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”

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”

Virtual Open House on Thursday, January 31

A new year is here, and it is full of possibilities…so let’s talk about them! As the snow swirls outside, you can join us from the comfort of your home for a virtual open house on Thursday, January 31 to hear about what’s happening in the STC-SM chapter, learn more about the STC-SM council members, and meet other chapter members! Continue reading “Virtual Open House on Thursday, January 31”

Program Recap: Part 2 of Face-to-face vs. Computer-Mediated Communication Panel Discussion at LTU

Our November panel and moderator. From left to right: Chalice Randazzo, Steven Krause, Rich Leazer, Maryann Bowen, and moderator, Corinne Stavish.

On Wednesday, November 28, an audience of students and technical communications professionals gathered at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Southfield for a panel discussion that continued where our October 2017 program left off on discussing the advantages and drawbacks of face-to-face vs. computer-mediated communication. Because our last panel focused primarily on face-to-face interactions, this panel discussed computer-mediated communication (CMC) which, for many of us, is the dominant form of communication in our professional lives. Continue reading “Program Recap: Part 2 of Face-to-face vs. Computer-Mediated Communication Panel Discussion at LTU”

Updates from the President

Welcome to the STC Southeastern Michigan Chapter 2018-2019 program year. Fall is officially in full swing, and I want to share some highlights about our ongoing chapter initiatives and upcoming events. Over the summer, we sent a survey to all STC-SM members to gather ideas that can help us offer the most value to chapter membership. Thank you to all who participated! Member feedback and collaboration is at the heart of the STC community, and I believe it is one of the most valuable aspects of chapter membership. Please read on to learn about ways to collaborate, learn, and grow with fellow STC-SM members! Continue reading “Updates from the President”

Upcoming Program: Reuse and Reduce Tips for Authoring

Please join us on October 29 in Ann Arbor, where Pushpinder Toor from PTC will discuss how reusing content cuts costs and saves time on writing, editing, publishing, and localization. What are some of the different ways you can reuse using XML? Learn some tips and tricks as well as industry practices for reusing content. You will also see some demonstrations on how to reuse content in everyday authoring using Arbortext Editor.

Please register by Friday, October 26.

When

Monday, October 29

  • 6:30 pm: Networking and light refreshments
  • 7:00 pm: Presentation

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STC Regional Technical Communication Competition Call for Entries

Have you produced or contributed to technical communication products that you think are worthy of awards, or would you like feedback on a project you are currently working on?

This year, the STC-SM chapter is teaming up with the STC West Michigan Shores (WMS) chapter to host the STC Regional Technical Communication Competition! Entries must qualify as technical communication in one of the following categories: informational, instructional, user support, or promotional material.

Why enter your work in this competition? Among other reasons, a technical communication competition provides a fantastic opportunity to:

  • focus and develop your current portfolio of work
  • receive constructive feedback and valuable insights from experienced technical communications professionals
  • boost your confidence and pride in your individual or team accomplishments
  • obtain recognition within the STC organization and greater community of technical communications professionals
  • add an accolade to your résumé

The call for entries is now open! You do not need to be a member of STC to enter your work, and group entries are also welcome. For details on entry eligibility and fees, how to submit an entry, and more, see the STC Regional Technical Communication Competition page. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 2, so don’t delay!

Welcome Back Networking Evening: Sept 18 in Ypsilanti

Want to meet with technical communicators from various backgrounds or learn more about the STC community? Please join us for the first networking event of the 2018-2019 STC program year on Tuesday, September 18, at Cultivate in Ypsilanti. All are welcome, including students, technical communicators, or anyone interested in STC.

When: Tuesday, September 18, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Cultivate Coffee Bar and Tap House, 307 N River St, Ypsilanti, MI

As always, the conversation is free; everyone is responsible for his or her own tab. RSVPs are appreciated so we know how many seats to reserve. We hope to see you there!

End-of-Year Networking Event in Ann Arbor

As our 2017–2018 program year comes to a close, we invite you to gather with us on June 14 for dinner, networking, and awards. We will share experiences from recent conferences like the STC Summit in Orlando, talk about the highlights of our program year, and recognize some  outstanding contributions from STC-SM chapter members! Continue reading “End-of-Year Networking Event in Ann Arbor”