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Meet the Writing Assistants

Our staff is made up of professionals who strive to provide quality assistance to the students of SSC for any stage of the writing process.  When you visit our writing center, you will be paired with a writing assistant to discuss your writing.

LeahLEAH, WRITING CENTER COORDINATOR

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Main Campus WC
WRITING SPECIALITIES: Technical Writing, Resumes and Cover Letters, Critical Analysis
ABOUT ME: I am currently working on my PhD in Cultural Foundations where I am focusing on education reform and social transformation. I have two dogs and three cats that enjoy lazy Sundays watching football with me and my husband. In my free time, I volunteer with PAWSibilities, The Humane Society of Greater Akron.

ANDREW R.                                                  

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Downtown Campus WC
WRITING SPECIALITIES: Brainstorming, Critical Thinking, LGBTQ Studies
ABOUT ME: I have published several short collections of poetry as well as peer-reviewed scholarship. I enjoy dark beers, hot peppers, and foreign films. I have a B.A. in English from Kent State University and a small dog named Ozu.

ANGIE

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Main Campus WC
WRITING SPECIALITIES: Brainstorming for Ideas, Creative Writing, Incorporating Research
ABOUT ME: I’m also a History professor and pop culture junkie.

Ben RaffertyBEN

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Downtown and Main Campus WC
WRITING SPECIALITIES: MLA, Organization, Personal Essays, Critical Analysis, Creative Writing
ABOUT ME: I received my BA in English from Baldwin-Wallace College, with minors in AYA Education and Political Science. I have loved writing ever since I won a limerick contest in the third grade ($100 for writing about Star Wars). In addition to writing and reading, I am a comic book junkie (superheros and everything else... I'm obsessed with Batman), cartoon/animation lover, and bona fide movie buff. I'm also a diehard metalhead, and attend concerts regularly (I appreciate lots of other music too, especially good old fashioned outlaw country). I enjoy spending time with my loved ones and have way more t-shirts than any human being ever needs.

CAMI

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Writing Center Online (ANGEL)
WRITING SPECIALITIES: Creative Writing, Personal Essays, Research Papers
ABOUT ME: I have an undergrad degree in Theatre and a Master's in Education (Language Arts), both from Kent State. I tutor exclusively online to stay home with my two very small children. I love photography, art, reading and writing (of course!), and have just started blogging as well. Hope to chat with you online soon!

DANIEL

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Main Campus WC
WRITING SPECIALITIES: Fiction, Screenwriting, Journalism, Working with ESL Students
ABOUT ME: I moonlight as a solo musician and a filmmaker in my spare time.

DEVON

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Main Campus WC
WRITING SPECIALITIES:
Personal Narrative, Fiction, Nonfiction
ABOUT ME:
I am a part-time educator here at the College and at The University of Akron's Wayne College campus. At Stark State, I teach Introduction to Academic Writing. I am a mother of three girls, and I have been married to my husband since March 17, 2007. Yes, we got married on St. Patrick's Day. I wirte in a blog as often as I possibly can, and I am working on writing something else all the time. I truly believe that "if it comes out of your mouth, it will become your reality," so I try my best everyday to be positive and upbeat in my interactions with others and myself. I rarely am not smiling, and I absolutely love what I do. I can't wait to help students with their work and to be a positive influence on someone else's writing process.

EMILIA

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Downtown Campus WC
WRITING SPECIALITIESResearch, Psychology/Social Science Writing, Reading Analysis, Creative Writing
ABOUT ME: I have an undergrad Psychology degree from Walsh University. I hope to go to grad school for Arts Therapies and apply them to addicted and eating disordered populations, eventually. Besides reading and writing, I love drawing, my badly behaved black cat, warm beverages, music, movies, and the outdoors. I walk everywhere.

JAY N.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Main Campus WC
WRITING SPECIALITIES: Considering the Audience, Figuring out which details to add
ABOUT ME: I write a music blog, To Eleven, at http://toeleven.net. Besides writing, I also play a lot of board games, read a lot of comic books, and drink a lot of coffee.

JESS

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Writing Center Online (ANGEL)
WRITING SPECIALITIES: I really enjoy and excel in helping with organization and thesis statements.  I have some different (but helpful) techniques that help students not only work on the paper they have brought to the Writing Center, but skills they are able to take with them and use with other writing assignments.
ABOUT ME: I’d like to say that I’m relatively boring.  I live in Kent with my boyfriend and my pit-bull mix.  I love to read and browse through anything from the classics to comics.  The English language fascinates me, and I enjoy working with people in any type of setting.

JON

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Downtown and Main Campus WC
WRITING SPECIALITIES: Poetry, Prose, and Short Fiction
ABOUT ME: I was born and raised in Maine. I enjoy riding my motorcycle, hiking, jet-skiing, spending time with my friends, writing, reading, exercising (though I need to do more of it!), and seeing live shows.

JONATHAN L.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Downtown and Main Campus WC
WRITING SPECIALITIES: Brainstorming, Critical Analysis, and I are Best Friends
ABOUT ME: I enjoy reading fiction and theology (mostly), and I am considering grad school in the nearish future. I have travelled some over the past few years and certainly wouldn't mind doing so again whenever the opportunity arises.

KATELYNNE

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Writing Center Online (ANGEL) and Main Campus WC 
WRITING SPECIALITIES:
Revising, Proofreading/Editing, Organization, Research, and Literary Analysis
ABOUT ME: I have a BA in English/Writing from Kent. In addition to the Writing Center, I work as a math essay writing tutor, and I freelance as a writer/editor for several online companies. In my free time, I hang out with my two daughters and read a LOT.

KELLIE T.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Main Campus WC
WRITING SPECIALITIES: I wouldn’t say I have any one particular area of writing specialization. However, I am interested in how students receive and implement feedback regarding assignments and the role writing centers can play in this situation.
ABOUT ME: I was born in Spain because my Dad was a military pilot.  I did a study abroad term to Oxford, England. I take fantasy football a little too seriously. I drink entirely too much coffee.

MORGAN

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Main Campus WC
WRITING SPECIALITIES: Brainstorming, MLA
ABOUT ME: I like reading, movies, and zumba.

NATHAN

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Writing Center Online (ANGEL)
WRITING SPECIALITIES: Brainstorming, Organization/Structure, Beginnings and Endings, Creative Writing, Personal Narrative, Critical Thinking, MLA & APA Style
ABOUT ME: I have a BFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University and am currently working on my Master's Degree in creative writing at Antioch University-Midwest with a focus in midwestern fiction writing and pedagogy. My creative wrok can be found in The Seattle Review, Everyday Genius, and WORK Literary Magazine. For over three years, I have edited the literary joutnal Heavy Feather Review which is now in its third volume. I love talking with writers about their ideas and concepts and helping them better understand how their writing can change the world around them through written exploration.

RACHEL

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Main Campus WC
WRITING SPECIALITIES:
Brainstorming, MLA, Organization, Critical Analysis, Research Papers, Personal Narrative
ABOUT ME:
After years of working various jobs, I returned to school and eventually received my undergraduate degree in English with a minor in Environmental Studies. I attempted at all turns to incorporate everything from psychology to quantum mechanics to mysticism into my work and spent even unconscious hours hunting for connections between theories/ideas. Writing essays and presenting papers at conferences is one of my favorite academe-related activities, but my ultimate goal and passion, aside from reading esoteric texts, is to teach. I find people and life overall to be fascinating, and I try, even when it seems impossible, to seek out the awe of existance. I have over twenty diaries spanning over twenty-two years of my life, and eighteen of them have been filled in the past seven years. In my free time I read, write, hike, bike, drum, exercise, dance, keep up some kind of nightlife, try to break routines, watch sunsets, watch movies, and more. i do not watch television. I have an ultra-empathetic dog whom I made sure to train off leash with only love and trust so she can always experience the feeling of freedom. I hope I'm never too old to climb and hug trees or dance with headphones on.

ROB

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Main Campus WC
WRITING SPECIALITIES: College Writing courses, Business and Technical Writing, and Working with ESL students
ABOUT ME: I have a special connection with ESL students.  I myself did not learn English as my first language.  My parents are immigrants from the former Yugoslavia and didn’t speak a word of English.  I wound up learning English on the streets of Chicago and in school.  I’m a huge soccer and hockey fan, but I doubt I could name a dozen NFL or NBA teams.  I also love all things nerd, especially anything zombie related.  I collect Conan and Thor comic books, oddball t-shirts, and beer steins.

Sandy DentSANDY

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Main Campus WC
WRITING SPECIALITIES: Brainstorming is my favorite and the one I feel most accomplished. I do well with Socratic questioning.
ABOUT ME: I'm enjoying the re-awakening of cooking, family get togethers, and watching my "boys" (dogs) Bub and Jeb play football in the house.  My suggestion is, never buy a football dog toy with a squeaky in it—unless earplugs are available.
I enjoy political debates, arguments, discussions, etc. and the look on a tutorial client's face when they first realize their writing has meaning and importance.  This is the best reason for remaining a tutor.

SETH B.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME: Downtown and Main Campus WC
WRITING SPECIALITIES:
ABOUT ME: