Department of English

6.5.13 – MAPC Student, Brian Gaines, Receives STC’s Ernie Mazzatenta Annual Scholarship

Gaines_recent photo Congratulations to MAPC student, Brian Gaines, who was awarded the Society for Technical Communication’s 2013 Ernie Mazzatenta Annual Scholarship. This annual scholarship is awarded by STC Carolina, and the scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit and promise of future contribution to the field of technical communication.

Brian Gaines, a native of Anderson, SC, received his undergraduate degree in Graphic Design from Anderson University. Prior to matriculating in Clemson University’s Master of Arts in Professional Communication program, he was a U.S. Navy photographer and journalist, who documented a variety of combat and humanitarian missions globally, including the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates. Brian was awarded two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, and numerous other awards and decorations for his efforts.

While at Clemson, Brian has been named the Director of Publications as well as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Clemson University chapter of the Society for Technical Communication and is a member of the Society of English Graduate Students. During the 2012-2013 academic year, he was a Graduate Assistant in the Multimedia Authoring, Teaching, and Research Facility (MATRF), a multimedia lab that serves the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities.

After graduating Clemson, Brian plans to pursue a career in User Experience Design.  When asked about the award, Brian said, “It is truly an honor to be named the recipient of this year’s Ernie Mazzatenta Scholarship. I would like to thank STC for selecting me, as well as Clemson’s MAPC faculty for their guidance, wisdom, and support.”


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