Lines & Letters

Award-Winning Newsletter of NEO STC


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…

In the News: Sara Buchanan

A project I, Sara Buchanan, managed at my job recently came to fruition! I share my experience below: Almost three years ago, I had a stroke of luck and landed my dream job at LCS! One of the highlights of that job is my amazing, supportive manager. Just months after I was hired, I approached my manager … Continue reading…

Review: Digital Marketing for Dummies

Leverage Google and Facebook to grow your brand. Automate your lead generation. Generate free and organic traffic. Acquire new leads and customers. Buy online ads like a pro. Monetize your email list. Craft landing pages that convert. That is quite a list and some of the important topics covered in Digital Marketing for Dummies. Let’s … Continue reading…

Review: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (audiobook)

Technology and humanities intersect in Apple products or so said Steve Jobs according to the authorized self-titled biography written by Walter Isaacson.  Jobs requested that Isaacson write the biography and allowed Isaacson to interview him over forty times over two years to gather information for the book. Isaacson also wrote best selling biographies of Albert … Continue reading…

In the Spotlight: Elena Dunne

Meet Elena Dunne, a former NEO STC member who volunteered on the academic program committee. In her current role at Rockwell Automation, she leads a terminology management initiative. She explains her position, “I am currently working to expand the scope of terminology beyond translation, since terminology doesn’t merely facilitate the work of translators, but has an impact … Continue reading…

In the Spotlight: Viqui Dill

Buckle in, you’re about to learn about the wonderfully talented, funny, and experienced Viqui Dill. She has taken the time to give me a wonderfully detailed and honest interview about her life and experiences as a woman in the workforce and active member of STC. Viqui has been an STC member since 2007 when she … Continue reading…

Distinguished Toastmaster Tricia Spayer

Toastmasters International is an established organization devoted to the development of communication and leadership in individuals. Tricia Spayer recently earned the Toastmasters International (TI) award for Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), the highest educational award offered by TI. According to the DTM Chair, Pete Punwani, in a blog post, the DTM requires at least: Present 47 speeches. Take on between 19-21 particular roles at regular club … Continue reading…