A Message from the President

Technical Communicators and Friends of our Chapter: It’s the time of year we give thanks for all our blessings and think of ways to help others.  If you are looking for different avenues in which to help, we have a few suggestions. Mike Murray’s “Make a Difference” ScholarshipThis scholarship honors our long-time member and leader, Mike Murray, and supports his dream to Make a Difference in the field of communicative disorders. The Fund helps graduate students in communicative disorders who will work with patients like Mike whose lives are impacted by Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, and other debilitating diseases, and it yields a potential double benefit of also supporting research and possible future breakthroughs. The scholarship is part of the UCF Foundation, which means contributions to the scholarship are eligible for employer matches and possible tax deductions since the UCF Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. One hundred percent of your donation will go to this specific scholarship fund; there are no administrative fees.

Origins of the scholarship

2020 scholarship recipient – Dani Schwam
I’m sure you will be inspired by her story:  https://healthprofessions.ucf.edu/news/first-recipient-of-the-mike-murray-scholarship-shares-perspective-of-focusing-on-abilities/

Donating is easy and can be done online in a few moments:

This scholarship and our chapter can make a difference to untold numbers of future therapists, researchers, and patients. 

Second Harvest Food Bank COVID-19 update: Second Harvest has made significant operational changes to meet double the need since the pandemic began. To maintain social distancing standards and operate at the highest level of efficiency, they are not accepting community food donations.
What you can do is donate funds or volunteer. Visit Home – Second Harvest (shfb.org) for more details.

Ronald McDonald house. This charity provides a home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at hospitals and medical facilities in Orlando.  They have multiple Amazon wish lists, making it easy for people to choose where to donate.  

St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures and discover means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay.
Click Here for Ways to Give 

These are just a few of the many fine organizations whose missions are to support patient care or help those in need. If you are able to help others who may not enjoy the advantages of good health and sufficient means, please open your heart and be warmed by knowing you have supported a worthy student whose future contributions to patient care can make all the difference to countless post-stroke or Parkinson’s patients, or you have helped someone in need of food, medical care, or lodging who is struggling to carry on.


Debra Johnson
President, STC Florida Chapter

John Clement Member Spotlight

Our own John Clement is now the STC CAC Student Outreach Director, so he is expanding his presence beyond the Central Florida region where he is a UCF FTC officer and Florida STC student member.  

Last week John helped run a meeting with about 20 attendees, most of them involved in student STC chapters at various universities across the land.  The meeting was also attended by tech comm faculty from Michigan Tech, Texas Tech, and George Mason University.

John did a great job of getting everyone involved and describing what our FTC group does.

Thank you, John.  You make us look good.
JD Applen

Join STC Florida for 2021

We would love to have you as a member of the Florida Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication this year! We look forward to an exciting year and encourage you to take advantage of the programs and services we offer. As STC Florida leaders, we have all enjoyed the opportunity to grow as a technical communicator and make connections with other people like you in the profession.

We typically hold monthly educational meetings on the third Thursday of each month online. All of these events benefit our community and promote a strong camaraderie among our members. You can view our upcoming events and additional resources here on our website. We want to make sure you are aware of all the Florida chapter membership benefits available:

  • Reduced educational program meeting fees ($6 for educational programs)
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Job listings
  • Networking with a variety of technical communicators
  • And more!

If you are joining or renewing, please select the Florida chapter as your community for all of these benefits. When you are signing up or renewing your membership, make sure you scroll down and check the box for the Florida chapter! It will not be checked by default even if you are already a member. By checking that box, you become a member of our chapter when you sign up or renew your membership. We hope to speak with you at one of our meetings!

Students: Apply for the 2020-2021 STC Florida Mentoring Program

Applications for the 2020-2021 program are now closed.

The Florida Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), in conjunction with the Future Technical Communicators (FTC) at UCF, is proud to announce its mentoring program, pairing veterans from the front lines of the industry with talented technical communication students and new technical communicators. The goal: to bridge the gap between industry and academe.

Once they have reviewed the applications, the program coordinators will let you know that your application has been accepted. They will establish mentor-mentee teams that provide an optimal match of goals, skills, and styles. Your program coordinator will then invite you to the mentoring kickoff meeting where you will be introduced to your mentor/mentee.

If you have any questions, sends us an email at mentorship@stc-orlando.org.