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If you're like me, you're ready for Summer and looking forward to warm
weather, perhaps some time off work, and opportunities to enjoy the fruits
of the season - perhaps at a BBQ (personally I can't wait for watermelon).
Speaking of BBQ, please stay tuned for a coming announcement for a
Philadelphia Metro Chapter Summer Social event at my house on August
13 in Exton, PA. This year we'll be co-sponsoring the event with the
UsabilityNJ chapter - so it's an excellent opportunity to meet some new
friends who share the same passion many of us have for improving user
experience, whether it's through design or documentation and training.
That's all for now - it's time to get out there and start enjoying yourself and
spending time with your friends and families. We'll see you soon and fill
you in on all of the exciting things happening with STC and the
Philadelphia Metro Chapter (we've got a lot of things we're working on this
STC Summit Takeaways
There were many announcements and take aways from this year's STC
Summit in Sacramento, CA. The Philadelphia Metro Chapter was well
represented with 12 members in attendance. As always, it was a busy,
productive, social, and fun event. If you've never been to a STC Summit,
you should make a point of attending, it's well worth the experience. Next
year's event will be in the "windy city" of Chicago, IL.
Here's a quick summary of some highlights from the Summit:
1. The My STC social network is live - log in today using your existing STC credentials
(name/password) and start building your STC network. Visit YouTube (search My STC)
for video demonstrations.
2. Based on the voting from the Annual Business Meeting, student STC members are now
eligible to vote! More info...
3. The Certification program for Technical Communication is active and has begun
accepting its first applicants. More info...
4. STC Members can now access over 30 recorded sessions from the 2009 Summit for
FREE! More info...
In addition, all STC members can access the Summit@aClick recorded
sessions from the 2011 Summit for only $149. This service is free for
Summit attendees and also available to non-members for $299. More info...
Local Member Attends MadCap Roadshow in
A few attendees of the STC-PMC sponsored Mid-Atlantic Technical
Communication Conference were lucky winners of a free all-day pass to the
MadCap Roadshow event in Philadelphia, PA on May 26. Thanks to
MadCap who generously donated the $99-value tickets to the event.
Local chapter member Matt Harris was one of the winning attendees and
had very positive things to say about the event. "I really enjoyed the
Roadshow in Philly on May 26. The speakers delivered an information-
packed workshop while keeping the audience engaged and eager to ask
questions. They really went out of their way to ensure attendees walked
away with practical information."
Membership Has Its Benefits
I have been a member of STC since I was a student at the University of
North Texas. With my STC membership, I was able to attend monthly
meetings for a reduced cost, which allowed me to see presentations that
enhanced my knowledge about current technical communication issues. I
also volunteered as an editor and writer for the Lone Star Community’s
newsletter (which was another résumé enhancer).
Summer Social - Potluck
Saturday, August 13
12:30pm - 4:30pm
Todd DeLuca's Home
Bring a side dish or dessert
and join us for a casual cook-
out to get to know your STC
colleagues and meet other
members from the UsabilityNJ
chapter. We'll supply the
protein and beverages.
Members of STC and
UsabiityNJ can attend for free
while non-members and
significant others are also
encouraged to attend (though
a nominal charge may apply to
cover some costs).
Registration Coming Soon!
Save the Date
Tuesday, September 13
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Giant Community Center
Willow Grove, PA
After I graduated from college, as an adult member of STC, I still find there
are many benefits to having a membership. These include, again,
networking, volunteer opportunities, and education opportunities. I was able
to attend the Mid-Atlantic Technical Communication Conference in March,
which provided many excellent learning and networking opportunities. I
definitely believe that being a member of STC provides numerous and
beneficial learning opportunities through conferences and monthly meetings
that only enhance my knowledge of technical communication.
I also appreciate the constant and numerous amounts of information that
are available through the STC web site. I am currently using the Technical
Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK) on personas to see how they
can be incorporated at my company. I also enjoy reading the articles
available in the newsletters and magazine publications. I always find the
information available on the site and in the articles to be informative and an
excellent starting point for researching how I can improve the technical
documentation at my company.
Check out these links:
July 2011 Newsletter Publication Schedule
The publication day for the newsletter is the last Wednesday of each month
with the deadline for content the Wednesday before publication.
The next STC-PMC newsletter will be published on Wednesday, July 27,
2011. The deadline to submit content is Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Submit
all content and questions to:
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