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Academic SIG Poster Competition Showcases Student Research at the Summit

By Sally Henschel | Student Liaison, STC Academic SIG Adaline Haseltine Samantha Gale The Academic SIG student poster competition offers students an opportunity to present their work at the largest technical communication conference in the country, “virtually,” at no cost. Given the current emphasis in academia on both undergraduate and graduate research, we encourage faculty preparing their upcoming syllabi to encourage students to enter the STC Academic SIG Student Poster Competition in early 2013. For the 2012 Summit, the Academic SIG made a few changes to the annual student competition: 1) selected students could elect to present in person at… Read the rest

Partnerships for Professionalism: Collaboration, Diversity, and Technology in Academia and Industry

By Sally Henschel | Senior Member The STC Academic SIG, in cooperation with the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC), invites you to join us for a one-day Partnership Preconference on Thursday, 27 September 2012, the day before the annual CPTSC conference being hosted at Michigan Tech University in Houghton, MI. The preconference theme, Partnerships for Professionalism: Collaboration, Diversity, and Technology in Academia and Industry, reflects our SIG’s main objectives: to bridge academic and industry interests and foster conversation between practitioners and educators. This year, we plan to incorporate many of the successful elements and suggestions from… Read the rest

Are You a Jolly Good Fellow? Applications Due 15 October 2012

By Cindy Currie-Clifford | Chair, Fellows Nominating Committee Each year, the STC Fellows Nominating Committee invites STC Associate Fellows who have held that rank for three years or more to submit an application to the committee for possible elevation to the rank of STC Fellow. This honor recognizes members’ significant achievements in and contributions to the field of technical communication and sustained and significant service to STC. It is the highest honor that STC can bestow upon a member. If you are an STC Associate Fellow who was inducted to that rank at or prior to the 2010 STC Technical… Read the rest

Associate Fellow Recommendations Due Tuesday, 9 October 2012

By Linda Oestreich | Chair, Associate Fellows Committee Each year, STC members and communities have the opportunity to recommend senior members for the rank of STC Associate Fellow to the Associate Fellows Committee. This honor recognizes members’ achievements in the field of technical communication, contributions to STC, or both. Any voting member of STC may submit a nominee’s application to the Associate Fellows Committee, including those who wish to apply on their own behalf. The committee reviews each nominee’s application and contacts the identified references. Based on evaluation of the information collected, the committee forwards nominees to the STC Board… Read the rest

Nomination Process Opens for STC Academic Awards

By Cindy Currie-Clifford | Chair, Recognitions Committee STC recognizes individual member achievement through several award programs. Below is information on the academic award programs and their deadlines. Sigma Tau Chi and Alpha Sigma Honor Societies STC sponsors two honorary societies for students. Sigma Tau Chi (STX) recognizes students in baccalaureate or graduate programs while Alpha Sigma (AS) recognizes those in two-year or certificate programs. Both societies recognize students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above, are active STC members, and demonstrate a potential for significant contribution to the profession. Nominations are due by 1 October 2012.… Read the rest

International Summit Awards Best of Show Winner Announced

By the 2012 International Summit Awards Committee Emily Serna accepts the Best of Show award at the Honors Banquet. The International Summit Awards Best of Show winner, announced at the 2012 Summit, is “The Road to Financial Wellness—Financial Education Workbook” by PricewaterhouseCoopers. This entry was submitted by Emily Serna and included contributor Donna Goodwin, and came from the New York Metro Chapter. The judges wrote of the entry, “A superb example of design and information architecture, everything about this piece is a call to action and a promise that by following simple steps, you can improve your financial health. This… Read the rest

Planning Has Begun for the 2013 Summit in Atlanta

By Paul Mueller Work has begun on the education program for the 2013 Technical Communication Summit. The Summit will be held 5–8 May 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. The program advisory committee has selected track managers and proposal reviewers, and the program team has reviewed outstanding feedback and suggestions from the 2012 Summit. We plan to provide valuable sessions in the following areas: Content strategy and design Content development and delivery Web design and development People, project, and business management User experience and accessibility Education and training Professional development The Summit will include visual design, social media, and academic/research topics across… Read the rest

A Student Perspective on Summit 2012

By Samantha Gale | Student Member My journey to the 2012 Summit began this past January. I was in the second semester of my junior year at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, where we unfortunately do not have a student chapter of STC. In fact, I never would have known about the Society’s existence if it weren’t for my senior seminar class, taught by Dr. Pam Estes Brewer, a longtime STC member. As a class project, we researched topics related to technical communication and wrote articles for the Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (BOK). The assignment was presented to… Read the rest