March 2012 – intercom

Category: March 2012

Technical Communication Summit Sessions by Date and Time

STC presents the preliminary schedule of sessions for the 2012 Summit, being held 20–23 May in Rosemont, Illinois. The sessions are listed below in order of date and time, then alphabetically by session title. They include the session title, track, speakers, and description. This list is as of 19 March; see for any changes or additions. All below conference education sessions are included with your registration. Monday, 21 May 8:30–9:30 AM Karen McGrane, Adapting Ourselves to Adaptive Content Track: Content Strategy and Design Why do we waste time and money creating and recreating content instead of planning for content… Read the rest

Introducing the New STC Fellows and Associate Fellows

STC is pleased to announce that 17 distinguished members have been named Fellows and Associate Fellows of the Society. They will be recognized at the Honors Banquet at the 2012 STC Summit in Rosemont, IL. STC awards the rank of Associate Fellow to Senior Members who have attained distinction in the field of technical communication. The rank of STC Fellow is conferred upon Associate Fellows who have attained such eminence in the field of technical communication that the Board deems them worthy of being singled out as one of the select few who have distinguished the Society and the profession.… Read the rest

FYI: Mark Your Calendar

Organization events across the globe F.Y.I. lists information about nonprofit ventures only. Please send information to 2–3 April The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) hosts the Digital Impact Conference at the Sentry Center in New York, NY. For more information, contact: PRSA +1 (800) 350-0111 18–23 April The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) will hold its Performance Improvement Conference at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For more information, contact: ISPI +1 (301) 587-8570 19–21 April The American Society for Indexing (ASI) will be holding its annual conference at the Bahia Resort in… Read the rest

Looking Back: A Progressive Path in TC

By Daniel Maddux | Member The path Most technical communicators seem to fall into the profession. I didn’t. Coming out of high school, I knew that I wanted to be a writer. But what kind of writer? I love creative writing, but I had no intention of being a starving artist. I took a technical writing course as a sophomore in college, and was immediately hooked. What drew me in was the challenge of making information work for people. It wasn’t like creative writing, wherein I express myself and hopefully other people get something out of it. No, with technical… Read the rest

Social Media Insights<br/>Are You Drowning in Social Media?

By Rich Maggiani Social media has transformed the way we communicate. This column discusses the intricacies and ramifications that social media has on our everyday personal and professional lives. Suggestions for topics are welcome. Email me at After spending an inordinate amount of time meeting three deadlines last week, I decided to cruise a bit the next morning and spend some time surfing through the social media sites in which I participate. I started with Twitter. In the first hour, I received 206 tweets, or one every 18 seconds. I also received almost 150 updates from my LinkedIn connections,… Read the rest

The Academic Conversation:<br/>CPTC Certification: What’s in it for Academics?<br/>(Part 1)

By Thomas Barker | Fellow This column focuses on a broad range of practical academic issues from teaching and training to professional concerns, research, and technologies of interest to teachers, students, and researchers. Please send comments and suggestions to or the column blog at In this and my next column, I would like to address some concerns that academics might have about the STC-sponsored, third-party certification program that provides the “Certified Professional in Technical Communication™” credential, or CPTC. To prepare for this work, I interviewed persons involved in the creation and ongoing development of the program, and I… Read the rest

Sigma Tau Chi

STC sponsors Sigma Tau Chi (STX) to recognize exemplary technical communication students in baccalaureate or graduate programs. STX recognizes students enrolled in technical communication programs who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above, are exemplary in participation in STC, and demonstrate a potential for significant contribution to the profession. Students who are accepted into Sigma Tau Chi receive one year’s membership in STC, a pin, and a t-shirt. The committee this year includes Pam Brewer, David Dayton, Ken Kittle, and Herb Smith. This year, one student rose above and received this honor, Bethany Bowles from the University… Read the rest

Ken Rainey Award

The Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research was established by STC in 2006 to celebrate and honor Professor Ken Rainey’s passion for research that results in improvements to technical communication, especially to practice. The goal of the award is to encourage quality and excellence in technical communication research by honoring those whose research studies have made an outstanding contribution to the field. The committee for this year’s award is George Hayhoe, Maryann Bowen, Barbara Giammona, Judy Ramey, and Stephanie Rosenbaum. This year’s honorees are Ann Blakeslee and Menno de Jong. The citations read: Ann Blakeslee For her leading-edge research… Read the rest

Jay R. Gould Award

The Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication honors the distinguished teaching career of the late Professor Gould, whose academic mentorship guided many into the technical communication profession. To be eligible for the award, a nominee must have been a member of the Society for Technical Communication for at least ten years and must have been involved in postsecondary education for at least fifteen years. The committee this year includes Thomas Barker, Maury Maryanow, and Sonya Borton. This year’s honorees are Dr. George Hayhoe and Dr. Paul Anderson. Committee chair Thomas Barker stated, “The J. R. Gould… Read the rest