Sign Up for TC Summer Camp 2017

Once again, STC-PMC is a proud sponsor of TC Summer Camp. At last year’s camp, our own Todd DeLuca was one of the experts on the opening panel. PMC leaders will be at the event. If you are interested in going to the event and wish to carpool, reach out to the PMC leadership.

What is TC Camp?

TC Camp is an Unconference focused on Technical Communications issues, skills, challenges, and the various applications used by technical communicators.

The purpose of TC Camp is to provide a local conference for technical communicators that is driven by the members of that community–writers, editors, designers, and the people who support them.

Unconference Details

  • Date: Saturday, 9 September 2017
  • Time: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • VenueDistrict Architecture Center (DAC)
  • WiFi will be available, so you can Tweet and blog!
  • Bring: Curiosity, business cards, portable device (for notes, blogging, etc), and a laptop if you’re attending a workshop.
  • Suggest and Vote on Topics: After you’ve registered, you can suggest topics of interest!
  • Questions, feedback, coordination? Email your camp counselors

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Dues Reduced for Remainder for 2017

Membership dues reduced 30%

This is a great time for people to take STC for a “test-drive”. Dues for STC membership for the remainder of the year have been reduced by 30%. Be sure to tell co-workers, friends, and family this is the best time to join STC.

If you take advantage of this offer, and are a new member, be sure to tell them that STC-PMC referred you, along with choosing STC-PMC as your chapter!

Summer Survey in Progress

Want Megaphoneto tell PMC what you’d like to see for the upcoming calendar year? Or provide general feedback on the past year? Then take part in our survey! 5 minutes of your time can help improve everyone’s experience.

https://goo.gl/forms/9cTsqOXJ0Kz8VClm1

STC-PMC Summer Gathering on the Brandywine

On July 29th, a few brave sailors decided to test their mettle against the mighty Brandywine River. Despite reports of flash floods and impending doom, six seaworthy sailors, some hailing from as far as State College and North Jersey, set off on a Saturday morning, searching for surprises and more alliterative uses of the letter “S”. At the end of the voyage, they retired to the Four Dogs Tavern for food and refreshment.

The few. The happy few. The band of paddlers. Christie Orr, Nadine Murray, Timothy Esposito, Steve Adler & Sons, conquerors of the Brandywine

More people turned up for the luncheon.

STC Membership Benefits

You may not realize it, but STC offer several benefits to its members. Please check out these benefits, as you may be surprised at some of the member perks, such as discounts on Lenovo computers, Hertz car rentals, and UPS! You must log into the STC website to access these benefits.

Again, thank you for your support of STC. Your engagement is important to us, and we look forward to having you as a member in 2017 and beyond!

Questions? Contact [email protected] or call 1 (703) 522-4114.

STC-PMC Honors Longtime Members

STC-PMC is honored that its members like to stick around. In some cases, they keep their STC membership for their entire careers. Accordingly, PMC has started honoring its members who have at least 30 years of STC membership. Going forward, the awards are listed on the Member Longevity Awards page.

Here are the most recent awardees!

 

2017

  • Zyppora Goldberg: 35 years
  • Rebecca Worley: 30 years
Zyppora Goldberg accepts her award for 35 years of STC membership.

Zyppora Goldberg accepts her award for 35 years of STC membership.

Rebecca Worley accepts her award for 30 years of STC membership.

Rebecca Worley accepts her award for 30 years of STC membership.

2016

  • Al Brown: 30 years
  • Donn DeBoard: 30 years
Donn DeBoard and Al Brown accept their awards for 30 years of STC membership.

Donn DeBoard and Al Brown accept their awards for 30 years of STC membership.

 

Thanks for a Great Year!

Technical Communications from the PMC President

Greetings, and welcome to the final post I’m going to make for the 2016-2017 year! I wanted to take the time to thank all of the STC-PMC members and supporters for a great year. Some of our 2016-2017 highlights include:

Events

  • The many events PMC has hosted:
    • Social meetings, such as our canoe trip, holiday party, and trips to the Conshohocken Brewing and Great American Pub.
    • Educational sessions, such as meetings about localization processes, mobile storytelling, and using social media.
    • Webinars, including Joe Welinske’s “Optimizing the Googeleability of Your Content”, becoming a strategic communicator, and effectively telling your story through content marketing.
    • CONDUIT: The Mid-Atlantic TechComm Conference, including the workshops on introverted leadership and MadCap Flare.
  • The introduction of our mentor program for new techcomm professionals.
  • The expansion of our student sponsorship and scholarship program.

If you missed any events, check out our Past Presentations page where you’ll find links to the program content.

Partnerships

PMC has negotiated partnerships with other area organizations, such as PANMA and IABC. Through this program, you can often register for their events at their own member rate. PMC promotes these events on our Partner Program page, and they promote ours on theirs. Check out the various offerings our partners have for our members.

Recognition

For all of our hard work, our chapter and members have been recognized by the Society, including:

  • A Platinum Level Community Achievement Award. This is the highest level award a community can win, and only 5 other communities reached this level out of 50 eligible communities. STC-PMC is truly one of the leading communities in the world!
  • A Pacesetter Award, for implementing an innovative two-level approach to sponsorships and scholarships for students that lets them experience STC membership and encourages volunteerism within the community.
  • The honor of STC Associate Fellow, awarded to Stephen Adler.

Additionally, STC-PMC has recognized the contributions of its own members:

  • Distinguished Chapter Service Awards were given to Jessie Mallory and Karen Levine for their dedicated time and energy spent on STC-PMC.
  • Longtime STC Member Recognition was given to Al Brown, Donn DeBoard, Becky Worley, and Zippy Goldberg for reaching 30 years (and in one case, 35 years) of STC membership.

Year in Review

I made a slideshow of our events, including the professional photos taken at Summit by the official photographer. Check it out on our YouTube channel.

The Future

What does the future hold for STC-PMC? Well we had a great group of leaders this year, and have a great group booked for next year, but we’re always looking for more volunteers. In order to keep our chapter at the top, we need your help. The easiest way you can help the chapter right now is to take 5 minutes and fill out our year-end survey. We are looking for general feedback, programming ideas, and volunteerism.

Please consider volunteering your time, even if it is just a small portion, to our chapter. With your help, you and your fellow chapter members can get the most out of your STC experience.

Thanks,

Timothy Esposito, STC-PMC President

Partner Program: IABC Philadelphia: Summer Networking, June 29 at Nosh Deli, King of Prussia

You are invited to attend:

IABC Philly Summer Networking Event


Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ready for summer? As summer begins and our program year ends, join IABC Philadelphia for a fun and engaging night of networking on Thursday, June 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Valley Forge Casino and Resort in King of Prussia.

Our networking event will be held in the Nosh Deli, located in the Radisson Hotel lobby (next to Valley Tavern).

(Link to location info: https://www.vfcasino.com/dining/nosh-deli/) Registration fees include one drink ticket, hors d’oeurves and free parking. Bring your business cards and invite a colleague to attend with you!

Nosh Deli
1160 1st Avenue
Inside the Radisson Hotel lobby (next to Valley Tavern)
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Partner Program: Practical Presentation Skills with Dr. Lynne Texter

You are invited to attend:

Practical Presentation Skills with Dr. Lynne Texter

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Whether you’re a bit anxious or rusty, need a few tips or reminders to polish your presentation skills, or seek ideas about ways to strengthen your presentations for better results, Practical Presentation Skills with Dr. Lynne Texter, will help you to become a more effective presenter.

By attending this program, you will learn how to:

  • Design and deliver presentations that will help you achieve your goals/get results.
  • Open and close your presentation effectively.
  • Frame your presentation to emphasize key points.
  • Maximize audience interest and engagement.
  • Design PowerPoint slides that enhance your presentation.

Fee:
•    IABC Philadelphia Members: $25
•    Non-members: $35
•    Students: $10

Fee includes light refreshments and free parking.

Location:
La Salle University
Metroplex Corporate Center
4000 Chemical Road Suite 110
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

About Lynne A. Texter, Ph.D.  

Dr. Texter is the Interim Dean, School of Art & Sciences at La Salle University. An award-winning educator with more than 20 years of teaching experience in the U.S., Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Greece, Lynne specializes in effective workplace communication, executive coaching, public relations, presentation skills, training, and persuasion. When not in the classroom, she consults with a variety of for-profit, government, and nonprofit organizations. Lynne received her Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo and her Master’s from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

Philadelphia Tech-Security Conference Invitation for STC Members


2017 Philadelphia Tech-Security Conference

Place:

Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
4200 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Date:

Thursday, June 22nd 2017
8:15am-5:00pm

Click here to register for your free VIP pass

Your FREE pass includes:

  • Continental breakfast and full lunch
  • Entrance into the main conference room and exhibit hall
  • All conference materials
  • CPE credit services

Check out our agenda at the link below-
http://www.dataconnectors.com/event/philadelphia-6-22-17/

or call Lauren Homeier at 636-778-1832 for more information.