March 2012 News & Notes

STC News & Notes



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STC Election Closes Friday

Who will be STC's next Vice President? Secretary? Directors? Nominating Committee members? STC's 2012 election will answer these questions, but you must vote by Friday, 30 March, at 11:59 PM EDT (GMT-4) to make your voice heard. All members who renewed by 29 February should have received an email with a username, password, and URL to vote. If you did not receive this, email Visit the STC election site for information on all candidates.


Summit Early Bird Rate Ends Soon

Friday is also the deadline for the Early Bird rate for the 2012 Summit. Currently members can register for the event for $925, but after 30 March that price goes up to $1,025. That price includes access to the opening general session (with keynote speaker Scott Berkun) and welcome reception, the community reception, and all of the general education sessions. See the current program, sortable by date, for the entire list of available education.

If you're interested in even more, there are preconference sessions available for an added fee as well. STC is offering two-day certificate courses on Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 May, and half-day workshops on Sunday afternoon, 21 May. See the Summit website for course listings and details, then register when you sign up for the Summit. If you've already registered but would like to add a course, email

And finally, thanks to STC Chicago the popular Music Jam is returning to this year's Summit! Keep an eye on the Summit blog for full details in the coming days.


Society Recognition

One of the highlights of the STC Summit is the Honors Banquet, where STC celebrates the best and brightest of our members and communities. This month STC's Notebook started "Recognition Thursday" to highlight our various awards and honors, and more will be posted in the coming weeks. Congratulations to all our honorees!


Learn to Create Mobile Apps without Coding

STC's newest certificate course teaches you how to create a mobile app without coding! Join Neil Perlin for six sessions between 3 May and 15 May (see website for exact dates, full description, prerequisites, and to register). This course will walk you through the development of a simple but functional native app with no coding. You'll do this using a GUI app development tool called Viziapps, plus Google Docs as your database. At the end, you'll have a feel for the overall GUI app development tool market, an overview of app design principles, and an actual working app whose data you can modify without being a programmer. Even if Viziapps proves not to be the tool you need, you'll have a good sense of what you can create and the solid background needed to be able to select a more appropriate tool. You'll work hands-on, alternating between viewing explanatory slides and actually creating the app.


All Webinars Now Just $59

Based on the response and feedback we received from our webinar sale, all webinars are now $59 as the regular price, down from the previous $79. The April schedule has been released, and many webinars have been scheduled for June as well (there are no webinars in May due to the Summit). More will be scheduled for the coming months soon. See the current schedule online and register for the ones that can help advance your career.


Technical Communication and Intercom

Are we the new professionals in the new economy? A special two-volume series of Technical Communication on professionalization for our field asks that very question. In the November and February issues of the journal, eight thought leaders provide answers that are both reassuring and provocative. How do your capabilities compare to those of the new professional who practices in the workplace or the academy? We hope you read these issues and contribute to building a collective body of knowledge that will sustain our current professionalization efforts.

Be sure to check out the latest issue of Intercom as well. Intercom now allows commenting on all articles, so start a conversation with an author or state your opinion on one of the features!


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!


Last Issue of News & Notes

This is the last issue of News & Notes -- at least as it's currently compiled and under this name. Starting in April, STC will have a new e-publication that's more focused on industry news and events to keep you up to date on the profession of technical communication. We'll still have some Society news included, but the newsletter will be geared toward providing you important information you need in your field. Keep an eye on your inbox for the first edition of TechComm Today and let us know what you think.


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.