Past Events

Past Events 2010

Missouri State’s 7th Workshop for Teachers of Technical Writing
Friday, April 23, 2010, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Plaster Student Union 313

Schedule and Presentations

  • 8:30-9:00: Kathryn Northcut—Index Maps as a Vehicle for Visual Literacy
  • 9:15-10:00: Sherry Southard and Melissa Place—Social Presence: The Ethos of an Online Teacher
  • 10:15-10:45: Tom Warren—Brief History of Technical Editing
  • 11:00-12:00: Sean Herring—So You Think You Can Develop an Effective Technical Writing Rubric?
  • 12:00-1:00: Lunch (PSU 400)
  • 1:00-1:30: David Wright—Finalizing Multimedia Development
  • 1:30-2:00: John Turner and Lyn Gattis—Jeopardizing Student Outcomes in Online Writing Courses
  • 2:00-3:00: Tom Johnson—Multimedia, Wikis, Hybrid Roles, and Structured Authorizing

Missouri State's 8th Regional STC Student Conference
Saturday, April 24, 2010, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
PSU 313

Schedule and Presentations

  • 8:30-9:00: Coffee, Juice, Check-in
  • 9:00-9:45: Lyn Danforth—Learning and Technical Communication: Virtual Involvement, Real Opportunities
  • 9:45-10:45: Tom Warren—Personal and Project Time Management
  • 10:45-11:45: Lunch and Student Poster Session (PSU 400)
  • 1:00-1:45: Sarah Nord—This Ain't Your Baby Sister's Blog: Why Professional Blogging Matters and How to Do it Well
  • 1:45-2:30: April Hazel—After Lessons Learned: Entry Level Technical Writing Dos and Dont's
  • 2:30-3:30: Kelly Grist—Day in the Life of a Technical Writer

Past Events 2009

Missouri State’s 6th Workshop for Teachers of Technical Writing
Friday, April 17, 2009, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Plaster Student Union 313

Schedule and Presentations

  • 8:30-9:00: Coffee, Juice, & Check-in
  • 9:00-10:00: Steve Gerson & Sharon Gerson, Johnson County Community College & DeVry University—Who Are They, and What Do They Want? Assessing Audience
  • 10:00-10:45: Sherry Southard, East Carolina University—E-Learning and Interactive Communication
  • 10:45-11:00: Break
  • 11:00-11:45: Cynthia Jeney, Missouri Western State University—Teaching/Practicing Rhetoric-Centered Web Writing
  • 11:45-1:00: Lunch (PSU 400)
  • 1:00-2:00: Tom Warren, Oklahoma State University—Teaching Audience Analysis
  • 2:00-3:00: Sam Dragga, Texas Tech University—Legal-Ethical Relationships in Codes of Conduct
  • 3:00-3:30: Snacks & Socializing

Missouri State's 7th Regional STC Student Conference
Saturday, April 18, 2009, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
PSU 313

Schedule and Presentations

  • 8:30-9:00: Coffee, Juice, Check-in
  • 9:00-9:45: Jonathan Kitchin, Archer Technologies—Being a Busy Body, without Being a Busybody
  • 9:45-10:15: Kathy Northcut, Missouri University of Science and Technology—How to Make a Career out of a Passion for Dinosaurs without Being a Paleontologist
  • 10:15-10:30: Break
  • 10:30-11:15: Barbara Adams & Clint Causing, Oklahoma State University—Fire Protection Publications
  • 11:15-11:45: Irangi K. Egodapitiya—Tsunamis, Students, and Tech Com: One Journey from Natural Disaster to Thesis Defense
  • 11:45-12:30: Lunch (PSU 400)
  • 12:30-1:00: Kaye Adkins, Missouri Western State University—Poster Session (PSU 400)
  • 1:00-1:45: David Wright, Missouri University of Science and Technology—New Technologies and New Consent in Clinical Trials
  • 1:45-2:30: Sam Dragga, Texas Tech University—Competing Obligations and Codes of Conduct
  • 2:30-2:45: Break
  • 2:45-3:30: Tom Warren, Oklahoma State University—Trends in Technical Communication

Past Events 2008

Regional Conference

The Fifth Almost-Annual Workshop for Teachers of Technical Writing
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Friday, April 25, 2008
Plaster Student Union 308

  • 8:00-8:30: Registration and Light Breakfast
  • 8:30-9:20: Sam Dragga—"Mapping Ethical Judgments in Technical Communication: A Review of Theories and Perspectives"
  • 9:20-10:10: Tom Warren—"Teaching Students Project Planning"
  • 10:10-10:20: Break
  • 10:20-11:00: Sherry Southard and Melissa Place—"Technical Writing Literacy Narratives: Uncovering Negative Student Attitudes that Block Learning"
  • 11:00-11:45: Linda Chadwick—"Why 'Usability' is the Hottest New Skill in the Technical Communicator Tool Belt"
  • 11:45-12:45: Lunch (PSU 400)
  • 12:45-1:35: Steve Gerson and Sharon Gerson—"Before Electronic Communication vs. After Electronic Communication: A Conversation"
  • 1:35-2:25: Kathryn Northcut—"Challenges of Visual Technical Communication: A Model and a Pilot Study"
  • 2:25-2:35: Break
  • 2:35-3:25: David Wright—"Cowboys and Computers: Teaching through Research Tools"

STC Region 6 Student Conference
8:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday, April 26, 2008
Karls Hall 101

  • 8:00-8:30: Registration and Light Breakfast
  • 8:30-9:20: Steve Gerson—"Playing Nice in the Workplace: How to Build Rapport and Develop Partnerships"
  • 9:20-9:50: Sam Dragga—"Crisis and Conscience in Technical Communication: Using Case Studies to Cultivate Ethics"
  • 9:50-10:05: Break
  • 10:05-10:50: Sarah Nord and Price Horn—"Proving Your Value as a Writer"
  • 11:00-11:30: Poster Session, PSU 308B
  • 11:30-12:45: Lunch, PSU 400
  • 1:00-1:30: Janette Reed—"Helping Users Find the Information They Need: How to Create Good Indexes in Technical Documentation"
  • 1:30-2:15: Tom Warren—"Graphic Elements in Information Design"
  • 2:15-3:00: Edna Stone and Libby Guthrie—"Wal-Mart's Logistics University: Reinforcing Procedural Standards"
  • 3:00-3:10: Break
  • 3:10-3:55: Dan Charles—"Technology Planning for Your Career

Past Events 2007

STC Sponsored Field Trip to Jack Henry and Associates

April 10, 2008 at 4 p.m.
2131 E. Primrose
RSVP to Elspeth Rowley by 6:00 p.m. April 8
This is a perfect opportunity to see a team of technical writers at work.

Past Events 2005-2006

STC Presents the Third Almost-Annual Conference on the Teaching of Technical Writing

Designed specifically for teachers in the field of technical writing, the conference will address a variety of concerns and tips in the technical writing classroom. The conference will start at 8:45 a.m. and will last until 3:00 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Room 308 on the Missouri State Campus. For more information, please see the Teaching Program. Presentations are as follows:

  • 8:45–9:45: “Tools and Resources for Teachers,” Tom Warren, Oklahoma State University, STC Fellow, Professor at OSU
  • 9:45–10:00: Break
  • 10:00–11:00: “Crisis Communication as a Collaborative Effort,” Sherry Southard, East Carolina University, STC Fellow, Professor at ECU
  • 11:00–11:30: “Socioeconomic Effects on the Classroom,” Alyssa Medlin, East Carolina University, Ph.D. Student at ECU
  • 11:30–12:45: Lunch at the Union Club, Plaster Student Union 400
  • 12:45–1:45: “Time Management,” Roger Sell, Missouri State University, Director of Academic Development Center
  • 1:45–2:00: Break
  • 2:00–3:00: “How People Learn: Implementing a Teaching Methodology in the Classroom,” Steve Gerson, Johnson County Community College, STC Fellow, Professor at JCCC. Sharon Gerson, DeVry Institute of Technology, STC Fellow, Lecturer at DeVry

STC Presents Missouri State's Fourth-Annual STC Student Conference

Expand your knowledge on April 29, 2006, in Strong Hall on the Missouri State Campus! With so many great speakers, we're sure you'll leave knowing you've gained valuable knowledge that you can use now and in the future. Feel free to print out a registration form and return it. Lunch and conference materials will be included in your fee, as well as a great deal of knowledge-building information. For more information, see the Student Program. Check out all the great presentations we have lined up:

  • 8:30–9:30: “Information Design,” Tom Warren, Oklahoma State University
  • 9: 30–10:15: “Interviews 101: Be Prepared,” Judy Kistler-Robinson, Intervoice, Inc
  • 10:15–10:30: Break
  • 10:30–12:00: “An Introduction to XML and DITA,” Laura Fugitt, Jack Henry & Associates
  • 12:00–1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00–2:00: “What Do You Need to Know? Tech Writing/Business Communication Core Competencies,” Steve Gerson, Johnson County Community College, and Sharon Gerson, DeVry Institute of Technology
  • 2:00–3:00: “The Evolution of Technical Communication in the Medical Software Industry,” Shannon Conner, Cerner Corporation
  • 3:00–4:00: “Surviving the First Year as an Independent Contractor,” Dan Charles, Crankypants Communications

April 22 in PSU, Room 315

8:45-9:45 a.m. - Dr. Tom Warren, STC Fellow and professor at Oklahoma State University, will present "Making Successful Assignments."

9:45-10:45 a.m. - Dr. Sherry Southard, STC Fellow and Professor at East Carolina University, will present "Community Building."

11 a.m.-12 p.m. - Dr. Tom Warren will present "A Brief History of Textbooks in Technical Writing"

12-1 p.m. Lunch

1-2 p.m. - Dr. Steve Gerson, STC Fellow and Professor at Johnson Community College, will present "Communication Channels."

April 23 in Strong Hall, Room 202

8:30-9:15 a.m. - Suzanna Laurent, STC's first vice president and STC Fellow, will present "Revealing Your Hidden Value"

9:15-10 a.m. - Sarah Nord, Technical Writer at Archer Technologies, will present "A Lone Tech Writer's First Year on the Job"

10:15-11 - Kelly Grist, Consumer Technical Writer and Consumer Web Coordinator at Garmin International, will present "Creating Style Guides."

11 a.m.-12 p.m. - Sherry Southard, STC Fellow and Professor at East Carolina University, will present Designing Brochures."

1-2 p.m. Tom Warren, STC Fellow and professor at Oklahoma State University, will present "Trends in the Profession"


Dr. Tom Warren, director of Technical Writing at Oklahoma State University, presented two discussions February 24, 2005.

  • Understanding Graphics at 12:30 p.m. in Karls 101
  • Styles and Editing in Technical Communication at 7p.m. in Karls 101

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Tom Warren (March 16, 2004) - This event was funded in part by the Student Involvement Fee, and approved by the Student Organization Funding Allocation Council (SOFAC). Dr. Warren held three presentations during his visit to SMSU. The PowerPoint presentations are available below:

PowerPoint icon Proposals

PowerPoint icon Cross-Cultural Communication

PowerPoint icon New Project Management

Some of Dr. Warren's PowerPoint presentations that he gave at Missouri State University in the past:

PowerPoint icon Audience Analysis

PowerPoint icon Document Design Suggestions

PowerPoint icon Making an Oral Presentation

PowerPoint icon Producing the "A" Report

PowerPoint icon Old Project Management

PowerPoint icon Reader Analysis

Dan Charles (Feb. 26, 2004) - Dan spoke to our chapter on February 26th about the technology outlook for technical communicators in 2004. An article by Dan on emerging technologies appeared in the January 2004 issue of Intercom. In the mean time, revisit a past presentation by Dan Charles and a coworker, Julie Wilson:

PowerPoint icon Building a Web Site

Bake sale fundraiser (Feb. 12, 2004) - Update! The bake sale raised over $140 for STC! Thanks for everyone who baked, sold, and ate our goodies to make this a successful venture for us. STC had a bake sale in Pummill Hall 2nd floor all day on February 12th. Please bring some baked goods (i.e., cookies, cup cakes, etc.) that have a Valentine's Day feel, so we can help fund our free organization.

Rhonda Stanton (Jan. 29, 2004) - Rhonda spoke about her new position as a technical writer for Duck Creek Technologies. She talked about her responsibilities, working with SMEs, the company's perception of a technical writer (she was their first!), and how she felt about changing jobs. See in depth coverage in the Spring 2004 STC Newsletter to be released soon.

Missouri State University STC Newsletter - Read about last semester's main events in our newsletter. Our newsletter is published electronically each semester.

Past Events 2003-2004

Dana Gillihan (Nov. 6, 2003) - STC welcomed Dana Gillihan, a web development manager for IBM in Raleigh, NC, who spoke to our chapter about what life is like in a rapidly changing web organization at IBM and how to redeploy your core skills to keep pace with new technologies.

At IBM, Dana manages a multi-disciplinary team of writers, editors, web developers, programmers, visual designers, and human factors people who develop websites and web applications for different IBM software products. She graduated from SMSU with a BA in Writing in 1986 and then went on to obtain her MA in English with a technical writing emphasis from Oklahoma State University in 1988. Dana joined IBM as a technical writer in 1988 and has since led a varied career as a writer, editor, user experience professional, web developer, and manager.

Macromedia Dreamweaver (Oct. 30, 2003) - Fawn Warner (web site coordinator at the Discovery Center of Springfield) and STC president, Sarah Nord, presented a workshop on Macromedia Dreamweaver. A room full of participants ran through Fawn's help sheets to produce a sample page from the Discovery Center web site.

Dr. Thomas Warren (Feb. 11-12, 2003) - Dr. Thomas Warren, Oklahoma State University professor and STC Fellow, spoke to us on February 11 and 12. Intro to Project Management was presented on Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Pummill Hall 202. Analyzing Your Target Group and Making Oral Presentations on Technical Materials were presented on Wednesday, February 12 at noon in the Plaster Student Union theater. These events were funded in part by the Student Involvement Fee, and approved by the Student Organization Funding Allocation Council (SOFAC).

The Art of Graphic Designers (Nov. 14, 2002) - Jason Frazier, Head Graphic Designer of SMSU Publications spoke on various aspects of graphic design.Cantrell Barnes Tour (Oct. 24, 2002) - The management of Cantrell Barnes led a tour group of STC members though their professional printing facility. The mystery of how documents are printed was revealed.

STC Region 6 Student Conference - Our chapter hosted the STC Region 6 Student Conference on April 13th, 2002 here at SMSU. Its theme was "Maximize Your Window of Opportunity." Other conference details: The STC Region 6 Conference (for professionals and students) was held Oct 13-15, 2002 at the Millennium Hotel in Saint Louis, MO. See the conference page for summaries of the presentations. See the STC Region 6 web site for descriptions and PowerPoint summaries of the talks.