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.

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.

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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”

CyberLaw and You: What New Media Communicators Must Know

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.

STC Society Election 2017 Is Open

The 2017 election slate is now available. Members have to have paid their dues by February 1 to vote. An email from STC Election,at intelliscaninc.net, should have arrived in your Inbox on February 27. There is a link, your member number, and a password for you to use. For your vote to count, you must click Submit Vote after reviewing it.

Voting closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 10.

If you have not received an email, but you paid your dues before February 1, stc(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stc.org.

Using Camtasia: A Video-Creation Tool for Documentation Professionals

This presentation will introduce the topic of instructional design as it relates to help content and show how to make a video tutorial.

We’ll reverse engineer a high-performing tutorial video and show the steps it took to create it. This will provide participants with the opportunity to see how instructional design concepts are applied in the practical process of video creation. register(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stc-sm.org Continue reading “Using Camtasia: A Video-Creation Tool for Documentation Professionals”

News From Nearby STC Chapters

We’ve received links from nearby chapters that may be of interest to you.

The Northeast Ohio chapter’s Line & Letters newsletter has some interesting posts to check out, including a tip for identifying passive voice with zombies and a recap of an STC webinar about search engine optimization.

Chicago’s chapter takes a different approach. They post a bimonthly PDF newsletter, Byline, which covers local and national STC news.

Reading news from nearby chapters will give you more of an idea about STC as a whole. Thank you to MK Grueneberg of STC Chicago and Sara Buchanan of NEO STC for sending the links.

Introducing Our Panelists for the Trends in Tech Comm Program

We would like to introduce the three panelists who are joining us on Monday evening, February 13, at Lawrence Tech’s Welcome Center for our program, Trends in Tech Comm: Bob Powell, retired GM Technical Fellow/Battery Systems Lab Group Manager; Rich Leazer, Manager—DocTrain, Education & Training, Health Information Technology & Services at the University of Michigan; and John Baker, a supervisor at Thomson-Reuters and recent Lawrence Tech graduate. Continue reading “Introducing Our Panelists for the Trends in Tech Comm Program”