Check Your Email: Council Elections Are Open

Greetings members,
This morning you will find an e-mail from Electionbuddy Elections with the subject line “Vote in the STC-SM 2017–2018 Council Election.” That’s us! If you don’t see it, please check your junk mail and spam mailboxes.

You should receive a ballot even if you have asked not to receive regular communications for us. STC requires that we notify every dues-paying chapter member of our election.

We use Electionbuddy because it issues ballots with unique keys for each potential voter to help ensure the integrity of the election. All you have to do to vote is click on the link provided.

If you have not voted before, here are three things you may not already know:

  • The current vice president succeeds to the presidency.
  • The current president becomes the immediate past president and Nominations Committee manager.
  • There is information for each candidate in the ballot.

If you have any other questions about the election, please e-mail pastpresident(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stc-sm.org, especially if you cannot find your ballot.

Please vote! The election closes at 11:45 p.m. on May 31; results will be announced the following day.

Networking Dinner in Livonia Coming Up

Please join us on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m. for a casual networking event at Doc’s Sports Retreat in Livonia.

Doc’s Sports Retreat
Address: 19265 Victor Pkwy, Livonia, MI 48152
Phone: (734) 542-8162
docssportretreat.com

RSVP by noon the day before: RSVP to register(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stc-sm.org so we have enough seating reserved.

Meet other technical communicators or get reacquainted with those you already know. Feel free to bring a friend. (STC/SM membership is not a requirement to attend.) We are planning to discuss various conferences that we’ve attended lately:  the Summit in Washington, D.C., the IUE conference  in April at WCC, and the Spectrum conference in Rochester, NY in March.

There is no entrance fee, but everyone is responsible for his or her own dinner and drinks. When you arrive at Doc’s, ask the host to direct you to the STC/SM table. Hope to see you there!

Book Review

The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date, by Samuel Arbesman

According to the book itself, “This book is a guide to the startling notion that our knowledge—even what each of us has in our head—changes in understandable and systematic ways.” Written by Samuel Arbesman, The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date is about enabling the reader with an understanding of how facts change, because if we have an understanding of how they change, we can better cope with the world around us. Continue reading “Book Review”

Spring Conferences Are in the Air

Spring is finally here, and so is a wide array of professional conferences to attend. You may remember my recap of the STC Summit last year and my belief in the value of attending professional conferences. With the long, dreary winter days behind us, spring is the perfect time to reenergize, set new goals, expand your network, learn something new, and reawaken that drive to advance your career, or even consider a career change. Continue reading “Spring Conferences Are in the Air”

Book Review

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, by Mary Norris

I will admit that I began reading Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen expecting a sort of grammar textbook, but that’s not the case at all. Although I would highly suggest having an interest in grammar before reading this book, it would be worth reading just because it is refreshing. It was wonderful to be able to experience grammar in such an entertaining way. Mary Norris adopted a writing style that is witty and mischievous. Her sense of humor was displayed immediately, just from the table of contents: Continue reading “Book Review”

Camtasia: a Recap

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, we convened at Washtenaw Community College for an excellent presentation on creating video with Camtasia, a video editor and screen recorder that produces cross-platform files. TechSmith’s Andrea Perry spoke briefly about the increasing role of video in instructional design, then showed and reverse-engineered the process of creating a short video, Camtasia Behaviors.
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STC-SM Earns Silver CAA Award

the STC Silver Community Achievement Award logo
We received a very nice note from the Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee congratulating all members of STC-SM for earning a silver CAA award:

For continuing to provide quality programs to your members by offering a full schedule of face-to-face programs and by participating in and hosting an STC multi-chapter virtual/live TechComm Showcase.

Continue reading “STC-SM Earns Silver CAA Award”

IUE Conference is Back in Ann Arbor

IUE2017 will be at the Morris Lawrence Conference Center, on the east side of Washtenaw Community College’s campus on the eastern edge of Ann Arbor. The conference runs from 1 pm on Monday, April 24, through 5 pm on Tuesday, April 25. Peter Morville will give the opening keynote presentation, and Stephanie Rosenbaum will give the keynote presentation on Tuesday. Continue reading “IUE Conference is Back in Ann Arbor”