Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: October 13

Join us over lunch and your beverage of choice.

Online. Please register by October 12, end of business, so that we can send you login instructions.

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting on Tuesday, October 13, from 12-1 p.m. ET. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-MGL members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us!

When

Tuesday, October 13
12–1 PM ET

Where

Zoom

Register here!

Please register by the end of the day, October 12. We will send you instructions on how to join us.

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Opportunity is Knocking!

The STC Michigan Great Lakes (STC-MGL) chapter is having a logo design contest!

You could win a $50 Amazon gift card by designing a logo for the new STC-MGL chapter, formed when the STC Southeastern Michigan and West Michigan Shores chapters merged. The chosen logo will be used throughout our social media platforms, on our website, and in our supplementary materials.

Requirements

  1. Use a vector-based application, such as Adobe Illustrator or Affinity Designer, to design a logo based on our mission and goals. To learn more about our chapter, visit our chapter website and visit the STC website to learn more about the organization.
  2. Images must be completely vector-based and licensed or free for website and print use.
  3. Up to three submissions per person. Submit entries to our council.

Technical specifications

  1. The submission should be a ZIP package containing a total of six files, a 5-page editable PDF file, with one variation per artboard, and a PNG generated from each artboard, as follows:
    • The general site or application icon is 512 x 512 pixels at 72 ppi. This is also used for social media.
    • The masthead for the website is 1200 x 280 pixels at 72ppi.
    • The T-shirt template is 2000 x 2000 pixels at 200ppi.
    • The travel mug template is 916 x 582 pixels at 200ppi.
    • A logo no more than 800 pixels wide at 300ppi for use on a three-fold brochure.
  2. All art must be vector based so that we can generate art at new sizes as requirements change.
  3. The background for all images must be transparent.
  4. Use colors and fonts that will coordinate with the current website theme.

Other Details

Submission deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Judging: The STC-MGL Council will review the entries and select a winner who will be notified by November 13, 2020 via email. We reserve the right to declare that there is no winner.

Prize: $50 Amazon gift card and credit on the STC-MGL website for at least 6 months, as well as permanent portfolio rights.

Here are some chapter logos at work for inspiration:

Here are our previous chapter logos:

These are our current logos:

App icons are 512 x 512 pixels so they will work everywhere.

The current masthead is 1200 x 280 pixels, a requirement that is tied to the theme.

Join Us September 22 for the STC-MGL Virtual Open House

Welcome to the 2020–2021 program year! We are kicking it off as the newly formed STC Michigan Great Lakes, STC-MGL, chapter. We look forward to working with you as we create deeper connections and strengthen our tech comm community.

To begin this program year, we are holding a virtual open house! Please join us on Tuesday, September 22 from 7–8:30 p.m. EDT, where you’ll have an opportunity to learn about STC and STC-MGL, meet our newly elected council members, and hear about the different ways you can grow personally and professionally through our upcoming networking events and programs.

This virtual open house is open to all and will be a perfect opportunity to learn, ask questions, tell us more about yourself, and share any ideas you have about the direction the STC-MGL chapter will take this fall and next spring!

When

Tuesday, September 22, 7–8:30 p.m. EDT

Where

Virtual using Zoom

Register here!

Please register by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 21. We will send you instructions on how to join us.

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Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: September 14

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting on Monday, September 14, from 12-1 p.m. ET. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-MGL members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us!

When

Monday, September 14
12–1 PM ET

Where

Zoom

Register here!

Please register by the end of the day, September 13. We will send you instructions on how to join us.

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2020 STC Virtual Summit Recap

The 2020 STC Summit was different than years past — this year there was no travel to a new city, no dinners out, and no late nights at the hotel bar — but what we got more than made up for that. In the switch from in-person to virtual, the number of attendees went down, but those of us who attended had a blast! Just over 400 people attended Summit over four days to take in more than 90 education sessions, 2 keynotes, the virtual expo hall, live music from several artists, trivia night, a virtual escape room, tech comm story time, networking lounges, honors ceremony, bookstore, and a fantastic afterparty. In addition, attendees chatted on two Slack channels, organized impromptu Zoom meetings, and have kept the excitement going after Summit with virtual game nights, a Slack channel for crafters, and more networking than ever before. Continue reading “2020 STC Virtual Summit Recap”

Virtual End-of-Year Networking Event

Please join us on Thursday, June 18, to celebrate the end of our successful 2019–2020 program year!

During this networking event we’ll share our personal highlights and accomplishments as a chapter, recognize outstanding contributions from council members, and introduce you to the new 2020–2021 STC Michigan Great Lakes chapter executive council.

When

Thursday, June 18
6:00–7:30 p.m.

Where

Virtual using Zoom

Register Here!

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STC Michigan Great Lakes Chapter Election Results

The 2020-2021 results of the STC Michigan Great Lakes Chapter Council Election are in! Many thanks to everyone who voted.

The STC Michigan Great Lakes chapter council officers for the 2020–2021 program year are:

  • Co-Presidents: Peggy Frizzo and Lynnette Pryce
  • Immediate Past President: Katherine Baeckeroot-Pavlovic
  • Vice President: Shannon Lewis-Hillstrom
  • Co-Treasurers: Pat Martz and Stephanie Sines
  • Secretary: Nikita Kennard

Committees:

  • Membership Manager and Social Media Manager: Kelly Smith
  • Event Registration: Heather Shelley
  • Nominations Committee: Maryann Bowen and Alison Phillips

We thank all of our volunteers council members and committee members for offering their time and talent to lead our chapter during our transition year!

Webinar: Mastering Your Website

Join us on Thursday, June 4, 2020, for the webinar, Mastering Your Website, presented by Timothy Esposito.

About the Webinar

You have created your domain, selected a hosting company, and installed WordPress. Your site is up and running, but is fairly straightforward and simple, and missing its 15 pieces of flair. Learn how to improve your site by integrating social media, mail lists, event calendars, and more. Go under the hood and tighten security, scan for viruses, have Google analyze your site visits, optimize for search engines, and FTP files to/from your web server. Work towards mastering your website!

About the Audience

This webinar is for those currently serving as webmasters, are incoming webmasters, or are interested in learning more about using WordPress and cPanel for their website.

About Our Speaker

Timothy Esposito is the incoming STC Secretary and an STC Fellow with over 20 years of technical communication experience. He has been the President, VP, treasurer, webmaster, and scholarship manager of the STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter. He lives just outside Philadelphia with his wife and son.

When

Thursday, June 4, 2020
7–8:30 p.m.

Please register by the close of business Wednesday, June 3, so that we have time to send you the login information prior to the event.

Where

Zoom

Cost

  • Students: free
  • STC members*: $10
  • Non-members: $20

* Honorary members for the evening: employees of the sponsoring organization and members of partner organizations (UXPA, CHI, and ASTD)

Virtual Book Club Meets May 21

Our next virtual book club is just around the corner! We’ll be meeting on Thursday, May 21 from 7–8:30 p.m. in the book_club channel in Slack.
During this event, we will discuss Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. If you haven’t grabbed your copy of the book yet—there’s still time! Even if you don’t finish the book, you’re more than welcome to join in on the discussion. What better way to spend your quarantine than discussing grammar and punctuation with other tech comm professionals?

We hope you will join us!

When

Thursday, May 21
7–8:30 p.m. EST

Where

Book_club channel in Slack

Register Here!

Please register by 5:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 20. We will send you instructions on how to join us.

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About the Book

You guessed it: this book is all about punctuation and grammar. In her book, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, Lynne Truss takes us on a journey to discuss the history of italics, hyphens, commas, apostrophes, and more. She uses humor and hyperbole to explain how vital accurate grammar and punctuation are to our understanding of information. Her philosophy is replete with comical examples, so even if you don’t find yourself a strict grammarian, you might get a laugh out of those who do.

About the Author

Throughout her career, Lynne Truss has been a journalist, author, broadcaster, editor, and more. Although she claims not to be a “grammarian,” she cares deeply about the state of the world’s grammatical literacy and continues to fight the good grammar fight. For more information, you can visit Lynne Truss’s website.