Bob Bergland presented a paper “Research Methodology and Ideas for Media Advisers” at the national College Media Advisers conference.
Kaye Adkins presented her paper "From Political Constraints to Program Innovation: The Master of Applied Arts at Missouri Western" as part of a panel on the future of the Master's in English at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, She also attended the international conference of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, and she participated in the Master's Degree Consortium of Writing Studies Specialists.
Ana Bausset-Page delivered her paper “Woman in Search oof Immortality in Two Works by Marcela del Rio” at the the XXXVII International Symposium of Hispanic Literature at California State University Dominguez Hills.
Five students in the Master of Applied Arts in Written Communication attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication in St. Louis Missouri in March. Students participated in the Research Network Forum and attended sessions on community college teaching, developmental writing, composition theory and pedagogy and professional writing. Attending the conference were Technical Communication students Anita Ford and Sarah Puett, and Writing Studies students Angela Bush, Amanda Felice, and Stephanie Harvey.
The eighth edition of Technical Communication: A Practical Approach, co-authored by Kaye E. Adkins of Missouri Western and William Sanborn Pfeiffer of Warren Wilson College, has been released by Pearson. TC APA is one of the major textbooks in Technical Communication.
Two Prairie Lands Writing Project Teacher Consultants' students have received prestigious national awards for their exceptional writing through The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Elena Bellamy, a senior at Maryville High School, has received a Gold Medal, the highest national award, for “Skin Deep,” a science fiction/fantasy piece. Her teacher is Janet Jelavich, head of the English department at Maryville High School. Ben Shinogle, a junior at Park Hill High School, has received a Silver Medal national award, for “Already Naked,” a personal essay/memoir. His teacher is Sara Capra, head of the Communication Arts department at Park Hill High School and a Missouri Western BSE English graduate. The students' pieces also received top ratings in the 2012 Missouri Regional Scholastic Writing Awards competition, sponsored by Prairie Lands Writing Project and Missouri Western. The national winners--selected from among over 100,000 writing pieces submitted--will be honored in professional writing workshops and ceremonies in New York, including at Carnegie Hall, in early June.
English Faculty William Church and Meridith Katchen accompanied English major Alex Stearns to the Great Plains Honors Conference held at the Doubletree Hilton in Overland Park, Kansas March 30-31. Alex presented a poster titled "What Makes it Honors" that he had prepared with Elizabeth Latosi-Sawin, Honors Director. Alex's poster applied Thoreau's ideas on learning and inquiry to several General Studies Honors courses he had completed.