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Carla T. Kungl
Associate Professor, 
Director, Technical/Professional
Communications Minor
1871 Old Main Dr.
Shippensburg, PA  17257
In the English Dept. at
DHC 007

The Office for Technical/Professional
Communications is located in
Wright Hall 210

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Student of the Semester:  Meet Miles Sherman


1) Why did you decide to declare the minor?

When deciding which minor I was going to declare I took a few things into consideration.  I looked at other minors and decided they weren’t as broad as I would have liked.  The Technical/Professional Minor easily adapted to my desires and it allowed me to take classes that would serve a purpose after college.  I was able to structure my schedule so I could learn everything I needed to in my allotted time.  

2) Why would you recommend the minor to your friends?

I would recommend this minor to anyone that would like to sharpen their skills in more than one area. I was able to combine my Journalism/ Communications major with supporting classes such as ethics and graphic design.  I think it is a great minor to further your knowledge in your current major.

3) What's been your favorite class thus far?

So far my favorite class has been Graphic Design I; it is an entry-level class that lets the student explore their talents and ideas.  I have always had a desire to design and learn more about the concept but it has never been available until now.  I highly recommend this class with Professor Redding; she does a great job teaching the basics to any student that is new to the editing programs.

4) How do you see the minor helping in your future career?

In my future career I hope to be a Media Coordinator or a Media editor to begin with.  So far, the skill-building and research practice I learned in Technical Writing has been a great asset.  I learn new skills each day with Graphic Design and hope to take all of my tools to my future career.

--Interveiw by Kaitlyn Howard

In the WorkForce

Alumni Spotlight: Kelly Christ

kelly1) Tell us about your current job.

I currently work for CBS 21 News in Harrisburg as a News Assignment Editor. My daily responsibilities involve a lot of communication with the public as well as my colleagues including: producers, editors, reporters, and photojournalists. Every day is exciting but also a challenge. I truly enjoy what I do.

During my day, the station receives many press releases for the seven counties that make up our viewing area. My job requires me to go through the releases we receive in order to assist producers in deciding what will be put on our broadcasts.

I am also responsible for being aware of any breaking news situations going on in our viewing area and assigning reporters and photojournalists to respond.

Communication is imperative to my success as an Assignment Editor and I believe that my education at Shippensburg, including my minor in Technical and Professional Communications, has prepared me to handle the challenges I now face.

2) Did the minor help you in finding a job after graduation?

As a Technical and Professional Communication minor, I learned many things that still benefit me today. My knowledge of HTML started when I decided to take on the Technical and Professional Communication minor. Since college, I have been involved in administering updates to my company's site and am confident in my skills.

3) What are some skills you use in your current job?

Efficient communication within and outside of my station, social media updates, and website updates.

4) What advice do you have to undergrads/current minors?

My advice to undergraduates and current minors is to take advantage of all the opportunities and resources that Shippensburg provides. The organizations that provide hands-on experience can improve your resume and are very valuable in the long-run. In my experience, professors have opened doors for me by being references for career opportunities. Prove your work ethic to your professors and they will support you in your future.