In Memoriam: Karen Shollenberger

In memory of Karen Shollenberger, we are running her interview with STC-PMC again. Karen won student membership two years in a row with our Philadelphia chapter. You may have read her interview before or spotted her at a PMC event on campus at Drexel or at Wharton. Thank you, Karen, for sharing your insights on the tech comm industry from the student perspective.

Our thoughts are with Karen’s family and friends during this difficult time. For more information on Karen, please see Drexel Triangle’s touching tribute.

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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.

STC-PMC Wants YOU!

STC-PMC is looking for you! We need volunteers for the upcoming program year! Not sure you can commit to a full year? No problem! We’ll work with you around your schedule. Check out the Volunteer page for more information.

Open Positions:

Publicity: Got the urge to connect to a lot of people? Enjoy spending time tweeting, friending, starting conversations, and blogging? Great! You are in charge of getting the word on ideas and events out through the chapter’s public faces. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Information about promoting our chapter through the web is available by contacting: [email protected]. Information about running the blog is found by contacting: [email protected]

Sponsorship: Work with our sponsors and partners. Like the free swag from O’Reilly at meetings? The sponsorship chair helps us arrange all that.

Conference: We always need extra hands planning the conference. Sign up to help plan Conduit. Options include making the program or agenda, set up/take down, evaluating proposals, and publicity.

Congratulations to our 2017 Scholarship Recipient!

Stephanie CristinoCongratulations to Drexel University student, Stephanie Cristino on winning STC-PMC’s 2017 Student Scholarship! Stephanie won student membership and competed against 3 other students for a chance to win a $500 scholarship. Students earned points by attending events, connecting with community members on LinkedIn, volunteering time at events, doing blog posts, and promoting the chapter.

Stephanie is attending Drexel for an MS in Communications (Technical & Science). Her anticipated graduation is May, 2019.

Stephanie will also be heading up Academic Outreach for PMC! We look forward to working with her this coming program year and attracting more students. Stephanie also provided valuable feedback on how to improve the STC-PMC website.

Congratulations, Stephanie!

Register Now: River Trip on the Brandywine

canoeSTC-PMC River Trip on the Brandywine

Come celebrate summer with the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter as we take an easy cruise down the Brandywine River this July! Meet everyone at Northbrook Canoe Company from which we’ll take a leisurely 2 hour trip down this beautiful river via canoe, tube, or kayak, and then socialize afterward over lunch at Four Dogs Tavern.

The river at the starting point is shallow, and while it will get deeper, it won’t be deeper than your waist. There is one portage around a dam where everyone will help transfer the canoes. While this trip is suitable for children, please do not bring small children under 3.

The fun starts at 9:30 AM. So come on out and bring your family! Never canoed before or don’t have a boating partner? No problem! We’ll match you up and chart a course for smooth sailing. Or you can relax in a tube. (tubers have a differet departure point and will not be grouped with the boat people on the river.) If you want to meet us for lunch, plan on arriving at 1:00 at the tavern. Lunch and drinks are not included in the registration fee.

Register by the 28th!

When
July 29th
Meet at 9:30 AM for a 10 AM departure
Or meet at Four Dogs Tavern at 1:00.

Location

Northbrook Canoe Company

1810 Beagle Rd.
West Chester, PA 19382

http://www.northbrookcanoe.com/index.php

Four Dogs Tavern

1300 W Strasburg Rd.
West Chester, PA 19382

http://thefourdogstavern.com/

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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?

iOS

Oxford comma. Yes or no?

Yes

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

Speaker:

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.