Revised Community Resources Available

The Community Affairs Committee (CAC) is happy to announce that several community resources have been updated and are now available.

The Community Planning Calendar has been updated and appears on the CAC website under Leadership Resources > Community Planning Calendar. This calendar offers a general guideline as to what communities should be doing throughout the year. General dates for completing applications are included, along with participating in Society-level communities. Additionally, the calendar on the CAC website has been updated to reflect some of the tasks and deadlines on the Community Planning Calendar.

Additionally, the Leadership Resources page on has been reviewed, reorganized, and revitalized. As part of the review process, documents were edited and then combined into the Community Handbook. Outdated links were removed and updated templates were added. References to the CAC Leadership Program and the CAC webinars were changed to point to the CAC website where they will be maintained going forward.

Document Retention Policies

STC has received requests about recommend document retention policies. Meanwhile, the CAC has been working to consolidate community leadership documents, and we have added a document retention template to the soon-to-be-published Community Handbook.

One resource recommended by STC is Among other recommendations, it suggests that organizations should never discard these records:

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Audit reports, from independent audits
  • Corporate resolutions
  • Checks
  • Determination Letter from the IRS, and correspondence relating to it
  • Financial statements (year-end)
  • Insurance policies
  • Minutes of board meetings and annual meetings of members
  • Real estate deeds, mortgages, bills of sale
  • Tax returns

When the new Community Handbook is published, we will let you know!

IDL SIG: Student Outreach Article Competition

Update: See the related webinar on November 11, 2016. 

IDL SIG Student Outreach Article Competition


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 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!


Sylvia Miller
Student Outreach Committee Chair