Thank You To All Our Competition Judges and Committee Members!

On 9 January 2016, consensus judging for the Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter's Technical Communication Competition was held at Arlington County Central Library in Arlington, VA; one judging team with some remote team members (for example, in California), participated in a teleconference consensus meeting. Eighteen technical communication professionals evaluated thirty-three entries and determined awards. Entries to our competition this year came from California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Czech Republic, Israel, Italy, and the UK. Thank you to all judges and committee members who participated in the judges training and consensus.

Judges reaching consensus at Arlington County Central Library.
Competition Consensus Judges at the Arlington County Central Library.


Carolyn Kelley Klinger, Judging Manager

Team Judges

List of competition judges
Richard Bogacz Sue Heim
Greta Boller Melissa Kulm
Bryant Davis Heidi Lawrence
Brian Dinterman Annette Reilly
Douglas Eyman Allen Rotz
Dawn Gaynor Jenn Staley
Randy Gentry Helen Sydavar
Charlotte Glenn Shannon Uplinger
Kate Goggin Rebecca Young
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Consensus Judging Day Food – Table 1

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Consensus Judging Day Food – Table 2

Competition Committee Team

Cynthia Lockley, Competition Manager

Competition Committee Members

List of committee members and assignments
Cynthia Lockley Website and Publications Manager
Charlotte Glenn Entries Manager
Carolyn Kelley Klinger Judging Manager and Celebration Event Manager
Ann Ray Competition Committee Volunteer, at-large
Sean Stevenson Celebration Location Coordinator
Viqui Dill Social Media Publicity
Lori Meyer Social Media Publicity
Annette Reilly Recognitions and Competition Advisor

Everyone Is Invited to the Awards Celebration!

The next competition event is the Competition Awards Celebration and Networking Night on 7 April 2016. The celebration will be held at Guapo's Mexican Restaurant in Tenleytown, DC from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm EDT.

All judges, committee members, authors, submitters, managers, co-workers, friends, partners, and others are invited to join us for an evening of delicious Tex-Mex food, viewing the winning entries, and meeting the winners. The keynote speaker will be Kit Brown-Hoekstra, STC Immediate Past President.

This is the only opportunity you have to see all the winning entries. It's a great way to see what's being done by your colleagues in the field! Get inspired. Pick up some tips you might want to use in your next deliverable. Chat with some of the authors and share stories about what it takes to produce a good product. Meet some judges. Find out what motivates them to donate their time evaluating the competition entries.

We hope to see you on 7 April!

Reserve your seat for the Awards Celebration at

Celebrating Our Community; Celebrating YOU

One of the great things about being part of a community is the opportunity to celebrate our successes and honor the best work among us. For our chapter, that opportunity is right around the corner, as we gather on March 5 to honor our Competition winners, recognize members through a new chapter award program, and mark a special milestone — our 60th birthday as an STC chapter.

But perhaps most important, we celebrate YOU — technical communicators whose skills and accomplishments, born of hard work and dedication, have strengthened our profession and made this remarkable community possible. Every one of you is a guest of honor at this party — and the more of you with us on March 5, the better!

This year’s celebration is special to me, because I will be flying across the country to attend for the first time since having joined the chapter. As a remote volunteer, I rejoice at the opportunity to meet the incredible leadership team I have worked with for more than a year. And I’m thrilled to be able to see the recipients of our new chapter awards program be honored.

March 5 promises to be a wonderful evening of fun, great food, the joy of honoring our best work, and celebrating our strengths as a community and the contributions that YOU make to our profession. Be with us! Register today!

I look forward to meeting you there!

Competition Awards Celebration and 60th Anniversary Kickoff

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THIS JUST IN! Rescheduled due to weather

Competition Awards Celebration and 60th Anniversary Kickoff

STC Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter
Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
McLean, VA

Register using the Eventbrite widget below or go directly to the Eventbrite page and register there.

Celebrating our heroes is our favorite thing to do here in the STC Washington, DC – Baltimore chapter and our annual competition, which just ended, has yielded us all a fresh crop. We will celebrate the winners in our 2014-2015 STC WDCB Summit Competition for Technical Communication at La Sandia, a Mexican delight in Tysons Corner Center, which is an easy walk from the new Silver Line Metro stop. The winning entries will be available for review but it’s the people that will make the party!

Come meet some local techcomm heroes, meaning professors: Dr. Liz Angeli from Towson University, Dr. Allen Brizee from the Loyola University of Maryland, and Dr. Heidi Lawrence of George Mason University. Also meet several of our winners, who will share their secrets for creating award-winning techcomm, and our chapter’s long-distance secretary, Lori Meyer, who will be visiting us from California.

Our chapter is celebrating for another reason as well. This year is our 60th anniversary as chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. We received our charter in December 1955, just two years after STC was founded. Since then, our chapter has been a standout among all chapters in STC, winning awards and encouraging our members to become technical communication heroes.


6:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30-9:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony and Dessert


First Course: Crimini Mushroom Quesadillas, Grilled Chicken Quesadillas, Chicken Flautas, and Beef and Chorizo Empanada
Second Course: Choice of the following entrees:

  • Chile Relleno: Lightly battered chile poblano, four Mexican cheeses, sauteed vegetables, chile chipotle sauce, refried black beans
  • Chicken Enchilada Divorciadas: Chicken tinga, tomatillo sauce, entomatada sauce, mexican rice, refried black beans
  • Pork Carnitas: Slow roasted pork shoulder, fresh corn tortillas, guacamole, pickled onion, salsa verde, habanero salsa, Mexican rice, charros
  • Jalisco Shrimp Enchilada: Oaxaca cheese, corn, rajas, crema fresca, Mexican rice, refried beans

Third Course: Tres Leches and Churros
Bottomless non-alcoholic selection of seasonal fruit waters made in-house, fresh house-made lemonades, horchata, soda, iced tea, and coffee.

Cash bar

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Ideas and Notes from STC WDCB Summer Vision Day 2014

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The recording for Summer Vision Day 2014 in in our list of podcasts in the sidebar.

Download the Summer Vision Day 2014 PowerPoint Slides (3.2 Mb .pptx).

During the meeting, we asked members to post ideas and needs for future events. Please use our WDCB website as a forum for sharing ideas.

  • What kinds of events would you like to see in the coming months?
  • What kinds of topics should we cover?
  • For what kinds of speakers should we look?

We asked to hear from you, the membership, and we mean it. What’s on your mind? What do you need?

Please share your thoughts here.