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Chapter makes great strides!

posted Jul 4, 2014, 3:19 PM by Nitza Hauser   [ updated Jul 4, 2014, 3:21 PM ]

As my term as chapter president is coming to a close, here are some reflections on the past and a message for the future...

In the past 2 years it has been my pleasure to work with a group of really caring and dedicated people in the board and the chapter's lay leadership:

  • We organized monthly programs and social events for the members and friends of the chapter (that's one or two events each month for 10 months!!)
  • We have revamped and re-branded the chapter web site with new look and fresh content (have you checked our Members Blog recently?)
  • Our newsletter has also been re-branded and has actually won a 2013 Apex award
  • We have opened new social venues like facebook and Meetup and have greatly increased our outreach
  • We have reached out and established links with area universities, to encourage and support students of technical communication, and have collaborated on a number of projects with them.
Indeed, STC has recognized our chapter as a Community of Excellence in 2013 and 2014, and some of our initiatives has won us the PaceSetter award as well in both 2013 and 2014.  At the summit this past May, we have additionally been recognized as ‘Most Improved Community as well!!

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!!

Nitza Hauser
Immediate Past President, NY Metro chapter

2014-2015 Board Election Results are in

posted Jun 20, 2014, 6:04 AM by Nitza Hauser

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):

President

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%)

Secretary

Prakash Satiani (27 votes received/27 votes cast, or 100%)

Treasurer

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!


Aiessa Moyna
Co-Chair, Nominating Committee
STC New York Metro Chapter

Paula Valentine
Co-Chair, Nominating Committee
STC New York Metro Chapter

Setting the Pace with Initiatives

posted Apr 21, 2014, 5:24 PM by Nitza Hauser   [ updated Apr 27, 2014, 7:38 AM ]

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:


Nitza:

As a member of the Pace
2014 PaceSetter Award
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.


Regards,

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.

STC NY Metro is a 2014 Community of Excellence!!

posted Mar 17, 2014, 5:13 PM by Nitza Hauser   [ updated Mar 17, 2014, 5:24 PM ]

I am extremely proud and gratified to announce that our chapter has won the Community of Excellence award for 2014. This is the second year in a row we have been honored by the community achievement evaluation committee. Following is the announcement letter from the committee (note important portions highlighted in bold - emphasis not in original):

2014 Community of Excellence Award
Nitza Hauser
Chapter President
New York Metro Chapter


Nitza:

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.


Mak Pandit,
Member, Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee (CAAEC)
STC Associate Fellow


Come with Us on a Quest and Win!

posted Mar 15, 2014, 3:11 PM by Nitza Hauser   [ updated Mar 15, 2014, 3:12 PM ]

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.


  • You accumulate points for recognition.

  • You collect badges for being a Scholar, Social Media poster, Blogger, Sustaining Member, Competition participant, or Host

  • You receive prizes when you have earned enough points and badges.


See how your colleagues have accumulated points and how you can too.


Stay tuned! It starts soon!

2013 - 2014 Regional TechComm Winners announced!

posted Dec 18, 2013, 11:34 AM by Malu Schloss   [ updated Jan 22, 2014, 8:13 AM ]

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)

Highlights are:
  • Total number of entries received: 33. Valid entries-32. One submission was not accepted because it arrived late.
  • Number of entries that received any kind of award: 17 (53%)
  • Number of entries that did not receive an award: 15 (47%)
  • Number of entries that received an award of merit: 11 (34%)
  • Number of entries that received an award of excellence: 5 (16%)
  • Number of entries that received a distinguished award: 1 (3%)
  • We did not award anyone with Best of Show this year.

Thank you to our hard-working team leaders and judges!  






Why we cheer our Competition winners

posted Dec 18, 2013, 10:43 AM by Malu Schloss

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.






Join Us for an Exciting 2014!

posted Nov 6, 2013, 5:34 PM by Nitza Hauser

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:

  • Get discounted rates on our monthly events, presentations and workshops. Learn from the most respected names in the technical communication field, meet them in person, network with your peers, or if you choose - attend virtually.
  • Access free, members-only, sponsored live Web seminars organized by STC throughout the year.
  • Receive award-winning publications, from our chapter newsletter containing news and blogs about the goings-on in the chapter, to the STC’s Intercom and the Technical Communication journal.
  • Access to over 140 free, on-demand, archived STC seminars on the topics ranging from User Experience and Accessibility to Content Management and DITA
  • Get member rates for the STC Summit - the largest international gathering of technical communicators - and access to Summit@aClick, our online collection of the Summit conference’s content
  • Subscribe to our New York Metro Job database or to the STC's Job Bank. You can also post your resume for potential employers to find.
  • Find a mentor. Our Talk to a Professional (TaP) program can match you up with a professional who can share knowledge and experience. This is especially useful for people new to the profession, or who are transitioning from another career path.

Some additional useful links for you to peruse:

Join now and get the remainder of 2013 and ALL of 2014 for one low price! For a limited time, renewing members pay only $195 for a 2014 Classic membership! Use Dues Discount Code: STC2014

If you are a current member, the
Member-Get-A-Member campaign is in full swing. Recruit new members and win prizes. Check here for details.

To join or renew:
  1. Fill out the Membership Application for STC.
  2. Select the NY Metro Chapter in the Chapter membership choice.

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!

Nitza Hauser
President, STC NY Metro chapter

Board Inducted in Hawaiian Shirts Depicting Upcoming Fun

posted Oct 5, 2013, 8:40 PM by Malu Schloss   [ updated Oct 5, 2013, 8:49 PM ]

2013-14 Board
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 (2nd from left), Julie Waxgiser, First Vice President (3rd from left), Scott McCoy, Second Vice President (inducted virtually), Marion Robertson, Third Vice President (4th from left), Tom Myers, Secretary (inducted virtually), and Mark Yoss, Treasurer (rightmost).

Thanks for volunteering to serve!

Chapter newsletter wins APEX Awards for Publication Excellence!

posted Aug 25, 2013, 7:57 PM by Nitza Hauser   [ updated Jan 20, 2014, 7:30 PM ]

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).
Apex Award photo
Our newsletter 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:

  • Ed Marsh - Chief Editor and Graphic Designer
  • Lisa Paris-Senna - Editorial Reviewer

Check out our past newsletters, and look for the upcoming September issue. Way to go!

Nitza Hauser
Chapter President

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