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A Retirement Well Earned: Usability Tales from Dr. Karla Kitalong (UCF and Michigan Tech)

May 28, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Join us virtually on Thursday May 28th as we celebrate the career of the Florida Chapter STC’s longtime champions, who influenced the lives and careers of many Technical Communicators in Central Florida and in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Dr. Karla Kitalong. During this convivial event, we will allow Dr. K. to reminisce on her study of Usability and User Centered Design both within academia and industry. We invite you to bring your stories and reunite virtually with an STC and UCF powerhouse. 

As you know, the current situation does not allow us to meet in person, but thanks to the hard work of your Florida Chapter STC Administrative Council, we are able to bring you exciting programs such as this one. So, please, pull up a chair and your favorite snack or beverage, as we cheer to Dr. Karla Kitalong!  As we face concerns about the coronavirus outbreak and how to remain safe, our STC Florida chapter meetings will be 100% virtual for the time being. Beyond that, please follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


  • 6:30pm – Networking  and New Member Orientation
  • 7:00pm – Program begins


To RSVP, visit our Meeting Payments page to pay ahead for the meeting and receive the call details. We will be charging the following rates for this meeting:

  • Free for STC Florida Student Members. Students, please email Bethany Aguad to RSVP and receive the call details.
  • $6 for STC Florida Chapter Members (part of Society for Technical Communication membership, not membership of the meetup group)
  • $12 for all other attendees

About the Honoree:

Karla Kitalong Karla Saari Kitalong was Assistant Professor and later Associate Professor of Technical Communication at the University of Central Florida from 1999-2008. She finished her career at Michigan Technological University, retiring in 2020 as Professor of Humanities. Her research and teaching interests include visual rhetoric, usability and user-centered design, writing pedagogy, and writing program administration. In retirement, she expects to continue her scholarly pursuits with projects related to the usability of translation apps; the rhetoric of workplace bullying; and the visual rhetoric employed in a graphic-novel-style adaptation of the  9/11 Commission report. She also expects to visit her grandchildren in West Virginia and Orlando; knit, crochet, and do other crafts; and read everything in sight. 


A Retirement Well Earned: Usability Tales from Dr. Karla Kitalong (UCF and Michigan Tech)


May 28, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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