Lines & Letters

Award-Winning Newsletter of NEO STC


Volunteer Opportunities

Make a vital contribution to STC and our Ohio STC chapter! You can help the chapter continue to achieve its award-winning service to its membership and community. In addition, there are many benefits to being a chapter volunteer, such as: Develop new skills Receive mentoring from STC leaders Advance your career: Add assets, experience, and … Continue reading…

Fall Flocking: Ohio STC Board Meeting (President’s Column)

The birds are starting to flock in preparation for migration (some, like shorebirds, are already in motion). Kettles of raptors, confusions of warblers, committees of vultures, quarrels of sparrows, rounds of robins, gaggles of geese, and chatterings of starlings are getting ready for long flights or winter stays. Ornithologists think flocking provides several benefits. When … Continue reading…

Cybersecurity: IT’s really about your protection

On April 8th, 2021, the OHIOSTC community was joined virtually by Dr. Chuck Dull, the Associate Dean for the IT Center of Excellence at Tri-C Community College. Dr. Dull’s presentation was entitled Cybersecurity: IT’s really about your protection. As President Bronstrup shared in the introduction, “This evening’s talk is so important and so vital, especially … Continue reading…

2022 Summit Proposal Update

STC’s 2022 Technical Communication Summit Call for Proposals is open.  If you have a topic that you’d like to present at the Summit, but are unsure of the submission process, you should attend this webinar.Alyssa Fox, the Conference Committee chair, will review the process, explain how submissions will be evaluated, and give you tips to … Continue reading…

Tricia Spayer Is a Winner

When we held our last drawing for the winner of a $20 gift card for a contributor to Lines & Letters, Tricia was the lucky winner.   If you submit an article for our newsletter, you are eligible to be in our drawing. Submit articles to newsletter@neostc.org.      

Enhance Your Education

  A way to expand your knowledge and enhance your education is to take advantage of the  educational opportunities that you gain access to as a member of STC. These can be well worth the price of admission. The Society for Technical Communication and its member Chapters and Special Interest Groups produce a host of … Continue reading…

Where Is My Office? Reimagining the Workplace for the 21st Century (Book Review)

Chris Kane. 2020. Bloomsbury Business. 978-1- 4729-7868-4.  262 pages. US$35.00 (hardback). Author Chris Kane addresses issues such as agile work and hot-desking as he discusses new workplace practices that can help with employee productivity and even lower costs. His perspective comes, in part, from his work as the director of Six Ideas, an organization focused … Continue reading…

2022 Summit Dates

The 2022 STC Technical Communication Summit dates are May 15-18. It is never too early to plan to attend and even present at this event. The education part of the Summit is organized in topics. These offer various formats and experience levels. The exposition hall features company products. services, and technologies. If you attend 2022 … Continue reading…

President’s Column

The thistle and milkweed are about to bloom, so the American Goldfinches are getting ready to breed. They are one of the few species that wait till seeds are available before breeding. Many other species switch to a diet of insects during the breeding season. By waiting for seeds, American Goldfinches thwart predation by Brown-Headed … Continue reading…

Summit 2021

I’d like to talk about my experience attending the Summit virtually for the first time. It was spectacular! There was so much more to this experience than I could have imagined. People were engaged, friendly, and helpful. There were so many great sessions (perhaps even more than usual), that it was difficult to find just … Continue reading…

Summit Highlights

Here are a few highlights and observations from this year’s STC Summit 2021, held virtually. Quick Fixes for Bad Slides If you do PowerPoint slides, I recommend checking out Mike Parkinson. His presentation was a fast and fun romp through examples of boring slides and how to make them more interesting. He had a lot … Continue reading…