Multi-Chapter Webinar on February 28

STC CNY (Central New York) and STC Rochester are holding a multi-chapter webinar on Thursday, February 28, from noon–1 p.m. There will be three brief presentations and question-and-answer periods:

    • The Art of Visual Startup Guides, presented by Sandee Craig and Laurie Fiaretti, Senior Technical Illustrators
    • The Heilmeier Catechism: A Persuasive Writing Rubric, presented by Melissa Hellman, proposal writer
    • Build a Lasting TechComm Career, presented by John Garison, Lead Technical Communicator

There is more information about the speakers and their presentations, as well as a registration form, on EventBrite.

STC Honorary Fellow Alda Receives SAG Lifetime Achievement Award

STC Honorary Fellow Alan Alda was recently named recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award “for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.”

The SAG Awards article announcing the award talks about Alda’s television, film and  stage accomplishments, as well as his efforts to improve science communication through the nonprofit Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at SUNY—Stony Brook and Alda Communications Training, the proceeds of which support the Center for Communicating Science.

STC Rochester’s Spectrum Conference 2019 to Celebrate Diamond Anniversary

STC Rochester is celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of their regional conference, Spectrum, and they have invited everyone to join them at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), in Rochester, NY, March 24–26 to celebrate. The theme is Remember Yesterday. Celebrate Today. Plan for Tomorrow, with keynote speaker Toni Ressaire. Super early bird rates are good through January 31 only. Continue reading “STC Rochester’s Spectrum Conference 2019 to Celebrate Diamond Anniversary”

Upcoming NEO STC Webinar to Discuss Types of Writing

Paul Joseph, publisher of the recently revised landmark plain language book, Put it in Writing, will discuss what distinguishes technical writing from other nonfiction in his presentation, What’s the Difference Between Technical Writing and Other Types of Writing? This free, half-hour webinar will take place on Monday, January 28, 2019, at noon. See the article on NEO STC’s website for more information and the registration link.

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”

Virtual Coffee Meet-up

STC-SM will be hosting its first virtual coffee meet-up on Tuesday, December 18 from 7–9 AM! We will be using a new channel in our Slack workspace called coffee_club to initiate a phone call. Join us to discuss STC, STC-SM, technical communication, industry trends, or whatever else may come up! The facilitator will initiate the call at 7AM, but feel free to join at any point during the two-hour timeframe—for as little or long as you like! This is a great opportunity to network with other technical communicators or council members and discuss tech comm. Continue reading “Virtual Coffee Meet-up”

Program Recap: Part 2 of Face-to-face vs. Computer-Mediated Communication Panel Discussion at LTU

Our November panel and moderator. From left to right: Chalice Randazzo, Steven Krause, Rich Leazer, Maryann Bowen, and moderator, Corinne Stavish.

On Wednesday, November 28, an audience of students and technical communications professionals gathered at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Southfield for a panel discussion that continued where our October 2017 program left off on discussing the advantages and drawbacks of face-to-face vs. computer-mediated communication. Because our last panel focused primarily on face-to-face interactions, this panel discussed computer-mediated communication (CMC) which, for many of us, is the dominant form of communication in our professional lives. Continue reading “Program Recap: Part 2 of Face-to-face vs. Computer-Mediated Communication Panel Discussion at LTU”

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”