Webinar Next Week – Refining the Content Lifecycle

STC Phoenix will host an online meeting next Tuesday, July 8th, from 7 – 8:15 p.m. The meeting will present ”Refining the Content Lifecycle,” an archived STC webinar by STC Fellow Rahel Bailie. In the webinar, Bailie discusses factors that affect content strategy and its lifecycle.

This webinar is free to all STC and MPTC paid members and only $5 for all non-members. Limited to 25 attendees.

RSVP before 7/7. See Metro Phoenix Technical Communicators MeetUp site for additional details and to RSVP.


Filed under: Community Blog,Events,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on July 1, 2014 @ 4:14 pm |

Summit ’14 – Gone but Not Forgotten

Whether you attended Summit ’14 or not, it’s never too late to re-visit the fun and informative event! STC Phoenix member Rachel Houghton hasn’t missed a Summit in 14 years; she started taking her camera to the conference in 2002 to photograph chapter members, friends, and events. Rachel created a photo collage, which she presented at the Phoenix chapter’s June 10th meeting. To see the collage, click here.

Rachel has more pictures available on Flickr – see her STC 2014 photo album. If you would like a full-size version of any of the pictures (in the collage or the album), please contact Rachel directly at rjhoughton@gmail.com. Thank you, Rachel!

Filed under: Just for Fun,Latest Chapter News,Uncategorized,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on June 24, 2014 @ 9:25 pm |

Chapter wins STC Community of Exellence Award

The Phoenix Chapter of STC has been awarded the Society’s 2014 Community of Excellence Award! Our chapter is no stranger to awards – we won the STC Pacesetter Award in 2012, Community of Excellence in 2009, and over the years, several individuals have won the Distinguished Chapter Service Award.

If you are reading this post, please consider volunteering for this great community! Contact president@stc-phoenix.com to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Chapter officers and members proudly acknowledge the Phoenix Chapter's Community of Excellence award. Left to right: Jeanette Lee-Randall, Lou Kummerer, Kim Rosenlof, and Chanda Child.

Chapter officers and members proudly acknowledge the Phoenix Chapter’s Community of Excellence award. Left to right: Jeanette Lee-Randall, Lou Kummerer, Kim Rosenlof, and Chanda Child.

Filed under: Announcements,Community Blog,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on May 26, 2014 @ 2:12 pm |

Chapter Contributes to Summit ’14

slideshowFrom May 18 through May 21, STC Summit attendees were welcomed to Phoenix by a team of enthusiastic Phoenix chapter Hospitality table volunteers who provided good cheer and sound advice for those navigating their new surroundings. When stopping by the table, attendees could enter the STC Phoenix trivia contest to win an Arizona goodie bag, snag a plush Diamondback snake as a momento of the Summit in the desert, or just talk “tech comm.” And let’s not forget stopping by to sample and purchase those tasty peanuts from Yuma, Arizona!

The most talked about chapter activity was the evening at the Phoenix FilmBar to view Helvetica, an independent feature-length documentary by Gary Hustwit about typography and graphic design. With its retro charm, the FilmBar set the stage for this thought-provoking film full of passionate designers, typographers, and influencers. As the film’s interviewees expressed their provocative points of view, the crowd often exploded with shouts and laughter. Attending the film was a great way to both relax and to gain some inspiration! The evening ended with a presentation to our sponsor, Discount Tire, and a raffle of Arizona-made items.

Thanks to all volunteers!

Related story: Photos by Rachael Houghton

Filed under: Community Blog,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on @ 1:13 pm |

Welcome STC Summit Attendees

Hope that all STC Summit 14 attendees are enjoying the conference! Here are some quick tips and chapter events:

Filed under: Announcements,Community Blog,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on May 19, 2014 @ 1:12 pm |

Free STC Membership with Summit Registration!

The Summit will be in Phoenix before we know it! To be specific, preconference events begin on Saturday, May 17th!

You can still receive free Classic membership in the Society for Technical Communication for the remainder of 2014 when you register for the Summit at the nonmember rate.

For complete details, see summit.stc.org. For program information, see the PDF available on the Schedule Overview page.

Filed under: Community Blog,Events,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on April 21, 2014 @ 12:20 pm |

April Progam Meeting Features Writing/Editing Progression

Register Now!Plan now to join the STC Phoenix dinner/program meeting on April 8, when Lynn Gorton, Rachel Houghton, and Kim Rosenlof will present three separate topics related to writing and editing in a rapid-fire progression session format. Each presenter will have 15 minutes to present her topic, with five minutes for questions. Topics will include:

  • Using New Media and Formats to Accommodate Changing Audience Needs
  • Bending the “Rules” to Connect with Your Audience
  • What you Need to Know about Intellectual Property

Plan now for a lively and informative evening at the Tempe Total Wine & More. For meeting details and to register, see the Metro Phoenix Technical Communicators Meetup site.

RSVP by noon on April 7.

Filed under: Community Blog,Events,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on April 2, 2014 @ 1:20 pm |

Surprise Presentations at the March Meeting

After dinner and Argentinian wine tasting at Total Wine & More in south Tempe, STC Phoenix Chapter President Kim Rosenlof made surprise presentations of the Distinguished Chapter Service Award (DCSA) to Jan Kruse and Miachelle DePiano. The DCSA is given to members who display exemplary effort, energy, and dedication to an STC chapter. It is the highest level of recognition members can receive for consistent and varied service.

Jan and Miachelle greatly deserve their awards! Read more…

Filed under: Community Blog — Gloria McConnell on @ 11:28 am |

STC Summit Coming to Phoenix!

The STC Summit will be in Phoenix before you know it! The Summit is a wonderful opportunity to learn and network with fellow technical communicators from around the country and beyond, and this year it will be in our own backyard from May 18 – 21! Not sure of the Summit’s value? See what former Summit participants have to say: “Why I Love the STC Summit.”  For conference details and to register, see http://summit.stc.org/.  The Early Bird Rate is in effect through March 31.

In addition to all of the great conference events, Phoenix Chapter volunteers have coordinated a fun set of free and low-cost “tourist” events for Summit participants, including:

  • Saturday or Sunday, May 17 or 18: An afternoon or morning at the Arizona Science Center
  • Monday, May 19: “Helvetica” Movie Night at the FilmBar
  • Wednesday, May 21: An evening at the Phoenix Art Museum

For complete details on these events, see Optional Tourist Events.

Plan now to join your fellow technical communicators at the Summit!



Filed under: Community Blog,Events,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on March 14, 2014 @ 3:40 pm |

Chapter Program Meeting: Photography in Technical Communication

With images dominating our world of communication, it’s a great time to learn how to incorporate them successfully in our personal and professional work.

Join us on Tuesday, March 11, when Miachelle DePiano, technical writer and photographer at Shutterfly, will discuss how to use photography in technical communications.

Drawing on her experience as a professional magazine photographer and incorporating photography into work instructions at Shutterfly, Miachelle will provide tips and tricks on producing effective photos for print and online publications. For more information on Miachelle and to see her amazing photos, go to http://www.miachelled.com.

Program Details
Tuesday, March 11, 5:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Dinner and wine tasting starts at 6 p.m.
Short business meeting at 6:40 p.m.
Program starts at 7 p.m.

Where: Total Wine, 8544 South Emerald Dr., Tempe, AZ 85284 (map)
Cost: $18 per person, paid through MPTC Meetup site or at the door

RSVP by March 10 on MPTC Meetup site.

Filed under: Community Blog,Events,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on March 7, 2014 @ 9:55 am |

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