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March Newsletter

President's Letter

Dear Readers,

 

Spring is in the air – or it will be soon – given the vagaries of our Texas weather. Talking about weather, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow in February, which meant we were predicted to have six more weeks of winter. Well, Mr. Phil’s predictions couldn’t be farther from the truth with the Snowmageddon 2021. I hope you and your families are safe as we all emerge from the impacts of this unprecedented event. 

On a positive note, the chapter received some fantastic news that we would like to share with you. We are very excited to share that Mr. Bob Want, our former Chapter President and current Board Member, received the Distinguished Chapter Service Award (DCSA) from STC National. This award recognizes an individual’s exemplary effort, energy, and dedication to their community and its activities. This is the highest level of recognition that a member can receive for service to their community. Congratulations, Bob!

The chapter also managed to hold a successful February event with Jasmine Crentsil. Jasmine provided us with interesting strategies and tools to create self-awareness and amp up our personal branding. 

Our upcoming March event (see details below) will shed light on how the technical communication content creation and iteration process can bring business value across the organization. If you are a technical writer exploring avenues to determine how you can influence the business side of things, then this event is a must attend.

Happy Spring and we hope to see you at our March webinar.

Best,

Zohra Mutabanna

NTLSC President

VP's Corner

Recently I spent some time with my Dad to help him learn Zoom. As I watched him take scattered, hand-written notes, I smiled and said, "Dad, why don't you let me write some notes for you!" He smiled back.

   "What? You don't think these will help me?!" he replied, his eyes twinkling with sarcasm! Then he read a line aloud: "Go to top drop-down list of stuff!"  We both laughed hard! I proceeded to make a Word document that would work for him. I constructed it into topics like, How to Set Up a Zoom Meeting and How to Share Multiple Documents - Pay attention to the icons in the taskbar (new words for him)!  I added procedures and Helpful Tips to Remember.  When I finished, he said, "Wow, Faith!  I guess this is what you do for a living, huh?”

   "Yeah, Dad!"  I said. 

   "Well, if you need me to come teach your colleagues my note-taking methods, let me know!"  We both laughed! Overall, it felt good to use my tech writing skills to help my Dad conduct business from home.  Especially in these COVID times.  This wasn't the complicated software technology I was used to deconstructing, but knowing your audience is half the battle!

Happy March!

Faith 

Upcoming Events

Thursday,
March 11
Wednesday,
March 17
Thursday,
April 15

The Lowdown

See Our Sponsors!

These are our GOLD sponsors! Would you like to become a sponsor as well? Check out our Sponsors page.
www.36software.com
36Software is an international software provider based in Rochester, NY. Since 2009, They have specialized in delivering powerful, user-friendly content management solutions on the Microsoft platform.
Stilo creates tools to help organizations automate the conversion of content to XML and to build XML content processing components integral to enterprise-level publishing solutions.

STC Election Coming Soon!

STC 2021 elections are now available until March 15th at 5:00 PM EDT! To be eligible to vote, members must have paid their dues by January 31st  to receive an email with a link to a neutral third-party voting site. Be on the lookout for this email in your inbox. Please visit our elections page to learn about the candidates.
 

STC Summit 2021 Registration

The registration for STC Summit 2021 is now open. Go to https://summit.stc.org/conference/ to register and get additional information.

Calling Student Volunteers

Student volunteers receive complimentary registrations to the Summit. All applications must be submitted by 15 March 2021.

This year the STC Summit conference is virtual. If you are a student, this is a great opportunity for you to get the benefits of a conference without having to worry about travel and lodging expenses. 

Only STC student members are eligible. To learn more about the volunteer opportunities, visit the Summit website.

 

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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