Calendar 2009-2010

The student chapter of STC at Minnesota State University, Mankato will be having monthly meetings online from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm CST on Thursdays. You are welcome to come in late and leave early depending on your schedule. New members (or those interested) may attend any meeting!

Spring 2010

April 15, 2010
Meeting Recording:
Meeting Minutes

Guest Speaker: D. Jill Campbell

Jill is a graduate student in the technical communication program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She will be starting her last year in the program fall 2010. She is also a Histology Coordinator for St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor's degree in English. After a few years of working reception and transcription, she decided to go back to school to get her Histotechnology certification. She received her certification from Indiana University-Perdue University, Indianapolis. After being in the histology field for seven years, she decided to put her medical experience and her English degree to work together. She started the master's program in technical communication at MSU in the spring of 2009.

She has been using technical communication for the last three years designing quality control programs, writing policies and procedures, and designing training documents at St. Luke's. She would like to work with health care facilities to design patient education materials aimed at reducing issues raised by health literacy problems.

She lives in Twin Falls, Idaho, where she takes advantage of the outdoors through snowmobiling, fishing, hiking, and gardening.


March 18, 2010
Guest Speakers: Katie Tormala and Darcie Baumann-Fern
Katie's eFolio Presentaton (pdf)

Katie Tormala provided an eFolio Workshop, demonstrating how to create your own eFolio so that you can post your course projects, resumes, awards, or other documents. Katie serves as the publication specialist for the English Department and as the STC communication officer for our chapter.

Darcie Baumann-Fern, a technical communicator for Amerilab Technologies, provided a Report from the Workplace. Amerilab specializes in effervescent tablets and produces products such as Fizzies and Drinkin' Mate. Darcie writes and revises standard operating procedures, forms, training materials, and visual guides. Darcie also has experience in document control in the medical device and automotive fields. She is a graduate of our certificate in technical communication program at MSU. 


February 25, 2010 (Employment and Resume Building)
Meeting Recording:
Meeting Minutes

Guest Speakers: The February STC meeting featured two members from the Twin Cities STC Chapter:

Joyce Lasecke, president of Fredrickson Communications, a professional services firm that provides custom training, documentation, and usability services in Minneapolis. Joyce is an active member of STC and the Professional Association of Computer Trainers (PACT).

Eileen Potter, a senior technical writer specializing in software documentation and marketing communication at Kroll Ontrack. Eileen is the vice president of STC–Twin Cities Chapter.


February 4, 2010
Meeting Recording:
Meeting Minutes

Meeting Agenda:

Fall 2009

November 19, 2009

Meeting Recording

Guest Speakers: STC Leaders Ann Grove and Linda Oestriech

Ann Grove, owner of Logical Writing Solutions, Inc., has more than 20 years of experience as a technical writer. She is currently president of the Susquehanna Valley Chapter in Central Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Philadelphia Chapter. Ann is certified in information mapping, which is a method used to efficiently analyze, organize, and present technical information.

Linda Oestreich manages a technical publications group at Hewlett Packard; she is a senior member and a past president (2007-08) of STC and led a STC delegation to China, where one of their stops included a visit to Peking University to learn about their programs in technical communication.