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.
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.
- Date: Saturday, 9 September 2017
- Time: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
- Venue: District 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
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!
Want to 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.