End of Year Event – Join Us to Celebrate!

Please join us Thursday, June 17, to celebrate the end of another great program year. We’ll announce awards, recognize our active members, provide a brief business update, and introduce you to the 2021-2022 STC-MGL chapter council. This is a free event and all are welcome, registration is required.


  • Thursday, June 17, 2021
  • 6-7 p.m. ET


Reminder! If you’ve achieved at least 15 points by being an active member, send an email to president@stc-mgl.org with the list of your activities and points total by June 15. Refer to the Active Membership Program page for details.

STC Michigan Great Lakes Chapter Election Results

The results of the STC-MGL 2021-2022 Council election are in!

The STC Michigan Great Lakes chapter council officers for the 2021-2022 program year are:

  • President: Katherine Baeckeroot
  • Vice President 1: Kylie Jacobsen
  • Vice President 2: Wes Schoenherr
  • Treasurer: Alison Phillips
  • Secretary: Stephanie Hubble

Thank you to all of you who voted!

Note: To improve leadership succession planning, STC-MGL will have two vice presidents per year. The following program year, Vice President 1 succeeds the President, and Vice President 2 succeeds Vice President 1.



Our May 2021 Virtual Book Club is Tomorrow!

Our next virtual book club is just around the corner! We’re meeting tomorrow, Thursday, May 13 from 7–8:30 p.m. in the book_club channel in Slack.

During this event, we will discuss Word By Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper. Please join us if you’ve read the whole book, part of it, or none at all. We welcome your discussion!

We hope you will join us!


Thursday, May 13

7-8:30 p.m. EST


Book_club channel in Slack

About the book

This book explores the lives of lexicographers, the people behind the neutral definitions of words like love, cynical, and birdstrike, and describes the various ways they perfected their drafts of said definitions. Stamper’s exposé of what it takes to write dictionaries for a living humorously approaches topics like how to define big and small words (especially the small words), the credentials it takes to work at Merriam-Webster, why lexicographers don’t start defining words at the letter A, why it takes 18 months to define the top 10 most-searched words, or how the beauty of the English language extends beyond its complex grammatical rules (it’s okay to end your sentences with prepositions, people!). If you’ve read Word By Word, you’ll appreciate my use of it’s just there.

About the author

Kory Stamper loves, really, really, loves, English. Stamper is a graduate of Smith College, where she earned an interdisciplinary major in Latin, Greek, Norse, Old English, and Middle English. After graduation, she secured a job with Merriam-Webster where she worked for 20 years as an editorial assistant and later as associate editor. Catch her on Netflix’s 2021 series, The History of Swear Words, online at https://korystamper.wordpress.com/, or on Twitter at @KoryStamper.

STC-MGL 2021 Election

The STC-MGL election for the 2021-2022 program year is scheduled to run from Friday, May 14 through Monday, May 31, 11:45 p.m. EDT. All current STC-MGL members are eligible to vote.

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


  • Katherine Baeckeroot (Pavlovic)

Vice President 1*

  • Kylie Jacobsen

Vice President 2*

  • Wes Schoenherr


  • Stephanie Hubble


  • Alison Phillips

Nominating Committee

  • Maryann Bowen

There is additional information about each candidate on the ballot.

*To improve leadership succession planning, STC-MGL will have two vice presidents per year. The following program year, Vice President 1 succeeds the President, and Vice President 2 succeeds Vice President 1.

How to vote

You will receive an email to your STC registered email account on Friday, May 14 with instructions for voting.


STC-MGL Call for Nominations!

Nominations are now open for the STC Michigan Great Lakes chapter’s July 2021–June 2022 program year!

Would you like to volunteer for a chapter leadership position, or do you know anyone who would make a fantastic addition to the STC-MGL leadership team? We encourage you to send your nominations or questions to nominations@stc-mgl.org. Please note that candidates must be current chapter members.

The following positions are open for nominations:

  • President
  • Vice president
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Nominations committee

For more information about these roles, go to the Get Involved page. All these opportunities are great resume boosters and ways to gain connections within the STC and professional community.

The election will take place in May.

Please let us know if you want to learn more!

Meet our President, Peggy Frizzo

STC-MGL President, Peggy Frizzo
STC-MGL President, Peggy Frizzo

Over the past year, our President, Peggy Frizzo, has worked tirelessly to ensure our transition into the newly combined Society Technical Communication, Michigan Great Lakes chapter was successful. Among her many tasks, she hosted programs, virtual coffee meetups, worked on the website, and improved process flows by streamlining work.

We are so grateful for all that she’s done for our chapter!

So that you can get to know her better, Peggy recently took some time to share information about herself, her job, and her experience as an STC member. Keep reading to learn more!

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Join Us for Tech Comm Trivia!

Want to get together with other technical communicators and test your tech comm, grammar, and STC knowledge?

On Tuesday, March 23, STC-MGL is hosting a virtual tech comm trivia event! Join us for an entertaining evening that will surely test your knowledge and teach you something new. The person with the highest earned points at the end of the night will receive a $20 Amazon gift card.


  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021
  • 7-8 p.m. EDT




  • Students: Free (please register with student email)
  • STC-MGL members: Free
  • STC members or non-members: $5

* Honorary members for the evening: employees of the sponsoring organization and members of partner organizations (UXPA, CHI, and ASTD)

Please register for this event on Eventbrite here.

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.

Engineering Your Networking Experience – Program Recap

On January 26th, 2021, Kelly Schrank, an Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) and a technical writer and editor with over 20 years of experience in different industries, presented the “Engineering Your Networking Experience” webinar for STC. The purpose of the webinar was to describe how to network effectively and to present tips for people with introverted personalities to connect with other people at networking events.

To introduce the webinar, Schrank made an analogy suggesting that people should think about networking the same way they think about their jobs. People often face challenges at work that make it unlikely that they would consistently enjoy their jobs every day. Similarly, most people do not always enjoy networking; however, just as people stick to a job because of pay, benefits, opportunities to gain experience, job satisfaction, and other reasons, they network to reap its benefits.

Schrank quoted the Dictionary.com definition of networking: “a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest” (Dictionary.com, n.d.). People network to build relationships, to learn from other people they meet, and to share ideas. What is important to remember is that networking is not transactional, and to succeed at it, attendees must be relational with each other and not use each other as a means to an end. For example, simply asking a stranger for a job would be detrimental to building a relationship with that person.

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