STC-MGL earns Platinum Community Achievement Award 

Our chapter is excited to announce that we have earned a Platinum Community Achievement Award (CAA) for our community’s efforts in 2022.

The CAA Committee noted that STC-MGL remains one of the most consistent and active communities in the CAA process. For our programming plan and collaboration efforts, the citation on our certificate will read:

For providing your members rich opportunities to shape technical communication, both within and beyond Michigan Great Lakes Chapter.

Our community will be recognized during the 2023 STC CAC Virtual Leadership Program and members are invited to the STC Summit Honors Event where the Community of the Year and Most Improved Community will be announced.

We wish to extend a special thanks to Wes Schoenherr, STC-MGL Vice President, for spearheading the process for submitting our application and to the several community members who shared their documented activities, spent time reviewing the form, and providing feedback over the past few months.

STC MGL earned a 2023 Platinum Community Achievement Badge

Alison Phillips Awarded the Distinguished Community Service Award

Alison PhillipsThe Distinguished Community Service Award recognizes STC chapter members who provide exemplary support, commitment, and service to their local STC chapter. This is the highest level of recognition of all STC community chapter awards, and to receive the award is the utmost honor. This year, our dedicated member Alison Phillips was awarded the Distinguished Community Service Award. Her citation reads as follows:

“For your exceptional contributions to the Southeastern Michigan chapter; leadership in establishing the Michigan Great Lakes chapter; and for continuously exemplifying professionalism, kindness, and concern for all members.”

In 2019 and 2020, Alison led the effort to combine the Southeastern Michigan and West Michigan Shores STC chapters, establishing the STC Michigan Great Lakes chapter (STC-MGL).

The STC-MGL council extends our hearty thanks and sincere gratitude to Alison for her unceasing commitment to our community. We deeply appreciate her and her service.

We recently had the opportunity to interview Alison. Please continue reading to learn more about Alison, her role in the community, and the motivation behind the chapter merge.

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Celebrate World IA Day on February 27, 2021!

World Information Architecture (IA) Day celebrates information architecture and shares knowledge and ideas from analogue to digital, from design to development, from students to practitioners, globally and locally on February 27, 2021.

It appears there are no events in Michigan this year; however, most talks and other events around the world are virtual. Visit the World IA Day Events page for a complete listing, with links to event descriptions and registration pages.

STC Honorary Fellow Alda Receives SAG Lifetime Achievement Award

STC Honorary Fellow Alan Alda was recently named recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award “for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.”

The SAG Awards article announcing the award talks about Alda’s television, film and  stage accomplishments, as well as his efforts to improve science communication through the nonprofit Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at SUNY—Stony Brook and Alda Communications Training, the proceeds of which support the Center for Communicating Science.

Submit your illustrations for the cover of the Technical Communication journal

Beginning with the February 2016 issue of Technical Communication, the cover of the journal will be a juried space for graphic artists. Each issue will offer the opportunity for a theme-related submission of diagrams, drawings, collages, infographics, cartoons, comic strips, or brief graphic narratives. The theme for the cover of the February 2016 issue is “The Future of Technical Communication.”

For this inaugural effort, please submit your work as a high-resolution (300 dpi) jpg file by 1 October 2015, to with a brief explanation (100-200 words) of how your work addresses the theme. Submissions will be anonymously reviewed, and a jury of peers will select each issue’s cover. Honorable mentions will be published inside the journal.

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