Retiring industry leader celebrated by NCRA and NCRF

From left to right: Jeremy Steele, John Wenclawski, Tiva Wood, and Michael Nelson

From left to right: Jeremy Steele, John Wenclawski, Tiva Wood, and Michael Nelson

John Wenclawski, who retired as president of Stenograph after more than 30 years with the company, was honored by NCRA and NCRF with a resolution recognizing his contributions to the court reporting and captioning professions. NCRA President Tiva Wood, RDR, CMRS, presented the resolution to Wenclawski on Feb. 7 at the Association’s Reston, Va., headquarters.

The resolution, approved by NCRA’s Board of Directors, recognizes a number of milestones in his career. Specifically, the Board recognized Wenclawski for ushering in an era of greater technological use by stenographic court reporters through computer-aided transcription, overseeing the development of lighter and faster stenographic machines, and establishing relationships with schools to aid students and new reporters as they started their careers.

Wenclawski, who joined Stenograph in 1983, was named its president in 1994. His retirement became official in December 2016. During his long career in the court reporting and captioning industry, he also served on the National Court Reporters Foundation Board of Trustees and supported both the Foundation and the profession through donations for research and programs that benefited all court reporters.

Jeremy Steele, formerly deputy general counsel for Heico, Stenograph’s parent company, has succeeded Wenclawski. Steele was on hand as Wenclawski received the resolution recognizing his contributions to the profession.

 

Enter to win a custom-made Luminex from Stenograph

Luminex

Image by Stenograph

Attendees at the 2016 NCRA Convention & Expo, being held Aug. 4-7 at the Hilton Chicago, can take a chance at winning a custom-made Luminex shorthand machine. This prize, valued at $5,300, has been designed and generously donated by Stenograph for a raffle sponsored by the National Court Reporters Foundation.

The one-of-a-kind machine will be revealed at the NCRF booth. Raffle tickets are $50 each or three for $125 and can be purchased at the booth and from NCRF representatives. The drawing will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, at The Places You’ll Go Gala, and the winner need not be present to win. (The winner may choose from other available colors if he or she prefers.)

While visiting the NCRF booth, convention attendees will learn how they can help the Association’s philanthropic arm do more through the many programs, scholarships, and grants it offers. The NCRF booth will be located in the Expo Hall.

Other treasures that await at the NCRF booth include the 2016 Chicago Convention Commemorative Pin, which will be offered for $5 each, and an array of past convention pins available for $1 each. Visitors to the booth can also become part of NCRA history by signing the Official Convention Register, a time capsule of sorts that has documented convention attendees since the early 1900s and is housed in NCRF’s Robert H. Clark Library at NCRA headquarters between conventions.

Visitors to the NCRF booth can also be among the first of the many NCRF members who will commit to donate $1,000 or more to support the Foundation’s 2017 Angel Drive. The gift provides a great tax write-off and a myriad of benefits, including a listing on the Angels poster at the booth and an invitation to attend the exclusive Angels Luncheon next year in Las Vegas.

Finally, NCRF’s Corrinne Clark Professionalism Institute will host Business 101 for court reporters. This session will offer real-world advice from a panel of successful reporters, firm owners, and managers, who will share their hard-won insights and guidance on building a successful freelance career. This session will be led by NCRF Chair-elect Nancy Hopp, RDR, CRR, CMRS, of St. Louis, Mo.

If you are interested in taking a chance on the Luminex machine, snagging your Chicago Convention pin, or becoming an Angel Donor, be sure to stop by the NCRF booth in Chicago or contact April Weiner, NCRF Foundation Manager, at aweiner@ncra.org.

Stenograph updates iCVNet to 2.0; new version adds adjustable font sizes

Stenograph, Elmhurst, Ill., announced updates to its iCVNet realtime viewing software for the Apple iPad that allow for adjustable font sizes, in a press release issued Nov. 2. According to the release, users can now “pinch” their screens to adjust the size of the fonts or select the font size from the menu button that appears across the top of the screen.

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Volunteers raise $4,410 for NCRF

NCRF phone-a-thon at StenographOn Sept. 16, the National Court Reporters Foundation held a remote phone-a-thon at Stenograph headquarters in Elmhurst, Ill. This marked the eighth year that Stenograph has hosted the event. Three reporters — Kathy Cortopassi, RMR, CRR, CBC, CCP, from Dyer, Ind., Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag, RDR, CRR, CCP, from St. Charles, Ill., and Jackie Timmons, RDR, from Darien, Ill. — volunteered to make phone calls for the entire day. Together the team raised more than $4,400 to benefit the Foundation.

In addition to the fundraising efforts, volunteers were given a behind-the-scenes look at how Stenograph’s machines are made, including the new Luminex machines, each of which is handcrafted at the Elmhurst facility.

“NCRF would like to thank John Wenclawski and Stenograph, our extraordinary volunteers, and our generous donors for making our remote phone-a-thon successful,” says April Weiner, NCRF’s Foundation Assistant. “Each year, Stenograph graciously welcomes NCRF volunteers and staff as we take over their office for a day. This year they went beyond. The impromptu tour gave the reporters a greater appreciation for the work that goes into making the machines they use and made the remote phone-a-thon an even more memorable experience. We can’t thank them enough.”

If the volunteers missed you at the remote phone-a-thon or you’d like to give to NCRF, please call 800-272-6272 to make your 100 percent tax-deductible donation.

NCRF raffle winners announced

Colleen Platt, RPR, Lincoln Park, N. J., a freelance court reporter, was the lucky winner of a new Luminex shorthand machine, which was donated by Stenograph and raffled off by the National Court Reporters Foundation at the 2015 NCRA Convention & Expo in New York City. The machine, which is the latest release by Stenograph, is valued at more than $5,000.

“I appreciate all the Foundation does to promote and foster our reporting profession. I was very happy to see Stenograph donated their newest writer for the raffle because I felt it would be a great draw to sell tickets,” said Platt. “I never dreamed that I would actually win!”

According to Stenograph, the Luminex was reinvented to deliver the lightest and thinnest writing machine in the company’s history, at 3.5 pounds and 2.5 inches thick. For more information about the Luminex, go to Stenograph.com.

“The Foundation is very appreciative of Stenograph’s generosity each year to help support NCRF’s work,” said B.J. Shorak, NCRF Deputy Executive Director. “On behalf of the NCRF Board of Trustees, we thank Stenograph for its long-time support,” she added.

“After looking at the sleek design and all the color combinations, I kept coming back to basic black. The color is traditional, but the new design has a modern twist.  I can’t wait to try it out,” said Platt. “Of course I’m very excited to have won the grand prize Luminex writer.”

John Garnett of YesLaw was the winner of a one-of-a-kind, handmade quilt also raffled at the convention. The quilt was made and donated by NCRA member Jane LaPorte, of Columbia, S.C. The “Past Presidents” quilt featured more than 100 different fabrics to create a pattern of whimsical characters including women with bikini tops and men with bowties.

Together, the two raffles raised more than $13,350 to help fund the array of programs that NCRF supports.

For information about how to support the work of NCRF, contact B.J. Shorak, NCRF Deputy Executive Director, at 800-272-6272, ext. 126, or bjshorak@ncra.org.

Stenograph launches Case CATalyst version 16

On Feb. 25, Stenograph announced the release of Case CATalyst version 16. The latest version, which is available for immediate download by participating users, features the enhancements Case Prep, Case Audiosync, and CARTView. The latest enhancement marks the 12th consecutive year that Stenograph has introduced upgrades to its software.

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Catch some of the most exciting new products and services from the 2014 Expo Hall

Several vendor videos conducted during the 2014 NCRA Convention & Expo in San Francisco, Calif., by Christine Phipps, RPR, and Rodin Nodland, RDR, CRR, from the Technology Review Committee, are now available on the NCRA YouTube Channel.

Stenograph announces new release of Case CATalyst 15

Stenograph announced the release of Version 15 of its court reporting software, Case CATalyst.  Two of the new features are Quick Suggest, which offers suggestions for fixing steno and text translations while editing the transcript, and Live Suggestions, which automatically offers proper translations for untranslates and mistranslates during realtime. Another highlight is that start time and end time fields can be placed inside included pages automatically to reduce one more step in transcription production.

More information is available at www.stenograph.com.

What are you planning to do to mark National Court Reporting & Captioning Week?

In less than two weeks, 2014 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week will kick off, with court reporters, captioners, firms, state associations, and court reporting schools hosting an array of activities to showcase the profession and to raise public awareness of the growing number of career opportunities the field has to offer.

Among them is Anoka Technical College in Anoka, Minn., where the court reporting school will host an on-campus “Court Reporting & Captioning Spring Fling,” on Feb. 19. The school is inviting students, reporters, judges, legislators, representatives from the Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, and members of the general public to attend the event which will feature realtime and captioning demonstrations, opportunities for students to mingle with working reporters, and food and drinks.  Contact Jennifer Sati at JSati@atech.edu.

Ill ProcStenograph, based in Elmhurst, Ill., and a major product and service provider to the court reporting and caption profession, has received an official proclamation from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, recognizing Feb. 16 – 22 as the official 2014 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week. Contact Dan Peterson, Director of Marketing and Inside Sales for Stenograph at DPetersen@stenograph.com.

The Oregon Court Reporters Association is urging its members to spread the word to clients, friends, and associates about 2014 Court Reporting & Captioning Week, as well as working on partnering with the Oregon State Bar to host a Veterans History Project to market the event. The State Bar will also run an ad in the February edition of their magazine using NCRA’s promotional logo to recognize the week. In addition, Carol Studemund, chair of OCRA’s Legislative Committee, has arranged for NCRA’s proclamation about Court Reporting & Captioning Week to be read at the Oregon Legislature and at the city councils of Portland, Eugene, and Beaverton. Contact Robin Nodland at rnodland@LNScourtreporting.com.

The Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association is planning to encourage its extensive member base to get involved with National Court Reporting & Captioning Week by engaging in a grassroots effort to promote the profession and educate local communities about the value stenographic skills bring to today’s marketplace.  PCRA is working very closely with the three nationally-accredited court reporting programs that are located in Pennsylvania to recruit and retain students and bring awareness of the profession to the public. Contact Donna Betza, PCRA President dbetza@betzaandassociates.com.

To find out how you can celebrate 2014 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week or to find the latest in resources including press release templates, media pitches, power points, and more, please visit NCRA’s Court Reporting & Captioning Week resources page or contact the NCRA communications team at PR@ncra.org.

Stenograph vice president announces retirement

A press release from Stenograph on Nov. 18 announced that Dave Wynne, senior vice president of education, will be retiring after 27 years with the company. Wynne joined Stenograph as vice president of sales in 1986 and has been instrumental to the organization’s sales strategy and marketing over the years. In addition, Wynne has played a role in Stenograph’s expansion into the education arena, establishing Stenograph University and, most recently, playing an integral role in providing quality court reporters to the industry through Prince Institute.

Wynne served on various NCRA task forces and committees and offered a number of presentations at NCRA’s annual conventions. Wynne also volunteered on the National Court Reporters Foundation’s Angels Committee and participated in many of its phone-a-thons.