March 9, 2012 Chapter Social Networking Event
at the Black Finn Pub in Royal Oak
T-Shirt Special Offer
STC-SM is excited to offer STC-SM Chapter Members a special offer to show your STC-SM spirit with an STC-SM T-shirt. The chapter ordered a limited quantity of T-shirts, and is offering the T-shirts for purchase online and and STC-SM events. STC-SM will offer T-shirts while supplies last. Buy one for yourself, or they make great gifts (give one to your loved ones and your boss as a thank you for supporting your commitment to professional development). STC-SM T-shirts cost $10/shirt, including shipping costs, coming wrapped in a sealed bag from the vendor. The shirts are available in M, L, and XL sizes. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail the STC-SM Professional Liaison.
To order an STC-SM T-Shirt:
- Send an e-mail to the STC-SM Professional Liaison specifying the following information: first and last name, size and quantity requested for each size, and shipping address.
- Send a check with a total for the number of shirts you want to order, payable to STC-SM to our mailing address: STC-SM, PO BOX 1289, Ann Arbor, MI, 48106.
- If you are an STC-SM member, as soon as we receive your check, we will ship your T-shirt order. If you are not a current STC-SM member, we will ship your T-shirt order when the check clears.
2011 Membership Drive Raffle
As announced through the STC-SM Chapter Listserv, STC-SM Members renewing their memberships by the annual, end-of-year Society deadline received an automatic entry in the STC-SM 2011 Membership Drive Raffle. If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail us.
If you renewed your membership after the deadline, thank you for renewing. Although the deadline passed for the STC-SM raffle, it is still not too late to renew your membership to STC and the STC-SM Chapter. Membership comes with numerous benefits, including enriching opportunities for technical communicators to develop skills, network, and maintain a competitive edge in the profession.
Raffle Prizes and Drawing
STC-SM is holding the official raffle and drawing names for all 12 prizes at the January  STC-SM Chapter Program Meeting. Although eligible STC-SM members do not need to be present to win a prize, members can attend the January meeting to claim any prizes awarded in-person. Or, the prizes will be mailed after the drawing. Members who renew or join the chapter by December 31, 2010 will be entered in a drawing to win one of the following prizes:
- One of 2 Borders gift cards ($25 each)
- One of 5 STC-SM T-shirts
Attend the 2011 STC Conference CA with an Incentive from STC-SM
As announced officially on the STC-SM Listserv, STC-SM is pleased to announce that we have made funds available to support chapter members' attendance of Summit '11, the STC annual conference to be held from May 15–18 in Sacramento, CA. This is the third consecutive year we offered this opportunity. The reimbursement deadline is May 20, 2011; you have until the end of that day to submit your receipt from the conference. Remember, you must be an STC-SM member to receive reimbursement; make sure you are a member in good standing on May 21, 2011, and send us the necessary info, and you will receive a portion of the budgeted funds. We look forward to the possibility of seeing you in Sacramento!
The support program will work as it did last year: following the conference, the funds will be equally allocated among all members who submit receipts by May 20, 2011. The amount each member receives will depend on how many of our chapter members take advantage of the opportunity to attend the conference—a primary benefit of your STC membership.
Instructions for Reimbursement
To receive funds, you need to e-mail the STC-SM Summit Coordinator. Send us a receipt showing proof of your registration in electronic format as an e-mail attachment. Please remember to include the following information: first and last name, full mailing address of where you would like us to send the check, and the electronic copy of the conference registration receipt. We will determine award amounts and recipients following the conference, on May 21, 2011.
Please e-mail the the STC-SM Summit Coordinator if you have any questions or comments.
Academic Scholarship for Students in Technical Communication
As announced officially on the STC-SM Listserv, STC-SM is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity for students studying technical communication! This is the second consecutive year we have offered this opportunity, and we are excited to see some excellent applications. STC-SM will select two scholarship awards, each in the amount of $500, and each available to qualified applicants in either a recognized undergraduate or graduate technical communications program.
**New for 2011: The scholarship competition will also be open to graduate students!**
Download the application and instructions. If you have any questions or comments, or for more information, please feel free to e-mail the STC-SM Education Liaison.
STC-SM Scholarship Application Instructions
The STC-SM Scholarship Application Instructions document provides details about the scholarship program, including the guidelines, policies, eligibility, and procedures for applying. Click the links to view the documents online in PDF and Word formats, respectively, or right-click the links and select "Save Target As" to save the files to your hard drive. You can print the information from either file and complete the application in hardcopy, or use Word to enter your information.
STC-SM Scholarship Application Form
The STC-SM Scholarship Application Form includes fields to complete within Word, for providing your application information (Note: the application also requires other writing samples). Click the links to view the documents online in PDF and Word formats, respectively, or right-click the links and select "Save Target As" to save the files to your hard drive. You can print the information from either file and complete the application in hardcopy, or use Word to enter your information.
Online Member Portfolio Service
The STC-SM chapter is providing space through the chapter website to all of its members, primarily for the purpose of creating and maintaining an online portfolio for a professional job search. With STC-SM setting up and hosting a basic site, all you have to do is upload your resume and portfolio to get started. Where it goes from there is up to you, depending on your needs: you can upload text, photos, movies—whatever you think will best show off your skills to prospective employers.