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.
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.
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!
Join the STC Phoenix Chapter for its first chapter meeting of the year – technical communication consultant, author, and STC Fellow Brenda Huettner will present “Taking Charge of Your Career.”
Brenda will discuss ways to apply established career management techniques specifically to technical communication careers. She will discuss things you need to know about yourself and about the field, ways to prepare for any type of job change, and methods for promoting yourself throughout your career.
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Location: Total Wine & More, 1670 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ
5:45 p.m. – Sign-in, networking
6 p.m. – Dinner and wine tasting
6:40 p.m. – Short business meeting
7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. – Program
RSVP: Please RSVP by noon on Monday, February 10 on the Metro
Phoenix Technical Communicators site by to ensure we have enough food.
Cost: $18 per person. Pay on Metro
Phoenix Technical Communicators site after you RSVP.
Happy New Year to Metro Phoenix Technical Communicators!
The STC Phoenix Chapter has many great programs and events scheduled for 2014. Plus, the STC Summit is in Phoenix this year! If you have never attended the Summit, plan now to attend this one – it’s in your own backyard!
The preliminary schedule for chapter events includes:
- January 14 – Webinar, ”Make It Snappy: Web-Based Reference Guides,” see Metro Phoenix Tech. Comm. Meetup for details and to register.
- January 22 – Lunch with Fellow Technical Communicators in North Scottsdale, see Metro Phoenix Tech. Comm. Meetup for details and to register.
- February 11 – Brenda Huettner presents “Taking Charge of Your Career” at Total Wine & More Camelback
- March 11 – Chip Gettinger and PJ Bartlett present “Future of Technical Communication in a Content World” at Total Wine Scottsdale
- April 8 – Lynn Gorton, Rachel Houghton, and Kim Rosenlof present “Writing and Editing Progression Session” at Total Wine Tempe
- May 13 – Webinar, “The New Face of Documentation”
- May 18 – 21 – STC Summit in Phoenix
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.