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

 

Kayla Ashdown


Major: Early Childhood Education
Minor: Psychology
Senior

From a young age, I have always enjoyed all forms of both professional and creative writing and have continued that passion throughout my life. I’m so excited to lead consultations at the new and improved DWOC Studio and help students in any stage of the writing, speaking, or digital creation process. Outside of work, you can more than likely find me in meetings for the Student National Education Association or volunteering at local elementary schools, or relaxing with my friends. I highly encourage anyone to stop by or make an appointment and see how our team at the DWOC Studio can help throughout any stage of the creative thinking process!

 

Kayla A. 2016 

Tyler Moore


Major: English/AYA Education
Senior

My interest in the writing and speaking process goes hand in hand with my passion for reading. That is why I decided to major in English here at Mount Union. Some of my favorite books include East of Eden by John Steinbeck and The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. I am a member of the varsity swimming and diving team here at Mount. As one of the DWOC Studio’s new Athletic Liaisons, I hope to inform more athletes about the benefits of making an appointment with us and encourage them to do so! A piece of writing has appeal when the author’s voice resonates throughout. My favorite part of assisting clients at the DWOC Studio is helping them find their own unique voice in writing and speaking. Navigating sentence structure and grammar rules while you search for your voice can be intimidating, but I love the process. I encourage anyone looking for some extra help to schedule an appointment with me.

 

Technology Coordinators

 

Abbey Schlanz

Majors: English/Writing
Junior

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. I also love making snazzy, professional PowerPoint presentations, and 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 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, where I have executive positions, or (quite literally) running around campus.

 

 

Abbey 2016 

McKenzie Caldwell

Sophomore

Majors: Writing/ Computer Science
Minor: Web Design 

I’m a Writing and Computer Science double major minoring in Web Design, so I’m equipped to help with anything from that twelve-page paper you have due in a few days, to the slides for a presentation, to working with  software you may be unfamiliar with.  Come by the —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 of programs..  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

Consultants

Amy Slusher

Senior
Major: Biology
Minor: Psychology

I’m a senior Biology major planning to attend Physician Assistant graduate school after graduation. Because of my interest in science, I am very familiar with the format of biology and chemistry-based writing. I have a lot of experience with organizing and formatting lab reports and I look forward to assisting you with these kinds of assignments. However, don’t be fooled by my science focus – I also love to read and write and look forward to assisting students with these assignments as well. I also have experience with graduate school applications and essays as I have recently finished this process. Apart from this, I am a member of the women’s lacrosse team here at Mount Union. I’m very outgoing and friendly. Feel free to stop by with questions whenever needed! I look forward to working with you all this year!

 

 Amy Slusher

Kerstin Vaughn

Sophomore
Majors: Theatre Performance/Communication Studies

Hello! I’m a sophomore Theatre and Communication double major with a passion for words, both written and spoken. 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! You’ll see me running around campus with Student Media, Black Student Union, and anything theatre. I’m excited to start working through projects with you. And no worries, we’ll figure it all out together!

 

 Kerstin Vaughn

Sarah Donkin

Sophomore
Majors: Writing/French

For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed writing and reading in many genres, including poetry, short stories, novels, and works of nonfiction.  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 and I look forward to helping you gain confidence with your writing and with presentations.  In addition to working at the DWOC, I am a member of Calliope, English Society, and the Mount Union Concert Choir.  

 

 Sarah Donkin

Kristin Werstler

Junior
Majors: Writing/ English
Minor: French

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 serve as president of English Society and Social Media Specialist for 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

Mallory Glenn

Sophomore
Major: Writing
Minor: Sociology/Spanish 

I love writing and would be more than 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 be scary. I would love to offer you honest feedback and guidance as you complete your presentations and other requirements for the WOC portfolio. Between my involvement in The Dynamo, in APO, and at the radio station, I understand how difficult it can be 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

Garrett Graber
Major: English
Minor: Political Science/Economics/Computer Science
Senior

Hello, all! On campus, I am heavily involved in English Society and Model United Nations serving as their Presidents. I also serve as Treasurer of Calliope and the Student Senate Representative of College Republicans. When not at school, you can find me hiking, working at Speedway, reading, or at home lounging with my two French bulldogs. Being primarily involved in the humanities, I have learned how to make my writing concise, argumentative, and organized when writing on various subjects ranging from the subtexts in novels to the economic implications of raising the minimum wage. As an avid reader and writer in progress, I enjoy helping with every step of the writing process. So please, come by and say hi! I look forward to learning from you.

 

Garrett 2016 

Kacie Prologo

Junior
Major: Writing
Minor: Psychology 

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

Emily McConnell

Junior
Majors: Writing/Japanese 

Through reading stories like Harry Potter and Warriors, I was drawn into the world of creative writing. To this day I write about my original characters and their fantastic adventures, but I promise I’m not just a J.K. Rowling-wannabe. Having learned rhetorical analysis in an AP English Language and Composition class, I’m very conscientious of how I write essays; I take care to note words’ connotations as well as to structure my writing to be concise and clear. I’m hoping that I will be able to help you convey  your thoughts and ideas and then effectively support  your conclusions with evidence. Additionally, I just returned from a semester abroad, so I understand how difficult it can be to present or write about a topic in a foreign language. Outside of the DWOC, you can usually find me at Calliope or Japanese Club meetings. Feel free to say hi to me!

 

 Emily McConnell

Layn Palmer

Junior
Major: Writing
Minor: English 

I have enjoyed reading fiction and delving through 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

Ashley Guilbert

Junior
Majors: English/Japanese
Minors: AYA/Multiage Education

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 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. 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.

 Ashley Guilbert

McKenna Tubbs


Sophomore
Major: Middle Childhood Education
Minors: Psychology/Intervention Specialist

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 as well. I look forward to working with you!

 McKenna Tubbs
Ashlynd Birgy


Sophomore
Majors: French/Marketing

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, advocate for animal rights and sleep. I hope to continue my growth as a writer while I help others grow.I am excited to learn more about the writing process from my talented fellow consultants, Dr. Cordaro and any future clients I may have. Feel free to stop by and see me!

 Ashlynd Birgy

Louis Berry IV


Sophomore
Major: Marketing
Minors: Business/Chinese

Hello! I am a sophomore Marketing major, minoring in both Business and Chinese. Even though I typically excel at writing and public speaking, I share the same anxiety that most are faced with 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

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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