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”


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

[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: [] 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 New England chapter is now accepting entries…

The STC New England chapter is now accepting entries for their 2014 technical communication competition! Anyone is welcome to submit an entry; STC membership is not a requirement.

The deadline for entries is October 3rd.

For more information, visit the STC New England chapter’s website. Feel free to contact Emily Alfson with any questions at or contact the competition committee directly at

Submissions for Ignite UX are open; deadline is 9/25

Ignite UX Michigan is looking for talks on user experience-related topics in the Ignite format — short, tightly focused talks with 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds, for a total of 5 minutes.

This event happened for the first time last fall, and the organizers are doing it again.

If you participated last year, you know. If you did not, we encourage you to consider.

Click here for details and contacts.

Click for more information on Ignite UX Michigan and on Ignite UX sponsors.

2014-15 Elections

Elections are underway for the 2014-15 chapter term.  STC/SM chapter members should have already received an email from “electionbuddy elections” containing instructions to participate in online voting. The online process includes the actual ballot and profile information for each candidate.

If you are a current chapter member and have not received the election instructions, or you are unable to complete the online voting process, please contact

STC/SM Council Nominations

submitted by Jill Money, Nominations Chair

Spring is FINALLY here, which means it’s time for STC-SM Council nominations. We hope that you will be able to get involved this year with our chapter. This is a perfect time to take steps to build your professional network, skills, and resume – and help build your STC community at the same time.

The most significant opportunity – and the most critical, immediate need – is for volunteers to run for chapter officer positions (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) as well as two elected (but non-officer) Nominations Committee positions.

Nominations are now open for the 2014-2015 election. The election will take place May 20-30 for the year of July, 2014 through June, 2015. We hope that you might have a chapter member in mind that you think would make a great officer (that can include yourself)! Please note that candidates must be chapter members. Send your ideas or any questions to

If you’re not quite ready to commit to elected office, there are plenty of other ways to get involved in chapter activities. For example:

  • Join the chapter listserv and our groups on Facebook, and LinkedIn, and follow @STCSM on Twitter.
  • Attend a program meeting or networking event.
  • Serve as a greeter at a program meeting.
  • Host a networking lunch – or breakfast, or happy hour – in your local area.
  • Plan to attend all or part of the STC Summit, May 17-20 in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Ask your employer to sponsor a program meeting or other event. (Various levels of sponsorship are available, starting with simply providing meeting space free of charge.)
  • Write an article for the chapter blog.
  • Volunteer to manage or serve on a council committee: Membership, Blog, Nominations, Programs, Publicity, and Website all have openings. See Volunteer Opportunities on the chapter website, or contact any council member for more information.


Scholarships Available

STC’s Technical Editing SIG is now accepting scholarship applications. Deadline: July 1, 2014.  Winners will be announced in August 2014. For details, go to:  This is a wonderful opportunity for students enrolled in either a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in technical communication (or related field) who hope to pursue a career as a Technical Editor.  As with any scholarship application process, the key is to make sure you follow through on all the requirements and that you do so with professionalism. As a member of the Technical Editing SIG, I once served on the committee that reviewed the scholarship applications, and I can assure you a lot of work and time goes into reviewing the materials of all those who apply.  Good luck to any and all who participate!