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

To follow Instructional Design & Learning SIG events at the Summit, visit our various platforms, and we’ll keep you posted:

Please let me know if you are attending so we can meet. Send a note to Maralee Sautter at

Recap of the first quarter of 2024

As usual, we were busy providing you with great activities in the first quarter. Here’s a recap of what happened in the past three months.

At the end of January, we submitted our 2023 Community Achievement Award (CAA) application to the CAA judges. At the Summit, the SIG looks forward to receiving a CAA award and celebrating individuals who receive other STC honors. (Including the latest winner of our Distinguished Community Service Award!) Plus, we’ll have a second virtual party on June 6. All STC and SIG members can celebrate their achievements virtually—no need to be in the room. 

First Fridays at 5. We continued our lively ID chats in February and had the opportunity in March to learn about digital marketing at Marketing March with Melissa Pagnotta. You can read my review of this great event in this issue of IDeaL. 

What’s up for the Q2?

Here are a few dates to remember for our second quarter:

  • First Fridays @ 5: April 5, at 5:00 PM – ET. Please join the SIG and Melanie Murphy for Polishing Portfolios Signup for Polishing Portfolios
  • The STC Summit in Bloomington, Minnesota: May 17 through 19
  • The next IDL business meeting:  Saturday, April 27, at 12:30 PM – ET. Details are on the SIG Calendar.  

We may have other events coming your way in the next few months, so be sure to follow us on Eventbrite by checking out the event signup and the IDL SIG social media connections displayed on the homepage sidebar of the IDL website.

Join us for a SIG event or at the Summit!