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FTC September 2022 Newsletter

Welcome back, future technical communicators! 

The September newsletter is hot off the press. There are several items you’ll want to check out, including some very important FTC links:

Also, the first General Body Meeting (GBM) of the 2022-23 school year will be Friday, September 9, at 6:00 pm. Check out the FTC Linktree for the Zoom link. 

It’s going to be a great year, and we are glad you are here. See you around!

Click here to read the full newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/fe91dd0f1dec/september-2022-newsletter 

FTC Summer 2022 Newsletter

Hi all,

Welcome to the Summer 2022 edition of the Future Technical Communicators newsletter! Summer is here, and with that, another school year is complete. Congratulations to each of you for making it through the semester. A special shoutout goes to each of our newly graduated members and those graduating this summer. You have accomplished so much to reach this goal and your futures are bright! Know that the FTC community always has your back, and you are always welcome to stay involved; we love seeing our alumni.

Moving forward, FTC hopes to build on the foundations we set this year by refining what we have and continuing to evolve. To help our club do so, we have put together an End-of-Year survey. We would love to hear your feedback and invite you to take a few minutes to share your thoughts and ideas about your FTC experiences this year with us.

In this newsletter, you will find the following:

We look forward to seeing all that is to come for FTC and the experiences that our club’s members and leaders, both returning and new, will forge together. If there is any way that FTC can assist you, email us at ucf.ftc@gmail.com or feel free to start a conversation on our Discord server.

All the best,

John Clement

President, Future Technical Communicators club at UCF

FTC’s Year in Review (2021-2022)

By John Clement

President, Future Technical Communicators club at UCF

With a plethora of guest speaker meetings and networking events, the Future Technical Communicators club has been as active as it has ever been this past school year. We also had opportunities to make FTC go beyond just UCF in our ventures to Otronicon Tech Expo and the STC Summit, two big initiatives that our attendees had a great and informative time at. Finally, our club continues to be a big family with our social events and our active Discord. To celebrate and recognize all that and more, here is a comprehensive recap of FTC’s 2021-2022 program year.

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April 2022 Newsletter

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the April 2022 edition of FTC’s monthly newsletter! We are in the final stretch of the semester now with just one month to go. Stay diligent and reach for the finish!

As we end the semester, our club has a few more things up its sleeve for you. Next week we have a book sale fundraiser on campus, one last guest speaker meeting, and our FTC Reunion Social. Each is sure to be a fun time and we hope you can participate!

Read on for all the details. Click here if you’d like to read last month’s newsletter as well. If FTC can help you in any way, feel free to reach out to us at ucf.ftc@gmail.com.

All the best,

John Clement
President, Future Technical Communicators

March 2022 Newsletter

Hi everyone,

Welcome to FTC’s March 2022 newsletter! We hope you had a great spring break. As we enter the second half of the semester, we wish you all the best with your classes, and for those graduating, we send our encouragement to you as you reach the finish line.

So far already, this semester has been one of the most active that FTC has had yet. We are grateful for all the attendance at our weekly meetings and the guest speakers who have joined and lent us their time. Our other club initiatives have also gone well. Last month, FTC student volunteers had a fun and successful time at Otronicon, introducing tech comm to a younger audience. Beyond that, we held a tabling event on campus, hosted a t-shirt contest, and continued our mentoring program. It’s an exciting time to be part of FTC.

Currently, our club’s most ambitious initiative is reaching for the Summit. Seven of our members signed up to be attendees and have successfully received funding from the Student Government. However, our group still needs more support to reach our goal of having all our costs covered. As such, we have set up a fundraiser. Please consider contributing to and sharing it to help make this trip a reality.

We’re ready to reveal a few other announcements, too, including: (1) FTC t-shirts, now available for order, (2) leadership training for interested members happening in May, and (3) a reunion banquet at the end of the semester to celebrate our 20 year anniversary! Take a look at each one. We hope you are able to participate in and enjoy them all, and we have aimed to make each of our programs inclusive, whether you are a remote or local student.

Each week for the rest of the semester, we will continue to host general body meetings. These include guest speaker meetings and a couple of socials, including the previously mentioned reunion.

Want a birds-eye view of everything we’re offering? Look no further than our brand new table of contents below.

All the best,

John Clement
President, Future Technical Communicators

Five STC Events to Attend this February

Hi everyone,

Here are some STC webinars coming up this month! They’re focused on education and volunteering, and as such they should be helpful for STC students seeking to learn more about the field and get involved in the Society.

1. Honoring Our Own: Recognizing Your Community’s Volunteers
Date: Tuesday, February 15, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET (tomorrow)
Presenter: Lori Meyer

STC communities do great things, thanks to their hard-working volunteers. Recognizing those volunteers is a vital part of your community’s success. This webinar will discuss why recognition matters, options for recognition from both STC and your community, and how your community can create a recognition program to honor your volunteers.

Register here for the webinar: https://access.stc.org/Shared_Content/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=WEBLR21522&WebsiteKey=749f84ca-cf54-4b3c-8272-9e3fe238c6a7


2. What is Information Architecture? A Guide for Technical Communicators
Date: Thursday, 17 February 2022, 6:30-7:30 pm ET
Presenter: Neil Perlin

On Feb 17, The New England Chapter is having a webinar on “What is Information Architecture? A Guide for Technical Communicators” presented by Neil Perlin, a leader in the Tech Comm field.

The price for students is $5.00 and they only need to be an STC member (not a member of the NE chapter).

Register here for the webinar: https://www.stcnewengland.org/2022/01/26/february-program-information-architecture/


3. We Are TechComm KnowledgeXchange: New Member Meet-Up
Date: 18 February at 3:00 PM ET

If you are new to tech comm or STC, then join in! Bring your questions and ideas and attend one session or all. Registration is not required, and attendance is free.

Learn more: http://ow.ly/sQaX50HSQsB


4. How and Why to Get Involved: A Student Leader Perspective
Date: Tuesday, February 22, from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Presenter: John Clement

I’ll be presenting at this one!

Are you a leader in a professional organization looking to recruit students? Are you a student looking for volunteer and leadership opportunities to get your foot in the door of the technical communications industry?

Please join the Rochester STC chapter for a conversation with John Clement about how to get students more involved in professional organizations. Rochester’s Amanda Patterson will be sitting down with John to hear his story about becoming a student leader in STC and the Future Technical Communicator’s club. Along the way, we are going to talk about what he is hearing from student volunteers (and soon-to-be volunteers), what challenges students face when volunteering, and what students are looking for in volunteer opportunities.

Bring your questions and your volunteer opportunities!

Register here for the webinar: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-and-why-to-get-involved-a-student-leader-perspective-tickets-265435413467?aff=ebdsoporgprofile


5. STC-FTC Joint Meeting: Where are they now?
Date: Friday, February 25, from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET
Presenters: Past FTC Leaders

Just a reminder that this month’s STC Florida meeting is ALSO an FTC meeting! An annual collaboration between our two organizations, this year’s joint meeting will be in celebration of 20 years of FTC history, bringing in guest speakers from the club’s past. We’ll be sharing all the details on our end as it gets closer. If you’re already all-in, you can RSVP on the chapter’s website.

RSVP: https://stc-orlando.org/event/stc-ftc-joint-meeting-where-are-they-now-ft-past-ftc-leaders/


Finally, did you know that STC’s main website now has an event calendar? It features online meetings and webinars from throughout the community that you can join. Check it out using the link below.

February 2022 Newsletter

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the February 2022 edition of the FTC newsletter! Would you believe it if I told you that our club is just over two decades old now? It’s incredible to think about. In celebration of this, we’re planning something special. Each year we have a joint meeting with STC Florida, and this time around, it will also be a reunion of sorts. We will be bringing back former FTC leaders to guest speak with us! It will be a panel to remember.

That’s not the only reason this month will be a big one for FTC. We have three guest speaker events total happening that you won’t want to miss:

  • Friday, February 4, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — L3Harris Guest Speaker Presentation
  • Friday, February 11, 6:00 – 7:30 PM — Resume Righting ft. Guest Speaker John Paz
  • Friday, February 25, 6:30 – 8:30 PM — STC-FTC Joint Meeting: Where are they now? ft. Past FTC Leaders

Each event will be held fully online over Zoom and is open to everyone. Yes, everyone. Current member? Graduated? Ambiguously-in-between? Absolutely! Bring your technical communication questions and come ready to receive great technical communication advice and even make new connections at each. We’d love to see everyone attend this month’s events.

Other things to note:

  • We’d still like to know who is interested in learning about or attending the STC Summit. If so, please fill out our brief interest form by February 11.
  • We have a few new FTC articles coming your way this month, some topic-based and others about available job and internships out there. Be on the lookout!
  • FTC will be attending Otronicon on the weekend of Feb 18. There will be no GBM that weekend, but if you’ll be attending the expo, you’re more than welcome to visit our group.

Read on for more. See you around soon at our upcoming programs!

All the best,

John Clement
President, Future Technical Communicators

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