Boston Broadside
November/December 2001
Vol. 59,  No. 2
    Newsletter of the Boston Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication


Copyright © STC Boston 2001

Society Highlights

By Shuiwan Cheung

Dewitt Jones Videos Available

Many attendees at STC's 48th Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, expressed interest in videotapes of the keynote presentation by Dewitt Jonesprofessional speaker, photojournalist, and award-winning documentary filmmaker.

Products similar to Jones' STC presentation can be ordered from Jones' Web site.

Dues Renewal Invoices To Be Mailed Soon

Dues renewal invoices for the 2002 Society year will be mailed in late November. Dues are payable on January 1, 2002. A grace period extends to February 28, 2002. Only members who have paid their dues by February, 2002, will be eligible to vote in STC elections this spring.

Honor Fraternity Established for Two-Year and Certificate Programs

The Society for Technical Communication has established an honorary fraternity, Alpha Sigma, to recognize students in two-year and certificate programs. Because the number of these programs is growing, more and more students are entering the field of technical communication and contributing to the Society's activities. The board of directors established Alpha Sigma to recognize these students' contributions. Alpha Sigma complements Sigma Tau Chi, the STC honorary fraternity that recognizes baccalaureate and graduate students.

Students who apply for membership in Alpha Sigma must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above, demonstrate active participation in STC, and have the potential to contribute to the profession.

If you are qualified or know of a student who meets the qualifications, then request an application from directors of academic technical communication programs, director-sponsors, and advisors of student STC chapters. Application materials are also available on the STC Web site. Students who are accepted into Alpha Sigma will be notified after the January 2002 board meeting.

New Canadian Issues SIG Signing Up Members

In May 2001, STC formed a new special interest group that is devoted to improving communication among its Canadian members. The SIG is open not only to STC's Canadian members, but to all members who are interested in Canadian issues. The SIG provides a great forum to network with other STC members in Canada and elsewhere while focusing on issues pertinent to Canadians. And membership is free for the rest of the year!

The Canadian Issues SIG links Canadian chapters, which lack a unified voice in STC because of their geographic range. It offers opportunities for Canadian members to communicate about needs, concerns, and issues that are unique to Canada by virtue of geography, economics, or politics and provides a venue to promote professional development activities for Canadian members. Keys to the success of any organization are the enthusiasm and support of its members, and the SIG welcomes members and volunteers.

A listserv for exchanging information and ideas has been established. Interested members can subscribe to the list by going to the stc-ca-l subscription page and providing the requested information. A newsletter and Web site are in the works.

If you have any questions about the Canadian Issues SIG, contact Alexa Campbell at (204) 632-2345 or .

Shiuwan Cheung is the Society Highlights columnist for the Broadside.