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CONDUIT 2016, Connecting Minds The STC—Philadelphia Chapter Mid-Atlantic TechComm Conference


CONDUIT 2016, Connecting Minds The STC—Philadelphia Chapter Mid-Atlantic TechComm Conference


Competition Awards Celebration and Networking Night 2016


STC WDCB Chapter Admin Council Meeting


Volunteering to Improve Your Career Meetup with Greta Boller

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TC Camp – the techcomm unconference

Save the date, Saturday, July 30th for TCCamp – the techcomm unconference. This year, the unconference will be at our own George Mason University. See the TCCamp website for an idea of the forum and format.

Consider volunteering for TCCamp. Details about volunteering are on their website and volunteers get in free!

Details about the conference will be posted here as the plan comes together. Watch this space.

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Congratulations to new STC Fellow, Carolyn Kelley Klinger

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Carolyn Kelley Klinger

Congratulations to chapter member, Carolyn Kelley Klinger, who is a new Fellow of STC.


For her boundless enthusiasm, her advocacy for STC as the voice of the profession, and her unwavering devotion to recruiting, training, and supporting STC volunteers.

Carolyn joined STC in 1995 and has been an active volunteer for the STC Washington, DC chapter since 1998. She is a two-time past president of the STC Washington, DC Chapter and has held all the chapter’s Administrative Council roles and served on most of its committees. She is an enthusiastic booster of STC, speaking often to schools and professional groups about the benefits of the profession.

Carolyn has served the Society by acting as one of its representatives to the Bureau of Labor Statistics during STC’s successful bid for inclusion of technical communication in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Carolyn has also served on the STC Nominations Committee and the CAC.

We are extremely proud of Carolyn and all that she does for the chapter and the Society.

The rank of Fellow is the highest honor an STC member can receive and may only be awarded to Associate Fellows who have continued to excel in the field of technical communication. STC Fellows contribute to the profession and the Society at the highest level, as indicated by their publications, presentations, awards, mentoring, leadership, and community service. For more information about the rank of STC Fellow, see http://www.stc.org/membership/recognition/honors/882-what-is-an-stc-fellow.

Congratulations to Carolyn and to the other 2016 Associate Fellows and Fellows:

2016 Associate Fellows

  • Valerie M. Ball
  • Nicoletta A. Bleiel
  • Todd A. DeLuca
  • Timothy Esposito
  • Kim E. Lindsey
  • Robert E. Perry

2016 Fellows

  • Mollye Barrett
  • Pam Estes Brewer
  • Russel Keith Hirst
  • Rachel Houghton
  • Carolyn Kelley Klinger
  • Mike Murray
  • Makarand Pandit
  • Marta A. Rauch
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Redundant Acronym Phrases (RAP) Project

2011-4 parrot in Strasbourg
Nandy Parakeet by J. Patrick Fischer (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Sometimes you can find useful technical communication information in the most unlikely places. The RAP Project is hidden in the Nandy Conure Page website. Birders will know that a nanday conure is a beautiful medium-small mostly green Neotropical parrot (also known as the black-hooded parakeet). This website has a gallery of fan pages devoted to individual birds in addition to FAQ and a forum for nandy conure lovers.

The Nandy website also provides links to other items of interest to nandy conure lovers and an odd assortment of helpful resources such as:

  • A page which will automatically Balance Chemical Equations and calculate product/reactant mass relationships for you.
  • A Vegetarian Cookbook and message board.
  • A page to help technical writers and editors avoid the redundant acronym phrase (RAP) syndrome.

Nanday.com is the official home of the Redundant Acronym Phrase (RAP) project.

A RAP is a phrase containing an acronym plus a word or phrase such that, when the acronym is expanded, the phrase would contain a redundancy. This is best illustrated by an example: ATM machine. ATM is an acronym for automated teller machine. Thus, ATM machine really means automated teller machine machine.

Clearing redundant acronym phrases from your writing will help with translations of your writing and will improve accessibility when screen readers read the full spelled out meaning of an acronym for visually disabled users who would be puzzled hearing "machine machine".

See the Redundant Acronym Phrases (RAP) Project page for a complete current list of phrases in the project.

You are invited to suggest more possible redundant acronym phrases (must be actually used—not made up) using the contact form at http://www.nanday.com/contact.php.

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