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STC Twin Cities Community
Minnesota State STC chapter members participated in the Twin Cities
chapter’s 2005-2006 STC competition. Five students and one instructor
served as volunteer judges.
Five Technical Communication graduate students, Gretchen Herrick,
Arlandis Jones, Andrew Robertson, Kevin Sanderfoot, and Denise Ware,
joined by faculty member Lee Tesdell, assisted in judging entries. The
entries were from the Lone Star chapter in the Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
area. The Lone Star chapter, in turn, judged the entries that were
submitted to the Twin Cities chapter.
The judging effort was coordinated by graduate student Kevin Sanderfoot,
who is also president of the student chapter. First, several students
attended the judges training session held in the Twin Cities. Second,
all judges met on campus at MSU to receive the entries and learn how the
judging procedure. Third, after filling out their own judging forms, all
judges met to reconcile their evaluations of each entry. Finally, Kevin
delivered the entries and evaluation forms to the Twin Cities chapter
for final tabulation.
The awards banquet was held Tuesday, January 10, 2006, 5 pm to 9:30 pm
in Minneapolis, MN. The event was called “A Chorus of Stars—Displaying
Shining Examples of Brilliant Technical Communication.”
The winners in each of the three categories, Online Communication
Competition, Technical Art Competition, and Technical Publications
Competitions, were announced.
The keynote speaker, Mark Hanigan, spoke on “Shining Stars Light our
Future Paths—Technical Communication Evolutions in the 21st Century”
Mark is an STC Fellow from Tampa, Florida, and an inspirational
Information for interested entrants or volunteer judges for the
2006-2007 competition is available from the Twin Cities STC website:
World Usability Day Field Trip
November 3, 2005
This year, the MSU STC chapter attended the World Usability
Day festivities at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. The day
included information sessions on usability issues, a tour of the U
of M's usability lab, and dinner with members of the U of M's tech comm
program and the usability lab staff.
World Usability Day Field Trip Pictures