Lines & Letters

Award-Winning Newsletter of NEO STC


From the Editors – February 2016

Welcome to our February edition. As usual we have some great programs and activities coming up. Thursday, February 11, from 6-8pm, Lisa Adair and Kathleen Ruggeri speak on the topic of machine editing. Don’t miss what should be a great learning experience from Lisa and Kathleen. Two days before this meeting NEO STC hosts a … Continue reading…

NEO STC Membership Points/Recognition Summary

Did you know that you can earn points as a member of the NEO STC chapter and earn recognition and gifts from the chapter? Contributing an article to this newsletter is one way to earn points. Read on for more details. The vitality of NEO STC depends on the efforts of its members and volunteers, … Continue reading…

In the Spotlight: Brigid Brockway

Say hello to Brigid Brockway! Brigid works at DRB Systems in Green, Ohio. DRB Systems provides automated management systems and point of service systems for car washes, quick lubes, petroleum marketers, and convenience store businesses. Brigid is a newer member of NEO STC, joining just over a year ago and says she has found membership very … Continue reading…

Writing for Intercom and Technical Communication

STC membership, as you know, includes access to Intercom and Technical Communication through stc.org. I like to remind myself that contributing to these publications can provide a writing sample in the public domain plus a chance for professional development. Writing an article for Technical Communication can be a career enhancer. Writing book reviews is a … Continue reading…

From the Editors – December 2015/January 2016

Season’s greetings to all of you and best wishes for 2016! As we wrap up the 2015 calendar year, we can look back at some great events and programs. We can also look forward to a new year of great activities. On Thursday, January 14, Jennifer Yaros will speak on Simplified Technical English. Two days … Continue reading…

Taking Fun to a New Level at Our Holiday Dinner

Fun and food were a great benefit of our holiday dinner for NEO-STC this year, but the greatest part was being able to visit and catch up with fellow NEO-STC members! The Fox & Hound in Mayfield Heights was the venue, and it was a great place to relax and be loud and just have … Continue reading…

Current Book Club News

Our January 2016 book selection is Word Up! How to Write Powerful Sentences and Paragraphs (And Everything You Build from Them) by Marcia Riefer Johnston. What’s it about? “Lots of books can strengthen your writing. Few also leave you smiling. This is one.” With almost 150 5-star reviews on Amazon (and a blurb from someone … Continue reading…

World Usability Day 2015 #WUDCLE15

The tenth annual World Usability Day (WUD) was celebrated globally on November 12, 2015. The global theme was Innovation. More than 90 events dedicated to usability were held in 31 countries. Cleveland UXPA hosted a local event at the new Stillwater Place facility at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The keynote speaker was the founder and … Continue reading…

Ohioisms

Like everyplace else, Ohio has its own regional dialect – words, phrases, and grammar that are uncommon in other regions. This language is considered acceptable in Ohio, but may seem incorrect or confusing to outsiders. This article highlights some features of this dialect and gives tips to avoid confusing those who don’t speak the local … Continue reading…

Outlandish English

It is always a good time to point out the outlandishness of the English language. Alliteration contains five syllables, none of which begin with the same sound. Dactylic isn’t. A spondee, however, is a spondee. Diphthong doesn’t contain any. Double-u is a word that doesn’t contain a w. Lisp is hard to say when you have one. Palindrome isn’t one. Phonetically is spelled p-h-o-n-e-t-i-c-a-l-l-y, … Continue reading…

Trends and Disruptions: Some Thoughts

A look at trends in technology in education and related fields should help us prepare for how these might impact the future of not only education but all learning products that include technical communication deliverables. The ideas based on this article come from Three Technological Trends That Set the Tone for Higher Education’s Future, which you might … Continue reading…

Book Review: Dale Carnegie’s Golden Book

Dale Carnegie’s Golden Book, Paperback, 2013, Dale Carnegie and Associates, Inc.  Could Dale Carnegie’s ideas still be relevant today? You can judge that for yourself as you look at these ideas that come from his book. Groups such as  Tri-C still use his books and ideas today for professional development work. The www.dalecarnegie.com site shows … Continue reading…

President’s Corner – November 2015

We are well into our calendar of topics for the year and I want to remind everyone about our upcoming November Social Media Workshop on November 21st! Facilitated by Blake Babcock of Focal Point Social Media, this event promises to be a true learning experience, especially for those who want to learn more about how … Continue reading…

In the Spotlight: Kathleen Ruggeri

This month, Lines & Letters caught up with long-time member, Kathleen Rugerri, who recently changed roles at Rockwell Automation. Kathleen was the previous Manager of Information Development. Kathleen’s new role is Manager, Information Architecture and Content Strategy. In this role, she and her team are responsible for creating technical content strategies for Rockwell Automation’s complex … Continue reading…

Academic Relations: NEO STC Visits John Carroll University

The Academic Relations committee (Kade Dodds and Lynn Nickels) made their first college visit of this year on Oct. 6th to John Carroll University. The committee presented to Tom Pace’s class of writing students and were surprised at the great questions posed by them! Students were encouraged to attend a meeting to see how they … Continue reading…

Lies!

Lillian Virginia Mountweazel was a renowned fountain designer turned photographer, famous for her definitive work on American mailbox photography, and a book titled Flags Up! Mountweazel’s life was cut tragically short in 1973 when, on assignment for Combustibles magazine, she exploded. Lillian Virginia Mountweazel is a copyright trap. She’s a made-up person who was included … Continue reading…

Excellent Excel Class at DeVore Technologies

I recently had the privilege of attending the Intermediate Excel 2013 class at DeVore Technologies, Inc. in Beachwood, where NEO STC held its October meeting. Thanks to the wonderful folks at DeVore, attendees of that NEO STC meeting were able to attend one of a handful of classes for FREE. Yeah – you read that … Continue reading…

A Look at Emerging Technologies

This look at current thinking about top emerging technologies should help us in our own work to see how we might use these technologies. Whether it is social media, wearable technologies, the latest in printers, personalization, big data, cloud computing, mobile apps, analytics, digital identity, haptic interfaces, augmented reality, or the internet of things, we … Continue reading…