From the Editor’s Desk

Emily Wells

Technical Communicators of Florida and Beyond,

Welcome to the month of rain showers! This month has been interesting, to say the least. I’ll admit, a lot of my plans this month changed for obvious reasons, but even in the face of adversity, we soldier on and keep connecting (albeit, virtually).

Speaking of connecting, for this month’s meeting, we’re having an open forum on tech comm. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, and for the safety of all our members, this meeting and all future meetings will be 100% virtual until such time as in-person gatherings are once again safe. For more information about this month’s meeting, visit the RSVP page.

As a reminder from last month, in addition to our chapter meetings going virtual for the time being, STC has made the decision to transition the 2020 face-to-face Technical Communication Summit & Expo to a virtual conference format this Spring. For more information, visit the STC Notebook.

This month, I bring you both a new writer, and the new MtM editor. That’s right friends, starting this month, I am transitioning from my role as your newsletter editor and handing over the reins to my very capable successor, Julia Southwick. Never fear though, I’m not fully leaving as I will still remain as the Communications Chair.

To give you a chance to get to know Julia, this month I’m proud to share the culmination of her mentoring program project detailing how to access and use several of Google Suite’s most helpful features (complete with videos). I hope you find them as helpful as I have.

That’s all from me for now. I hope to (virtually) see you at the meeting.

Catch you on the flip side,

Emily Wells
Communications Chair
Editor, Memo To Members
newsletter@stc-orlando.org

Get Hyped for this Month’s Meeting!

Open Forum on Tech Comm

Join the Florida Chapter of STC on April 28, 2020 for our virtual chapter meeting. We are planning to use this meeting as a time to discuss technical communication topics of interest to everyone. Please share with us the topics that you think we should consider or questions that you want to ask the group. Based on the submissions, we will be facilitating the discussion and networking.

We will be having this fully online chapter meeting on April 28 from 7:00-8:30 pm. Please join us!

Agenda
6:15 pm – New Member Orientation
6:30 pm – Join early for virtual networking
7:00 pm – Facilitated discussion begins

We will be charging the following rates for this meeting:
-Free for STC Florida Chapter student members
-$6 for STC Florida Chapter Members
-$12 for all other attendees

Visit our Meeting Payments page for details on how to pay ahead for the meeting and receive the call details.

Visit our chapter website to RSVP or to submit questions for discussion.

How to Use Google Suite

By: Julia Southwick
New Professional Member
Florida Chapter, STC

About Me
 Hello, I’m Julia. I come from a family of engineers and engineering types, so technical communication comes as naturally to me as breathing. Last May, I graduated from UCF’s Technical Writing Program and started looking for a job on my own. Spoiler alert: it did not go well. So I reached out to my network and decided to join STC’s mentorship program last fall.

About my Mentorship
I’ve been lucky enough to be paired with Bethany Aguad who has been fun to work with and even helped me find a position at Siemens. As part of our mentorship, I decided to make some how-tos about some of Google’s products because I noticed a gap in the Society’s knowledge continuity. 

About the Project
The STC Florida Chapter uses Google Suite for various functions such as meetings and document management. There are three Google Suite processes I focused on: accessing documents in Google Drive, setting up permissions in Google Docs, and setting up Google Meet calls. All three were written in Google Docs and have an accompanying video showing all of the steps. If you have any feedback about these how-tos or suggestions for other topics, please contact me at JuliaSouthwick96@gmail.com.

Google Drive Instruction Documents