Because of the current COVID-19 situation, the Carolina chapter regrettably had to cancel our Awards Banquet where we usually celebrate the competition winners as well as the chapter’s achievements over the past year. Despite the cancellation, we still have much to celebrate, and the STC Carolina admin council wanted to share with you how your participation made a difference in the 2019-2020 awards and election cycle. In particular, the chapter’s individual and collective hard work led to the following awards.

Platinum Award

The Carolina chapter was awarded Platinum status for 2019, which is the highest honor that STC bestows upon a chapter (and also a step up from our previous Gold status in 2018!). Whether you attended our in-person Career Day that featured local speakers or tuned into one of our monthly educational virtual events, know that your participation was key to our chapter’s success. You can review the highlights in many of our blog event recaps.

Pacesetter Award

Not only did we secure the Platinum award, but STC Carolina was also recognized as a Pacesetter chapter for 2019, which means that we are at the top of our game in developing innovative ways to learn together as we navigate the changing world of technical communication. In particular, we achieved this by our partnership with MadCap to provide training licenses to their Flare technical authorship software for our members to learn. Special thanks to MadCap and to all the people who took advantage of this program. We’d love to hear from you about how you use Flare and what exciting projects you did in 2019 🙂

Distinguished Chapter Service Award - Christina Mayr

Every year, STC Carolina leadership nominates chapter leaders for recognition at national level. We are thrilled to share that Christina Mayr was awarded the Distinguished Chapter Service Award for her exceptional leadership and outstanding contributions as the Competitions Manager of the STC Carolina Chapter. Previously, Christina has served in many capacities, including chapter president. I’m sure I speak for many of us who know her when I say that the chapter would not be the same without her dedication, humor, and leadership!

STC election results

With the STC annual elections, we are proud to share that our very own Christina Mayr was elected to the nomination committee. This committee plays a critical role in the strategic future of the international society by finding qualified, motivated, and inspiring nominees for other STC roles. Her election also continues a tradition of many Carolina volunteers going on to make a difference at the STC-wide level. 

STC Carolina Competitions

Last but certainly not least, although we had to cancel our annual awards banquet, we want to recognize the timely, accurate, useful, and every-other-awesome-adjective-you-can-think-of work that you all submitted in 2019. Not only did we have a record number of submissions, but we also had a record number of volunteers helping to evaluate these works. Please take a moment to review the winners of Best of Show, Distinguished, Excellence, and Merit, and send a warm note to friends and colleagues you see there.

After reading through all this, I hope you feel as proud as I do to be a part of one the most vibrant communities in our profession. These awards are a reflection of the skills, volunteerism, and dedication of local practitioners to each other, as we work hard together to develop content that make a difference to the success of our users every day. We welcome you to join (or rejoin!) our chapter as we prepare to deliver similar quality content in the year ahead.

We hope that everyone in the chapter is staying safe, and if you need any technical communication resources while you’re working remote or just feel a little lonely, feel free to connect with us on our Social Media channels (you can find links in the menu bar).

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Art Berger

Art Berger

Technical Writer at IBM and VP of STC Carolina

Blog post contributed by Art Berger.