben – Content Craftsman

  • I am thankful for having people around me that love me, whether friends or family.

 

LaRosa – Content Craftsman

  • my wife’s health (lots of health issues this year)
  • being able to move to Spokane to work for such a great company & with a fantastic group of people

 

Joe – Quality Assurance

  • My Wife and Kids
  • My job here at OliveTree.
  • For Jesus paying for my sins – for drawing me with cords of love.

 

Scott – User Interface

  • Salvation
  • The love and companionship of my wife and son
  • God’s Grace. Time and again I’m amazed by his tender love and forgiveness in my life

 

Andrew – User Engagement

  • God’s grace displayed in all facets of my life
  • My beautiful wife and amazing kiddos

 

 

 

Independence Day

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fireworks2The 4th of July is a great family holiday and is celebrated in a variety of ways.

Here are some of the ways that Olive Tree staff celebrate this American holiday:

 

What does a typical 4th of July look like for you?

Time with family.
-Drew Haninger, Olive Tree President

 

We celebrate the fourth by going to the lake to watch fireworks and roasting s’mores on a campfire.
-Cherylyln K., Content Craftsman

 

Family barbeque, sometimes see a movie at the theater, and watch the fireworks.
-Chris C, Software Developer

 

What are some past traditions?

My family in Portland lives on a lake, and we used to watch the annual boat parade every year where people on the lake competed to see whose boat was the best decorated. Sometimes they would throw candy, which my younger sister and I always enjoyed.
-Elizabeth B., Customer Support

 
Going to a friends house that sat on top of a hill overlooking the Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl fireworks display in Pasadena, CA is probably one of the best in the area. Vantage point and unobstructed view was 2nd to none. The only downside to evening was slogging home in infamous LA traffic.
- Ian F., QA Engineer

 

Whenever they were in town, my family and I would always go to an Everett Aquasox game (same baseball league as the Spokane Indians) and have a cookout at my uncle’s place.  He always provided so many snacks when we arrived that by the time we got to dinner I was hardly hungry anymore.
- Molly V., Content Craftsman

 

Interview: Content Craftsman

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At Olive Tree there are a lot of people who combine their gifts, passion, and expertise to make The Bible Study App what it is and also vision what it will become. One of the really important teams is currently made up of a group of eight individuals that we call Content Craftsman, who are responsible for making sure all of our resources are formatted and work with The Bible Study App. I recently sat down with Kathy Watts who is the Content Craftsman team leader to learn a bit more about what they do.old books

Andrew: How long have you been with Olive Tree and what’s your background?

Kathy: I’ve been with Olive Tree for 3 years and my background is in Library and Information Science.

Andrew: What exactly is a Content Craftsman?

Kathy: Being a Content Craftsman is more than just converting text to work with our software. It’s making the information accessible, visually pleasing, and crafting the presentation of it in a way that makes it easy to understand. Because of how digital information is presented we now have the ability to visually communicate it in creative ways.

Andrew: What are some of the steps involved in the process?

Kathy: One of the great things about the Content Craftsman team is that we have people with varying backgrounds and strengths such as computer science, original languages like Greek and Hebrew, and web design. As a result they each have their own way of tackling a project and creating the navigation within the resource and making it to work within The Bible Study App.

The challenge is to think how people interact with the text, understand the resource itself, and then how to get it to work with our App.

Andrew: What does the future look like?

Kathy: With the accessibility of digital information most people experience information overload. How Bible software organizes that information is important and we want to help people find what they want quickly and easily so there’s no impediment to study. Historically a lot of deeper study material was really only accessible to scholars and pastors. There are fewer gate keepers to Biblical resources than there’s ever been and so the opportunity to equip everyone is really exciting!

Cheesecake Madness by Olive Tree

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On Thursday, Olive Tree held its first-ever Cheesecake Competition.  Nine different entries were submitted for this “healthy” competition.

The winners were:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monica for Best Presentation (Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake),

Cherylyn for Best Taste (Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake)

and Dave for Most Creative (Cheesecake-Stuffed, Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries).

Congratulations to our winners!

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