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President's Message Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter

November 2021

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STC Pacesetter award 2021 logo

Greetings STC WDCB Family,

Last year, we had amazing success with our Masterclass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series and this year we aim to provide just as much informative, interesting content.


Election Results

We are pleased to announce the results from the elections for the 2021 Administrative Council. The following members will be leading the chapter this year:

President: Tavia Record
First Vice-President: Adam Bradley
Second Vice-President: Allison Gisinger
Secretary & Communications Manager: Maeve Wiegand
Treasurer: Annette Reilly
Director-at-Large: Cynthia A. Lockley
Director-at-Large: Viqui Dill

We are looking forward to continuing our work and collaborating to make TechComm a friendlier place in the Washington DC area.

Mentorship Program

STC WDCB is starting a new mentorship program for STC members hoping to move into a technical communication discipline or to further their technical communication career. The mentorship program will be led by Adam Bradley, who has a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) — Business Intelligence and Analytics, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Industrial Design. Within Adam's career, he has worn many hats (writer, editor, multi-media designer, user experience specialist, technical illustrator, and product developer) to produce technical training and publication solutions for the Department of Defense (DoD).

The mentorship program will provide career advice to mentees by offering one on one guidance through virtual live sessions and resume/cover letter critiques. Additionally, the mentorship program will support establishing new professional connections and referrals to a myriad of technical communication jobs.

Please feel free to connect with Adam Bradley through his LinkedIn profile.

We will have more information about this exciting opportunity soon.

The Masterclass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series

Join us again for educational and interesting talks and workshops given by prominent figures in the Technical Communication industry. Sign up for The MasterClass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series, which features prominent figures in the technical communication (TechComm) industry offering candid discussions on crucial topics, trends, and skills within our field.

Why should you tune in? Because thought and practitioner leaders embark on ways to challenge themselves for refinement, inspiration, and mentorship. Join us!

Our chapter uses the GoToMeeting platform to host webinars. All registrants will receive the link to the event in their e-ticket. Please download the free GoToMeeting app to attend on your smart device, or attend by pasting the event link into your web browser. If you have any questions, please contact: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

October 2021

Tom Johnson – Presentation recording — "Best practices in API docs: Product overviews and getting started tutorials"
Last month, Tom joined us for an extremely popular webinar on writing API documentation. His talk covered two crucial content types, product overviews and getting started tutorials. Tom has hosted a recording of his presentation on his website for anyone who was unable to attend.

November 2021

Leah Guren – Workshop: Zoom-proof Your Presentations
Saturday, November 6th, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST.
We are excited to collaborate with the Instructional Design & Learning SIG to offer you this opportunity. Join us for a workshop with Leah Guren, a TechComm veteran who focuses on training and consultation. She has expanded her popular 2021 webinar into a two-hour workshop that is particularly relevant in this time of virtual meetings and work-from-home. Learn tips and tricks for online presentations and more importantly, practice them and receive feedback from other participants and the instructor.
Sean Stevenson — Workshop: How to Slay a U.S. Federal Request for Proposal (RFP)
Thursday, November 18th, 2021 at 6:30 PM EST.
Gain hands-on practice in this workshop devoted to breaking down the steps for U.S. Federal RFP. Join us and Sean Stevenson for a complete walk-through of the process, including how to:

  • Outline an RFP
  • Create a storyboard
  • Leverage templates
  • Organize content in a mockup
  • Map content to complete a solid proposal response
Participants will receive an example of a federal request for proposal so they can review the featured use case.

December 2021

Adam Bradley – Webinar: Learning How To Draw
Friday, December 3rd, 2021 at 12:30 EST
This webinar is a follow-up to our popular presentation from last year, "Foundations of Technical Illustration". However, you don't need to have attended that event to benefit from this one! The webinar will discuss the purpose of drawing, methods and techniques to learn how to draw, and resources that can be used to learn how to draw better.
Learn from Adam Bradley as he discusses how to:

  • Understand the purpose of drawing for technical communication
  • Learn methods and techniques to become a better illustrator
  • Become familiar with types, mediums, and tools for drawing

STC WDCB TechComm Competition

STC Alliance Competition

2020 – 2021 Chapter Award Winners

We announced the chapter award winners at our Kickoff event in September. Thanks to everyone who could make it, it was a great event. If you weren't able to make it, here are the competition award winners!

Seventeen chapter members participated as judges in the STC Alliance Competition, and 54 entries were submitted from the DC/Baltimore area, with 7 of the winners being from our chapter.

See the Competition Judges – Alliance 2020-2021 page for the list of all judges at https://competition.stcwdc.org/competition-judges-alliance-2020-2021/

See the Competition Winners – Alliance 2020-2021 page for a list of all the competition winners at https://competition.stcwdc.org/competition-winners-alliance-2020-2021/

Best of Show was given to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) by Nexight Group, Silver Spring, MD for their Mitigating Attacks on Houses of Worship – Security Guide entry.

The award of Distinction was given to the Nexight Group from Silver Spring, MD., for their EPRI Research Roadmaps: Large Scale Photovoltaic (PV) Plants and Large Scale Wind Plants entry.

The award of Excellence was given to Leidos Biomedical Research, Jessup MD for their MoDaC User Guide entry.

The award of Excellence was given to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) by Nexight Group, Silver Spring, MD for their Mitigating Attacks on Houses of Worship – Security Guide entry.

The award of Excellence was given to the American Safety Council, Orlando, FL for their NYC Site Safety Training: 8-Hour Fall Prevention entry.

The award of Excellence was given to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN for their U.S. Department of Energy Free-Air CO2 Enrichment Experiments: FACE Results, Lessons, and Legacy entry.

The award of Merit was given to the Nexight Group, Silver Spring, MD for their Guide to the American Workforce System entry.

The award of Merit was given to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria VA for their Genomic Science TEKNOS entry.

Congrats to all our wonderful awardees!

Congratulations to our long-time chapter member, Carolyn Kelley Klinger, for her recent promotion to STC Alliance Competition Manager. Please stay tuned for upcoming details on how to participate in the next TechComm Competition.

Now is the time to get your best examples of technical communication ready to enter into the upcoming 2021-2022 competition (date will be announced). STC WDCB Family, let's encourage our colleagues, and prepare ourselves to enter the upcoming 2021-2022 competition.

For updates on how to enter the competition and volunteer as a judge, subscribe for details.

STC WDCB Chapter Honors

Our chapter won two awards this year from STC:

Platinum Chapter Achievement Award, 2021 – "For your dedication and versatility to meaningful programming and your strong collaboration with other professional organizations."

Pacesetter Award, 2021 – "For successfully developing and executing The MasterClass in TechComm Speakers Series, forging productive partnerships with other organizations, and increasing the value of STC membership with exceptional, relevant programs."

Two chapter members received the following STC honors:

Ugur Akinci, STC Fellow 2021 – "For superb contribution to the profession through international publication in many media, dedicated mentorship of students and colleagues, and steadfast leadership of the Washington DC-Baltimore chapter."

Tavia Record, Distinguished Service Award for Students – "For leadership in establishing The Global MasterClass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series, managing our TechComm Competition, and inspiring everyone with innovative ideas and dedication."

STC WDCB Resources

  1. Sign up to Receive Event Notification Emails
    1. Go to the STC WDCB Events& News website.
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  2. Look for jobs and career information on our WDCB Jobs Board website
  3. Follow us on our social media accounts at
    1. Facebook
    2. Twitter
    3. Pinterest
    4. Instagram
    5. Flickr Albums
    6. Join our LinkedIn group to network with others in the technical communication field

STC WDCB Leadership Opportunities

Would you like to team up with members of the STC WDCB Administrative Council?
Please consider volunteering for a committee, run for a chapter office, or volunteer for community service work. By volunteering, you can network, share your talents, lend your support, develop transferrable leadership talents, or carve a new path.

STC WDCB Chapter Membership

Renew Your STC WDCB Membership

If you haven't already, please Renew Your STC Membership for 2022 and allow us to continue serving you by selecting STC WDCB as your home chapter.

December 31, 2021 is the last day of your 2021 STC membership. Annual dues are payable to STC on January 1 (membership year ends on December 31). STC dues are tax deductible. Refer to the chart of membership levels and dues at STC Membership Levels and Benefits for how to figure the rates for new and renewing members.

Membership in one chapter and one SIG is included in the dues for Gold, Student, and Retired members. Professional and Academic memberships and New Professional memberships pay $25 for each chapter and $10 for each SIG they would like to join. These fees go to support the operating costs as a rebate to your home chapter.

Thank you very much for your time and membership.

Contact Us

Please reach out anytime to share your comments, or to request assistance: Contact Us

Best regards,

Maeve Wiegand
Secretary & Communications Manager
STC Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter
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For Tavia Record,
President and Professional Development Director
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Last modified: December 11, 2021

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