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February Newsletter

Dear Readers,

During the month of January, I had the pleasure of meeting with Tech Comm students at UNT. The discussion revolved around simple questions that took me on a journey through my entire career. There are many factors that affect the paths that we take and how satisfied and successful we become. The turning point in my story was passion.

I recall how my first part time job, a physics teaching assistant, and why it made me switch careers from the expected computer engineer to a technical communicator. It was my passion to present a topic that I loved (electronics class 101) to a group of people who could not understand it. I rewrote the class notes and sat with my students to make sure the information was easier to understand. Nowadays, this is called audience analysis and gathering feedback. 

As we journey together this year, I encourage you to stay tuned to upcoming events, get plugged as a mentor or mentee, and explore and jump into the new challenges and opportunities that come your way.


Best Regards,

Esther Asham
NTLSC President

Upcoming Events

Thursday,
February 20
March
2020
April
2020

The Lowdown

Understanding Your Strengths

We are kicking off our first webinar of the year on Thursday, February 20, 2020 with Vici Koster. Vici is a Job Search Coach & Career Transition Strategist for U.S. Diplomat Spouses & Partners in Central & Eastern Europe, a Certified Federal Resume Trainer & Writer, and fellow STC member and STC Summit speaker. To learn more about Vici, visit her LinkedIn profile:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/vkosterlenhardt/

Click here or the image above to register for this event.

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Call for Mentors and Mentees

The STC Lone Star Chapter's main goal is to build a stronger community of technical communicators and writers. We all find ourselves at seasons in our career where we are either creating new experiences or living off of older ones. In our last council meeting,  STC Lone Star Chapter officers and board members discussed the vision of creating a mentor/mentee program.

Please email the following information to president@stcdfw.org to participate in this program:

  • Name

  • Title

  • STC membership status

  • Role (mentor/mentee)

  • List areas of experience (mentors)

  • List topic of interest (mentees)

We will reach out to you with more information.

Looking forward to building a stronger community!

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STC Summit Registration Open

The STC Summit is May 15-18 this year in Bellevue, Washington and registration is now open!

Click here to visit the website for more information and to register.

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Student Volunteers Needed
for STC Summit

The STC Summit call for student volunteers has begun, and STC needs 18-20 student volunteers this year. Only STC Student members are eligible. Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2020.

Click here to visit the website for more information and to register to volunteer.

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STC 2020 Membership Open

We’re excited to tell you that we have added the following new benefits for increased value and a direct return on your professional investment:

  • New Sustaining membership category, a long-term membership choice for those who wish to pledge their support to the technical communication profession by making a 15-year membership commitment with STC. Click here for more information.

  • New asynchronous online education courses, which let you work through course material at your own pace, over a set time period.  

  • New Health & Medicine Special Interest Group.

  • New Salary Database, which will only be available to 2020 members.

  • New Member Perks discounts from Blasty, BookingCommunity.com, GE, and ReillyCo Advertising.

All 2020 members will continue to receive the same great benefits, including digital access to STC’s Technical Communication journal and Intercom magazine, as well as discounts on CPTC certification, annual Technical Communication Summit & Expo registration, STC job bank postings, webinars, and online courses.

Click here to join or renew.

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Leadership Opportunities

As we turn our attention to our 2020 programs, we invite you to consider joining our leadership team. We have the following positions available:

Council Member
Serve as a member of our council. Join in on the planning of events and help us determine the direction of the chapter. Commitment is one hour council meetings on the second Tuesday of every month. Of course we hope you’ll volunteer to head up committees when available.

2nd VP
Serving as our 2nd Vice President puts you in succession for the role of President. You’ll spend 2 years serving as a VP to learn the ins and outs of our chapter. If serving as the President is something you want, join the succession and start learning how we function as a chapter.

Volunteer for the TCBOK

Have you heard about STC’s Body of Knowledge? The mission is “to develop and implement a single knowledge source that concentrates and delivers all that is technical communication – in short, a Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK).” https://www.tcbok.org/

In an effort to help create a complete resource for all things related to the field and practice of technical communication, STC has chartered a volunteer project to develop the (TCBOK).

As a volunteer-powered project, it is essential to identify experienced technical communicators, educators and instructors, and students that are willing to help populate the TCBOK. If you would like to be a part of the team that is constructing what will become globally recognized as the definitive online resource for information on the profession, please email Volunteer4BoK@stc.org.

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Support Our Chapter

We now have an image at the top of our website home page, so use our Amazon Smile link when you purchase from Amazon to donate a portion of the proceeds to our chapter.

Your support of our chapter matters. North Texas Lone Star STC Chapter is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
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Volunteers

Do you have a talent for photography? Are you a people person?
Want to get involved, but don't have a lot of time?
If so, we need your help.
Below are the areas in which we have a need for volunteers.
Contact president@stcdfw.org if you are interested in helping.

Historian
Take pictures at events.
Videographer
Record chapter meetings.
Volunteer Coordinator
Help connect volunteers to their interests.
Short Volunteer Projects
Help with brief or one-time projects.

Want to Get Your Degree or Certificate?

Consider a degree or certificate in Technical Communication. DFW has several local universities with excellent programs, and STC offers their own professional certification program.
 

Society for Technical Communication - Professional Certification at the Foundation, Practitioner, and Expert level. For more information, visit www.stc.org/certification/.

University of North Texas – BA, BS, and MA in Professional and Technical Communication, and Technical Writing Certificate. For more information, visit https://techcomm.unt.edu/.

Texas Christian University – BA in Writing. For more information, visit addran.tcu.edu/english/academics/areas-of-study/undergraduate-programs/ba-writing/.


University of Texas at Arlington – Technical Writing Certificate. For more information, visit www.uta.edu/english/Academics/technicalwriting-certification.
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