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October Newsletter

Dear Readers,

Debate, growth pains, and extended sphere of influence. As we head towards election time and you find yourself in heated conversations, what do you do. When your team stays the same size but the expectations are higher and the time is shorter, how do you handle stress and stay focused on productivity? When you get a promotion and discover that you have to deal with people that you had the luxury of avoiding before, how do you build new relationships? We all face times when we would rather walk away from a situation or get offended and walk away. This month, I want to recommend two books that I hope you will find helpful. The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by The Arbinger Institute helps you navigate these situations and understand where your self gets in the way. The other book is Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships by Marshall B. Rosenberg. This book will help you listen to more than just words, be able to understand your reactions and others’. 

I also want to encourage you to attend this month’s Summer 2020 release of Adobe Technical Communication Suite webinar presented by Stefan Gentz is the Senior Worldwide Evangelist for Technical Communication at Adobe. Whether you are an avid Adobe user or a newbie, you will definitely benefit from this webinar.

As always, stay healthy, stay strong, and stay curious!


Esther Asham
NTLSC President

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October 31
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November 12

The Lowdown

Support on Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day is October 13 and 14, so when you purchase something from Amazon, remember to use our link and help support our chapter while you save!
 
Your support of our chapter matters. North Texas Lone Star STC Chapter is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
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NTLSC Mentoring Program Update

We would like to welcome two new members to our mentoring team:

Scott McMillan

Karen Smith Jackson

Scott and Karen, thank you for your enthusiasm and zeal in our mentoring program. We look forward to working with you both.

To our STC community at large, if you would like to help a Technical Communication student on their journey from academia to their career, please consider joining our mentoring team.

For more information: mentoring_leadership@stcdfw.org

STC Survey for University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)

As part of a joint consultancy competition between the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and Deakin University in Australia, two select student teams are conducting a survey to address and resolve some challenges the North Texas Lone Star Chapter of STC (NTLSC) faces.

Completing the survey will not only greatly help the students gain a better understanding of STC, but also more importantly, help the STC community become better from the data collected and the insights gained. We thank you for devoting 2 minutes of your time to our survey. 

Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary and all of your responses will be kept confidential.  

Please click here to take the survey

36Software Becomes Gold Sponsor

We are pleased to announce that 36Software, producer of SmartDocs, is now a Gold Sponsor for the North Texas Lone Star STC Chapter. SmartDocs transforms Microsoft Word into a Content Management System.

Lisa Pietrangeli is a Managing Partner and Executive Director at 36Software. Lisa specializes in working with customers to develop customized content development strategies. Lisa let us know that 36Software is happy to sponsor the chapter and is looking forward to "meeting" chapter members.

Shawn Sandlin reached out to Lisa on behalf of the North Texas Lone Star STC Chapter Sponsorship Committee.

We are grateful to Lisa and to 36Software as our new gold sponsor for our chapter and helping to bring better service to our community.

NTLSC Sponsorship Committee:
Bob Want
Jennifer Prior Schledorn
Shawn Sandlin
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Call for Proposals for
STC Summit 2021

If you have an interesting topic or subject that you would like to share with your tribe, then this may be the perfect opportunity. The Call for Proposals for STC Summit 2021 is ongoing. The deadline for the application has been extended to October 18, 2020. Visit https://summit.stc.org/call-for-proposals/ for more information.

New Instagram Account

The North Texas Lone Star Chapter has joined the world of Instagram!  We look forward to using this platform to engage with this online community,so please find and follow us: @stc_lonestar

Feel free to contact me at secondvp@stcdfw.org if you have some fun Tech Comm related quotes or memes!

Faith Peralta
Second Vice President

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NTLSC Corporate Sponsorship Program

If your company markets to technical communicators, please consider asking them to participate in our Corporate Sponsorship Program, which is described below.

The North Texas Lone Star Chapter (NTLSC) draws members from all over the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. NTLSC members are writers, editors, graphic artists, web content managers, usability experts, consultants, information managers, educators, and students. NTLSC is currently working on extending its virtual reach to include the neighboring states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico and to have deeper relations with area university technical writing programs.

NTLSC provides professional expertise, core skills, and the latest technologies and trends to technical communicators across North Texas. NTLSC offers monthly webinars and workshops on key topics in all aspects of technical communications including live presentations, networking happy hours, and (after quarantine ends) social events that educate, connect, engage, and entertain NTLSC members.

We invite technical communication companies and local area companies to support NTLSC’s efforts to better serve our profession and grow the chapter’s future with a tax-deductible contribution. In exchange, there are direct benefits for your company detailed in the corporate sponsorship program brochure:
  • Your company's logo display in the sponsors sidebar of our website at http://stcdfw.org/
  • Logo/tagline link to your corporate website
  • A post about your sponsorship to all 5 of the NTLSC social media sites
  • An hour-long webinar on vendor-specific services presented to NTLSC chapter and to STC members throughout the world
  • Your company name included in listings and e-mail announcements for NTLSC event promotions
In addition, after live meetings resume, there will be the following benefits for sponsors:
  • Distribution of your literature and handouts at NTLSC events
  • Displaying your sign at sponsored events and NTLSC awards celebrations events (excluding workshops)
  • Complimentary tickets to the NTLSC awards celebration
  • Recognition of your company's sponsorship in the NTLSC Awards Celebration program
For more information about our sponsorship program, click here.

NTLSC Mentoring Program

Building a diverse community to carry on the legacy of technical communicators is important to strengthen our chapter’s growth while we continue to serve our local DFW community.

The North Texas Lone Star STC chapter has launched a mentoring program to support students and new technical communication professionals easily transform their careers goals through meaningful networking and volunteering. 

Our program offers three mentoring tracks: Project-based, Non-Project based (Advisory only), and Leadership Development.

Through this program we hope to provide one-on-one mentoring support for our thriving community while embracing both structure and unstructured activities such as – gaining hands on chapter experience, reviewing resumes and projects, building an online presence (LinkedIn, website etc.), strategy for career portfolios, leadership development, and much more.

However, to ensure our success, we need more volunteers who can serve as mentors.  Any STC member can be a mentor. You don’t have to be affiliated with our chapter. If you have some time to spare, please consider joining us in this effort.  It takes a village to build a legacy.

If interested, please contact me directly at mentoring_leadership@stcdfw.org.

Learn more here!

 

Thank you,

Agnes Mends Crentsil
NTLSC Mentoring Coordinator
Contact email - mentoring_leadership@stcdfw.org

2020 CAA Awards

Our chapter was awarded the STC Platinum Community Award and we were also awarded the Most Improved Community of the Year Award!

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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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