Although it has certainly been a strange year, it has also been a busy one. All of us have had to change and adapt in unexpected ways, and the Carolina chapter likewise tried to use this past year as way to experiment with different ways of connecting professionals in technical communication together. The admin council is excited to share how your involvement made all the difference in the 2020-2021 awards cycle at the Society level.

Platinum Award

The Carolina chapter was awarded Platinum status for 2021, which is the second year in a row, and the highest honor that STC bestows upon a chapter. Whether you attended our Portfolio workshop series or kept up to speed by following our various social media and announcement channels, please know that your participation was key to our chapter’s success.

Pacesetter Award

Similarly, for the second year in a row, STC Carolina was also recognized as a Pacesetter chapter for 2021. This past year, we invested in improving our virtual collaborative tooling by migrating to Google Suite for Nonprofits, which gives us the ability to provide our volunteers with personalized Google accounts so that docs, sheets, slides, and other resources that are stored in Google Drive do not take up their personal account space. It also gives us Google Meet, Chat, YouTube, Forms and other tools to connect more with our members. Want your own email and Google account? Volunteer with us!

Distinguished Chapter Service Award – Cathy Sprankle

Every year, STC Carolina leadership nominates chapter leaders for recognition at national level. We are thrilled to share that Cathy Sprankle was awarded the Distinguished Chapter Service Award for her many years as chapter Treasurer, as well as serving as a Competitions submitter, judge, and event speaker. Thank you, Cathy, for the many ways you help make our chapter shine!

STC election results

With the STC annual elections, we are proud to share that our very own Sree Pattabiraman was elected as one of two Directors of the Society. (She also received the most votes of any candidate, woot woot!) As a Director, Sree will help guide the strategic direction of the Society at large, bringing her chapter leadership experience to help improve the Society’s partnerships, membership inclusion, and advocacy of technical communication. Her election also continues a tradition of many Carolina volunteers going on to make a difference at the STC-wide level. 

Finally, we want to recognize the variety of well-written, useful, and frankly interesting submissions to our annual technical communication competition. Please take a moment to review the winners of Best of Show, Distinguished, Excellence, and Merit, and be sure to send a warm note to friends and colleagues you see there.

I hope you feel recharged after reading about all of the successes we had as a community together this past year. These awards demonstrate the hard work, talent, and consistency of our Carolina (and beyond) communicators. Please join us for an informal volunteer social on Tuesday, May 25th at 6pm, and stay tuned for more information on our annual awards banquets.

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STC Carolina membership

STC Carolina Competition

Art Berger

Art Berger

Technical Writer at IBM and President of STC Carolina

Art Berger works as a Technical Writer for IBM, where he helps create technical documentation for the company’s cloud services and open source projects. His team produces a wide range of products, including instructions, training materials, application program interface (API) documents, user interface (UI) text, command line interface (CLI) strings, error messages, videos, infographics, and more. As the President of the STC Carolinas chapter, he enjoys helping people in the local area connect with other professionals, events, and resources to succeed in their tech comm pursuits.