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First Friday Lunch (Lebanese in Rockville, MD)

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN VENUE (Lebanese Taverna instead of Pho 95)

To kick off October we are headed to the Lebanese Taverna Cafe in the Rockville Town Square (not the Congressional location). Come out and enjoy some delicious hommus, shawarma, falafel, kabobs, or whatever tickles your tastebuds from their menu. This location has free parking for two hours in the nearby garage.

Please remember that while it does not cost anything to reserve a seat at the table for a First Friday Lunch, you will still need to pay for your own lunch.

Join Carolyn Klinger, your host, to meet new friends who share common professional interests. These are the relationships you’ll need as your technical communication career grows and changes. We First Friday Lunchers are here for you!

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Won’t You Be Our Treasurer?

We are looking for one or more Chapter Treasurer candidates to serve a term of office of two years starting January 1, 2015.

Do I Qualify?

Candidates for Treasurer must be STC and Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter members in good standing. They should be be well-organized and attentive to detail. Previous experience as a treasurer is greatly helpful.

What Do I Have to Do?

The Treasurer has the following duties:

  • Attend all administrative council and extended council meetings and submit a monthly fiscal status report.
  • Receive and disburse chapter funds (as authorized by the administrative council).
  • Submit budgets as required by the President or council, including the annual financial report to the Society’s Treasurer.
  • Maintain paper and electronic records of the chapter’s income, expenses, and checking accounts. This includes the check register and a file containing all canceled checks and statements.
  • Maintain copies of all statements, bills, and reimbursement requests.
  • Maintain books and records so they can be inspected at any time by the administrative council or an independent auditor named by the administrative council.
  • Submit a statement of the chapter’s financial status to the membership annually. The report to the membership may take the form of a statement published on the chapter’s blog.
  • As soon as possible after June 30 of each year, and in accordance with the STC Bylaws, prepare the end-of-year Chapter Financial Report and submit it and supporting chapter financial records to the STC Treasurer before the September 30 deadline.

What’s in it for Me?

Chapter Treasurers are part of the chapter’s executive board, a group of people with whom you will work toward common goals and who will support you professionally and personally. You will have a vote on all matters requiring one and will be able to propose significant activities and/or changes in direction. You will be able to attend most chapter events for free or at least a very reduced rate.

Chapter Treasurers are not required to attend all chapter events but are always welcome. This is the perfect job for those of you who cannot often attend evening events. All of your responsibilities can be done electronically. Most administrative council meetings are handled over the phone.

If you would like to be considered as a candidate or would like to talk through your decision with someone who has been there, contact email hidden; JavaScript is required as soon as possible.

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Conference Proposal Deadline Extended to 19 September 2014

Annual Technical Summit logoSTC invites you to contribute your ideas, studies, experience, and expertise at the 2015 Technical Communication Summit, the 62nd Annual Conference of the Society for Technical Communication.
The Summit is being held 21-24 June 2015 in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

The Summit fosters industry-leading technical communication by stimulating information exchange, cultivating research, and serving as the primary source of education for professional technical communicators. Program sessions should represent the latest business trends, communication techniques, technologies, approaches, and solutions. Please visit the Call for Proposals information pages to learn more.

Proposals are due

11:59 PM EDT (GMT-4) on Friday, 19 September 2014
All proposals must be submitted through the STC online submission system. The Call for Proposals information site provides the guidelines and process for submitting, and only those proposals that are submitted through this site will be accepted.




Types of Proposals

STC is looking for presentations, workshops, progressions, lightning talks, etc. Because sessions are 45 minutes long, each progression presenter will do two 20-minute presentations (10 minutes of presenting, 10 minutes of discussion). This format worked very well last year, and we are doing it again. We're aiming to group about six topics to a progression.

STC definitely encourages the submission of more advanced topics, whatever the session type. Our surveys show the majority of attendees want to be challenged and move past the “101” or “Intro to” topics, and this makes sense – most of our attendees have 10 or more years of experience in the profession. Make them think.


If you have any questions, please contact the Program Advisory Committee or Conference Committee at email hidden; JavaScript is required for more information.

Good luck and see you in Columbus!

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2014 Student memberships are only $52.50!

That's right, help your friends take advantage of all of the benefits STC has to offer for the fall semester for less than the cost of a text book.
Students carrying notebooksStudent members receive

  • Membership in one student and one professional chapter
  • Discounts on STC education offerings and our annual Summit
  • Access to over 140 free, on-demand webinars
  • 14-day advance access to the newest employment opportunities available in the STC Job Bank
  • A copy of STC's Salary Database, containing the most up-to-date information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on what technical communicators are earning
  • Online access to industry-leading publications Intercom and Technical Communication
  • Access to the Academic Special Interest Group (SIG) and another SIG of your own selection
  • A member discount program that provides discounts on software, products, and services

Join Now at http://www.stc.org/membership/join-or-renew-now

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Wearables + Things 2014

At Wearables + Things 2014 you’ll connect with some of the smartest people in the multibillion dollar Wearables and IoT industries. You’ll have exclusive access to the Google’s Android Wear team, get hands-on with iOS 8, Healthkit, and Homekit, and learn to develop like a pro on platforms from Sony, Pebble, Misfit, and more. You’ll get a front row seat for key topics like digital health, big data, security, and location technologies.

If you’re tasked with developing for this market or just getting a better handle on the opportunity, this is your event..

Wearables + Things is a Modev production.

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Design for Action 2014

Design for Action 2014 will feature leading practitioners and researchers at the cutting edge of applied behavioral science – developing the products and insights that improve people’s lives. Attendees will learn how to apply behavioral economics and psychology to large-scale consumer products: enabling their users to exercise more, become more energy efficient, save for retirement, and more.

You’ll learn why simply motivating your users isn’t enough – and how behavioral economics can help you understand the often ridiculously simple barriers within your app that block your users from succeeding.

Based on our past events the audience will be a fascinating mix of entrepreneurs, designers, product managers, researchers, and data scientists. The event is capped at 400 attendees; first come, first served.

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Last modified: September 12, 2014