Volunteer of the Month
by Dorothy Murray, Senior Technical Writer, Sercel, Inc
Jennifer Smith, a new STC member, is Volunteer of the Month for April for her work on the Awards banquet. She wrote the announcement letters to winners and nonwinners; created the winner verification form for the banquet program, award certificates, and slide show; designed the Best of Show desk awards; created the winner award certificates; and developed the additional award certificate order form. According to Deborah Silvi, competitions general manager, Jennifer is "a project manager's dream. She's extremely self-sufficient, always proactive. She's always upbeat and positive, never critical or negative. She feels strongly about providing quality work, even when it's volunteer STC work at no pay."
Jennifer received a B.A. degree in English, with a minor in Journalism, from the University of Houston. She began her technical writing career as editorial assistant for the Oil & Gas Journal. After working as news editor for Offshore Magazine, she returned to the Oil & Gas Journal as online news editor. Jennifer recently joined Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Sugar Land as technical editor in the Marketing & Communications department.
Schlumberger has consistently won awards in the annual STC Awards Competition, and her colleagues persuaded Jennifer to join STC. She immediately volunteered to help with the banquet, and her professionalism was a great asset. According to president George Slaughter, "One reason that STC Houston has been so successful over the years is because we have so many new volunteers getting involved. Jennifer Smith is an example. She brought great enthusiasm to her role with the banquet team; she really helped out and made a difference."
Jennifer and her husband are enthusiastic members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, which researches and recreates pre-17th -century European history. They attend classes to learn dances of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The organization performs the dances at schools, churches, and fairs to educate people about their cultural heritage from 600-1600 A.D. Jennifer produces the Two Towers, the newsletter for the Barony of the Stargate (Houston area).
STC Houston is pleased to honor Jennifer Smith as April 2003 Volunteer of the Month.
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