Jan. 21, 2012 STC Touchstone Awards

On January 21, 2012 in Oakland at the Highland Hills Country Club, STC Berkeley Chapter hosted this year’s Touchstone Awards. The competition is intense and the judging is tough. The STC Silicon Valley Chapter website won an award. As the content developer, I accepted the award on behalf of Todd Hawley who manages the site, the late Viki Maki who led the original team and Doug Wray who designed and built the beautiful website. I am grateful to the people I worked with and the organizers of the Touchstone competition. I don’t know how to top this. I walked out to my car after the event and saw the lights of the city below me. It was good way to start of the Year of the Dragon. Below are all the winners.

Touchstone 2011-12 Awards

The six Northern California chapters of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) sponsor an annual technical communication competition. We submit winners in the Distinguished category to the Society-level competitions, where they compete with entries from around the world.

Distinguished Awards

The entry is clearly superior in all areas. It contains no major flaws, and few, if any, minor flaws. It applies the principles of technical communication in an outstanding way, particularly in the way it anticipates and fulfills the needs of its audience.

Autodesk Inventor WikiHelp: Autodesk: Kristen Kent, Claudia Wood

Sonoma Medicine: Sonoma County Medical Association: Steve Osborn, Cynthia Melody, Linda McLaughlin, Erika Goodwin, Rachel Pandolfi

Excellence Awards

The entry consistently meets high standards in all areas. It might contain a single major flaw or a few minor flaws. The entry clearly demonstrates an exceptional understanding of technical communication principles.

Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac User’s Guide: Parallels: Jason Cabassi, Andrey Starovoitov, Christina Kajtsa, Tanya Romanova

Chatter Video Library: salesforce.com, Dean Atchison, Noella Tavares, Sarah Marovich

Merit Awards

The entry consistently meets high standards in most areas. It might contain a small number of major or minor flaws but it still applies technical communication principles in a highly proficient manner.

Advent Revenue Center 3.0: Completing Your Billing Cycle: Advent Stewart Florsheim, Heather Donnell

Moxy 7: Using the Portfolio Manager: Advent: Stewart Florsheim, John Biasatti

AT3545G Full Spectrum DWDM Transmitters—Installation and Activation Guide: Aurora: Vince Swanson: Ed Perry, Greg Heath

GT3410A T1/E1 Access Module Installation and Activation Guide TM 87-10444: Aurora: Fred M Wickersham, Shridhar Kulkarni, Chuck Becker, Ed Perry

TN-10-002—OR4148H RFoG and TN-10-007—OR4168H RFPON Diplexer/Return Receiver Installation and Setup: Aurora: Vince Swanson, Ed Perry, Glenn Carley

AutoCAD User Assistance Videos: Autodesk: Jonathan Geary, Allen Lowe, Marianne Schwerdtfeger

Energy IQ: Australia’s Champion of Conservation: Chevron, Claire Tom, Wai Tu

Corel Painter 12 Getting Started Guide: Corel: Carmen Humplik, Nadezda Vladimirova, Ludmila Minkova, Corel Painter Development Team

Oracle PeopleSoft Information Development – Hosted Documentation Website: Oracle, Hideto Kishi, Jessica True, Lisa Brown

Oracle PeopleSoft Information Development – PeopleSoft Information Portal: Oracle: Greg Parikh, Race Bannon

Oracle PeopleSoft Information Development – Upgrade Resources Report Tool: Oracle: Greg Parikh, Laurice Strickland

Pegasus Product Manual, v1.0: PROMISE Technology: Daniel Doornbos

Chatter Help: salesforce.com, Sarah Marovich, Lauren Pederson, Chris McGuire, Kristen Powell, Noella Tavares, Liane Yee, Stefanie Andersen, Sheri Bernard

Database.com Workbook: salesforce.com, Jon Mountjoy, Mike Jacobsen

ISVforce Workbook, salesforce.com, Mario Korf

Java for Heroku Workbook: salesforce.com, Mark Leonard, James Ward

STC Silicon Valley Website: STC Silicon Valley Chapter: DJ Cline, Todd Hawley, Doug Wray

vSphere 5 Videos: VMWare: Renate Kempf, Amy Bowman, Chuck Potter, Doreen Kasson, Gary Gray, Diane Huffman, Svetlana Voskoboinikova

NanoSec Product Guide: Write Quick: Monique Semp


The following people evaluated the entries: Mysti Berry, Melody Brumis, DJ Cline, Nathaniel Lim, Patrick Lufkin, Michael Meyer, Joy Montgomery, Chris Muntzer, Bruce Poropat, Frank Ripp, Vince Swanson, Gail Waldron, and Prescott Williams.


The following people volunteered in non-judging roles: Guy Haas, Judith Herr, Misty Herr, Joe Humbert, Patrick Lufkin, and Richard Mateosian.

Copyright 2012 DJ Cline All rights reserved.