Lines & Letters

Award-Winning Newsletter of NEO STC


Editor’s Column

Happy May! I hope your month is off to a great start. I know mine has been (because I’ve had plenty of baby snuggles)! My friend had a baby on April 3rd and I’m a very proud “aunt.” Please excuse me while I  shamelessly spam you with a baby photo! Do you also have news? Please … Continue reading…

Spectrum STC Rochester Conference—an Awesome Experience

As a first-time attendee to the Spectrum Conference, I was curious and excited to make the four-hour road trip to Rochester, NY. Hosted by the STC Rochester chapter, this conference—and its host members—are of the highest caliber. The event is well-organized with outstanding learning and networking opportunities. I strongly encourage NEO STC members to attend … Continue reading…

Super STC Spectrum Conference

At the end of March 2018, Monte and I were privileged to attend the 59th (yeah, that’s right 59th) annual STC Rochester Spectrum Conference. This was my fourth time attending; the third as a speaker. This conference seems to get better each time. At least for me. My enthusiasm for tech comm and STC were … Continue reading…

Academic Relations Update

Greetings from the Academic Relations team! We often have opportunities during the year for our NEO STC members to volunteer by speaking about their experiences in the profession to students. (Last month’s president’s column talked about our visit to John Carroll.) It is a way to educate northeast Ohio students about what they can do … Continue reading…

Lord of the Manuals: Return of Creativity

Jennifer Yaros, Chief Creativity Officer of BrainSpark, brought energy, creativity, and teamwork to the April NEO STC meeting at Rockwell Automation. Drawing from her work developing BrainSpark, a new offering from Radcom to promote creativity in the workplace, Jennifer guided us through an epic journey: • In the Cave of Creativity, we warmed up by … Continue reading…

President’s Column

In this column I share my favorite color conversion tool, what can happen when you create content without translation in mind, a Seth Godin book I recently finished, song recommendations based on what I’ve been listening to when I’m doing graphics work, and more. But first, let’s talk membership. I, and fellow NEO STC members … Continue reading…

Editor’s Column

Welcome to the March edition of Lines & Letters. We have a lot of exciting articles for you! Cianciola Wins Spectrum 2018 Drawing NEO STC Board Meets to Discuss Chapter Accomplishments and Plans Digital Opportunities within Technical Communications: Our January Meeting In the Spotlight: Andrea Ames Spayer Scheduled for Spectrum 2018 (to talk about Gleek … Continue reading…

In the Spotlight: Andrea Ames

Congratulate Andrea Ames as she steps into her new position as editor of Intercom, the magazine of the STC. Recognized in 2016 by MindTouch as one of the Top 25 Content Strategy Influencers, Andrea is a keynote speaker and workshop leader with 35 years of content experience, as well as the author of numerous journal … Continue reading…

Digital Opportunities within Technical Communications: Our January Meeting

Jillian Kupchella, an account manager at Aquent Studios, was our guest speaker at the January NEO STC meeting. Jillian shared creative ways to embed videos and animations in technical and instructional materials. It was an information-packed presentation, complete with real-life examples of the various techniques, including: Using CINEMA 4D to convert CAD drawings to look … Continue reading…

Cianciola Wins Spectrum 2018 Drawing

Congratulate Carrie Cianciola on being the drawing winner for a free Spectrum 2018 Conference registration offered to NEO STC members.  Here is what Carrie has to say about the upcoming conference. “This year’s conference theme, Hack Into Your Flow, and keynote speaker Judith Glick-Smith, immediately caught my attention. I’m very excited to attend this conference … Continue reading…

Spayer Scheduled for Spectrum 2018 (to talk about Gleek Speak and more)

Our own Tricia Spayer is scheduled to present at Spectrum 2018 held March 25-27. This conference is a partnership of STC Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with details at the http://spectrum.stc-rochester.org/ site. It is also STC Rochester’s 59th annual regional technical communication conference. Lines & Letters recently asked Tricia about her scheduled presentations. What will … Continue reading…

Emerging Technologies Listed in the NMC Horizon Report (with wicked challenges)

Charting emerging technologies for teaching and learning is the goal of the NMC Horizon Report initiative of the New Media Consortium. This influential report can provide valuable information to educators, thought leaders, and us, with its research and analysis concerning trends in education. Launched in 2002, the report continues year after year to provide valuable … Continue reading…

Happy 2018!

NEO STC is ringing in the new year with many fun events, a new newsletter, and lots of holiday cheer! Be sure to join us for all the great events: January 9th for lunch at Quaker Steak & Lube in Valley View February 7th for lunch at Bricco in Akron Be sure to check out the … Continue reading…

A Little Bit of Holiday Cheer

We were a small, but mighty group at the NEO STC 2017 Holiday Social this year. We met at Bar Louie in Legacy Village, on December 7, to enjoy delicious appetizers, festive beverages, and delightful conversation as we usher in the holiday season.    This annual get-together is always a great opportunity to chat with each … Continue reading…

In the Spotlight: Julianne Forsythe

Julianne Forsythe is a senior member of NEO STC and is serving her second year on the PR committee. In this role, she sends out communications for our program meetings, networking lunches, and social events. Further, she is also responsible for our social media presence and often posts to Facebook, LinkedIn, and occasionally Twitter. Julianne … Continue reading…