Register for the Summit today!We continue our build toward the Honors Reception at the 2015 Technical Communication Summit. STC (and technical communication’s) best and brightest are celebrated at the Honors Reception as part of the Summit. Here on STC’s Notebook, we’ll be highlighting a different set of honorees every week on Recognition Monday. Below are this years honorees for the Distinguished Community Awards. Attending the Summit and want to help celebrate them in person? This year the Honors Reception is included in your registration! If you haven’t registered yet, visit The Society for Technical Communication has long recognized the importance of the hard work and commitment of its community members. Without their energy and enthusiasm, the Society would cease to be the largest, most effective, and most prestigious organization of technical communicators in the world. Below are the honorees this year for the Distinguished Chapter Service Awards, Distinguished SIG Service Awards, and Distinguished Service Award for Students. Congratulations to each of them and thank you for your service to the Society. And thank you to the members of the committee, Cindy Pao, Adam Evans, Cheryl Landes, and Linda Urban.

Distinguished Chapter Service Awards

Carolina Lori Meyer For sustained contributions to the Carolina Chapter. For your diligent attention to deadlines and details, experience, innovative ideas, wisdom, wealth of experience, and dedication. For your perpetual good cheer, goodwill, and volunteerism that goes well beyond the call of duty. Chicago Cheri Noble For your exemplary service in numerous committees and positions in STC Chicago; for your collaboration skills; and for having a positive attitude while serving. East Bay Romy Sinha For your enthusiastic involvement throughout your chapter membership and your commitment to maintaining a strong, healthy community through sponsorship and volunteer recognition. Houston Julie Garrison For your dedicated work the past several years as our chapter Treasurer, your friendly face welcoming meeting attendees at each program, and your loyal service and great attitude toward making STC Houston a success. STC India Ramesh Aiyyangar For your passion, exemplary leadership, commitment, dedication, innovative ideas, helping nature, tireless efforts to promote the technical communication profession, and sustained contributions over all these years to the STC India Chapter. STC India Naveen Harry D’Cruz For your tireless and selfless dedication to the chapter, to promoting the technical communication profession in India, and to increasing the visibility of STC in India; and for your exemplary leadership, commitment, and contribution in generating revenue for the chapter. NY Metro Nitza Hauser For your exemplary efforts to revitalize the educational initiatives, streamline processes, and gain recognition for the NY Metro Chapter and for your many other selfless contributions to chapter activities. Northeast Ohio Janean Voss For exceptional leadership of the Northeast Ohio Chapter, and for your commitment to fostering relationships with local colleges and the next generation of technical communicators. Orlando Central Florida Alex Garcia For exhibiting leadership qualities and for serving the Orlando Central Florida Chapter in so many ways as you transitioned from student member to active regular membership; for identifying new sources of revenue for the chapter; and for cheerfully stepping up to volunteer whenever the need arises. Philadelphia Metro Chapter Stephen Adler For your outstanding leadership of the Philadelphia Metro Chapter; for your dedication, enthusiasm, and countless contributions over the years. Philadelphia Metro Chapter Timothy Esposito For your dedication in serving the Philadelphia Metro Chapter in many capacities over the years, including Treasurer, Webmaster, and Scholarship Chair. Rochester Estelle Holloway For your cheerfulness, professionalism, and consistent dedication in supporting the Rochester Chapter’s programs, conferences, and rapidly emerging needs. Sacramento Metro Cherie Woodward For the dynamo of the Sacramento Metro Chapter–a constant source of energy, creativity, and generous support for fellow technical communication professionals. Southeastern Michigan Thomas Glennan For your professionalism and dedication to the Southeastern Michigan Chapter, including the time you have spent leading and promoting awareness of our chapter and training tomorrow’s technical communicators. Washington, DC–Baltimore Lori Meyer For sustained contributions to the Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter. For your diligent attention to deadlines and details, experience, innovative ideas, wisdom, wealth of experience, and dedication. For your perpetual good cheer, goodwill, and volunteerism that goes well beyond the call of duty. Willamette Valley Shawn H. Mershon For your long and late hours of dedication to the creative design and layout of The Willamette Galley newsletter and for your professionalism as Employment Manager in fulfilling the needs of members and clients. Willamette Valley Sharon Brooke Vail For your meticulous attention to the Willamette Valley Chapter budget, patience in clarifying columns of numbers, rapid responses to all budget concerns, and effervescent welcome to members and guests at chapter events.  

Distinguished SIG Service Award

Instructional Design and Learning (IDL) Mellissa Ruryk For your ingenuity, willingness to take on responsibility, and your no-nonsense yet humorous approach to building the IDL SIG community. Usability & User Experience Ann Wiley For your exemplary efforts to lead the transition of the Usability & User Experience SIG website and its extensive library of information to the new format and architecture.  

Distinguished Service Award for Students

Orlando Central Florida Lisa Bottomley For your skill, enthusiasm, commitment, and persistence in developing and implementing an innovative secondary-level educational outreach initiative; for your service as co-manager of the Orlando Central Florida Chapter Education Committee; and for the value you have added as a contributor to our newsletter, a presenter at a chapter meeting, and as a member of our core leadership team.

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