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June Newsletter

Dear Readers,

As I am writing this note to you, I recall how in just a few months we have transitioned and adapted to many norms. The words "unprecedented times" and "uncharted grounds" have become words that we say everyday about many things. Some changes are dramatic and my heart goes out to those who were affected by the pandemic, but on the bright side, many of us have found new ways to transition into a new norm. This year’s STC Summit leadership made the fast and graceful transition from an in-person forum to a complete online experience with exhibits, happy hour and social meetings, and of course, amazing speakers and topics from around the globe.

A great advantage of this year’s format is that it is not too late to register and watch the Summit breakout sessions. All the sessions are available on demand so grab your favorite drink, lounge in the comfort of your space, and catch up on the many sessions.

The leadership meetings this year were phenomenal and many societies and chapters were acknowledged for their innovation and outreach. Our chapter has been honored with not only the Platinum Community Award, but yet another remarkable award: Most Improved Community.

Esther Asham
NTLSC President

 

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The Lowdown

2020 Most Improved Community Award Winner

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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STC Summit Reflections

I had the privilege to "attend" the 2020 STC virtual summit, one of the representatives from the platinum-level award winning North Texas Lone Star chapter. This was the second summit I attended; the first live summit I attended was the one in Philadelphia in 2008. The overwhelming success of this year's virtual summit is a testament to the flexibility, resiliency, creativity, and adaptability that we communicators, particularly the organizers, have and continually demonstrate on a daily basis. The "richness" of the presented content was delicious. Obviously we could not "summit" together, but I thought the virtual camaraderie that would have been experienced in person transcended into the virtual space and was no less diminished. The success of this year's summit certainly set an extremely high bar and will undoubtedly be repeated next year, either physically or virtually from Atlanta. 

Jennifer Prior Schledorn

Secretary, North Texas Lone Star Chapter, STC

 

The year 2020 will go down in history. While this year has isolated us from each other and tested us to the limits of our patience, it has also given us the opportunity to experiment with our creativity and ingenuity. The STC Summit bears testament to that sentiment.

The Virtual Summit hit the ball out of the park in every sphere. Prior to the start of the Summit, I got to network with the present, past and incoming leaders at the Leadership Event. It is amazing how technology has dissolved our physical barriers. My first experience with the breakout rooms was almost too real. Barring a few glitches, I almost felt like I was attending an in-person event.

 The STC Summit itself had four tracks that were well-curated with a variety of offerings. While I tried to attend the live sessions as my schedule would allow, I am thrilled that I can go back and watch all the remaining sessions on demand.  In fact, STC has opened up the OnDemand Summit to STC members via registration through 31 August 2020.

The icing on the cake was our chapter being recognized with a Platinum Award and Most Improved Community Award for 2019. Congratulations to all the volunteers and to each one of you.

This Summit had something to offer for all those who could attend. Now you can partake in that experience on your own time. Do not miss out on this great opportunity.

Zohra Mutabanna

First Vice-President, North Texas Lone Star Chapter, STC

Missed the STC Summit?

STC made the 2020 Summit a fully virtual event, and all of the sessions are on demand. So, if you missed the Summit this year, you can still go to https://summit.stc.org/ to register and access the recorded sessions.

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Online Open House Council Meeting

Join us on July 17th to meet your chapter officers and council members and learn more about their background, roles, and responsibilities.

Welcome New Council Members

Please help us welcome the following new council members:

  • Kim Campbell, Professor and Chair, University of North Texas

  • Timothy Ponce, PhD Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Internships at The University of Texas at Arlington

Mentoring Program

Stay tuned for more information about the NTLSC Mentoring Program.

Want to get involved?

The NTLSC is currently looking for talented individuals to join the chapter as Second Vice-President and Volunteer Coordinator. If you are interested, please contact president@stcdfw.org.

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.

Support Our Chapter

We have an image on 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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