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President's Message: STC Carolina Awarded at Summit 2012
2012, Q2 (July 03, 2012)
By Andrea Wenger, Chapter President

Andrea Wenger
Andrea Wenger

One of the primary benefits of STC membership is exposure to experts in the field through the education programs the Society offers. Chief among them is the annual Technical Communication Summit, held this year in Rosemont, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. As chapter president, I was pleased to be able to represent the STC Carolina chapter at Leadership Day and at the Honors Banquet.

Leadership Day

Leadership Day is a chance for community volunteers to hear from the board about Society initiatives, and also to network with volunteers from other communities to share ideas and best practices. Through my interactions with other chapter leaders, I learned of two regional events that may be of interest to our chapter members:

The East Tennessee chapter is holding their annual Practical Conference on Communication (PCOC) October 26–27 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The theme is “It's a Wild, Wild WIKI* World.” For more information, visit the website: http://www.stc-etc.org/pcoc/

The Atlanta chapter is holding a workshop with Leah Guren of the Israel chapter on November 2–3 (more details will be available soon). Leah teaches the Tech Comm 101 and Tech Comm 201 certificate courses offered by STC. This is an excellent opportunity for members new to the field or those who want to brush up on their skills to learn from one of the world’s leading tech comm instructors.

Honors Banquet

At the Honors Banquet, the chapter was recognized as a Community of Excellence “for your successful merger with the STC Foothills Chapter, your strong commitment to partnering with other STC chapters, streamlining your competitions, and your innovative unconference.” About a dozen members were on stage to accept the award.

In addition, four of our members were recognized for their individual achievements:

John Kohl was inducted as an STC Associate Fellow. John is the author of The Global English Style Guide: Writing Clear, Translatable Documentation for a Global Audience. An authority on writing for translation and non-native speakers, John holds an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language. He works at SAS Institute as a linguistic engineer.

Lori Meyer was also inducted as an associate fellow. Lori is a senior technical writer in northern California. Thanks to the magic of technology, she currently serves STC on the administrative council of the Carolina and Rochester chapters, as co-manager of the Technical Editing SIG, and as a member of the Community Affairs Outreach and Membership Committees. She also volunteers with several other STC communities.

Pat Moell was inducted as an STC Fellow. Pat is a manager of the Technical Editing department at SAS Institute in Cary, NC. She has been a member of STC for over 20 years. A former co-manager of the STC Technical Editing SIG, Pat has also served the STC Carolina chapter as a competitions judge. She has presented at numerous STC events including the annual conference.

Lisa Pappas was also inducted as an STC Fellow. Lisa is a Customer Experience Tester at SAS. She served the STC AccessAbility SIG as co-manager, advocating accessibility as a matter of social justice. She has volunteered with the STC Carolina chapter as treasurer, online competition entries manager, and online competition judge. From 2007 to 2009, Lisa took on the role of director-at-large at the Society level.
Of course, the main reason to attend the Summit is for the educational sessions.

Congratulations to this year’s honorees, and thank you for your service to the chapter!

Educational Sessions

Of course, the main reason to attend the Summit is for the educational sessions. With over 80 sessions to choose from, it was hard to decide! That’s why I’m so glad STC offers Summit@aClick, an online collection of the conference’s content, with audio and PowerPoint synched together. Access to Summit@aClick is free with attendance at the Summit. If you attended the Summit, you should have received an email with your username and password. If you did not receive an email with this information, please contact Lloyd Tucker at lloyd dot tucker at stc dot org.

If you weren’t able to attend, you can purchase Summit@aClick at the discounted rate of $149 for members and $299 for Not Yet Members through July 13. After that, the price goes up to $249 for members and $499 for Not Yet Members.

Next year’s conference is May 5-8 in Atlanta. Expect a big celebration, since this will be STC’s 60th anniversary! Need some tips to convince your boss you should attend? Visit the STC’s website for the sample letter, How to Justify Attending the STC Summit in Today’s Economy: http://summit.stc.org/program-info/convince-your-boss/

Hope to see you in Atlanta in 2013!

Andrea can be reached at president at stc-carolina dot org. End of article.

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