Virtual Coffee Meet-up

STC-SM will be hosting its first virtual coffee meet-up on Tuesday, December 18 from 7–9 AM! We will be using a new channel in our Slack workspace called coffee_club to initiate a phone call. Join us to discuss STC, STC-SM, technical communication, industry trends, or whatever else may come up! The facilitator will initiate the call at 7AM, but feel free to join at any point during the two-hour timeframe—for as little or long as you like! This is a great opportunity to network with other technical communicators or council members and discuss tech comm. Continue reading “Virtual Coffee Meet-up”

Program Recap: Part 2 of Face-to-face vs. Computer-Mediated Communication Panel Discussion at LTU

Our November panel and moderator. From left to right: Chalice Randazzo, Steven Krause, Rich Leazer, Maryann Bowen, and moderator, Corinne Stavish.

On Wednesday, November 28, an audience of students and technical communications professionals gathered at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Southfield for a panel discussion that continued where our October 2017 program left off on discussing the advantages and drawbacks of face-to-face vs. computer-mediated communication. Because our last panel focused primarily on face-to-face interactions, this panel discussed computer-mediated communication (CMC) which, for many of us, is the dominant form of communication in our professional lives. Continue reading “Program Recap: Part 2 of Face-to-face vs. Computer-Mediated Communication Panel Discussion at LTU”

Volunteer Opportunities

The STC-SM chapter thrives from collaboration with our members, and that includes you! As an STC-SM member, you have the potential to help connect the STC-SM community through your active participation. If you are looking to gain leadership experience, receive feedback on your work, or even just grow your network of technical communicators, then STC-SM has some great opportunities for you. Continue reading “Volunteer Opportunities”

Holiday Mixer: December 6 in Livonia

We hope to see you at our annual holiday mixer and networking meeting in Northville. Everyone is welcome; you do not have to be a member of STC-SM to join us.

When: Thursday, December 6, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Brann’s Steakhouse and Grille, just off the highway at
39715 6 Mile Rd
Northville, MI 48168
(734) 420-1400

We will meet in the bar area. As always, the conversation is free, but everyone is responsible for his or her own tab. Please let us know that you plan to attend so that we know how many seats to reserve.

November Panel Update

Chalice Randazzo

We are delighted to announce that Chalice Randazzo, Assistant Professor at Eastern Michigan University, will be joining us. She completes our panel for the November 28 program.

Randazzo teaches technical communication, usability, and writing. Her research and publications explore cultural and practical approaches to U.S. resumes. In reference to computer-mediated communication, she will bring her perspective as someone who completed her bachelor’s degree and one year of her PhD online.

Upcoming Program: Part 2 of Face-to-Face Versus Computer-Mediated Communication

Since we spent the majority of our time on face-to-face communication last October, we will be continuing the discussion focusing on computer-mediated communication. Love it or hate it, we all have to work with it, at least sometimes. Bring your questions and join us at Lawrence Tech on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, to continue our discussion. Please register by Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

Our panelists will include:

  • Maryann Bowen, STC Associate Fellow and Senior Manager of Education and User Experience at Saphran, Inc.,
  • Steven D. Krause, Professor of Rhetoric and Writing, Eastern Michigan University, and
  • Rich Leazer, Manager, Documentation and Publishing Health Information Technology & Services, at University of Michigan.

Corinne Stavish, Director of the Technical and Professional Communication Program at Lawrence Tech, will moderate the discussion. Continue reading “Upcoming Program: Part 2 of Face-to-Face Versus Computer-Mediated Communication”

STC-SM Virtual Book Club to Launch in December

Are you interested in reading books related to writing, editing, grammar, and technical communication? Do you want to participate in discussions with technical communicators?

STC-SM is launching a virtual book club that will meet twice a year to discuss a selected book within the field of writing, editing, design, and other topics specific to technical communication. Our first book club event will take place using our STC-SM Slack workspace to get to know one another, discuss different concepts in the book, and apply what we’ve learned in our profession. Continue reading “STC-SM Virtual Book Club to Launch in December”

Updates from the President

Welcome to the STC Southeastern Michigan Chapter 2018-2019 program year. Fall is officially in full swing, and I want to share some highlights about our ongoing chapter initiatives and upcoming events. Over the summer, we sent a survey to all STC-SM members to gather ideas that can help us offer the most value to chapter membership. Thank you to all who participated! Member feedback and collaboration is at the heart of the STC community, and I believe it is one of the most valuable aspects of chapter membership. Please read on to learn about ways to collaborate, learn, and grow with fellow STC-SM members! Continue reading “Updates from the President”

Upcoming Program: Reuse and Reduce Tips for Authoring

Please join us on October 29 in Ann Arbor, where Pushpinder Toor from PTC will discuss how reusing content cuts costs and saves time on writing, editing, publishing, and localization. What are some of the different ways you can reuse using XML? Learn some tips and tricks as well as industry practices for reusing content. You will also see some demonstrations on how to reuse content in everyday authoring using Arbortext Editor.

Please register by Friday, October 26.

When

Monday, October 29

  • 6:30 pm: Networking and light refreshments
  • 7:00 pm: Presentation

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Intro to Slack—Webinar

Over the past year, STC-SM has been using Slack to share information and communicate with our chapter members. Slack is a powerful messaging and collaboration tool that allows individuals and organizations to work together and share information in meaningful and efficient ways. We invite you to join us in our “Intro to Slack” webinar, which will show you how you can use the STC-SM Slack workspace to connect with STC-SM chapter members and council members so that you can stay up-to-date on programs and networking events in the STC community. Continue reading “Intro to Slack—Webinar”