Writing Center Staff
Lydia McDermott is the director of the Whitman College Writing Center and an Assistant Professor of Composition in General Studies. Her PhD is in Rhetoric and Composition and her MA is in Creative Writing. She loves to write in practically any genre and especially loves helping others find a passion for writing. Aside from writing, she loves watching and playing soccer, hanging out with her three boys, and walking her dog, Sherlock Bones, around Ankeny Field. Previous to coming to Whitman College, she helped to found and direct the Graduate Writing and Research Center at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Please feel free to drop by her office at Olin 217, around the corner from the Center, or to schedule an appointment with her at email@example.com.
Jonas Myers is the assistant to Lydia McDermott. He graduated from Whitman in May of 2013, having majored in English and minored in mathematics. He worked as a tutor in the Writing Center for four semesters. He loves working with students on their writing, and believes that academic writing can be an outlet for creativity. Besides all things literary, Jonas loves music, cooking, and conversation.
Henry Allen I am a junior at Whitman and hail from Oakland, California. Since coming here, my academic interests have led me down a circuitous path. College regulations have induced me to declare a major in philosophy but I am currently pondering a switch to physics. By graduation I may have picked up a Classics minor. As the majority of my college writing has concerned philosophy, I will be able to best help you with papers involving that subject. I am also happy to help with lab reports, though I have only written physics ones at Whitman. When I am back in the Bay Area, I spend most of my time in the water - swimming, lifeguarding, and teaching swim lessons. One of these years I intend to get SCUBA certified so that I may venture into bodies of water deeper than thirteen feet and filled with more interesting items than dead leaves and used band-aids.
Alex Baker My name is Alexander Qualley Luft Baker. I was born in Eugene, Oregon, and graduated from South Eugene High School. I transferred to Whitman College after one year at the University of Oregon. My majors are Spanish and History, and I can tutor in Spanish as well as English. I am a senior here at Whitman, and in my free time I play on the Varsity men's soccer team, and listen to music and watch movies with my friends and housemates. Last semester I studied abroad in the Argentine city of Mendoza, and over the summer I went to Bath, in England, with the rest of the Whitman soccer team, and played some friendlies against English teams.
Jacob Harwood is a senior Politics major, minoring in History, from Hopkinton, New Hampshire. He specializes in research and analytical papers, as well as oral presentation, and has significant experience in writing and editing resumes, cover letters, and applications.
Marisa Ikert Hi everyone! This is my third year at Whitman and I'm so looking forward to helping out in the Writing Center. As a French major and English minor, reading, writing, and editing are my passions in any language (feel free to bring French papers if you have them too!). Although I'm happy to help with any kind of writing, I especially enjoy close literary analysis, and I derive a certain joy from deconstructing syntax and word choice that I hope to share with you. Outside of class and the Writing Center, I also sing in Chorale, participate in the Story Time program, and work as an ESL fellow. My favorite part of the year, though, is the summer, which I spend working in the beautiful San Juan Islands as a counselor at a French language summer camp. Some of my other interests include Broadway musicals, black and white comedies, schedules, and sushi. Hope to see you soon!
Hanne Jensen As an editor at heart, I love all stages of the writing process from the early conceptions of an idea through many revisions of a carefully nurtured work. Most of my formal experience with writing has been through Whitman's literary magazine community, which has taught me the value of careful peer review, critiques, and discussion. Although working with creative writing is always fun, I like to focus more on the analytical writing. I particularly like the process of developing macro- or global-level ideas and tailoring the inner-workings of a paper to support an author's overall argument in style, structure, and content.
Veronika Kiss I am a junior English major from Banks, Oregon (a tiny town somewhat near Portland). Given my major, I feel especially equipped to help students with essays involving literary analysis and the use of secondary sources, as incorporating literary criticism into papers is often required in upper level English classes. I also have quite a bit of experience writing history papers and analytical papers for classes such as Encounters. When I'm not writing for academic purposes, I enjoy applying my pen to more creative endeavors, and if you've gone to Whitman's Renaissance Faire during the past two years, you may have seen a skit that I helped write. This semester, I look forward to working as an Encounters Writing Fellow in addition to tutoring at the Writing Center.
Katherine Lee A double major in English and Music History, Katherine is well-versed in the conventions of analytical papers. She is best at assisting students with structure, flow, organization, and the development of ideas and theses. In addition, Katherine is comfortable working with students who need to prepare oral presentations from scratch or from an already-prepared piece of writing. She can also offer advice regarding nerves and stage fright since she is a violinist and performer. Katherine has the most experience in the fields of English and Music, though she may be able to provide some help writing General Chemistry lab reports and papers (research and non-research) for 100-level classes in various other departments. Katherine hails from the exotic hometown of Honolulu, Hawai'i, though she neither surfs nor lives in a grass hut.
Lauriene Madrigal I'm an Art History major with a French minor from Eugene, Oregon. This means that I am able to help with French papers, but I prefer to focus on content rather than grammatical issues. My strengths lie especially in the structural and analytical aspects of writing and I feel comfortable helping in both of those--though I do genuinely enjoy helping out with grammatical or phrasing issues. Looking forward to working with everyone!
Elana Simon My name is Elana Simon and I'm a Junior majoring in Politics. While my experience in Politics has given me the opportunity to try many different writing forms from op-eds to research papers, I have also gained writing experience in English and Rhetoric classes. I'm more than happy to work with you on papers across the social sciences and humanities at various stages of the writing process.
McCauley Singer-Milnes I am a senior English major from Alameda, California. I am available to help with a variety of writing tasks spanning various disciplines but my love of literature means I have the most experience with analytical English papers. I am also comfortable working with students on papers for Encounters. I enjoy brainstorming ideas early in the writing process and talking through a paper line by line as it approaches a final draft. When not at the Writing Center or writing a paper for an English class, I enjoy playing lacrosse, cooking, and watching The Daily Show.
Julia Thompson I'm Julia, a junior History major from Seattle, WA. I like writing history papers/essays best, but I am considering an English minor and also enjoy writing analytically about literature. I also have some experience writing for museum and educational purposes thanks to my summer job. Aside from doing what seems like endless schoolwork, I am involved in my sorority, play the piano, and love to read, hike, and bake. My favorite food is definitely pesto!
Sabrina Wise is an English major from Fairfax, California. She can help with a range of writing assignments in the humanities and genuinely enjoys puzzling through thesis statements, essay organization, and issues of flow and clarity. Sabrina is best prepared to assist with papers for English (including creative writing) and Religion classes, but is also comfortable working with students on analytical and argumentative essays in other disciplines, including General Studies (Encounters!). When she was five she wanted to be a fire truck when she grew up; unfortunately that dream didn't pan out, and she now aspires to be a writer and teacher.
Emma Woodworth Hi, my name is Emma Woodworth. I'm a junior ES-Bio major with a strong emphasis in writing. I have experience with writing in a wide variety of subject areas, from hard sciences to history, sociology, English, and creative writing. When not at the Writing Center, I can generally be found outside looking at trees, picnicking, and camping.