Calling All Mentors!

There's a time to take and a time to give—and for you, the time to give is now.

You're a skilled technical communicator. Remember how it was when you were just starting out?

Remember all those who held your hand, and encouraged you to carry on when you stumbled and fell, answered your calls, and shared all they knew the best they can?

It's time to change hats and become an angel yourself. Yes, you can!

Thanks to our Chapter's mentoring program, you can now become a point of light to help young students take strong steps in the right direction for a solid future in technical communication.

If you are at a point in your career and life when you feel the stirring to help our younger brothers and sisters succeed, this is your moment under the sun!

Visit this link to register as a mentor:

https://wdcb.stcwdc.org/prof-dev/mentoring/mentor-enrollment-form/

And if you know students who can benefit as mentees, encourage them to do the same by registering from this link:

https://wdcb.stcwdc.org/prof-dev/mentoring/mentee-enrollment-form/

Think of all the ways we can all win in this worthwhile enterprise…

  • The student considers a lucrative and stable career in technical communication, something that might not have been on their radar—until you showed up with years of experience and a road map of the opportunities and challenges ahead. The student wins by the gift of your wisdom.
  • You feel the glow of helping a young mind stride towards a feature where he or she will have the pleasure of organizing information and data for an excellent career while having fun! You win by playing a part in shaping that future.
  • Our Chapter wins because we'll be contributing to a better world by giving back generously with our time, energy, and knowledge to our community.
  • The university or college, our mentoring partner, wins too because they will be pointing at one more future alternative for their students in this competitive marketplace and guiding them with authority thanks to the high caliber of our experienced mentors.

Please visit the following link for more information about this wonderful opportunity:

https://wdcb.stcwdc.org/prof-dev/mentoring/

Also, take a look at our FAQ page for questions that you may have in mind:

https://wdcb.stcwdc.org/wp-content/uploads/stc_wdcb_mentoring_program_faq.pdf

If you have just an hour a week, take that first step to do real good that will count, last, and matter. Complete the mentor application form today. We will all be better for it.

Our Chapters in the New Year

Happy New Year, STCers!

Merger News: The Washington, DC and the Metro Baltimore chapters are merging. The logistics are being worked out now with STC, so we’ll have more news as the process unfolds. The leaders of both chapters have polled their members and received a favorable response to the merger proposal. We believe we can offer our members better services and more value through combined resources and cooperative efforts. New candidates running for office represent our larger geographic area. The events committee is planning to offer events throughout the greater Washington-Baltimore area. New synergies will benefit us all.

Naming Contest: We will need a new chapter name to reflect our new geographic composition. Submit your suggestions to email hidden; JavaScript is required by midnight Sunday, 1/9/11. Then we’ll include the suggestions on the ballot when voting begins for new chapter officers. The person who submitted the winning name will win a $100 cash prize.

Chapter Elections: We will hold elections via electronic survey ballots beginning 1/10/11. We now have candidates for all positions, and we’ll be posting their bios and pictures here on the blog. To review the responsibilities of each office, please see the Job Descriptions for the Chapter’s Administrative Council.

Upcoming Events: So far, we have plans for events in each of the first four months of the year. The first one, on January 18, is an exciting panel discussion with academics in technical communication. See the blog post about it and click to register. Check our Upcoming Events list periodically for updates, as the other events get posted.

Law and Order: STC WDC

We are now offering STC WDC member pricing to members of the American Independent Writers at next Tuesday’s event, Law and Order: STC WDC. The American Independent Writers is the new name for the Washington Independent Writers, an organization that has been supporting independent writers since 1975. We have also improved the description of this event.

Register for this event!

Just as a reminder, although the event officially begins at 5 p.m., the presentation begins at 7 p.m. The member price of $10 includes admission to the museum, dinner, and the presentation.

Hope to see you there!