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December Newsletter

Dear Readers,

Here we are at the end of 2019. I hope you can look back and reminisce on good memories not only of this year but of this decade as we bid it farewell.

So, what happened in the last 10 years?
Here’s a sample:

  • April 2010: The first iPad came out.

  • April 2011: Millions tuned in to watch a royal wedding.

  • July 2011: We said goodbye to Harry Potter.

  • December 2012: People thought the world would end; if you are reading these words, it did not end!

  • September 2013: "What Does the Fox Say?" became a YouTube sensation. I know, it will ring in your ears again :)

  • And, last but definitely not least, one of our very own STC members at large, Gabriela (Gabby) Pascuzzi, was a team player in the 37th season of the long-running show "Survivor."

In closing, I want to remind you of a few things:

  • If you have not already, update your STC membership.

  • If you want to know the people in your chapter before you commit, please join us for our holiday party, click the tile below to see details.

Wishing you and yours a great holiday season and best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Best Regards,

Esther Asham
NTLSC President

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 10
Wednesday, December 25
Tuesday, December 31

The Lowdown

MadCap Flare Webinar

Our last, but definitely not the least, webinar of the year was about MadCap Flare and how it is designed to streamline content management. Our presenter, Jennifer Morse, Director of Product Evangelism at MadCap Software, not only walked us through Flare’s latest features but also highlighted the value of using structured authoring. The webinar attendees varied from avid Flare users to those who were curious to see what Flare adds to a writer's toolkit.

If you couldn’t attend our November webinar and you are now wondering what you missed, here’s a resource to catch you up:
https://www.madcapsoftware.com/webinars/topic-based-structured-authoring-made-simple/

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Holiday Party 2019

Like every year, the North Texas Lone Star STC Chapter will host a year-end event to celebrate our members, dedicated volunteers, and the holiday season. Come join us as you meet old friends and make new ones while you enjoy a banquet meal.

Expect a joyful holiday gathering with food, fellowship, awards, book swapping, elections and announcements, and party favors!

When: December 10, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Cafe de France, 17370 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75252

What to bring: Your festive attire and a book to swap, if you want to participate in our book swapping game!

Click here to register for this event.

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Students: Renew with STC

Your 2019 STC membership will expire on 31 December, but worry not! STC has opened its 2020 membership season, and we want to keep you as a member! 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.

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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