My name is Katherine Pavlovic, and I’m the president of STC-SM for the 2019-2020 program year. Although we are already a couple months in, I would like to officially welcome you to another exciting and captivating year with the Society for Technical Communication, Southeastern Michigan chapter.
Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to serve as vice president of the chapter, and during this time, I have gained invaluable knowledge and leadership skills from those who have come before me. The foundation that our past STC-SM leaders built for us is strong and resilient, and I’m deeply excited to continue building upon this structure in innovative and creative ways that will lead us towards a bright future within the tech comm industry.
Over the past year we have implemented some new initiatives to encourage participation, collaboration, and connection among our chapter members. Some of these include: the Active Membership Program, Virtual Coffee Meetups, and our Virtual Book Club.
Active Membership Program
The Active Membership Program is a new initiative that we have rolled out this year. It’s really our way of saying “Thank you!” for your participation and dedication to the STC-SM chapter. Whether you volunteer at our events, write for the blog, work on the council, attend in-person programs, or listen in on our virtual events, you can now earn points for the various ways you are involved with the chapter. At the end of our program year, if you’ve achieved 15 points, you will win a prize! You can earn points from July to June each year. For a full description of the program and the various ways to achieve points, visit the Active Membership Program page on our website for more information.
Virtual Coffee Meetups
Last year, we launched our first Virtual Coffee Meetup. This monthly event provides a way for you to gather, connect, and discuss trends with other technical communicators in the area. We typically hold our virtual coffee meetups on the second Wednesday of each month, from 12-1 p.m. using Zoom. One of the greatest benefits of being an STC-SM chapter member is the connections you make with other local members; our virtual coffee meetup provides you with this opportunity! We encourage you to join us with your favorite beverage (or your lunch) for a laid-back conversation with your chapter members during one of these meetups.
Virtual Book Club
Have you ever wanted to continue reading books within the industry but never seem to have the time? Well, STC-SM now hosts a virtual book club twice per year, where we read a technical communication book and meet to discuss the concepts covered in the book. This is a fantastic way to stay abreast of new information within the tech comm field and to bounce ideas off other professionals.
We choose books written by some of the most esteemed thinkers in our industry. For our most recent book club, we read Peter Morville’s book Intertwingled. In the past, we have also read Steven Pinker’s The Sense of Style and Alan Alda’s If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating.
We’ve already held two programs this year, but we have more on the way! Keep your eyes open for these upcoming events!
- November: Accessibility: Expanding the Reach of Your Technical Communication Work
- December: Holiday Mixer
- January: More Lessons Learned: What Harry Potter Professors Can Teach Us About Instructional Design
- February: All About the STC Body of Knowledge (BOK)
- March: Authoring in Extended Reality Environments
- April: Content Strategy and Tech Comm
- May: AgileIRL (In Real Life)
- May: Virtual Book Club
- and more!
To hear about our upcoming programs and networking events, here are some things you can do:
- Check out the Events page on our website
- Visit the #events channel in our Slack workspace
- Follow us on social media and watch for our posts (we’re on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook!)
- Watch your email for our email communications
Volunteer with us!
We’re always looking for volunteers! Whether you want to start out small or go all out, we have an opportunity for you! To learn more about volunteer opportunities, you can check out the Get Involved page on our website or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and I look forward to serving you throughout the rest of the program year!