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STC PMC Newsletter 2011-01


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STC PMC Newsletter January 2011

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STC PMC Newsletter 2011-01

  1. 1. Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. About Us Events Membership News & Views January 2011 Behind a veil of snow and cold, there's been a lot of activitiy recently as our dedicated volunteers have been planning a very busy schedule of 2011 programs and events. I'm especially excited about our February 9 meeting, featuring Joe Welinske, President of Writers UA. Who better to talk about the latest trends in software user assistance? After that we have our annual Mid- Atlantic Technical Communication Conference on March 26 and full-day workshop on March 25 (registration details and pricing coming very soon). And since it's a new year, that means it's time to renew your STC membership or join the organization and select the local PMC chapter affiliation for $25 so that we can continue to provide great programming and member discounts. I especially encourage anybody who's interested in the February meeting or March workshop/conference to renew or join now in order to qualify for the substantial discounts that STC and PMC chapter members receive compared to non-members ($15 for the meeting, $40 for the workshop, $60 for the conference). Plus, members who renew or join the chapter before March 15 are eligible for a drawing for some nice prizes (including an Amazon wi-fi Kindle). As always, I thank all of our great chapter volunteers and leaders for their continued efforts to support members and make this a valuable asset to the greater Technical Communication community. Todd DeLuca President, STC-PMC Call for Proposals
  2. 2. How to Become an Active Member First, congratulations to our 2009-2010 Active Members Steve Adler, Barrie Byron, David Calloway, Lori Corbett, Donn DeBoard, Todd DeLuca, Tim Esposito, Marc Gravez, Marianne Johnston, Delores Lehr, Steve Lungren, Jessica Rineer, Gary Sternberg, and Gary Samartino. How do you become an active STC-PMC member? It's easy, just earn 12 or more points in a year and not only will you be classified as an 'active member,' but you will also receive a custom-designed polo shirt at the year-end awards ceremony in June. THE POINT SYSTEM ACTIVITY POINTS Attend a meeting (chapter or admin council) 1 Participate on a committee 1 Be a judge for the competition 2 Present at a monthly meeting 4 Write an article for the newsletter (not part of a committee) 2 Present at or attend the STC-PMC Conference 4 A Closer Look at Karen Flam Member Profile by Edna P. Smith February 2011 STC-PMC Meeting February 9, 2011 6:00pm - 8:30pm Temple University 401 Commerce Drive Fort Washington, PA 19034 March 2011 STC-PMC Conference March 25-26, 2011 9am - 4pm both days Willow Grove Giant 315 York Road Willow Grove, PA 19090 Visit the Events page of the STC-PMC website for more information.
  3. 3. Karen Flam hails from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She attended both Lehigh University (Biochemistry) and the University of Pennsylvania (DMD) before she moved to New York City. In NYC, she opened a day spa on Manhattan’s Upper East Side called Spa F.L.A.M. (For Ladies And Men) which she ran happily for 4 ½ years before she left New York. Flam did another important thing before she left NY and returned to PA, in 2002, she joined STC. In 2006, she joined the Philadelphia Metro Chapter. She says owning her own business was her most rewarding work experience. In addition to this, Flam began work in the floral business and also worked in at Chong’s Garden, a Chinese Restaurant. When she was young, she wanted to either be a ballerina or own a flower shop. She also considered being a Metallurgical Engineer. But now that she’s in the technical communication field, she has mostly done work mostly in program management. Amtrak, JP Morgan, and Goodwin Procter are just a few of the companies she has worked for. This month, she will begin a new marketing technology position at a bank. When she’s not at work, Flam likes to watch Bridezillas, Jersey Shore, and Keeping up with the Kardashians. Her favorite movie is the Rocky Horror Picture Show. She prefers Classic Rock and Led Zepplin are her favorite. Her hobbies include tasty food, all things beautiful, and raising her 6-year old daughter to adulthood. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband Kevin, her daughter DD, and her pug, Otis Ray. How Did You Get Into The Technical Communication Field? My first job out of journalism college was at the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, where I learned typesetting, paste up, and layout skills. When our manual page layout process was replaced by pagination software, I learned about newspaper publishing software. My next job was as applications representative for a competing newspaper publishing software company. For the next 8 years, my on site training and support job took me to small and
  4. 4. medium-sized newspapers around the globe. To get off the road and out of the classroom, I volunteered to write the training material... and voila, a technical writer was born. I didn't learn about STC and formal training until a few more years had passed, and then I began to understand about the art and sciences of technical communication. Now it's been 26 years since I finished college, and I am still enjoying learning skills to help me do my information developer job. - BARRIE BYRON, STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter If you would like to share your story of how you got into the Technical Communication field, please contact the Newsletter Editor. Newsletter Editor Support Our Scholarship Fund! STC-PMC raised almost $200 toward our annual scholarship award at the 2010 Holiday Party for the 2011-2012 academic year. This scholarship is awarded in spring of 2011 for the following academic year.The STC-PMC Scholarship Committee is accepting scholarship applications during the Fall 2010 through Spring 2011 academic year. Contact the Scholarship Coordinator or visit our Scholarship page for more information. Scholarship Coordinator Scholarship Page Highlight on Membership by Jessica Rineer Don’t wait to renew your STC membership and join the Philadelphia Metro Chapter so you can start realizing all the benefits of local chapter membership! Joining a chapter is only $25 to your STC membership and entitles you to substantial program savings. Why wait? We have exciting programs in the coming months and the STC-PMC Annual Conferencein March, with qualifying discounts for STC and chapter members. Renew or Join Now!
  5. 5. If you join the chapter by March 15 th you'll be eligible for a membership raffle that includes an Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi and a $50 Amazon gift card. Visit ourMembership page to learn more about the STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter. Welcome to our new Philadelphia Metro Chapter Members! Jennifer Meservey Danielle Villegas Jean Woodman View email in browser |Unsubscribe | Update your profile | Forward to a friend Join us on Facebook Copyright (C) 2012 STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter All rights reserved. You are receiving this message because you've previously indicated that you are willing to receive STC-PMC chapter-related information. If this is not the case, please click the Unsubscribe link and you will no longer receive chapter announcements. Please Note: We do not sell, distribute, or share the names or e-mail addresses of any subscribers to STC-PMC publications (including our newsletter and announcements). STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter PO Box 214 Lionville, Pennsylvania 19353 Add us to your address book Sent to << Test Email Address >> — why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list | update subscription preferences STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter · PO Box 214 · Lionville, Pennsylvania 19353