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December 2011 News & Notes

 

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Slate of Candidates

The Nominating Committee has announced the slate of candidates for the 2012 STC Election. Alan Houser will automatically succeed to president from vice president. Running for vice president are Nicky Bleiel and Robert Dianetti; running for secretary are Alyssa Fox and Michael Opsteegh; for director (two positions), your choices are Bernard Aschwanden, Ray Gallon, and Li-At Ruttenberg; and for Nominating Committee (two positions), candidates are DJ Cline, Bonni Graham, Judy Glick-Smith, and John Hedtke. STC will have an election website available in early January, but for now you can read more on STC's Notebook.

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Membership Season is in Full Swing

Membership season is in full swing; have you renewed your STC membership for 2012? Remember, all memberships operate on a calendar-year basis (not anniversary), so while there will be a grace period, your membership expires on 31 December. In addition, all members who renew by 3 January will get a free copy of the 2012 Salary Database when it's published next year!

Our Member Get a Member campaign is still going on as well, but closes on 15 January. Refer a member to STC and save money off your own membership! See the MGAM page for full details. And for the third year in a row, MadCap Software is offering to pay for your STC membership when you purchase select products. See their website for more information!

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Really Early Bird Rate for Conference Going Fast

The Really Early Bird rate for the 2012 Summit is going fast! Less then 20 remain, and when those go so does your chance to get all the education and networking of the Summit for our lowest price of $795. That's a savings of $130 over the Early Bird rate and $230 over the regular Advance rate! The preliminary program has been posted, with more sessions still to be added, so check out the early schedule, then click the blue "Register" button on the Summit website to sign up for the conference today.

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President's Midterm Report

STC President Hillary Hart posted a "midterm report" on her From the Hart feature on STC's Notebook, looking back at the past six months and what she and the Board of Directors have accomplished, as well as what's still to come during her term as president. Click the link for the full article.

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STC Research Project is Looking for Software Development Managers

Nicky Bleiel, STC Director at Large, is heading a research project for STC and is looking for your help in connecting her with interview subjects. The focus of the project is to gather data to determine how software development managers view technical communicators. These data will help STC formulate a strategy to promote our profession and its professionals—as well as STC—to these managers. Further studies will target other industries. The Board has worked with a survey expert to formulate the questions and will compile the data according to best research standards.

Potential interview subjects should have the following or equivalent title: Software Development Lead, Software Development Manager, VP of Software Development, or Director of Software Development. Any STC member who provides the name of a qualified subject who participates in the study will be given a free copy of the results when they are released. Please direct names and questions to survey@stc.org. See STC's Notebook for the full blog post.

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GALA Standards Initiative Requesting Help with the Model Service Elements Project

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) recently sent out an invitation looking for help with a project. The GALA Standards Initiative is working on the Model Service Elements project, which aims to define standard service descriptions for the localization industry. GALA believes that this effort will help promote transparency and best practice for the industry and lead to better quality and satisfaction rates. See STC's Notebook for three easy ways you can help this project move along.

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Certificate Courses Scheduled for 2012

Five STC Certificate Courses kick off in January, including TechComm 101, TechComm 101 International, Writing Effecting User Documentation, DITA from Legacy to the Future, and Managing Virtual Teams. Choose the best one to advance your career! There are many other certificate courses available! Visit our Online Certificate Courses page for the full schedule.

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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!

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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.