As my term as chapter president is coming to a close, here are some reflections on the past and a message for the future...
It has been an honor to serve this community, and I thank you all for your continuous support and participation. I hope to continue and serve the chapter and support the incoming president and board. Congratulation to Julie Waxgiser and the incoming team!! I know how dedicated and experienced they are, and I’m confident they will lead the chapter onward and upward!!
Immediate Past President, NY Metro chapter
From: Nominating Committee
Dear NY Metro Chapter Member:
Voting has closed for the 2014-2015 Board of the New York Metro Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). Of 128 total chapter members, 30 cast their votes, which equates to 23% of eligible voting members.
We are delighted to announce the election of the following officers (* Indicates winner):
Julie Waxgiser (28 votes received/28 votes cast, or 100%)
First Vice President
Scott McCoy (29 votes received/30 votes cast, or 96.67%)
Second Vice President
Tom Myers (27 votes received/27 votes cast, or 100%)
Third Vice President
Barbara Jungwirth* (15 votes received/29 votes cast, or 51.72%)
Jamil Wilkins (14 votes received/29 votes cast, or 48.28%)
Prakash Satiani (27 votes received/27 votes cast, or 100%)
Mark Yoss (26 votes received/26 votes cast, or 100%)
The Board works on behalf of our members to set the direction for the chapter. They are a group of dedicated and enthusiastic professionals who care about the future of technical communication and our chapter. The 2014-2015 Board will be installed at our chapter meeting on June 22 and will serve until the next Board is installed next year.
On behalf of the Nominating Committee, we thank all chapter members who participated in the election, and especially all candidates who ran for office. We hope to see you at the Board installation!
Oops, we did it again!Our Year of Education initiative, which we started in 2013, has gained us a PaceSetter Award from STC. Here is what they said:
As a member of the Pace
setter Award Evaluation Committee, it is my honor and pleasure to inform you that the STC NY Metro Chapter has earned the Pacesetter Award for 2014. The citation on your certificate will read:
"For launching "Year of Education" to encourage and support the education and development of future technical communicators, through partnership with academic institutions, a dedicated Education section on the chapter website, the Research Assistance program, and the Talk to a Professional (TaP) service"
At the Summit in Phoenix, your community will be recognized during the Leadership Day event on Sunday, May 18, and you will receive the Pacesetter Award certificate during the Honors Banquet on Tuesday, May 20. [...]
Congratulations to all members of the NY Metro Chapter on a job well done.
MaryKay Grueneberg, Member
Pacesetter Award Evaluation Committee
If you are interested in learning more about the initiative, which we are still actively pursuing in 2014, and the various parts and programs involved -- see the below links:
We'd love to hear from you about any additional ideas, suggestions or contributions proposed for this effort. Send an email to president at STCNYMetro.net.
New York Metro Chapter
As a member of the Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee, it is my honor to inform you that the New York Metro Chapter has earned the Community of Excellence award for 2014.
The citation on your certificate will read: “For the hard work of your volunteers to make New York Metro one of the most vibrant and happening communities within STC. You have created a legacy for your future leaders.”
Your community will be recognized during the Leadership Day event on Sunday, 18 May 2014 at the Summit in Phoenix. At that time your community will be read out as a proud recipient of the Excellence Award. You will receive the CAA certificate during the Honors Banquet on Tuesday, 20 May 2014.
We will have ribbons at registration that read "Proud Member, STC Community of Excellence." Please tell all of the New York Metro Chapter members, who plan to attend the Summit, to make sure and pick one up.
As one of the most consistent and active communities in the CAA process, your community had another year filled with many activities. The CAAEC hopes that your community will continue to aspire to a high level with a set of impressive initiatives and activities next year.
Detailed comments about your winning entry will be mailed to you soon.
Congratulations to all proud members of the New York Metro Chapter.
Member, Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee (CAAEC)
STC Associate Fellow
We are thrilled to announce our latest exciting game, the NY Metro Communicator Quest.
Challenge yourself, challenge your fellow chapter members, and win recognition.
The more you participate in STC NY Metro, the more you get out of the chapter and enhance your career. Now you can get recognized for doing so, and have fun, too.
Every time you attend STC NY Metro events, bring friends, post on social media, volunteer for competition, present your knowledge and skills, mentor, or host an event, you accumulate points and earn badges, which turn into prizes.
See how your colleagues have accumulated points and how you can too.
Stay tuned! It starts soon!
Thanks to the combined efforts of our Competition leaders, judges and volunteers from NY-PMC and Houston, we experienced a smooth and successful regional competition. We are delighted to announce to you that the 2013 Regional TechComm winners for New York-Philadelphia-Houston have been picked.
Our awardees are...
2013-2014 Regional TechComm Awardees (NY-PMC-Houston)
Thank you to our hard-working team leaders and judges!
There are a few traditions that the 60-old Society for Technical Communication that we follow eagerly every year. One of our favorites is the STC Competition which starts at the regional or local level followed by the STC International Awards.
Why? The competition brings out the best work from individuals, teams and companies in our communities. The finest from the entries get recognized and receive feedback from well-trained judges and practitioners. The winners ose who win join a limited number of professionals who have won once or multiple times. Companies / organizations that promote excellence in technical communication
We shine a spotlight on companies that support good technical communication by providing opportunities, tools, and training.
Whether you are a current member or new to the Society for Technical Communication, I encourage you to renew or join for the 2014 activity year!! Over the past year, the NY Metro local chapter, backed by STC international, have greatly expanded our educational offerings and added new benefits and services. We couldn’t have done it without dedicated members like you!
STC NY Metro helps you expand your knowledge and further your career. As a member, you can:
Some additional useful links for you to peruse:
To join or renew:
To encourage you to join early, we will be raffling off prizes for those who register between November 1st and January 15th:
First Prize - a Google Nexus 7" Tablet with 32GB Memory
Second Prize - a signed copy of Rahel Bailie’s book Content Strategy: Connecting the Dots between Business, Brand and Benefits.
So hurry up and join us for an exciting and fun-filled 2014!
President, STC NY Metro chapter
Thanks for volunteering to serve!
In a short ceremony last September 24 at NYIT, the STC New York Metro Board, wearing fun, flowery shirts were inducted by Election Chairpersons Paula Valentine (1st from left) and Aiessa Moyna (over the phone).
Inducted were: Nitza Hauser, President (3rd from left), Julie Waxgiser, First Vice President (4th from left), Scott McCoy, Second Vice President (inducted virtually), Marion Robertson, Third Vice President (5th from left), Tom Myers, Secretary (2nd from left), and Mark Yoss, Treasurer (rightmost).
I want to share with everyone the good news: Our chapter newsletter won a 2013 APEX award for excellence in the category of e-mail newsletters (out of 205 submitted entries in that category). is sent via email to all our members and subscribers, and provides news and information about our chapter and community in general. We introduced this new format in 2012 to make it a true email newsletter (prior newsletters were sent as PDF attachments), to create consistent branding with our chapter website, and to drive traffic to our web site, where the actual content resides.
Congratulations to the dedicated chapter volunteers, without whose time and energy this newsletter would not have become a reality:
Check out our past newsletters, and look for the upcoming September issue. Way to go!