Anna Tomlinson is a recent University of Oregon graduate with a B.A. in English. She spent her time at the UO editing Ephemera Arts Journal, working as a Student Orientation Staff member, and tutoring writing. She enjoys writing poetry, learning about different cultures, and being outdoors.
Karissa Cooke is a junior English major. She enjoys writing poetry, acting in theatre, and being with friends. Along with being a new Writing Center tutor, Karissa is the Oregon Food Bank Trip Coordinator through OSL and the Coates Resident Minister.
Alejandra Chavez is an English major from Los Angeles and will be graduating in May. She is currently writing a thesis on the mechanics of Catholicism in Flannery O'Connor's short stories.
Patricia Purviance is a senior and will be graduating with a Bachelor's in English in December. This is her third year at the writing center. When not working or in class, Patricia enjoys reading, especially if there's a sunny spot by the window, and cooking all manner of tasty things.
Kayla Suvak is a junior English major with a minor in art. Her interests span a wide spectrum but include traveling, painting, ballet, and, of course, reading and writing. She loves adventures with really great friends, watching old movies, and listening to French pop music.
Benjamin Crane is a junior Psychology major. His interests include music (piano, saxophone, bass, and recently the cello), reading, learning about different cultures, and enjoying the company of others. His life motto/quote is, "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." (The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien)
Tyler Wilson is in his sophomore year and is studying Biology with a focus in ecology. So if you don’t see him around campus zoning out at a tree or being amazed by squirrels (such majestic animals), he is probably reading or falling into a sugar coma from drinking preposterous amounts of Dutch Bros. Anyway, he is very excited to be helping out in the Writing Center this year. Whether you’ve wept yourself to sleep over your thesis or the ever-elusive Chicago Style, he can’t wait to help you and learn with you what makes a paper really flow.
Michael Black is a sophomore psychology major in the Honors Program. He’s somebody who has seen the depth of the country and back, as he’s lived in Oregon, Washington, Kansas, Texas, and Hawaii. Every summer he would have some new great adventure: trips through the South, the Midwest, the West Coast, Europe, Central America, and beyond. His passion to write comes through the lens of these experiences, just as his need to explain and help others understand is influenced by the experience of meeting a great variety of individuals across the world. He is excited to see where tutoring takes him and how it can help him meet his goal of becoming a professor and teaching as a profession.
Jamie Dugas has lived in Portland most of her life. She is a super senior English major (or you might say senior-ish). She loves learning, reading, and spending time with friends. She has found a new appreciation for traveling and would like to teach English abroad one day. She’s looking forward to helping students with their writing, organizational, and grammatical skills.
Anna Voronko is a junior Education major. When she’s not tutoring, she likes to hike, hang out with friends, and travel. She loves cats of all types and especially her cat Jasmine, also known as Kisya (Russian for cat). In the future, Anna would like to teach high school English. She wants to inspire all students to love the English language as she does.
Gina Maag is a senior English major and is writing her thesis on King Arthur. When she’s not tutoring, she enjoys playing the flute, reading, and traveling. She is passionate about nature and wildlife, especially birds. She is also a passionate Lord of the Rings fan. Last summer, she taught English in Hong Kong. She is considering getting a Master’s in TESOL and teaching English abroad in the future.