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President's Corner - April 2014

Hi all,

As always, I want to thank the team that made last month's meeting such a great success, starting with Lisa, who covered for me as I was traveling for work.

Thanks in particular to Radcom for hosting the meeting, as well as Bob Dianetti, Kathleen Ruggeri, Lynn Nickels, and Lisa Adair. Thanks also to Youngstown State University representatives Bege Bowers, Julia Gergits, Jay Gordon, Karen Kaiser Lee, Sarah Perrine, and Rebecca Steh.

BIG NEWS: The NEO STC was awarded the Community of Distinction (CAA) from International. This is a significant honor and one shared by all of the very active members of the NEO Community.

Citation: For your dedication to your members and to the promotion of the technical communication field with an impressive number of initiatives and strong ties to the community and students in your area.
Comments from the STC Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee: Congratulations on a very full year. Your extensive number of program offerings to your members is impressive. The number of initiatives was also impressive and well defined. Of special note were the half-day content Lifecycle and Topic-base Authoring Workshop (Thank you Tricia Spayer and Amy Vogt!) and your involvement with GiveCamp.
  • Your continued efforts with the Book Club is a creative way to get members involved and to give them exposure to STC-related materials at the same time. – Thank you Jill McCauslin!
  • Your mentoring program shows your dedication to serving students in your community and to help promote the technical communication profession. – Thank you Carrie Cianciola, Sarah Burke, Jeanette Evans, Genelle Pretty, Lisa Adair, and Bob Young!
  • Congratulations on your efforts with the American Medical writers Association conference in Columbus, OH, in November. It is always important to spread the word about STC to other groups and organizations. – Thank you Ginny Haas and Kim Lindsey!
  • Your involvement with the non-profit GiveCamp is to be commended. – Thank you Kristen Jackson and Nicole Derr!

Final comments from the STC Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee:

Your CAA application was very thorough and impressive. You had one of the most comprehensive applications in that every item was well documented and fully substantiated. The committee looks forward to seeing you push even further next year. Congratulations on a job well done. – Thank you everyone! Please come to the May Banquet and congratulate your teammates. This is a community award and would not be possible without each of you.

The April NEO STC Community Meeting is titled "Component Content Management System," by Suzanne Mescan of Vasont Systems. Suzanne will introduce technologies emerging as a critical tool for technical communicators: the Component Content Management System (CCMS). You will learn the basics of CCMS operation, and how it benefits you and your organization. Also, you'll learn how a CCMS can expand a technical writer's career path, or final frontier. For more information and to register, click here.

As always, if you are interested in getting more involved as a volunteer, please feel free to contact me at

Paul Holland


Upcoming Events April 2014

NEO STC events

All NEO STC events are listed in the Events Calendar.

4/10/14: Chapter meeting, "Component Content Management System," presented by Suzanne Mescan at Akron General Health and Wellness Center. Details.

4/26: Workshop, "Toastmasters Leadership Success Series," presented by Tricia Spayer, Diana Duke, and Dave Wiley at the Crown Centre building in Independence. Details.

5/8/14: Awards banquet and election, at Signature of Solon Country Club in Solon. Watch the website for details.

5/30/14: Networking lunch, at Cheesecake Factory in Westlake.

Other events and dates of interest

4/7/14: Cleveland Public Library program, "Proposal Writing Basics," presented by David Holmes, at the Cleveland Heights Library, Lee Road Branch. Details.

4/8/14: ASTD All-Ohio 2014 Workplace Learning and Performance Conference, at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus. Details.

4/9/14: NEO PMI meeting, "An Agile Implementation Story," presented by Eddie Forse and Valt Vesikallio, at Hyland Software in Westlake. Details.

4/11 - 4/18: Northeast Ohio Software Association Tech Week. Details.

4/13 - 4/15/14: Spectrum 2014 Conference, hosted by Rochester STC, at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Details.

5/18 - 5/21/14: STC Summit, in Phoenix, AZ. Details.

Visit the STC website for the most current list of Live Web Seminars.

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