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/.

STC-PMC Members Speak at La Salle University

On March 29, 2007 STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter members Gary Samartino, Rob Sims, Steven Lungren, and Dana Madonna took time out of their busy work schedules to speak at La Salle University about careers in Technical Communication. Gary, Rob, Steve, and Dana spoke in Dr. Dolores Lehr’s Introduction to Technical Writing class, each bringing a different message and perspective to the class. Dr. Lehr posted flyers around La Salle’s campus for this speaking event, and spoke effusively of the presenters to her students.

Steve began the session by recommending STC-PMC as a terrific community and resource, and then showed slides from a presentation on clear business writing that he and Dana gave at their company, IDP, in June 2005. He used this presentation as an example of the diverse assignments that technical writers often receive at their places of business, and to suggest that clear communication skills matter and are marketable. This was Steve’s second visit to Dr. Lehr’s La Salle classroom. In 2005, she invited Steve and STC-PMC members Dot Olonovich and Theodora Landgren to address her students. Rob spoke next, focusing his presentation on the many manifestations of technical communication.