Megan Ostrofsky ‘16

Megan Ostrofsky ‘16

Major: Theatre and Middle Education
Hometown:North Canton, Ohio

I can get personal attention from all my professors in and out of the classroom because there aren’t an overwhelming number of students.

Meet the Center for Writing and Oral Communication Consultants

Lead Consultants

Gabby Pishotti

Junior

Major: English and Writing

Minor: Japanese

I love assisting with any stage of the writing process, especially in areas such as outlining, brainstorming, and building arguments. I have had experience working on research papers and creative writing, as well as cover letters and resumes. A nervous public speaker myself, I understand the anxiety that usually accompanies presentations, and I enjoy helping other students work past this common fear and become more comfortable and confident with their own presentations and speeches. Besides writing, you will usually find me with my nose in a book or attempting to recreate my latest find on Pinterest. Please feel free to stop in and see me!

Emma Phillip

Senior

Major: History

Minors: Philosophy and English

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” ~Joseph Heller (author of Catch-22)

Whether you have trouble writing (or speaking in front of people) or not, you are looking for help in the right place. I enjoy traveling abroad, or simply down the road, and cooking anything from my own concoctions to Chef Ramsay’s best recipes. This will be my third year as a consultant and I have had a variety of experiences with brainstorming, formatting, group projects, and presentations. Though I chose to study the humanities, I do enjoy helping with lab reports and more discipline-specific pieces. I truly enjoy all of my work here; I hope my passion for helping others and myself communicate in a more effective manner is something you will easily pick up on.

New Consultant Coordinator

Matt Gorman

Junior

Majors: Writing and English

Hi! Writing has always been one of my passions in all of its forms and stages. I personally enjoy writing poetry the best, but any genre of writing can be fun as well. From brainstorming, to organization, to the first-draft writing, all the way to the end polished copy, my goal as a consultant is to help students become more comfortable with the writing process and to leave their sessions feeling confident in what they have produced. I also enjoy talking – a lot. I hope you come by the CWOC if you need assistance with an oral presentation assignment because I’d be more than glad to help with that too! When I’m not at the CWOC, I can be found in the choir room, the Office of Marketing, probably more than likely the Caf, or on the third floor of KHIC looking out at the Academic Mall while reading or writing barefoot.

PR/Event Coordinator

Lauren Reihl

Junior

Major: Public Relations

Minors: Business Administration, Psychology and Sociology

In addition to my position as a consultant for the Center for Written and Oral Communication, I am a student worker in the Office of Marketing. I started interning there during the spring of my sophomore year, and have written many stories and articles for the Mount Union website and the Alliance Review. I am a member of Alpha Chi Omega, American Marketing Association, Public Relations Student Society of America, and Gamma. When I'm not flying around being extra-curricular superwoman, I can be found running or wakeboarding! This is my first year working at the CWOC, but I am excited to help students with any part of the writing process. I am familiar with a variety of writing styles, and am able to help with everything from press releases to creative writing to business projects.

Consultants

Jamie Laubacher

Senior

Major: English

Minor: Writing and Religious Studies

When it comes to papers and speeches, I really enjoy working with the logic and order of a piece. Helping a client fine-tune their message so that they’re communicating what they want to say in the most effective way is something I always look forward to. I also get seriously excited about creative writing, so if you’ve got a poem, story, script, etc. you’re working on and you want some feedback, bring it by!

Daniel Pritchard

Junior

Major: Chemistry and Psychology

Although I enjoy literature, I am very familiar with the format of biology and chemistry lab reports, and I have a lot of experience with organizing lab reports and planning how to best use evidence throughout.  Additionally, I have experience with MLA and APA styles.  Though I am a science major, I nearly studied writing, so I genuinely enjoy the process and helping people along in their own way. I used to run cross country and still run on my own, and am also very involved with my fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon, along with Student Senate. Finally, I just studied abroad in Italy, so if you want to come and talk about Rome, pasta or Italian architecture, come stop by!

Alyson Saracco

Junior

Major: English

Minor: Adolescent Young Adult Education

What I’m most passionate about is reading and writing fiction, but I’ve really come to enjoy writing research papers as well. My favorite part of the writing process is after you’ve gotten your first rough draft out on paper, because that’s when you can start making creative choices about how you want to present that information, and that’s the fun part! Because I’ve struggled with speech anxiety, I know how it feels to be uncomfortable speaking in front of others, but I also know some tricks to help overcome it. I hope to show students how fun and rewarding the writing and speaking process can be, so stop by and see me!

Dylan Householder

Sophomore

Major: Computer Science

Minor: Web Design

In my free time, I love watching movies, playing video games, and writing. I am currently writing a graphic novel that I am posting on a website that I designed and host. When I’m not in class I’m normally around the library on a computer. I have a ton of experience putting together oral presentations I love writing. Come in and see me some time!

Jenna Snider

Junior

Major: Public Relations

Minor: German
I enjoy writing and assisting in all stages of the writing process, but my favorite is working with word variation, sentence flow and organization. I have had the most experience working with creative writing, public speaking and communications-oriented projects. I have also worked with lab reports, cover letters and resumes. When I’m not in the CWOC, I can be found on the lacrosse field, volunteering with my sorority sisters or recreating a Pinterest-inspired painting. I’m very outgoing and friendly and would love to assist you!

Kayla Ashdown

Sophomore

Major: Early Childhood Education

Minor: Psychology

From a young age I always enjoyed reading and writing, and have continued that passion throughout my life. I am happy to continue my passion for writing as and public speaking by helping others through the CWOC. Outside of work, you can more than likely find me in my dorm watching Netflix or Disney movies and hanging out with my friends.  I encourage anyone to stop by or make an appointment and see how our team at the CWOC can help you in any stage of the writing process!

 

Alyssa Suffron

Junior

Major: Intervention Specialist

Minor: Theatre

I love to help clients who are working on oral presentations. Whether you are trying to make your PowerPoint more effective, check the pace of your speech, or just having a hard time transitioning between ideas, I can work with you to polish your presentation. When it comes to writing, one of my strengths is helping to identify the thesis and key supporting details to make sure an assignment/argument is cohesive. After hours, if I’m not at an event for Greek life or at a rehearsal for theater, my free time is spent on Netflix and snow skiing when the weather allows. Stop by the desk or make an appointment online- I look forward to working with you!

Kenzie McCainkenzie

Senior

Major: Writing

Minor: English

Hey! My name’s Kenzie. While it took me quite a while to figure out my place in the world, switching from a biochemistry major to a writing major has really helped me understand the finer points of a good essay and find the fun in any kind of writing. I spent a good year of my school career working full time while going to class, so I get how difficult and frustrating a deadline can be. But, we can work through that! I’m a total nerd for creative writing workshops, especially creative nonfiction and poetry. While essays are wonderful, I really enjoy working on the flow and rhythm of an oral presentation. Finding the right moment to a crack joke, cite sources, and remind yourself to breathe can really make a good presentation great!

Garrett Graber garrett

Sophomore

Majors: Economics and English

Minor: Political Science

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.

Tyler Mooretyler

Sophomore

Major:  English

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. Some of my favorite books include East of Eden by John Steinbeck and The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. I’m also an avid Netflix viewer, and I love listening to music. A piece of writing has appeal when the author’s voice resonates throughout. My favorite part of assisting clients in the CWOC 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.

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