by Julie Ford, assistant professor of technical communication
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.,March 31, 2005— Jennifer Bracken, a junior majoring in Technical Communication at New Mexico Tech, has won a Student Achievement Award from the Kachina New Mexico Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication.
In the nomination, Bracken is described as a hard working, dedicated student with leadership abilities who also serves as STC student chapter secretary. Bracken has been invited to serve on campus-wide committees, including serving last Spring as the only student on a hiring committee for a Humanities department faculty position.
Technical Communication Program Director Julie Ford says, “From conversations with Jennifer I know that her future goals include graduate studies. Not only am I confident about Jennifer’s abilities to succeed in graduate school, but I very much look forward to someday being able to consider her a colleague in the field of technical communication.”
Bob Johnson, STC Kachina Chapter President, presented Bracken, as well as the top technical communication students from UNM and NMSU, with a certificate and a scholarship check for $250 at the ceremony held March 25 at UNM.
Following the ceremony, a group of 25 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: Judy Prono, LANL; Bob Johnson, Ktech; Ellen Torgrimson, DBS&A; MaryJane Long, BIA; and Jonathan Price, Ktech. Representing UNM was Scott Sanders. Rick Mott and Julie Ford represented New Mexico Tech’s faculty.
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.