The 2020 STC Election is Open

The 2020 Society for Technical Communication (STC) election is now open and runs through March 9 at 5:00 PM ET. This is your opportunity to select the future leaders of the STC!

You can see the election slate and learn more about the candidates here: https://www.stc.org/wiki/elections/2020-election-slate/

Check your inbox and cast your vote today!

If you joined the STC or renewed your STC membership before January 31, 2020, you are eligible to vote and should have received an email from the STC with a link and instructions to cast your ballot.

If you are an eligible STC member and did not receive voting instructions, please email stc@stc.org.

World IA Day is February 22

What is World IA Day?

World IA Day was created to celebrate Information Architecture (IA) and to empower local leaders to keep growing and sharing ideas within their communities. The focus of the 2020 celebration is “The IA Element,” which highlights IA as the element that ties different ideas, developers, and end users together. Visit the World IA Day website to see a list of World IA Day events happening all over the country and around the globe! Continue reading “World IA Day is February 22”

Start the New Decade with New Opportunities!

It’s not only a new year around the corner; it’s a new decade! Why not kick it off with a renewed sense of purpose in your personal and professional growth? STC-SM has a wealth of opportunities in 2020 for you to add a new volunteer role, council member title, or published article to your resume. Or perhaps you just want to expand your network and engage with other technical communicators? How about gaining leadership experience? Fortunately, our chapter offers ways for you to explore all of these areas, and more! Continue reading “Start the New Decade with New Opportunities!”

End-of-Year Recognition and Networking Dinner on June 27

Please join us on June 27 in Plymouth to celebrate the end of our exciting 2018-2019 program year! We’ll enjoy delicious Italian fare and hear from those who attended the STC Summit in Denver, share our personal highlights and our accomplishments as a chapter, and recognize some outstanding contributions from STC-SM council members!

When

Thursday, June 27
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Where

Pizza e Vino
849 Penniman Ave.
Plymouth, MI 48170
(734) 254-0275
City of Plymouth parking map

All are welcome, so please bring a friend! STC membership is not a requirement to attend. The conversation and camaraderie are free, but everyone picks up the tab for their own food and drinks.

Registration

Please RSVP by June 26 so we can save you a seat.

I am registering for the networking event discussed in the post End-of-Year Recognition and Networking Dinner on June 27.

We hope to see you there!

Results of the STC-SM 2019-2020 Chapter Council Election

A big thank you to those of you who voted in the STC-SM chapter council election. The voting period is now over, and here are the official results!

There were 12 ballots submitted from 32 eligible voters, which is a 38% response rate. Each of the following candidates received 100% of the vote (12 votes) to confirm their council positions for the upcoming program year. There were no write-in candidates.

President: Katherine Baeckeroot
Vice President: Lynnette Pryce
Treasurer: Pat Gómez Martz
Secretary: Heather Shelly
Nominations Committee: Maryann Bowen

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 STC-SM chapter council! Thank you for generously volunteering your time and effort to serve as chapter leaders. We appreciate your commitment and look forward to the coming year!

Program Recap: The Power of Single-Sourcing

On May 22, 2019, STC-SM welcomed Liz Fraley to Ann Arbor all the way from the STC East Bay Chapter in California. In addition to being a prolific speaker and well-known contributor in the technical communication community, Liz is the founder of Single-Sourcing Solutions, TC Camp, and the TC Dojo. Liz spoke with us for over an hour and engaged us in a fascinating discussion about a topic she understands deeply: The Power of Single-Sourcing. Continue reading “Program Recap: The Power of Single-Sourcing”

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”