We got lucky with a long fall season for once, so it’s hard to believe that the “most wonderful time of year” is nearly upon us. But before we break out in Christmas carols, there’s plenty to talk about!
New Heights in November
I’m proud to report that New Heights turned out great! We took a chance moving it from our usual April timeframe, and holding it on a Saturday instead of a weekday, but it looks like our risk paid off. The weather was ideal for being indoors and we had a fantastic workshop with our STC International President, Kit Brown-Hoekstra. Many thanks to Jeanne Gonnason for putting together yet another successful New Heights. And another thanks to Steve White for writing a review of the event. Check it out in this issue!
Tell us what you think:
- Do you prefer a day-long workshop to be in Winter or Spring?
- Do you like the idea of Saturday events?
Dinner and Discussion
Hosting Kit in Calgary was the perfect opportunity to pick the presidential brain of the STC organization. Treasurer (and New Heights organizer) Jeanne Gonnason, Programs Manager Ruth Maryniuk, and Twitter Manager Mitch Willis were on hand for this invigorating dinner and discussion. We covered numerous STC matters and generated lots of great ideas for upcoming programs, so stay tuned!
Our newest category of membership, New TC Professional, is proving to be a much needed and well used level of membership where you get discounted rates during the first 3 years as a new professional in this industry. If you know of someone just starting out, this is a note worth sharing.
Kit spoke about the ever-changing landscape of technical communication and how STC has refocused itself for educational opportunities. In fact, between the webinars, online learning, and annual conference, one can learn a great deal from the convenience of their home or office.
What to Read?
This is also a great time to remind everyone about our journal, Technical Communication. This peer-reviewed publication is the definitive resource for research-based articles. What better way to win an argument than by using empirical evidence to build your business case. The journal contains “both quantitative and qualitative research while showcasing the work of some of the field’s most noteworthy academics and writers” credit. (Editors note: This month, you can read about educational websites for kids.)
January Mixer: Mark your calendars!
Our Annual General Meeting is on January 22, 2015. This time, we’ll be at Craft, so don’t miss it.
As we enter into the holiday season, I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and we’ll see you in the New Year!