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-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”

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

The STC-SM chapter launched a mentoring program during the 2017-2018 program year. The program is open to college students close to graduation and adults considering a career change.

After volunteering, I was matched with two mentees: a student at Eastern Michigan University and a professional in the Bay Area (California) who is switching careers. Here are some brief thoughts about my experience. Continue reading “STC-SM’s Mentoring Program Through a Mentor’s Eyes”

Election Results for the 2018 Election

Everyone ran unopposed; there were no write-in candidates. Here are the results:

  • President: Alison Phillips
  • Vice President: Katherine Baeckeroot
  • Treasurer: Patricia Gómez Martz
  • Secretary: Heather Shelly
  • Nominations: Maryann Bowen

Our turnout was 35%.

If you are curious about what goes on at our meetings, please join us at a Council meeting—the general business meeting and final meeting of this program year is on June 14 in Ann Arbor—or join us in the coming program year. Members are always welcome.

We will be setting the dates for the next program year’s Council meetings at our August meeting, and posting them soon after. If you have ideas for programs that you would like to attend or topics that you think would be of interest email your ideas to the Council by August 15 for consideration.

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”

2018–2019 Council Nominations Open through May 13

Greetings chapter members!

This is a reminder that it’s Chapter Council Election season. Voting for the 2018–2019 program year will take place May 15–31, 2018. That means nominations for Council positions are open for only a few more days.

If you’re thinking of nominating another chapter member (or yourself!) for an elected Council position, you have until the end of business on May 14 to send the nominee’s name and contact information to our Nominations Chair. Please note that candidates must be members of the STC Southeastern Michigan chapter.

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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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Letter from the Immediate Past President

In late June, we held our annual awards program combined with the changing of the guard, the last event of our program year. The program took place at my home and included a potluck luncheon. Volunteers were recognized with a letter of appreciation and Pat Martz received the Distinguished Chapter Service Award. The gavel was passed to our new president, Alison Phillips, and I was presented with a personalized gavel.

We felt very good about our chapter’s accomplishments this year:

  • We revised our chapter bylaws.
  • We achieved the silver Community Achievement Award.
  • We mentored our intern, Sasha Strait.
  • We developed a program evaluation form to gather statistics from our programs.

We continued our practice of scheduling networking events in various locations:

  • Happy hour at D’Amato’s in Royal Oak
  • Holiday Mixer at Conor O’Neill’s in Ann Arbor
  • Breakfast at Sweetwater’s Café on Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor
  • Networking after the close of the Internet User Experience conference in Ann Arbor, and
  • Happy hour at Doc’s Sports Retreat in Livonia.

And we had some interesting program topics:

  • What Is the User’s Experience?, at BCBSM in Southfield
  • Mindfulness, at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor
  • Trends in Technical Communication, a panel discussion at Lawrence Tech in Southfield
  • Using Camtasia: A Video-Creation Tool for Documentation Professionals, at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make my term as president a success and so enjoyable. I am grateful that our chapter will be in Alison’s very capable hands, and I look forward to serving our chapter as Immediate Past President.

Election Results for Council 2017–2018, and More

We had three positions on the ballot, all running unopposed, and all accepted by all 11 voters of the eligible 32 who received ballots:

  • Heather Shelly, Secretary
  • Pat Martz, Treasurer
  • Maryann Bowen, Nominations Committee member

A turnout of 34% is pretty decent. Thank you to all who voted.

In addition to the elected seats, we have two succession seats—the President becomes our Immediate Past President, and the Vice President becomes President. No one ran for Vice President, which now becomes the first big issue of our new Council. Our planning year runs from  July 1 to June 30, so this roster will be effective on July 1.

Executive Council, 2017–2018

  • Alison Phillips, President
  • —No Vice President—
  • Heather Shelly, Secretary
  • Pat Martz, Treasurer
  • Sharon McDonnell, Immediate Past President

Nominations Committee, 2017–2018

  • Sharon McDonnell, Chair
  • Maryann Bowen

Volunteering With STC-SM

Council positions are volunteer positions, but you don’t have to be on the council to be helpful. What could you do?

  • Help at the registration desk for a program.
  • Write for this blog; for example, you could recap an event that you attend or write a book review.
  • Host a networking meeting.
  • Send a program idea.
  • Offer to arrange for a program site.

We will have our end-of-the-year potluck on Sunday, June 25. Members are welcome, but you must register to attend. July is our quiet month. We will do our program planning in August, so if you would like to help, or have ideas for the coming year, send an email to your council.