Writing Consultants, 2014

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 Lauren Orchard

Hello! My name is Lauren and I am Geography and International Relations double major. This is my first semester with the writing center, but I have been a peer tutor for the past two semesters, working mainly with international and CORE students. I am most effective within the writing center when I am helping writers brainstorm, organize main points, and create overall cohesion. This means that if you are insecure about the direction of your paper, are worried that your ideas won’t make sense to your reader, or that your paper doesn’t ‘flow,’ I can probably help you out.

 Jessica GalbreathIMG_20131031_093904

Hi! I am Secondary Education and English major with a minor in Special Education. In the writing center, I enjoy helping people on their CORE and Education papers, but I can help with any type of assignment. If someone needs help expanding thoughts, developing a thesis, or just brainstorming ideas to get a good start, I am always here to help! I enjoy teaching and helping people express their thoughts through their writing, and I look forward to helping you soon!



 Aema ZaidiAema

Hi! I am a junior, and I am double majoring in political science and history with a pre-law concentration. This is my first year working as a writing consultant, and I am excited to be able to help students with their writing concerns and issues. I enjoy tutoring people and consider my strengths to be argumentative writing. If you are looking for someone to help you with organizing ideas, or work with you towards improving your writing skills, you should visit the Writing Center and make an appointment with me! I look forward to helping you with your writing! Good luck with your writing endeavors!


 Lily HowardLily Howard Consultant Picture ps

I am a junior nursing major.  Although this is my first semester working here as a writing consultant, I am very excited to begin working here at the writing center!  I love writing and the process that is writing, and I am eager to share my experience and knowledge with anyone who comes to the writing center for help or makes an appointment with me.  As a writing consultant, I am experienced with a variety of writing techniques including different citations, such as MLA and APA, forming ideas and theses, and, my favorite, organizing.  Even though I am a nursing major, I am prepared to help with different styles of writing for any classes that are not nursing. I hope to see you in the writing center soon!


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 Jordan Bires

Hi! I am majoring in English; I have an unwavering passion for creative writing and literary criticism. I’ve just recently started working at the writing center, and I am looking forward to helping others with their writing needs, questions, etc. As a Writing Consultant, my specialties include helping students with brainstorming, organization, and citation (particularly MLA format). If you need help with any of these topics, or any topic that pertains to writing, you can schedule an appointment with me. I look forward to seeing you soon.


victoria_4Victoria Zaplatosch

Victoria is currently a senior English and Secondary Education major, with a minor in Spanish. She has been tutoring in writing for a little over three years total, and is entering her second year as a writing consultant here at the VU Writing Center. Most of her writing experience consists of argumentative/persuasive prose, rhetorical and literary analysis, and practice with both MLA and APA citations/format. She is open and enthusiastic to helping students write whose first language is not English and welcomes all who want to improve their writing in a one-on-one, collaborative learning environment. You can schedule and appointment with Victoria for any type of class or assignment by observing her hours at the Writing Center. She looks forward to working with you soon!

louise_4Louise Conces

Hi! I am a senior biology major and chemistry minor. I have only been working at the writing center for a semester. However, I have already become very familiar with the extensive assortment of writing topics and styles that students at Valparaiso University encounter. I am particularly experienced in helping CORE students articulate ideas, organize arguments, employ proper grammar, and utilize MLA format when writing their papers. If a student presents me with a prompt and needs assistance understanding a professor’s expectations, I am willing to guide the student to formulate a thesis, brainstorm ideas, and organize thoughts into an outline. When reviewing a student’s paper, I provide thorough, proficient, and honest critique. I am very passionate about writing and I am eager to illustrate to other students that essay prompts are an opportunity, rather than a burden.


Calix_4 Diego Calix

Diego Calix is a senior at Valparaiso University, native of San Salvador, El Salvador.  Diego is in his second year of service as a writing consultant. He is currently a double majoring in International business and French. Member of the Valparaiso Men’s soccer team.


berry_adam_4Adam Berry

Adam is a senior Christ College and Mechanical and Electrical Engineering student. This is his third year working as a Writing Center consultant. Outside of class, he dances on VU Ballroom’s competitive team, and is a member of the Engineers Without Borders Projects Team. He loves dogs, especially Corgis and greyhounds.



Nadia Atassi

Nadia is a senior English major and Christ College Student. She has experience working with argumentative and persuasive papers, as well as literary reviews and analyses. This is her first semester working in the writing center, and she is ready to help with any or all steps of the writing process.

IMG_2200Madalyn Harvey

Heya, everybody! I am a junior Social Work major and Christ College student.  This is my first year working in the Writing Center, because last semester I was able to study abroad in Cambridge, England! I have written lots of different kinds of papers, including APA, MLA, and Chicago style in Social Work, Education, CORE, and Christ College. I look forward to meeting you in the writing center!

Aura Fucci

My name is Aura Fucci and I am a junior Chemistry major with minors in Spanish and Biology. This is my second semester working in the Writing Center. I’m great at working with CORE papers, but since I have a Chemistry background I am great with technical writing. I am so excited to help you to realize your full potential as a writer at Valparaiso University.

Nicolas Gibney

Nicolas is a senior International Business and German major. He has been working at the Writing Center since he was a sophomore, not counting a year and a half spent in Germany. He is good with all manner of writing, but given his background, specializes in business writing and grammar.

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Desiree Swartz

Hi! My name is Desiree and I am a junior nursing major.  I enjoy helping students from all disciplines, especially CORE and nursing students. I am particularly experienced with APA format. I am willing to help during any part of the writing process, whether that be brainstorming, organization, transitions, sentence structure, or grammar. I look forward to seeing you in the Writing Center!