Though the conference got off to a shaky start with me having a bit of altitude sickness, I did have a good conference.
On Sunday morning of the conference, STC leaders gather together to share knowledge and our wins for the year.
Technical Editing SIG
With fellow Co-Manager Amanda Altamirano and other Technical Editing SIG members, we accepted the Silver Community Achievement Award.
Our citation read: “For the many ways in which you enrich your members, reach outside of STC to further your mission, and the innovative thoughts your SIG put forth.”
Central New York Chapter
As part of the CNY Chapter, I was present to help accept the Pacesetter Award and the Gold Community Achievement Award.
Pacesetter Award Citation:
“For finding a solution to an ages-old problem of identifying technical communicators in your area and using the resource to increase your community’s membership.”
Gold Award Citation:
“For your fierce dedication to promoting STC and its value to the technical communicators in central New York state.”
As President of the Rochester Chapter, I accepted the Pacesetter Award and the Platinum Community Achievement Award. I also gave a short presentation on what we did to achieve the Pacesetter Award.
Pacesetter Award Citation:
“For use of technology to cross long distance barriers, in a time when STC communities are covering larger geographical areas.”
Platinum Award Citation:
“For your continued excellence in programs, outreach, and the annual Spectrum conference.”
On Sunday evening, the Technical Editing SIG had a booth at the Welcome Reception, with giveaways and a game of hangman for visitors to play.
Here are pictures of me running the Hangman game with
My first session was Monday morning at 8 am and it was standing room only.
Technical Editing SIG Annual Business Meeting
On Monday, at lunchtime, we had 30 attendees at our Summit Lunch and Networking event at the Lucky Strike restaurant outside of the conference center. Volunteers were given awards for their participation in the SIG, which included SIG mugs and pins.
I was voted in as a member of the Nominating Committee for 2019-2021. This is me hanging with other members of the Board and Nominating Committee at the front of the Annual Business Meeting.
Technical Communication in Health and Medicine Panel
This session was for those who work in technical communication within the heath and medicine industries. We had a lot of good questions, and we tried to provide some good answers.
In addition to the awards given at Leadership Day, which are known ahead of time, there is an Honors Banquet on Tuesday night that presents two more awards that are a secret until the event. Amazingly, the two chapters I belong to were presented with awards at the Honors Banquet.
The citation reads: For a remarkable year containing excellent programs, outreach across communities, and your stellar Spectrum conference. STC Rochester exemplifies a successful, dynamic STC community that embraces education, communication, and collaboration.
The citation reads: For your tenacious perseverance and dedication to growing your chapter. The STC Central New York Chapter demonstrates how the passion of its leaders can create a thriving community using new resources to reach out to new potential members.