Hello my name is Al King and I am a Journalism Major with a Broadcast emphasis. Recently receiving my Associates Degree in Journalism/Media Studies from the College of Southern Nevada, I am very excited to continue my academic career at the University of Nevada Reno in pursuit of my Bachelors Degree. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Reno is a new place and a new beginning for me. I am a huge sports fan, love country music and enjoy writing about sports and anything else. My writing strengths lie in the AP (associated press) Journalistic style and I am also knowledgeable of MLA and APA writing styles. I am willing to help anyone and everyone in whatever they need, so don't hesitate to come in and see me. Go PACK!
I'm Ashley, a writing consultant pursing my PhD in Literacy with emphases on library science and future studies. I'm passionate about fostering collaboration and innovation within communities using writing, research and technology. I write for local and national publications, and last year I was selected as the Journalist of Merit by the Nevada Press Association. I love working with students from all disciplines and am particularly fond of Core Humanities. I'm definitely a “big picture” thinker, so organization, outlining, thesis development and research are my strengths. In my spare time, I direct the Northern Nevada Tool Library, run my research start-up Tribe, play a lot of video games and collect pocket knives.
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.
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.
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!).
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 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.
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.
Hi! I'm Kaitlyn Stone and I am currently pursuing an English MA degree at UNR with a concentration in Writing. I am originally from Florida, where I earned my BA in Creative Writing and a minor in Environmental Science & Policy. I have always enjoyed reviewing other people's essays as well as asking questions that may help them think of new ways they can approach their assignments. Although I do have a lot of experience writing research essays, my own expertise lies in the creative side--with poetry and creative non-fiction. I feel that almost every assignment can be turned into something fun, interesting, or creative, and I will try to help you see ways you can do this for your own assignments.
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 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.
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!
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).
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.
Hello! I am Mike DuBon. I am a senior at UNR with a double major in English-Writing and Spanish. I’m ready to help at any stage of the writing process: brainstorming, critical thinking, thesis development, content revision, and all else we can think of. My specialties are creative writing, core writing assignments, and MLA & APA formatting. I am fluent in Spanish and can aid with Spanish essays and assignments as well. I may not always have the answer, but I’m ready to work together in order for us to come to a conclusion for whatever question posed in a session. In my spare time I enjoy reading books and graphic novels, listening to audio books, working out, chilling, bike riding, and writing. I have a good sense of humor and am super mellow.
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, 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 Riki, and I am a junior pursuing a degree in neuroscience and a minor in digital media. I have previous experience in competitive speech and debate and am thus very familiar with both informational and persuasive pieces (Core Humanities papers or art critiques, for instance). I am also very comfortable with the structures of lab reports and scientific papers in biology, physics, chemistry, and psychology. In my spare time, I am a complete television nerd (read: couch potato). A few of my weaknesses include Chuck, Parks and Recreation, and nearly anything written by Aaron Sorkin or Joss Wheedon. My favorite book is Little Women, and I might have a vanilla hazelnut latte problem. I hope we meet soon!
Hi! My name is Ruby and I'm a biochemistry major. I have experience in many forms of writing ranging from the hard sciences to the humanities. I have experience in: grant proposals, research articles, lab reports, poster presentations, power point presentations, review articles, and anything in the humanities. When I'm not at the writing center, I like to spend time with my family and friends, study for classes, volunteer, and read interesting facts about the world.
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.
Hi. I'm Sravya. This is my third year at the Writing Center. I am a pre-med student majoring in Biology and English Literature with a minor in Chemistry. I also work at Renown and as an undergraduate intern in a Neurobiology lab. I'm a Harry Potter fanatic and my other favorite books of all time are Frankenstein and The God of Small Things. I love reading all kinds of papers and talking about writing in all stages of the process, especially pre-writing. I have experience with writing lab reports and other scientific papers. I can also help people with medical school applications and personal statements. I think it's amazing to see how others approach literature or just any writing prompt and how much their experiences affect their writing, so bring in all your unique or bizarre papers and prompts, or just data from experiments, and we'll work on writing a great paper.
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 Trish and I am a fourth year English Literature student with a minor in Accounting. This means I have a wide (and kind of eclectic) range of writing in many different disciplines, so feel free to ask me about most academic subjects! I have experience before in many types of papers, ranging from purely academic to creative writing, and even preparing writing for publication. Along with my experience in accounting, I do have experience in writing resumes and cover letters, so if you need a sounding board for creating a resume, or just brushing up, feel free to ask about those too. I’ve been described as a cat person, old soul, and geek, each of which I would happily agree with. As most of my fellow colleagues at the writing center, I am at my core a book lover. In my opinion there is nothing better than a good book and a cup of tea (a good game of Scrabble is comparable, as long as I have my tea too). I am looking forward to a great semester and helping you with your writing!
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
Thomas (Wade) Brown
Administrative Assistant, University Writing Center