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Jenna Blaha

originally from Oshkosh, WI, graduated from UW Oshkosh in 2009. After graduating from UWO, Jenna completed a two-year masters program in English Literature at Georgetown University. Her focus was on contemporary fashion theory and nineteenth-century aesthetic works. She also studied documentary film, photography, and theater as a visiting student at Columbia University. She now works for Marie Claire magazine in New York as the Fashion Assistant.

Courtney Christopherson (now Mustoe)

originally from Gays Mills, WI, graduated from UW Oshkosh in 2009. She studied English and Psychology and continued on to receive her Master of Arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She currently resides in Omaha and hopes to soon teach composition full-time at a four-year university or community college.

Courtney writes that her “most memorable session was with a client working on her first assignment for her first college English class. We met once or twice a week for about three weeks. During the last session, when she felt like she could call the project ‘done,’ she said, ‘I actually feel like a writer now.’ That's the best part of the Writing Center. It's a space full of people with the same basic goal--to write.” Courtney remembers fondly the community atmosphere in the Writing Center.

Emily Dery

originally from Neenah, WI, graduated from UW Oshkosh in 2007. She was an English major with a literature emphasis. She is currently working for Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. as a Community Outreach and Education Coordinator. She lives in Oshkosh.

Emily recalls a graduate student whose memory inspires her as she works toward her career goal of getting her graduate degree: “I consistently worked with a . . . student who had some severe learning disabilities. Whenever I would start to feel overwhelmed and think school was too hard or too much work, I would think of her and be reminded that I was so blessed to be journeying through my education without any additional challenges. She had to work three times as hard for what comes to most of us as second nature. She was patient and dedicated to improving her writing skills and finishing her degree, both of which she accomplished!”

Kateland Haas

originally from Wind Lake, WI, graduated from UW Oshkosh in 2011 with degrees in International Studies, Religious Studies, and History. She recently received her Master of Arts in Social Science at the University of Chicago! She lives in Chicago and is still figuring out her career goals.

Doug Hammack

originally from West Bend, WI, graduated from UW Oshkosh in 2000 and majored in Journalism with a minor in Environmental Studies. He is currently a technical writer and lives in Ripon, WI.

Doug enjoyed working with ESL/ELL writers. He also writes that “the director at the time, Professor Amanda Espinosa-Aguilar, kept [the Writing Center] exciting with her high energy and enthusiasm for English.”

Paul Nicolaus

originally from Appleton, WI, graduated from UW Oshksoh in 2009 with his MA in English. He recently left his position as an educator and writing center director at UW–Fox Valley in Menasha, WI to pursue opportunities in freelance writing and editing. His career goal is “to become a successful writer.”

Paul eloquently summarizes what is at the heart of our work: “At the UW Oshkosh Writing Center, I was fortunate enough to be a part of one of those rare and wonderful workplaces that blend a welcoming, relaxed, fun atmosphere with complex, challenging work. Yes, the focus was always on writing, but it was also about much more than that. It was a place that valued the many benefits of uninterrupted one-to-one human interaction. It was a place that pushed both staff members and the writers they assisted to continually adapt and improve. It was a place to meet new and interesting people and reconnect with classmates, acquaintances, and friends. It was a place where conversations about Maya Angelou’s poetry and the theory of relativity and the history of silent film coincided. It was a place that encouraged honest dialog, thoughtful consideration, and genuine support. Without a doubt, the Writing Center provided some of the most interesting and meaningful experiences of my entire college career.”

Nick Olig

originally from Fond du Lac, graduated in 2006 from UW Oshkosh with degrees in Communications and English. He is now a deli worker in Fond du Lac. He’d “like to continue writing . . ., return to school for [his] masters and then teach English [and] write.”

Nick enjoyed the coffee maker, but not APA style during his days in the Writing Center. He notes that he “greatly appreciated the kindness and intellect of [his] co-workers.”

Nik Shier

After graduating from UW Oshkosh in Spring 2011, Nik began teaching Introduction to College Writing and Speech at Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh, WI. She also began an MFA-W program at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. "Home," an excerpt from her thesis, was published as the featured prose piece in the 2012 inaugural addition of 'Bout Now. She would like to continue teaching, writing, and working for social justice, but isn't sure exactly what that will look like yet.

Crystal Thompson

After graduating from UW Oshkosh with a bachelor's degree in English, Crystal earned a position as the communications administrator at a national nonprofit organization in Milwaukee, WI. Nearing two years in that position, she applied for an internal position as the editorial and production associate for the organization’s journal, which she currently holds. Crystal manages content workflows and writes, edits, and proofreads various online and print materials, including web pages, e-newsletters, and the print journal, which she now does via remote office from the Fox Cities area. Crystal also recently began classes for a second bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness Management, with the hope of developing a career that incorporates her current skills with my passion for healthy living.

Kyle VonRuden

originally from the small community of Black River Falls, WI. He graduated with a Bachelor's in Political Science and English Studies from UW Oshkosh in 2012, where he spent two amazing years learning and tutoring in the campus Writing Center. Kyle is now putting those skills to use at a public charter school in Boston, MA, where he tutors middle school students in English and Math and assists with day-to-day building operations. Kyle is considering pursuing a graduate degree in politics or foreign affairs when the school year ends, and he hopes to continue working with community service organizations at home or abroad for years to come.

by Mueller, Crystal L last modified Sep 17, 2012 09:19 AM


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