Writing in the Professions forum with Karen Kerr-Osman, Thomas Anderson & Susan Randall set for March 6 at SPC

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Central Arizona College’s Communications Division will present Writing in the Professions, a forum designed to show students, staff and community members the value and viability of writing as a real-world tool with income-producing potential.

The forum will take place on Wednesday, March 6, from 12-1:15 p.m. on CAC’s Signal Peak Campus located at 8470 N. Overfield Road between the cities of Coolidge and Casa Grande.

The event will be held in Room M101 of the Student Services Building (Clock Tower) and is supported by an Innovation Fund Award granted by Central Arizona College.

There is no charge for the free forum that is open to everyone.

“Writing isn’t just for the classroom; it is for the tool-chest of life,” Leslie Wooten, A professor of English at CAC who is coordinating the program, explained.

The forum will include individuals who are engaged in careers where writing is an essential component.

Each guest will make 10- to 15-minute presentations on the role writing plays in their daily work. The presentations will be followed by an interactive question and answer period.

The presenters for the Writing in the Professions forum include:

Thomas Anderson currently serves as the community policing officer for the Casa Grande Police Department. He has more than 21 years of experience in the field of criminal justice - specifically law enforcement.

Anderson worked the majority of his career in East Texas where he served as lead instructor at the Criminal Justice Training Academy at Sam Houston State University. His instruction included various tactical courses, ethics, and report writing.

He has served in a supervisory capacity for many of those years and has had the opportunity to not only write thousands of reports, but also to review subordinate reports for content and accuracy.

Along with his normal duties, Anderson is a training officer for the Casa Grande Police Department. He teaches numerous subjects including reporting methods for the use of force, Taser, defensive tactics, and firearms. He also serves as the department’s public information officer.

Karen Kerr-Osman is the director of community relations and the foundation at Casa Grande Regional Medical Center. Kerr-Osman, who has an undergraduate degree in public relations, has been with the 177-bed non-profit community hospital for eight years in various capacities including marketing coordinator, volunteer coordinator and now as a director.

The hospital is located on the major route between Phoenix and Tucson and has a small-town feel while being part of a growing community.

Much of Kerr-Osman’s focus is spent on developing internal and external publications for her facility, including monthly newsletters and annual reports, in addition to grant-writing and public relations responsibilities.

Susan Randall - who graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education - tried teaching and didn’t like it. She dug native clay, built art, worked part-time as children’s librarian in Kearny, and wrote weekly library articles for the Copper Basin News.

One night Randall covered a school board meeting and was offered a full-time job. She took it, earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona, and joined the Casa Grande Dispatch in 1991.

She worked as a police reporter, county reporter, feature writer and Valley Life editor, quit to drive semis, and returned as an education reporter.

For more information about this event, please contact Leslie Wootten (520-494-5381 / Email: leslie.wootten@centralaz.edu).

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