Author Archives: Ashwini Tharval

Technical Literacy Award 2017

The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District has revealed their plan to enrich the annual district-wide science fair (Science Odyssey) for grades 1 to 12 to include a separate award for notebook quality starting in 2018. This reflects the integration of literacy and science activities that the East Bay STC chapter has supported for many years. A future newsletter article will discuss how this notebook award rolls out as details become available.

East Bay Chapter to WordPress – 4 May 2017 [Meeting]

We are excited to share with you our new chapter website in WordPress!

  • I’ll talk about some of the reasons we made this move.
  • We’ll take a tour through the new site so you can see how to reach the information you want. This is your chance to ask your questions and to tell us what you want to see on the website.
  • If there’s time, we’ll also look at how to use WordPress to update information on a page, or how to write a post (an article) for our newsletter.

This migration also creates opportunities not available before. You can now help the chapter while at the same time building your resume. It means you can volunteer without having to take on a big job. You can even volunteer without having to come to meetings!

Come if you want to learn about our new website, come if you’re interested in learning about WordPress! And please come even if you already have WordPress experience — we’d love to hear your input. Continue reading

Editor’s Message – 2016-Q4

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoyed reading our President’s Message about how she started her career as a technical communicator. In fact, it inspired me to mention my own humble beginnings!

I owe my first tech comm job-Technical Editor at Kaiser Permanente – to EBSTC.

I was volunteering as the newsletter editor (same as now) and the then – president of EBSTC managed a team of writers at Kaiser Permanente. She called me out of the blue one day to tell me about an urgent opening in her group and asked me if I was interested. Of course, I was! I started at Kaiser Permanente the very next week as a contractor and was hired as an employee three months later. The power of STC!

Go to the STC website and renew your membership as soon as you can. Don’t forget to select the East Bay Chapter as your chapter. And just so you know, EBSTC’s ever-popular Holiday Party scheduled for December 1 will cost STC members only $10 (non-members pay $20).

If we have inspired you to reminisce about your own tech comm or STC anecdotes, please share them with us and we’ll publish them in our newsletter.

Happy Holidays!

Ashwini Tharval
Managing Editor

Editor’s Message – 2016-Q3

Welcome back to another issue of the Devil Mountain Views. As we move towards the final quarter of 2016, STC has opened the 2017 membership seasonmembership season. Renew today to get a discount on your membership. (Use the promo code STC2017 on the last page of the online application.)

The final quarter of the year also means it’s time for Touchstone, the Northern California Technical Communications Competition. The deadline for submission is Saturday, October 8, 2016. You can learn more in our article about Touchstone.

In this issue, we also bring you the resources and details of a technical writing workshop held by T.R. Girill (STC Fellow). T. R. has been elemental in leading and promoting our technical literacy project. You can also read about our September meeting and access the presentation on how to lead and thrive in a content-rich world.

If you are interested in writing a newsletter article, a dinner meeting report or a book review, we welcome your participation. Please contact me with your ideas.

Ashwini Tharval
Managing Editor

Editor’s Message – 2016-Q2

DMV Marches On – Albeit Slowly

This issue of Devil Mountain Views (DMV) comes a bit later than expected. We are at the beginning of the third quarter in the blink of an eye. EBSTC will take its annual summer break and will resume monthly programs in September.

Our feature article in this issue is about the benefits of volunteering at EBSTC – benefits to your career as well as to the chapter.

Additionally, you can also read highlights from some of our recent programs, such as Acing Your Interview (Andrew Davis), How to be Acquired (Meg Miranda) and Responsive EPUB (Scott Prentice).

If you are interested in writing a newsletter article, a dinner meeting report or a book review, we welcome your participation. Please contact me with your ideas.

Ashwini Tharval
Managing Editor