STC-SM Receives Awards at Summit

On Sunday, May 5, 2019, three members of the STC-SM chapter attended Leadership Day at the STC Summit in Denver, Colorado. Katherine Baeckeroot, Maryann Bowen, and Kelly Smith participated in networking and breakout sessions with other STC committee, SIG, and chapter members. In addition, we accepted two awards on behalf of our chapter: the Platinum Community Achievement Award (CAA) and the Pacesetter Award. Continue reading “STC-SM Receives Awards at Summit”

May 22: The Power of Single-Sourcing in Ann Arbor

Every day, technical communications professionals are faced with maintaining their current productivity in the face of increasing product complexity, increasing number of languages, increasing volume of documentation, increasing product overlap and shorter product life cycles.

No matter how large or small, how new or how old your company is, or what technology or service your company provides, these challenges must be met without the luxury of expanded resources. Continue reading “May 22: The Power of Single-Sourcing in Ann Arbor”

Recap: STC-SM & WMS Joint Networking Event

Photograph of Michigan STC members at MSU.
Left to right: Alison Phillips, Pat Martz, Deb Stacy, Katherine Baeckeroot, Kelly Smith, Maryann Bowen, and Peggy Fizzo in the greenhouse after a visit to Michigan State’s butterflies.

On April 28, 2019, the Southeastern Michigan and West Michigan Shores chapters held a joint networking event at the Michigan State Horticulture Gardens and Butterfly House in East Lansing. The April weather was kind to us—we dodged the snow and enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day among the butterflies and plants. Continue reading “Recap: STC-SM & WMS Joint Networking Event”

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.

Joint STC Chapter Networking in East Lansing on April 28

Spring is here, and what better way to celebrate it than to get outside with your tech comm peers? Join members from the STC Southeastern Michigan and West Michigan Shores chapters in East Lansing for a stroll and some professional networking at the Michigan State Horticulture Gardens and Butterfly House. Continue reading “Joint STC Chapter Networking in East Lansing on April 28”

NEO STC Presents the Fourth Industrial Revolution on April 11

Our friends in northeast Ohio have invited Peter “Scotch” Scocimara, Senior Director, Cloud Support, Google Cloud, to speak on April 11, 2019, about The Fourth Industrial Revolution – Preparing for an A.I. World. Fittingly, this event  will be held through Gotomeeting. For more information and to register, go to the EventBrite listing.

Virtual Book Club—April 2019

Mark your calendars! Our next virtual book club takes place on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. During this event, we will discuss Alan Alda’s book: If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating. This virtual book club event is open to anyone—whether or not you’re a member of STC or STC-SM—so even if you’re just interested in some edifying discussions, you’re welcome to join us! Continue reading “Virtual Book Club—April 2019”

Upcoming Program March 12: Technical Writing: Passion and Purpose

We all need passion and purpose in life, whether we’re going for a degree, getting started with a career, or working as an experienced technical writer. In this program, Dave Robbins pulls from his decades of experience in the field to share career insights focused on putting users first. He’ll provide examples of documentation and user help, and you’ll gain some helpful perspectives about technical writing.

Please register by Monday, March 11. Continue reading “Upcoming Program March 12: Technical Writing: Passion and Purpose”

STC Webinar February 21 on Data Privacy and Content Delivery

Fabrice Lacroix, CEO of Fluid Topics, will present a webinar: Is Content Delivery Possible Without Breaching New Data-Privacy Regulations? Learn about the new global privacy rules and how they will impact your operations.

This webinar will be on Thursday, February 21, 2019, from 2–3 p.m.; registered attendees will receive a link to the recording. Read more and register for this STC webinar.