We’ve made it through another winter and now we’re anxious for the weather to warm up and the flowers to bloom in the spring. Slowly, we’re coming out of our hibernations and back into the outside world, where we can meet new faces and think of new ideas in technical communication.
A new face to our Council is our new Secretary, Steve Greffenius. Steve previously served as Chapter President, and he recently presented at our November program, “RTFM: Acronym Whose Time Never Came.” In addition to recording the Council’s Meeting minutes, Steven updates the Chapter’s job bank with new leads for fellow members. We’re proud to have him on the Council and we can’t wait to hear what good ideas he has.
Four people attended our Scribbling Tipplers on March 8th, and I was pleased to see some faces that attended our recent programs. We hope to attract more people to our social hour and build our network.
Because of the looming snow in mid-March, we cancelled Karen Giventer’s program, “Power Follow-Up: Using Follow-Up Methods to Strengthen Your Job Search“ in Framingham, Mass. However, we will reschedule it for Wednesday, May 17th; we hope to see you there.
On March 22nd, Council Member Steve Jong and I spoke at a career panel for science communicators and technical communicators at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. There we shared our career experiences with postdoctoral students, and took the time to answer questions students had about starting out in technical communication, translating their scientific research into a portfolio or online blog to build an audience, and their ethos as a technical writer. Steve and I enjoyed meeting students and hearing their career goals so we could answer their questions and point them in the directions they wanted to go.
I’d like to thank Jack Molisani, the producer of LavaCon, for contributing to the News with his article “Why Customers Call Tech Support and What Tech Writers Can Do About It.” Jack has volunteered to be a contributor, so be sure to check back for another article. In addition, Jack will also present our April program; details to follow.
We hope several of you are planning to attend the Summit in National Harbor, Md. Let us know about your experiences and share them with us!
Finally, this past March, one of our volunteers and former Council Members, Pam Sarantos, relocated to Texas. For the past 15 years, Pam has helped the chapter in so many ways, from helping organize InterChange to performing Council work. She was a terrific member of our community. Past Chapter President Taryn Light said, ‘Pam is one of those “can do” people who not only has the vision, but also rolls up her sleeves and gets things done. We have been very fortunate to have had Pam on our STC Team in New England and wish her great success in her new endeavors.” We will miss Pam, but we wish her all the best of luck.