Lines & Letters

Award-Winning Newsletter of NEO STC


Smith Receives 2019 Distinguished Chapter Service Award

Past NEO STC President Brian E. Smith was awarded the Distinguished Chapter Service Award by the Society for Technical Communication in 2019. His citation reads “For your selfless leadership as Northeast Ohio chapter president and for your sustained contributions in support of our membership.”   The Distinguished Chapter Service Award (DCSA) is designed to recognize … Continue reading…

Leadership Intelligence: The 5Qs for Thriving As a Leader (Book Review)

Leadership Intelligence: The 5Qs for Thriving as a Leader tackles the topic of leadership as it relates to the corporate world today. The authors assert that what works today in the corporate world includes “nimble minds” and “rounded perspectives” when it comes to leadership and solving problems. The authors have done research concerning effective leadership … Continue reading…

Shulman Is a Winner

In our recent drawing for a $20 gift card, Amber Shulman was our winner. Our newsletter committee conducts these drawings with the names of those who make a contribution to our newsletter. If you submit an article for our newsletter, you are eligible to be in our drawing. Submit articles to newsletter@neostc.org. We love book … Continue reading…

Review of November’s Meeting

November’s program meeting was a fun, engaging, and informative blend of lecture and audience participation. Our presenter was Jennifer Yaros, a veteran technical communicator and instructional designer, who recently took her career in a more “creative” direction with a venture called “BrainSpark.” Jennifer has written a book and gives seminars and workshops on creativity. Last … Continue reading…

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…