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.

Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarships Available from the Technical Editing SIG

Deadline extended to July 7, 2013. Originally posted 4/22/2013 Passing along a message from Rebekka Anderson, chair of the Technical Editing SIG Scholarship Committee The Technical Editing SIG is offering two scholarships of $1400 each. The first scholarship assists students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in Technical Communication (or a related area, such as professional writing or digital media) and the second assists students who are pursuing a graduate degree in Technical Communication (or a related area, such as professional writing or digital media). Students applying for one of these scholarships are expected to be able to demonstrate their focus on topics related to technical editing through their academic studies, current jobs, special projects, or undergraduate/graduate program. The winners will be announced in Corrigo, the Technical Editing SIG Newsletter. For more information on the Diane Feldman Scholarship program, please see the STC Technical Editing Web site: Eligibility The Technical Editing SIG Scholarship Committee evaluates applicants' academic records and potential for contributing to the Technical Editing profession. To be eligible for a scholarship, an applicant must be:
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree or graduate degree program related to Technical Editing or Technical Communication (students pursuing associate degrees, minors, or certificates are eligible to apply)
  • Pursuing a career as a Technical Editor
Deadline for Application The Technical Editing SIG is accepting scholarship applications for 2012. The deadline for submission is July 7, 2013. Winners will be notified in late July 2013. To Apply Complete the online Scholarship Application at the STC Technical Editing Web site: Please submit any questions through the Comments or Questions form at the end of the scholarship information page:

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

Apply for STC Student Honorary Societies 2012

The student honorary societies of STC (Sigma Tau Chi and Alpha Sigma) recognize student members of the Society for Technical Communication who have distinguished themselves as students and have demonstrated promise of future contributions to the Society and the profession.

Membership in STX is an honor given to students enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program in technical communication who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above, are exemplary in participation in STC, and demonstrate a potential for significant contribution to the profession. Membership is awarded only once and honorees retain the membership only as long as they are members in good standing of the Society. Members receive a special STX pin, a certificate, a gift-certificate for STC-branded merchandise, and a one-year free membership in STC.

Membership in AS is an honor given to students enrolled in two-year college programs or standalone university-delivered certificate programs in technical communication who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above, demonstrate active participation in STC, and have the potential to contribute to the profession. Membership is awarded only once and honorees retain the membership only as long as they are members in good standing of the Society. Members receive a special pin, a certificate, a gift-certificate for STC-branded merchandise, and a one-year free membership in STC.

Any student member of STC may apply for membership in STX or AS if they meet all of the following criteria as of October 26, 2012:

  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary baccalaureate or graduate-degree program (STX) or two-year or certificate program (AS) and have technical communication as a major, a minor, a specialization, or a field of concentration.
  • Verify by official transcript mailed to the committee chair a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent.
  • Submit a completed application and resume by email to this committee’s chair on or before October 26. The application can be found at
  • Submit letters of recommendation from (1) a faculty member and (2) a current STC member that verify the high quality of work and leadership demonstrated by the applicant’s achievements as a student, performance in paid or internship positions (if applicable), and participation in Society activities.
  • All materials should be sent to Dr. Pam Estes Brewer, chair of the nominating committee, on or before October 26, 2012.

    Please feel free to email her with any questions at

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 Copyright 2012.

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!