STC-SM Earns CAA and Pacesetter Awards

Logo for platinum CAA We are proud to announce that the Southeastern Michigan Chapter has earned the highest level of Community Achievement Award(CAA) from the Society for Technical Communication: Platinum. The CAA recognizes a chapter’s outstanding accomplishments in achieving the Society’s goals by offering a wide range of programs and activities throughout the year.

logo for Pacesetter awardOur chapter also earned a Pacesetter award from the STC for starting virtual coffee club events on our Slack workspace for chapter members. The citation on our certificate will read: For a well-developed plan and the follow-through action on virtual workshops, presented in a way that allows other communities to develop similar programs as well.

It was from the hard work, dedication, and creativity of our talented volunteer members that the Southeastern Michigan chapter was able to earn these honors! The awards will be presented at the STC Summit in Denver, Colorado, on May 5, 2019.

Virtual Open House on Thursday, January 31

A new year is here, and it is full of possibilities…so let’s talk about them! As the snow swirls outside, you can join us from the comfort of your home for a virtual open house on Thursday, January 31 to hear about what’s happening in the STC-SM chapter, learn more about the STC-SM council members, and meet other chapter members! Continue reading “Virtual Open House on Thursday, January 31”

Volunteer Opportunities

The STC-SM chapter thrives from collaboration with our members, and that includes you! As an STC-SM member, you have the potential to help connect the STC-SM community through your active participation. If you are looking to gain leadership experience, receive feedback on your work, or even just grow your network of technical communicators, then STC-SM has some great opportunities for you. Continue reading “Volunteer Opportunities”

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”

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”