STC’s Recognition Season is Here

Distinguished Chapter Service Award
During this time period, chapters can submit nominees for Distinguished Chapter Service Award. Any chapter member in good standing who has a strong record of contributions to the chapter can be nominated. That includes AdCo members, except for the current chapter president or anyone currently serving on the STC Board of Directors. 
The current chapter president typically submits the nomination based on input from chapter leaders or members. The nominee is not informed that they have been submitted for this recognition. 
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Associate Fellow 
Senior members  of STC who have an exemplary record of contributions to one or more communities, STC, and the profession can apply for the Associate Fellow honor. These applications are typically due the first of November or shortly thereafter. Applicants can self-nominate, or be nominated by an STC member in good standing from any STC community. Applicants must be STC members in good standing, and have at least 10 continuous years of STC membership, and 15 years of experience in the profession. 
We can use the community report to identify chapter members who qualify by length of STC membership. 
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Those who have been Associate Fellows for three years can apply for the rank of Fellow. All applications are self-nominations. Applicants must have been Associate Fellows for three years as of the date they applied for Associate Fellow. For the class of 2021, this would mean that you need to have applied for Associate Fellow in October or November of 2017. The applicant must show increasing contributions to STC and the profession since becoming an Associate Fellow. 
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Academic honors for students 
Students can be nominated for membership in two academic honor societies: 

  • Membership in Sigma Tau Chi is given to students enrolled in a program in technical communication, who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above, are exemplary in participation in STC, and demonstrate a potential for significant contribution to the profession.
  • Membership in Alpha Sigma is given to students enrolled in a program in technical communication who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above, demonstrate active participation in STC, and have the potential to contribute to the profession.

Membership is awarded only once and honorees retain the membership only as long as they are members in good standing of the Society

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Call for Mentors: Share Your Experience with a Student

Please consider the possibility of serving as a mentor to a UCF student in the chapter’s 2020-2021 mentoring program. Mentoring offers significant benefits to both mentor and the mentee in terms both of professional growth and personal satisfaction.

Founded in 2003, our chapter’s highly successful, pacesetting mentoring program pairs STC Florida Chapter members with UCF technical communication students and other students with an interest in our profession based on the students’ goals and the professionals’ areas of expertise.

The student mentoring program also has been the cornerstone of a dynamic and mutually beneficial partnership between our chapter and the technical communication program at UCF. Over the past 17 years, we have formed dozens of mentor-mentee pairs.

Historically, our mentees have had outstanding results in job placement upon graduation. Many have remained active STC Florida Chapter members and have gone on to leadership positions. The program has provided our community with a steady pipeline of new leadership talent, which has been a key factor in our success over the past 17 years.

If you have not mentored before but are interested in giving of your time and experience to help a student chart his/her course in entering our profession, we want you and we need you!

To learn more about our student mentoring program, simply go to the mentoring page on the chapter website.

If you would like to serve as a mentor this year, please complete and submit the mentor application form. It is simple and straightforward and requires just a few minutes of your time. We need to hear from you by September 25.

Building and Sustaining Your Community by Training New Leaders – webinar

Dan Voss and John Clement

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. EDT

We hope you will be able to join us this Tuesday for the next event in the STC 2020 Leadership Program from the Community Affairs Committee this coming Tuesday. Two of our own chapter members, Dan Voss and John Clement, will be sharing a presentation on several of the outstanding programs our chapter has to offer. 

We invite all STC Florida members to join us as Dan and John discuss successful programs our chapter has found effective in building and sustaining our community over the past 25 years:

  • Online Community-building Resources Toolkit
  • Student Mentoring Program
  • Leadership Development Program
  • Active Membership Program
  • Scholarships Program
  • Sharing STC Conference Learnings
  • Annual Meeting at UCF

In this webinar, other STC communities can learn how to adapt and implement these programs for their members. The 2020 Leadership Program events are free and open to all STC members.

Update on the 2020 STC Summit

Based on the evolving COVID-19 situation within the country, including Washington’s Governor Inslee issuing an emergency proclamation that limits large events, as well as a growing number of travel bans and restrictions among the tech comm community, STC has made the decision to transition the 2020 face-to-face Technical Communication Summit & Expo to a virtual conference format this Spring.

More details about the online conference will be posted on the STC Notebook moving forward.