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President's Corner - March 2014

Hi all,

As always, I want to thank our host, Keithley, for welcoming us for the meeting last month, and the presenters, Tricia Spayer and Claudia Thompson, for presenting "What is Author-it?" It was a real treat to visit one of Cleveland's major players in the tech community and see a hands-on software demonstration. Thanks Keithley, Tricia, and Claudia.

Important note regarding the NEO community's March meeting: It is being held on the third Thursday, March 20. It is being hosted at Radcom in Hudson. Please check the registration page to confirm dates and locations.

This meeting is a panel discussion titled "Youngstown State University – A Professional and Technical Writing Program Case Study." The presenters are a diverse group including educators, current students, and prospective employers. The discussion will cover the challenges and successes of this new program and explore the future of the technical writing profession.

For more information and to register, click here.

Exciting NEO Accomplishments:

  • Tricia Spayer has been awarded Associate Fellow
  • Sharon Jendrisak has been awarded the Distinguished Chapter Service Award
  • Kim Lindsey has been awarded the Distinguished Chapter Service Award

Congratulations to all of them for their accomplishments in the STC and in their technical communication careers. For more information about the DCSA winners, see the article in this newsletter. (Our Associate Fellow will be featured next month.)

One note to share with the community: Recently the Southwest Ohio community approached the NEO community with a request to merge the two chapters. The officers of the NEO community met with the National leadership. There was then a separate meeting between the president and vice president of the NEO and the president of the SWO to understand all of the details. At the end of the day, there was no benefit to the NEO that justified risking the cohesive successful community model the NEO has in place. Furthermore, members of the SWO are welcome to join our community under the current rules of membership. With that in mind, the officers respectfully voted unanimously to decline merging the two communities. We send our best to the SWO and will always welcome them if they choose to pursue membership in the NEO. Feel free to speak with the community officers if you are interested in more details. 

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

Paul Holland

PS. Hail Noble Captain, It Is Done Again

This month's lady is another first. She is the USS Triton, perhaps my favorite submarine. She is the only submarine we ever built with two nuclear reactors. In 1960, on her shakedown cruise no less, she was tasked with circumnavigating the globe completely submerged.

The voyage took place between February 24 and April 25 April in 1960 and covered 26,723 nautical miles. Her navigational track followed the same course as the first circumnavigation of the world by Ferdinand Magellan between 1519-1522.

The goal was to complete the voyage before the May 1960 Paris Summit between President Eisenhower and Premier Khrushchev. It was intended to provide a public demonstration of the US capability to carry out long-range submerged operations. The mission also gathered extensive oceanographic, hydrographic, gravimetric, geophysical, and psychological data.

The New York Times described this as "a triumph of human prowess and engineering skill, a feat that the United States Navy can rank as one of its bright victories in man's ultimate conquest of the seas."

There were a number of awards for this mission, but most notable are the Presidential Unit Citation, Captain Beach's Legion of Merit, and the Magellanic Premium. The Magellanic Premium is a prestigious scientific award, from the American Philosophical Society.

When the Triton completed the mission, She, her commanding officer, and her crew presented a plaque that was designed, and the mold carved, by US Navy Veterans. The plaque was 23 inches in diameter and its design consisted of a sailing ship (Magellan's Trinidad), above the submarine dolphin insignia. Between the two are the years 1519 and 1960, all within a laurel wreath. Outside the wreath is the motto AVE NOBILIS DUX, ITERUM FACTUM EST, which translates as Hail Noble Captain, It Is Done Again. (Note to readers, if you are a maritime historian, that visual of two great captains honoring past achievements and building on them, is humbling and awesome.)

The official plaque was presented to the Spanish Government by the US Ambassador and is hanging in the city hall of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain.

Duplicates were presented to the Mystic Seaport Museum, the Naval Historical Association, the US Navy Submarine School, and the U.S. Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum.


Upcoming Events March 2014

NEO STC events

All NEO STC events are listed in the Events Calendar.

3/11/14: Networking lunch at Claddagh in Lyndhurst (Legacy Village). Details. 

3/20/14: Chapter meeting, "Youngstown State University – A Professional and Technical Writing Program Case Study," at Radcom in Hudson. Details.

4/2/14: Networking event at Olympia Sweet Treats & Grill in Strongsville. Watch the website for details - this event includes a chocolate factory tour!

Other events and dates of interest

3/12/14: Cleveland UXPA meeting, "Small Screen, Big Ideas," at Rosetta in Cleveland. Details.

3/19/14: Instructional Design & Learning SIG webinar, "Talk to the Elephant: Design for Behavior Change," presented by Julie Dirksen. Details. 

3/20/14: IABC Cleveland lunch program, "Strategies and Tactics for Communicating Sustainability and Green Messages," presented by Barb O'Brien Brown, at the CSU Business School. Details.

3/20/14: NEO PMI meeting, "Communicating Your Professional Brand and Value," presented by Sonya Weiland, at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea. Details.

3/20/14: Greater Cleveland ASTD meeting, "ELearning Tools & Truths," presented by Lori Klepfer and Peggy Goodell, at the Hyatt Place Independence. Details.

3/22/14: Mid-Atlantic TechComm Conference, in Willow Grove (near Philadelphia) PA. 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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