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



 

Sydney Edman - Junior

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Major:  Human Development and Family Studies: Pre-counseling and Sexuality

Hobbies: Being with friends and family, exercise, reading, cooking, and outdoor activities

Favorite Author: Stephen King

Favorite Books: Gone Girl, The Stand, and The Red Tent

Tutoring Specialties: APA, Analysis, Compare and Contrast, Essay Exams, Grammar, Personal Statements, Scholarship Applications, and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in Doubt I Refer to: Google



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

Matt Gundrum - Senior

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Major: Professional Communication and Emerging Media

Hobbies: Music, reading, writing, running, and cooking

Favorite Author: Stieg Larsson

Favorite Books: The Stranger, The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Giver, Catch-22, and The Long Walk

Tutoring Specialties: Analysis, AP Style, Compare and Contrast, Essay Exams, Grammar, Personal Statements, and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in Doubt I Refer to: The Almighty Google


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

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 


 

 

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


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


Gwendolyn Kinsman - Junior

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Major:  Applied Math and Computer Science: Math Education

Hobbies: Rugby, reading, Netflix, and eating ice cream

Favorite Author: David Eddings

Favorite Books: The Belgariad series, Harry Potter series, and The Hobbit

Tutoring Specialties: APA, Grammar, Research Papers, Lesson Plans, and LaTeX

When in Doubt I Refer to: Purdue Owl, Google, and Friends



Andrew Lehn - Senior

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Major:  Professional Communication and Emerging Media: Technical Communication

Hobbies: Skiing, climbing, driving, books, movies, and video games

Favorite Author: William Golding

Favorite Books: The Inheritors, Brave New World, and No Country for Old Men

Tutoring Specialties: Analysis, Bibliography, Technical Writing, Compare and Contrast, Cover Letters, Essay Exams, Grammar, MLA, Resumes, Research Papers, and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in Doubt I Refer to: English Stack Exchange



 

Brenna Lesnar - Junior

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Major:  Entertainment Design: Animation and Comics

Hobbies: Biking, gardening, journaling, and traveling

Favorite Author: Dianna Wynne Jones

Favorite Books: Howl's Moving Castle, Emma, and The Saga series

Tutoring Specialties: Analysis, Art History, Compare and Contrast, Creative, Essay Exams, MLA, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Scholarship Applications, and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in Doubt I Refer to: Roommates, Professors, and the World Wide Web



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



Kelsey Tessier - Senior

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Major: Psychology

Minor: Human Development and Family Studies

Hobbies: Hanging out with friends

Favorite Authors: Nicholas Sparks

Favorite Books: Anything that has to do with real life scenarios that are relatable

Tutoring Specialties: APA, Grammar, Research Papers, Essay Exams, and Personal Statements

When in Doubt I Refer to: Easybib, Purdue Owl Online, Dictionary.com, Professors, and Peers



Megan Verhagen - Senior

 Megan_Verhagen

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



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 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Additional Tutoring Hours

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

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

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