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Spectrum 2015, our 56th conference will be held March 29-31, 2015 at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The conference is produced by the Rochester Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication.
Founded in 1958, the Rochester Chapter is based in upstate New York. Although most of our members live and work in the metropolitan Rochester area, we are geographically diverse, with members living in several surrounding counties. STC-Rochester serves the needs of its members by:
Our membership includes writers, editors, graphic designers, business owners, managers of corporate publications department, educators, and students. With more than 6,000 members worldwide, STC is the largest professional organization devoted to the advancement of the theory and practice of technical communication.
Our members provide a wide range of technical communications services within a variety of industries, such as computer hardware and software, photographic imaging, medicine and health care, telecommunications, community service, and education.
In April 2009, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our chapter’s technical communication conference, spectrum, the longest running of its kind in the area.
February 2, 2015 Registration opens for Spectrum 2015.
March 2, 2015 Hotel Reservations close for Spectrum 2015.
March 6, 2015 Early Bird Registration expires for Spectrum 2015.
Sunday, March 29, 2015 Leadership Program (1/2 day, afternoon) and pre-conference speakers reception
Monday, March 30, 2015 Spectrum 2015 (full day)
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Post-conference Workshops (full day or 1/2 day, morning and/or afternoon)
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Spectrum 2011 was an outstanding experience for me, as a presenter and an attendee. Presenter notables: excellent communication from the chapter, clear instructions on registering, visiting Rochester, and preparing to attend. Attendee notables: outstanding organization, almost flawless execution, and inspiring sessions. I particularly enjoyed attending Hannah Morgan's "Using Social Media to Enhance Your Career" talk and have already put in use a social media action plan. I am impressed that so many of your competition award winners were in attendance to receive their professionally presented awards. Good job, Spectrum 2011 committee! from Barrie Byron, Spectrum presenter and attendee ———————- Barrie Byron Contact infoE-mail: email@example.comTwitter: @barriebyronLinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/barriebyronBlog: barriebyron.wordpress.com
I led a workshop called “Grassroots Documentation Testing” at the Spectrum conference. It was the first time I’ve presented outside of my home chapter, and it was a good venue for a newbie. I got specific, respectful feedback , and I got to speak with some of the attendees afterward. This kind of interaction happens at the STC annual Summit, too, but the smaller conference size at Spectrum means that the common gatherings are more intimate. I enjoy getting to new cities, comparing chapters and job markets. I only got to see a few glimpses of Rochester, but my speaker gifts (a photo book of Rochester locales and a book of wine pairings and recipes from the Canandaigua Wine Trail) will probably help lure me back for a longer stay next time. Talking with RIT students was pretty encouraging. I spoke with two undergraduates: one who had a dual major and one who had a triple major. I think it’s smart that students interested in journalism, advertising, entrepreneurship, and psychology find value in a technical communications conference. It’s all related, and to miss that is to miss valuable skills and valuable content. Also: a Rochester Flare User Group? I’m totally jealous of that. Kristi Leach is a technical communicator new to the Chicago area. She has experience documenting complex software, conducting customer research, and content planning for STC community sites. Kristi Leach, Spectrum speaker and attendee ------------ Contact info Twitter: @kristilBlog: http://whytechcomm.com
Pamela KosturParallax Communications
While there's nothing wrong with Summit and its hundreds of attendees, it's the small conferences that allow people to really connect, both in and out of the sessions. And, Spectrum is fast becoming my favourite smaller conference. This was my second year attending and presenting. The STC Rochester chapter members seem to care very much about their profession and it shows in their eager participation in and excellent organization of the conference. It was an excellent program; so much (almost too much!) to chose from. I would have liked to have had more time to socialize and share stories, and to reconnect with friends made last year! -- Pamela Kostur Parallax Communications Contact firstname.lastname@example.org: @Pamela_Parallaxhttp://www.parallax.ca/
The topics at Spectrum 2015 were very applicable to my work and will help in furthering my career. I can't wait to put the things I learned into practice! Denise May, Marketing Coordinator, Erdman Anthony
Elaine Shepardson Lanni
Well organized to the last detail, Spectrum 2015 exceeded my expectations! Captivating speakers, appealing venue and plenty of networking opportunities. Thank you STC Rochester for a fun and worthwhile conference.
This conference was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Leadership day offered a lot of great information we could all use, regardless of whether we are a current leader. The conference day (Monday) may have looked like a long day on the schedule, but it was jam-packed with so many great sessions, plus opportunities to relax, breathe, and have fun, that the day went by in a flash! Spectrum is truly well-organized and well-executed. I highly recommend the Spectrum conference to re-charge your career and STC spirit. - Tricia Spayer, STC Associate Fellow (Cleveland, OH)
Hannah Morgan, CareerSherpa.net
Attending Spectrum is an amazing learning experience! It exposes me to new ideas and trends and the people are so welcoming! Great event!
Mary Elise (Mel) Dedicke
The Spectrum conference is a gem in Central NY. What a treat to have STC officers as well as experts in the techcomm field come to Rochester for networking and education. As an Albany, NY resident who can never travel to the international Summit, this conference is not an opportunity I believe I can afford to miss; it pays great career dividends. The STC Rochester council runs an impressive and well-organized program, and I appreciate how welcoming they are to out-of-towners like me. I loved coming back home with so much new information to reflect on, follow up on, and immediately apply to my current work. ~ Mary Elise (Mel) Dedicke
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