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Publications > Dateline Houston > May 2003 > Society & Industry News

Volume 42, Issue 9

May 2003

Society & Industry News

STC News

STC's 51st Annual Conference Call for Proposals

The call for proposals for STC's 51st Annual Conference was mailed as an insert with the April 2003 issue of intercom, and is posted on the STC web site at The deadline for the Society office to receive proposals is August 1, 2003.

The conference will be held May 9-12, 2004, in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference theme is "Navigating the Future of Technical Communication."

For more information, please contact Buffy M. Bennett at

Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates for Society-Level Positions in 2004

Would you like to help STC remain a vital organization? You—and other members whom you know and respect—can perform this important function. How? By being a candidate for a Society-level position in 2004.

Ask yourself these questions: Are you good at listening for and implementing ideas? Do you think you can help direct and administer Society-level activities? Would you like to represent our membership on ceremonial occasions? Could you help coordinate an array of programs beneficial to our profession? If your answers are "Yes," tell the STC Nominating Committee that you would be interested in running for office. If you know another member who should be considered a candidate for a position on our international board, please mention that person's name also.

A healthy international board needs a combination of seasoned Society leaders and new senior members (those with at least five years of STC membership) with fresh perspectives. So whether you're a veteran member or a new senior member, consider stepping forward.

The Nominating Committee will consider all recommendations as it draws up the 2004 slate. Part of the committee's process involves contacting potential candidates to confirm that they are interested in running for STC office.

The members of this year's Nominating Committee are Michelle Ratcliffe (manager), Suncoast chapter; M. Katherine Brown, Snake River chapter; Nan J. Fritz, Boston chapter; and two others to be determined in this spring's election. Please feel free to discuss your ideas with any of these people.

Open Positions and Qualifications

During the STC year ahead, the following positions will be filled by election:

  • second vice president
  • secretary
  • director-sponsor for Region 4
  • director-sponsor for Region 6
  • director-sponsor for Region 8
  • two Nominating Committee members

All candidates must be senior members. Candidates for second vice president must have extensive leadership experience, preferably in positions at the Society level. Candidates for secretary should have strong communication skills and leadership experience at the chapter or regional level. Candidates for director-sponsor should have a history of successful STC leadership, preferably at the chapter or regional level.

Nominating Committee candidates should have excellent judgment about people and wide acquaintance with members at all levels of the Society.

The Nominating Committee welcomes your suggestions about potential candidates for the positions listed here. If you think that you or someone you know should be considered, please fill out the accompanying form and return it to STC by August 1, 2003.

Alternatively, members attending STC's 50th Annual Conference in Dallas, May 18-21, may turn in their forms at the program booth in the Wyndham Anatole Hotel.

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