From the Editor’s Desk

Alex Garcia

Alex Garcia

As promised, we are back with the second half of the May issue, just in time for the holiday weekend and unofficial start of Summer. But for us in Orlando, summer started about 6 weeks ago. Be safe wherever your travels might take you.

I am still looking for someone to take over as Editor of Memo to Members. You must be comfortable with HTML and willing to attend monthly Administrative Council meetings. If interested, contact me at newsletter@stc-orlando.org. Monthly time commitment is around 6 to 10 hours.

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Alex Garcia
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Memo to Members Newsletter
Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC
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President’s Corner

Karen_Lane

Karen Lane

By Karen Lane
President
Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC
president@stc-orlando.org

In my last message I inadvertently omitted a few names from the list of chapter members who attended this month’s Technical Communication Summit in Atlanta.

Orlando Central Florida STC Chapter was well represented by chapter vice-president and president-elect Debra Johnson, Mentoring Committee co-chair Bethany Bowles, Mentoring Committee Chair Dan Voss, Nominating Chair WC Wiese, student member Matt Howard, peripatetic member-at-large Jack Molisani, Dawnell Claessen, Nan Moon, and me.

If I left you out last time, please forgive me. And if I left you out again this time, please let me know so I can update the list and apologize again.

Orlando Central Florida Chapter Celebrates Distinction Again at Atlanta Summit

W. C. Wiese

by W.C. Wiese
Nominating Committee Chair
Orlando Chapter STC

It’s good to be an STC Orlando Central Florida Chapter member. Real good.

To prove it, you’d have to look no farther than the recent annual Summit, held this year in Atlanta on 5-8 May.

The conference started with an extraordinary surprise for Dan Voss, who has been active member of the Community Affairs Committee and a vocal advocate for collegiate mentoring and recruitment of students into STC. Society President Alan Houser gave two President’s Awards during the opening ceremony. The first went to former Society President Ken Cook – a successful businessman with a long record of support. The second, unexpectedly but very appropriately, went to Dan. Dan’s advocacy for student engagement has provided benefits to college programs and professional communities in STC.

Dan Voss receives the STC President’s Award onstage at the Summit.

Dan Voss receives the STC President’s Award onstage at the Summit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It was extremely gratifying to receive this honor, because it provided a strong vote of confidence from STC leadership on the STC student outreach initiative that I have worked so hard to promote over the past 3 years, along with my incomparable mentees from UCF, Sarah Baca and Bethany Bowles, said Dan. “Without their support, there is no way we could have achieved all we did.”

[Editor’s Note: Dan Voss wished for a picture of him and Bethany Bowles to be included here but it is copyrighted and can not be hotlinked. We invite you to view the image, and other from the Summit at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhoughton/8762641902/sizes/c/in/photostream/]

Other members were recognized in absentia. Two – actually three –leaders were recipients of the Distinguished Chapter Service Award for their contributions at the chapter level. Sarah Baca and Alex Garcia, both newly elected members of the Orlando Administrative Council, were cited for their local work in past years. Distance member Lori Corbett, former Board member and past president in Orlando and Philly Metro, was also recognized.

The Orlando Central Florida Chapter kept its impressive string of top recognitions going by again being named a Community of Distinction. Now a seven-time recipient, Orlando likely leads all chapters with the most recognition at this level. The record is even more impressive because it had never been cited for Excellence or Distinction until 12 years ago!

Orlando Central Florida stacks up recognition in member and chapter categories. Garcia_Baca_Board

Orlando Central Florida stacks up recognition in member and chapter categories.

At the Honors Banquet, it’s time for celebration again as the Orlando Central Florida Chapter received a seventh Community of Distinction award. In the moment are Bethany Bowles, W.C. Wiese, Vice President Debra Johnson, President Karen Lane, and Dan Voss.

At the Honors Banquet, it’s time for celebration again as the Orlando Central Florida Chapter received a seventh Community of Distinction award. In the moment are Bethany Bowles, W.C. Wiese, Vice President Debra Johnson, President Karen Lane, and Dan Voss.

FTC Spring Semester Review

Candace Du Lac

Candace Du Lac

By Candace Du Lac
Student Member
Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC

The Spring term has been an exciting time for UCF’s Future Technical Communicators (FTC). We began the semester by hosting the Joint STC-FTC meeting on January 15 and have since planned and participated in a number of other events and projects. For example, FTC officers and members edited the Sigma Tau Delta journal The Rhombus and held two book sales with Sigma Tau Delta to support next year’s activities. FTC has also provided a number of job and internship opportunities for past and present members.

Awards and Celebrations

FTC members attended the English Department’s Graduation and Awards Celebration on Tuesday, April 23, receiving chips, cake, and certificates for their hard work this semester. FTC President Bethany Bowles received the Outstanding Service Project Award for the Department for her work with the Alumni Newsletter, Vice President Candace Du Lac received the Stuart Omans Award for Excellence in Technical Communication and FTC’s Outstanding Officer Award, and member James Ross received the Outstanding Volunteer Award for his faithful dedication and service to FTC.

On Monday, April 29, past, present, and prospective members of FTC were invited to the traditional “Party to Celebrate the End of the Semester” for board games, pizza, and “networking.”

STC Summit

Representing both FTC and STC’s Orlando Central Florida Chapter, student members Bethany Bowles and Matt Howard also successfully networked at the STC Summit in Atlanta. There, Bethany was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for Students, and she helped corral and direct students from around the world as the Assistant Student Volunteer Coordinator.

Moving Forward

With two of its officers graduating before the next academic year, FTC has worked hard to find qualified successors, and elections will be held near the end of the summer term. The current slate of candidates is: Cory Bullinger for President, Joe Cummings for Secretary, and Matt Howard for Webmaster/Historian. The Vice President and Treasurer positions still need to be filled, and any UCF undergraduate or graduate student in technical communication who is interested can contact FTC at ucf.ftc@gmail.com.