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Mary-Melissa Wilzewski

My name is Mary-Melissa Wilzewski, but don't worry, you can call me Mary. I'm a little unusual over here in the Write Place since I'm an undergraduate majoring in the Community Psychology program. The only thing I enjoy more than counseling people, however, is the written word, so being here in 51B is a perfect fit for me, and I am proud to be in my first year as a writing tutor.

I love writing in a variety of forms, from creative to essays to fusions between the two. I also dabble into Visual Design, and I've gotten good at searching through Reference Books since my classes tend to alternate between APA style and MLA style.

If you see me in the Write Place, chances are I'll be sitting with a textbook on my lap and knitting in my hands. I look forward to you catching me there!

Kyle Mackedanz

Hello, and thank you for making your way to the Write Place! My name is Kyle Mackedanz, and I have a deeply rooted interest in anything involving the writing process. With that said, my mission is to aid you in meeting all your academic needs and goals. I am a Communication Arts and Literature (CAL) major with some additional background in elementary education, leadership, and military science. Hunting, fishing, and other outdoor excursions occupy most my time spent outside academics. I also enjoy environmental documentaries, a variety of sports, and saving the world when I have the time!

Come visit the Write Place and let me know how I can best serve you and your academic needs. I look forward to meeting and working with you!

Christopher Reigstad

This is my first year in the graduate English program at St. Cloud and my focus is in medieval, British, and Old English literature, as well as creative writing. I aspire to teach literature and creative writing at a university level, earn a PhD in English and, perhaps, a MA in anthropology in the coming years.

Other interests include medieval history, traditional music from around the globe, and science fiction films and stories. I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, playing music (guitar,piano, erhu, Irish whistle), drawing and watching historical documentaries. Feel free to say hi. (:

Chelsea Christman

Chelsea Christman has always adored the art of writing. Since before she could hold a pencil, she would tell her stories and have her parents write them down. At age twelve, she published a novel, White Lightning (Tate Publishing, 2006), accomplishing her dream of becoming an author. In her career so far, she has been honored to have book signings and visit schools. At the author visits, Chelsea explains the publishing process to the children, stresses the importance of writing and reading skills, and encourages them to reach their goals.

Now a junior at St. Cloud State University, she is majoring in English with a Creative Writing emphasis and minoring in Communication Studies and perhaps Graphic Design. Chelsea is a proud member of the SCSU Honors Program and the Creative Writing Club. She has also written for The Chronicle newspaper. Her favorite hobbies include writing, reading, playing tennis, running, horse-back-riding, and painting.

Chelsea'sultimate goal is to become a bestselling author and English professor. Chelsea dreams of making a positive impact with her words and classroom lessons, staying memorable to readers and students. She hopes to one day own a horse ranch, travel the world, and start a charitable foundation to help teach the illiterate.

Write on,

Chelsea :)

Cassie Swanson

Hi! My name is Cassie Swanson and this is my third year at SCSU and first year working at the Write Place. I am a creative writing major with a minor in psychology. As a writing consultant, I look forward to helping fellow students with their writing and getting inspired by new, interesting ideas. I aspire to be an editor, with my ultimate goal being to write books for a living. When I am not working or doing homework, I like to obsess over music, cooking/baking, and writing fiction and poetry.

Benjamin Reigstad

Hello, all. My name is Benjamin, but you can call me Ben. I am an English major with a literature focus, though I experiment with creative writing in my spare time—mostly fiction! I love writing, and one of the goals in my life is to become a best-selling author (my fingers are crossed). I also love animals, especially cats and dogs. I enjoy watching educational documentaries on lions and wolves; these animals are too cool. I am kind of new to The Write Place, and I am super excited to

Heather Hollerman

Hello! My name is Heather Hollermann and I am an undergrad consultant at the Write Place. I am a double major in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing and Communication Studies with an emphasis on Relational Communication. I love to be involved in clubs and organizations on campus. I suffer from a serious caffeine addiction.I am very excitedaboutreturning to the Write Place this year and cannot wait to work with you all!

Ari Baumgarten

My name is Ari Baumgarten. I am in my last semester as a Literature major. I love to read and drink coffee (typical English major stuff). I would like to become a professor of modern multicultural literature.

Nabila Muhamed

My name is Nabila Muhamed and I am a desk worker at the Write Place. I am currently a sophomore and working on my BA in Management with an emphasis in Human Resources Management. In my spare time, I like to give back to my community by volunteering for the Lutheran social services. I am a people-person and like to communicate with others and help solve their problems. I love working at the Write Place and welcoming diverse groups of people.

James Rutledge

Hello. My name is James Rutledge. I’m a third-year graduate student, working on my masters in English and Sociology. This year will be my third year at the Write Place, and last year (2011-2012), I instructed English 191. I graduated from Saint Cloud State University (May, 2010) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, English, and Sociology. I enjoy literary theory, literary classics, rhetoric, and logic. As some hobbies, I like to run, ride horses (dressage), and write poetry with a philosophical twist but in relation to our socially constructed reality within nature’s existence. I’m excited to be back in the Write Place and look forward to working with everyone.

Alyssa Kilbourn

Hi! My name is Alyssa and I am an undergraduate consultant at the Write Place. I am majoring in English Literature, but I'm double minoring in Rhetoric and Writing, and French. Alors, je parle un peu de francais! :) I prefer analytical writing but I can be a sounding board for creative writing too. I love talking about writing, its process, and brainstorming; so, I'd love to help you with any stage of the writing process. Plus, I like teaching proofreading practices. So if you have questions in those areas I'm here to help!

Jennie Johnson

Ciao! I am a first year graduate student in the M.A. English Studies program and this is my first semester working in the Write Place. I got my undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!) and I am still trying to adjust to life as a Husky. In my spare time, I enjoy taking my basset hound, Bella, for walks, reading, creeping on Facebook, watching movies and searching for new bands to listen to. Truman Capote is my author of choice, as well as Henry David Thoreau and John Steinbeck.

Tiffany Purfeerst

Hello! My name it Tiffany Purfeerst, and this is my second semester as a desk worker at the Write Place. I am in my second year at SCSU, and am currently undecided in my major. When I am not in class I can be found studying and doing homework, working at the Write Place, reading, watching movies, hanging out with friends or attending sporting events. I love my job as a desk worker because I get to interact with so many people as they come and go. I hope to see you around!

Taylor Block

Hello, my name is Taylor. Along with working at The Write Place I am a Rhetoric English major and I'm a member of Acacia Fraternity on campus. This is my first year working at The Write Place and I'm hoping that I can learn just as much from others as others learn from me. Outside of my love of writing I enjoy playing beach volleyball, kicking people to the curb in NHL 13, and hanging out with sorority women. I'm also very personable, so don't be afraid to come up and say hello!

Sarah Stewart

Hello, my name is Sarah Stewart and I am a first year Graduate student in English Studies. I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2010. After graduation, I spent a summer in Ethiopia, taught ESL in St. Paul, and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where I taught 9th grade English and adult ESL. I enjoy looking over papers with students and am looking forward to seeing you in the Write Place!

Emily Hennes

Hello friends! This is Emily Hennes, here to tell you how excited I am to be working towards an M.A. in Rhetoric and Writing here at SCSU. I received two B.A. degrees from Saint Cloud State- one in Women's Studies and the other in Film Studies. Some additional interests of mine include a love for vintage clothing and antique items. I enjoy watching Turner Classic Movies or Twin Peaks to wind down at the end of the day. I also love to write poetry in my journals. My journal responses are inspired by various artifacts-found objects, images, etc. I love and cherish the unique and insightful conversations I have with others. In my fist year as a Graduate Assistant, I am quickly learning that the folks at Saint Cloud State have much to offer. I can't wait to embark on this fantastic journey.

Tamara Wudinich

Hello, hello, hello! My name is Tamara Wudinich and I am an English Studies graduate student and I love, love, love to write poetry! I'm also handy at writing short stories and creative descriptions. I am living one day at a time, with a fresh baked gluten free cookie. Okay, okay.... and with a coffee (or two). And maybe some chocolate. But I promise to take my vitamins.

Ian Flaherty

Whenever human beings interact with each other, situationally appropriate communication becomes essential. Such a "conferment of signs" may appear in various forms of physical acting, speaking, and/or writing, but it is really the process through which these messages are created that deserves the most attention. By stepping back and donning an alternative perspective, one can generally more-clearly identify the ideas at hand, and thereby better articulate the form of his or her response. At least, that's what nature has taught me. Through swimming, fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, backpacking, and the like, I now see that all ecosystems (humans' included) function best when the purpose of their components is clear and concise. So too with the ecosystems of papers.

Julianne Godbout

Hello! My name is Julianne.

I'm a (super) senior here at SCSU. My major is Creative Writing and this is my first year as a tutor in the Write Place. I teach traditional Japanese Drumming in my spare time. I enjoy baking, learning new languages, writing short stories, playing video games and listening to Japanese Pop music. I also have a Siamese cat named Natalie (Miss Noons) that I absolutely adore.

I'm very excited to be working at the Write Place and have the privilege of working with many of you!

Nick Erickson

Nick Erickson is a young journalist from Minnesota with big dreams for the future. He is a born and raised mama's boy. He has two brothers, Trevor and Jacob, who have all contributed to him being just a little on the weird side.

In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with his family and friends, watching whatever sports the television has to offer, working out and staying active, and reading and writing. (And video games: there, I said it.) He is currently a Senior at Saint Cloud State University, where he will graduate with a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing.

Becca Dargatz

Hi! My name is Becca Dargatz and I start each day like it's my birthday. I received my bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Writing from St. Cloud State, and even though I have been doing homework since 1995, I decided to continue as a graduate student in the Rhetoric and Writing Program. There is never enough good conversation, coffee, or lip balm in my world. So, if you enjoy any of the aforementioned items, and you always promise to use the Oxford comma, we should work together!

Tami Rossbach

Tami Rossbach is currently studying German, Creative Writing, Religious Studies, and Rhetoric and Applied Writing at St. Cloud State University. She enjoys fantasy novels and feels that the genre is underappreciated by the general public. Some of her favorite television shows are “Charmed,” “Supernatural,” and “Doctor Who,” though her interests vary widely. She is creative and imaginative, having spent much of her childhood reading Harry Potter books and creating intricate backstories and plots for her Barbie dolls. During her studies at St. Cloud State, Tami has published three poems in the Spring 2013 edition of the Upper Mississippi Harvest and two articles in the Spring 2013 edition of the TYPES Journal, ISSN: 2325-7814. She has enjoyed writing and helping her peers edit their work since sixth grade and hopes to be a copyeditor in the future. .

Brett Lundquist

Well hello there. Well, hello there. Well hello, there. Regardless of how you want to read it, greetings from planet Earth! Well, from the Write Place in particular. My name is Brett, and I'm an English major (with an emphasis in creative writing) and a minor in sociology. The emphasis in my connection with English is most certainly creativity. I love the freedom of the language, and I love doing what I can to create with it. My goal in working at the Write Place is to share this love, both with my co-workers and the clients. So if you need any help with creativity (or any other form of writing), stop on by and say hello!

Erin Gerber

Hello! My name is Erin Gerber and I am an English major with an emphasis in linguistics. This is my fourth year here at St. Cloud State. It is also the first year that I am working at the Write Place as a writing consultant. I am very happy to be at the writing center, and I think it's the best job on campus! Hope to see you there!

Karl Malmberg

I am enrolled full-time in one of SCSU's MS degree programs in the Information Media program. Previously, I have been a psychology research assistant ,as well as, a graduate assistant in the English Studies dept .as both instructor and writing tutor. I returned to college after a significant work slow down at my then job of ten-plus years. The combination of the two degrees are intended to further professionalize and diversify in the publishing field where I currently do commercial (genre) fiction, freelance copyediting, photography, and document design. In my spare time, among other things I enjoy reading non-literary fiction, writing genre fiction and travel writing, and exploring greater Minnesota with my American Eskimo dog, Schatzy.

Brett Hertzog

I love English so much that I decided to learn it as a kid. When I grew up I became interested in music, being a positive influence, and helping others. In other words, I want to help you write right at the Write Place! Come see me and we’ll see what we can do to your project. Disclaimer: our exchange may change depending on the range of how fair or how strange you wish to arrange your paper. It is up to you! You are the driver of your own work; please come see me if your in need of an oil change or a point in the direction you want to go.  


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