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January Newsletter

Dear Readers,

And here we are at the footsteps of a new year; a new decade.
A new year brings new resolutions and anticipation for change. For the STC North Texas Lone Star chapter, this year brings a vision for growth; an opportunity to learn more about ourselves, what we do, and how to etch a career path. While working on the plan for this year, two themes echoed in my mind: who am I and what do I want to be when I grow up? We are given another chance to discover our skills and talents and explore how to grow and apply them professionally. It is said that happy people do what they love and love what they do, and that is the goal for this year: Know yourself and create your personalized growth path. To achieve this goal, the year brings many new speakers in a wide range of topics, new mediums and formats for conducting our meetings, an exciting program to help us grow as a community and individually, and many more exciting changes, so stay tuned.

Happy New Year!


Best Regards,

Esther Asham
NTLSC President

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The Lowdown

Growth Mindset

Have you ever wondered why some people keep moving forward? How some people always have something new to learn or an idea or project that keep them excited every time you see them? This is what scientists call a growth mindset.

To learn more about growth mindset, read https://www.mindsetworks.com/science/

To assess where you stand in the growth mindset continuum, visit http://blog.mindsetworks.com/what-s-my-mindset.

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Technical Writing Predictions

Esther Asham came across an article from 2011 on techwhirl about how technical writing will change in the next 10 years. We are at the end of those ten years - take a look and identify the changes you have personally experienced and which ones you should plan for or learn more about.

https://techwhirl.com/how-will-technical-writing-change-in-the-next-10-years/

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Recap: Holiday Party 2019

Binion Amerson Leadership Award (BALA) recipients for 2019:
Lacey Corbin
Zohra Mutabanna
Celeste Graeff

Students: Renew with STC

Renew your 2020 student membership today for only $75 and keep your free access to our networking communities. Student members may join one regional chapter, one Special Interest Group (SIG), one student chapter, and the Academic SIG.
 
 
Your student membership also includes great benefits, such as:
   
Not a Student member or are a recent graduate? STC has a membership category for every stage of your career! Click here to view all our categories and rates. Don’t wait! Renew your 2020 STC membership today!

Questions? Contact membership@stc.org or call +1(703) 522-4114

STC 2020 Membership Open

We’re excited to tell you that we have added the following new benefits in 2019 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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