Local AMWA Chapter Conference on May 14

The American Medical Writers Association Michigan Chapter Conference will convene at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Registration will be at the door.

We got a note from Mitchell Seymour, Chapter President, asking that you please let him know if you will be coming by the end of business on Wednesday, May 12, so they will have an accurate head count for food.

STC/SM Earns Pacesetter Award for 2015

We received a very nice note Thursday, March 31, from MaryKay Grueneberg, who is the Pacesetter Award Evaluation Committee Chair:

As a member of the Pacesetter Award Evaluation Committee, it is my honor and pleasure to inform you that the Southeastern Michigan Chapter has earned the Pacesetter Award for the 2015 activity year. The citation on your certificate will read:

“For successfully promoting STC webinars and sharing their benefits with your community through your creative ‘Choose Your Own Learning Adventure’ program”

Congratulations to all members of the Southeastern Michigan Chapter on a job well done and for being an example for all STC communities.

Essay Contest Now Open!

Update: The essay contest ended March 28, 2016.
Our chapter’s professional members are invited to compete to win a Summit 2016 registration by writing an essay. The winning essay will be published on our TECHcomments blog, and the winner will be invited to be one of the presenters at our September 2016 Summit recap, as well as to post to the blog from Summit 2016. Continue reading “Essay Contest Now Open!”

Update on the Latest Website Update

A few weeks ago, we had a snafu caused by a parent theme that was not updated when WordPress was.

What you are looking at is an intermediate step: I’ve removed the offending theme, applied a new one, and started to work on a child theme for STC/SM. It is a work in progress, so please bear with me. You will notice little things changing over the next couple of weeks; I will try not to make it too disorienting.

How To Incorporate Usability Into Your Project Flow

By Maryann Bowen and Pat Gómez Martz

With World Usability Day fast approaching, this seems like a good time to recap our good friend and usability expert David Mitropoulos-Rundus’ presentation, How to Make User Experience a Priority, from the June 2015 User Experience Conference in Ann Arbor. Dave recommends including user experience and usability considerations in each phase of every project. He recommends defining your terms; defining usability requirements; designing to personas, scenarios, and environments; and iterative user testing. Continue reading “How To Incorporate Usability Into Your Project Flow”

Welcome Back! A Letter From the President

Greetings everyone:

We had our annual planning meeting last Sunday, August 16, at our vice president’s home.

What will we be doing this coming year? Attending networking events, mingling and learning with our user-experience colleagues, and attending programs that focus on tools of the trade.

2015–2016 Events

Continue reading “Welcome Back! A Letter From the President”

Website Hiccups

You will undoubtedly notice that there are missing pictures on this website, as well as a serious problem with the comments form.

The site had a major problem yesterday that exposed a hole in our redundant backups: the photos folder was not getting backed up. These problems will be worked, and I hope, fixed over the next week or two, so please bear with us.

A Look Back at the 2014–2015 Program Year

“We had some terrific programming and networking events this year,” according to STC/SM Vice President Sharon McDonnell. I concur.

The mix of networking and programming events seemed to work well, especially as the networking events were hosted by people from the areas where the events were held, so our Programs Manager could concentrate on programs.  Continue reading “A Look Back at the 2014–2015 Program Year”