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October Newsletter

Dear Readers,

This month marks the beginning of the last quarter of this decade!

A lot has happened since our last newsletter. Lacey safely delivered her bundle of joy and I officially transitioned into being NTLSC president. So, I thought a quick introduction is due. I started my career as a Computer and Automatic Control engineer, many moons ago. Through some unusual, but now I know non-coincidental turn of events, I switched careers to a physics teaching assistant, a field engineer and finally into being a writer. In my writing career, I worked in the American Air Force in a dot com (when it was an evolving market), financial, and healthcare industries. I worked as a QA tester, help author, documentation specialist, base software documentation lead, information designer, and team lead. 

The many titles and diverse industries led me to one conclusion - you never know what you will do next, but everything that you are doing today qualifies you for your next step.

So, with this in mind and with assuming on the presidency of the Lone Star Chapter, I am looking forward to working closely with our chapter’s VPs, members, and community. I am thankful for the amazing team that makes this chapter and am excited to get a jump-start in planning for the new year, meeting new members, and making new friends.

The weather is changing, the decade is turning, and we are ushered into a new season of community and growth.


Esther Asham
NTLSC President

The Lowdown

Annual Workshop

In September, we hosted our annual workshop at the UTD campus. Our guest speaker was Christopher Ward who walked us through the steps for making documentation a revenue stream instead of an overhead. In this hands-on Google Analytics workshop, attendees learned how to create their own Google Analytics account and use the various out-of-the box tools to gather and understand how their users access and navigate their content.

Student Member Scholarship

Esther announced in the Google Analytics workshop that NTLSC will pay 50% of the STC 2020 student membership for the first four students that show their proof of membership to our treasurer. If you attended the workshop and paid for your 2020 STC student membership, please send a copy of your receipt to Treasurer@stcdfw.org.

Upcoming Webinar

Join us to learn more about how being a good technical communicator is a lot more than knowing how to write a good sentence and use a word processor. John Hedtke, the presenter, says “When I was starting out in the 80s, I would have benefited strongly from having someone sit me down and say ‘Here are things you should know that will save you time, money, and pain if you learn them now.’"

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

Student Writing Contest

The student writing contest has been extended! The new deadline will now be in October. Students that already submitted their entries before the April due date will still be considered, and those that have not submitted already can get theirs in before October.

Click below for more details.
https://victoriamccrady.wixsite.com/writingcontest

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Did You Present at a Conference in 2019?

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 2019, 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.

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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