Did you attend the STC Summit this year in Columbus? Or did you miss it and want to find out about the event? Don’t miss our upcoming networking opportunities to discuss the STC Summit.
We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming locations:
- September 17 at Granite City in Troy, 5:30-7:00pm: Happy hour and/or dinner networking event.
- September 29 at Sweetwater Coffee and Tea in Plymouth (at 3393 Plymouth Rd in Plymouth Green Crossings), 7:00-8:30am: Breakfast networking event.
There is no entrance fee, but everyone will be responsible for their own meal and drinks. Ask the host to be directed to the STC/SM table.
By Sharon McDonnell
I imagine some of our chapter members would like to know if paying for the Vice President’s registration to the annual conference had any value. I certainly hope you think so, because I was very happy with my first STC conference. I got lots of great ideas and guidance for the upcoming year. Here are some of the sessions I attended on Leadership Day:
- “Resource sharing for low volunteer communities” with David Caruso
- “Awards and recognition” with Lori Meyer
- “Succession planning and volunteers” with Ben Woelk
- “Revitalizing your membership” with Christopher Ward
- Changing of the Society guard
- Awards presentations
We had our annual planning meeting last Sunday, August 16, at our vice president’s home.
What will we be doing this coming year? Attending networking events, mingling and learning with our user-experience colleagues, and attending programs that focus on tools of the trade.
You will undoubtedly notice that there are missing pictures on this website, as well as a serious problem with the comments form.
The site had a major problem yesterday that exposed a hole in our redundant backups: the photos folder was not getting backed up. These problems will be worked, and I hope, fixed over the next week or two, so please bear with us.
Beginning with the February 2016 issue of Technical Communication, the cover of the journal will be a juried space for graphic artists. Each issue will offer the opportunity for a theme-related submission of diagrams, drawings, collages, infographics, cartoons, comic strips, or brief graphic narratives. The theme for the cover of the February 2016 issue is “The Future of Technical Communication.”
For this inaugural effort, please submit your work as a high-resolution (300 dpi) jpg file by 1 October 2015, to firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief explanation (100-200 words) of how your work addresses the theme. Submissions will be anonymously reviewed, and a jury of peers will select each issue’s cover. Honorable mentions will be published inside the journal.
Throughout his tenure as a member of the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of STC, Thomas Glennan has been consistent, dedicated, and extremely professional. After a long career as a mechanical engineer, Tom undertook a career shift to technical communication and hasn’t looked back. Tom regularly shares his valuable career and business insight with other members of the STC/SM chapter through leading, presenting, and teaching.
Most recently, Tom served as Vice President and then President of our chapter. As president, he brought consistency to the role and a solid understanding of how to run meetings and hold others accountable for commitments and deadlines in a positive way. His work in the chapter has spanned other roles as well, including Secretary and Education Liaison. As an engineer, a college instructor, and the owner of a technical communication business, Tom is uniquely qualified to positively and practically influence his students and chapter members who are training to be future technical communicators. Even before he held an elected or named position on our chapter Council, he served as an unofficial professional liaison. As an active member of multiple STC chapters, he has helped us form new or stronger connections with those chapters, especially our neighbors in Northeast Ohio STC. He has also used his membership in SAE International to promote awareness of STC—and the technical communication profession in general—in the automotive engineering community.
As technical communicators it is always important to continue our education and enhance our skills.
One way to do this is to participate in the Society for Technical Communication’s webinars.
For those who are members of STC, there are several educational opportunities:
There are also several free archived seminars on a variety of topics such as designing tips, DITA, HTML5 and more. Be sure to check out these seminars and webinars to learn something new today.
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.
Left to right: Kelly, Angel, Sharon, Maryann, Lisa, and Christine. Other members Pat and Emily attended (not pictured).
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.
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
“We had some terrific programming and networking events this year,” according to STC/SM Vice President Sharon McDonnell. I concur.
The mix of networking and programming events seemed to work well, especially as the networking events were hosted by people from the areas where the events were held, so our Programs Manager could concentrate on programs. (more…)