Award season seems to be upon us: The Golden Globes, The Grammy’s, The Oscars and the Tony’s are the entertainment industry’s top awards, but in the world of techcomm, nothing compares to being selected for STC’s second top award: Associate Fellow. This year our own Treasurer, Karen Levine, has been named an Associate Fellow.
Levine has been an active member of STC and PMC for the last 16 years. She has served on numerous committees and has been appointed to important positions for the organization. Currently she is PMC Treasurer, co-chair of CONDUIT 2020, and a member of both the STC Scholarship and DCSA committees. Previously, she served as the Vice President, Secretary & Membership chair, co-chair of CONDUIT 2018, CAC Leadership Day volunteer at Summit 2019, and the chapter Mentor Program chair. In addition, she also served as the Entries Manager for the NY Metro/PMC regional STC TechComm competition for several years. She was also honored with the Distinguished Community Service Award and an award of excellence from the NY Metro/PMC regional STC TechComm competition.
“Being named an Associate Fellow is a great honor.” commented Levine. “I am in very good company. I cannot thank enough those who recommended me and encouraged me to apply. I’d also like to thank the Associate Fellow committee for selecting me among all of these talented people.”
Receiving this distinction takes time and dedication to the organization. According to the Associate Fellow Guidelines, “This honor recognizes members for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the arts and science of technical communication, and for sustained and significant service to STC. Associate Fellows are recognized as leaders in the field and have a reputation for professionalism and effectiveness as STC volunteers. The rank of Associate Fellow is conferred on an individual only once by a two-thirds vote of the STC Board of Directors. That individual is then recognized at the following STC Summit.” All honorees will be recognized at the STC Summit, which will be held May 15-18 in Bellevue, WA.
Associate Fellows carry this distinction for life, unless they are elevated to the rank of Fellow, and in that case they rescind the title of Associate Fellow for the new rank, as did our very own former President, Tim Esposito. As this year’s Chair for the Associate Fellow selection committee, he said, “There were some outstanding applicants this year. I was thrilled to see that Karen applied, and I am honored to present her with the award at the Summit in May.”