Casual Holiday Mixer Is Dec 13

Time to take a break from shopping, wrapping, and mailing!

Come and network with fellow STC/SM members—and non-members too—and join in the conversation at a convivial and relaxing gathering. 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 community and AMWA to learn more about writing prospects in this area, exchange war stories, and just have a few good laughs over drinks and food. There is no entrance fee, but everyone will be responsible for their own meal and drinks. Ask the host to be directed to our area if we have already moved from the bar to a table.

    • When: Tuesday, December 13, 2016, anytime from 5:30 – 8 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.

February 17 Networking Event

Please join us on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, from 5:30pm-7:00pm for a casual networking event in Detroit.

Traffic Jam and Snug

Address: 511 W Canfield Street in Detroit. Phone: (313) 831-9470

RSVP by noon the day before: RSVP to Mary Jo David ([email protected]) so we have enough seating reserved.

Meet other technical communicators or get reacquainted with those you already know. Feel free to bring a friend. (STC/SM membership is not a requirement to attend.) Do you have a discussion topic you’d like to throw out to the attendees? Bring it on! That’s the fun of these casual networking events–they’re free-form and friendly! There is no entrance fee, but everyone is responsible for his/her own dinner and drinks. When you arrive at the Traffic Jam, ask the host to direct you to the STC/SM table. Hope to see you there!

Holiday Mixer on December 1

STC/SM, Michigan CHI, UXPA, and IXDA invites you to a casual Holiday Mixer.

Come and network with fellow STC/SM members (and non-members too) and join in the conversation for a convivial and relaxing gathering. There will not be a reserved room, so join us at the bar. Feel free to bring a friend. Everyone is welcome.

There is no entrance fee, but everyone will be responsible for their own meal and drinks. Ask the host to be directed to our area.

Details:
When: Tuesday December 1, 2015, anytime between 5-8pm
Where: Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub
318 South Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734.665.2968
www.conoroneills.com

Registration:
Contact [email protected]

Awards Dinner and Networking June 10

We will convene at Station 885, which is at 885 Starkweather Street in Plymouth, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, for food and talk.

We will be also be distributing awards to our hardworking volunteers for the 2014–2015 Program Year, and recognizing our Immediate Past President, Tom Glennan, recipient of this year’s Distinguished Chapter Service Award.

There is no entrance fee, but everyone will be responsible for their own dinner and drinks. Ask the host to be directed to the STC/SM table.

Please let us know you are coming.

 

Members Came from Far and Wide to Attend Royal Oak Networking Event

Pictured (l-r): Mary Jo David, Cheri Jerue, Sylvia Bandyke, Angel Belford, and Emily Distelrath
Pictured (l-r): Mary Jo David, Cheri Jerue, Sylvia Bandyke, Angel Belford, and Emily Distelrath

It’s interesting how the STC/SM casual networking events have evolved. The locations for our formal programs don’t vary a lot in order to keep them centrally located for a majority of our members. As a complement to the formal programs, our casual networking events were devised as a way for technical communicators to meet up closer to where they live.

And yet, at our most recent networking event, which was held in Royal Oak on Thursday, April 26, 2015, technical communicators traveled from Toledo, Canton, Novi, Auburn Hills, and Royal Oak to attend! I take this as a strong indicator of the perceived value of networking. In fact, when the topic came up about how best to land new jobs or new contracts, the #1 answer was—you guessed it—NETWORKING. Continue reading “Members Came from Far and Wide to Attend Royal Oak Networking Event”

Networking Evening at Traffic Jam and Snug

February 17, 2015

Six of us braved the elements last week to gather for an informal evening of food, drinks, and conversation at Traffic Jam and Snug in midtown Detroit. We welcomed a couple of new faces, talked about current techcomm opportunities in the greater Detroit area, and returning members took the opportunity to catch up after the holidays.

Our goal for the evening was to discuss one (or more) of the free STC webinars suggested in January. Although some of us had technical difficulties accessing the webinars, Mary Jo David provided a very thorough write-up on Essential User Experience Skills for Technical Communicators, and Mark Lockwood led a discussion of one of the webinars he viewed, Sketching User Experiences with the Design Studio Method. Mark described several themes of the webinar, including the idea of sketching multiple solutions to business problems, and how this specific methodology can help work groups create innovative document design solutions. The idea of “saturating your design space” with many possible solutions and coming together to mash-up the possibilities was a thread we discussed as a group. Continue reading “Networking Evening at Traffic Jam and Snug”

Holiday Mixer

Michigan CHI, Southeastern Michigan STC, and Michigan UxPA invite you a casual Holiday Mixer.

When: Tuesday December 2nd, Anytime between 5-8pm
Where: Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub
318 South Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734.665.2968734.665.2968)
www.conoroneills.com

To make this fun and interesting, consider:

– Wearing a UX or Tec-Doc or Conference shirt
– Bringing a Great Success and a Horrible Failure story that happened to you this year…relevant to your profession

We will not have a reserved room or purchased food.
We will just meet in the bar, take over tables as needed, and buy our own (and if you like) each other’s food and drink.

STC-SM’s First Networking Event of the 2014/2015 year

Four of us met at Paesano’s on Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor Tuesday, September 16, for dinner and conversation. The group consisted of the program committee chair and three of the council executives, so the conversation quite naturally turned to chapter business.

We discussed the programs for the coming year, the new fee structure, and the need for more volunteers to fill the vacancies. But we also talked about our jobs and our recent vacations. The company and the food was excellent.

Please see the “Upcoming Events” calendar to see what we have planned. The details have not all been fleshed out yet, but check back often to find out more about what’s happening in the chapter. We will also be publicizing the events on the listserv, on Facebook, here on the blog, and by email, so keep an eye out for that too. We will be using Eventbrite again this year to register people for the events.

Please join us at one or more of the events. We’d love to see and talk with you.