By Candace Du Lac
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.”
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.