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Committees

Committees are established to help the president and Administrative Council (AC) run various aspects of the Chapter and fulfill their responsibilities to the membership. Committee managers are appointed by the Chapter president.

The current STC Chicago communities are Alliance, Bylaws, Byline, Competition, eLearning and Technology Showcase, Historian, Internships, Membership, Nominating, Programs, Publicity/Marketing, Scholarships, Science Fair, Sponsorship, and Web/Online. For more information about committees, see the STC Chicago Officer and Committee Manager Handbook.

Alliance

Committee Manager: Linda Jansak

The Chicago Alliance is comprised of professional groups in Chicago related to human development in the workplace. In STC Chicago, the Alliance Committee promotes our events to the alliance and the alliance’s events to STC Chicago. The committee also encourages alliance collaboration through officer meetings, a presence at the eLearning & Technology Showcase, and by managing the Chicago Alliance calendar.

Bylaws

Committee Manager: Dan Dornbrook

Composed of its manager and senior members, the Bylaws Committee advises the AC. They also review the bylaws every to years and propose changes if needed to ensure they are in agreement with STC governing documents and Chapter practice.

Byline

Committee Manager:  Michael Burke

Byline, the monthly e-newsletter for STC Chicago, informs the membership about news and events relevant to the Chapter or STC. The Byline Committe is reponsible for producing the publication and soliciting articles from members and officers.

Competition

Committee Manager: MK Grueneberg

STC Chicago conducts an annual Technical Communication Competition, allowing members and organizations within the community to showcase their work while getting valuable feedback from veterans in the field. In addition to managing the judging of entries, the Competition Committee works with the Programs Committee to organize the annual Chapter Recognition and Awards Banquet.

eLearning and Technology Showcase

Committee Managers: Linda Jansak

The eLearning & Technology Showcase committee participates in the planning, execution, and evaluation of the eLearning Showcase, our annual, one-day conference featuring presentations on the role of new media and interactive methods in organizational training. This conference brings together 400+ attendees to learn, network, and celebrate Chicago as a world-class center for elearning. The Showcase is run entirely by volunteers and is hosted by STC Chicago and our association partners: CISPI and CCASTD.

Volunteer opportunities are available in a number of areas, including General Management, Facilities, Finance, Speakers, Sponsorship, Marketing Communications, Registration, Catering, and Evaluation. The eLearning & Technology Showcase committee establishes expectations and requirements and regularly updates the Administrative Council on needs and progress. Since its inception in 2008, the conference has taken place each year in Chicago during the month of August.

History

Committee Manager: Bill Leavitt

The history committee is managed by the chapter historian, who collects and saves chapter materials, such as the newsletter, chapter souvenirs, awards brochures, records of local conferences, bylaws, minutes, financial reports, important papers, and other materials as directed by the administrative council.  The committee also keeps records of chapter leaders by year, provides historical articles from time to time, and manages historical celebrations.  The committee coordinates with the STC international office to keep certain files and records at that location.

Internships

Committee Manager: Elizabeth Gecas

The Internships committee works together with local university and college faculty members to promote and offer internships to students who wish to continue their education in the field of technical communication by gaining experience in business and industry.  The committee is responsible for gathering information from local businesses looking to fill technical communication roles and passing that information to students to pursue intern opportunities.  Additionally, this committee looks for opportunities within the Chapter to provide internship roles.

Membership

Committee Manager: Dan Dornbrook

The Membership Committee is responsible for planning and conducting an annual membership drive to gain new members, encouraging member renewal, and improving the participation of inactive members. They are also responsible for welcoming new members and answering questions about membership benefits.

Nominating

Committee Manager: Dan Dornbrook

Two Nominating Committee members are elected by the Chapter membership each year and serve two-year terms. Committee members’ responsibilities include selecting Administrative Council candidates (with input from Chapter officers and members), preparing the ballot, explaining office responsibilities to each nominee, and counting election votes.

Programs

Committee Manager: MK Grueneberg

The Programs Committee coordinates Chapter events including monthly Chapter meetings, the annual business meeting, and the annual Chapter Recognition and Awards Banquet. The committee also conducts surveys to help determine membership interest in programs and venues, prepares an annual budget, arranges for coordinates with program speakers, and ensures proper equipment and supplies (computers, name tags, refreshments, etc.) are provided at each meeting.

Scholarships

Committee Manager: Russ Friend

The Scholarships Committee works with local educators to solicit entrants, reviews applications and recommends winners, and ensures the scholarship is properly delivered.

Social Media

Committee Manager: Elizabeth Gecas

In addition to publicizing the Chapter’s achievements and activities (via social media and other outlets), the Publicity/Marketing Committee publishes the At-A-Glance bulletin.

Sponsorship

Committee Manager: Francis Bao

The Sponsorship Committee is active throughout the chapter program year and consists of a manager and one or more member volunteers. The committee secures advertisers for inclusion in the bi-monthly eNewsletter, Byline, and for program meetings and the annual Chapter Recognition and Awards Banquet. See the Sponsorship tab.

Web/Online

Committee Manager: Mandy Morgen

The Web/Online Committee is responsible for maintaining the Chapter’s website. This involves insuring the site is always updated with current information, uploading articles and publications to the site, archiving (or removing) old articles and publications, and providing administrative access to the appropriate officers and committee managers.

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