A Letter From the President
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!”
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.
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.
If you would like to vote, it is time to do so. The election closes at 11:45 p.m. tomorrow, May 31. The results will be announced on Thursday.
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.
Please join us at Sweetwaters Café, 3393 Plymouth Road, in Ann Arbor on Thursday, April 20 from 7–8:30 a.m. We never quite know what the topic of the day will be, but it is always interesting. Continue reading “AM Networking on the Northside of Ann Arbor”
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.
Continue reading “Camtasia: a Recap”
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”
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”
Christopher Juillet, STC Fellow and STC-SM chapter member, will be presenting a talk for Northeast Ohio STC on Thursday, March 9, about legal issues that could affect technical communicators who develop content for or do business on the internet.
If you are planning to be in or near Cleveland on March 9— Beechwood is a suburb east of Cleveland — the presentation will be at Homewood Suites by Hilton, Cleveland-Beachwood. Preregistration is required.