Staff Biographies

Administration

Andrea Deacon - Co-Director

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Professor of English

wcdirectors@uwstout.edu


Kristin Risley - Co-Director

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Professor of English

wcdirectors@uwstout.edu

Kim Blomquist - Administrative Assistant

Tutors

The UW-Stout Writing Center employs trained undergraduate peer tutors from a variety of disciplines and majors.

You can view photos and biographies for all 18 tutors below by clicking on the tutor's name.

Sara Brewer - Senior

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Major:  Professional Communication and Emerging Media: Digital Humanities

Minor: History

Hobbies: Reading, writing, knitting, watching movies, playing video games, and hanging out with friends

Favorite Authors: J.K. Rowling, Jane Austen, and Maureen Johnson

Favorite Books: Harry Potter, Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Rings, and The Moonstone

Tutoring Specialties: Analysis, Compare and Contrast, Creative, Grammar, MLA, Resumes, Research Papers, Scholarship Applications, and Thesis/Brainstorming.

When in Doubt I refer to: Purdue Owl and Grammar Girl



 

Maggie Clarke - Sophomore

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Major: Game Design and Development: Art

Minor: Computer Science and Creative Writing

Hobbies: Karate, sketching, and swing dance

Favorite Author: Katherine Kurtz

Favorite Books: A Tale for the Time Being, The Book of Lost Things, and Ender's Game

Tutoring Specialties:  Analysis, Creative Writing, MLA, Research Papers, Scholarship Applications, and Thesis/Brainstorming.

When in Doubt I refer to: Purdue Owl



 

Alexandra Fischer - Sophomore

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Major: Dietetics

Minor: Health and Wellness

Hobbies: Reading, music, cooking, and martial arts

Favorite Authors: J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan

Favorite Books: Harry Potter, Heroes of Olympus, and To Kill a Mockingbird

Tutoring Specialties: Analysis, Compare and Contrast, Creative, Grammar, Lab Reports, and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in Doubt I refer to: Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Purdue Owl

 


Blake Gerrits - Junior

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Major: Professional Communication and Emerging Media: Applied Journalism

Hobbies: Reading, writing, games (board and computer), exploring nature, being active in organizations (PAC and StoutCatholic), and hanging out with friends

Favorite Authors: H.G. Wells, J.R.R. Tolkein, Kurt Vonnegut, Edgar Allan Poe, and many more

Favorite books: Too many good books and so many that I haven't read yet

Tutoring Specialties: Analysis, AP Style, Compare and Contrast, Creativity, MLA, and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in doubt I refer to: Prayer and self-discovery

Maria Grzywa - Junior

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Major: Cross Media Graphics Management

Minor: Spanish

Hobbies: Reading, art, sketching, baking, outdoors, and hanging out with friends and family

Favorite Author: J.K. Rowling

Favorite Books: Harry Potter, Where the Wild Things Are, 1984, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Tutoring Specialties: Analysis, AP Style, Business/Technical Writing, Compare and Contrast, Creative, Grammar, MLA, Research Papers, Scholarship Applications, and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in Doubt I refer to: Purdue Owl, thesaurus, dictionary, professors, and peers


Hillary Hoffman - Senior

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Major:  Applied Social Science

Minor:  Women and Gender Studies

Hobbies:  Weightlifting, reading, biking, running, and gardening

Favorite Author:  Betty Friedan

Favorite Books:  The Kite Runner, Kane and Abel, Slaughterhouse-Five, Go Ask Alice, and Memoir of a Geisha

Tutoring Specialties: APA, Analysis, Compare and Contrast, Creative, Essay Exams, Research Papers, and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in doubt I refer to:  Purdue Owl, and dictionary.com

Alyson Kehn - Senior

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Major:  Professional Communication and Emerging Media: Applied Journalism

Minor:  Psychology

Hobbies: Weightlifting, cooking, reading, drinking coffee, taking naps, and outdoor activities

Favorite Authors: John Knowles, C.S. Lewis, and Sylvia Plath

Favorite Books: A Separate Peace, Oh the Places You'll Go, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Nineteen Minutes

Tutoring Specialties:  Analysis, Compare and Contrast, Creative, Essay Exams, Grammar, MLA, Research Papers, and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in Doubt I refer to: Purdue Owl


Kori Klaustermeier - Senior

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Major:  Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management

Minor: Business Administration and Economics

Hobbies: Reading, driving, baking souffles, and listening to my favorite song over and over

Favorite Authors: Nora Roberts and Robyn Carr

Favorite Books: Romance novels

Tutoring Specialties: Business/Technical Writing, Cover Letters, Online Tutoring, Research Papers, Resumes, and Scholarship Applications

When in Doubt I refer to: Purdue Owl



Jake Huffcutt - Junior

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Major:  Entertainment Design

Hobbies: Drawing, reading, music, video games, and playing with my cat

Favorite Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Favorite Books: Cat's Cradle, Harry Potter, and The Graveyard Book

Tutoring Specialties: Analysis, Art History, Creative, Compare and Contrast, Research Papers, Document Style, and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in Doubt I refer to: MLA / APA handouts and the almighty internet

Abby Knott - Senior

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Major:  Interior Design

Hobbies: Reading, interior design, shopping, and outdoors

Favorite Authors: J.K. Rowling, and George R.R. Martin

Favorite Books: Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Bloodmark, and Wuthering Heights

Tutoring Specialties: Analysis, Art History, Chicago, Compare and Contrast, Essay Exams, Grammar, Lab Reports, MLA, Online Tutoring, Research Papers, Resumes, Scholarship Applications and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in Doubt I refer to: Rules for Writers



 

Stacie Nielsen - Junior

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Major: Professional Communication
and Emerging Media: Applied Journalism

Hobbies: Reading, music, traveling,
soccer, family, and games

Favorite Authors: C.S. Lewis, Frank
Peretti, Wayne Thomas Batson, Rick Riordan, and Jane Austen

Favorite Books: This Present Darkness, The Door Within trilogy, The Hobbit, and Pride and Prejudice 

Tutoring Specialties: APA, AP Style,
Creative, MLA, and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in Doubt I refer to: Purdue Owl,
Google, peers, professors, and books


Mariah Pellowski - Senior

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Major:  Applied Social Science

Hobbies: Reading, traveling and research

Favorite Author: Janet Fitch

Favorite Books: Paint it Black and The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo series

Tutoring Specialties: APA, Annotated Bibliography, Compare and Contrast, Research Papers, Resumes, and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in Doubt I refer to: Purdue Owl

 

Hunter Rising - Senior

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Major:  Entertainment Design: Animation

Minor: English Writing

Hobbies: Drawing, creative writing, reading, exploring the outdoors, and biking

Favorite Authors: Mark Z. Danielewski, Thomas Harris, and Stephen King

Favorite Books: House of Leaves, Silence of the Lambs, Coraline, and It

Tutoring Specialties: Art History, Creative Writing, Grammar, MLA, and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in Doubt I refer to: The Elements of Style and Google

Rachel Horn - Sophomore

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Major: Retail Merchandising and Management: Buying and Product Management, Store Operations, and Fashion Marketing

Minor: Business

Hobbies: Dance, Netflix, eating, napping, and shopping

Favorite Author: Dr. Seuss 

Favorite Books: Anything by Nicholas Sparks 

Tutoring Specialties: APA, Analysis, Annotated Bibliography, Creative, Grammar, MLA, Research Papers, and Resumes 


 

 

Grant Soe - Senior

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Major:  Psychology

Minor: Human Development and Family Studies

Hobbies: Golf, basketball, exercising, skydiving, and spoiling my dog

Favorite Authors: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bo Burnham, and J.K. Rowling

Favorite Books: Space Cronicles, Egghead: Or, You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone, and Harry Potter

Tutoring Specialties: APA, Creative, Grammar, and Research Papers

When in Doubt I refer to: Internet

Allison Uy - Sophomore

 Allison_Uy

Major:  Professional Communication and Emerging Media

Hobbies: Creative writing, reading, Zumba, and Netflix

Favorite Authors: Patrick Rothfuss, J.K. Rowling, and J.R.R. Tolkein

Favorite Books: Name of the Wind, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings

Tutoring Specialties: Creative Writing, Organization of Ideas, and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in Doubt I refer to: Purdue Owl

Megan Verhagen - Senior

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Major:  Applied Social Science

Minor: Women and Gender Studies and Psychology

Hobbies: Reading, cooking and spending time with friends

Favorite Author: Jane Austen

Favorite Books: Pride and Prejudice, Angels and Demons, and Perks of Being a Wallflower

Tutoring Specialties: APA, Analysis, Compare and Contrast, MLA, Research Papers, and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in Doubt I refer to: Purdue Owl and MLA / APA handouts

Barbara Young - Senior

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Major:  Professional Communication and Emerging Media: Applied Journalism

Hobbies: Reading, writing, crafting, and sewing

Favorite Author: Jane Austen

Favorite Books: Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice

Tutoring Specialties: APA, Analysis, AP Style, Creative, MLA, and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in Doubt I refer to: Purdue Owl

Contact Information

Main Location
Room 211 Robert S. Swanson Learning Center (the University Library)

We are on the second floor near the periodicals.

Contact
Phone: (715) 232-5284

Writing Center Hours

Monday -- Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Library.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Library.

Additional Tutoring Hours

Evening & Weekend Tutoring hours are available to all students on a walk-in basis.

Evening & Weekend tutoring begins Sunday,
January 31.

Locations:  

Sundays: 
MSC 7 - 9 p.m.  Room 110
HKMC 8 - 10 p.m.  Room 131
Fleming 8 - 10 p.m. Room 007

Mondays: 
MSC 7 - 9 p.m.  Room 110
South 8 -10 p.m. Room 122

Tuesdays:
MSC 7 - 9 p.m. Room 110
CKTO  8 - 10 p.m.  Room 169

Wednesdays
MSC 7 - 9 p.m.  Room 110
AFM 8 - 10 p.m. Room 103
 
Thursdays:
MSC 7 - 9 p.m. Room 110

 

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