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April Newsletter

Dear Readers,
I hope this newsletter finds you and yours in perfect health and, of course, indoors as much as you can. I apologize for the delay in writing this note to you but I too have been trying to adjust to the new norm. Indeed, these are unprecedented times. Many companies and even school districts and universities have quickly adjusted to the idea of working from home. Organizations and families alike worked on finding new ways to stay in touch. Even the government adjusted how it communicates public announcements. 

I marvel and am always amazed at how resilient human beings are. In the face of great trouble, people simply find ways to bring stability and normalcy to their lives.

As a chapter, we also introduced some changes to better serve our members. Effective immediately, webinar fees are waived for chapter members and students. Also, we have adjusted our programming to accommodate the shelter-at-home recommendations. Below is a list of upcoming webinars that we hope you can register for and learn from:

  • April Webinar Jack Molisani Negotiation Skills: The Missing Ingredient to Content Career Success

  • May STC Summit

  • June Webinar Vici Koster: Figuring out what you want to do  

  • July Webinar Jennifer Blatz: Where UX and User Documentation Meet

  • August workshop: Personas

  • September Webinar Vici Koster-Lenhardt: Key job search tends

As we all learn how to adjust to the new norm, keep striving, keep growing, and stay well.

Best Regards,

Esther Asham
NTLSC President

Upcoming Events

Sunday,
April 12
Thursday,
April 16
Sun - Wed,
May 17-20

The Lowdown

2020 Platinum Community Award Winner

For the North Texas Lone Star Chapter’s dedication and determination to heighten the chapter’s presence and involvement in the community in 2019, STC national has awarded the chapter the Platinum (highest level) Community Achievement Award! The North Texas Lone Star Chapter epitomizes an energetic and successful community that promotes outreach, collaboration, and education.

The Community Achievement Award (CAA) recognizes a SIG, professional, or student chapter’s outstanding accomplishments in achieving the Society’s goals through a wide range of programs and activities. The Community Achievement Awards are presented at STC Summit the year after the award was earned. The award reflects the year the award is presented (e.g. the 2020 award is for work completed in 2019).

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STC Summit Now Virtual

As a result of the COVID-19 situation within the country, resulting in an increasing number of travel bans and restrictions, STC has made the decision to change the 2020 face-to-face Summit to a virtual conference format this year.

More details about the online conference can be found at the Summit web page.

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Communication During a Crisis

Planning is half way to success. Curious about how to improve your communications skills?

Here’s a good read:

https://www.bernsteincrisismanagement.com/the-10-steps-of-crisis-communications

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 17 - 20 this year and is completely virtual for the first time!
Details are being worked out and registration is open.

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

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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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