Networking Dinner in Livonia Coming Up

Please join us on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m. for a casual networking event at Doc’s Sports Retreat in Livonia.

Doc’s Sports Retreat
Address: 19265 Victor Pkwy, Livonia, MI 48152
Phone: (734) 542-8162
docssportretreat.com

RSVP by noon the day before: RSVP to register(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stc-sm.org so we have enough seating reserved.

Meet other technical communicators or get reacquainted with those you already know. Feel free to bring a friend. (STC/SM membership is not a requirement to attend.) We are planning to discuss various conferences that we’ve attended lately:  the Summit in Washington, D.C., the IUE conference  in April at WCC, and the Spectrum conference in Rochester, NY in March.

There is no entrance fee, but everyone is responsible for his or her own dinner and drinks. When you arrive at Doc’s, ask the host to direct you to the STC/SM table. Hope to see you there!

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:

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

tom glennan headshot

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 pastpresident(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stc-sm.org.

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. Continue reading “Announcing 2015-2016 Council Nominations”

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. Continue reading “Members Came from Far and Wide to Attend Royal Oak Networking Event”

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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[Michigan CHI] Internet User Experience 2015 Conference Call for Presenters

The conference organizer would like at least a half day of talks on content, writing for web, blog, tweet, and other documentation, but you are welcome to submit proposals on any aspect of user experience.
The deadline has been extended to April 27.

From: michigan-chi(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)googlegroups.com [mailto:michigan-chi(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus
Subject: [Michigan CHI] Internet User Experience 2015 Conference Call for Presenters

IUE2015 will be held June 15-17 in Ann Arbor at the Michigan League, which will spill out into the summer festival at the end of each conference day for live music, food, drink, and of course movies at 10. Continue reading “[Michigan CHI] Internet User Experience 2015 Conference Call for Presenters”

STC-SM Member Spotlight – Alison Phillips

Alison Phillips, Secretary STC/SM

1 – What is your educational background? How long have you been a member of (volunteer with) STC? In what STC positions have you served? (In what roles have you volunteered?)

I earned my B.A. in English from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, AZ. During my years as an undergrad, I learned about the Master’s program in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Writing offered through the English department at NAU. It sounded like the perfect graduate program for me, so I stayed on to complete my M.A. and also earned a certificate in Professional Writing. Continue reading “STC-SM Member Spotlight – Alison Phillips”