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.


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.

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





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.

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-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.

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!



  • 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.


  • 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:


  • 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.


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.


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.


Timothy Esposito, STC-PMC President

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!