NMT Represented at STC Conference, Oct. 17, 2000

Thanks to Rick Young, TC major, for supplying this news

SOCORRO, N.M., Oct. 17, 2000 -- New Mexico Tech was well represented at the Society for Technical Communication's (STC) recent Region 5 annual conference. The STC is an international society for professional technical communicators; Region 5 members come from Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. There were in excess of 100 attendees representing the whole region, with 42 people giving presentations over the two days.

The first day of the conference, October 13, current and former NMT students and professors gave five out of the eight presentations in the Weavers' Room at Sheraton Old Town in Albuquerque. Starting the day was former head of the TC program Dr. Jonathan Price, the program director for the conference, who introduced the keynote speaker Paula Berger of Solutions, Inc., an international TC firm headquartered in Boston, MA. Dr. Chuck Campbell gave the first session in the Weaver's Room on transformational grammar, "Making It Read Better: Syntactic Strategies." Dr. Campbell, NMT professor emeritus and former Humanities Department chair, retired from NMT this past May.

After a break, Dr. Scott Sanders, a former professor at NMT and chair of the Humanities Department at UNM, presented "Rhetoric, Space, and Motion in the Landscape of Web Page Design." Dr. Rick Johnson-Sheehan and Craig Baehr, PhD candidate, presenting "Thinking Visually/Spatially about Hypertexts", followed him. Dr. Johnson-Sheehan represented UNM and Baehr the US Corps of Engineers. Rounding out the time slot was Rick Young of New Mexico Tech, presenting his senior thesis "I'm out of context, can you get me some?" Young is majoring in TC and will graduate in May.

In the afternoon, the first two sessions were presentations by scientists representing LANL. "Mankind's Leap into the Cosmos," by Dr. Steven Howe and "Quantum Information Revolution: From Quantum Interrogation to Quantum Computation," by Dr Paul Kwiat.

The last sessions of the day were by Rebecca Ideus, NMT graduate (BS TC 1999) who represented Compaq Computer Corporation and presented "Developing a Support Web Site for a "Best in Class" Help Desk." The help desk is Compaq's Intranet on-line help system. Colombe "Mimi" Leland, editor of Paydirt, the NMT student newspaper, who spoke about teamwork and virtual teams, followed Ideus. Her presentation, "Everything I Know about Teams I Learned from Small Newspapers," finished the sessions for the day.

Belinda Westling, NMT graduate (BS TC 1999) was involved in the conference planning, made the posters for the conference, and represented Sandia National Laboratory. Other students and former students attending the conference were Valerie Kimble and Norma Cervantes, both seniors in the TC program; Nathan Taylor (BS TC 1999) representing Compaq; and Randy Scasny (BS TC 1999) former editor of Paydirt and now content editor for Internet.com's Chicago bureau.