March 2018 Volume 59 Number 7

Next Meeting

Date and time:  March 25 1:00 PM to March 27 5:00 PM
Program: Spectrum
Location: Louise Slaughter Hall, RIT; March 25 dinner 5:30 PM, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Rochester 1111 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623

Details and to register: Events page of the Rochester Chapter website

Redact Room

by Ann L. Wiley, editor

The Rochester Chapter hosts its 59th consecutive annual conference this month. This remarkable achievement follows the 60th anniversary of the first meeting of the chapter on February 27. See you at Spectrum!

This month we have a feature article by STC President Alyssa Fox, “The Work-Life Balance Conundrum.” Contributions to the newsletter are welcome. Contact the editor.

Meeting Report

Date and time:  February 27, 5:30 to 7:30 PM EST, 60th anniversary of the founding of the chapter
Program: STC Rochester Mentor-Mentee Networking Event
Location: Barnes & Noble, 100 Park Point Drive, Community Room, Rochester, NY 14623
Details and to register: Events page of the Rochester Chapter website

Members and guests gathered for networking and a complementary dinner, focusing on the interests of those seeking mentors and how experienced members might help. Several members signed up to become mentors. Chuck Campbell is pairing mentors with mentees.

Council Notes

The Council met on February 19. See the Chapter Chronicle in the February issue for all the news coming out of the meeting.

Date and time of the next Council meeting: April, 2018 (no Council meeting in March)
Contact: Chapter president Kelly Schrank

Chapter Chronicle


The Rochester Chapter had 69 members in February. If you have not already renewed, please renew now and share in another year of membership in our award winning chapter. New members are always welcome. Join or renew now via the STC website. Visit the website for information about membership levels and benefits.

Rochester Chapter member Chuck Campbell is presenting an STC webinar on March 14. See the Society News section for details.

Rochester Chapter member Ben Woelk has been elected Vice President of STC. Ben will become president in 2019. All of the winners of the 2018 election have been announced on STC’s blog.


The Heritage Award for students has opened the call for entries. Education manager Carmel Priore-Garlock has sent information and the call for entries to university contacts and is reaching out to instructors and identifying additional ways to disseminate the information.

The chapter has seven mentee candidates. Chuck Campbell is pairing mentees with volunteer mentors. If you would like to have a mentor or to be a mentor, contact Chuck Campbell.


Employment manager Laurie Fiaretti searches for jobs by setting up notifications on job boards using key words including technical writer, technical editor, and documentation specialist as well as a broad range of roles in technical communication, such as project manager. Laurie is posting job openings on the chapter website and sending notification of openings to the employment mail list.

Publications Competition

Consensus judging has been completed. Bobbi Werner is serving as Competition Awards Manager and is now preparing the certificates. Rochester award winners will receive their certificates at Spectrum. Visit the competition site for the competition details.

Spectrum 2018: Hack Into Your Flow

Spectrum 2018 will be held March 25 through March 27 at RIT. Judy Glick-Smith will be the keynote speaker. Her topic is Flow-based Leadership: What the Best Firefighters Can Teach You about Leadership and Making Hard Decisions. Judy will also offer a 1/2 day workshop, Flow-Hacking TechComm Leadership. There are four sets of five concurrent sessions, with four full presentations and three spotlight talks each hour. The preliminary schedule is available. Register now if you haven’t already. See you at Spectrum!

Community Achievement Award

The chapter won the Platinum Community Achievement Award for 2017 activities. The citation and comments from the committee have been posted on the chapter blog.

Educational Opportunities

The STC Philadelphia Metro chapter is hosting CONDUIT 2018 on Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7. CONDUIT is bigger than ever this year. Friday’s workshop day is expanded to include seven half-day workshops. Saturday’s keynote speaker is David Dylan Thomas. The conference is featuring a variety of topics including content strategy, technical writing, and project management, with plenty of opportunities to connect and network with peers. A continental breakfast, lunch, and fabulous door prizes will be provided! CONDUIT promises to be an an excellent two-day event. Visit the CONDUIT website for more information and to register.

Visit the STC website to see all of the Society’s current educational offerings.

Society News

STC is offering these webinars in March:

Get Rid of the Nits! Improving Content Quality By Using Automated Tools, Kristin Kronstain Brown
Wednesday, March 28 2:00 to 3:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)
Details and registration

Nurturing Future STEM Communicators in the Healthcare/Medical Field, Shikha Saxena
Wednesday, March 21, 2:00 to 3:00 PM EDT (GMR-4)a
Details and registration

Create Presentation Handouts That People Will Actually Use, Chuck Campbell
Wednesday, March 14, 2:00 to 3:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)
Details and registration

The Trouble with DITA: Improving DITA Satisfaction, Rob Hanna
Wednesday, March 7, 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Details and registration

STC is also offering several courses in March, April, and May:

TechComm Fundamentals Bootcamp, Leah Guren
March 26 to May 7 (Mondays) | Asynchronous (Self-Paced)
Details and Registration

Proposal Writing in Context, Rachael Graham Lussos
5 April-10 May 2018 (Thursdays) | 11:00 AM-Noon EDT (GMT -4)
Details and registration

Digital Rhetoric and the Art of Web Writing, Adrianne Depew
March 13 to April 17
Time: Tuesdays, Noon to 1:30 PM EDT
Details and registration

Content Strategy: Developing an Effective Workflow, Guiseppe Getto
March 1 to April 5
Time: Thursdays, 1:30-3:00 PM EST/EDT
Details and registration

Technical Editing Foundations course, Li-At Rathbun
February 7 to March 14
Details and registration

Make Change Happen: Building a Business Case course, Lisa Pietrangeli
February 6 to March 13, asynchronous (self-paced)
Details and registration

The 65th Summit will be held in Orlando, Florida, May 20-23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Registration is open. STC encourages everyone to make hotel reservations directly with the Hyatt Regency Orlando, to take advantage of the maximum possible discounts. The schedule and preconference workshop information are available. Gold members can take advantage of the discounted anniversary rate through March 31. Members can take a two-day certification prep course and the exam on Saturday and Sunday before the Summit starts (details). If you are a full-time student, consider volunteering at the Summit. Applications are due April 2.

Feature articles

This month we have a feature article by STC President Alyssa Fox, “The Work-Life Balance Conundrum.” The chapter invites original articles for the blog on this website. The newsletter links to these features and they will be archived with each issue. Contact the editor.

STC and Rochester Chapter Links

Proof Sheet Archive

The Rochester Chapter is fortunate to have a PDF of every issue of the Proof Sheet. There are links to all of these issues in the archive. The news archive since 2010 is also available.

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