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January 2011 News and Notes

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STC's New Website is Coming!

The new STC.org debuts on Monday, 31 January! While the site will be in perpetual beta and new and exciting things are still to be added, STC will unveil the new website on Monday at 9:00 AM EST (GMT-5). We ask that you be patient as we work out all the kinks and continue adding new features, and we also ask that you help us in that process by making liberal use of the Feedback feature on the site to alert us to any issues you run into.

STC gave a demo of the site to community leaders last month; you can view a recording of the webinar on STC's Notebook. If that link does not work for you, the Carolina chapter has provided another link for the demo, too. And catch up on everything Project Phoenix related, including Project Phoenix week posts, on STC's Notebook.

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Meet the Candidates for STC Office

STC's elections are right around the corner; do you know the candidates? The election starts 9 March and ends 30 March at 4:00 PM EDT (GMT-4). Visit the STC 2011 Election website for information on all the candidates, plus the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates. You must renew your membership by 28 February in order to be eligible to vote. Watch your email for voting instructions in early March.

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STC's New CFO

STC recently hired Greg Larsen, CPA, as its new CFO. Greg has worked in all aspects of accounting and finance for not-for-profit organizations, and has experience in dealing with chapter financial issues. Learn more about Greg and other STC recent hires here.

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Even More Webinars for February

STC has released the schedule of webinars for February, with another day and time added. While we realize no one time can accomodate everyone, we're experimenting and will continue to experiment with new times and new ideas as STC's education offerings continue to evolve.

Choose from the following options for February: Discovering the Hidden Treasure of Dynamic Product Information; Conquering the Pervasive Disease of Rambling: How to Emphasize Your Point in Three Sentences; Effective Cross-Functional Collaboration: An Indian Perspective; Reduce Content to Reduce Documentation and Training Cost; The Manual Makeover: Page Layout Plastic Surgery on a Budget; and Do Better: Taking Your Innovative Documentation to the Next Level. Visit the STC webinar webpage for detailed information on each webinar and to register.

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STC Also Offers Certificate Courses

Don't forget about STC's online certificate courses, multiple-week classes for a more in-depth education. STC certificate programs let you explore a subject in-depth over the course of several weeks. In addition to the practical work skills that you will develop, participating in a certificate program provides you with a unique live opportunity to learn directly from an instructor and to also exchange ideas and tools virtually with the other participants in the program.

In the next few months, STC offers Undiscovered Country: Master Writer, presented by Sharon Burton (22 February-22 March); Technical Editing Fundamentals, presented by Michelle Corbin and Linda Oestreich (17 March-28 April); and Topic-Based Authoring, also presented by Sharon Burton (7 June-12 July). See the Certificate Courses page for the current schedule through the end of 2011, and keep checking back for more additions.

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Conference Plans Gearing Up

The 2011 Technical Communication Summit is on the horizon! Taking place 15-18 May in Sacramento, CA, the Summit provides over 80 education sessions in eight tracks, plus all the networking you can handle, preconference sessions, and more. While we can't make a formal announcement yet as contracts haven't been finalized, we can say we think members will be very happy with the Honorary Fellow and Keynote Speaker. Visit the Summit website for this news when announced and everything you need to know about the Summit!

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Membership Renewals Continue

Member renewals continue to come in every day; have you renewed your membership yet? STC operates on a calendar year (not an anniversary year), so all membership expired on 31 December. We're currently in a grace period, but if you don't renew soon you'll lose your access to networking, publications, and education. Visit STC.org and click Renew to join STC in what's shaping up to be a great 2011!

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Read STC Publications

Online access to Intercom and Technical Communication are part of your membership. View the November 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 recently 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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