Virtual Coffee Meetup Coming Up on September 11

It’s that time of year again! Fall is upon us, so it’s back to school and time to kick off the STC-SM program year. Our first virtual coffee meetup of the fall will be held on Wednesday, September 11 from 12–1 p.m. EST on Zoom! Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-SM 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

Wednesday, September 11
12–1 p.m. EST

Where

Zoom

Register here!

Please register by September 10. We will send you instructions on how to join us.

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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”

STC-SM Receives Awards at Summit

On Sunday, May 5, 2019, three members of the STC-SM chapter attended Leadership Day at the STC Summit in Denver, Colorado. Katherine Baeckeroot, Maryann Bowen, and Kelly Smith participated in networking and breakout sessions with other STC committee, SIG, and chapter members. In addition, we accepted two awards on behalf of our chapter: the Platinum Community Achievement Award (CAA) and the Pacesetter Award. Continue reading “STC-SM Receives Awards at Summit”

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”

Recap: STC-SM & WMS Joint Networking Event

Photograph of Michigan STC members at MSU.
Left to right: Alison Phillips, Pat Martz, Deb Stacy, Katherine Baeckeroot, Kelly Smith, Maryann Bowen, and Peggy Fizzo in the greenhouse after a visit to Michigan State’s butterflies.

On April 28, 2019, the Southeastern Michigan and West Michigan Shores chapters held a joint networking event at the Michigan State Horticulture Gardens and Butterfly House in East Lansing. The April weather was kind to us—we dodged the snow and enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day among the butterflies and plants. Continue reading “Recap: STC-SM & WMS Joint Networking Event”

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”