by Ellen Cline
Albuquerque, N.M., April 24, 2007 — New Mexico Tech senior JW McFarland was presented with a certificate and a scholarship check for $250 at a ceremony held April 21 at the University of New Mexico. Jonathan Price, Society for Technical Communication (STC) Kachina Chapter President, made the presentation to McFarland, as well as to top technical communication students from UNM and NMSU, Students were selected for their outstanding academic work in the technical communications programs and their contribution to the school’s programs.
A major in Technical Communication with a minor in Electrical Engineering, McFarland is President of the New Mexico Tech chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, and participates in student government. He is a member of Sigma Tau Chi, the STC’s National Student Honor Society.
Rick Mott, associate professor of technical communication at New Mexico Tech, says, “JW McFarland has been a tremendous asset to the Technical Communication program at New Mexico Tech because of his contributions in the classroom, on the campus, and in his home community.”
JW has served as the Public Information Officer for the NMT Student Senate; as the advertising manager for the university's newspaper, Paydirt; as a longtime (7 years) production editor for a small, community newspaper in Alamogordo, N.M., and as a technical writer for a Socorro-area business named iniCom.
Following the ceremony, a group of students asked questions of a panel of professional technical communicators about careers, resumes, and portfolios. Responding to student questions were panelists from the Kachina Chapter: Bob Johnson, Ktech; Sheina North, SAIC; MaryJane Long, BIA; and Ellen Cline, freelance writer. Representing UNM was Scott Sanders.
About STC: STC is an individual membership organization dedicated to advancing the art and science of technical communication. It is the largest organization of its type in the world. Its 18,000 members include technical writers and editors, content developers, documentation specialists, technical illustrators, instructional designers, academics, information architects, usability and human factors professionals, visual designers, Web designers and developers, and translators — anyone whose work makes technical information available to those who need it.