End-of-Year Networking Event in Ann Arbor

As our 2017–2018 program year comes to a close, we invite you to gather with us on June 14 for dinner, networking, and awards. We will share experiences from recent conferences like the STC Summit in Orlando, talk about the highlights of our program year, and recognize some  outstanding contributions from STC-SM chapter members! Continue reading “End-of-Year Networking Event in Ann Arbor”

STC-SM wins an STC Pacesetter Award for Innovative Programming

Pacesetter Award BadgeSTC’s Community Pacesetter Award recognizes innovative and successful community initiatives—specifically, implementation of a single, beneficial innovation that may be used by other STC communities.

Our certificate will read:

“For your resourceful collaboration with local technical communication educators in presenting programs that supplement academic curricula and provide value to STC members.”

The award will be presented at the STC Summit in Orlando, Florida this May.

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Meet Our New Vice President, Katherine Baeckeroot

Photo of Katherine Baeckeroot, Vice President
Katherine Baeckeroot, Vice President

We are thrilled to welcome Katherine Baeckeroot to the STC-SM executive council as our newly appointed vice president. She will take the helm as chapter president in the summer of 2019. We look forward to Katherine’s contributions as we continue to work together on goals that will provide value for our chapter members and the professional community. So you can get to know her a bit better, Katherine was kind enough to answer a few question for us. Please join us in welcoming our new VP! Continue reading “Meet Our New Vice President, Katherine Baeckeroot”

Annual Holiday Mixer in Ann Arbor

Please join us on December 12 at Conor O’Neill’s in Ann Arbor to meet new people or catch up with old friends as we exchange stories, have a few laughs, and reflect on 2017!  There will not be a reserved room, so join us at the bar. Feel free to bring a friend. Everyone is welcome.In previous years, longtime STC/SM members mingled with newer and prospective members and members of the UX and other sister communities to learn more about writing prospects in our area or just exchange stories over drinks and food. There is no entrance fee, but everyone will be responsible for their own drinks and food. Ask the host to be directed to our area if we have already moved from the bar to a table.

When: Tuesday, December 12, from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Where: Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub, 318 South Main St., Ann Arbor, Michigan. There is a parking lot just behind the pub with an entrance on South Ashley St.

Let us know that you are coming so we can save you a seat.

Welcome to the 2017-2018 STC-SM Program Year!

A Letter From the President

Greetings!
I hope you enjoyed your summer adventures and activities, but also took some time to unwind and recharge as well. As the warm weather and long days draw to a close, we are hard at work planning some exciting activities and events that we hope will keep you engaged and connected to the techcomm community while continuing to learn, grow, and develop your skills all year long. Continue reading “Welcome to the 2017-2018 STC-SM Program Year!”

Networking Dinner in Ann Arbor on September 28

September is the perfect time to reconnect with our fellow technical communication peers after we have returned from our summer adventures. Join us at Paesano Restaurant and Wine Bar in Ann Arbor for some food, drinks, and networking. STC membership is not a requirement to attend, so please bring a friend! All are welcome.

When: Thursday, September 28
Where: Paesano Restaurant and Wine Bar
3411 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

There is no entrance fee, but you will be responsible for your own food and drinks. When you arrive at the restaurant, ask the host to direct you to the STC-SM table.

RSVP to STC-SM by noon the day before so we have enough seating reserved. Hope to see you there!

Spring Conferences Are in the Air

Spring is finally here, and so is a wide array of professional conferences to attend. You may remember my recap of the STC Summit last year and my belief in the value of attending professional conferences. With the long, dreary winter days behind us, spring is the perfect time to reenergize, set new goals, expand your network, learn something new, and reawaken that drive to advance your career, or even consider a career change. Continue reading “Spring Conferences Are in the Air”

STC Summit 2016: Reactions From a First-Time Attendee

It was a pleasure and privilege for me to attend the STC Summit in Anaheim, California this year. As a first-time Summit attendee, I had no idea what to expect and wasn’t even sure if the conference would be worth the time and expense involved. An introvert by nature, I was also unsure whether I could feel at ease in such a large group setting.

I am pleased to say, however, that I came away with more inspiration and information than I can summarize in this short article. I left the Summit overflowing with ideas and could fill pages just trying to recap some of the things I learned and the topics I discussed with the many people I met. Instead, I want to take a few moments to encourage those of you who have not attended the STC Summit or other STC conference that participating in such events is well worth it! Continue reading “STC Summit 2016: Reactions From a First-Time Attendee”

STC Summit 2016: Leadership Program Recap

Photo of Emily Alfson and Alison Phillips at the 2016 STC Summit
Emily Alfson (l.) and Alison Phillips (r.) at the 2016 STC Summit

Greetings from Anaheim, California! I’m here at the STC Summit and just attended the annual Leadership Program that kicks off the Summit each year. Some of the highlights were:

    • The basics of running a community — Emily Alfson (also an STC/SM member!) delivered an informative talk about some of the many tools available to STC members looking to gain information about running successful STC communities. These resources include the Community Handbook, the Treasurer’s Handbook, the STC website, the CAC website, social media, and more!

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Networking Evening at Traffic Jam and Snug

February 17, 2015

Six of us braved the elements last week to gather for an informal evening of food, drinks, and conversation at Traffic Jam and Snug in midtown Detroit. We welcomed a couple of new faces, talked about current techcomm opportunities in the greater Detroit area, and returning members took the opportunity to catch up after the holidays.

Our goal for the evening was to discuss one (or more) of the free STC webinars suggested in January. Although some of us had technical difficulties accessing the webinars, Mary Jo David provided a very thorough write-up on Essential User Experience Skills for Technical Communicators, and Mark Lockwood led a discussion of one of the webinars he viewed, Sketching User Experiences with the Design Studio Method. Mark described several themes of the webinar, including the idea of sketching multiple solutions to business problems, and how this specific methodology can help work groups create innovative document design solutions. The idea of “saturating your design space” with many possible solutions and coming together to mash-up the possibilities was a thread we discussed as a group. Continue reading “Networking Evening at Traffic Jam and Snug”