Apr 232018
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STC New England President Paul Duarte

Hello, STC New England News readers,

It finally feels like spring in New England. I hope everyone has had the chance to spend time outdoors and experience the beautiful weather.

May 20 to 23 is the STC Summit in Orlando, Florida. Here, technical communicators from around the world meet to network, share ideas, and learn the latest trends in our profession. In addition, professionals are honored for their work in technical communication. I’d like to recognize three people, current and former members of our Chapter, who are recipients of the STC’s Distinguished Chapter Service Award: Richard Lippincott, Emily Alfson, and Pamela Sarantos. All three made great contributions to the Chapter—by serving on Council, volunteering in InterChange, and helping share the virtues of technical communication with others. Please join me in congratulating them on this achievement.

It’s not too late to join our lunch webinar with STC Philadelphia Metro on April 25th, “Slack for Technical Writers and Editors.” Please click the link to learn more about the event and to visit the Eventbrite page. There, you can purchase your ticket and learn how you can sign up for Slack for this webinar. This program will feature Ben Woelk and Sara Feldman presenting on this collaboration tool being used in many workplaces and other venues, allowing technical communicators and subject matter experts to collaborate more effectively. If you’re curious about Slack or want to pick up a new skill, please join us; we hope to see you there at lunch!

We’re still looking for volunteers for InterChange. We’ve received interest from some of you, but we need someone to help coordinate the conference. This person will ensure that the conference is properly planned and all the work is completed so that it is a success this October. This is a great opportunity to build project management skills, and someone who has a knack for event planning and organization would be a great fit. Please reach out to me at paulduarte@stcnewengland.org if you’re interested.

Also coming soon are Chapter elections. For the coming year, all officer positions will be up for vote: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary, and we have room on our Council for more members. I will not seek another term as Chapter President; I will become Immediate Past President for 2018-2019. I encourage our members to run for Council. This is a great opportunity to build your leadership, teamwork, and communication skills, and your work can ensure the Chapter better serves the local technical communication community. We will send out nomination instructions over email, and we will reach out to nominees to confirm their candidacy. Then, we’ll have a vote in May and announce the new officers and Council Members in June.

If you’re going to the Summit, I wish you safe travels, and I hope it is a very enriching and enlightening experience for you. Please share your experiences with us when you return, and we’d love to feature your story on the Chapter’s News website next month.

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