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December Newsletter

Dear Readers,

What a year! Here comes my last note as your STC North Texas Lone Star Chapter President. We started the year with a vision to grow our chapter and our members; to create a growth path. I am thankful to the leadership team for making this year such a success despite all challenges.

A huge thank you to Agnes Crentsil for creating and rolling out the NTLSC Mentorship and Leadership Program. Kudos to Zohra Mutabanna for expanding the social media team and extending the chapter’s presence to more social media outlets. Thanks to Jennifer Prior Schledorn and Celeste Graeff for leading the CAA efforts. A huge thank you to Agnes and Bob for their continued support and encouragement for chapter members and for me personally. Words cannot express my gratitude to Beth Allphin for serving diligently as our treasurer for the past three years. As a chapter and individuals, we have made many new professional connections and new friends.

As I transition into my new role as immediate past president, I am excited to work alongside the incoming team. 

As writers and technical communicators, the sky's the limit to what we learn and how we affect the areas we are involved in. Writing, balancing documentation and visual clues, improving user experience, fine-tuning content to match our audience, researching, analyzing, problem solving, tracking progress and reporting, are some of the many activities that we perform on a daily basis.

Thank you again for sharing this exciting year with us. I encourage you to keep a close eye and get involved in upcoming opportunities to serve and grow with our chapter. 

Happy Holidays and best wishes for a prosperous New Year.
 

Stay strong, stay safe, and stay curious,
Esther Asham
NTLSC President

Upcoming Events

Friday,
December 25
Thursday,
December 31
Thursday,
January 21

The Lowdown

2020 Holiday Party

On December 8, we had our virtual holiday party and awards ceremony to announce the results of our election and to celebrate the achievements of our leadership and we got to play some virtual games, too.

Election Results
Elected Officers
President - Zohra Mutabanna
First Vice President - Faith Peralta
Second Vice President - Addison Kliewer
Secretary - Jennifer Prior Schledorn
Treasurer - Lacey Corbin

Non-Elected Council Members
Immediate Past President - Esther Asham

Board Members
Agnes Crentsil
Celeste Graeff
Beth Allphin
Bob Want
Laurel Beason  
Victoria McCrady - UT Dallas
Brad Lucas - Texas Christian University
Timothy Ponce - UT Arlington
Shawn Sandlin - UT Arlington
Kim Sydow Campbell - University of North Texas

Awards

BALA Award - Beth Allphin and Esther Asham
Certificate of Appreciation - Jennifer Prior Schledorn
Certificates of Recognition - Joshua Shin, Andrew Ho, Shawn Sandlin, Kathryn Joshua
Distinguished Chapter Service Award Nominee - Bob Want

Did You Present at a Conference in 2020?

We are working on our application for the STC Community Achievement Award (CAA) and may periodically ask for help from our members to demonstrate what an active chapter we are and what valuable members we have.

If you are a member of our chapter and you were a presenter at an STC regional conference, the STC Summit, or any relevant non-STC conference in 2020, please let us know. Send your first and last name, the name of the conference, and the presentation topic/title to secretary@stcdfw.org to help us earn points for the award.

STC Associate Fellow

Associate Fellow is one of the three honorary ranks conferred by STC. This honor recognizes members for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the arts and science of technical communication, and for sustained and significant service to STC.

Recipients of Associate Fellow retain this honorary rank for life, unless they are elevated to the rank of Fellow. If you would like to nominate yourself as an Associate Fellow, follow the guidelines at https://www.stc.org/membership/recognition/honors/associate-fellow/.

STC Alliance Entry Deadline

Did you or your company produce great instruction, information, user support, or promotional content for the web and mobile devices in the past year or two? Enter the STC Alliance Competition! The Alliance Competition is looking for the best and brightest in TechComm to be awarded the prestigious titles of Best of Show, Distinguished, Excellence, and Merit!

You do not have to be a STC member to enter, so feel free to share this information with your friends and colleagues. The deadline to submit entries is 15 January 2021 at 6:00 PM EST. For more information on the competition, click here.

STC Slack Channel

The Slack workspace linked below is called STC Communities and it's hosted by STC National and all STC members can join. There are many channels within the workspace like for introductions, announcements, community events, and job postings. Please join (if you haven't already) the workspace and feel free to forward this to any other STC members you think might benefit from joining.
Sign up here, from any device: https://join.slack.com/t/stc-communities/shared_invite/zt-4mll799s-T2F4CKB9IQJJx2J42qvEyg

Discount on STC Online Courses and Webinars

STC is extending a discounted rate for ALL online courses and webinars to all members through 31 December 2020. Register today for any of the currently scheduled courses and webinars, even those scheduled to start after 1 January, to take advantage of this discount. You will receive the discount automatically when you register. If you have questions, please contact us at education@stc.org

On the Online Courses page, you’ll find courses taught by STC notables Saul Carliner, Craig Baehr, and Ben Woelk. There are also courses being presented by subject matter experts David Young, Jack Labriola, and Larry Kunz. An STC course teaches you tools and helps you develop skills that will make you a more valuable employee or take the next step in your career.

If you’re looking for something more brief, look at STC’s Live Webinars page. These are one-hour presentations that give you an overview of a specific topic.

STC Student Scholarship Application

STC will award one or more scholarships of $500 with associated student memberships to graduate, undergraduate, and certificate students studying communication of information about technical subjects.

Applications are being accepted now through 31 December, and the scholarship will be awarded in February 2021. Students who will attend classes in the 2021-2022 school year are eligible to apply. Be sure to share this information with the tech comm student(s) in your life!

For more information on the scholarship criteria and awards, click here.

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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