The Future Technical Communicators (FTC) at UCF and the Florida Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) will be hosting a mini-conference on technical communication career paths next Thursday, February 7 in the UCF Student Union 316CD from 6:30-8:30 p.m. RSVP now to join us! Admission to the event is free, and refreshments will be served during the pre-meeting networking time.
The mini-conference is aimed at sharing information on technical communication career paths to all attendees, novices and experts alike, as well as enabling students and other professionals to network with others in the field.
The meeting will be a series of consecutive mini-presentations on the diverse career paths available within the technical communication field:
In essence, the progression becomes a mini-conference on technical communication career paths. Indeed, several of the speakers have presented on their topics at the STC international conference.
This mini-conference would not be possible without the help of Professor J.D. Applen and FTC president Andy Romero, who have worked hard to coordinate the event and meeting space at UCF.
Andy Romero is President of the Future Technical Communicators club at UCF and a mentee in our STC Florida mentoring program. We are thrilled to see her article, “Technical communication blends passions, paves way for student success,” on the College of Arts and Humanities and UCF Today websites, where she shares her experience in the College Work Experience Program at Lockheed Martin, as well as FTC and STC. Andy has long been a shining light in our chapter, and we are thrilled to see her recognized for all she is doing in technical communication.
Misty Arner and I were very excited to introduce the STC Florida Mentor-Mentee pairs for the mentoring program at our kickoff meeting this past Tuesday! Over a delicious meal at Bahama Breeze the pairs shared the experiences and got to know each other. Our mentors and mentees are off to a strong start with mapping out their goals for the year.
- David Coverston – Amy (My-Nhon) Truong
- W.C. Wiese – Shawn Menard
- Dan Voss – Winfield Pearson
- Diane Hogan – Cassidy Reyes
- Bethany Aguad – Misty Arner
Dan Voss is a “retired” but still active proposal specialist for Lockheed Martin who also provides industry training workshops in business and technical communication. An STC Fellow, Dan is recognized for his publications and presentations on diverse subjects at STC’s international conference and was the recipient of the STC President’s Award for his efforts on student outreach. With Lori Allen, he coauthored Ethics in Technical Communication: Shades of Gray, published in 1998—for which he became the only non-engineer to receive Lockheed Martin’s coveted Author-of-the-Year recognition. He has coauthored four research articles for STC’s Technical Communication as well as four articles for intercom. Dan and now-chapter-president Bethany Aguad, then a student at UCF, co-managed STC International’s student outreach and mentoring initiative from 2012 through 2014 and presented at Leadership Day at two international STC conferences. They also coauthored Chapter 5, “Teaching the Ethics of Intercultural Communication,” in an acclaimed anthology of research articles Teaching and Training for Global Engineering, edited by Kirk St.Amant and Madelyn Flammia and published in 2017.
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Alex Garcia is a Senior Technical Writer at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando, FL. He earned two concurrent bachelor’s degrees from UCF: in English—Technical Communication and in Space Engineering Technology. Alex fulfilled a life-goal as a systems engineer for the Space Shuttle Program until he transitioned full time into aerospace technical communication. Throughout the years, he has gained expertise in hardware documentation, proposal writing, and instructional system design for a government audience. In 2005, Alex was awarded the highly sought-after Melissa Pellegrin Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Technical Communication. An STC member for 13 years, he has held just about every role in the STC Florida Chapter. His relationship with the chapter began as student president of the Future Technical Communicators (FTC) organization at UCF. As a student member of the chapter, he served as co-manager of the student mentoring program. As a professional member, he went to serve as Jaffe Award Committee chair, editor of the Memo to Members newsletter, chapter treasurer for two years, and then two terms as chapter president. For his leadership and dedication, the Society awarded him the Distinguished Service Award for Students (DSAS) in 2006 and the Distinguished Chapter Service Award (DCSA) in 2013 and 2015. Alex presented at the 53rd Annual STC Summit in Las Vegas in 2006 reporting on his experience as a summer intern for Ball Aerospace in Colorado, and he is looking forward to presenting in Orlando as president of the hosting STC Florida Chapter in 2018.
Nick Ducharme is an Associate Configuration Analyst (and Technical Writer) at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando, FL. He is an alumnus of UCF with a B.A. in English—Technical Communication. He has served for three years as communications manager and newsletter editor for the STC Florida Chapter. Nick earned the 2017 Chapter President’s Award for his work in these areas. Over the past several months, he has passed on his knowledge and experience with chapter communications and the Memo to Members newsletter to a successor, Emily Wells, another recent UCF graduate and high-potential future chapter leader. In 2017, he served as Nominating Committee chair for the chapter’s elections and he is now vice president for the chapter.
Crystal Brezina is an Instructional Designer at Carley Corporation in Orlando, FL. Crystal currently serves as the Florida Chapter Secretary and chair of the Community Achievement Awards (CAA) Committee. Crystal is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in English—Technical Communication. Crystal received the prestigious STC Distinguished Service Award for Students in 2017.