We have elected our 2014 administrative council! These STC Phoenix Chapter members ran unopposed and were elected unanimously:
- President: Kim Rosenlof
- Vice President: Jeanette Lee-Randall
- Secretary/Treasurer: Lou Kummerer
Fifteen of 41 eligible members voted during the November 1-7 election. The election was held online using the iContact system.
The administrative council is the decision-making body of the chapter and is composed of the elected officers and the immediate past president, Jan Kruse. They take office on January 1 and serve through December 31, 2014.
Congratulations to our new administrative council and thanks to everyone who voted.
The Nominations Committee is pleased to present our slate of officer candidates for the STC Phoenix Chapter election. Elected officers will serve from January 1 through December 31, 2014.
The chapter will conduct electronic voting this year from November 1-7. A link to the ballot will be emailed to all current chapter members on November 1.
Here are our chapter officer candidates and their biographies:
Kim Rosenlof – Candidate for President
Kim Rosenlof has been a member of the Phoenix Chapter since 1997. She served as our president in 2013 and as our treasurer in 2012. Kim has presented at STC Phoenix Chapter meetings, participated as a CARSEF/AzSEF and Publication, Art, and Online competition judge, spoken at the STC Region 5 conference in 2005 and served as Membership Chair of the Instructional Design and Learning SIG in 2007-2008. Kim has also served as the Arizona Wing Public Affairs Officer of Civil Air Patrol, Toastmasters Y5 Area Governor, and LUNA Chix Phoenix Triathlon Team Leader.
Currently self-employed as an instructional designer, technical writer, and marketing communications professional, Kim’s work experience includes technical writing and instructional design positions at Data Dimensions, Honeywell, and TraCorp, as well as writing articles for various aviation and technical publications. Her hobbies include running, triathlons, hot air ballooning, and learning to play the piano.
Jeanette Lee-Randall – Candidate for Vice President
Jeanette Lee-Randall is a technical writer with Discount Tire Corporation, working in the Employee Development & Training Department. Her background includes over 25 years of documentation experience with the Department of Defense, the U.S. Geological Survey, and in private industry. Jeanette has worked as senior technical writer for JCPenney Technical Operations, Blue-Shield Blue-Cross of Texas, Transamerica (TREIC), American Express, and FlipChip International. Her expertise includes writing and delivering context-sensitive and task-oriented online help systems, task-oriented procedures, functional and process specifications, software development reference manuals, standard operating procedures, ISO9001 Quality Management System documentation, instructional design; and updating web content.
Jeanette was introduced to the STC Lone Star Chapter and participated in their workshops and events. She joined STC in 2000 and recently joined the STC Phoenix Chapter. Jeanette has served on the Board of Directors for Soroptimist International of the Americas, Desert Coast Region, and on the Board of Directors for ArtCo, a Latino art organization. She earned an Associate of Arts degree in Journalism through the DOD Department of Army Education Program and completed Business Communication Studies at Pepperdine University-AWC Extension in Yuma, AZ.
Jeanette enjoys playing the piano and flute. Her musical tastes run to contemporary jazz and blues. She is a passionate amateur photographer of desert environments and wildlife.
Lou Kummerer – Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer
Lou Kummerer has twelve years of experience in technical communication. He began his professional life as a technical writer with AccuRay Corporation in Columbus, Ohio. He worked as a writer with Gould in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and then with Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon. Intel later moved Lou to Phoenix to manage a newly formed desktop publishing group. Ultimately, Lou’s career led him away from technical writing and into technical training and program management. He has recently retired from Intel and is seeking to re-enter the technical communication world as a contract writer.
While he was working as a writer, Lou was a strong supporter of the STC. He served as president of the Ft. Lauderdale chapter and later was an active member of the chapter in Portland, Oregon. He has presented papers twice at the STC Technical Communication Summit. In 1990, the technical documentation set created by his team at Intel garnered first place in STC’s International Summit Awards Competition.
Technical communicators in the early 1980s had the inspiration to create Arizona’s first celebration of our great endeavor. Each year in the fall, the STC Phoenix Chapter sponsors and celebrates Technical Communication Week. This year, Technical Communication week is October 13 – 19.
Read the full proclamation!
Quotes related to our profession:
- The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. ~Mark Twain
- The art of communication is the language of leadership. ~James Humes
- The real technology — behind all our other technologies — is language. It actually creates the world our consciousness lives in. ~Andrei Codrescu
- Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. ~Albert Einstein
All Valley technical communicators are welcome to join us to celebrate Technical Communication week and the chapter’s 50th year!
Phoenix City Grille (banquet room)
5816 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ
Tuesday, October 15
Happy Hour: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Short Program at 6:30 p.m.
What: Enjoy a short program meeting and socialize with your fellow Valley communicators. Meet, mingle, and munch on a delicious appetizer buffet!
Cost: $15.00 per person at the door for scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and one happy hour drink.
RSVP at the Metro-Phoenix Technical Communicators (MPTC) Meetup site. Meetup members should log in; non-members can join and RSVP at the same time!
Join our informal group of technical communicators from across the the Valley to chat about trends and issues in technical documentation, editing, illustration, instructional design, web design and similar fields. Added bonus: Get the scoop on the plans for the STC Summit in Phoenix next year! Here’s the upcoming Meetup schedule:
- Tue Jul 16 Happy Hour at Juan Jaime’s Tacos in Chandler
- Thu Aug 8 Lunch at NaRai Thai in North Scottsdale
- Thu Sep 19 Lunch at Cafe Boa in Ahwatukee
See http://bit.ly/VOMGKh for more details.
User assistance is much more than “Help.” It encompasses a wide range of skills and technologies that are combined to improve the software user’s experience.
As Technical Communicators, we contribute through wizards, tutorials, and web-based training. We develop and populate knowledge bases and content management systems. Many of us are now embedding helpful content directly into the user interface. Printed manuals and their PDF equivalents are still an important element of our documentation sets. We are also involved with usability testing, localization, testing, quality assurance, and branding.
This presentation provides a cutting-edge overview of the latest trends in software user assistance, defines the key terminology, highlights the most important technologies, and offers predictions on future directions of our field.
When and Where
- Tuesday, August 13, 4:30-5:30
- MSTLive Streaming Event using GotoMeeting.
Only 24 slots available! It will not be recorded.
- Details for group viewing will be posted on the Metro Phoenix Technical Communicators Meetup site.
Cost and Registration
About the Presenter
For over twenty-five years, Joe Welinske has been providing training, contracting and consulting services for the software industry. He specializes in helping your software development effort through crafted communication. Joe recently published the book, Developing User Assistance for Mobile Apps. He also teaches courses for Bellevue College, the University of California, and the University of Washington.
Hey, all you procrastinators! If you are working on your taxes this weekend, don’t forget to factor in STC dues. They can be declared as a charitable expense, a business expense, or a miscellaneous deduction. See Deduct Your Dues on the STC site for details.
Every day, more than 9,000 meetup groups get together in local communities. Join the Metro Phoenix Technical Communicators group at one of the following meetings:
- April 11 – Lunch in Chandler
- Apr 24 – Breakfast in Scottsdale
- May 14 – Happy Hour in North Phoenix
See http://bit.ly/VOMGKh for details.
STC Program Meeting
Let’s get together to share a Friday evening filled with wine, food, and an entertaining yet pertinent presentation by published author, consultant and motivational speaker John Hedtke (www.hedtke.com). Drawing on John’s 30 years in software and documentation, his topic, “How to be Famous in Your Profession” will provide a humorous insight into subtle (and not so subtle) self-promotion and networking techniques with the goal of opening new opportunities in technical documentation, software development, IT and other similar professions.
When and Where
- Friday, March 15, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
- Total Wine & More, 8544 S. Emerald Dr.
- 5:30 – Check-in and networking
6:00 – Wine tasting and pasta buffet dinner info
6:45 – Presentation
Cost and Registration
- STC chapter members & students: only $18.00! (paying online)
(Students must be currently enrolled in a technical communication program to qualify for this price)
- Non-members (including STC at-large members): $35.00 (paying online)
- At the door: $45
Registration deadline: March 13th, end of day
About the Presenter
John Hedtke is the award-winning author of 26 books. He has 30 years in the software business, close to 30 years writing, and 7 years in technical publications management. John has developed and written documentation and books for many leading software products, and has received 26 writing awards to date. A complete list of books, articles, projects, and awards can be found online at his website, www.hedtke.com. John owns JVH Communications, a company that offers writing and business consulting services for a variety of private, public, and governmental clients. He is also Publisher for Double Tall Press, a private publishing company specializing in nonfiction books. John also does numerous radio and magazine interviews and frequently travels to do lectures and guest appearances at conferences and seminars. John was the last Region 7 Director on the Society for Technical Communication’s Board of Directors and is a Fellow of the Society. When not otherwise occupied, John writes magazine articles and sleeps late as much as possible.
About Dinner and Wine Tasting
We will have a pasta buffet (including a veggie option) with salad, drinks, and dessert.
For the wine tasting, we have selected the Viva la France! wine tasting session to kick off the “Happy Hour” portion of the evening. While we dine, Total Wine will present a 30-minute educational and wine tasting session featuring white and red wines from various regions of France. These wines will also be available for purchase after the meeting at a discounted rate.
Water, soda, and coffee will be available for attendees who opt out of the wine tasting, or these attendees may elect to arrive after 6:30 p.m.