October 2011 Announcements
Tuesday, 04 October 2011

Here's what the Carolina Chapter has planned for October:


1. SpeedCon: An Unconference on Communication

The STC Carolina chapter and the NC State SIGDOC chapter are presenting an unconference on communication on Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Talley Center on the NC State campus.

See http://speedcon-comm-2011.eventbrite.com/ for additional information.

What's an unconference?

An unconference is a participant-driven conference. The content is generally diverse and tends to include some short presentations such as lightning talks (a series of 5-minute presentations, often unrelated to one another). Unconferences avoid aspects of conventional conferences such as high fees, sponsored presentations, and top-down organization. (And hey, you can't get lower-cost than free!)

Registration and breakfast will begin at 9:00 a.m., with the program beginning at 10 a.m. We're planning a total of 20 sessions, each 30 minutes long, with four sessions running concurrently. Some sessions may include two 15-minute presentations, and some may include five 5-minute presentations. We don't know for sure, because it's an unconference! But we do know that you'll have lots of opportunities to interact with and learn from fellow technical communication
professionals about topics of interest to you. Stay tuned for more information!

Note: If you enjoy the event, and you'd like to show your appreciation, please consider donating to the Diane Feldman Scholarship Fund at http://www.stc-carolina.org/Diane+Feldman+Scholarship+Fund

Cohosted by: ACM SIGDOC NC State University chapter

SIGDOC (http://ncsu.orgsync.com/org/sigdoc) is the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group (SIG) on the Design of Communication (DOC). Members of SIGDOC are interested in the potentials, practices, and problems of multiple kinds of communication technologies, such as Web applications, user interfaces, and online and print documentation.

As a student chapter, SIGDOC @ NCSU focuses on developing a social community for students, faculty, and alumni. All students interested in fields like technical communication, software engineering, information architecture, or usability are welcome to attend SIGDOC events. SIGDOC @ NCSU’s goal is to complement the classroom experience. We host programs and events focused on education, networking, and social interaction.

2. "Facebook Got Me Fired": An STC Carolina Foothills and STC Clemson, Joint Event

Join STC Carolina's Foothills region and the STC Clemson student
chapter on Saturday, November 5 for "Facebook Got Me Fired: How Social
Media Can Make or Break Your Career," presented by Robert Rhyne Armstrong. We will network over a catered dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m., then hear about upcoming opportunities with the Society for Technical Communication from 6:30-6:45 p.m. We will also announce details about our bi-annual scholarship for Clemson students. Robert's presentation will begin at 6:45 p.m., streaming live through GoToWebinar.

For more information and to register, visit the link below:



3. Call for Entries: Chapter Competitions

Technical communicators, we invite you to submit your work to the 2011-2012 STC Carolina Competitions. The annual STC competitions provide an excellent way for you and your team to get recognition for your technical publication, online help, tutorials, newsletters, and other forms of technical communication.

Competition entries must be received by October 28. The early bird discount ends October 7.

For information about submitting entries (including entry forms and
instructions), visit: http://www.stc-carolina.org/Submitter+Corner

Sign up and pay your entry fee online at: http://2011stc-carolina-competitions.eventbrite.com/

4. Competition Judges, Sign Up Now!

Ready to participate in our one-day Competitions Training and Judging Day? This year, the competitions training and judging will be held _on the same day._ We hope you'll find this format more convenient and productive.

On Saturday, November 12th, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., all judges will meet for a brief training session. We'll talk about what to consider as you evaluate an entry and how to give the most helpful feedback. And as your team evaluates entries together, you'll get an idea of how to work as a group and decide on an award. It’s an easy way to ask questions as you’re examining entries and to network with judges on other teams.

In addition to serving breakfast foods and beverages, we'll provide a catered lunch from Babymoon Café. Choose from a variety of sandwich and salad box lunches.

For more information and a schedule, visit http://www.stc-carolina.org/Judge+Corner

To register, complete the registration form at http://2011carolinajudges.eventbrite.com/



5. Welcome, New Members!

If you've just joined, welcome to the STC Carolina Chapter! We're an active chapter, so please check out our website at the following link:

You can find our upcoming events on our website's chapter calendar. There are many opportunities to get involved, and we encourage you to participate in the events planned throughout the year. Generally, we hold membership meetings on the third Thursday of each month. You can also follow us on social media:

  • LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=21047

  • Twitter: http://twitter.com/stc_carolina

  • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/2405569345

  • If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact the chapter leadership. We're here to help you reap the benefits of membership in this dynamic organization.


  • http://www.stc-carolina.org/Leadership