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September Newsletter

Dear Readers,

School is in full swing, and so are our educational programs! We are proud to be presenting a Google Analytics workshop given by Christopher Ward on September 21st at the UTD campus. This will be a half-day workshop with breakfast and lunch provided. We hope you’ll join us to learn more about harnessing this powerful tool.

On a sad note, this will be my last letter to you for the 2019 calendar year, as I am starting my maternity leave to prepare for my baby boy’s due date at the end of September. It has been an honor serving as your president and working with our dedicated 2019 council and volunteers.

I am leaving you in the good hands of our 1st Vice President and incoming president for 2020, Esther Asham. I look forward to seeing our chapter continue to grow and expand under her leadership.

Best Regards,

Lacey Corbin
NTLSC President

Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 21

The Lowdown

First Live and Virtual Meeting

Last month, our chapter held the first meeting that was both live and online. Also, it was our first collaborative meeting and our fellow STC members from the Florida Chapter attended virtually.

Our speakers each answered a set of questions about where they started and how their technical writing skills landed them in areas and job titles outside the traditional realm of technical communicators.

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.

2020 Summit Call for Proposals

Have you attended the STC Technical Communication Summit & Expo in the past and thought we could have expanded on a topic, or covered something entirely new? Now is your chance to submit a proposal and be an official part of the program!

The 2020 Technical Communication Summit & Expo will be held May 15-18 in Bellevue, Washington at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, and we're inviting you to contribute your ideas, studies, experience, and expertise.

The Summit attracts over 650 attendees and 40 exhibitors during a three-day period that brings together like-minded individuals to share and expand their knowledge of the technical communication field.

Learn more about the submission process using these important links:

  • Types and Audience Experience Levels -- Submit either a presentation or a -workshop proposal. Submitters are limited to a total of two session proposal submissions and two pre-conference workshop submissions

Proposals are due by 11:59 PM EDT (GMT-4) on Sunday, 15 September 2019.
All proposals must be submitted through the online submission system outlined on the Call for Proposals webpage.

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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