2011 Chapter Communications

January 2011 Chapter Meeting

Drupal 101 

What is Drupal?

Is it a website development tool or a content management system? or both?  How did it get its name? What does Drupal have to offer compared with other tools? Who uses it and how do they use it?  What skills do I need to use it? How do I get started using it?  Russell Keppner, local Drupal guru, answers these questions, and more, at the January 11th dinner meeting.

About the Speaker - Russell Keppner

Russell Keppner is a work-at-home freelance web developer, who works almost exclusively in Drupal. He started his development career 13 years ago in a Perl shop, but quickly moved to using PHP as his programming language of choice. He worked for 10 years doing custom PHP work for various companies (including The Arizona Republic and GoDaddy.com), but grew tired of constantly reinventing the wheel with each new project, so he spent several years trying out various frameworks and content management systems.

When he finally tried Drupal, he fell in love, and hasn't looked back since. He switched all of his projects to Drupal, and no longer takes development work that isn't Drupal related. He stays active in the local community by co-organizing the Phoenix Drupal Users Group, and taught 6 sessions on learning Drupal at the recent DrupalCamp Phoenix.

Russell and Rachel, his wife of 18 years, have 11 children together, ages 17 to 6 months, whom they school at home. They currently live in Chandler.

Meeting Details

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

  • 5:30 Check-in & Networking
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 6:30 Announcements
  • 7:00-8:30 Program

Dinner Options

Meat Entree: Chicken Absolut - Sautéed Breast of Chicken with a Fresh Tomato Vodka Sauce served over Fettuccini Pasta with Green Onions, Mushrooms, Roma Tomatoes and Fresh Basil

 

Vegetarian Entree: Gemelli Pasta Primavera – Served with Asiago Cream & Sundried Tomatoes

 

All entrees include a tossed green salad, rolls, tea, coffee and dessert.

Location

Phoenix Airport Hilton, 2435 South 47th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034-6410

Located just northwest of Route 143 and University Drive. From University, turn north on 47th Place, and the hotel is ahead about two blocks on the left.

Registration/Cost Information

  • Chapter Member via Pay Pal $18
  • Chapter Member paid at meeting $20
  • STC Member-at-Large $25
  • Non-member $35
  • Student $15
  • Program only $10

Rewards Program - Earn a Free Dinner

Starting with the Sept. 2010 meeting, those who have contributed $70.00 or more for dinner meeting attendance, “program only” attendance, or combination of the two, can earn a free dinner.  Rewards can be redeemed for one dinner meeting starting with the June 2011 meeting and ending with December 2011 dinner meeting.

New Member Incentive

Member and first-time guest this program year: $40 for two dinner/program

 

Not a member, but want to attend? We can match you with a member for one meeting this program year, at the discounted price. Contact Jan at programs@stc-phoenix.com if you are interested.

Registration Deadline

Thursday, January 6, 2010 at Noon. We cannot guarantee a dinner to late registrants, although there may be one available. Please be sure to ask. No-shows will be billed.

Register Online

To register for this event, please click here.

 

 

Feb 2011 Chapter Meeting

Beyond Tech Writing...

  • Are you a seasoned Technical Communicator who is thinking of making a career switch, but aren't quite sure how to build on the skills you have?
  • Are you a recent Tech. Comm. graduate looking for some real-world advice on being successful in the everchanging job market?
  • Are you in a rut and would like to find out what it takes to succeed at something new?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then the February 8th chapter meeting is for you!

 

Four local Technical Communication professionals will be discussion leaders at our progression dinner meeting. After enjoying the burger buffet, take advantage of the small group discussions that could inspire you to make a change. All in all, an informal, and informative night...

 

Not a member, but want to attend?  Check out the "New Member Incentive"  below.

Discussion Leaders

Miachelle DePiano

 

In addition to being a technical writer at Intel, Miachelle is a freelance writer, journalist and photographer. She has had her work published in BeadStyle, Bead & ButtonGo Gilbert!, the Santan Sun, and The Social Media Bible by David Brake and Lon Safko.  She is currently in negotiations for a book deal with Kalmbach Publishers.

Dana Oborne

 

Dana is a Business Project Program Manager at Schaller Anderson, an Aetna Company, and former chapter President. She has worked in a variety of companies in both private and public sectors; from startups to large corporations. She also has been a consultant. Dana says there are three threads that have run throughout her career: wearing many "hats" and changing them to fit the stated business need; acting as a "translator" between various stakeholder groups; and blending people, process, and tools to develop solutions for business needs.

Alan Vickers

 

Alan is a web developer and technical communicator, having graduated from ASU in Multimedia Writing and Technical Communication and Business Administration. He also has experience as a small business owner, having founded a company called AZtec Communication Services. He is also the founder of, and enthusiastic participant in, the CMS and Online Marketing Meetup group.

Kathy Graden

Kathy is a Financial Crimes Investigative Analyst at American Express and is the current President of the chapter. She has worked within various industries as a writer/editor with extensive experience in all aspects of business, technical and news writing, including marketing communications, Internet/intranet content, and training documentation. She also has been a Documentation Manager.

Meeting Details

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

  • 5:30 Check-in & Networking
  • 6:00 Buffet Dinner (Help Yourselves!)
  • 6:30 Announcements
  • 7:00-8:15 Program

Dinner Options

Burger Buffet: Hamburgers and Veggie burgers with all the fixings: Cheese, Tomato, Lettuce, Onion, Mushrooms, Avocado, Bacon, Mayo, Mustard,  & Ketchup. Served with Potato Salad, Green Salad and Cowboy Beans

Vegetarian entree: Included as part of the burger buffet.

Tea, coffee, and dessert also provided.

Location

Phoenix Airport Hilton, 2435 South 47th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034-6410

Located just northwest of Route 143 and University Drive. From University, turn north on 47th Place, and the hotel is ahead about two blocks on the left.

Registration/Cost Information

  • Chapter Member via Pay Pal $18
  • Chapter Member paid at meeting $20
  • STC Member-at-Large $25
  • Non-member $35
  • Student $15
  • Program only $10

Rewards Program - Earn a Free Dinner

Starting with the Sept. 2010 meeting, those who have contributed $70.00 or more for dinner meeting attendance, “program only” attendance, or combination of the two, can earn a free dinner. Rewards can be redeemed for one dinner meeting starting with the June 2011 meeting and ending with December 2011 dinner meeting.

New Member Incentive

Member and first-time guest this program year: $40 for two dinner/program

 

Not a member, but want to attend? We can match you with a member for one meeting this program year, at the discounted price. Contact Jan at programs@stc-phoenix.com if you are interested.

Registration Deadline

Thursday, February, 3, 2010 at Noon.  No-shows will be billed.

Register Online

To register for this event, please click here.

 

 

April 2011 Chapter Meeting

Creating Graphics that People Understand

  • Do you know what makes a graphic effective in getting the point across to your audience?
  • Do you ever get stuck trying to figure out the best graphics to use in an online course, training session, or user's guide?

Although audiences remember more from visuals than from other mediums, few technical communication professionals are given guidelines for creating graphics that will impact learning.

 

Our speaker for April's meeting, Connie Malamed, will provide those guidelines!  During this interactive presentation, you will learn:

  • how we process and perceive multimedia information
  • ways to speed up your message
  • how reducing extraneous cues makes graphics more efficient to process
  • how to represent abstract concepts in concrete form using graphs, charts, diagrams, and tables
  • how to clarify complexity

Door prize winner will receive a signed copy of Connie's book, Visual Language for Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics That People Understand.

Not a member, but want to attend?  See "New Member Incentive" details below.

About the Speaker - Connie Malamed

Connie Malamed is a consultant, writer, and speaker in the fields of visual communication, online learning, and visual design.  She is the author of Visual Language For Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics That People Understand. She is also the publisher of two blogs: Understanding Graphics and The eLearning Coach.

 

Meeting Details

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

  • 5:30 Check-in & Networking
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 6:30 Announcements
  • 7:00-8:15 Program

Book Bonanza/Books Needed

For June's meeting, we will be having a book "sale". (More details to follow soon.)  If you are interested in contributing to this, please bring your Tech Comm-related books as well as other non-fiction and fiction books to the April meeting.

Dinner Options

Meat Entree: Chicken Enchiladas – Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas in a red enchilada sauce.  Served with beans and rice.

 

Vegetarian Entree: Grilled Avocado Sandwiches- Fresh whole avocado lightly coated with panko and topped with pepperjack cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce and cilantro mayonnaise.

 

All entrees include a tossed green salad, rolls, tea, coffee and dessert.

Location

Phoenix Airport Hilton, 2435 South 47th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034-6410

Located just northwest of Route 143 and University Drive. From University, turn north on 47th Place, and the hotel is ahead about two blocks on the left.

Registration/Cost Information

  • Chapter Member via Pay Pal $18
  • Chapter Member paid at meeting $20
  • STC Member-at-Large $25
  • Non-member $35
  • Student $15
  • Program only $10

Rewards Program - Earn a Free Dinner

Starting with the Sept. 2010 meeting, those who have contributed $70.00 or more for dinner meeting attendance, “program only” attendance, or combination of the two, can earn a free dinner. Rewards can be redeemed for one dinner meeting starting with the June 2011 meeting and ending with December 2011 dinner meeting.

New Member Incentive

Member and first-time guest this program year: $40 for two dinner/program

 

Not a member, but want to attend? We can match you with a member for one meeting this program year, at the discounted price. Contact Jan at programs@stc-phoenix.com if you are interested.

Registration Deadline

Thursday, April 7, 2011 at Noon.  No-shows will be billed.

Register Online

To register for this event, please click here.

 

 

May 2011 Chapter Meeting

Getting the Most from Wikis, Blogs, and Other Collaborative Tools

With today's mobile applications, multi-national corporations, and technologies that encourage working from home, more people than ever are working virtually.  Given that, what's the best way to manage a virtual team effectively and efficiently?

For May's chapter meeting, Brenda Huettner will provide practical advice for enabling collaboration between members of a diverse team and developing & maintaining professional relationships when team members don't get to meet in person. She will briefly discuss the types of tools currently available, and match them up with the traditional management tasks for which each might be appropriate.

About the Speaker - Brenda Huettner

Brenda Huettner is the owner of P-N Designs, Inc., a communication consulting company. She writes articles and teaches workshops on management, usability, and technical writing. She has authored, and co-authored a number of books, including Managing Virtual Teams: Getting the Most from Wikis, Blogs, and Other Collaborative Tools with colleagues Kit Brown and Char James-Tanny.

Brenda is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication and a regular presenter at conferences across the country. Check out her sessions at this year's STC Summit. She's a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of the Usability Professionals Association.

Meeting Details

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

  • 5:30 Check-in & Networking
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 6:30 Announcements
  • 7:00-8:15 Program

Book Bonanza/Books Needed

For June's meeting, we will be having a book "sale". (More details to follow soon.)  If you are interested in contributing to this, please bring your Tech Comm-related books as well as other non-fiction and fiction books to the May meeting.

Dinner Options

Meat Entree: Traditional Lasagna - Home Style Meat Lasagna Served with Freshly Baked Garlic Bread Sticks.

 

Vegetarian Entree: Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Capers over Angel Hair Pasta

 

All entrees include a tossed green salad, rolls, tea, coffee and dessert.

Location

Phoenix Airport Hilton, 2435 South 47th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034-6410

Located just northwest of Route 143 and University Drive. From University, turn north on 47th Place, and the hotel is ahead about two blocks on the left.

Registration/Cost Information

  • Chapter Member via Pay Pal $18
  • Chapter Member paid at meeting $20
  • STC Member-at-Large $25
  • Non-member $35
  • Student $15
  • Program only $10

Rewards Program - Earn a Free Dinner

Starting with the Sept. 2010 meeting, those who have contributed $70.00 or more for dinner meeting attendance, “program only” attendance, or combination of the two, can earn a free dinner. Rewards can be redeemed for one dinner meeting starting with the June 2011 meeting and ending with December 2011 dinner meeting.

Discount for First-Time Guest

Not a member, but want to attend? We can match you with a member for one meeting this program year, at the member price. Contact Jan at programs@stc-phoenix.com if you are interested.

 

Discount for first-time guest this program year: $20

Registration Deadline

Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Noon.  No-shows will be billed.

Register Online

To register for this event, please click here.

 

 

June 2011 Chapter Meeting

June is the last program meeting until next Fall. It's a time to look back at what we've accomplished as well as take a look at what could be...

To kick off the meeting, Marian G. Barchilon, Fellow, Society for Technical Communication, and the Phoenix chapter's Education Manager, will share her plans for setting up a technical communication program in Israel. (You might be surprised by what she has to say!)

Next, Kathy Graden, Phoenix chapter President, share the highlights of the STC conference that she attended this year in Sacramento. (Rumor has it that she brought back some interesting door prizes!)

Following that, Kathy will recognize the past year's board members' service to the chapter and welcome the new board members.

...and don't forget the Book Bonanza!

Meeting Details

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

  • 5:30 Check-in & Networking
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 6:30 Announcements
  • 7:00-8:15 Program

Book Bonanza

Choose from hardcovers and paperbacks, fiction and non-fiction: 2 books for $3 or 4 for $5. Kathy Graden will be managing the sales. Proceeds go to the chapter and unsold items to charity. Feel free to contribute books to sell the night of the meeting, too!  Sale begins at 5:30.

Rewards Winners

 

The June meeting is the first meeting that Rewards winners (those who have contributed $70.00 or more for dinner meeting attendance, “program only” attendance, or combination of the two) can use their rewards status to redeem their free dinner. (Rewards winners will be contacted via email.)

 

Winners should register at the chapter website and add the word "Rewards" in the Notes field located under Meal Options.

Dinner Options

Chicken Marsala - Pan Seared Breast of Chicken served over Herb Linguine Pasta with Seasonal Vegetables

 

Pasta Primavera – Pasta with Vegetables

 

All entrees include a tossed green salad, rolls, tea, coffee and dessert.

Location

Phoenix Airport Hilton, 2435 South 47th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034-6410

Located just northwest of Route 143 and University Drive. From University, turn north on 47th Place, and the hotel is ahead about two blocks on the left.

Registration/Cost Information

  • Chapter Member via Pay Pal $18
  • Chapter Member paid at meeting $20
  • STC Member-at-Large $25
  • Non-member $35
  • Student $15
  • Program only $10

Discount for First-Time Guest

Not a member, but want to attend? We can match you with a member for one meeting this program year, at the member price. Contact Jan at programs@stc-phoenix.com if you are interested.

 

Discount for first-time guest this program year: $20

Registration Deadline

Thursday, June 9, 2011 at Noon.  No-shows will be billed.

Register Online

To register for this event, please click here.

 

 

September 2011 Chapter Meeting

 

"Open Mic" Night at the Spaghetti Factory - Profiling the Local Tech Comm Community

 

Here's your chance to highlight to others the role you play as a technical communicator. Take the floor for five minutes to give us a snapshot of your world at work: share where you work, your challenges, your successes, or perhaps offer some advice.

The program promises to be entertaining and may give you some insight as to where to look and what to look for in your next position. Come to speak or just listen to others. Plenty of time for networking with those speakers you find intriguing. Walk away with a fuller understanding of the Phoenix technical communication community through listening to attendees' stories.

More details below.

 

Date: Tuesday, September 13th

Place: The Old Spaghetti Factory

Address1418 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ (map)

Time: 5:30-8:00

Check-in starts at 5:30 with orders being taken for dinner around 6:00. Chapter announcements will start around 6:45, followed by attendee stories. Members, non-members, and guests all will have a chance to be in the spotlight!

Much like our Meet & Greets in the past, you order from the standard menu and then pay your own tab... how much or how little you order is up to you...

 

R.S.V.P.: Please contact Jan at programs@stc-phoenix.com by Noon, September 13, so the restaurant can plan accordingly.  Thanks.

 

Jan Kruse

STC-Phoenix Program Manager

 

 

November 2011 Chapter Meeting

Mark your Calendars! mLearning November 8th!

Mobile devices are everywhere--but how effective are they as learning devices? Brent Schlenker, fresh from the DevLearn 2011 conference in Las Vegas, will answer this question, and many more, at the quarterly chapter meeting.  Bring your questions and join the discussion!

About the Speaker - Brent Schlenker

Brent Schlenker is a program manager and Emerging Technologies Analyst for The eLearning Guild. He has a degree in Media Arts from UofA, and a Masters in EdTech from ASU. He worked as a contractor for Intel while finishing his masters degree. He then spent some time with SGS Thomson Microelectronics, a little time with an eLearning startup, and then back to Intel for 10 years while he started his family. In 2005, he started blogging and that was engine that kickstarted the rest of his career. Check out his blog. He has worked with internationally recognized futurist Elliot Masie and has been with the Guild for almost 5 years programming DevLearn, doing research, and working as an Emerging Technologies Analyst.

 

 

Date: Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011

Location: TBD

 

 

2012 Election Results

Results of the STC Phoenix Chapter 2012 Election

 

The Nominations Committee is pleased to announce the election of our 2012 administrative council.  These STC Phoenix Chapter members ran unopposed and were elected unanimously:

  • President:  Jan Kruse
  • Vice President:  Miachelle DePiano
  • Secretary:  David Goldberg
  • Treasurer:  Kim Rosenlof

Nineteen of 72 eligible members voted during the November 1 to November 8 election.  The election was held online again this year using the iContact system.

The administrative council is the decision-making body of the chapter and is composed of the elected officers and the immediate past president, Kathy Graden.  They take office on January 1, 2012 and serve through December 31, 2012.

Congratulations to our new administrative council and thanks to everyone who voted!

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