Free STC Membership with Summit Registration!

For all of you procrastinators, contemplators, and anyone else who has not yet joined or renewed their STC membership, the Society is offering two terrific deals!

First, from now through the 2014 Technical Communication Summit, anyone registering for the event at the nonmember rate will receive free Classic membership in the Society for Technical Communication for the remainder of 2014.

Second, the Advance rate for the Summit will be in effect through 30 April.

For complete details, see

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  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

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 |

Chapter Meeting: Take Charge of Your Career!

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.

Meeting Details

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.

Filed under: Community Blog,Events,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on February 2, 2014 @ 12:09 pm |

Great Plans for 2014

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
Filed under: Community Blog,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on December 28, 2013 @ 9:34 pm |

Election Results – Our 2014 Administrative Council

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.

Filed under: Announcements,Community Blog,Events,Governance & Elections,Latest Chapter News — ChandaChild on November 10, 2013 @ 12:22 pm |

Our Slate of Candidates for the STC Phoenix Chapter Election

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.

Filed under: Announcements,Community Blog,Events,Governance & Elections,Latest Chapter News — ChandaChild on October 24, 2013 @ 6:56 pm |

Celebrate! Tech. Comm. Week 2013

Tech. Comm. WeekTechnical 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
Filed under: Community Blog,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on October 16, 2013 @ 6:24 pm |

Connect With Us Online

Our award-winning Phoenix chapter provides industry support, education, community service, and networking opportunities for chapter members, students and local businesses.
Learn more

  • Metro Phoenix Tech. Comm. Meetup in N. Scottsdale this Thurs, 4/24. Join us at Carlos O’Brien’s, 12:15 p.m. 1 day ago
  • #STC14 Summit Adobe Day, free, open event. May 18, 8-1:30 PST. Industry experts to speak on varied topics. 7 days ago
  • CIC SIG hosts webinar on 4/24, when Jeff Orr will discuss “Three steps to make 2014 the best year you have ever had.” 9 days ago
  • Weather facts for #stc14 attendees: 100-deg. average start is 5/2. Highest temp. on 5/17 was 108 degrees (1970… but it’s a dry heat. ;-) 13 days ago
  • Advanced rate for STC Summit is in effect through Apr. 30. Register now! 13 days ago