November Panel Update

We are delighted that Chalice Randazzo, Assistant Professor at Eastern Michigan University, will be joining us. She completes our panel for the November 28 program. She will bring her perspective as someone who completed her bachelor’s degree and one year of her PhD online. See the full article on the November program for more information about our panelists and the program.

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 focussing 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, and
  • Chalice Randazzo, Assistant Professor of Technical Communication and Writing, Eastern Michigan University.

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

Continue reading “Upcoming Program: Reuse and Reduce Tips for Authoring”

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”

STC Regional Technical Communication Competition Call for Entries

Have you produced or contributed to technical communication products that you think are worthy of awards, or would you like feedback on a project you are currently working on?

This year, the STC-SM chapter is teaming up with the STC West Michigan Shores (WMS) chapter to host the STC Regional Technical Communication Competition! Entries must qualify as technical communication in one of the following categories: informational, instructional, user support, or promotional material.

Why enter your work in this competition? Among other reasons, a technical communication competition provides a fantastic opportunity to:

  • focus and develop your current portfolio of work
  • receive constructive feedback and valuable insights from experienced technical communications professionals
  • boost your confidence and pride in your individual or team accomplishments
  • obtain recognition within the STC organization and greater community of technical communications professionals
  • add an accolade to your résumé

The call for entries is now open! You do not need to be a member of STC to enter your work, and group entries are also welcome. For details on entry eligibility and fees, how to submit an entry, and more, see the STC Regional Technical Communication Competition page. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 2, so don’t delay!

Welcome Back Networking Evening: Sept 18 in Ypsilanti

Want to meet with technical communicators from various backgrounds or learn more about the STC community? Please join us for the first networking event of the 2018-2019 STC program year on Tuesday, September 18, at Cultivate in Ypsilanti. All are welcome, including students, technical communicators, or anyone interested in STC.

When: Tuesday, September 18, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Cultivate Coffee Bar and Tap House, 307 N River St, Ypsilanti, MI

As always, the conversation is free; everyone is responsible for his or her own tab. RSVPs are appreciated so we know how many seats to reserve. We hope to see you there!

STC-SM’s Mentoring Program Through a Mentee’s Eyes

As I get closer to graduating and entering the professional world of technical communication, I feel increasing anxiety about taking this leap. However, being a part of the STC-SM mentorship program has lessened my anxiety and helped prepare me for this transition. I would expect my experience is common and this is one of the many reasons why I recommend others become mentees. Having someone to go to for advice, or to review job application materials, will make this process smoother. I feel like I have someone in my corner to help me, and I want others to experience that same support. Continue reading “STC-SM’s Mentoring Program Through a Mentee’s Eyes”