Kelsey Coleman '18

Major: Sport Business
Hometown:Rittman, Ohio

I feel very honored to have professors that really want to see me succeed in life and will help me with almost any problem I have. 

Meet the Digital, Written and Oral Communication Studio Consultants

Lead Consultants

 

Abbey Schlanz


Majors: English and Writing
Minors: Art and Japanese
Senior

Writing has been a passion of mine since I was ten years old. I enjoy everything from creative writing to more technical pieces, and I love helping others polish their own writing as well. Whether it’s brainstorming, organizing ideas, or tweaking sentence flow and structure, I look forward to helping the writing process along. As a nervous public speaker, I have quite a few tips that can make presentations a lot less intimidating and a lot more fun. I’m also fairly experienced with Photoshop, InDesign, Audacity, and iMovie, so if you need any assistance with those programs, I would be more than happy to help! When I’m not at the DWOC Studio, you can find me at Calliope and English Society meetings or (quite literally) running around campus.

 

 

 

Abbey 2016
   

Ashley Guilbert


Majors: English and Japanese
Minors: AYA/Multiage Education
Senior

I’ve always had a passion for reading and writing, even as a kid, and it is a passion that I love to pass on to others. I’ve also always enjoyed helping others with their writing--whatever part of the writing process they might be stuck on--as well as creating and writing speeches and presentations. As someone who still gets the jitters when speaking in front of others, I have several tips on how to give a good presentation regardless of how nervous you are. I also have some experience working with InDesign, iMovie/Moviemaker, and with creating infographics. When I’m not at the DWOC, I can be found out on the field with the marching band, hanging out with friends, or working with the rest of CHOICES to put on fun and educational events for the campus’ enjoyment.

 

 

AshleyGuilbert

Public Relations Coordinator

 
Kerstin Vaughn

Majors: Theatre and Communication
Minor: Psychology
Junior

I’m a sophomore Theatre and Communication double major with a passion for words, both written and spoken. You’ll see me running around campus with Honors Program, Theatre, and Black Student Union. The majority of my experience is in giving speeches and writing essays. I’m particularly partial to the nitty gritty of the revision process, but am more than willing to brainstorm with you! I’m excited to start working through projects with you. And no worries, we’ll figure it all out together!

 

Kerstin Vaughn

Technology Coordinator

 

Emily McConnell


Majors: Japanese and Writing
Minor: Sociology
Senior

Growing up, I devoured books like Harry Potter and Warriors as though they were meals. I guess in a way, they were; they provided nourishment for my growing writing skills and creative thoughts. And it was those skills and thoughts that have currently brought me to the DWOC, where I’ve continued to grow as a writer and as a tutor.  Speaking of tutoring, I’m the new Technology Coordinator for the 2017 - 2018 school year. But what does that actually mean for you? It means that in addition to helping you work on writing and oral communication projects, I’m one of the DWOC’s savviest experts when it comes to using technology to create things like podcasts and films! So please come talk to me if you want to learn how to do those sorts of things; I promise that I will take you step by step in the process of creating these projects. Additionally, I have studied abroad in Japan, so I’m familiar with the anxiety of studying and doing presentations in a foreign language (or any presentation, for that matter). You’re always welcome to see me to review and practice a presentation if you’re worried about English presentation skills. When I’m not in classes or at the DWOC, I’m likely relaxing with either a book or a video game.  

 

Emily

Technology Mentor

 

Alec Barker

Major: Multi-Platform Software Development
Sophomore

I have always been interested in creative endeavors. At a young age, I was constantly building things with Legos and drawing. As I got older, I began to write stories, edit photos, and make videos. While doing this, I learned a lot about the software I was using, such as Photoshop, Premiere, Powerpoint, Excel, and Audacity. With that knowledge, I'd like to help others with their digital projects. If you are having issues with a project or need help starting it, you can come see me any time I'm in the DWOC.

 

Consultants

Louis Berry IV


Major: Marketing
Minor: Chinese
Junior

I am a Junior Marketing major with a minor in Chinese. Even though I typically excel at writing and public speaking, I share the same anxiety that many face when it comes to class papers and presentations. As a member of both the football and track team, I am comfortable and willing to work with people from all types of backgrounds. I'm very easy to get along with, so feel free to come by whenever I'm working.

Louis Berry IV
   
Ashlynd Birgy


Major: French
Minor: Marketing
Junior

My interest in writing developed alongside my obsession with reading. Some of my favorite books are 11/22/63 series because I thoroughly enjoy historical fiction. I took AP writing-heavy courses in high school and have further developed my writer’s voice here at Mount Union. I love the feeling of looking at a finished product and actually being proud of what I’ve produced. Outside of these two aspects of my life, I like to watch scary/horror movies and look at pictures of elephants. I started my freshman year as a nursing major so if you have any questions regarding anything on that subject I can guide you in the right direction as best I can. Feel free to stop by and see me!

 

Ashlynd Birgy
   

McKenzie Caldwell


Major: Writing

Minors: Web Design, English, and Computer Science
Junior

I’m a junior writing major with minors in web design, English, and computer science, so I’m well-equipped to help with anything from that twelve-page paper you have due in a few days to slides for a presentation to working with software you may be unfamiliar with. Come stop by the DWOC when you get the chance—I’d love to introduce you to the Multimedia Production Lab, a magical place where you can play with our cameras, recording equipment, and the entire Adobe suite. I also love brainstorming and the revision process, and may get more excited about your ideas than you are. Even when I’m not working at the Studio, I can probably be found at one of the whiteboard tables, doing homework or editing my novel. No matter what you may bring to a session, I’m already excited to work together!

 

McKenzie Caldwell
   

Ryan Ditrick


Majors: Writing and English

Sophomore

In first grade I taught myself how to use the family computer so I could use Microsoft Word for my writing. I loved tapping away at the keys one by one, watching my stories as they appeared on the page. My writing eventually progressed from very short stories about spaceships and aliens to more mature pieces, like novels about spaceships and aliens. Creative writing is in my blood; it’s what I do, but whether it’s a short fiction piece or a research essay, I’d love to lend a hand. I get that college papers can be a little unnerving at times, and I hope I can help ease the stress a little. Aside from working at the DWOC, I’m an RA, a trombonist, a bassist, and the secretary for the Calliope. I also have a cute dog.

 

Ryan
   

Sarah Donkin


Major: Writing
Minors: French and Music
Junior

I’ve always enjoyed writing and reading in many different genres, especially poetry, short stories, and novels. Although creative writing is my main interest, I also enjoy professional writing. I would love to help you with any stage of the writing process! It took me a long time to gain confidence in my writing and speaking abilities, and through the DWOC, I hope to help you find confidence in your abilities as well! In addition to working at the DWOC, I am a member of Calliope, English Society, and the Mount Union choral program. I can often be found in the library, or playing my guitar and writing songs in the music building.

 

 

Sarah Donkin
   

Mallory Glenn


Major: Writing
Minor: Sociology
Junior

I love writing and would be happy to assist you with any stage of the writing process! Brainstorming, researching, and editing are just a few of the many aspects I would enjoy helping you with. If you ever feel like your paper is lackluster, unorganized, or has wandered off topic, I encourage you to make an appoint with me at the DWOC Studio. Giving presentations can also be scary. I would love to offer you honest feedback and guidance as you complete your presentations for the Integrative Core or in your major. Between my involvement in The Dynamo, in APO, and at the radio station, I understand how difficult it can be for a busy student to maintain a good GPA. So whether you want to redo an entire presentation, or just want someone look over your paper’s paragraph structure, don’t hesitate to stop by and see me!

 

 

Mallory Glenn
   

Emma Kilbreath


Major: English
Minor: Gender Studies
Junior

I have always been interested in reading and writing, and it is because of that interest that I decided to major in English at Mount Union. During my time here, I have found a love for writing beyond simply putting pen to paper; my favorite parts of the process are digging through information and deciding how to put everything together. I am always excited when the pieces fall into place and I can put everything together like a giant puzzle. I love being able to help others find that moment of clarity, too. Outside of classes, I am a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the Purple Raider Marching Band, and other music ensembles on campus.

 

 Emma K
   

Keila Martinez


Major: Communication Studies
Minor: English and Japanese
Sophomore

Growing up, books have always been my closest friends, and public speaking my worst enemy. As a communication studies major, I’ve had to learn to overcome the anxiety of speaking in front of a big crowd. I have plenty of tips that could help you to overcome your own public speaking fear. I can also help with brainstorming for essays or other writing projects, so don’t be afraid to stop by the DWOC and say hello!

 

Keila
   
Cassie Mead

Majors: Theatre Performance and Sociology
Sophomore

Hello, everyone! My name is Cassie, and I'm a sophomore double major in Theatre Performance and Sociology. I have always enjoyed using my words to make a difference. In high school, I spent the majority of my time on the speech team. Now I use my public speaking experience to make my oral presentations as strong as possible! I hope to someday teach at the university level, so I am excited to help you work through your writing and speaking assignments. Stop in and let's make that paper or presentation as great as it can be!

 

Cassie
   
Marcus Morrison


Majors: Music and Biology
Minor: Writing
Junior

Even though it may not seem apparent based on my majors, writing is one of my favorite forms of self-expression, and I consider it a very important part of who I am. I started writing for fun in middle school, and I've been hooked ever since. I am happy to help with any kind of writing, but I feel especially qualified to help out with research papers and lab reports. I’m a stickler for organization and clarity-of-thought in writing, which I find also applies well to presentation prep. In my free time I participate in Mount Union’s Concert Choir, GSA Pride, Theater, and Good Vibes Only. I’m excited to assist you with your writing and to hopefully help you see it as a wonderful (maybe even fun) tool, instead of a drag.

 

Marcus
   

Layn Palmer


Major: Writing
Minor: English and International Relations
Senior

I have enjoyed reading fiction and delving into history books with my father ever since I was a child, so the leap into the realm of writing was a natural progression for me. While fiction is my favorite genre to read and work with, I have come to appreciate and understand other genres as well, including academic essays, technical writing, and poetry. For me, the fun part of writing is finding the thesis or theme of the piece and making sure that every single sentence works toward that, fleshing it out in the most efficient way possible. When I’m not in class or working at the DWOC Studio, you can usually find me hiding out in the quieter parts of the library with my nose in the latest and greatest fantasy novels, or with pen in hand, telling my own stories.

Layn
   

Kacie Prologo


Major: Writing
Minor: Psychology
Senior

Just knowing where to get started can be the most daunting part of any project. While there is work to be done at any stage of the writing process, facing down a blank Word document or empty Powerpoint template is the first, and in my opinion, most intimidating monster to slay. Believe it or not, this disjointed phase of the drafting process is my favorite part. Whether it’s for a speaking assignment or a piece of creative writing, watching ideas come together always excites me. If I’m not writing, I’m probably on my laptop trying to chase down some obscure factoid. Always feel free to stop in and see me.

Kacie Prologo
   

Kylie Sees


Major: Marketing and Public Relations
Minor: Writing and Business Administration
Sophomore

My love for reading and writing can be traced back to elementary school writing prompts. I have always loved that someone you have never met could make you feel informed, inspired, or a range of emotions, using only words. Because of this, I became the friend that everyone went to for help with papers and presentations. I want to continue my passion for helping people bring their visions to life by assisting you in any stage of the communication process! I know how intimidating some assignments and presentations can seem, so I can share helpful strategies and organization tips to make the process as painless as possible. You can count on my honest feedback, patience, and reassurance through any assignment. Whether you are completely blocked on a first draft--don’t worry, we’ve all been there--or you are struggling with revision, feel free to make an appointment with me so we can work through it together!

 

 

 

Kylie
   

Joseph Strobelt


Major: English
Minor: German and Writing
Sophomore

One of the reasons I wanted to study English was because of the creative freedom it provides me. Communication, writing, and reading are essential to all people, and I find it fascinating how these tools can be used in so many different ways, from basic day-to-day dialogue to artistic expression. My hope is that through the DWOC Studio, clients will appreciate how useful these skills can be, especially outside of just papers and presentations. Aside from working at the DWOC Studio, I am also an Integrative Core student worker and am involved in Calliope and English Society.

 

 

Joe
   

McKenna Tubbs


Major: Middle Childhood Education
Minor: Intervention Specialist
Junior

I have loved reading since I was young and have grown to love the writing process as well! I am a Middle Childhood Education major with concentrations in reading and math. I know that writing essays and giving presentations can seem scary, but I hope to make this process easier for you! I have a few tips and tricks for organizing your ideas and perfecting your presentations. I am also a member of the women’s lacrosse team on campus. I hope you take advantage of all the DWOC Studio has to offer and I look forward to working with you!

 

 

McKenna Tubbs
   

Kristin Werstler


Majors: Writing and English

Senior

A creative writer at heart, my passion for words has led me in many different directions. I have developed interests in creating podcasts, literary and academic writing, public speaking, and technical writing. So, whether it’s finding a more interesting way to communicate your ideas, or working to gain confidence as a public speaker, I’d be more than happy to help! I’m also familiar with the programs and equipment used to create quality audio recordings, so feel free to stop by the DWOC Studio if you have any questions about that! Outside of the DWOC, I participate in English Society and Calliope. If I’m not reading or writing, you can find me around campus doing homework, spending time with friends, or (poorly) playing my ukulele.

 

Kristin
   

Emma Wilson


Majors: National Security and Foreign Intelligence Analysis and Spanish
Minors: Legal Studies and Psychology
Senior

From a young age, I've always loved reading and writing. This was my main inspiration for wanting to pursue a humanities-based education. After graduation, I want to go to law school, so most of my classes here at Mount have been geared toward preparing me for that. Even though most of my writing has been research-based or analytical, my favorite experience with the DWOC was a time I came with a Spanish project. For my project, I had to translate a Spanish news article to English, and although the DWOC consultant I worked with had never taken a Spanish course, they were so helpful with fixing my English translation. It helped so much to have an "outside source" going through my writing with me and this is what I hope to give anyone who comes to visit the DWOC. On campus, I’m involved with Student Senate and Alpha Chi Omega.

Emma W
   

Director

 

Danielle Cordaro
Associate Professor of English

My goal is to make the DWOC Studio the best service it can possibly be for Mount Union’s community. Mount Union students helped me to plan every aspect of the DWOC Studio’s new spaces and pedagogies. I am proud of the effort we have made to transform our center into a place where students can produce a variety of communication projects relevant to Mount Union’s curriculum and literacy in the 21st century. Please feel free to contact me directly at 330-823-4893 or at cordarda@mountunion.edu.

 

 

 

 

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