2015-16 Writing Center Tutors

Tutors

Tyler Barton Photo   Bri Bos Photo

Tyler

I am an English Writing major. Though I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, I am a Bozeman native, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I enjoy hiking in the rain, snowboarding in the snow, daydreaming, and hanging out with my wife. I am surprisingly passionate about video games and I hope to one day be a novelist.

 

Brianna

My name is Bri; I am a junior in Industrial Engineering with a minor in writing. Bozeman has always been home, but I grew up all over the country since my dad was in the Navy. Living life must be done passionately and I take this to heart. Gymnastics, boating, photography, traveling, and Montana living are some of my greatest passions. My friends, family and animals are my favorite sources for inspiration.

 

   
Jack Bouchard Photo   Kinsie Clarkson Photo

Jack

I grew up in Brentwood, New Hampshire, though I’ve lived in a dozen other places before coming to Bozeman. I transferred to MSU from Fresno City College in California with the intent of majoring in Economics before I declared a major in Writing. I enjoy snowboarding, the outdoors, and am a member of the Bozeman Boxing Club here at MSU.

 

Kinsie

Hi! I’m a longtime Bozemanite and college sophomore, who just so happens to be majoring in English. I like reading, writing, C.S. Lewis, Disneyland, good music, and clever quotes. When I’m not doing homework, you can usually find me playing my violin, frantically jotting down notes for my latest story idea, or outside somewhere with a good book. 

     
Cat Dorian Photo   Amy Fiel

Cat

I am a senior earning my degree in English Education with a minor in Native American Studies. I’m excited to enjoy my fifth and final semester here at the Writing Center before student teaching this spring. Though proud of my central Massachusetts roots, I value the natural beauty that Montana has to offer and enjoy hiking and camping in the great outdoors. In my spare time I also enjoy reading in the sun, playing Carole King songs on my guitar, and drinking copious amounts of coffee. 

 

Amy

I grew up in a small town in Western Montana and left home at 16 to travel. I returned to MSU in the fall of 2013 to study Family & Consumer Science. After graduation, I plan to purse a Master’s degree in Social Work while conducting research into the effects of trauma on brain development. My passions include skiing, hiking, fly fishing, hunting, and of course reading and writing!

     
Adrienne Geraci   Graeme Greenwood

Adrienne

I am currently a sophomore at Montana State and I am working on a major in Fish and Wildlife and a minor in Hispanic Studies. I am from Cincinnati, Ohio where I grew to love Skyline Chili, the Cincinnati Reds, and all things corn hole. My taste in music has been described as 'sawdust and banjos' and I specialize in playing the cowbell. 

 

Graeme

My name is Graeme Emerson Greenwood. I was born at my home in the hills of Berkeley, California, right across the bay from San Francisco. After graduating high school in 2014, I moved to Bozeman and have been living here ever since. I am currently a sophomore in the Mechanical Engineering program here at MSU. In my free time I like to hang out in the mountains and discuss the intricacies of life. 

     
Ian Jirasko   Liz Kovalchuk

Ian

My name is Ian Jirasko, and I'm a Senior pursuing a double-major in English writing and Photography as well as a minor in German. I love the smell of the air just before dawn, walking down cold beaches at low tide, and going for runs when the weather is most terrible. To run on a cold beach, at dawn, in the rain and fog, at low tide, would probably send me into a euphoric coma. 

 

Liz

Hi I’m Liz, which is way more efficient than Elizabeth. It’s the perfect name to order coffee with: short and almost never gets spelled wrong. I’m going to be a junior in the MSU Industrial Engineering program, but this will be my first semester at the Writing Center! I love outdoor activities with emphasis on running. I live for cafes and early mornings. 

     
Madi Mills   Sadie Robertus

Madi

Hello! I’m Madisen, but call me Madi. I was born in Billings, Montana and moved to Bozeman to study at MSU. I love living in Bozeman for everything it has to offer including its beauty. While Montana is my home, I have a passion for travel. I’ve been to Canada, Costa Rica, Italy, and all over the U.S., but have many more destinations that I would like to visit.

 

Sadie

Hi, my name is Sadie Robertus. I grew up with Frodo in the short neighborhood; similarly to that beloved Hobbit, I enjoy adventures of any kind—whether traveling overseas, delving into a good book, or hiking with friends. Feel free to drop by the Writing Center anytime; I have Great Expectations that this upcoming semester will be a blast! See you around!

     
Kristie Russette   Isaac Stafstrom

Kristie

I'm a senior Studio Arts and English Writing double major and Harry Potter enthusiast. I'm originally from the Rocky Boy's Indian reservation just south of Havre, MT. Illustration and poetry are a couple of my favorite art forms, but I also enjoy impersonating a photographer. Fall 2015 will be my second semester working at the Writing Center, and I am so happy to continue working with MSU's community of writers. 

 

Isaac

I’m pursuing a major in Livestock Management. Before moving to Bozeman, I worked on a ranch near Cascade, and studied at and worked for Deep Springs College in the California high desert. I’m often found playing banjo, spending time with my dog, tossing a disc, listening to Taylor Swift, or dreaming of pretty horses and the big open.

     
Demi Sullivan   Annie Venters

Demi

My name is Demi Sullivan. I was born and raised in Whitefish, Montana where I became a skiing, rafting, hiking and equestrian fanatic. I am a junior at MSU studying English with a Spanish minor. I ride for MSU’s equestrian team and enjoy volunteering at Eagle Mount Therapeutic Riding School. I love riding and writing and Bozeman is the perfect place to pursue both passions

 
 

Annie

I am happily studying Community Health, I volunteer in the Diversity Awareness Office, and am an advocate in the VOICE Center. I enjoy creative nonfiction writing, napping under trees, and baking muffins. I spend a lot of my spare time talking to and playing with my nine-year-old golden retriever, and I am glad to have another semester in the Writing Center with supportive friends and necessary coffee.

     
Kelsey Weyerbacher   Molly Wright

Kelsey

I am in my fifth year of college, majoring in both English Writing and Photography. Outside of school, I enjoy sharing my snark with others, hiking, travelling, reading, and drinking large quantities of coffee. 

 

Molly

This is my second semester with the Writing Center, and I am so excited to be here! I am a junior studying English Writing. I am originally from Kalispell, Montana (right by Glacier National Park!), so I love being in Bozeman, where I can continue to hike and ski when I’m not cramming in last minute reading and writing for class.

     
Alli Behrens   Ryan DeWolf

Alli

I’m a first year GTA in the English Department.  I received my BS in English Education from Northern Arizona University.  I moved to Montana four years ago, and my love for the outdoors has been further realized in its breathtaking landscapes.  My free time is spent running, hiking, fishing, reading, travelling and spending time with my husband and dogs. 

 

Ryan

I'm a current graduate student in my second year here at MSU. Before this, while pursuing my bachelor's degree, I focused on creative writing and English literature from the small campus of Marylhurst University, just outside of Portland, Oregon. As a Pacific Northwest native I admit readily to living that bookish lifestyle (long live Powell's City of Books), and to being a huge fan of water (precipitation!) and mountains--and playing in both. Rain or shine, as long as I'm on-the-go I'm happy.

     
Ryan Garey   Kelly Lewis

Ryan

My name is Ryan. I am a graduate student studying pop culture and cultural theory in the English department. I enjoy hearing, writing, and thinking about music more than anything else, but I have been known to pursue other hobbies as well, such as camping, craft brewing, cats, campfires, and parkour. My pet project is rounding out the English alphabet to a solid 30 letters, so let's have a conversation about underrepresented phonemes.

 

Kelly

I’m a first year MA student and returning alumni here at MSU, and on the side I enjoy reading spy novels, racing, and watching vintage sci-fi. As a linguist and a literary researcher, it’s fair to say I have an affinity for words and stories. My specialties are Anglo-Saxon literature, mythology, Germanic studies, and making Star Trek references. Peace and long life, and I’ll see you in the Writing Center!

     
Jeff Lynch   Torrey Lynch

Jeff

I am Jeff Lynch. I am a life long Montanan and a ten-year resident of Bozeman. I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Montana State University in the English Department.  In addition to teaching classes in writing, my graduate studies focus is on composition theory and practice. I graduated a long time ago with a degree in political science from Carroll College (BA, 1989).

 

Torrey

I’m currently in my second year as a GTA in the English Department. I received my BA in English at The University of San Diego. I was born and raised in Encinitas, CA, but have been living in Bozeman for the last year. Outside of school, I enjoy running, hiking, fishing, playing music, and spending time with my dogs, Emmylou and Gunner.

     
Tyler Ready   Alex Ruhsenberger

Tyler

I am currently in my first year of the GTA program in the Department of English. I graduated from MSU-Billings in 2007 with a BA in English. I’ve taught all over the world, including stops in Syria, and most recently, Ecuador. I’m glad to be back in the US, and in particular, to be back in MT where I can climb and snowboard (I’m looking forward to continuing my education too).

 

Alex

Hello my name is Alex Ruhsenberger (“Roo”-“sin”-“burger”), I am from Bellingham Washington, so naturally I love the rain.  I am a second year GTA.  I like writing and reading poetry (especially poetry from the romantic period), novels, and short stories.  I am currently helping a friend publish a book.  I also enjoy, hiking, jogging, and boating on the river.  My outside activity of choice is sailing.

     
Joseph Sheldon   Craig West

Joseph

My early years were spent raised by feral cats on the windswept Steppe. After that I eventually moved to Havre, Montana, where I went to High School, and Bozeman, Montana, where I did to my undergraduate work. Now I’m back, and better than ever, as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. I teach WRIT 101, and am totally unsure what to do for my Masters, but it will probably contain the word “Steppe”.

 

Craig

My name is Craig West and I am a GTA here in the English Department seeking my MA. I am from NE Montana originally where I grew up on a farm outside of Outlook. I attended MSU and obtained my BA in English Education in 2012. I don’t like ice cream, I read TV and watch books, and I’m excited to be an MSU Writing Center Tutor! 

Kaidan McNamee

   

Kaidan

Kaidan McNamee is a senior in the Microbiology program at MSU. Their primary interest in this field is in research, specifically how bacteria and archaea fight against viral invaders. In addition to attending classes (usually) and researching diligently, Kaidan also writes fiction across a variety of genres, and has also developed an interest in scientific journalism, which they hope to pursue after completing their tenure at MSU. 

   

 

 

ESL Specialist

 
  Jamin Casey, ESL Specialist  
 

Jamin

I am a lover of words and a lover of language, both of which have conspired to entice me to where I find myself currently: an ESL tutor teaching for ACE and MSU having spent a semester teaching English abroad with further travels looming. For the time being, though, I am happy to stay rooted in Bozeman and hanging around MSU, my alma mater.