Shakespeare at S&T’s Renaissance Fair

Students in English 3214 Shakespeare participated in S&T’s annual Renaissance Fair in the Havener Center on April 29, 2022. Their contributions included a bust of the drowned Ophelia, posters and a script for a new ending to Hamlet, sketches and weenicons of Shakespeare’s characters, a photograph of the assassination of Julius Caesar with one person playing all the roles, gooseberry fools (from a recipe in the book Shakespeare’s Kitchen), and venison pie (a popular Renaissance dish).

We Have Combined Our BA and BS into a Single Degree Program

The Missouri Department of Higher Education recently approved our request to combine the Bachelor of Arts in English and the Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication into a single degree program: a Bachelor of Science in English and Technical Communication (120 credit hours).

The combined major will have a common core of 9 credit hours:

  • ENGLISH 2410 Theory of Written Communication
  • TCHCOM 5620 Research Methods in Technical Communication
  • TCHCOM 4410 Theory and Practice of Technical Communication (Capstone)

A student majoring in English and technical communication will complete this core and one of the following general modules:

  • Technical Communication (12 hours)
  • Literature (12 hours)
  • Linguistics (12 hours)

For the remaining 99 hours, the student will take general education courses, courses in specialized modules (such as creative writing and game studies), and elective courses.

The current BA and BS will be phased out.

The decision to combine the BA and BS was informed by an external review of the undergraduate degree programs in February 2020. The external reviewers were Dr. Karla Saari Kitalong, Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech); Dr. Kathryn Rummell, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly); and Dr. Russell Willerton, Georgia Southern University.

New Graduate Track Pathway Allows BS/BA Students to Complete the MS Program Sooner

Starting in fall 2020, BA and BS majors in our department were given an exciting new option: an accelerated master’s degree program. This program, one of several Graduate Track Pathway (GTP) programs on campus, allows a student to start working on the MS in Technical Communication during his or her senior year.

To be accepted to the program, the student must have a 3.5 GPA or better in at least 9 credit hours of English and TCH COM courses plus at least a 3.0 overall GPA. Upon completing 90 credit hours of undergraduate coursework, the student may apply for admission to the MS program in technical communication at After applying, the student should contact Dr. Daniel Reardon to complete the accelerated program admission form.

Once accepted to the program, the senior may take up to three TCH COM courses (or 9 credit hours) that will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Revised MS Requirements (Effective Fall 2020)

A revised version of our Master of Science in Technical Communication went into effect in Fall 2020. The major changes are as follows:

  • An MS student is no longer required to take a comprehensive examination or complete a thesis, although completing a thesis is still an option.
  • Rather than taking 10 specific courses for the degree, a non-thesis MS student must take TCH COM 6600 Foundations of Technical Communication and 9 more courses of his or her choosing from a list of 15 courses. (However, the choices are constrained by what is being offered in any given semester.)

For more information about the changes, compare the previous version of the degree to the revised version:

The revision was informed by an external review of the MS program in February 2019. The external reviewers were Dr. Julie Watts, University of Wisconsin-Stout; Dr. Miles A. Kimball, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Dr. Kirk St. Amant, Louisiana Tech University.

The revised degree requirements apply only to students who begin their studies in Fall 2020 or later. Students who began the MS before Fall 2020 must complete the degree requirements that were in effect when they matriculated unless they submit a form to change their “catalog year.”

Malone Co-Authors Textbook about Technical Editing

Dr. Ed Malone, professor of English and technical communication, is the co-author of Technical Editing: An Introduction to Editing in the Workplace, recently published by Oxford University Press. His co-authors are Donald H. Cunningham and Joyce M. Rothschild, both of Auburn University. Several S&T alumni contributed to the book.

Alumna Amra Mehanovic (BS, 2017; MS, 2019), a content strategist for Express Scripts, created 17 visuals for the textbook. Ten more alumni are featured in “On the Record” boxes in the textbook:

  • Amy Ketterer (BS, 2014),  editorial assistant for the U.S. Geological Survey
  • Elizabeth Richardson (BA, 2005; MS, 2007), lead technical writer for Schneider Electric
  • Shubhangi Vajpayee (MS, 2013), technical writer for Amazon Web Services
  • Misty Adams (BS, 2011; MS, 2013), technical editor for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Amruta Ranade (MS, 2017), senior technical writer for Cockroach Labs
  • Matt Peaslee (BS, 2012), lead project manager and scrum master for Mastercard
  • Blake Williams (BA, 2013; MS, 2015), technical writer for Automatic Systems
  • Elizabeth Roberson (MS, 2011), assistant teaching professor at Missouri S&T
  • Tara Bryan de Cañellas (MS, 2007), formerly Tara Gosnell, technical editor for the U.S. Navy
  • Emily Seals (MS, 2016), technical editor for graduate studies at Missouri S&T

Adobe Donates Licenses for Its Technical Communication Suite

Our department is continuing its partnership with Adobe Systems Inc. to give students and faculty in technical communication classes hands-on experience with Adobe’s industry-standard software. This partnership is made possible through Adobe’s University Outreach Program, which offers selected programs free use of the Adobe Technical Communication Suite.

The partnership between our department and Adobe began in 2015 and was recently renewed for another year.

“We are thrilled to continue working with Adobe and with Adobe’s generosity toward our program,” says Dr. David Wright, associate professor of English and technical communication at Missouri S&T. “Our students have benefited greatly from their experience with Adobe products, and we are proud to be associated with them.” 

S&T students have completed several projects for university departments and non-profit agencies during the past few years with help from Adobe software.

“Using Adobe software as a part of my course curriculum was one of the most useful learning experiences I’ve ever had,” says Rudi Starek, an undergraduate technical communication major at S&T. “I now better understand the work that goes into creating complicated design documents, and I hope to improve my own skills on Adobe software as I continue to work with the variety of programs offered.”

Priyanka Ganguly, a graduate student in technical communication at Missouri S&T, says she appreciates how user-friendly Adobe products are.

“For every Adobe product, there is a training module which helps the users perform their tasks conveniently,” Ganguly says. “I have worked on Robohelp, Captivate, and Photoshop. All of these products are extremely useful. I think it is not possible to create and edit images in other software like we can play with an image and format pictures in Photoshop. As a student, I have benefitted a lot from the Adobe products.”

Missouri S&T offers a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication.

Jennifer Collins (BS, 2014) in New Position at the Discovery Center of Springfield

The Discovery Center of Springfield is happy to announce Jennifer Collins as their new Marketing & Advancement Director.

“I’m excited to continue with the Discovery Center on this new chapter. While working at the Discovery Center, you hear the wealth of stories from teachers and families on how we’re changing the lives of children across southwest Missouri. The impact area of the Discovery Center reaches further than Springfield—we’re teaching in rural schools that otherwise would not have access to the technology and STEM resources needed to help these students excel. I am honored and thrilled to share these stories with the public and join this amazing team on our next chapter.”

Jennifer started her career at the Discovery Center as a Graphic Design Intern while completing her master’s degree in Rhetoric & Composition from Missouri State University. From there, she was hired in the Marketing Department as the Education & Marketing Coordinator to serve as the bridge between the two departments. Jennifer also served as the Interim Marketing Director during the Center’s time of transition to the new Executive Director, Rob Blevins. Now as the Marketing & Advancement Director, Jennifer will spearhead marketing and fundraising efforts for the Discovery Center.

She comes to the Discovery Center with an extensive background in both marketing and education, having taught English to nontraditional and nonnative English learners at Missouri State after completing her Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication from Missouri Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. While at the Discovery Center, Jennifer has increased fundraising revenue with her end of calendar year campaigns, Give Ozarks Day, and the Center’s annual Night at the Museum as well as grown the department’s internship program to provide hands-on learning to marketing, graphic design, and photojournalism students. Jennifer has also been an active writer for Ozarks Living Magazine and has been nominated for the Springfield Business Journal’s Top Local Sales/Marketing award for 2018.

“Having someone like Jennifer to share your story is every nonprofit’s dream,” said Rob Blevins, Executive Director. “She is incredibly passionate about our mission, and she makes it her mission that all of the Ozarks knows about the important work we’re doing here at the Discovery Center. This next chapter is going to be one you’ll want to read about, and, thanks to Jennifer, you won’t be able to miss it.”

Discovery Center of Springfield is an interactive, hands-on science museum committed to inspiring people of all ages with a life-long love of learning and an appreciation for the world and our place in it.


For more information contact: Rob Blevins, Executive Director (417) 862-9910 or

Looking for Something to Read?

Faculty in our department recently offered their choices for some of the most interesting, challenging, and absorbing books and articles they read in 2016.

His Bloody Project, by Graeme Burnet. “It’s historical fiction disguised as a memoir and court documents surrounding a triple murder that took place in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands in 1869,” says Dr. Kristine Swenson, chair and professor. “It’s a brutal page-turner that is so evocative of time and place that I really thought it was based on an actual case.”

The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. “It is a novel about the history of slavery in America told painfully movingly through the life of Cora, who escapes from a plantation via a literal underground railroad,” says Dr. Elizabeth Vonalt, professor emerita and former chair.

Weapons of Math Destruction, by Cathy O’Neil. “O’Neil describes how mathematical models used in business, finance and government are seemingly rigged, and how deregulation of businesses and finance institutions means less free trade, less competition and greater consolidation for the 1 percent,” says Dr. Dan Reardon, assistant professor.

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. “Theo survives an art museum bombing that orphans him. In the midst of the chaos of the explosion, he makes off with a small painting of a goldfinch, which marks his descent into the dark throes of the art underworld,” says Lindsey Dunstedter, lecturer.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond. “This vivid depiction of impoverished Americans, substandard housing, and the struggles faced by those with few resources and even fewer options will make readers think about the intersections of poverty, housing and social responsibility in a whole new light,” says Dr. Kate Drowne, professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business.

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, by David Sax. “A reporter explores the growing markets for vinyl records, brick-and-mortar bookstores, Moleskine journals and Detroit-manufactured wristwatches, among other things, to show how the real world is both smart business and more satisfying than the hyperbole of digital technology,” says Dr. Trent Brown, associate professor.

Ramsay Paints the Town Red … and Green and Purple

This past semester, Leach Theatre hosted an exhibition of abstract paintings by artist Ramsay Wise, a Rolla native and lecturer of English at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Wise primarily uses spray paint and acrylics to blur the line between abstract and representational art.

The son of late Professor of English Dr. Jim Wise, Ramsay was born and raised in Rolla and graduated from Rolla High School in 1991. He received a degree in film studies from the University of Missouri. His art work has been featured in publications such as Mud Season Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, and Columbia Journal. Past exhibitions of his work include displays at Sager/Braudis Gallery in Columbia, Missouri; Dog Master Distillery in Columbia, Missouri; and Fayetteville Underground in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Below is a photograph of one of Ramsay’s paintings. To purchase his work, email


Tech Com Graduate Wins Alumna Award

The Alumna of the Year Gold Award went to Tara Stone, a user interface designer specialist in marketing and communications. Stone earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in technical communication from Missouri S&T. Before joining the marketing and communications department, she was an assistant director in student success programs office. A Missouri S&T staff member since 2012, she has completed the Leadership Phelps County Program and the Innovative Thought Leadership: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program. She is a recipient of the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service from the United States Army.