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Writing Center Staff


PEER TUTORS

Rand Abdullatef
Biology major

Hi everyone! While I come from a scientific background, I love reading and writing. Whether you have no idea how to begin a paper or you're done and just need someone to look it over, I am ready to help. Writing is an essential method of communicating, so it is imperative to develop effective skills. It doesn't matter if you're writing a short story, a persuasive research paper or an email to your professor, the Writing Center can assist you with any writing need. See you soon!

 

 

 

Zach Bragg
Environmental and field biology major / Psychology minor

Hello! I am excited and ready to help you with any of your writing needs. This is my third year at the Writing Center. While I am a biology major (and can certainly help with academic papers), I am also well-versed in critical analysis and literary synthesis. I have written and edited writing of all sorts, from research papers to poetry, so do not hesitate to come in if you have any questions. We can work on questions as simple as comma placement or as difficult as restructuring a paper. Any help you need with your writing, I can provide!


 

Sage Caughenbaugh
Language arts education major

Hello, all! I am ready and excited to work with you on your writing. I can help with all steps of the writing process from outlining to final polishing. My expertise is in the humanities, but I am excited to learn more about the subjects you are working on and help you develop your writing for any class. In addition to working in the Writing Center, I am the co-editor in chief of Polaris, ONU’s literary magazine. I am also well-versed in non-academic writing such as poetry and fiction. I am excited to help you with your writing!

 

William Deisler
Mechanical engineering major

Hello! In addition to being in my second year of the mechanical engineering program, I am also a housing representative for Student Senate. My role in the Writing Center is to help first-year engineering students write technical reports as part of their introductory classes. I am more than happy to help with other types of writing as well. I look forward to working with you!

 

 

Grace Huff
Professional writing major / Creative writing minor

Hello! I am a senior English major and am super excited to help you with your writing. I have always loved writing and helping others with their writing so please feel free to ask me any questions about writing or anything related. I hope to see you in the Writing Center soon!

 

 

 

Charis Kasler
Chemistry and pre-med major

Hi! I am a senior chemistry and pre-med major. I am very excited to be a part of the Writing Center! Even though my background is in the natural sciences, I have always loved writing and am able to help you with papers across a variety of disciplines. Whether your paper just needs to be polished or you haven’t started and want help brainstorming, I will be happy to assist you. I became a tutor in the Writing Center because I want to help you become more confident as a writer and hopefully make the writing process less daunting.

 

Annie McArn
Pharmacy major / Creative writing minor

Hi! I’m a P3, or a third-year pharmacy student, who loves reading and writing almost as much as I love science. Although many of my classes are science based, I can help you with whatever type of writing support you may need and have experience with a wide range of citation styles, including MLA and NLM. My goal as a tutor is to help you figure out a process that gets you writing at your best. I look forward to working with you!

 

 

Alex Miller
Pharmacy major / Spanish minor

Although my passion is pharmacy and science, I would love to help you with any type of writing. Additionally, with a Spanish minor, I can assist you with Spanish compositions. As a tutor, my ultimate goal is to help you look and sound your best on paper. Whether we work on developing fascinating ideas or writing with phenomenal mechanics, I look forward to helping you improve and hone your writing skills.

 

 

Matthew Morgan
Psychology major

Hello! I am a sophomore and when I am not studying or working in the Heterick Library, I am enjoying my time as a member of the Phi Mu Delta fraternity or relaxing through my profound love of playing tennis. I am very dedicated to my psychology major, but I also love writing! My favorite part of my job is working with students by brainstorming topic ideas for their papers and focusing on what they can do to make sure their assignments are the best they can be. I'm excited to be a part of the Writing Center team, and I can help you with any writing questions or concerns you may have!

 

 

Carah Porter
Nursing major

Hello! I am excited to join the Writing Center team and assist you with your writing. While the majority of my writing is in the natural sciences with an emphasis on using APA style, I have experience writing in many other classes and styles including using MLA in Writing Seminar and adjusting to instructor specific styles in other classes. My goal is to help you become more confident in your writing. I look forward to your visit!

 

 

Hunter Roach
Pharmacy major / Spanish minor

Hello everyone! I am currently a second-year pharmacy major. In addition to working for the Writing Center, I also serve as the Professional Meetings Coordinator for ONU's American Pharmacist Association Academy of Student Pharmacists. I have had a passion for writing ever since I was young, and am looking forward to helping you create convincing and effective essays so that you can succeed in your classes. I hope that after working with me, you will feel more confident about your writing and your writing abilities!

 

MacKenzie Sowers
Language arts education major

Hello, all! I am new to the Writing Center, but writing and revising papers is not something new to me. Literature is my life and if you need help with any type of critical writing, I am your go-to girl. One of the reasons I chose to pursue an English degree was because I love the openness and creativeness that this major allows me to explore. These characteristics have well prepared me to help you with any of your writing needs. When I’m not working, you will probably either find me in my room watching Netflix or in the gym playing club volleyball or working out. I am excited to work with you this year and can’t wait to see you in the Writing Center.

 

Morgan Storrer
Law tutor

Hi! I am excited for the opportunity to work with you at the Writing Center. I am a third-year law student in the Pettit College of Law. Recently, I interned at ONU’s legal clinic, gaining legal experience researching, drafting documents, and representing clients in court. During my first semester at ONU, I received a Book Award for my fall Legal Research and Writing class, earning top marks for my legal writing. I would love to use my writing experience and expertise to assist you as you tackle your writing projects, and I look forward to your visit!

 

Jake Webb
Mechanical engineering major / Applied mathematics minor

I'm a junior, and this is my second year as a writing tutor. Along with academics, I am the president of the BattleBots team. We design a new fighting robot each year to compete against other schools. Although I like building things and playing with robots, I also enjoy writing, and I hope that I can help you feel the same way. I specialize in writing technical reports, synthesis essays and engineering memos, but I'm ready to help with any of your writing needs. Writing is very important because it is the fundamental way to communicate in the professional world, and I'm happy to help you improve your writing however I can!

 

McKenzie Wilson
Communication studies and Spanish major / Multimedia journalism minor

I'm a writing tutor who has a weakness for bad puns and acoustic versions of songs. To me, writing is the most influential way to communicate your ideas, thoughts and feelings on a subject. As a tutor, my objective is to assist you in the progression of your writing skills. I am well-versed in writing essays, journalistic articles, speeches and more. Whether you're struggling with the topic, fluidity or organization of your paper, I'd love to help!

 
 

Support Staff

Darlene Johnston, d-johnston.1@onu.edu
Interim director, Fall 2018

I have worked at ONU for 12 years and have taught a wide variety of courses from literature to legal English. My graduate studies have helped me develop a wide range of writing expertise, including specializations in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), bilingual education, and writing and rhetoric. I am looking forward to serving as a support system for faculty, staff, and students in the Writing Center this semester.

 

Ph.D. Candidate Writing and Rhetoric, Bowling Green State University
M.A. English, Indiana University
M.A. TESOL and Bilingual Education, The University of Findlay
B.A. English and Political Science, Hanover College

 

Justine Post, j-post.6@onu.edu 
Director, Returning Spring 2019

I am in my fourth year of directing the Writing Center at ONU. Although I will be on maternity leave for the fall semester, I am excited to be part of such a diverse team that is dedicated to helping students across all majors and at all levels of experience develop their writing. I hope that you will find the Writing Center a space that both supports and challenges you to become a better writer, and that you benefit from the wide range of experiences that our tutors have to offer. If you have any questions or suggestions, I would love to hear from you when I am back in action during the spring semester!

Ph.D. English and Education, The University of Michigan
M.A. Rhetoric and Composition, North Carolina State University
B.A. English, Millersville University


Sandra Elsass, s-elsass@onu.edu
Advanced administrative assistant

The smile behind the front desk each morning belongs to me, Sandy Elsass. I have worked, taken classes and assisted students at ONU since before most of you were born. I love my job and look forward to scheduling your appointments and making sure your paperwork is processed correctly.

B.S.B.A., Ohio Northern University