Lines & Letters

Award-Winning Newsletter of NEO STC


Have You Renewed Your STC Membership?

It’s that time of year again: STC membership renewals. If you need a reminder of the STC memberships and benefits, check out: https://www.stc.org/membership/. Don’t forget everything your NEO STC Chapter membership provides you: Membership in an award-winning community Networking and social opportunities with other industry professionals Training and educational pportunities Community newsletter Slack community and … Continue reading…

Leadership Symposium

A Leadership Symposium was given on October 5 with Toastmasters International. It was divided into three parts with speakers: Part 1: Characteristics of Effective Leaders (David Yung) Part 2: Developing Your Leadership Skill (Deborah Bonner) Part 3: Working in the Team Environment (Craig Gerlock) David Yung shared with us the Asian words for leader which … Continue reading…

Regional Technical Communication Competitions

There are a couple of regional technical communication competitions being held: the STC Carolina 2019-20 Technical Communication Competition and the STC Regional TechComm Competition. Each competition has an approaching deadline: 26 October 2019 and 6 December 2019, respectively. For more details, check out https://www.stc.org/wiki/international-summit-awards/.  If you have questions, contact the individual competition managers. Also, submissions … Continue reading…

Leveraging Existing Technical Publication Content in an AR World

Representatives from EAC Product Development Solutions presented on how to take advantage of technological advances in Augmented Reality (AR) and head-mounted displays during the NEO STC meeting on Thursday, September 12. They showed us how you can marry classical technical publications with these new technologies. Two main approaches are either 2D or 3D: The 2D … Continue reading…

Developing Writers in Higher Education (Book Review)

Teachers, researchers, and practitioners should find something of interest in Developing Writers in Higher Education. In addition to the paper book, of particular interest for Developing Writers in Higher Education is the friendly and well-executed companion web site at https://www.developingwritersbook.org/ where you can “…find out what 169 students can tell you about writing.” The site organizes its content … Continue reading…

STC Student Scholarship

STC is delighted to announce a $500 scholarship to assist students who are pursuing an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree or graduate certificate program in some aspect of technical communication. The award is for the 2020-2021 academic year and will be awarded in February 2020. Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2019. Students do not have … Continue reading…

The Two Cultures of English (Book Review)

Teachers, students, and anyone else interested in the study of literature, rhetoric, and composition should find The Two Cultures of English a good read. Author Jason Maxwell is a Clinical Assistant Professor of English at the University of Buffalo. He tackles in The Two Cultures of English the general topic of how today’s universities ask … Continue reading…

AI is Another Revolutionary Change for Societal Adjustment

Google Cloud director Peter Scocimara provided an intriguing, thought-provoking presentation on “The Fourth Industrial Revolution – Preparing for an AI World” at the April NEO STC monthly meeting. Scocimara intertwined cultural and societal ramifications with the sweeping changes that smart machines bring forth today. “60% of kids born today will do jobs that do not … Continue reading…

Our Lynn Nickels Honored as Associate Fellow

“For consistent contributions to the Northeast Ohio Chapter (NEO STC), unwavering loyalty to the Society and its members, and promoting the technical communication profession through teaching and writing.” These are the reasons why Lynn Nickels has achieved the rank of STC Associate Fellow as stated at https://www.stc.org/notebook/2019/03/18/introducing-the-2019-class-of-stc-fellows-and-associate-fellows/. Join us in sincerely congratulating wonderful Lynn on … Continue reading…

BrightTalk Webinars

Have you watched a webinar through BrightTalk yet? They have hundreds of one-hour webinars available for you to watch on demand, and they are all free! You do need to register for a BrightTalk account to access the content, but it’s easy to manage your subscription and they don’t send spam emails. General topics on … Continue reading…

Hiring and Training Innovative Leaders

Many companies claim to be forward-thinking and innovative, but are they really? As we head into the fourth industrial revolution, developing a creative and innovative culture is necessary for a company to survive as we head into the fourth industrial revolution, and company culture starts with the leadership team. If the leadership team values and … Continue reading…

University of Akron’s Technical Report Writing Classes Attend AI Webinar with STC’s Technical Communication Professionals

Associate Professor Kelly Webb Bronstrup’s engineering and engineering technology students are learning the value of how technical communication and engineering fields are intertwined by experiencing out of classroom educational real-world opportunities such as joining in on the Sr. Director, Cloud Support, Google Cloud’s Peter “SCOTCH” Scocimara’s webinar Artificial Intelligence (AI) The Fourth Industrial Revolution on … Continue reading…