Boston Broadside
January/February 2003
Vol. 60,  No. 3
 Newsletter of the Boston Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication


Copyright © STC Boston 2003

President's Message

Happy New Year!

So What Are You Doing With It?

By Taryn Light

"Think like a person of action and act like a person of thought."

The STC Boston Chapter Council wishes you a very Happy New Year! We hope that your holidays were wonderful.

Did you make a New Year's resolution such as, "I'll help one person get a job this year!" or "I'll help my company save money this year" or "I'm going to get a job this year!" Well, whatever your New Year's resolution, focus on it and work hard to make it happen!

To help you out, and his Programs Committee have some excellent programs planned for your professional growth. Mark your calendar and come to them all. In addition, bring a non-member friend to a program and win a prize! Let me give you a preview of our upcoming programs January through June.

  • At the January 22 program, Mike Paciello will talk about "Accessibility and Section 508 Compliance." Mike will tailor his presentation to introduce this topic to folks who may not be aware of this important compliance issue that most software and hardware technical publications groups will soon be facing, if they aren't already.
  • In February, our program is all about winning! Last fall we held Technical Publications, Online, and Art Competitions. Ellen Lidington and her Competitions Committee planned The STACIEs Competitions 2002 Awards Banquet for Wednesday, February 26. Come get the inside scoop about what makes a winning entry as the top winners and their judges share their perspectives with you.
  • With the world literally at our fingertips via the Web, our March 19 program proudly presents Hans Fenstermacher starring in "Global Schmobal: What's in It for Me?" Hans will provide tips on what it means to think globally and on how you can reduce the word count in your communications to help your company save money (and possibly your job!)
  • Come to the April 16 program and learn what Chris Boucher has to say about "New Ways of Developing Help." Chris will focus on help systems architecture in the J2EE environment using the latest JSP, Titles, and Struts technology.
  • The May 14 program will delve into "Usability for Technical Writers." Check out the Programs page for more details.
  • We are also planning our June end-of-year bash. If you have any ideas for a great location, please send them to me.

I would like to personally invite you to attend all our STC programs, not just for the fabulous knowledge that you will gain, but also to enjoy getting together with fellow STCers once a month. Networking is very important, whether or not you have a job. But friendships are even more important than professional networking; they last a lifetime.

Taryn Light, President of the STC Boston Chapter, is the Content Solutions Manager at ArchiText in Methuen, MA. You can reach her at .

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