STC’s 2019 Membership Season is Open with Lower Rates!

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STC's 2019 membership season opened on 1 September, and we are inviting you to renew early! In continued celebration of our 65th anniversary, renew now and enjoy special Professional & Academic, New Professional, and Student membership rates! This is a limited time offer, so don’t delay!

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In addition, some of the new benefits available to 2019 members include the new Health and Medicine Special Interest Group (SIG), a printable STC membership card, new Member Perks, asynchronous online courses, new Salary Database (coming soon!), new Sustaining Membership category, and more to come!

Plus, all members continue to receive the same great member-only savings on CPTC certification, annual Technical Communication Summit & Expo registration, job bank postings, webinars, and online courses. See the complete list of benefits and all membership types on the Membership Levels and Benefits.

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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

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

Recording of STC Multi-Chapter Techcomm Showcase


The event recording is available free at

The Multi-Chapter Techcomm Showcase was brought to you by the Rochester, New England, and Southeastern Michigan Chapters of the Society for Technical Communication.


Audience-specific Content using FrameMaker by Bernard Aschwanden

Bernard Aschwanden

Bernard Aschwanden, STC President, works with clients to improve content creation, management and distribution workflows to improve quality and increase productivity. He is the founder of Publishing Smarter, an Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, and President of the STC, Bernard has helped hundreds of companies implement successful publishing solutions. Bernard is focused on publishing better, publishing faster and publishing smarter.

Know Your Users: Improving Learning Content by Connecting with User by Patty Gale

Patty Gale

As a learning content developer for a technical writing team at Autodesk, Patty Gale is involved in many aspects of the design, development, and production of learning content for 3D modeling software. A technical communicator for over 25 years, Patty has worked at businesses all sizes, from small start-ups to large corporations. Whether the sole writer or part of a larger team, Patty enjoys learning new technologies and determining the most effective way to share important information with users. She has received multiple awards from her employers and STC competitions, including an International Award of Distinguished Technical Communication. Patty holds Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Business Management.

Best Practices in Using Social Media for Your Business by Angel Bedford

Angel Bedford

Angel Belford is a communications professional with over 10 years of experience in writing, editing and content management.
Currently, Angel is the Web Content Administrator at Lourdes University managing all online content and the company Intranet.
Prior to her current position she worked at FOX Toledo, a local news media organization, overseeing the Internet department, social media and the internal content management system. Angel was a technical writer at La-Z-Boy, holding this position for several years while creating documentation including user and administrator manuals, quick reference cards, and online manuals.
She has developed/maintained several types of digital and print documentation including: quick reference cards, websites, forms, user guides, training manuals, diagrams and newsletters.