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Publications > Dateline Houston > October 2002 > Society & Industry News

Volume 42, Issue 2

October 2002

Society & Industry News

STC News

New Members Save on Dues

As part of its annual fall membership drive, STC offers a special discount to new members who join the Society on or after October 1, 2002. For the regular member rate of $140 ($125 for dues plus a one-time $15 enrollment fee), new members will be credited with dues paid for the remainder of 2002 and for calendar year 2003. That’s fifteen months of Society membership for the price of twelve.

Among the benefits of Society membership are subscriptions to Intercom, the Society’s monthly magazine, published ten times a year, and to Technical communication, the Society’s quarterly journal. These periodicals contain essential articles on the theory and practice of technical communication.

Other membership benefits include discounts on STC’s annual conference, the largest gathering of technical communicators in the world; eligibility for association group rate insurance; and access to STC special interest groups. For more information about these and other benefits, visit the STC web site at

Please pass this article to a prospective member. To join STC, prospective members can fill out an electronic form or download a membership application at If you prefer to have a membership application mailed to you, you can request one from the STC office at the following address:

Society for Technical Communication
901 North Stuart Street, Suite 904
Arlington, VA 22203-1822


Name Change

The Texas A&M Student Chapter has changed its name to the College Station Student Chapter.

Salary Survey Moves Online

This year, the STC annual technical communicator salary survey, which in the past has been mailed as an insert to the September/October issue of Intercom, will be available exclusively from the STC web site,

STC Specialty Gifts

STC Specialty Gifts are a great way to show appreciation to Society members or professional colleagues while spreading the STC name. Specialty gifts make terrific giveaways for chapter  meeting, conferences, and special events.

STC Specialty Gifts

STC Specialty Gifts are a great way to show appreciation to Society members or professional colleagues while spreading the STC name. Specialty gifts make terrific giveaways for chapter meeting, conferences, and special events.

STC Mission Statement

The mission of the Society for Technical Communication is to improve the quality and effectiveness of technical communication for audiences worldwide.

Educational Opportunities

STC Telephone Seminars

A telephone seminar is much like a large conference call in which the speaker makes a  presentation over the phone. As a participant you simply dial the 800 number from your phone, enter your personal identification number, and you’re connected! Then sit back and listen to the presentations, and join in the lively Q&A discussion that follows.


  • no travel time
  • pay per site, not per person
  • train all your people without their leaving the office


  • U.S. sites: $145
  • Canadian sites: $160
  • Overseas sites: Please contact the STC office

With a telephone seminar, the cost is per site, not per person. An additional $10 will be charged for registrations received less than five days before the seminar.

Upcoming Seminars

  • November 7, 2002, Constance Billé: Getting Into Instructional Design
  • November 19, 2002, Whitney Quesenbery: Looking, Finding, Searching…How Users Do It

All seminars listed above take place from 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time. More information and registration is available online at

Local Technical Communication Programs

The following Houston-area institutions offer technical communication or writing programs:

  • Houston Baptist University
  • Houston Community College–Southwest Campus
  • niversity of Houston
  • University of Houston–Downtown

Networking Opportunities

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