Recap of this year’s Summit in Columbus

The 62nd annual Technical Communication Summit took place in Columbus, Ohio from June 21 – 24.

This year’s Summit was another great experience with educational sessions and networking.

A new event this year was Speed Networking. This event gave registrants the opportunity to meet several attendees in a short amount of time. Participants rotated throughout several tables in the one-hour session and gave an overview to introduce themselves. This event gave each participant a chance to meet others who you may not have had the opportunity to meet at the Summit. For those who were interested in making a further connection there were other networking events to follow-up.

In addition to the wealth of educational sessions another great feature of the Summit is the Expo Hall. This is a chance to get product demos and ask questions with experts from several software vendors who can provide specific solutions for your company.

The Southeastern Michigan chapter had a great time at the Summit. Left to right: Kelly, Angel, Sharon, Maryann, Lisa, and Christine. Other members Pat and Emily attended (not pictured).

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2015 Election Results

by Thomas Glennan, Nominations Chair
The results of the recent STC/SM election of officers for the 2015/2016 program year are summarized below.

  • Total number of ballots sent out on electionbuddy.com: 43
  • Total number of ballots cast: 11
  • % of members who voted: 25%
  • Based on the votes cast, the winning nominees for each office were:
    • President-Elect: Pat Martz
    • Vice-President-Elect: Sharon McDonnell
    • Secretary-Elect: Alison Phillips
    • Treasure-Elect: Maryann Bowen
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      Awards Dinner and Networking June 10

      We will convene at Station 885, which is at 885 Starkweather Street in Plymouth, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, for food and talk.

      We will be also be distributing awards to our hardworking volunteers for the 2014–2015 Program Year, and recognizing our Immediate Past President, Tom Glennan, recipient of this year’s Distinguished Chapter Service Award.

      There is no entrance fee, but everyone will be responsible for their own dinner and drinks. Ask the host to be directed to the STC/SM table.

      Please let us know you are coming.

       

      Last day to vote in the election; one week to register for IUE2015 conference

      by Dave Mitropoulus-Rundus

      The IUE2015 Conference is just a week off now; this annual conference is back in MI for the first time since 2012.

      Details and registration are at iueconference.com, and STC-SM members all qualify for the discounted professional organization rate.

      Products, software, internet and all customer touch-points need to be clear and simple.

      The people who conceive, plan, and build them continually achieve and improve on this when they enrich and advance their skills and abilities in our ever-changing world of technology.

      Get exposed to the latest research, hands-on training, peer success stories and interactive sharing.

      Attend Internet User Experience 2015
      June 15-17, Ann Arbor, Michigan
      www.iueconference.com

      Election Time

      by Thomas Glennan, Immediate Past President and Nominations Chairman

      All current members should have received an email with a link to the online ballot (should be from electionbuddy Elections). It has a link to the ballot where you can vote for officers: President=Pat Martz or abstain; Vice President=Sharon McDonnell or abstain; Secretary=Alison Phillips or abstain; Treasurer=Maryann Bowen or abstain. Also you can write in a nominee for the nominations committee and make suggestions for future programs, etc.

      Elections are open now through Monday, June 8. If you are a chapter member and have not received the email yet, contact Tom Glennan.

      Event Recap: XML and CMS in a Health Insurance Environment

      by Angel Belford

      On Wednesday, May 20, 2015 about a dozen or so attended the final program of the STC-SM 2014/2015 year at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Southfield.

      Sharon McDonnell provided an excellent overview of Extensible Markup Language (XML) within a Content Management System (CMS) and how it related to the documentation process at Blue Cross Blue Shield.

      Highlights of the program included:

      • Discussion on how over 9,000 linear feet of print documentation were converted into an electronic format!
      • Demonstration of Arbortext in managing XML content.
      • Benefits of single-sourcing documentation for managing content on multiple websites.

      Check back soon to see our chapter’s fall events and in the meantime don’t forget to register for the 62nd annual STC Summit in Columbus, Ohio from June 21-24 at http://summit.stc.org/.

      Announcing 2015-2016 Council Nominations

      by Tom Glennan, Immediate STC/SM Past President

      Along with cleaning out the garage, planting the garden, and (finally) taking down the Christmas decorations, spring is the time of year for STC-SM Council nominations. This is the perfect opportunity to get involved and contribute to your STC community, while also building your professional network, skills, and resume at the same time. And you get to meet and work with a great team of people in the process – what a deal!

      The most significant opportunity – and the most critical, immediate need – is for volunteers to run for chapter officer positions (Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) as well as two elected (but non-officer) Nominations Committee positions. Note that since the Vice President normally transitions into the office of President the following year, which our current Vice President, Sharon McDonnell has confirmed she plans to do, the President for next year is already determined and does not need to be voted on. (more…)

      Members Came from Far and Wide to Attend Royal Oak Networking Event

      by MaryJo David

      Pictured (l-r): Mary Jo David, Cheri Jerue, Sylvia Bandyke, Angel Belford, and Emily Distelrath

      Pictured (l-r): Mary Jo David, Cheri Jerue, Sylvia Bandyke, Angel Belford, and Emily Distelrath

      It’s interesting how the STC/SM casual networking events have evolved. The locations for our formal programs don’t vary a lot in order to keep them centrally located for a majority of our members. As a complement to the formal programs, our casual networking events were devised as a way for technical communicators to meet up closer to where they live.

      And yet, at our most recent networking event, which was held in Royal Oak on Thursday, April 26, 2015, technical communicators traveled from Toledo, Canton, Novi, Auburn Hills, and Royal Oak to attend! I take this as a strong indicator of the perceived value of networking. In fact, when the topic came up about how best to land new jobs or new contracts, the #1 answer was—you guessed it—NETWORKING. (more…)

      SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

      Are you a technical communication student or do you know one? If so, the following information may be of interest:
      The Technical Editing Special Interest Group of the Society for Technical Communication is now accepting applications for a $1400 undergraduate scholarship and a $1400 graduate scholarship for students pursuing studies in technical communication. For more information, go to http://www.stc-techedit.org/Scholarship
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