Vol 44, Issue 5

May/June 2005

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From the President

Spotlight on STC Houston members

by Cindy Pao, Information Developer, BMC Software, Inc.

Three from STC Houston with staying power

I received an e-mail from Ann Liggio in March with awesome news. Ann, Janis Raymond Hocker, and Sherri Smith have been members of STC for 30 years!

Cool. Extremely cool.

How many people do you know who have been in their career for 30 years?

Probably the coolest part of being in tech comm for 30 years is thinking about the amount of change they've witnessed. How much user documentation for computers did Ann, Janis, and Sherri work on when they started out? How unheard of was it for them to write computer user doc using a computer? Did the computer really make our lives easier?

“Woo Hoo!” to Ann, Janis, and Sherri on this wonderful accomplishment!

Distinguished Chapter Service Awards

At the March chapter meeting, I had the privilege of presenting Distinguished Chapter Service Awards to Wayne Schmadeka and George Slaughter.

It was a lot of fun because neither recipient knew they had received the award. When George read Wayne's nomination, Wayne took it all in stride. He's one of those guys who always seems calm and cool no matter what. When Jocelyn read George's nomination, though, the reaction was different. I watched George as he realized that Jocelyn was talking about him. He was visibly emotional and surprised. And that's really the best part, isn't it?

Congratulations to George and Wayne on receiving this award. The chapter is grateful to you, and that's why you have this award.

Associate Fellows

I know that I wrote about Pat Bishop and Melanie Flanders in the last issue of Dateline Houston , but I have to mention them one more time. I believe that becoming an Associate Fellow of STC is a huge honor. Both ladies have done so much for themselves, the field of technical communication, and STC!

I also wanted to tell you that Melanie left for China this week. In fact, I think she should be in China now. We miss you Melanie and hope all goes well at your new job!

The annual conference is coming!

This year's annual conference is a special one for me. The last time the conference was held in Seattle (I want to say 1995), I had just become a technical writer. My manager asked if I wanted to go to the conference, and I eagerly said yes. I learned so much and got so energized! Now I look forward to each year's conference— both the new things I'll learn and the old things I'll remember.

Please let me know if you'll be at the annual conference! At the very least, I'll be able to give you a sticker that tells everyone what an awesome chapter we are when we win a Chapter Achievement Award.

Already looking ahead to next year

We have a lot of new faces on the Administrative Council for next year. Of course, I'm looking forward to working with everyone. If you have suggestions and ideas, please share them with me. It's also a great time to get involved with the chapter and take your future into your own hands.

Send me an e-mail! I'm at president@stc-houston.org.

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