Boston Broadside
May/June 2001
Vol. 58, No. 5

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President's Message: Denise Dunne Bids Farewell

Director-Sponsor's Report: STC's 48th Annual Conference

Avid Takes Top Honors at Competitions2000

Review of e-Video: Producing Internet Video as Broadband Technologies Converge

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President's Message:
Denise Dunne Bids Farewell

by Denise Dunne

May already! How time flies when you're having fun. I can't believe my year as president is coming to an end. I remember writing my first President's Message and reviewing the tasks that were upon us. We all wondered how these tasks would be accomplished. But, with a fantastic council and outstanding committee members who worked hard all year round, we accomplished a lot. I have always known what a great professional society we all belong to. As president, I have seen firsthand the diligence, integrity, honesty, and plain hard work that many Boston Chapter volunteers contribute. The amount of drive and self-confidence that they have put into getting things done amazes me. Thank you all for making this a wonderful and productive year. Give yourselves a round of applause for belonging to and participating in such a great organization.

Highlights for 2000-2001

Our Internet Committee accomplished a great deal this year. First, the chapter Web site received a whole new look. Then chat rooms, forums, Web polls, the STC Volunteer Bank, and the Online Broadside were gradually added. You can now register and pay online for programs, banquets, competitions' entries, and other chapter events using Pay Pal. You can also update your personal contact information through our Web site. Thanks to Richard Feitelberg, Jen Rose, and their committee for their great efforts.


Our programs coordinator was busy this year. We had five programs, one workshop, the Competitions Award Banquet, the Competitions Showcase, and an event for the Carol A. Landers "Spirit of Volunteering" award and fund. And we're not done yet! Please join us at our June program to welcome in the new council for the 2001-2002 year. We will also be presenting the "Spirit of Volunteering" award and many other chapter awards to recognize our volunteers' hard work and dedication. See the STC Boston home page for updated information.


We all had a great time at the STACI Competitions 2000 Gala Awards Banquet. There were over 130 attendees. This year, there were 224 entries and 159 awards. Saul Carliner's presentation, "Lessons from the Idiot Box," was informative and creative. Thanks to Linda Holiner, Ellen Lidington, Donna Ayers, Helen Chen, Margaret Winters, Paul Priola, Sandra Sabetty, and all of the Competition's Committee, judges and volunteers who participated in this year's event.

Boston Broadside

We transitioned our award-winning Boston Broadside from a paper-based newsletter to a Web-based one with the January/February issue. Many issues from the past few years are available on the Broadside Online section of the chapter's Web site. Kudos to Amy Anson, Richard Feitelberg, Jon Baker, Jen Rose, Ann Bruce, and the rest of the Broadside Committee for the conversion. Thank you to Amy Anson for an outstanding job as Managing Editor.


Our student committee visited many colleges and universities this year to introduce the STC to students. Students are encouraged to join STC and to apply for the Ed Carbrey Scholarship. Thanks to Taryn Light, Joel Sklar, and Beth Britt for their hard work with these programs. Thanks to Arnie Miller for working the many corporations to get STC recognition. Thanks to Lori Gillen, who has worked hard with our community services initiatives.

Thanks to Barbara Casaly, who was very busy this past year posting many contract and permanent jobs in the Job Bank. Barbara worked with Taryn Light, Richard Feitelberg, and Jon Baker to develop an STC Volunteer Job Bank. We have been able to fill many important positions from this Job Bank; please take a look! Kudos to you all. Thanks, again, to Barbara Casaly and John Minnitti, for developing the Salary Survey. I know many members were very interested in these statistics this year. Thanks to Immediate Past President Jon Baker for his hard work in developing the membership survey. I also want to thank Jon for helping me through my year as president; he was always available to help with policies and procedures and to help me work through various situations.


Congratulations to Deborah Sauer for becoming an STC Fellow and to Nan Fritz for becoming an Associate Fellow. Congratulations to Saul Carliner, who won the Frank R. Smith Outstanding Article Award for 2000.

Thank you all for supporting me. Have a great summer!

Denise Dunne is president of Microtech Professionals in Waltham, MA.

May 1, 2001