Sign Up for Discounted Courses: University of Delaware

The University of Delaware’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies (UD PCS) is offering reduced price courses for STC-PMC members.
A broad range of professional and degree based courses are available online or on-campus, and topics range from healthcare to business to project management certification.

UD PCS continuing education courses help learners of all ages improve their skill sets. Use your spare time to change the direction of your career, one course at a time.

The programs are award-winning. For example, the Social media marketing Strategy certificate was the 2016 recipient of the national outstanding program award for a noncredit program from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).

The Project Management Certificate enables those who complete the course to manage any project, large or small. The powerful and versatile tools of project management are transferable to any work environment to manage any project.

To encourage participation from the STC-PMC community, STC-PMC members are offered the courses at discounted rates.

For details about UD PCS programs, go to http://www.pcs.udel.edu/ or :[email protected], or call 302-831-7600.

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.

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

Deadline Extended: Enter to Win STC-PMC Student Membership and a Scholarship!

Our membership & scholarship contest is now open! Go to http://www.stcpmc.org/education/scholarship/ to learn more and apply. Apply by 2/28/2017.

The Society for Technical Communication – Philadelphia Metro Chapter (STC-PMC) offers sponsored student memberships and a scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year.  This scholarship program assists students who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree and intend to seek a career in technical writing, editing, graphic design, interface design, web design, or some other job in technical communications.

The scholarship program has two parts:

  • Multiple STC-PMC student memberships ($75 value), awarded based on an application form and essay response.
  • A $500 scholarship to the student’s university. This cash award is based on a student’s  demonstrated participation in and contributions to the STC-PMC community.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible students for the scholarship are:

  • Attending a college full-time in the greater Philadelphia area (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, or New Castle Counties)
  • Working toward a Bachelor’s degree with an interest in the technical communication field. Students must be studying communication of information about technical subjects. Other majors, such as general journalism, electronic engineering, computer programming, creative writing, or entertainment, are not eligible.
  • Undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of post-secondary education and have at least one semester remaining before completion of the degree.
  • Graduate students who have completed at least one year of graduate study and have at least one year semester before completion of the degree.

Enter to Win STC-PMC Student Membership and a Scholarship!

Our membership & scholarship contest is now open! Go to http://www.stcpmc.org/education/scholarship/ to learn more and apply.

The Society for Technical Communication – Philadelphia Metro Chapter (STC-PMC) offers sponsored student memberships and a scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year.  This scholarship program assists students who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree and intend to seek a career in technical writing, editing, graphic design, interface design, web design, or some other job in technical communications.

The scholarship program has two parts:

  • Multiple STC-PMC student memberships ($75 value), awarded based on an application form and essay response.
  • A $500 scholarship to the student’s university. This cash award is based on a student’s  demonstrated participation in and contributions to the STC-PMC community.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible students for the scholarship are:

  • Attending a college full-time in the greater Philadelphia area (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, or New Castle Counties)
  • Working toward a Bachelor’s degree with an interest in the technical communication field. Students must be studying communication of information about technical subjects. Other majors, such as general journalism, electronic engineering, computer programming, creative writing, or entertainment, are not eligible.
  • Undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of post-secondary education and have at least one semester remaining before completion of the degree.
  • Graduate students who have completed at least one year of graduate study and have at least one year semester before completion of the degree.

STC-PMC Presents on a Panel at Drexel University

PMC President Timothy Esposito, PRSA Sponsor Scott Tattar, Dawn Byers, and PPRA Member Rosemary Rye describe how professional organizations can improve your career.

In November 2016, STC-PMC was invited to participate in a panel at Drexel University. Dr. Susan Stein teaches “COM 698: Creating and Managing Communication Professional Identities” and asked PMC to send a representative to tell students about the role of professional organizations in their careers. A total of four presenters came to Drexel that night to describe their experiences with professional organizations.

STC-PMC sent president Timothy Esposito as their representative. Timothy gave each of the students handouts explaining the benefits of student membership, details about the PMC Scholarship program, information on how to sign up in the PMC mentor program, and a top ten list of reasons to join STC. Next, Scott Tattar spoke about PRSA, the Public Relations Society of America. Scott is the advisor for the student chapter of PRSA at Drexel University. Following Scott, Dawn Byers shared her experiences with PRSA as a Drexel alumna and how it helped advance her career. Last, Rosemary Rye spoke about the Philadelphia Public Relations Association, PPRA. A key theme for the night was to volunteer with an organization, get involved, and network.

Following a period of questions and answers, the panel was invited back to the next two sessions of the class to serve as commentators on the students’ online portfolios. Timothy Esposito returned the following week to review half of the class’s LinkedIn profiles, resumes, and online presentations. The students showed great skill at creating online materials to promote themselves. Each project was highly individualized, but still communicated great information about the student.

STC-PMC Members Share Wisdom at Drexel Week of Writing

PMC members Donn DeBoard, Todd DeLuca, and Ellen O'Brien present to Drexel University.

PMC members Donn DeBoard, Todd DeLuca, and Ellen O’Brien present to Drexel University.

In May 2015, STC-PMC participated in a panel discussion about technical communication during Drexel’s “Week of Writing.” Panelists included Ellen O’Brien, Todd DeLuca, and Donn DeBoard. They shared their career experiences with student attendees on the topic “How things work: The adventures and travels of a technical communicator.” Questions and answers followed the brief presentations.

STC-PMC Engages the Future of Tech Comm at Drexel University

In November, 2014, STC-PMC and Drexel Edits co-hosted a meeting called “Engaging the Future of Tech Comm,” where STC-PMC members talked about their experiences in Tech Comm and introduced the Drexel University student community to the PMC.

Drexel Edits was founded by Dr. Lawrence Souder, an associate teaching professor in Drexel’s Communication program. Drexel Edits offers pro bono editing services to nonprofit organizations in the neighborhoods that border Drexel University.

The presentations followed a cracker-barrel style format. There were six tables; each had a speaker who repeated his or her talk to three different groups of participants.

Speakers and presentations included—

  • Harrison Brown: “Beginning a career in software documentation”
  • Todd DeLuca: “Customer-focused content”
  • Juliane Mills: “From bedside to bench to beyond: Writing for patients and drug development”
  • Gary Sternberg: “Careers in environmental technical writing”
  • Katie Wilson: “Creating effective administration documentation”
  • Brian Winter: “Best practices for technical communication job seekers”

The meeting provided a great opportunity for students and PMCers to meet, mingle, and share ideas.

STC-PMC Members Speak at Philadelphia University

On October 15, 2008 STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter members Steve Lungren, Barrie Byron, and Gary Sanmartino visited Philadelphia University to speak to Dr. Sonya Borton’s Professional Communication class about technical communication. Their presentation was so successful that Lori Corbett and Timothy Esposito were invited to do a follow-up presentation on November 7th.

Both groups discussed their careers and described the many different job roles available to technical communicators. One key point of everyone’s presentation was how STC has helped them with their career paths, such as through networking or education sessions. Involvement with chapter activites, especially our annual chapter conference, was heavilly discussed. The excitement of hosting the latest national conference in Philadelphia was relayed to the students. To provide some visual aids, Steve brought along some PMC publications, including copies of Intercom and our chapter brochure. Interested students asked many questions and engaged the group in a lively discussion.

Tim and Lori focused especially on the scholarship offered by our chapter to undergraduate students who want to pursue a career in technical communication. Additionally the students inquired about forming a student chapter or about joining our chapter as student members.

Overall, the presentations were successful and a positive experience. Great connections were made with Philadelphia University and our chapter has been asked to participate in future events with the school, such as the Mock Networking Reception.

For more information about thtion was how STC has helped them with their career paths, such as through networking or education sessions. Involvement with chapter activites, especially our annual chapter conference, was heavilly discussed. The excitement of hosting the latest national conference in Philadelphia was relayed to the students. To provide some visual aids, Steve brought along some PMC publications, including copies of Intercom and our chapter brochure. Interested students asked many questions and engaged the group in a lively discussion.

Tim and Lori focused especially on the scholarship offered by our chapter to undergraduate students who want to pursue a career in technical communication. Additionally the students inquired about forming a student chapter or about joining our chapter as student members.

Overall, the presentations were successful and a positive experience. Great connections were made with Philadelphia University and our chapter has been asked to participate in future events with the school, such as the Mock Networking Reception.

For more information about the program at Philadelphia University, and more photos of the event, please visit www.philau.edu/schools/liberalarts/ugradmajors/procommunication/.