Hello, my name is Aaron Smale and I am currently working on an undergraduate degree in English Writing, and minoring in Holocaust, Genocide, and Peace Studies. This is my third year at UNR, and I am very passionate about most subjects concerning the humanities, English, writing, and critical thinking and theory. I love to collaborate with other writers on any paper from any discipline, and I like to brainstorm and organize papers, with an ear for rhythm and strength throughout. In helping you with your paper, I am strongest in subjects such as creative writing, poetry, Core Humanities, Literary Theory, and English, though I'm happy to help out with other topics as well. When I'm not on campus, I like to read too much sci-fi, watch a lot of movies, drink quality coffee, and be bossed around by my cat, Isis.
Hi! My name is Abby Feenstra. I'm a senior studying English literature and women's studies with minors in psychology and chemistry. As you could probably tell from my variety of studies, I'm interested in absolutely everything and I have experience writing in several different fields. I've always loved reading and writing and I hope to one day do it for a living, preferably as an English professor. I'm already using my writing and editing skills in my other on-campus jobs, which include copy editing for The Nevada Sagebrush and editing Joe Crowley Student Union publications. I also work as a Facility Supervisor at the Joe. In my free time, I enjoy reading everything I can get my hands on, as well as long-distance running. I'm probably best when it comes to English assignments as that is my chosen field of study, but I'll help anyone with anything!
Hey, I'm Angela. I'm originally from Virginia, but have lived in Nevada for seven years. I have a Master's in English Writing from UNR and a BS in Journalism. I teach composition courses at UNR and TMCC. I write fiction, flash fiction, and screenplays in my spare time as well as some newspaper and online articles. I am studying rhetoric and composition theory in English. I also work with the community on literacy projects. I have experience in writing research proposals and grant proposals. I love teaching and working with students of all ages and all stages of the writing process from discovering ideas to final touches, as well as helping students find out what they are looking for in a writing consultant. Hope to see you at the Writing Center!
Hello, my name is Benjamin Loar. This is my second year with the University Writing Center and I am a very capable tutor with excellent spelling, grammatical and punctuation skills, and I also have an expertise with APA format and citation. I am a full-time student at UNR in the field of Education, and in my spare time, I play a lot of video games, watch movies, go swimming, or ride my bike around the city.
Hello, I'm Blanca. I'm a senior and an English major with emphasis in writing and a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I will be going to grad school to pursue a career in teaching. I am still a student, but I am very comfortable in creating strong arguments and enjoy looking for places where writing can be strengthened. I enjoy breaking down topics to brain storm for prompts or assisting in research. The areas I am most experienced with are in the humanities though I will do my best to help strengthen the writing of any subject matter. Outside of school I enjoy reading a wide range of fiction, doodling, and playing the occasional FPS video game on my PC.
Hi, I'm Brian H. McLelland. I'm an English-Writing major and Journalism minor. I love writing and I'm happy to help you with any projects you might need assistance with. I'm extremely comfortable working with English, Core Humanities, Psychology, History, and creative writing. I'm also the president of Stellaria Writing Club, an ASUN club on campus. When I'm not writing, I enjoy video games (perhaps too much!), reading (mostly horror/sci-fi), and spending time with my wife and dog.
Hi! I'm Brianna, and I'm a journalism graduate student, focusing on PR and marketing. I'm an avid reader and writer and have self-published a few things on Amazon. I have a BA in Humanities and an MA in Teaching from Sierra Nevada College. When I'm not writing or working or going to class, I can be found with my Kindle in hand. I also love spending time with friends and traveling. I run a freelance editing business, Soloski Editing, and am the editorial assistant of a prominent Las Vegas magazine. I'm super excited to be working in the Writing Center and can't wait to help you with your papers.
Hello! I am Brittney and I am a Junior majoring in Forest Management and Ecology and minoring in Chemistry and Ecohydrology. I recently graduated from TMCC with Associate's Degrees in Biology and Environmental Science. I have tutored writing at TMCC for two years and am happy to now be doing the same at UNR! I love scientific writing as well as research, argument, and analysis essays. I am also confident in assisting with lab reports, resumes, and purpose statements. My strengths include brainstorming, research, organization, and crafting effective thesis statements. When I am not tutoring or doing school work I enjoy off-roading, hiking, camping, fishing,cooking, and rocking out to some local music. I hope to meet you soon!
I am in the Biotechnology Masters of Science program. I have experience with Grant Writing, CSE/ACS citation styles, along with MLA & APA. My strengths lie with the varied needs of scientific writing, but I am also proficient with creative fiction, Core Humanities, and research papers across the curriculum. I enjoy science – I consider Carl Sagan my science grandfather. My favorite book series at the moment is The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind. As you can see my interests span the disciplines. I look forward to helping you meet your writing goals.
My name is Colin deSousa and I am a first time Writing Consultant at the Writing Center. I am currently a sophomore Political Science major and will soon have a minor in Renewable Energy as well. I have a passion for making the world a better place and by doing this I take another step towards that dream. I also love sports, especially football and baseball. In my spare time I love researching politics, watching the Red Sox play baseball, and hanging out with friends. I strongly feel my purpose in life is to learn and this experience will surely do that. I look forward to this coming school year and helping my peers reach their true potential!
Hello! My name is Cory Anderson and I am currently a Junior at UNR. I am an English major with an emphasis in Literature and a minor in Journalism. I eventually want to obtain my graduate degree in English Literature as well as pursuing a career in the publishing world. I eventually want to obtain this degree at NYU. Until then, I will enjoy being your writing tutor at UNR. I am currently learning to speak Spanish as well and hope to study abroad in Spain for a semester this year. In addition to working at the writing center I hope to start volunteering at St. Mary's Medical Center this year as well. By participating in a wide range of activities I believe this further boosts my skills set in the writing center as well. In my free time I enjoy blogging and hiking; two very diverse activities! I enjoy immersing myself in a wide range of different activities and I believe this helps to expand my view the world in general. My strengths in writing are outlining and creating thesis statements. I am excited to not only assisting you with your writing this year, but also taking new skills from you as students that I can add to my skills set. I look forward to meeting you all!
Hello! My name is Elsa Ochsner and this is my second year working as a writing consultant. I am currently a senior nearing the completion of a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Developmental Disabilities. Along with my job at the Writing Center I also enjoy working at the Black Rock Press, being a section editor for The Montag, and serving as president for our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta (English honor society). Besides my very “English-y” jobs, I am also a team captain for the Nevada rifle team and treasurer for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In my free time it’s likely that I’ll be browsing Reno thrift stores, reading, practicing target shooting, or watching BBC television shows. My major and minor have given me ample experience with English, Core Humanities, psychology, and education papers. Although these papers may be what I’m most familiar with, I truly enjoy working with students of all majors and disciplines to assist in the development of their writing skills.
Hi, I’m Erin. I’m a writing consultant at the Writing Center. I am an English Literature major with a minor in Psychology. I’m a senior and in the honors program. I have the most experience with English, Core Humanities, and Psychology, but I’d be happy to work with you on any piece you bring in! While I particularly like brainstorming, outlining, thesis development, and organization, I’ll do my best to help you with any stage of the writing process. When I’m not in classes or at the Writing Center, I enjoy reading, obsessively watching Grey’s Anatomy, and spending time with my husband (we just got married this summer!).
Hi my name is Erin. I am currently working on my PhD in Rhetoric in Composition--which basically means I pay money to learn how to help people become better writers. While my background is in English, I love learning new things and enjoy working with writers from all disciplines. In addition to academic writing, I love working with personal essays (applications essays, scholarship essays, etc.). When I'm not teaching, tutoring, and working on my own writing, I might be found doing any number of things, including baking cookies, criticizing SportsCenter anchors, or button mashing.
Howdy! My name is Hawah Ahmad and I am a junior at the University of Nevada, Reno pursuing a dual major in Neuroscience and Political Science. I am very excited to begin my first year as a writing consultant and to assist our college community in all aspects of generating research papers. My strengths revolve around organization, planning, and thesis development in the writing process. In my spare time I enjoy shopping, music, reading and baking pastries. I keep busy volunteering in the community and doing research with the Psychology department at the University. I am available to help you convey your thoughts and answer your writing questions. So let’s chill, be silly, get work done and whip out an awesome paper that you will be proud of!
I have B.A. degrees in English literature and French and am continuing my studies to focus on the latter. Alors, les étudiants du Français : bienvenue ! Apportez-moi vos thèses et nous les discuterons. I'm particularly passionate about contemporary literature and philosophy and enjoy working with texts that incorporate argument and rhetoric. When I write, I seek to challenge the perspective of the reader and take advantage of the inherent musicality of language. I'm ever so excited to help you do the same! I've also considerable experience crafting cover letters and essay applications, so on a more professional note, I understand the stress and uncertainly involved with resume building. Other interests include geometry, astronomy, philosophy and dance. I'm also a collagist and take special pleasure in cutting up magazine pages and pasting them back with a new, subversive meaning attached. Enchantée !
Hey there, my name is Jenna Sims. I am working on my Bachelor's degree in Music Performance with an emphasis in Voice, and a minor in Biology. After I graduate, I hope to move to New York pursue a career in musical theater. Traveling is a passion of mine, and number one on my bucket list is to volunteer at the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. I am an avid Doctor Who fan, but I'm more than happy to "geek-out" about everything and anything. I'm a certified scuba diver, I have a black belt in martial arts, and I love to ski. As my plethora of interests may imply, I am willing to work with you on any type of writing, but my areas of expertise include lab reports, research papers (BIOL 192 students I am here for you!), and essays for music classes. Whether you are still brainstorming on your topic, or want a critical eye to peer review your work, come on in and let's get started!
I am a part time Graduate Assistant at the Writing Center, and I've worked here since 2010. I am currently pursuing an MA in Writing, and I graduated with my BA in Language and Linguistics (with a minor in Cultural Anthropology) in 2012. I also teach a section of English 101. I most enjoy working with writers during the pre-writing stages (brainstorming, free writing, outlining, etc.). I have experience with core writing, Core Humanities, and Anthropology papers, and I specialize in grammar, syntax, and reading strategies. I also work as a blogger and social media consultant. When I'm not working, I enjoy reading and writing sci-fi and fantasy. I also enjoy playing video games and working on my time machine (so I can capture dinosaurs and teach them to be productive members of society today).
Hi! I’m J.J. I love video games, food, music, and I’m a little bit too involved (unhealthy even) with some television shows. I’m currently a junior/senior pursuing a B.A. in both English and Anthropology. My specialization is in English writing. I love prose, style, and grammar. I’m comfortable looking at any of these things with you, as well as outlining, brainstorming, organizing, and thesis building. I’m pretty proficient in using the English language, but I’m not going to pretend that I know everything—I’m still learning and building my craft like everyone else! Whatever your needs may be, I will do my best to help.
Hi! My name is Jonathan Vivet, but you can call me Jon. I am currently a sophomore pursuing a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. This is my first semester working for the University Writing Center as a consultant, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to meet all of you. I consider critical reading, brainstorming, outlining, thesis development, organization, structure, and forming a confident voice my strengths as a writer. I am also familiar with AP style and journalism writing in general. I would love to help you with any of your English, Core Humanities, creative writing, and journalism projects. As a student with background in natural resources I've also had experience writing scientific papers, so don't be shy to meet with me about that either. When I'm not working or doing class work, I like to volunteer for various organizations, read, camp, and write creatively. Hope to see you soon!
My name is Jonathan DuBois, and this is my second year working at the writing center. I'm a dual major in Discrete Mathematics/Operations Research and English Writing. I consider brainstorming, organization, grammar, syntax, and style my greatest strengths as a tutor. I especially like working on Rhetorical Analysis and argumentative papers, but would love to help you with any job related papers, like resumes, cover letters, or personal statements, as well as any creative writing projects you may be working on. Don't let that discourage you from seeing me about lab reports or any science related paper though. I love that shit. I also love working with ELL students, since English is the greatest language there is and I derive great joy from helping pass it on to others. I'm a very visual learner, so I find that I use many graphs, diagrams, and other drawings to organize my thoughts and explain word usage, syntax, and overall arguments. One day I hope to be a published author/English professor/mathematical consultant. I play eight man for the University Rugby Club, and in those extremely few weekends a year I actually get free time I like to spend them skiing, hiking, biking, climbing, and fishing.
My name is Jowi Asmar, and I am a sophomore double majoring in Political Science and International Affairs. I am a Reno native, and I have been a loyal Pack fan since the day I was born! Outside of campus, I love playing basketball, listening to music, and reading up on current events. I am looking forward to helping people with their writing skills because writing is an essential skill to have for a successful college career. My writing strengths are evident in English, Core Humanities, History, and Political Science papers. I focus on perfecting organization, analysis, proofreading, and MLA and APA format skills. I am also fluent in Arabic and would be able to help anybody with an English language barrier who speaks Arabic as their first language. I am excited to help you become a better writer, and I hope to meet you soon!
Hello! My name is Kamille. I am a Journalism major with a minor in Economic Policy. This will be my last year at UNR, so I am excited to share as much as I can and at the same time, learn new things from other students. My passions are radio and video, so I tend to write for the ear, but I am also very familiar with academic writing including Core Humanities, English and Econ. I enjoy working on voice, organization and thesis writing. I am also keen on using the wonderful resources we have available, so please feel free to stop by anytime. In addition to tutoring, I work as a news intern at KUNR. My favorite pastime is to watch movie reviews- basically I like to listen to and talk about all things related to movie making.
Hi! My name is Katie, I am about to begin my 5th year at UNR majoring in English Language and Linguistics and Digital Media. I love to write both creatively and academically and I am familiar with many different writing styles from memoir to lab reports and research papers. Reading and syntax are also passions of mine- but don't let that scare you because I can geek out on Star Wars too! In my spare time, I am an amateur movie critic, professional cat cuddler, and lest you should think that I never see the light of day, I also love to swim and bike. Come see me and together we can learn to grow as writers and possibly bond over a mutual love of sci-fi.
My name is Katlynn Novak, and I am currently a senior in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Administration. As a Communication major I have extensive training in research papers, case studies, and prompt writing. My business minor allows for me to effectively evaluate resume building, cover letters and scholarship essays, and I fully intend to share all my tips and tricks with anyone willing to sit down and listen. I have come to love writing, and helping others is just a plus. Being a part of several on campus organizations like A.B.L.E. Women and InterVarsity has made my career here at the University of Nevada worthwhile, and I look forward to sharing experiences with my fellow Wolf Pack.
Hi, my name is Laura and I’m currently pursuing a MA in Literature with a focus on literature of the environment. I received my BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, where I majored in English and minored in Music Performance (French horn). I also have a strong background in Latin and Classical Studies. Since graduating, I’ve worked in publishing in New York City, lived in a cabin in the north woods of Wisconsin, and swam in as many sea caves along the coast of Lake Superior as I could find. I’ll be both studying and teaching this year, but when I’m not doing either of those, I’ll either be lifting weights or out exploring the strange beauty of the high desert landscape.
I’m Lizzie, and I am pursuing my English MA. I graduated from UNR with an Honors degree in English and minors in psychology and economic policy. I have been published in The Storyteller, Stellaria, and the Brushfire. I am currently working on two screenplays, a few humorous short stories, and my first young adult novel (so excited!). My areas of interest include: chick lit (my undergraduate Honors thesis is about chick lit and feminism), screenwriting, creative nonfiction, fiction, and academic writing. I am familiar with the following subjects: biology, economics, psychology, and most liberal arts subjects. I have assisted students with creative writing, academic papers, Honors’ theses, biology lab reports, resumes, personal statements, and letters. When I’m not studying, working, or writing, I enjoy the following hobbies: reading, fishing, playing guitar, cooking, photography, archery, yoga, juggling, and running into walls (admittedly, this last one is more of a quirk than a hobby).
Hey, I’m Logan Miller and I am a senior at UNR pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in writing and a minor in Journalism. This is my first semester working for the University Writing Center and I’m excited at the prospect of assisting my fellow students in producing their own fantastic writing. I remember the first time a professor gave me the tools to really feel confident in assessing my own writing and it is this feeling I most want to share. My strengths lie in writing for English, Core Humanities, and Journalism and I have a particularly robust background in literary and cultural theory and criticism. I love that stuff. I prefer to focus on structure, argument, voice, and ambition within my own writing and these are the areas where I can offer the most insight, but I’m a captive audience member and I’m willing to discuss any concerns you might have with your own writing. Yes, we can even discuss AP style!
Hi there! My name`s Lora and I`ve been a writing consultant at UNR for about 2 1/2 years. I`m a senior, majoring in linguistics with a double minor in Asian studies and psychology. I like working with almost all kinds of writing, but rhetorical analysis and argumentative essays are specific favorites of mine. I also enjoy working with students who are in all stages of their writing, whether that be brainstorming or putting the finishing touches on a paper. A little fun fact about me, is that for the past year I`ve lived in Japan and now speak a (little) Japanese. Given my experiences abroad, I particularly like working with the ELL/international student population. Hope to see you in the writing center sometime!
Hello, my name is Mackenzy Keller, and I'm a senior pursuing a degree in Neuroscience. This is my first semester as a consultant at the Writing Center, and I'm very eager to see what the upcoming semester will bring. A majority of my academic background is in the sciences; I'd by more than happy to help with lab reports, research papers, and scientific analyses. I excel most in organization, brainstorming, and thesis statement construction, but can help guide you in every aspect of scientific writing that you may need assistance with. When I'm off campus, I love to be outdoors hiking, camping, and running or on the couch with coffee and a good book. I'm excited to meet you and share ideas about the writing process!
Hi I’m Matt, I am a Junior and currently pursuing a Journalism major with plans to move on to law school after graduation. I have experience with all styles of writing, but I’m admittedly less familiar with scientific and procedural writing. My strengths lie in literary analysis, thesis formation, research and citation, grammar, and all steps of the outlining and brainstorming process. Also, Core Humanities are my thing so remember me if you’re struggling with those assignments particularly. I genuinely enjoy learning about new topics and ideas, and I take a personal interest in the subject matter of all the papers brought to me. Outside of class, I always like to try new things (a few of my favorites are swimming, rock climbing, building recycled furniture, and amateur screen writing) and I try to bring the same energy to my work that I do to my other interests. This is my first semester at the writing center and I’m excited to help you with your ideas.
Hey, there! I am a book nerd with a weak spot for mudding, shooting stuff in the Nevada desert and cars. This adoration has a tendency to lend itself towards dirty garages and bad hearing, but that's okay. I love skiing and biking but also enjoy certain anti-climactic stuff like gardening and hanging out in the hammock in my backyard. I have a minor in print journalism and am currently pursing a B.S. in mechanical engineering. With a solid background in essay writing, I'm always up for helping with C.H. and English papers. Need help with the sciences and pesky lab reports? Great! I'm happy to help there, too. I've had two of my creative writing pieces published in journals, so if you need some advice with poetry or fiction, I can always lend a hand. Have a good day.
Hi, I’m Miranda. I’m pursuing a master’s degree in social work and I have been working at the Writing Center for two and a half years. I graduated with a dual degree in psychology/sociology and a minor in creative writing in 2011. I was a member of the Honors and McNair programs as an undergraduate and I completed an Honors thesis on migraine headaches. I greatly enjoy substitute teaching and binge watching TV shows that have ended, and in my free time I do zumba and volunteer at the Crisis Call Center and Solace Tree. I have experience with graduate school applications, personal statements and thesis writing so I am more than happy to help with any of these. I also enjoy discussing APA and MLA formatting as well as thesis development and organization in all writing genres. I can help with any type of writing, however, so come see me and we can figure things out together.
Hey! I’m Sam, and I’m in my first semester as a grad specialist. I recently completed my B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Photography. Because of my past coursework, I have a background in writing for a wide variety of natural science disciplines, including ecology, biology, geography, and political science, and I also have plenty of experience with writing art proposals, critiques, and artist’s statements. I’d be more than happy to aide you in brainstorming, researching, developing thesis statements, creating lab reports, writing text for posters and presentations or any other part of the writing process. While most of my writing experience has been scientific in nature, I can definitely help you with English and humanities writing as well. I love the challenge of taking people’s thoughts and arranging them into successful means of communicating ideas and I look forward to working with you in our session. When I’m not in class or at the center, I’m probably rooting for the Giants (go SF!) or out photographing.
Hello, my name is Sarah and I am majoring in English with an emphasis in writing and minoring in journalism and religious studies. This is my first semester at the Writing Center. In my free time I like to read fantasy and sci-fi novels as well as classic works. I play video games as often as possible. My favorite games to play are the Mass Effect series. I have a very big, yet adorable dog named Charlie who likes to laze around with me while I do these things. When I do get out of my house I enjoy taking my dog on walks and sometimes I attempt to longboard. However, when it isn't warm out you won't find me outside very often as I dislike the cold. I have experience in writing essays of many types as well as journalism articles and creative writing (poems and short stories). I would love help you with any stage of your writing. I believe that my best writing skills are brainstorming, organization, and thesis development. I am creative and always strive to improve my own writing. I also love to help others succeed in their writing.
Hi! I'm Stephanie and I'm a senior Journalism major with an emphasis in news also minoring in English Writing and Women's Studies. This will be my second year tutoring at the University Writing Center, but my third year as a writing tutor. I always welcome students from all different writing backgrounds to make an appointment with me, however, I am much more familiar with academic writing in the humanities, journalistic writing, and creative writing. I also specialize in thesis statements and development, organization, transitions, brainstorming, outlining, punctuation, grammar, and MLA format. Although, I am less knowledgeable when it comes to APA format and scientific reports/papers. When I'm not tutoring, I am usually reading, singing, playing my guitar, dancing, analyzing movies, and (believe it or not) writing some more! I look forward to seeing you soon!
Hello! My name is Stewart Matzek, and I'm currently in my junior year as an English Writing major. I'm working towards my bachelors in English Writing with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language, and I plan afterwards to get my Master's degree in the same subject. Primarily my coursework has focused on literary critique and argumentative essays, but I have a passion for creative writing and, really, any other type of writing out in the world, and I'd be happy to help with any writer in need of assistance in whatever subject of their choice! While my classical education lies firmly in the English field, the qualities of arguing and proving points are universal across disciplines. I also believe that being able to communicate ideas clearly and effectively is a skill everyone should have regardless of their choice of major. I look forward to assisting any writers in need of advice or reassurance! In my free time I love to read and write fiction, and I probably play too many video games for my own good.
Hi! My name is Walanya, but everyone calls me Wallie. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in news and broadcast, and minoring in psychology. I have experience writing for The Nevada Sagebrush, and Aphrodite, a women's health and fitness magazine. I absolutely love writing, reading, and basically anything that deals with Journalism or English. In my free time, I like doing anything crafty or creative, making or listening to music, shopping, and going to the gym! I am more than happy to help with any writing concerns and I look forward to meeting you!
Words are powerful and writing is a great medium of communicating ideas, self-discovery, and self-expression. As a graduate assistant at the University’s Writing Center, I am excited to assist students in developing writing skills for the purpose of reaching new levels in their scholarly journey. I am a doctoral candidate in the Geography Department and my research includes cultural geography, people and environment, microfinance, education, human rights, and international development. I hold a Master’s degree in Intercultural Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Having written a thesis and currently working on my dissertation, I know the pain of overcoming writer’s block and brainstorming for new ideas. I am experienced writing research papers with special focus on research proposals, abstracts, literature review, and APA reference style. My approach to tutoring is to help students become more confident in their writing. Having worked with international students, I have a special affinity for the English Language Learners. I believe that written communication is intimate and I commend students for having the courage to share their work.
William J. Macauley, Jr., Ph.D.
Director, University Writing Center
Associate Professor, Department of English
Maureen McBride, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, University Writing Center
Lecturer, Department of English
Northern Nevada Writing Project Co-Director
Administrative Assistant, University Writing Center