Update: See the related webinar on November 11, 2016.
The Instructional Design & Learning (IDL) special interest group of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) invites graduate- and undergraduate-level students to become published before graduating. Here are the basics of the program:
- Undergraduate- or graduate-level students submit an original article to us about some aspect of instructional design. If we choose to publish it in our newsletter, IDeaL: Design for Learning, the student receives a complimentary STC student membership, which includes a membership in the IDL Special Interest Group (SIG).
- With the student’s permission, once we publish their article we will submit it to STC’s Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK). If the editors decide to include the student’s article in the TCBOK, he or she earns an additional year’s STC/IDL membership (or an equivalent award if they no longer qualify for student membership because they’ve graduated).
- Once published, students can link to their article from their résumé and possibly on their LinkedIn profile page—ideally gaining an edge in becoming employed after graduation.
Go to http://www.stcidlsig.org/students/youcanbepublished/ to get the entry packet for submitting an article. Kindly do the following to inform others of this offer:
- Share this information with your friends and acquaintances who are students or who work closely with college students.
- Stress the deadline of December 31, 2016.
We look forward to helping students take advantage of this win-win opportunity to be published before graduating!
Student Outreach Committee Chair
IDL SIG of STC
By Ben Woelk
The STC Rochester Treasurer received a request that appeared to come from the STC Rochester President to transfer funds to a beneficiary. The email was fraudulent and only appeared to come from the STC Rochester President email address. However, the attacker had the names of the president and treasurer correct.
Here’s the message text:
From: NAME <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:51:58 -0600
Subject: TRANSFER REQUEST
TREASURER NAME, I'll need you to process a transfer of 1,900USD to a vendor. Let me know if you are available so i can send you the beneficiary details immediately.
Sent from my iPhone
As a security professional, I’ve seen this type of attack across many industries, but attackers are now targeting small businesses and non-profit organizations.
What Should I do to Keep Safe?
The best defense against this type of attack is having sufficient financial controls/processes in place so that someone cannot inadvertently respond and send any funds. (Note that the funds will not be recoverable.) If you don’t have processes in place to ensure that requests for funds are reviewed before being released, you need to put those processes in place now.
If you do fall victim to an attack, you should notify your local law enforcement and your financial institution. Change your email and banking passwords immediately.
If you receive an unexpected email with an attachment, verify with the sender before opening the attachment. Your antivirus program (and you need one, even if you’re using a Mac) may not detect the attachment as malicious, so you’ll need to scan your computer.
Ben Woelk, CISSP
Information Security Office Program Manager
Rochester Institute of Technology
Senior Member, Society for Technical Communication
Author of Shockproofing Your Use of Social Media: Staying Safe Online, available on Amazon Kindle.
The STC CAC invites all leaders past, present and future to join us for a morning of connecting and learning. Please join us for the #STC16 Leadership Program on Sunday May 15, 2016 from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm PDT at the Anaheim Marriott Platinum 3 & 4.
The program handout is now available in pdf format. STC16 Leadership Program Trifold
See more about the event on the STC Summit schedule.
You may be aware the STC is not-for-proft*, but did you realize that your chapter is included in that non-profit status? Being a nonprofit affords certain advantages, such as filling out an extremely simplified tax form. However, you may not have been aware of some of the other benefits the nonprofit status grants your chapter. If your chapter president or treasurer does not have a copy of the STC nonprofit form, contact STC community relations to ask for a digital copy.
Note: SIGs are chartered differently than chapters, and some of these tips may not apply to them, such as the Donations and AmazonSmile tip.
- Discounted fees on PayPal and Eventbrite. If you fax them proof of your nonprofit status, their fees will be reduced for your transactions.
- Special bank account rates. If you prove to your bank or credit union that your community is nonprofit, you may be eligible for fee-free accounts, or discounts on your fees. If your bank still charges fees, shop around for a bank that doesn’t charge.
- Set up a donation button using PayPal and put it on your community website. As a nonprofit, your community can accept donations, and the donors can claim it as a charitable gift.
- Set up AmazonSmile to gain money from purchases on Amazon.com. AmazonSmile is a free service that takes a percentage of your Amazon purchases and gives it to a registered nonprofit. Whoever selects your chapter as their charity will automatically make free donations to it whenever they purchase items on Amazon.com. A search on smile.amazon.com for “society for technical communication” brings up many results, all for different communities along with the main STC organization.
Take these ideas to the bank and start saving and earning today!