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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2021 STC Election is Open

The 2021 STC Election is open and runs through 15 March at 5:00 PM EDT (GMT-5). This is your opportunity to select the future leaders of the Society!

You can see the election slate and learn more about the candidates here: https://www.stc.org/elections/election-slate/

Check your inbox and cast your vote today!

If you joined the STC or renewed your STC membership before 1 February, 2021, you are eligible to vote and should have received an email from the STC with a link and instructions to cast your ballot.

If you are an eligible STC member and did not receive voting instructions, please email stc@stc.org.

STC 2021 Election Schedule and Slate of Candidates

The STC election is scheduled to open on 1 March and close on 15 March 2021. All STC members who have paid their dues by 31 January 2021 are eligible to vote.

The STC Nominating Committee has announced the final slate of candidates for the 2021 STC election:

President

  • Kirsty Taylor will automatically succeed from the office of Vice President.

Vice President (3 candidates for one position; three-year commitment)

  • Miles Kimball
  • Carolyn Klinger
  • Aiessa Moyna

Secretary

  • No elections for secretary this year

Treasurer (2 candidates for one position; two-year term)

  • Bethany Aguad
  • Bobbi (Roberta) Werner

Director (5 candidates for two positions; two-year term)

  • Theresa Daudier
  • Joyce Lam
  • Karen Levine
  • Laura Palmer
  • Sree Pattabiraman

Nominating Committee (4 candidates for two positions; two-year term)

  • David Caruso
  • Kylie Jacobsen
  • Jack Molisani
  • Roger Renteria

Visit the STC Notebook Blog to read the full announcement and articles about each candidate.

Webinar Recap: Navigating Tech Comm With Geoffrey Chaucer

On September 30, Brigid Daull Brockway presented a webinar demonstrating tech comm concepts through the work of Geoffrey Chaucer. Brigid has a B.A. in Creative Writing, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Nonfiction), and 15 years of experience as a technical writer.
Although most know Chaucer for writing The Canterbury Tales, he also authored the first English technical document. Written in the 1390s, A Treatise on the Astrolabe skillfully explains how to use an astrolabe by adhering to modern tech comm principles. By examining Chaucer’s success, we can establish five rules to inform and improve our own technical communication. Continue reading “Webinar Recap: Navigating Tech Comm With Geoffrey Chaucer”

The 2020 STC Election is Open

The 2020 Society for Technical Communication (STC) election is now open and runs through March 9 at 5:00 PM ET. This is your opportunity to select the future leaders of the STC!

You can see the election slate and learn more about the candidates here: https://www.stc.org/wiki/elections/2020-election-slate/

Check your inbox and cast your vote today!

If you joined the STC or renewed your STC membership before January 31, 2020, you are eligible to vote and should have received an email from the STC with a link and instructions to cast your ballot.

If you are an eligible STC member and did not receive voting instructions, please email stc@stc.org.

Program Recap: Usability in Health and Medical Contexts

On September 18, Kirk St. Amant presented a webinar through STC describing how to tailor your writing in the medical field to the user’s specific situation. Kirk has numerous credentials teaching UX and technical communication at various universities, including Louisiana Tech, University of Limerick, Southeast University in China, and University of Strasbourg. He’s currently researching how cognitive processes affect the usability of technology in the medical field and in online education. Continue reading “Program Recap: Usability in Health and Medical Contexts”

STC Webinar February 21 on Data Privacy and Content Delivery

Fabrice Lacroix, CEO of Fluid Topics, will present a webinar: Is Content Delivery Possible Without Breaching New Data-Privacy Regulations? Learn about the new global privacy rules and how they will impact your operations.

This webinar will be on Thursday, February 21, 2019, from 2–3 p.m.; registered attendees will receive a link to the recording. Read more and register for this STC webinar.

STC Summit 2018—Day 4—Wednesday

Wednesday is always the saddest day at Summit. I checked out of my room, stowed my bags with the bellhop (a very painless process for a change. Great work, Hyatt!) and then headed to Jennifer Goode’s presentation on Podcasting as a Teaching Tool. Goode gave a comprehensive overview that included the definition of a podcast, examples of great podcasts, some fascinating statistics (did you know that podcasts have an 85% completion rate?) and a rundown of the equipment you need to start podcasting now. You can get started with just two microphones (preferably with pop filters and boom arms) a soundboard, and some mixing software, such as Audacity (which is free and very easy to use). You will of course also need a topic, script, and people to interview, and then a place to publish your work. Goode’s presentation covered all of this and still allowed time for questions. Continue reading “STC Summit 2018—Day 4—Wednesday”

STC Summit 2018—Day 3—Tuesday

On Tuesday morning I attended The Fourth Industrial Revolution—Preparing for an AI World, by Peter Scocimara. In his engaging session, Scocimara presented a history lesson and led us through the first three industrial revolutions. He then set the stage for the fourth, which is just beginning as humans begin creating artificial intelligences that may soon outstrip us and lead to drastic changes in how we live and work. His advice? Learn for the sake of learning, develop creativity, integrate artificial intelligence and machine learning, and become an informed citizen. Continue reading “STC Summit 2018—Day 3—Tuesday”