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 15 tutors below by clicking on the tutor's name.

Kylie Bowman - Senior

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Major:  Professional Communication and Emerging Media

Hobbies: Reading, playing violin, binge-watching shows, sitting under large trees

Favorite Author: Haruki Murakami, Carrie Brown, and Charles Dickens

Favorite Books: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Adventures of Kavalier and Klay, 1Q84, and The Great Gatsby

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

When in Doubt I Refer to: My parents who suddenly do seem to know everything...



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 - Junior

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Major: Game Design and Development: Art

Minor: Computer Science and Creative Writing

Hobbies: Swing dance, 3D modeling, and tabletop games

Favorite Author: Katherine Kurtz

Favorite Books: The Riddlemaster of Hed Trilogy and A Tale for the Time Being

Tutoring Specialties:  Analysis, Art History, Creative Writing, MLA, Research Papers, Online Tutoring, and Thesis/Brainstorming.

When in Doubt I Refer to: Purdue Owl



 

Gabi Dunlop - Junior

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Major:  Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Minor: Applied Foreign Language

Hobbies: Shopping, sewing, baking and traveling

Favorite Author: Vicor Hugo

Favorite Books: Les Misérables

Tutoring Specialties: Literary Analysis, Resumes, and Research Papers

When in Doubt I Refer to: Purdue Owl



Alexandra Fischer - Junior

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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 - Senior

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Major: Professional Communication and Emerging Media: Applied Journalism with a focus on Photography

Minor: Spanish

Hobbies: Reading, writing, games (board, tabletop, and computer), exploring nature, photography, and hanging out with friends

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

Favorite Books: Dune, the Bible,     The Lord of the Rings, and a whole lot more to read and discover

Tutoring Specialties: Analysis,        Annotated Bibliography, AP Style,       Compare and Contrast, Creative, Essay Exams, Grammar, MLA, Resumes and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in Doubt I Refer to: The appropriate resource documents, my self-knowledge of past experiences, and prayer

Maria Grzywa - Senior

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Major: Cross Media Graphics Management

Minor: Spanish

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, throwing clay, and spending time with friends and family

Favorite Authors: J. K. Rowling

Favorite Books: Harry Potter, 1984, Girl on theTrain, and Good Night Moon

Tutoring Specialties: APA, Analysis, Business/Technical Writing, Compare and Contrast, Cover Letters, Creative, Grammar, MLA, Personal Statements, Research Papers, Resumes, Scholarship Applications and Thesis/Brainstorming

When in Doubt I Refer to: Purdue Owl, Writing Center handouts, professors, and peers


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


Rachel Horn - Junior

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Major: Retail Merchandising and Management

Minor: Business

Hobbies: Dance, shopping, napping, and eating

Favorite Authors: Dr. Seuss and Nicholas Sparks 

Favorite Books: Make Lemonade and The Lucky One

Tutoring Specialties: I really enjoy helping with resumes, scholarship applications and professional letters

When in Doubt I Refer to: Purdue Owl, dictionary.com, MLA and APA handouts


 

 

Jake Huffcutt - Senior

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Major:  Entertainment Design

Hobbies: Drawing, reading, Pokémon, cats, carpets, celery, stuff, and cufflinks

Favorite Author: Kurt Vonnegut, Michael DeForge, and Sam Alden

Favorite Books: Cat's Cradle, Harry Potter, and Big Kids

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

When in Doubt I Refer to: Purdue Owl forever


Abby Kuisle - Junior

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Major:  Professional Communication and Emerging Media: Applied Journalism and Digital Humanities

Hobbies: Reading, knitting, writing, coaching, baking and fangirling

Favorite Authors: J. K. Rowling, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Jane Austen

Favorite Books: Pride and Prejudice, Hamlet, The Great Gatsby, and The Invisible Man

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

When in Doubt I Refer to: Purdue Owl and AP Stylebook



 

Brenna Lesnar - Senior

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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 - Senior

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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


Stephanie Pladies - Sophomore

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Major:  Dietetics

Hobbies: Track and field, DIY-projects, and watching Netflix

Favorite Authors: John Green

Favorite Books: The Fault in our Stars

Tutoring Specialties: Resumes, Lab Reports, and Research Papers

When in Doubt I Refer to: Purdue Owl



Kayla Smith - Senior

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Major: Graphic Design

Minor: Business Administration

Hobbies: Traveling, photography, softball

Favorite Author: Jane Austen

Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice

Tutoring Specialties: MLA, Literary Analysis, and Art History

When in Doubt I Refer to: Purdue Owl



Contact Information

Main Location
Room 174 Harvey Hall

We are on the first floor across from the Harvey Hall Theater and elevator.

Contact
Phone: (715) 232-5284

Writing Center Hours

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

Additional Tutoring Hours

Evening and weekend tutoring hours are available to all students on a walk-in basis.

Sundays
Library, Room 117, 7 - 9 p.m.
AFM, Room 103, 8 - 10 p.m.
HKMC, Room 131, 8 - 10 p.m.

Mondays
Library, Room 117, 7 - 9 p.m.
South, Room 122, 8 - 10 p.m.

Tuesdays
Library, Room 117, 7 - 9 p.m.
CKTO, Room 169, 8 - 10 p.m.

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