Lines & Letters

Award-Winning Newsletter of NEO STC


Write a Great Press Release

When I googled write a great press release I saw as the top result an article from Huffington Post with tips including writing an attention grabbing headline, getting to the point, adding a quote, stating hard numbers, and providing contact information. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zach-cutler/press-release-tips_b_2120630.html for the full list of tips. Here is a sample of a … Continue reading…

Review: Eric Sentell’s Study, Making Memories: Writing and Designing More Memorable Documents

How many billboards can you recall from your commute to work? Can you recall any? If so, what was it that caught your attention? In an age of information, we have become exceptional at filtering out irrelevant material. According to a study conducted by Eric Sentell, our ability to recall is driven by our self-schema in … Continue reading…

About Lines & Letters

Have you been missing the Lines & Letters newsletter? Your co-editors have been busy restructuring the newsletter to be bimonthly! The next edition will be October 2016! You’ll get the same great content, just at different intervals. Submit your articles for publication by contacting us at newsletter@neostc.org. Any topic that could be of interest to our … Continue reading…

Review: The Successful Virtual Classroom

What can someone say about virtual classrooms today besides reminding folks to avoid death by Powerpoint? Author Darlene Christopher in “The Successful Virtual Classroom: How to Design and Facilitate Interactive and Engaging Live Online Learning,” has lots to say on the subject, basing conclusions on her experience and citing a number of case studies from … Continue reading…

In the Spotlight: Jason Vensel

It is with great pleasure that I introduce our Incoming Vice President and Spotlight feature of the month, Jason Vensel! Jason currently works at DRB Systems in Green, Ohio. DRB provides automated management systems, POS terminals, hand-held portable touchscreen terminals, self-pay stations and loyalty promotion tools to Full Serve, Flex Serve and Express Car Washes, … Continue reading…

President’s Column

It is hard to believe another year for NEO STC has already gone by! As the 2015-2016 year comes to a close, NEO STC will be electing new officers and acknowledging outstanding volunteers during the Awards Banquet on May 12 at the Creekside Restaurant in Brecksville, Ohio. Be sure to check out the registration page … Continue reading…

Blogs, Bones, and Body Parts

See? Didn’t that grab you more than ‘How to Write a Technical Blog’? That’s called the hook! On Thursday evening, April 14, Lynn Nickels shared how the technical blog has become a way for companies to promote technical products and services via the Web. Lynn explained how blogging—no longer confined to the “social” of social … Continue reading…

Cedarville University Students Visit Parker Hannifin and Rockwell Automation

Recently, a request came from Senior Professor Sandi Harner of Cedarville University to Rockwell Automation and Parker Hannifin. Sandi directs the Professional Writing and Information Design Program and said, “Each year, we take several of our students (usually about 15 students plus 2 professors) on a spring trip to visit a couple of companies where we can meet with their technical … Continue reading…

And the Winner Is…

Carrie Cianciola! Carrie is this year’s Distinguished Chapter Service Award winner for the NEO STC chapter! Carrie is currently the Membership Committee Chair and the Student Mentorship Program coordinator. In the past, she has served as the Programs Committee Chair and has been a judge on the Competitions Committee, as well as a volunteer for … Continue reading…

In the Spotlight: Sara Buchanan

Fellow NEO STC members, I am pleased, this month, to introduce Sara Buchanan! Sara describes herself as a “new professional” in the technical writing industry. “I received my first professional job as a Technical Writer at LCS (London Computer Systems) in February 2015. LCS develops the property management software, Rent Manager, for which I create … Continue reading…