Department of English

Alumni Profiles

Graduates of the MAPC program have excelled in both the academic and professional worlds. Check out the profiles below to see a sample of the types of careers into which some MAPC alumni have entered:

Jared Christensen Jared Christensen
Associate Director of Admissions
Anderson University
Anderson, SC

Jared’s primary responsibility is to generate applications for admissions counselors to work with in recruiting Anderson University's freshman class each year. Jared creates and manages the communication flow with prospective and applied students, writing and designing many of the publications that are used. He also hires, trains, and supervises 15 work-study students, as well as creates their training and reference information. Jared developed a conference proposal, stemming from his MAPC thesis, and it was accepted for the conference of the North American Coalition of Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP).

On June 9, 2006, Jared gave a presentation titled “Student Awareness and the Usability of the College Admissions Process” at the conference held at Asbury College in Wilmore, KY.

Tim Cook
Tim Cook
Managing Consultant
IBM Application Services Learning Development
Atlanta, GA
Tim's job is comprised of the following roles: instructional designer, developer, project facilitator, occasional project manager. For both internal (IBM) and external projects, Tim assists with requirements, analysis, design, and development of web-based courses, ranging from soft-skill training (coaching, for example) to complex application training. In addition to design and development activities, Tim is also routinely tasked with overseeing production teams in both the United States and various geographies (India or China, for example). Tim said, "The communication skills that I built during my tenure in the MAPC program, coupled with instructional design skills that I have learned on the job, have helped me to advance to a senior level position at IBM." In addition to his other duties, Tim travels to client sites, manages client relationships, and manages course-development teams.

Ashley Cowden

Ashley Cowden
Lecturer and Coordinator of Client-Based Program
Advanced Writing Program
English Department
Clemson University
Clemson, SC

Ashley teaches junior/senior level sections of Business Writing and Technical Writing, both in the traditional setting and online. One of the main focuses of the class is a group project that simulates the type of problem-solving students will face when they begin their careers.

Carrie DuPre

Carrie Priddy DuPre
Web Writer
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 

Carrie is part of the newly formed Office of Web Services team within Clemson University's Publications and Promotions Department. This team was created to redesign the university's top-level websites (www.clemson.edu and all pages that link from that page) with a new look and feel as well as updated navigation and content. As part of the Office of Web Services, Carrie is available to assist university webmasters in the design and creation of and the writing for their sites. Additionally, she serves in a support role for print publications such as Clemson World. Before returning to Clemson University for employment, Carrie spent three years working in corporate public relations in Greenville, SC, gaining experiences that will allow her to help Clemson reach its top-20-goal.

Christopher Lohr

Christopher Lohr, ‘00
Director of Content Publishing
Expression Studio
Microsoft Corporation
Redmond, WA (Seattle)

Christopher graduated from the MAPC program in 2000 and currently works for Microsoft Corporation.  Christopher manages a team of writers and editors who produce content such as Help files, tips, print manuals, and web articles for the community.  His team works across an entire product line called Microsoft Expression, which supports Mac and Windows users.  His primary product is Expression Studio, which includes a graphic design tool, an application and site design tool, a web design tool, an encoding tool, and a digital asset management tool.  Using his MAPC communication skills, Christopher works daily with his primary audience of graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, video editing specialists, interactive designers, front-end web developers, and developers.

Natalia Muska

Natalia Muska
Marketing Communications Specialist
KeyMark Inc
Liberty SC

As a marketing specialist for a technology firm, Natalia is truly a “jack of all trades.”  She facilitates all aspects of communication including writing case studies, designing marketing materials, leading public relations efforts, writing press releases and award submissions, and designing trade show materials.  With all of these communications endeavors, Natalia works to perfect each design piece separately in order to accomplish the overall design objective.  For example, when Natalia develops trade show materials, she creates the booth designs, specialty posters, collateral information, and much more.

Rebecca

Rebecca Pope-Ruark
Assistant Professor of Professional Writing and Rhetoric
Department of English
Elon University
Elon, NC

As a professor in the Professional Writing and Rhetoric program at Elon, Rebecca teaches introductory courses in rhetoric and professional communication as well as courses that combine her specialty areas of desktop publishing, publication management, marketing communication and book history. Rebecca is also the Director of the Center for Undergraduate Publishing and Information Design lab (CUPID), which was originally designed using the Clemson’s MATRF lab as a model. Through CUPID, Rebecca creates client document projects and writes research projects with her students. For example, she is currently working with a department to redesign their marketing brochures and with a University office to assess the effectiveness of its Web site for its key audiences.  She is also writing grants to start a new Web and print based publication on campus. Since Elon is a liberal arts university that emphasizes undergraduate education, Rebecca has the opportunity to work closely with her students in many capacities and to help them develop a range of rhetorical strategies, including a full set of portfolio pieces.

Bobby Rettew

Bobby Rettew
Owner
Bobby Rettew, llc
Central, SC

Bobby is the owner of Bobby Rettew llc, which offers storytelling and message development services. Bobby works with clients to develop and implement New Media concepts, tell their stories via video, produce and distribute video-based messages, and then build the community around the message. His clients include: Anderson University, InnoVenture LLC, Greenville Hospital System, Clemson University, Lux & Associates, and more.

Lindsey Robbins
Lindsey Robbins
Technical Writer
Blackbaud, Inc.
Charleston, SC
Lindsey works on the documentation team in the products division of Blackbaud. The primary mission of the team is to write and maintain high-quality user guides and help files for all Blackbaud products. Lindsey’s role involves editing, writing, staying updated on research in technical writing and documentation, meeting and getting to know clients, and on occasion usability testing. Lindsey is involved in most of the product life cycle and has a chance to interact with other writers, programmers, designers, customer support agents, consultants, and clients.

Eric Rogers

Eric Rodgers
Producer
Clemson University Radio Productions
Clemson, SC
Eric oversees production of two statewide public radio broadcasts: Your Day, which airs Monday through Thursday, and Speaking of Schools, which airs on Monday nights. Eric began the work in May 2002 as an undergraduate intern, continued as a graduate student in 2003 and turned full-time in 2004. He serves as the board operator for the station’s live programs, provides on-air engineering support, engineers studio and field recordings, produces both segments and entire shows, hosts pre-recorded technology segments, and co-hosts a regular live call-in hour on technology.

In addition to all of Eric’s producer/engineer duties, he also serves as webmaster for the Your Day website, maintains computers housed in the studio, and produces CDs and DVDs when needed. 
Eric absolutely loves his job. “I work with great people and am constantly meeting and interacting with interesting people,” he says. “I enjoy being a part of a team that produces high-quality, award-winning programming for the citizens of South Carolina. I love public broadcast and will stay in this field as long as possible."

Ashley Sherry
Ashley Sherry
Corporate Communications Specialist
First Citizens Corporate Communications
Columbia, SC
As Corporate Communications Specialist for First Citizens, Ashley handles public relations, media relations and a variety of corporate communications for the company. She serves as the managing editor of internal publication, First Citizenship. Ashley also develops, writes and pitches stories about topics relevant to the financial services industry and writes various corporate messages for executive management to deliver to internal and external audiences. She writes content and maintains electronic media, including the corporate intranet, Internet, and monthly intranet blog postings for senior executives and provides editorial consulting services to corporate departments. In addition, Ashley manages internal and external corporate events.

Ashley was recently selected as one of Columbia's 20 Under 40 Rising Stars in Business. For all of her hard work, she was also the recipient of the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award from the South Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She also serves on the SCPRSA Board of Directors as the Midlands Regional Director and serves on the Healthy Learners Fund Development Board and is a member of Women in Philanthropy and Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR).

Keri Unsworth

Keri Holder Unsworth
Product Marketing Manager
Itron, Inc.
West Union, South Carolina

As Product Marketing Manager for Itron, Inc.'s Energy Market Division, Keri manages the planning and implementation of projects that support Itron’s entire portfolio of Energy solutions. Working closely with product line management, executive management, and the sales force, Keri develops and executes marketing strategies for handheld, mobile, network, and electricity metering solutions.  Keri also serves as the primary subject matter expert for assigned solutions within the corporate marketing division to ensure alignment and coordination of marketing efforts; this guarantees that Itron, Inc. meets executive level business objectives. In order to facilitate these objectives, Keri manages public relations and professional writing of press releases, trade show planning and execution, website development, future e-commerce strategies, and metrics tracking of all campaign activity to evaluate the results and provide recommendations for future marketing promotion.


Brian Verhoeven

Brian Verhoeven
Senior User Experience Lead
Forum One Communications
Alexandria, VA

Brian plans and directs the design of the user experience for his clients' web site and web applications. His responsibilities include reconciling and prioritizing user, business, and technical requirements; developing design deliverables and documentation; managing visual design direction; and ensuring that the business and user requirements are met. For many of his projects Brian leads the following activities: conducting audience research, documenting functional specifications, categorizing content, prototyping the user interface in wireframes, and leading usability research. Brian enjoys the challenge creating pleasurable, intuitive, usable products that allow users to accomplish their intended goals.

Brian attributes much of his recent success to his MAPC tenure. "Although Information Architecture or Interaction Design wasn't specifically addressed in any of my MAPC classes, the skills that I developed in the program were more than applicable. Much of my work involves user research, audience analysis, communication, information design, documentation, and collaboration. The classes, reading lists, and studio environment launched my career!"

Yuanyuan Zhang

Yuanyuan Zhang
Graphics Manager/Information Coordinator
Joseph F. Sullivan Center
Clemson University
Clemson, SC

Yuanyuan designs and maintains websites, promotional materials, online news articles, internal and external communication, and online surveys, among other items. Yuanyuan focused her MAPC project on developing and arguing for a plan for improvements to Clemson’s graduate health insurance plan. For the 2006/2007 school year, many of the changes for which Yuanyuan argued, including dental benefits through Redfern Health Center, have been implemented.

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