The April program was a multi-chapter, virtual, lunchtime workshop on the collaboration application Slack.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Our April meeting, a joint offering with the STC Philadelphia Metro chapter, is a lunchtime webinar on Slack, a collaboration platform for technical communicators, writers, and editors.
What kind of technical communication works for millennials? The Philadelphia Metro Chapter is hosting a webinar on March 22 about how to write for this large and growing audience.
Hello, STC New England!
I’d like to take this time to welcome new and returning members for 2018. The New England chapter is the place to network, share ideas, and learn about technical communication in all six New England states, and we’re fortunate to have you as part of it.
Due to insufficient registrations, the joint STC-IABC program scheduled for Monday, February 5, 2018 has been canceled.
Refunds will be issued to registrants.
Our February meeting, a joint offering with the Boston chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, is a panel discussion on communicating in highly regulated environments.
The December program meeting, the Chapter’s first of the year—and by all accounts one of the most interesting of recent years—introduced Augmented Reality (AR) and its potential for transforming the way information is presented and consumed.
(Ed. Note: Nancy Allison, Paul Duarte, Elizabeth Klisiewicz, Steve Jong, and Rick Lippincott contributed to this report.)
STC New England held its annual InterChange regional conference on October 20 and 21, 2017 at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Inn and Conference Center.
Join us on December 13 to learn about how Augmented Reality is transforming the way companies create, sell, operate, and service products.