Recognition Wednesday: Sigma Tau Chi

by Marisa Seitz on 27 May 2015

Register for the Summit today!There are so many honorees this year that Recognition Monday has spilled over to Recognition Wednesday! Below is this years honoree for Sigma Tau Chi. Attending the Summit and want to help celebrate them in person? This year the Honors Reception is included in your registration! If you haven’t registered yet, visit summit.stc.org.

STC sponsors Sigma Tau Chi (STX) to recognize exemplary technical communication students in baccalaureate or graduate programs.

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Recognition Tuesday: Intercom Awards

by Marisa Seitz on 26 May 2015

Register for the Summit today!We continue our build toward the Honors Reception at the 2015 Technical Communication Summit. STC’s (and technical communication’s) best and brightest are celebrated at the Honors Reception as part of the Summit. Here on STC’s Notebook, we’ll be highlighting a different set of honorees every week on Recognition Monday (due to the holiday, this week’s installment is on Tuesday). Below are this years honorees for the Intercom Outstanding Magazine Article and Intercom Outstanding Guest-Edited Issue, with their citations. Attending the Summit and want to help celebrate them in person? This year the Honors Reception is included in your registration! If you haven’t registered yet, visit summit.stc.org.

Intercom Outstanding Magazine Article

Rick Lippincott, for his article, “We Explain Things” in the April 2014 issue of Intercom.

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Hyatt RegencyIf you haven’t made your hotel reservation for the Summit yet, you’re in luck! The Hyatt Regency Columbus has just extended the cut-off date to 29 May. Enjoy the convenience of being a short elevator ride from all the Summit action, complimentary continental breakfast just for Summit attendees, and complimentary wifi service in your guest room. Make your reservation today.

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Summit 2015Are you interested in attending the Summit but can’t make the trip to Columbus? Perhaps despite trying to convince your boss, you still can’t find a way to work it in. We understand, and we have a solution that allows you to take part in the excitement without having to be there in person—the Virtual Track!

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Sponsor and Exhibit at the 2015 Summit!The 2015 STC Summit is just around the corner and only a few exhibit spaces are still open. The Summit Expo Hall provides your company with an environment to showcase products and services and the opportunity to educate your customers on what your company does best. Exhibiting at the Summit gets you all of this and more:

  • Pre- and post-show attendee list
  • Pre-show listing in the May issue of Intercom magazine
  • Conference welcome event and networking events held in the exhibit hall (sponsorships available)
  • 10’ x 10’ pipe and drape booth space
  • 3’ draped side rail and 8’ tall back drape
  • 3 Expo-only booth staff passes
  • Booth identification sign
  • Listing in STC Conference Program
  • Completely carpeted exhibit hall (carpeting to match your booth is available at an additional cost)
  • Unopposed exhibit hall times
  • Refreshment breaks served exclusively in the exhibit hall
  • Discounted full conference registration for exhibitors for only $225

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Register for the Summit today!We continue our build toward the Honors Reception at the 2015 Technical Communication Summit. STC (and technical communication’s) best and brightest are celebrated at the Honors Reception as part of the Summit. Here on STC’s Notebook, we’ll be highlighting a different set of honorees every week on Recognition Monday. Below are this years honorees for the Distinguished Community Awards. Attending the Summit and want to help celebrate them in person? This year the Honors Reception is included in your registration! If you haven’t registered yet, visit summit.stc.org.

The Society for Technical Communication has long recognized the importance of the hard work and commitment of its community members. Without their energy and enthusiasm, the Society would cease to be the largest, most effective, and most prestigious organization of technical communicators in the world.

Below are the honorees this year for the Distinguished Chapter Service Awards, Distinguished SIG Service Awards, and Distinguished Service Award for Students. Congratulations to each of them and thank you for your service to the Society. And thank you to the members of the committee, Cindy Pao, Adam Evans, Cheryl Landes, and Linda Urban. [click to continue…]

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Register for the Summit today!STC is proud to announce Temple Grandin as a 2015 Honorary Fellow. The honor will formally be bestowed at the 2015 Technical Communication Summit.

Her citation reads:

For your ability to clearly communicate scientific concepts and your work on how perception and noise affect comprehension and appropriate/expected response, which has influenced learning model theory, accessibility for people with learning and brain differences, usability, user experience, and system design in multiple industries and disciplines.

Check out STC Fellow and President Kit Brown-Hoekstra’s interview with Temple Grandin below, then be sure to register for the Summit to help all our award winners celebrate!

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Technical Communication Body of Knowledge Update

by Marisa Seitz on 8 May 2015

TCBOKSTC and the Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK) team are pleased to announce the arrival of the TCBOK with its new WordPress platform on 1 May 2015.

Features of the updated TCBOK include the following:

  • The new platform accepts submissions through an easy-to-use form: no longer are usernames and passwords required.
  • TCBOK content appears in a user-friendly format that is easy to navigate. In addition to the search box, a tag cloud identifies content occurrence.
  • Content is continually edited for consistency and clarity, with obsolete content being deleted.
  • New content continues to be added for the benefit of STC members.

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Register for the Summit today!STC is proud to announce John Carroll as a 2015 Honorary Fellow. John will be accepting the honor at the 2015 Technical Communication Summit.

His citation reads:

For your lifelong contributions to technical communication through your research into human-computer interaction and the concept of minimalism in documentation, and for your dedication to teaching the next generation.

Check out Nicky Bleiel’s interview with John Carroll below, then be sure to register for the Summit so that you can see him accept his award in person! [click to continue…]

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Talking Usability: It’s Not Your Fault!

by David Dick on 4 May 2015

Cheery BlossomsSpring in Washington, D.C. welcomes cherry blossoms, mild temperatures, and a few three-day holidays. Washington, D.C. has plenty of reasons to attract visitors: the best museums anywhere, renowned restaurants, and plenty of historical sites. Getting around the city is easy: walk, bicycle, or take the metro. Those who take the metro (i.e., subway) must cope with tired children and bewildered parents, baseball fans commuting to the stadium, and people commuting home from day at the office. Tourists are swept up in the hustle and bustle, which causes them to become confused and disoriented, and all they want to do is to get home. [click to continue…]

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