Spring is here, and what better way to celebrate it than to get outside with your tech comm peers? Join members from the STC Southeastern Michigan and West Michigan Shores chapters in East Lansing for a stroll and some professional networking at the Michigan State Horticulture Gardens and Butterfly House. Continue reading “Joint STC Chapter Networking in East Lansing on April 28”
We are proud to announce that the Southeastern Michigan Chapter has earned the highest level of Community Achievement Award(CAA) from the Society for Technical Communication: Platinum. The CAA recognizes a chapter’s outstanding accomplishments in achieving the Society’s goals by offering a wide range of programs and activities throughout the year.
Our chapter also earned a Pacesetter award from the STC for starting virtual coffee club events on our Slack workspace for chapter members. The citation on our certificate will read: For a well-developed plan and the follow-through action on virtual workshops, presented in a way that allows other communities to develop similar programs as well.
It was from the hard work, dedication, and creativity of our talented volunteer members that the Southeastern Michigan chapter was able to earn these honors! The awards will be presented at the STC Summit in Denver, Colorado, on May 5, 2019.
Our friends in northeast Ohio have invited Peter “Scotch” Scocimara, Senior Director, Cloud Support, Google Cloud, to speak on April 11, 2019, about The Fourth Industrial Revolution – Preparing for an A.I. World. Fittingly, this event will be held through Gotomeeting. For more information and to register, go to the EventBrite listing.
On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, we gathered at Washtenaw Community College to hear Dave Robbins’ talk, Developing Technical Documentation With Passion and Purpose.
Mark your calendars! Our next virtual book club takes place on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. During this event, we will discuss Alan Alda’s book: If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating. This virtual book club event is open to anyone—whether or not you’re a member of STC or STC-SM—so even if you’re just interested in some edifying discussions, you’re welcome to join us! Continue reading “Virtual Book Club—April 2019”
We all need passion and purpose in life, whether we’re going for a degree, getting started with a career, or working as an experienced technical writer. In this program, Dave Robbins pulls from his decades of experience in the field to share career insights focused on putting users first. He’ll provide examples of documentation and user help, and you’ll gain some helpful perspectives about technical writing.
Please register by Monday, March 11. Continue reading “Upcoming Program March 12: Technical Writing: Passion and Purpose”
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 CNY (Central New York) and STC Rochester are holding a multi-chapter webinar on Thursday, February 28, from noon–1 p.m. There will be three brief presentations and question-and-answer periods:
- The Art of Visual Startup Guides, presented by Sandee Craig and Laurie Fiaretti, Senior Technical Illustrators
- The Heilmeier Catechism: A Persuasive Writing Rubric, presented by Melissa Hellman, proposal writer
- Build a Lasting TechComm Career, presented by John Garison, Lead Technical Communicator
There is more information about the speakers and their presentations, as well as a registration form, on EventBrite.
It’s hard to believe when sleety ice coats everything, but spring is coming, and with spring, conference season. STC Summit and the regional conference, Spectrum, put on by STC Rochester, top the list for technical communicators in southeast Michigan. Here are some updates. Continue reading “2019 Conferences: Updates”
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.