Upcoming Webinar: Microcontent – Preparing Content for Intelligent Delivery

Join STC-Michigan Great Lakes and STC-Toronto on Tuesday, November 10, from 7–8:30 p.m. ET for the webinar Microcontent—Preparing Content for Intelligent Delivery presented by Joyce Lam!

About the Webinar

The path to intelligent microcontent is the next step in our journey in structured authoring. AI-powered cognitive content solutions perform best with content designed to be read by humans and processed by intelligent technologies. To deliver the right answer to prospects and customers, you need to optimize your content production approaches and begin crafting content with the precision humans appreciate and technology requires. Continue reading “Upcoming Webinar: Microcontent – Preparing Content for Intelligent Delivery”

Upcoming Webinar: Mastering Your Website 101

Join STC-MGL on Tuesday, October 20 from 7–8:30 p.m. EDT for the webinar Mastering Your Website 101 presented by Timothy Esposito!

Have you ever wanted to create your own website but feel too intimidated to start? Don’t know the difference between your HTTPs and your PHPs? Want to learn some tricks and tips for streamlining your web presence with social media? Then this is the webinar for you. During this event, we’ll go over the basics of creating and running a website using WordPress and cPanel, along with some additional tools designed to make your webmastering easier. Continue reading “Upcoming Webinar: Mastering Your Website 101”

Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: October 13

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting online 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! Continue reading “Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: October 13”

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.

I am registering for the networking event discussed in the post Join Us September 22 for the STC-MGL Virtual Open House.

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.

I am registering for the networking event discussed in the post Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: September 14.

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!

I am registering for the networking event discussed in the post Virtual End-of-Year Networking Event.

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!