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November 2011 News & Notes

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Have You Renewed Your STC Membership?

The renewal period for 2012 is underway; have you renewed? Membership dues remain the same as for 2011 (save for the SIG Value rate, which goes down!), and STC has started a new membership level: The New TC Professional, geared to those just out of college.

You can save on your membership, too, by referring coworkers and colleagues to STC. For every new member who lists you as their referral, you'll save $10 off your membership, up to $50 total. See the Member Get a Member page for more. Or get a free membership when you make a purchase from MadCap Software! See STC's Notebook for more information. Click here to renew today.

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STC and its Global Role in Advancing the Profession

Last week, STC President Hillary Hart wrote the first of many planned blog posts about the strategic direction the Board of Directors has for STC in 2012. The first post is about STC's global presence and some of the initiatives planned. Read her post on STC's Notebook.

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Community Affairs Committee Looks Forward to 2012

The Community Affairs Committee is also making plans for 2012, with multiple services planned to help support chapters and SIGs and work with STC staff and the Board of Directors. A new column is planned for STC's Notebook, A Community Affair, with regular updates on the CAC's progress throughout the year. Read the introductory post on their plans.

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Free Webinar About the Body of Knowledge

STC is offering a free webinar for educators looking for a class project for their students. Stephen Bernhardt of the University of Delaware and Thomas Barker at Texas Tech University have created a class project for students to help populate the Technical Communication Body of Knowledge. Creating content for the BOK as a student team requires collaboration, audience analysis, content strategy, and rhetorical skill—most of the skills and concepts TC students need to prepare for the workplace. In this webinar, Bernhardt and Barker will explain how they organized the project and tell you how you can do the same with your students. Attendence is free, but you must register to attend.

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Member-Centered Ads Unveiled

If you’ve been on STC.org lately, you may have seen a face you recognized in one of the banner ads. STC recently unveiled a new member-centric ad campaign, with testimonials from members talking about the value of the Society, and we’re rotating them on the website. See STC.org, or visit STC's Notebook to read more about the effort and see links to all the ads. The ads currently feature John Hedtke, Donte Ormsby, Blythe Brown, and Tom Milligan, with two more (MaryKay Grueneberg and Bernard Aschwanden) to come, centered around the Summit. Do you have a story about how STC has helped you along? Email Kevin Cuddihy and we'll put your face on an ad, too!

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Attendee Reviews STC Virtual Conference

STC held its first-ever virtual conference, Applying Research in Practice, on 9 November. One of the attendees, Bonni Graham Gonzalez, graciously agreed to write up a review and share her thoughts on the conference with the rest of STC. See the post on STC's Notebook to find out what she thought. More virtual conferences are planned for 2012, so watch STC.org for details!

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Education Events

STC hosts five webinars in December before taking a bit of a break before the holidays. See the live Web seminars home page on the STC website for the full schedule and to find out which webinar can help you with your job: Organizing Help Content: Breaking Out of Topic-Based Hierarchies, Tom Johnson, 1 December; Establishing Document Standards for Technical Publications, Kenneth Price, 7 December; Cultivating a Culture of Collaboration, Rebekka Andersen and Charlotte Robidoux, 8 December; Socio-Technical Design: The Future of the Online Community, Phylise Banner, 14 December; and How Effective Graphics Can Improve Your E-learning Tutorials, Nad Rosenberg, 14 December.

The certificate course schedule for 2012 is starting to take shape, with four courses scheduled, included a new certificate course, Writing Effective User Documentation, presented by Sharon Burton on Tuesdays from 10 January-14 February. Other courses currently scheduled include Managing Virtual Teams (24 January-9 February, Tuesdays and Thursdays); Undiscovered Country: Master Writer (21 February-20 March, Tuesdays); and Topic-Based Authoring (3 April-8 May, Tuesdays). Visit the Certificate Course page for further courses as they're scheduled.

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Community Events

STC's Chapters and SIGs hold regular events throughout the year, many of which are virtual and open to all STC members. Bookmark the Community Events page on STC's Notebook and keep an eye on events from STC's communities!

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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.