Poster Contest Deadline Extended!

The deadline for the STC student poster submissions has been extended to Monday, March 31, 2014. The STC Summit will be held in Phoenix, with presentation of winning posters on May 20, 2014.

Previous winner, Samantha Gale, had this to say about her poster contest experience:

"Competing in the STC Student Poster Contest helped hone many of my skills that would later come in handy during job interviews and client work. I had to prepare a physical representation of my research that would answer any possible questions the judges could have; articulate my passion for and knowledge of a topic to people who hadn't seen the work that had gone into creating the poster; and defend myself and my work in front of people who would decide my fate. It was an exciting process, and my hard work paid off with a win — two years in a row!"

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to attend the STC Summit for free (selected posters will be printed by STC), build their portfolios, and network. Instructions for submitting posters can be found here.

Call for Student Posters – Summit ’14

If you are a student in an undergraduate or graduate Tech Comm program or course, consider answer the call for the Student Poster Contest at The Summit '14. It's a great opportunity to present one of your research project results, get feedback on your work, and make some professional contacts.

STC will print and display the top 3 posters throughout the Summit. The student finalists will have their conference fee waived for the day of their poster presentation (Tuesday, May 20th), and they will be provided tickets to the Award Banquet that evening.

You can read all the details at Call for Posters STC Summit '14

Deadline for submission is 10 March 2014.

A Message from Our SIG Manager

Dear Colleagues—

I just returned from STC Summit 2013 in Atlanta. It was a wonderful experience. I learned about the latest trends in technical communication so that I can bring them back to my students, and I networked with many people (educators and practitioners) who are interested in preparing students to become excellent practitioners.

We saw a definite upsurge in interest in student members, which was punctuated by the entire STC Board of Directors attending the student poster competition. We announced the launch of the new Mentorboard. And, we celebrated with the members and friends of our SIG who were award winners this year. Let me share just a few of those honors with you:

  • For the second year, the Academic SIG was recognized as an STC Community of Excellence
  • Craig Baehr, Texas Tech University and a member of the SIG Administrative Council, was named an Associate Fellow
  • Bethany Bowles, University of Central Florida, received an Academic SIG Volunteer of the Year award for her work with student mentoring
  • Samantha Gale, Appalachian State University, won first place in the student poster competition
  • Sally Henschel and Carol Anne Wall, members of the SIG Administrative Council, received Distinguished SIG Service Awards
  • Mak Pandit, Technowrites Pvt. Ltd., India, was named an Associate Fellow
  • Kirk St.Amant, East Carolina University, was honored with the Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Dan Voss, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, won both a President’s Award and an Academic SIG Volunteer of the Year award for his work with student mentoring

I send sincere congratulations to these and other award winners. In addition, STC inducted four new students into the honor society Sigma Tau Delta. It was a good year! Please join our winning team in the work of creating another year of support for educating the technical communication professionals of tomorrow.

Best wishes,

Pam Estes Brewer, Ph.D.

Manager, Academic SIG

Student Poster Competition Deadline Extended!

We have extended the deadline for the STC Academic SIG student poster competition: Monday, 8 April 2012. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in a competition and present virtually at no cost.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students may enter as individuals or as part of a team.
  • Students do not need to be a member of STC to enter or (if they are selected) to present virtually at the Summit.
  • Selected students will present their posters during the STC Summit ’13 , on Tuesday, 7 May 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (ET) in person or virtually via Skype.
  • Submissions will be ranked and the top two posters will be awarded cash prizes.
  • Students who present virtually will not be charged a Summit registration fee. Students who want to attend the Summit in person will need to pay the student registration fee of $175. Student members of STC who are selected to present and wish to attend the Summit in person may volunteer to work at least one day at the Summit to cover the registration fee. If the student is not a member of STC, they may join at the student rate of $75 for the year.

Submission details can be found on the Student Poster Competition page on this site.

Notification of selection will be made 15 April 2013.

Notes from The Summit

By Carol Anne Wall, Communication Manager

It's been a couple weeks since I returned from The Summit in Chicago, and my head is still spinning. When it stops spinning, I hope all the information, names/faces, and memories are sorted neatly in my brain. Here are some of the Academic highlights, from my point of view.

Education Progression and SIG meeting

Monday was a big day for the Academic SIG. Bright and early at 8:30 am, the Education progression kicked into high gear, with 20 minute sessions on:

The Academic SIG meeting included a lovely light lunch, camaraderie, and updates from the SIG leadership. Items that created the most buzz were the Academic SIG taking leadership on the TCBOK and the student initiatives, such as the student sub-SIG and student participation at The Summit.

Student Poster Contest

The Student Poster Contest broke new ground with The Summit's first-ever virtual student poster presentation. Heather Kfoury, a graduate student at the University of Houston-Downtown, presented "Have a Very Merry Recession: A Rhetorical and Ethical Analysis of a Corporate Holiday Card during the Recession".

The First Place poster "Social Media Marketing for Technical Communication Professionals" was presented by Adaline Haseltine and Samantha Gale, undergraduate students at Appalachian State University. You can read more about the winners and their poster here.

Communities Reception and Music Jam

The Academic SIG wrangled at table near the entrance, between the Chicago chapter and the Marketing SIG, sharing our table with the Emerging Technologies SIG. Reception passports were cheerfully stamped with an "A", sometimes an "A+" or even an "AA". We spread the word about our SIG, passed out pens and brochures, and basically had a good time promoting the Academic SIG.

The best of the evening was yet to come, when the lights went down in the hall, and up on the stage to greet the return of The Rough Drafts, the STC's house band.

The Rough Drafts

Anchored by original members, Tommy Barker on lead guitar and Rich Maggiani on the drums, they welcomed newcomers Viqui Dill and Robert Hershenow to the group.

A set list was published, and audience members were encouraged to sign-up before the show to jam with the band.

Honors Banquet

After a full day of sessions on Tuesday, it was time to recognize individuals, chapters, and SIGs for their contributions to the larger STC Community.

Our SIG Manager, Pam Estes Brewer was named an Associate Fellow of the STC. Her citation read: "For passionately supporting communication between those who practice and those who teach in the field of technical communication, and for promoting global communication to students of technical writing". Congratulations, Pam!

The Academic SIG was named a 2011 Chapter of Excellence.

Photo courtesy of DJCline.com Copyright 2012.
http://www.djcline.com/2012/05/23/may-22-2012-stc-summit-awards/

Thank yous

Thanks to STC Chicago for hosting The Summit, and to the Program Committee for putting together a great educational experience. Thanks as well to all the speakers, whether they did solo presentations, spoke on or coordinated a panel, progression, or lightning talks. Without your willingness to share your expertise and "put yourself out there", The Summit couldn't happen.

Kudos to Sally Henschel and Valerie Ball, for their work coordinating the organizational, technical and judging responsibilities for the student poster presentation.

A hearty and heart-felt thank you to Lloyd at the STC HQ for making the arrangements for the virtual poster presentation and for setting up the student volunteer program. The student volunteers work at the Summit for a day, in exchange for their registration fee for The Summit. It was great seeing all the students and feeling their enthusiasm for our profession.

Now it's time for me to start up my Summit '13 spare change jar so I can attend next year's Summit in Atlanta. Hope to see you there!

Summit 2012 Updates for SIG Members

Instead of creating the Academic's Guide to the Summit, the Program Board has added a mortar board symbols in the program to indicate topics of interest to academics or researchers.

Monday, May 21st is a big day for our SIG:

  • The Education Progression takes place at 8:30 am in International Ballroom D/E.
  • The Student Lunch takes place on Monday, May 21 at 11:30 am in the Red Bar on the Lobby Level.
  • The Academic SIG will hold their business meeting from 12:30pm to 1:30pm in DFW A.
  • The Student Poster Session, "Student Perspectives on Technical Communication" starts at 2:00 pm in the Vienna room.

See you at the Summit!

Student Poster Contest Deadline Extended!

We have extended the deadline for the STC Academic SIG student poster competition: Monday, April 23, 2012. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in a competition and present virtually at no cost.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students may enter as individuals or as part of a team.
  • Students do not need to be a member of STC to enter or (if they are selected) to present virtually at the Summit.
  • Selected students will present their posters during the STC Summit ’12 , on Monday, 21 May 2012, through Adobe Connect.
  • Submissions will be ranked and the top two posters will be awarded cash prizes.
  • Student members of STC who are selected to present and wish to attend the Summit in person may volunteer to work at the Summit to cover their registration fee.

Submission details can be found on the Student Poster Competition page on this site.