STC Houston - Dateline Houston - January/February 2006

Vol 45, Issue 3

January/February 2006

STC Houston - Dateline Houston - January/February 2006

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STC Houston - Dateline Houston - January/February 2006

Member Spotlight

Articles: [STC Houston Welcomes New Member] [BMC Star Award]
[New Arrival][Put Your STC Houston Team Member in the Spotlight]

STC Houston Welcomes New Member

Yvonne Wade Sanchez, Technical Writer, AspenTech

STC Houston rolls out the welcome mat for new member Joyce Evans!

When Joyce decided to embark on an editing career, she was encouraged by the fantastic support she received from members of STC and their network. Eighteen months ago, she entered the communication field as a technical editor, initially honing her skills while interning with a senior editor. Joyce has since established herself as a contract editor, currently providing services to the oil-field engineering community. Joyce has experience with style guides for a number of professional engineering and geosceince journals and enjoys assisting professionals to achieve high communication standards in their professional papers, engineering data sheets, and marketing communications. Joyce's past professional career as a petroleum industry geoscientist enables her to apply a broad background of knowledge to copyediting and proofreading technical documentation of all types. Each document brings refreshing, new challenges and rewards realized through a supportive editor/author relationship.

BMC Star Award

by Yvonne Wade Sanchez, Deborah Silvi, Mary Cameron, and Bill Gearhart

The BMC Star Awards are given quarterly to less than 5% of employees who exhibit exceptional behavior by achieving objectives that significantly impact organizational goals, providing outstanding performance and leadership, streamlining processes, contributing to the development of superior products, and implementing innovative new ideas. Employees are nominated by their peers and selected by executive management.

The STC Houston Membership Committee would like to congratulate the following STC members for winning the BMC Quarterly Star Award.

Therasa Dunson
Theresa Dunson received the award for her contributions on a new and innovative documentation deliverable-the Parameter Reference Database (PRD), which she helped produce.Theresa, in response to receiving the rewards made the following comments: "To me it is always an honor to be recognized for one's efforts; however, I was very fortunate to work with several people whose ideas and work contributed to the success of the project. So while I am grateful for the recognition, I'm truly grateful to those people who worked alongside me through the ups and downs in the delivery of this project. I don't know what I would have done without them."

Paula Green
Paula Green received the award for her efforts in delivering a customer-centric user guide for MAXM Database Advisor for IMS 2.0. Paula worked full throttle to not only meet but exceed the project requirements. Paula shared the following comment regarding the award: "Kimberly Kilman, who was the other writer on the project, nominated me for the award. I believe that her skillfully written message to the award committee was the reason why they chose me from among many worthy candidates. The respect and praise that Kim expressed in her message means more to me than the corporate recognition."

Melody Locke
Melody Locke received the award for her contributions to the development of Portal 1.2 and SDK 1.3 releases documentation. Melody produced outstanding results in creating information customers and partners can use to quickly understand, use, and value these high-visibility products.

Joy Thompson
Joy Thompson received the award for her contributions to the CM&P RTV (Route To Value) solution guide. This guide was a huge undertaking that will fill a unique need for both the field and BMC customers. Joy worked tirelessly on this effort and should be commended for thinking outside of the box, writing in a new style, and delivering something that BMC hasn't offered before.

Joy shared the following comments about winning the award: "It's always an honor to be recognized by my coworkers and by BMC. I am a member of a team of three who received the award. My teammates-Bob Massa and Julia Osgood-are in Waltham, Massachusetts. They are two of the best technical communicators you'll ever meet. We went out on a limb to produce a solutions guide about managing virtualized data centers by using integrated, complementary software solutions from two business units, spanning four product lines. BMC had never done this before, but BMC allowed us to do it. That speaks volumes, doesn't it?"

Bill Gearhart
Bill won the award for his advocacy of the Technical Publications group and for reorganizing his group to match the lines of business at BMC.

New Arrival

by Yvonne Wade Sanchez, Membership Committee Manager, STC Houston

Alyssa Fox
Congratulations to the Fox family on their new arrival. Alyssa Fox is the proud new mommy of Ronin Adler Fox, a beautiful little boy, who joined us on November 29, 2005. We send happy thoughts and good wishes to both Alyssa and Ronin.

Put Your STC Houston Team Member in the Spotlight

by Yvonne Wade Sanchez, Membership Committee Manager

The STC Houston Membership Committee wants your assistance in identifying and spotlighting the outstanding work and accomplishments of our local members. We feel that it's important to share the accomplishments (promotions, awards, volunteer work, etc.) of our local members-not only to honor those involved, but to encourage those working toward their own goals. The stories that you share will appear in a new column in Dateline Houston, titled "Member Spotlight."

To share a personal accomplishment or the accomplishment of an STC member you know, complete the Member Spotlight form at

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