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July 2011 News & Notes

STC News & Notes

 

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2,200 People Are On MySTC; Are You?

Over 2,200 members and nonmembers have already joined MySTC, the new social networking platform offered by STC. Are you one of them? If not, what are you waiting for? MySTC allows members to communicate, collaborate, and network with colleagues online. There's screen-sharing, discussion groups, chat, whiteboards, event listings, and so much more. You're even automatically placed into groups based on your communities! Find out what you're missing and join MySTC today!

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Last Chance to Nominate Members for STC Office

This is your last chance to submit nominations for STC office for 2012! The extended deadline for nominations closes 31 July. You can nominate yourself, or someone you feel would make an excellent Society-level officer, by completing the Nomination Form. For 2012, STC members will elect a Vice President, Secretary, Directors (four positions), and Nominating Committee members (two positions). See the STC election page for more information, descriptions of the roles, and to download a nomination form. The Nominating Committee will be contacting nominees over the next six weeks. If you, or the person you nominated, hasn't been contacted soon, please email stc_election@stc.org.

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Honoring and Thanking STC Fellow Avon Murphy

STC Fellow Avon Murphy recently stepped down after many years as book review editor for the Technical Communication journal after he finalized an eponymous endowment at his alma mater, Washington State University. His Tech Comm colleagues didn't let him leave empty-handed, however, surprising him with a donation of more than $1,800 towards his endowment at a breakfast during the Summit. STC thanks Avon for his years of service and congratulates him on the completion of his endowment! For more information about Avon and his career, read this article from his alumni newsletter, Nexus.

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STC India to Hold Conference 1-3 December; Call for Papers Closes 31 July

The STC India Chapter is already planning for its 13th annual conference, held this year in Chennai from 1-3 December. The call for papers for the conferences closes 31 July. For more information about the conference or to submit a proposal, visit the STC India conference website.

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August Webinars

STC webinars heat up in August, as some of the top presenters from the 2011 Summit take to the Web for one-hour live Web seminars. Leading off is Tristan Bishop presenting TechComm 2020: Get Vision, Be Ready, on 3 August, followed by Michael Opsteegh's Putting Your Best Font Forward on 10 August. On 17 August, Leah Guren steps up with Cut the Fluff (A Diet for Text-Bloated Docs), with Karen McGrane presenting We Are All Content Strategists Now on 24 August. The month closes with Peter Lubbers and HTML5: The Next Internet Gold Rush on 31 August. All webinars are Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT (GMT-4). Click the links for specific information on each webinar, or see the full schedule here.

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Certificate Courses, Too!

If you're looking for more than a one-hour webinar, the STC certificate courses might be what you're looking for. Multi-week, in-depth courses led by some of STC's brightest minds, these certificate courses are an excellent way to advance your career. There are currently six courses scheduled over the next few months, with more to be added soon!

Choose between Technical Editing Fundamentals (Michelle Corbin and Linda Oestreich), Undiscovered Country: Master Writer (Sharon Burton), DITA from Legacy to the Future (Bernard Aschwanden), Managing Virtual Teams (Kit Brown-Hoekstra), Tech Comm Manager (Saul Carliner), and Instructional Design for e-Learning (Phylise Banner). More will be added soon (including Leah Guren's popular TechComm 101 and 201 classes!) so keep coming back to the STC certificate course page for full details.

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Community Events

You can see a collection of events STC communities are hosting as part of STC's Notebook. Many of the events are online, and all STC members are invited. Some July events remain and August's events will be posted soon, so please bookmark the Community Events page and visit it regularly!

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STC Publications

Online access to Intercom and Technical Communication are part of your membership. View the latest issues of each for articles and research that can affect the way you do your job or give you a heads up on new ideas, tools, and theories. Don't forget, though, you must log in to read the full articles.

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STC's Notebook has compiled links to technical communication blogs, including the top 25 most influential bloggers (as named by MindTouch), member blogs, and important nonmember blogs. See the current list here. Want to see yours included? Email Kevin Cuddihy with the URL.

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Links of Interest

STC's Notebook provides a weekly set of Links of Interest most Fridays, with links to blogs and articles discovered through Twitter, emails, and other means over the previous week. The new News and Notes will include links to those blog postings so you can review the Links of Interest at your leisure. If you have a link you think other STC members would be interested in, please email Kevin Cuddihy.

 

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