Meet Our Student Member: Colin Peterson

ColinMeet the students who have already won STC Student Membership! Colin also competed for the STC-PMC scholarship along with several other students. Take a minute to get to know more about Colin and his views on TechComm! We will be featuring other students throughout the week.

Name: Colin Peterson

School: Drexel University

Major/Program: Communication (Tech & Science Concentration)

Graduation: September 2018 (expected)

When and how did you get involved in STC?

I got involved with STC in April 2016 since attending the CONDUIT meeting at the Willow Grove Giant.

What advice would you offer a fellow student looking to get more involved in STC-PMC?

I would recommend for them to reach out to connections and take advantage of all volunteering opportunities to practice and develop technical writing skills.

How has your STC membership benefited you?

STC membership has benefited me by opening up doors for potential connections to companies in the transportation and machinery industries. Although I have attended the 2016 CONDUIT meeting, I have officially been involved since January 1st, 2017.

Why did you choose to get involved in TechComm?

I got involved in TechComm because one of my favorite types of writing is the type that gives explicit instructions or explains how things work (as in parts for a car or truck).

What does your current professional position entail? OR Have you ever had an internship in TechComm? If so, how do you think it benefited you?

For my Drexel cooperative education period from September 2016 to March 2017, I worked an internship at Harris Publishing, a magazine publishing firm based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, that publishes various magazines for specific industries. I wrote various articles for Diesel Tech, Houseboat, Pontoon & Deck Boat, and Great Lakes Boating magazines. The article topics are very technical in the sense that they explain how things work (such as the truck and boat engines and their parts), and some explain how to fix common problems. The internship benefited me in being better able to get to the point with my writings to help answer common customer questions, and to help customers fix problems they may be having with their products.

Android or iOS?


Oxford comma. Yes or no?


And finally, what do you enjoy for fun?

For fun, I enjoy hiking, cycling, skiing, swimming, and doing various other outdoor activities.



Meet Our Student Member: Karen Shollenberger

Meet the students who have already won STC Student Membership! Karen is also competing for the STC-PMC scholarship along with several other students. Take a minute to get to know more about Karen and her views on TechComm! We will be featuring other students throughout the week.

Name: Karen Shollenberger

School: Drexel University

Major/Program: BS/MS Technical and Science Communication

Graduation: December 2017

When and how did you get involved in STC? I got involved as a student member last year after some encouragement from a friend (last year’s scholarship winner, Sara). I was only able to attend one event but I’m hoping to make it to more this year!

How has your STC membership benefited you?  STC provides a great opportunity for networking. All of my co-op experience was in Maryland, so STC has helped me connect with more people in Philadelphia. Also, I went to an event focused on freelancing last year. Prior to the event, I had never even considered freelancing, but after listening to the panelists, it’s something I would consider doing on the side or even eventually full-time. Also, one of the panelists was a drone photographer and his presentation was fascinating!

Why did you choose to get involved in TechComm? I’ve always liked science and writing, so tech/science comm seemed like the perfect combination.

What does your current professional position entail? OR Have you ever had an internship in TechComm? If so, how do you think it benefited you? My last co-op was at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. I worked on requirements documentation for robotic/autonomous systems. It was my first exposure to model-based systems engineering and agile development so I learned a lot!

Android or iOS? Android

Oxford comma. Yes or no? Personally, I like it because I think it can avoid a lot of confusion, but I’ve spent a lot of time editing in AP Style so I don’t use it as much as I used to.

And finally, what do you enjoy for fun? I love to travel and am currently planning a cross-country road trip for this summer. I also enjoy volunteering. I’m on the planning committee for two camps, one for kids with cancer and one for their siblings.

Register Now: STC-PMC Year-End Banquet

Please join us at the Great American Pub in Conshohocken, PA for our last meeting of the 2016-2017 program year before we break for the summer. It’s a great way to socialize as we recognize the contributions of our valued volunteers, network, and review Summit activities.

Dinner will consist of a buffet with several options and a cash bar in the banquet room. Alternatively, you can specify eggplant parmesan as a substitute entree when completing the registration form.

Note: If you’d like the eggplant option, please order your ticket for the event by June 15th.

Come out and get caught up on all of the great things that are happening with the Society and the Chapter! The fun starts at 6:00 PM.

Location and Directions

Great American Pub
123 Fayette Street
Conshohocken, PA 19428

We will be upstairs in a private room! Go past the bar and up the spiral staircase.

For driving and parking directions, visit the Great American Pub website.

If you are commuting by train, the restaurant is a short walk from the SEPTA Conshohocken regional rail station.

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Congratulations to Our New Officers!

MegaphoneCongratulations to our new STC-PMC Officers for the 17/18 Program Year! If you are interested in getting involved, we have many more opportunities to volunteer.

President – Timothy Esposito

Vice President – Danielle Villegas

Treasurer – Ellen O’Brien

Secretary – Sue Blizzard

Register Now: Using Social Media to Grow Your Community

angelinasimmsThere’s so much talk going around about building community, tribes, and networks. Whether we realize it or not, we all belong to one in some way, shape, or form. There’s always a Meetup, conference, or other event that we have at our disposal to attend or simply avoid due to confusion, intimidation, or being naturally introverted. We know that we have to put ourselves out there, but how?

You have to crawl before you can walk. Growing your personal community can be what it takes to foster successful businesses, brands and careers.

Pizza and beverages will be served before the presentation.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Drexel University
Disque Hall, Room 103
32 S 32nd St
Philadelphia, PA


Angelina Simms works as a digital media consultant helping small businesses and personal brands build awareness and expand their communities. She is an organizer for WordCamp Baltimore, serves as board member for Women Who WordPress, and is an active contributor in open source community projects. Giving back and helping others is something that she is passionate about and encourages others do the same.

When she’s not speaking at tech conferences and meetup groups, she can be found learning about web development, supporting members of the autism community, spending time wandering around libraries, and in pursuit of her quest for the perfect apple cider.

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STC-PMC Wins 2017 Pacesetter Award

STC-PMC was awarded the 2017 Pacesetter Award for our innovative two-level approach to sponsorships and scholarships for students that lets them experience STC membership and encourages volunteerism within the community.

Partner Program: L&D Philly Professional Series

Discounts are available for STC-PMC members for L&D Philly’s Professional Series including topics on igniting the inner fire, gamification, and increasing the Interaction and Retention in the Virtual Classroom.

May event – ldphillyvirtual
June event – ldphillygames
October event – ldphillyevaluation

Captivate and Accelerate: Increasing Interaction and Retention in the Virtual Classroom

What separates “okay” virtual learning from great virtual learning? The program design! Good design is what drives an interactive, facilitated, virtual learning experience that dazzles participants. If you want to create collaborative virtual training that participants clamor to attend, then join us to explore the design techniques used by the best virtual facilitators. You will learn to capitalize on the visual strengths of web conferencing, rethink interactive participation, increase collaboration, and captivate with a good story.

Professional Series – Gamification – Level 1 Workshop

Learn from the #1 rated Gamification Guru Monica Cornetti and become a better, higher-rated, and considerably more effective trainer, teacher, instructional designer, or human resource professional!

Professional Series – Igniting the Inner Fire – Kirkpatrick Levels 3 & 4

L&D Philadelphia is please to announced this workshop with none other than Jim & Wendy Kirkpatrick from the ground-breaking Kirkpatrick family. Jim & Wendy continue to pioneer research and application in the training evaluation & performance space taking up the mantel laid down by Jim’s father, the late and world-renown Donald Kirkpatrick

Training is still “on trial,” charged with incurring expenses in excess of the value it provides to the organization. Training must reinvent itself and transcend the classroom.

Student Membership Winners Announced!

Congratulations to our winners of STC Student Membership! All winners submitted a 300-500 word response to the question, “Why do you want to join STC and how do you expect to benefit from your membership?”. We look forward to getting to know you! Any student with at least one semester remaining is also eligible to compete for our scholarship.

Anna Boyce

Anna Boyce

St. Joseph’s University

Major: English, BA

Minors: Marketing, Secondary Education

Graduation: May, 2017

Stephanie Cristino

Stephanie Cristino

Drexel University

Major: Communications (Science & Technical), MS

Graduation: May, 2019

Victoria Grant

Drexel University

Major: Communication

Graduation: June, 2017

Elizabeth Leick

Rowan University

Major: Public Relations & Writing Arts

Concentration: Technical & Professional Writing

Graduation: May, 2019

Colin Peterson

Drexel University

Major: Communications (Science & Technical), BS

Graduation: June, 2018

Karen Shollenberger

Drexel University

Major: Technical and Science Communication, MS

Graduation: December, 2017

Register Now: Effectively Telling Your Story Through Content Marketing Webinar

Presentation Description

Promoting products and services through content marketing has been a growing trend for the past five years. Content marketing is also a great method for sharing your company’s mission and goals. In this session, you’ll learn what content marketing is, how it is useful in communicating your story, the types of marketing methods for sharing your story (such as blog posts, white papers, case studies, social media, and many more), and how to identify your target audiences, and tips for creating a content marketing plan.

About the Presenter

Cheryl Landes, a technical communications consultant from Vancouver, WA, founded Tabby Cat Communications in 1995. Her specialties are technical documentation, marketing communications, instructional design, and findability. She’s a certified MadCap Advanced Developer and STC Fellow. Cheryl has written five books, published many magazine and journal articles, and blogs about travel at For more information about Cheryl’s services, visit her business website at

Register to get your spot for this webinar today! Limited seats available!
Once you register, we’ll send you the webinar connection information shortly before the webinar date by email.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

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Last Week to Register for CONDUIT 2017 Workshops & Conference

There are only days left to register for CONDUIT 2017 workshops and conference. You don’t want to miss this! We’ve got a packed line-up, great food, networking opportunities, and prizes! Head on over to Willow Grove for the weekend. Easily accessible by car or regional rail.


Single Sourcing to the Max with MadCap Flare led by Neil Perlin, an internationally known consultant, strategist, trainer, and developer for online content. You’ll leave with a solid overview of Flare’s single sourcing features and how to use them to create cutting edge outputs.

Revive and Thrive led by Ben Woelk, an Information Security Office Program Manager at the Rochester Institute of Technology and author. Attendees will learn to identify and leverage strengths and mitigate weaknesses to become exceptional contributors in the workplace.


Our annual full-day conference featuring multiple sessions following a keynote presentation by Jack Molisani, owner of ProSpring Technical Staffing, executive director of The LavaCon Conference, and author.

The conference will feature a variety of topics including content strategy, technical writing, project management, and much more. There will be plenty of opportunities to connect and network with your peers.