February 2011 News and Notes

STC News & Notes
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Visit STC's New Website

Have you seen the new STC website yet? While the members-only area is still being perfected, the public-facing sections of the website are now live. Information is much easier to find, with a clean and user-friendly design. Please make use of the Feedback tabs, too, to let us know if something is missing or out of place, or if you really like a section in particular.

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Tim O'Reilly Speaking at STC Summit

STC is proud to announce Tim O'Reilly as STC Honorary Fellow and Keynote Speaker at the 2011 Summit. Tim is the CEO and founder of O'Reilly Media, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, Web 2.0 Summit, and Gov 2.0 Summit.

"Tim O'Reilly is one of the most highly regarded thought leaders in our industry," said Phylise Banner, chair of the Honorary Fellow committee, "and it is with pride that we welcome him to the Society with the rank of Honorary Fellow." Added Conference Manager Alan Houser, "He is the perfect keynote speaker for the Sacramento Summit." STC President Hillary Hart agreed, commenting that, "Tim's appearance at the Summit recognizes the value technical communicators bring to 'spreading the knowledge of innovators.'" Visit the Summit website for more information and to register.

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Other Conference News

For those going to the Summit, the official Summit hotels are the place to be! Networking and easy access to the sessions are just two of the reasons to stay at the Hyatt or Sheraton. Learn more reasons from the Summit blog. The Summit blog will be continuously updated with new information, tourism tips, and more.

"Beyond the Bleeding Edge" returns to the Summit, too, and Neil Perlin is looking for proposals. Many technical communicators are hard-put to keep up with the daily grind, let alone have time to look into emerging technologies. Present a summary of technologies and methodologies that are too new or unusual to fit into traditional Summit sessions. See the full description for more details and instructions on how to submit a proposal.

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Ask the Candidates for STC Election

STC's 2011 election runs 9-30 March; do you know all about the candidates? Read bios and learn about all the candidates in this important election on the STC election site. If you have a question you'd like the candidates to answer, just click the Ask a Candidate button and submit your query!

In addition, Sarah O'Keefe and Scriptorium are hosting the two candidates for Vice President on Tuesday, 1 March, from 11:00 AM-Noon EST (GMT-5). See STC's Notebook for more information and a link to register.

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Fellows and Associate Fellows Named

The highest honorary ranks awarded by the Society are Fellow and Associate Fellow. STC Associate Fellows are Senior Members who have attained distinction by doing important work in the field of technical communication, made significant contributions to the Society, or both. The rank of Fellow is the highest honor an STC member can receive and is awarded to Associate Fellows who have continued to excel in the field of technical communication.

Congratulations to the newest Associate Fellows and Fellows! If you'd like to cheer on the honorees in person, be sure to buy a ticket for the Honors Banquet at the Summit when you register.

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What's New in Renewals

If you haven't yet renewed your STC membership, time is running out on two important deadlines. You must renew by 28 February in order to vote in this year's elections. The 2011 elections are important for your Society, so make sure your voice is heard. Additionally, 28 February is the last day members can sign up for the value-packed Gold Membership, with over $1,200 in value for just $395. Renew your STC membership today!

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Online Education from STC

Whether you're looking for a one-hour webinar or a longer, more in-depth certificate course, STC has an increasing variety of online education for you. With new Thursday dates available, STC is offering nine webinars throughout the month of March. See the full listing of webinars to decide which one is right for you.

For deeper exploration, try one of STC's multi-week certificate courses. Technical Editing Fundamentals, presented by Linda Oestreich and Michelle Corbin, runs 17 March through 28 April, seven sessions designed for beginning through advanced technical editing practitioners. Check out STC's other certificate course offerings as well.

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Read STC Publications

Online access to Intercom and Technical Communication are part of your membership. View the latest issues of each for articles and research that can affect the way you do your job or give you a heads up on new ideas, tools, and theories. Don't forget, though, you must log in to read the full articles.

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STC's Notebook has compiled links to technical communication blogs, including the top 25 most influential bloggers (as named by MindTouch), member blogs, and important nonmember blogs. See the current list here. Want to see yours included? Email Kevin Cuddihy with the URL.

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Links of Interest

STC's Notebook provides a weekly set of Links of Interest most Fridays, with links to blogs and articles discovered through Twitter, emails, and other means over the previous week. The new News and Notes will include links to those blog postings so you can review the Links of Interest at your leisure. If you have a link you think other STC members would be interested in, please email Kevin Cuddihy.

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