November Program: Writing for Translation

STC-SM’s November 30 program will be about writing for translation: what is it that translators need from a source text in order to translate that information into a high-quality target text? Forefront Corporation’s founder, Elke Kramer, will present the information you need to be sure that your documentation is ready for translation. Continue reading “November Program: Writing for Translation”

October Program to Discuss Face-to-Face Versus Computer-Mediated Communication

Do you consider email, video conferencing, social media, texting, and webinars “online,” “computer-mediated,” or “remote” communication? Do you think of it as faceless, inefficient, and unsettling, or contrariwise, very practical, or does it depend on who is at the other end of the communication? How do you deal with the problems? Is it just you who has trouble? [Hint: No, it is not!]

Please join STC-SM at Lawrence Tech on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, for a panel discussion about face-to-face and remote communication, the pros and cons, and best practices for various scenarios. Please register by Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

Our panelists will include

  • Maryann Bowen, STC Associate Fellow and Senior Manager of Education and User Experience at Saphran, Inc.,
  • Steven D. Krause, Professor of Rhetoric and Writing, Eastern Michigan University
  • Rich Leazer, Manager, Documentation and Publishing Health Information Technology & Services, at University of Michigan, and
  • Catherine Vera-Burgos, a graduate student at Wayne State University, and Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Dr. Corinne Stavish, Director of the Technical and Professional Communication Program at our sponsor, Lawrence Tech, will moderate the discussion.

Continue reading “October Program to Discuss Face-to-Face Versus Computer-Mediated Communication”

Welcome to the 2017-2018 STC-SM Program Year!

A Letter From the President

Greetings!
I hope you enjoyed your summer adventures and activities, but also took some time to unwind and recharge as well. As the warm weather and long days draw to a close, we are hard at work planning some exciting activities and events that we hope will keep you engaged and connected to the techcomm community while continuing to learn, grow, and develop your skills all year long. Continue reading “Welcome to the 2017-2018 STC-SM Program Year!”

NEO-STC Presents Become a Strategic Communicator

STC Associate Fellow David Caruso will be NEO-STC’s first speaker of the new program year.

In this virtual presentation, Caruso will encourage us to think more from a business point of view so that we can feel more appreciated for the tasks we perform.

If you happen to be in the Cleveland area that evening, you could attend in person, but the rest of us in SE Michigan can attend virtually. For more information, and to register, go to NEO-STC’s registration for the program, Become a Strategic Communicator.

Election Results for Council 2017–2018, and More

We had three positions on the ballot, all running unopposed, and all accepted by all 11 voters of the eligible 32 who received ballots:

  • Heather Shelly, Secretary
  • Pat Martz, Treasurer
  • Maryann Bowen, Nominations Committee member

A turnout of 34% is pretty decent. Thank you to all who voted.

In addition to the elected seats, we have two succession seats—the President becomes our Immediate Past President, and the Vice President becomes President. No one ran for Vice President, which now becomes the first big issue of our new Council. Our planning year runs from  July 1 to June 30, so this roster will be effective on July 1.

Executive Council, 2017–2018

  • Alison Phillips, President
  • —No Vice President—
  • Heather Shelly, Secretary
  • Pat Martz, Treasurer
  • Sharon McDonnell, Immediate Past President

Nominations Committee, 2017–2018

  • Sharon McDonnell, Chair
  • Maryann Bowen

Volunteering With STC-SM

Council positions are volunteer positions, but you don’t have to be on the council to be helpful. What could you do?

  • Help at the registration desk for a program.
  • Write for this blog; for example, you could recap an event that you attend or write a book review.
  • Host a networking meeting.
  • Send a program idea.
  • Offer to arrange for a program site.

We will have our end-of-the-year potluck on Sunday, June 25. Members are welcome, but you must register to attend. July is our quiet month. We will do our program planning in August, so if you would like to help, or have ideas for the coming year, send an email to your council.

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 me, 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.