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University Writing Center Staff

Anne Ernest

Anne McMurtrey - Director

Institutional Coordinator, eTutoring

Advisor, Write Club

anne.mcmurtrey@utah.edu

Professional Interests:

Writing Centers, Writing Program Administration, Composition, Writing Assessment

Languages Studied:

English and Spanish

Previous Academic Institutions:

University of Idaho, Boise State University, and Washington State University

 

Nicole Triptow – Coordinator

nicole.triptow@utah.edu

Major:

English Teaching with minors in History Teaching, Theatre, and British Studies

Writing Interests:

Fiction novel writing, short stories, playwriting, scenes and monologue writing, essays, Chicago and MLA citations. I am the Public Relations Officer of Write Club.

Languages Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

"Still round the corner there may wait a new road or a secret gate" - J.R.R. Tolkien

Favorite Books:

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale, the Percy Jackson series and The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.

   
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Charlene – Graduate Writing Fellow

Ph.D. candidate in Political Science

Writing Expertise/Interests:

My current writing experience is for an academic social science audience. I also have experience with writing for funding proposals, public relations, and marketing. I have worked as a writer and editor of technical manuals and research in the biological sciences.

Languages Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

“The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.” – Molly Ivins, You Got to Dance with Them What Brung You

“A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood, "Spelling"

 "You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence." – Octavia E. Butler, 2000 Interview, Locus Magazine

Favorite Books:

The Universe in a Single Atom by H.H. Dalai Lama, Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

   
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Justin – Faculty Writing Fellow

Ph.D. student in Education, Culture, and Society as well as Writing and Rhetoric Studies

Writing Expertise/Interests:

I'm interested in the teaching of second language writing. 

Languages Spoken:

English, Spanish, and some Korean

Favorite Quote:

"Where there is power, there is resistance." Michel Foucault

Favorite Book:

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

   
   
   
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Michael – Tutor

Major:

Biomedical Engineering

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Research papers, argumentative essays, engineering essays, lab reports, and APA citations. I am the Treasurer of Write Club.

Languages Spoken:

English and a little bit of Spanish and Chinese

Favorite Quote:

“…because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.’” – John Green

Favorite Books:

East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, and The Fault in our Stars by John Green
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Christina – Tutor

Major:

Communications with a minor in Chemistry (Pre-Dental)

Writing Expertise/Interests: 

Blogging, lab reports, and research articles. 

Languages Spoken:

English

Favorite Quotes:

"Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it.  The time will pass anyway." – Earl Knightingale.

Favorite Books:

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Novice by Taran Matharu, and anything by Rick Riordan.

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Emilie – Tutor

Major:

Communications with a minor in English

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Current Senior Editor of Her Campus Utah, online magazine.  I wrote for the U's Chrony for a year.  I love all types of writing - from poetry to academic essays.

Languages Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right," (Henry Ford) and "So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible." – The Phantom Tollbooth

Favorite Book:

Replay by Ken Grimwood and The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.

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Erin – Tutor

Major:

Biological Chemistry 

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Academic/comparative essays, research and journal-style scientific writing, scholarship applications, and procedure proposals.

Languages Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

“There is no such thing as the last straw. There is only hay.” – Mark Z. Danielewski House of Leaves

Favorite Book:

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

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Dalton R. – Tutor

Major:

English with minor in Philosophy 

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Poetry, fiction, photojournalism, and academic prose.    

Languages Spoken:

English and French

Favorite Book:

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Island by Aldous Huxley, The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

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Ali – Tutor

Major:

Writing and Rhetoric & Psychology

Writing Expertise/Interests:

I love creative writing. I also write essays, some professional writing, academic writing (particularly in humanities and psychology), and I have some experience writing chemistry research papers. I am the Vice President of Write Club.

Languages Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. J. R. Tolkien

“Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.” – Oliver Goldsmith

Favorite Book:

The Belgariad series by David Eddings, Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne and Todd McCaffrey, and The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie

   
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Alice – Tutor

Major:

Writing and Rhetoric

Writing Expertise/Interests: 

Feminism, online articles, theoretical arguments, and language of the law.

Languages Spoken: 

English and French

Favorite Quotes:

"Don't be 'a writer'.  Be writing." – William Faulkner

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewritier and bleed." – Ernest Hemingway

Favorite Books: 

Bossypants by Tina Fey, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

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Shelby – Tutor

Major:

Writing and Rhetoric and Political Science with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies

Writing Expertise/Interests:

I’m a technical writing assistant for Colonial Stock Transfer.

Languages Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.” – E.B. White

Favorite Books:

Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

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Dalton E. – Tutor

Major:

English and Film with a minor in Philosophy

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Critical theory, fiction and poetry, screenplays, APA and MLA citations, and academic writing.

Languages Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

"If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish." – David Foster Wallace

Favorite Books:

Where I'm Calling From by Raymond Carver, Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger, and How Fiction Works by James Wood

   
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Hannah – Tutor

Major:

Anthropology

Writing Expertise/Interests:

I love poetry, creative writing, and helping people organize their thoughts to make beautiful writing.  My experitise is in personal statements, resume writing, and research essays.

Languages Spoken:

English

Favorite Quote:

"Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me." – Micheal Scott (The Office)

Favorite Books:

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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Miranda – Tutor

Major:

English

Writing Expertise/Interests:

 Scholarship essays, personal statements, resumes, argumentative and informative essays, and creative writing.  I am the President of Write Club.

Languages:

 English

Favorite Quotes:

"Adversity, a souvenir to spark your transformation/ tenacity is growing near, and here's the inspiration" – Bret who is Blue Stahli

Favorite Books: 

The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Bone Map by Sara Eliza Johnson and Martha Collins, Teratology by Susannah Nevison, The Complete Original Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James
Mark

Mark – Tutor

Major:

English and Communications

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Personal essays and creative journalism

Languages:

English and some Spanish

Favorite Quotes:

"Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself is the end.... What we have to do is to be forever curiously testing new opinions and courting new impressions." – Walter Pater

"To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame, to maintain this ecstatsy, is success in life." – Walter Pater

Favorite Books: 

Tenth of December by George Saunders, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

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Erynn – Tutor

Major:

Writing & Rhetoric Studies

Writing Expertise/Interests:

I love both the creative and technical aspects of writing. I enjoy helping others recognize the opportunities and outlets available through writing. 

Languages Spoken:

English and Italian

Favorite Quote:

"Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic." – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 

Favorite Book:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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Samantha – Tutor

Major:

Writing and Rhetoric

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Fiction novel writing, short stories, and essays.

Languages Spoken:

English and American Sign Language

Favorite Quote:

"A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to ever other." – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

"Fear is not evil. It tells you what your weakness is. And once you know your weakness, you can become stronger as well as kinder." – Gildarts, Fairy Tail

"There's no advantage to hurrying through life." – Shikamaru Nara, Naruto

Favorite Books:

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, The Great Tree of Avalon by T.A. Barron, The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter, Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan, and Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

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Nik – Tutor

Major:

Chemical Engineering 

Writing Expertise/Interests:

Science papers, humanities, and communications.  I am Secretary of Write Club.

Languages Spoken:

English and some Spanish

Favorite Quote:

"Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away." – Kevin Bisch 

Favorite Book:

The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham, Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse, The Nonexistent Knight by Italo Calvino, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami, and the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling


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Ailien – Office Staff

Major:

Nursing

Languages Spoken:

Vietnamese and English

Favorite Quotes:

“Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes.” - Mary Martin and “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” - Dalai Lama

Favorite Books:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

Sanga

Sanga – Office Staff

Major:

Operations Management

Languages Spoken:

English and Pashto

Favorite Quote:

“Until they become conscious they will never rebel.” - George Orwell, 1984

Favorite Book:

1984 by George Orwell

Nam

Nam – Office Staff

Major:

Business Management

Languages Spoken:

English and Vietnamese

Favorite Quote:

"Wubba lubba dub dub" – Rick Sanchez

Favorite Book:

The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey

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Brittani – Office Staff

Major:

English and Middle Eastern Studies

Languages Spoken:

English, Arabic, and some Spanish

Favorite Quote:

"I hope our daughters are born with so much fire in their souls they could put volcanoes and stars to shame." – Nikita Gill

Favorite Book:

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, East of Eden by John Steinbeck

 

Last Updated: 6/7/17