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Publications > Dateline Houston > March 2004 > Feature Article

Volume 43, Issue 5

March 2004

STC Houston Celebrates Another Successful Competition

Jump to award winners:
Technical Publications
Online Communication
Technical Art
See also:
Banquet Photos
by Phaedra Cook, Director of Competitions

Thanks to 138 entries, 42 volunteers, 9 corporate sponsors, and a wonderfully cooperative partner chapter, STC Houston has just completed another successful Competition.

Competition preparations got off to a rocky start, as we discovered that several large STC chapters were not holding competitions this year. After a great deal of searching, a smaller chapter, Snake River in Idaho, enthusiastically stepped up to the task of judging our large number of entries. Snake River's judges were remarkably in sync with Houston's judges, as both chapters judged all entries strictly by the criteria set down by the STC international organization.

Competitions Award Recap

Of the 138 entries submitted, 65 were selected as award winners by Snake River. Because the Austin Chapter was not holding competitions, entries from Austin were submitted with the Houston Chpater entries. The big winner this year was Yvonne Wade, who won the only Best of Show award for her Online entry, PIMSEE Help. In fact, Houston's online entries were the big story of this competition, as a higher percentage of the entries in this category won awards than in the Technical Publications category.

Eight online entries, including PIMSEE Help, won an award of Distinguished, the highest honor given in the chapter-level competitions. These entries have gone on to the International Competitions and will be considered alongside some of the best technical communication entries in the world.

Houston Art entries were also quite successful this year, with 60 percent of the entries submitted garnering an award.

New Tools

Getting more in tune with the times, we managed many of the Competitions activities online this year. For example, we distributed the Call for Entries as a PDF even before it was mailed out. For the first time this year, STC Houston accepted credit card payments online for the STC Houston Competitions Banquet. Competitions announcements and reminders were posted on the new STC Houston Online Forum (http://forum.stc-houston.org).

Volunteers

Over the past five months, over 42 volunteers assisted with the Competitions and the Banquet, performing tasks ranging from managing individual competitions to creating beautiful, handmade centerpieces for the banquet tables. (A big thanks to Melinda Patrick for using her creativity, talent, and smart shopping for the centerpieces.) While every volunteer's efforts were outstanding, a few went above and beyond the call of duty and received special recognition at the banquet:

  • Linda King was our General Manager this year. Thorough and organized, Linda managed to keep all the little details under control and used her excellent management skills to help us meet all of our important milestones.
  • Erika Frensley took over the Banquet Manager position after a previous volunteer backed out at the last minute. Undaunted by the short period remaining for preparations, Erika did a stunning job with the banquet. Erika also set up the STC Web site so that, for the first time ever, we could accept reservations and credit card payments for banquet admissions online.
  • Cindy Pao served as the Technical Publications Competition Manager this year, in addition to her normal Vice President duties for the STC Houston Council. Cindy even managed to graciously "convince" her husband Paul to be our banquet photographer this year.
  • Deborah Silvi, who was General Manager for the 2002-03 Competitions, was recognized not only for her continuing volunteer work, but also for the solid groundwork she laid last year and her availability as a mentor.

A Competitions Brand

The STC Houston Competitions are always exciting, but this year marked a remarkable harmony of elements. The STC Houston colors this year were burgundy and gray. Jennifer Ruyle with Aesbus Knowledge Solutions started with these two colors and added a silver accent when she designed the "Providing Value" program year theme logo. The same color scheme was carried through in all of our Competitions design efforts—from the Call for Entries mailed last September, to the black napkins, silver tablecloths, and burgundy chairs at the banquet. Jennifer was recognized for her outstanding contributions to this year's graphic identity, including designing the Call for Entries, banquet invitation, RSVP card, envelopes, and sponsor poster. All other design elements were created to follow the standards established by Jennifer's work.

Sponsors

Without STC's Corporate Sponsors, our Competitions would not be possible. We had an outstanding lineup of corporate sponsors this year:

  • A&E Products—The Graphics Complex
  • Wordmark Associates, Inc.
  • Desktop Service Bureau/Desktop Digital Printing
  • Aesbus Knowledge Solutions
  • Champagne Fine Printing
  • NetIQ
  • BMC Software
  • Hewlett-Packard Company

Thank you to all of our entrants, sponsors, and volunteers who made the Competitions possible this year. I hope that everyone is looking forward to participating in next year's Competitions! Look for the next Call for Entries in the fall!

Technical Publications Awards

Category

Title

Award

Contributor Name (Contributor Company)

Promotional Materials

HP Lifecycle Kit

Excellence

Kelly Wheeler (Jump2 Group)

Dale Blackmon (Jump2 Group)

Diana Jaques (Jump2 Group)

 

Kitba Gamut Brochure

Excellence

Kitba Media Solutions Consulting Services, Inc.

 

Halliburton Service Tools Catalog

Merit

Kitba Documentation Solutions

Informational Materials

PCI Bus Implementation in HP ProLiant Servers

Excellence

Bob Nicholson (Jump2 Group)

Moe Guertin (Hewlett-Packard)

 

Best Practices for Integrated Lights-Out

Merit

Cynthia Ramirez (Jump2 Group)

Linda King (Hewlett-Packard)

 

Halliburton Completion Solutions Catalog

Merit

Kitba Documentation Solutions

 

ProLiant BL p-Class System Technology

Merit

Cynthia Ramirez (Marketing Studio, Inc.)

Linda King (Hewlett-Packard)

 

Tips and Tricks for eDirectory

Merit

Kerry Britt (Jump2 Group)

Crystal Rawls (Hewlett-Packard)

Quick Reference Guides

HP Compaq Notebook Series Getting Started

Excellence

Melissa Britt

Dianne Fielden (Hewlett-Packard)

 

HP iPAQ Pocket PC h4000 Series Getting Started

Merit

Carey Gregg (The Integrity Group)

Ana Ferragut (The Integrity Group)

Emily Perlman (The Integrity Group)

 

M-Series Rack Rail Option Installation Instructions

Merit

Aesbus Knowledge Solutions

 

SmartDBA Performance Solutions for DB2 Universal Database Quick Installation Guide

Merit

Emily Kaplan (BMC)

Kelly Holcomb (BMC)

Software User Guides

EXTENDED BUFFER MANAGER User Guide: Snapshot Processing

Excellence

Vickeylynne Morrow (BMC)

Joanne Saathoff (BMC)

 

IBM Scalable Systems Manager 4.11 Installation and User's Guide

Excellence

Ramona Hendren (IBM)

 

PATROL Express User Guide (Version 3.0)

Excellence

Melody Locke (BMC)

Melanie Boston (BMC)

 

CATALOG MANAGER for DB2 User Guide

Merit

Alfred Watkins (BMC)

Kris Horgen (BMC)

 

Directory Security Administrator User Guide

Merit

Lee S. Turner (NetIQ)

Veronica Acevedo

 

IBM Director 4.11 Installation and Configuration Guide

Merit

Kristen James Eberlein (IBM)

Karen L. Mobley (IBM)

 

Receivables Master User's Guide

Merit

Royce Hoggan (Lewis, Inc.)

Mary Knobloch (Lewis, Inc.)

 

RECOVERY MANAGER for DB2 User Guide

Merit

Janice Hamrick (BMC)

Joanne Saathoff (BMC)

 

Space Expert for DB2 Universal Database Getting Started

Merit

Linda Davis (BMC)

Jim Middleton (BMC)

Kelly Holcomb (BMC)

 

SQL-BackTrack for Microsoft SQL Server Getting Started

Merit

Mary Gwynne (BMC)

Joanne Saathoff

 

Utility Products for DB2 Trialing Guide

Merit

Beth Roddin (BMC)

Computer Hardware Guides

VSX 7000 Administrator's Guide

Merit

Jan Child (Polycom, Inc.)

Karen Mulholland (Polycom, Inc)

Carol Marsh Hobday (Polycom, Inc.)

Training Materials

Train the Trainer

Excellence

Kitba Learning Solutions

Documentation Sets

The NetIQ Security Manager 4.0 Library

Excellence

April McAnespy (NetIQ)

Jewel Darby (NetIQ)

Susan Tacker (NetIQ)

Eric Mallory (NetIQ)

 

VSX 7000 Documentation Set

Excellence

Karen Mulholland (Polycom, Inc.)

Jan Child (Polycom, Inc)

Carol Hobday (Polycom, Inc)

Mona Cocciardi

 

HP Compaq Business Desktop user Documentation d530 Ultra-Slim Desktop Model

Merit

Holly Jahangiri (Hewlett-Packard)

Martha McGee (Hewlett-Packard)

Sherri Smith (Hewlett-Packard)

Karen Joers (Jump2 Group)

Greg Costanzi (Independent)

Online Communication Awards

Category

Title

Award

Contributor Name (Contributor Company)

Help

PIMSEE Help

Distinguished and Best of Show

Yvonne Wade (AspenTech)

 

Dell Dimension 2350 Microsoft Windows XP Operating System Reinstallation Guide

Distinguished

Alfonso Davila (Dell Inc.)

Wayne Schmiesing (Dell Inc.)

Kristina Young (Dell Inc.)

 

Help for xThink Calculator

Excellence

Teresa Shu (xThink Inc.)

xThink Team (xThink Inc.)

 

PATROL Express 3.0.00 Online Help

Excellence

Melody Locke (BMC)

Karen Farrell (BMC)

 

HP StorageWorks Library and Tape Tools Help

Merit

Aesbus Knowledge Solutions

Ken Holtgrewe (Aesbus Knowledge Solutions)

 

Policy Inventory Reconciliation 2.0 Help

Merit

Melissa Britt (LANDATA Systems, Inc.)

 

Space Expert for Oracle Help

Merit

Jim Middleton (BMC)

Linda Davis (BMC)

Kelly Holcomb

 

System Explorer for z/OS Help

Merit

Mary Cameron (BMC)

Kris Horgen (BMC)

Cathi Biagi (BMC)

Demonstrations

High Density Server Deployment Video

Distinguished

Cynthia Ramirez (Bayou City Productions)

Julie Saurage (Hewlett-Packard)

Bayou City Productions

 

HP Linux Clustering Technology Demonstration

Distinguished

Cynthia Ramirez (Bayou City Productions)

Julie Saurage (Hewlett-Packard)

Bayou City Productions

 

HP ProLiant BL Line Technology Demonstration CD

Distinguished

Lisa Harlan (Bayou City Productions)

Julie Saurage (Hewlett-Packard)

Bayou City Productions

 

Information is Power!

Excellence

BMC Software ESM Information Design & Development

BMC Software EDM Information Design & Development

BMC Software Media Production

 

Sequence Stratigraphic Models for Exploration and Production

Excellence

Gail Bergan (Bergan et al., Inc.)

Leann Wagerle (Bergan et al., Inc.)

Norman Rosen (GCSSEPM Foundation)

 

IBM UpdateXpress

Merit

Heath Sides (IBM)

Rebecca Postupack-Slifer (IBM)

Technical Marketing

Directory Security Administrator Quick Preview

Excellence

Lee S. Turner (NetIQ)

Eric Mallory (NetIQ)

Paul Mueller (NetIQ)

 

Spectrum Quality Standards Web site

Merit

Kitba Media Solutions

Tutorials/Training

HP StorageWorks Enterprise Backup Solution Design Guide

Merit

Aesbus Knowledge Solutions

 

HP Tablet PC Tutorial

Merit

Diana Jaques (Jump2 Group)

Howard Lee (Jump2 Group)

Kelly Wheeler (Jump2 Group)

Paul Gross (Jump2 Group)

Sophia Hinga

 

SBM Imodco Offshore Group Management System Tutorial

Merit

Chris Fenner (The Integrity Group)

Shauna Allison (The Integrity Group)

David Cobb (The Integrity Group)

Books

HP Smart Array 641/642 Controller User Guide

Distinguished

John Turner (The Integrity Group)

The Integrity Group

 

HP StorageWorks Model 4400 Family of Ultra320 SCSI Disk Enclosures User Guide

Distinguished

John Turner (The Integrity Group)

The Integrity Group

 

Policy Inventory Reconciliation 2.0 User Guide

Distinguished

Melissa Britt (LANDATA Systems, Inc.)

 

PATROL for WebSphere MQ Installation Guide

Excellence

Terry Lambert (BMC)

 

Style Guide for Technical Publications

Excellence

BMC Software Editors (BMC)

 

Cretaceous Stratigraphy and Paleoecology, Texas and Mexico: Perkins Memorial Volume

Merit

Gail Bergan (Bergan et al., Inc.)

Leann Wagerle (Bergan et al., Inc.)

Norman Rosen (GCSSEPM Foundation)

 

HP Compaq Notebook Series Hardware Guide

Merit

Melissa Britt

Dianne Fielden (Hewlett-Packard)

 

HP StorageWorks Library and Tape Tools Getting Started Guide

Merit

Aesbus Knowledge Solutions

Ken Holtgrewe (Aesbus Knowledge Solutions)

 

Small Business Technology Magazine

Merit

Antony Nispel (Small Business Technology Institute)

Andrea Peiro (Small Business Technology Institute)

Technical Art Awards

Category

Title

Award

Contributor Name (Contributor Company)

Manual/Book Design

COTCO Terminal Information Manual

Excellence

Kitba Media Solutions

Magazine Design

Small Business Technology Magazine

Merit

Antony Nispel (Small Business Technology Institute)

Andrea Peiro

Promotional Poster Design

NEON Enterprise Software 2004 Calendar

Excellence

Carla Pileggi (NEON Enterprise Software)

Robin Reddick (NEON Enterprise Software)

 

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Poster

Merit

Kitba Media Solutions

Informational Poster Design

Compaq ProLiant ML350 Generation 3 Quick Start Poster (2/2002 edition)

Merit

James Yurick (Houstek Solutions Group, Inc.)

Alan Olsen (Hewlett-Packard)

Kelly Vernon (Houstek Solutions Group, Inc.)

Packaging Design

Gamut Packaging Design

Excellence

Kitba Media Solutions

Promotional Materials Design

New Technologies and General Capabilities Design

Excellence

Kitba Media Solutions

Informational Materials Design

Halliburton Perforating Solutions Catalog

Excellence

Kitba Media Solutions

Display

NEON Enterprise Software Trade Show Booth

Excellence

Robin Reddick (NEON Enterprise Software)

Alex Garcia (Skyline Displays of Houston)

Banquet Photos

Bill Gearhart and Donna Marcotte review award-winning entries.

Left to right: Linda Oestreich, Region 5 Director-Sponsor; Deborah Silvi, Associate Fellow & past STC Houston president; and Janese Parks, past volunteer resources director.

Left to right: Lori Buffum, Master of Ceremonies for the event; Melissa Britt; Beverly Rogers; and Linda King, Competitions General Manager.

Left to right: Phaedra Cook, Competitions Director; Erika Frensley, Banquet Program Manager; and Chuck Cook, husband of Phaedra.


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