Lines & Letters

Award-Winning Newsletter of NEO STC


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…

Vote through March 9 in the 2016 STC Elections

See http://stc.org/election for details about the 2016 STC Elections. You can vote through March 9. The STC Nominating Committee (composed of members Cindy Currie, Donn DeBoard, Viqui Dill, Marta Rauch, and chair Alan Houser) is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2016 Society election: President Adriane Hunt will automatically succeed from the … Continue reading…

STC Renewal

If you haven’t renewed your STC membership yet, you can still do so and get a discount. Enter promo code STCRENEW in the Dues Discount box of the checkout page and receive 10% off your renewal.

From the Editors – March/April 2016

As we move toward spring, we have some great events planned. March brings us the return of Neil Perlin – one of our most popular speakers. On Thursday, March 10, 2016, Neil addresses the topic of  How Mobiles Will Change Tech Comm.  It is easy to agree, as our program announcement states, that mobiles have “permeated society in the … Continue reading…

Education and the Market

Let’s look at some ways of thinking about online versus traditional education to see where we have been and where we could be going.  You might enjoy a related read at The Market Is Sending a Message About Modalities (graphic comes from this site.) Ways of looking at online and traditional learning Those who have moved … Continue reading…

What’s Up with Upwork/Elance

When people ask about my experience with the Elance/Upwork online freelancing platforms, I admit it’s been a mixed bag including work with a major West Coast tech giant (where I signed a nondisclosure agreement and did not know at first who the client was) to work with smaller clients. Maybe my experience is similar to others, where some experiences … Continue reading…

Book Review: Smaller, Faster, Lighter, Denser, Cheaper

Smaller, Faster, Lighter, Denser, Cheaper: The Catalysts Driving Business, [Hardback] By Robert Bryce (2014), Public Affairs Publisher, The Perseus Books Group, ISBN-9781610392051, $17.95 Author, journalist, and public speaker Robert Bryce has published many articles on energy and oil use and five books such as Power Hungry, The Myths of “Green” Energy, and the Real Fuels … Continue reading…