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.

2015 Election Results

by Thomas Glennan, Nominations Chair
The results of the recent STC/SM election of officers for the 2015/2016 program year are summarized below.

  • Total number of ballots sent out on electionbuddy.com: 43
  • Total number of ballots cast: 11
  • % of members who voted: 25%
  • Based on the votes cast, the winning nominees for each office were:

Last day to vote in the election; one week to register for IUE2015 conference

by Dave Mitropoulus-Rundus

The IUE2015 Conference is just a week off now; this annual conference is back in MI for the first time since 2012.

Details and registration are at iueconference.com, and STC-SM members all qualify for the discounted professional organization rate.

Products, software, internet and all customer touch-points need to be clear and simple.

The people who conceive, plan, and build them continually achieve and improve on this when they enrich and advance their skills and abilities in our ever-changing world of technology.

Get exposed to the latest research, hands-on training, peer success stories and interactive sharing.

Attend Internet User Experience 2015
June 15-17, Ann Arbor, Michigan
www.iueconference.com

Election Time

by Thomas Glennan, Immediate Past President and Nominations Chairman

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All current members should have received an email with a link to the online ballot (should be from electionbuddy Elections). It has a link to the ballot where you can vote for officers: President=Pat Martz or abstain; Vice President=Sharon McDonnell or abstain; Secretary=Alison Phillips or abstain; Treasurer=Maryann Bowen or abstain. Also you can write in a nominee for the nominations committee and make suggestions for future programs, etc.

Elections are open now through Monday, June 8. If you are a chapter member and have not received the email yet, contact Tom Glennan.

Announcing 2015-2016 Council Nominations

by Tom Glennan, Immediate STC/SM Past President

Along with cleaning out the garage, planting the garden, and (finally) taking down the Christmas decorations, spring is the time of year for STC-SM Council nominations. This is the perfect opportunity to get involved and contribute to your STC community, while also building your professional network, skills, and resume at the same time. And you get to meet and work with a great team of people in the process – what a deal!

The most significant opportunity – and the most critical, immediate need – is for volunteers to run for chapter officer positions (Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) as well as two elected (but non-officer) Nominations Committee positions. Note that since the Vice President normally transitions into the office of President the following year, which our current Vice President, Sharon McDonnell has confirmed she plans to do, the President for next year is already determined and does not need to be voted on. Continue reading “Announcing 2015-2016 Council Nominations”

Congratulations, Maryann Bowen!

Written by Tom Glennan

President Glennan presents dedicated volunteer Maryann Bowen with DCSACongratulations to Maryann Bowen, who was approved by the STC Board of Directors to receive the Distinguished Chapter Service Award (DCSA) for 2014! Maryann was recognized as a DCSA recipient at the recent STC Summit in Phoenix as well as in the online STC Notebook and in the May 2014 issue of Intercom.

The DCSA is bestowed in recognition of the recipient’s exemplary effort, energy and dedication to his or her community and its activities. Maryann was nominated for her commitment and service to the technical communication profession, and to STC-SM in particular. Whether it’s her service to the chapter by serving in a variety of elected and volunteer positions, her dedication to providing value for our chapter members or her tireless efforts to develop and present meaningful program events and speakers, Maryann has served as an inspiration and model we would all do well to emulate.

In recognition of her significant professional and personal accomplishments, Maryann was presented with her DCSA certificate at the STC-SM volunteer recognition dinner meeting held on June 25. Please make a point of congratulating and thanking Maryann when you see her at an upcoming STC-SM event.

 

2014-15 Elections

Elections are underway for the 2014-15 chapter term.  STC/SM chapter members should have already received an email from “electionbuddy elections” containing instructions to participate in online voting. The online process includes the actual ballot and profile information for each candidate.

If you are a current chapter member and have not received the election instructions, or you are unable to complete the online voting process, please contact [email protected].

STC/SM Council Nominations

submitted by Jill Money, Nominations Chair

Spring is FINALLY here, which means it’s time for STC-SM Council nominations. We hope that you will be able to get involved this year with our chapter. This is a perfect time to take steps to build your professional network, skills, and resume – and help build your STC community at the same time.

The most significant opportunity – and the most critical, immediate need – is for volunteers to run for chapter officer positions (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) as well as two elected (but non-officer) Nominations Committee positions.

Nominations are now open for the 2014-2015 election. The election will take place May 20-30 for the year of July, 2014 through June, 2015. We hope that you might have a chapter member in mind that you think would make a great officer (that can include yourself)! Please note that candidates must be chapter members. Send your ideas or any questions to [email protected].

If you’re not quite ready to commit to elected office, there are plenty of other ways to get involved in chapter activities. For example:

  • Join the chapter listserv and our groups on Facebook, and LinkedIn, and follow @STCSM on Twitter.
  • Attend a program meeting or networking event.
  • Serve as a greeter at a program meeting.
  • Host a networking lunch – or breakfast, or happy hour – in your local area.
  • Plan to attend all or part of the STC Summit, May 17-20 in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Ask your employer to sponsor a program meeting or other event. (Various levels of sponsorship are available, starting with simply providing meeting space free of charge.)
  • Write an article for the chapter blog.
  • Volunteer to manage or serve on a council committee: Membership, Blog, Nominations, Programs, Publicity, and Website all have openings. See Volunteer Opportunities on the chapter website, or contact any council member for more information.