February 2012 News & Notes

STC News & Notes

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Membership Grace Period End 29 February

STC's grace period for membership is about to end. If you do not renew by 29 February, your membership will expire. That includes access to our publications, the 38 free archived seminars (plus more to be added soon), and discounts for online education and our annual Summit. In fact, if you plan on attending the Summit or taking an online certificate course, your membership pays for itself just in your discounted registration fee. In addition, you must renew by 29 February in order to vote in the upcoming election. Be where it all comes together. Renew today.


STC Election Starts 2 March

Who will be STC's next Vice President? Secretary? Directors? Nominating Committee members? Those questions will be answered between 2 March and 23 March, as the 2012 STC election opens on Friday. All members who renew by 29 February will receive an email with a username, password, and URL to vote. If you do not receive this email by the end of the day on 2 March, email For more information on all the candidates, including biographies, audio podcast interviews, and answers to submitted questions, visit the Election website. Note: some new members may not have received all of the candidate emails sent out for the election. If you did not and would like to receive them, please email Kevin Cuddihy and he will forward them to you.


Conference Update

Plans are quickly falling into place for the 2012 Technical Communication Summit, 20-23 May 2012 in Rosemont, IL, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. We have just about all the sessions currently listed in our preliminary program and are working hard on slotting them into the schedule by date and time and have the preliminary full schedule available. We hope to have that information finalized shortly, plus the announcement of the Keynote Speaker. See the Summit website for all the details and to register.


Pacesetter Deadline is 26 March

The deadline for communities to submit an application for the Pacesetter Award is 26 March. STC's Community Pacesetter Award recognizes innovative and successful community initiatives. All communities are welcome to apply for the Pacesetter Award, even those that have already applied for the Community Achievement Award. Visit the STC website for guidelines, the application, and information on where to submit your entry.


Last Days for Certification Special Offer

The deadline for applying to become a charter member Certified Professional Technical CommunicatorTM (CPTC) has been extended to 29 February due to technical problems on STC's website leading up to the initial deadline. Apply on the STC website and pay just the $99 application fee; by signing up before this deadline, you’ll save $100 on the $595 assessment fee as well when you submit your complete evaluation packet later on. Please note, this deadline is just to apply; you can submit your evaluation packet at a later date. If you have any questions about applying for certification, please read through the certification section of our website or call STC at +1 (703) 522-4114.


STC Introduces New Certificate Course

STC introduces a new certificate course, Creating Mobile Apps without Coding, presented by Neil Perlin from 3-15 May. This great new course will walk you through the development of a simple but functional native app with no coding. You'll have a feel for the overall GUI app development tool market, an overview of app design principles, and an actual working app whose data you can modify without being a programmer. Click the link for full details and prerequisites. And visit the main Certificate Course page for our full lineup, including Technical Editing Fundamentals (note new time of 2:00-5:00 PM EST (GMT-5)), TechComm 201, and Topic-Based Authoring.

And don't forget about our one-hour live Web seminars! March brings a number of these focused sessions, with others scheduled in April and June and more to come (no sessions will take place in May due to the Summit). Check out the schedule and see which one can help you advance your career. Finally, did you know that you have access to 38 free archived seminars as part of your membership? More will be added soon, but visit the collection today for free learning!


January Intercom a Double Issue

The January issue of Intercom is a special double issue on information architecture, with a whopping 13 feature articles available online, including one from Richard Saul Wurman. What's more, Intercom Online now offers the ability to comment on the articles! Ask a question, debate a point, or discuss with fellow members. Visit Intercom Online today. We expect to have the February issue of Technical Communication online soon, and will send an email to members when it is published.


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!

In addition, the Community Affairs Committee posted another entry to STC's Notebook, declaring 2012 "The Year of the Student Member." Find out why in their A Community Affair post.


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.


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.