Lines & Letters

Award-Winning Newsletter of NEO STC


Volunteer Opportunities

Make a vital contribution to STC and our Ohio STC chapter! You can help the chapter continue to achieve its award-winning service to its membership and community. In addition, there are many benefits to being a chapter volunteer, such as: Develop new skills Receive mentoring from STC leaders Advance your career: Add assets, experience, and … Continue reading…

President’s Column (July, 2024)

I’m very excited about the upcoming STC year. There is still a lot of planning to do, and I’m a little behind on getting the leadership team together. I will be scheduling that meeting later this month. I see three things that I’d like to accomplish this year: Increase collaboration with other communities Member outreach. … Continue reading…

Value from Summit is “Tremendous”

Enjoy reading the answers provided by Angie Dianetti concerning Summit.  What was your favorite part of Summit? I had not been to an STC Conference since receiving my Associate Fellow in 2010. The conference is very different, but just as impactful. I enjoyed hanging out with several of our Ohio STC leaders, including Lisa Scovern, … Continue reading…

“Terrific Engagement” Was Part of Summit

Enjoy reading the answers Tricia Spayer provided to the questions asked about Summit. What was your favorite part of Summit? Being with “my tribe.” I’ve belonged to a number of organizations, but I still feel that STC members are people who get me the most, and who energize me and make me feel the most … Continue reading…

Ohio STC Elections and Awards

Last month, the Ohio STC chapter held its election and awards virtual meeting to begin our transition into the next year, which begins in July. Ohio STC elected these people to the following positions: President: Angie Dianetti Vice President: Sue Kern Treasurer: Tricia Spayer Secretary: Lisa Sovern Paulette Tiggs automatically fills the immediate past president … Continue reading…

Career Nirvana

You may want to work with business coach Nicole Derr and her Career Nirvana program. You may remember Nicole from her presenting to our group, and you may remember that she holds an MS degree in technical communication management. Enjoy reading the following answers she provided to the questions asked. Where is a good place … Continue reading…

Newsletter (Meeting Review)

Angie Dianetti was kind enough to set up a lunch meeting (on May 21, 2024) about our newsletter.  Please stay tuned as she becomes president and writes for our newsletter.    She has much to share about Summit and ideas for our chapter as we continue to celebrate our Platinum award thanks to the leadership of … Continue reading…

President’s Column (May, 2024)

It’s kind of hard for me to believe that this will be my last President’s Column. My tenure as Ohio STC’s president is just about over.   Ohio STC has had a great 2023-2024 year. As part of last year’s president, Lisa Adair’s, leadership, Ohio STC was able to earn the Platinum Community Achievement Award for … Continue reading…

Sue Kern Is a Winner

When we held our last drawing for the winner of a $20 gift card for a contributor to Lines & Letters, Sue was the lucky winner. If you submit an article for our newsletter, you are eligible to be in our drawing. Submit articles to newsletter@neostc.org.

Get That Interview! How to Beat the Dreaded Applicant Tracking System (Webinar Review)

On March 21, 2024, Jack Molisani presented Get that Interview! How to Beat the Dreaded Applicant Tracking System, the second of the three-part Employment Readiness Series offered by the STC Ohio Chapter. Jack is an STC fellow, president of ProSpring Technical Staffing, and the executive director of The LavaCon Conference on Content Strategy and TechComm … Continue reading…

Pursuing Teaching Excellence and an Inclusive Perspective (Book Review)

Pursuing Teaching Excellence in Higher Education: Towards an Inclusive Perspective. Margaret Wood, Feng Su. 2021. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN–9781350055285. 173 pages. $35 (softcover). What do Wood and Su (who are UK-university teachers) mean when they discuss what they call an inclusive perspective? In their understanding, they include the perspective of various stakeholders interested in educational excellence. … Continue reading…

Congratulate Lisa M.

Congratulations are in order as Lisa Mileusnich was recently promoted to the position of Senior Technical Writer at Adobe.

I Cannot Control Everything Forever (Book Review)

I Cannot Control Everything Forever Emily Bloom. 2024. St. Martin’s Press. ISBN 978-1-250-28568-3. 334 pages. $29.00 (hardback) Anyone involved in practicing, researching, or teaching about technical communication (and consequently wanting to connect effectively with their audience) should find of interest how Bloom insightfully discusses in I Cannot Control Everything Forever that a person in today’s … Continue reading…

Important News on Voting and Changes to Governance

Society voting is open through April 26th. Society level voting is a little different this year. All dues paying members that renewed by 1/31/2024 should have received a ballot on 4/15/24. The ballot comes in the form of an email from Jotform, with the subject “A form has been assigned to you”. If you click … Continue reading…

March Virtual Lunch Summary – STC Summit

This month we discussed the changes to the STC Summit this year. We were joined by STC Summit Conference Cochair Kelly Shrank. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to a Summit, you will notice many changes. This year the Summit is on a weekend. The sessions begin first thing Friday morning and go … Continue reading…

President’s Column (March, 2024)

March is here and spring is in the air. March is an exciting time for many people. It signals the beginning of warmer weather, the blooming of flowers, and the planning of summer vacations. In many people’s opinion, entering the month of March causes us to feel enthusiastic about the future. I’m going to try … Continue reading…

Resume Secrets (Webinar Review)

On February 22, 2024, Jack Molisani presented Resume Secrets That Might Surprise You, the first of the three-part Employment Readiness Series offered by the STC Ohio Chapter. Jack is an STC fellow, president of ProSpring Technical Staffing, and the executive director of The LavaCon Conference on Content Strategy and TechComm Management. He is also the … Continue reading…

Rising Together (Book Review)

Rising Together: How We Can Bridge Divides and Create a More Inclusive Workplace Sally Helgesen. 2023. Hachette Book Group. ISBN: 9780306828300. 215 pages. 30.00 (hardcover). The Wall Street Journal stated that Sally Helgesen wrote “one of the best books on leadership of all time” and credited her with “bringing the language of inclusion to business” … Continue reading…

Akron UX Pros and Ohio STC (Webinar Review)

The Swapping Skills: UX Pros and Technical Communicators! webinar held on Jan. 4, 2024 was an impressive event you can view at the following site. https://www.youtube.com/@northeastohiosocietyfortec5715/videos Dan Minder of UX Akron and our own Tricia Spayer facilitated the discussion. This slide shows some of what Dan covered. If you are interested in learning more about … Continue reading…

On Gendered Pronouns and Singular “They” (Some Thoughts)

The OWL Purdue Writing Center has some interesting material on gendered pronouns and the use of – they.         See https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/grammar/pronouns/gendered_pronouns_and_singular_they.html for details such as: “Knowing that ‘they’ can be used to refer to individual people allows writers to avoid defaulting to he in regular use. It is also important for people whose genders … Continue reading…