Manager’s Column, Q1 2024

By Maralee Sautter, IDL SIG Manager

Hello IDL SIG members,

Spring has sprung in the Pacific Northwest, and I’m enjoying a day of sunshine after weeks of cold, rainy weather. The colorful flowers, brilliant sunshine, nesting birds, and budding trees all bring hope into view.   

With hope on the horizon, I’m looking forward to May and the 2024 Summit in Bloomington, Minnesota, May 17–19. The conference is conveniently located near the Mall of America and close to the airport. The Mall boasts many fun activities for kids of all ages, special events, food & drink, and shopping. I plan to check out the SEALIFE Aquarium and Nickelodeon© Theme Park to catch a roller coaster ride.

Incidentally, the STC Summit is the premier educational experience and a place to network with folks who love, promote, and share technical communication

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STC Summit 2024: May 17-19, Bloomington, MN

Hurry! The 2024 STC Summit is around the corner, so start planning for this educational and fun adventure. Get ready for a Summit experience that breaks the mold, providing more opportunities to network and learn from fellow practitioners, dive deeper into intensives on important topics, and keep up with the industry.

Some of the IDL SIG team will be at the conference, so come join us for our panel conversation about instructional design, at the CAC table in the Expo Hall, and for special meetups. 

Here’s a quick overview of the 2024 Summit.

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Review of Marketing March with Melissa Pagnotta

By Maralee Sautter, IDL SIG Manager

Melissa Pagnotta is a Communications Manager and Strategist with a robust marketing background. She entered the marketing field while studying television production in college. Several years later, she found herself promoting comedians for a New York City comedy club.

Melissa’s presentation goal was to simplify the understanding of marketing. By breaking down the process into simple steps, she hoped attendees could apply marketing methods to a work project, a self-promotion project, or another promotional product.

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The Distinguished Community Service Award goes to…

Each year, the Society for Technical Communication awards members who have offered extensive service and exemplary commitment to their communities. Each community nominates one or more members for an award around November. The STC evaluates the nominations and presents its recommendations to the STC board of directors for approval. The STC announces the winners in the following calendar year.

We are proud to announce the Instructional Design & Learning SIG’s Distinguished SIG Service Award (DSSA) recipient:

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New member introduction: Melanie Murphy

Melanie Murphy is new to the IDL SIG, but not new to technical communication. Working as an independent technical communicator since 2002, Melanie is a Certified Professional Technical Communicator with a degree in mass communication. Over the years, she has worked on graphic design projects, software user manuals, three-thousand-page catalogs, copywriting, editing, marketing communication, cookbooks, and so much more. With such a diverse background, Melanie is happy to be here lending her skills to the IDL SIG.

Melanie is serving as the newsletter co-editor, gathering and editing articles for your reading pleasure on a quarterly basis.

Melanie answered when we asked, “What…”:

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