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”

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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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!

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!”