September 2011 News & Notes

STC News & Notes



Table of Contents


Call for Proposals for 2012 Summit

The Society for Technical Communication invites you to contribute your ideas, studies, experience, and expertise the 2012 Summit, STC’s 59th Annual Conference. Deadline is Wednesday, 28 September at 10:00 AM EDT (GMT-4). All proposals must be submitted through the online submission system. For more information, including general information about the conference, descriptions of the individual tracks within the education program, descriptions of session formats and required supporting materials, answers to key questions, and a proposal checklist, visit the Call for Proposals website.

Please note, progressions are being handled differently this year. To integrate the progressions more closely with the Summit program this year, all progression speakers need to submit their progression topic ideas through the Call for Proposals. See STC's Notebook for more information on submitting a proposal for a progression.


Associate Fellow Nominations, Fellow Applications Now Open

The nomination period for Associate Fellow is now open, with a deadline of 17 October. Beginning this year, Senior Members may self-nominate for this honor. See the Associate Fellow Guidelines on the STC website for details. The website also includes the nomination form, the list of previous honorees, and more.

Applications for Fellow are also due 17 October. STC members who have held the rank of Associate Fellow for at least three years are eligible to be considered for advancement to the rank of Fellow. Qualified Associate Fellows will be contacted and invited to present their credentials for review by the Fellows Committee. If you are not contacted and believe you are eligible, please contact Fellows Committee Chair Mary Wise. For more details on both honors, visit STC's Notebook.


Community Achievement Award Applications and Guidelines Posted

The 2011 Community Achievement Award Guidelines and applications are now available. SIGs, Chapters, and Student Chapters are all eligible to apply for the Community Achievement Awards. There are three levels of recognition: Merit, Excellence, and Distinction. The CAAs will be awarded at the 2012 STC Summit in Chicago-Rosemont. Based on their applications, two of the CAA honorees will also be recognized as "Most Improved Community" and "Community of the Year." Applications and supporting materials are due 23 January 2012.


Other STC Deadlines

Don't forget about other deadlines for STC honors and awards. Nominations for the Jay R. Gould for Excellence in Teaching are due 1 November. That's the due date, too, for nominations and applications for the Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research. If you're a student, put 26 October on your calendar, as that's the deadline for nominations to the Sigma Tau Chi and Alpha Sigma Honor Societies. And the Distinguished Community Service Awards have a deadline of 31 October. See the Awards section of the STC website for eligibility and forms.


Alumni Offer Expires 30 September

The Alumni Renewal Offer for STC alumni expires on 30 September. Former members are invited to rejoin STC for the remainder of 2011 at a special price of $99. That price includes getting back previous years of membership for Senior Member status as well as eligibility for Associate Fellow/Fellow status and Society-wide office. If you know a former member, please invite them to check out our offer. More details, including a video invitation from STC President Hillary Hart, are available on the STC website.


Member Get a Member Coming Soon

Is there someone you work with who you think could benefit from STC membership? Start a conversation now and be ready for the STC Member Get a Member campaign! You'll get $10 off your membership for each new member who joins STC on your recommendation, up to $50 off. Keep an eye on the STC home page in October for full details on how to invite your colleagues and save money at the same time.


Education Events

Online education continues in October, with one-hour live Web seminars and multi-week certificate courses. Saul Carliner presents the certificate course TechComm Manager, Thursdays, 16 October-17 November, from 10:30 AM-Noon EDT (GMT-4). Leah Guren follows up TechComm 101 with the next step, TechComm 201, running Tuesdays, 25 October-29 November at the same times. And Phylise Banner presents Instructional Design for e-Learning, Wednesdays, 2 November-14 December.

STC's live Web seminars are shorter, one-hour online sessions that give an overview of a particular subject. See the current lineup for the rest of the year on the STC website! There are over a dozen webinars scheduled through the end of the year, including Metrics that Demonstrate the Value of Technical Communication, presented by Vic Passion on Wednesday, 12 October; Don't Suck at Social Media, prsented by Robert Rhyne Armstrong on Thursday, 13 October; Change, Trust, Collaboration: Adapting to Single Source Technologies, presented by Paula Toth on Wednesday, 19 October; and Documentation in a Collaborative World, presented by Larry Kunz on Wednesday, 26 October. And the Polices & Procedures SIG along with Leah Guren presents Effective Needs Analysis for Policies and Procedures Writers on Thursday, 27 October. More are still to be added so check back regularly.


Community Events

STC's Chapters and SIGs hold regular events throughout the year, many of which are virtual and open to all STC members. Bookmark the Community Events page on STC's Notebook and keep an eye on events from STC's communities!


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.


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.


Forgot your username and/or password?