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Faculty

Holly Blakely

Professor Holly Blakely

As the Writing Center director, I would like to welcome you to the Writing Center. We are staffed by trained peer tutors who would love to sit down and chat with you about your writing! You will find our tutors to be easy to talk to and very welcoming.

Just a bit about myself: I have been married to my husband, David, for 23 years. David is my best friend, and we have two lovely teenage daughters who are my next best friends. Some of my favorite things are watching the LOR movies (repeatedly), seeing Carla Fracci’s performance as Giselle (also, repeatedly), reading (as much as possible), and hanging out with my family and friends (again, as much as possible). One of my pet peeves is being asked to write a bio, but I would genuinely enjoy helping you write yours!

Ginger Gilhooly

Professor Ginger Gilhooly

I am originally from Texas and am proud to call Cedarville my second home. Together with my husband, we have three children (all currently in elementary school); they are the light of our lives. I am honored to serve alongside and support our peer tutors here in the Writing Center. Come to us with your writing questions!

Student Tutors

Nathaniel DeRochie

Nathaniel DeRochie

I come from the small town of New Woodstock, NY, where I grew up reading, writing, and adventuring to my heart’s content. I enjoy researching theology, public policy, and the arts, and I intend to pursue those interests in my career. One of my favorite aspects of the CU Writing Center is meeting new people with different ideas and experiences than my own. So, schedule an appointment, and let’s get working on your writing! It’s amazing what people can discover together that they couldn’t discover on their own.

Kristen Doyle

Kristen Doyle

Hey friend! I’m Kristen and I’m a senior English education student. I was born in South Africa, but I moved to the States when I was a baby. I love a lot of things, but I especially love Jesus, coffee, good music, dogs, and Romantic-era poetry. In my free time, you can find me playing music with friends, reading a good book in a hammock, or drinking coffee. As an education student, I spend a lot of time helping students to communicate their ideas in the best and clearest way possible, and I would love to do the same for you. No matter where you’re at in your writing process, I’d love to sit down and talk to you about it!

Hannah Fair

Hannah Fair

I love meeting new people and talking about absolutely anything. You can probably find me wearing thrifted clothing and appreciating genuine human expression somewhere in the village of Cedarville. I like chai tea, Costco, cheesecake, alliteration, poetry, and Wikipedia (but not as a reliable source). I would love to help you process your thoughts at any stage in your writing.

Anna Grace Galkin

Anna Grace Galkin

To give you an idea of who you’ll be putting up with, I am a sophomore English major, am in the honors program, and will hopefully graduate with an international studies minor. I can’t stay indoors too long, and, though I like time alone, I need people to thrive. Tea, philosophy, soccer, music, books, and planned spontaneity are my favorites. Having grown up in a 53’ trailer (yes, the kind on wheels), I also have a nasty case of the travel bug - be careful, it’s contagious. Jesus changed my life, and I hope to point people to Him through my writing! So, quit stalking my bio and schedule a visit. I would love to read your concoction of words!

Autumn Geer

Autumn Geer

Hello, my name is Autumn Geer and I am a senior Visual Communication Design major Although for most of my life I strongly disliked writing, I have come to enjoy it as a form of art and communication. Writing as means of interacting with the intangible in a concrete way intrigues me. However, as someone from the art department, I primarily focus on conveying ideas through images rather than words. Therefore, as you may assume, articulating meaning directly (through writing) rather than indirectly (through art) challenges me regularly. I often find that talking through ideas with another person helps me understand how to better write them down. If you find yourself struggling as well, feel free to schedule an appointment and perhaps we can struggle, brainstorm and become better writers together.

Justin Hoover

Justin Hoover

My name is Justin Hoover and I'm a senior AYA Social Studies Education major. I come from Elizabethtown, PA, right next to the Hershey Chocolate Factory. Writing is a passion of mine and I'm excited by the opportunity to share it with others at the Writing Center. As a Social Studies major, I absolutely love discussing history and sociology. I also really enjoy music history and music theory. I've been playing the piano for about 16 years and the bass for about 8 years. Ultimately, I'm most excited about collaborating with others to create an incredible final product. Hope to see you in the Writing Center!

Grace Hotz

Grace Hotz

Hi there! I'm Grace, and I come to you from humble Cleveland, OH. I am a senior English Education major and here are some things about me: I'm painfully extroverted, I love random facts, my Artist of the Decade on Spotify was The Beatles (though I thought it would be Elvis), and I usually have a Spongebob reference for every situation. The main things I like to do are as follows: go on road trips, drink smoothies, walk around barefoot, wear large sweaters that may have been previously owned by someone's grandpa, read novels and poems and biographies and essays and other things, change the color pallette on my Google calendar, and watch Live PD. But most of all, I love to read/help with other people's papers! So come on in and see me at the Writing Center no matter what stage of the writing process you're in!

Heather Jackson

Heather Jackson

Hello! I’m Heather, a nursing major from Boyd County, Kentucky. Although my two biggest passions in life are sharing the gospel and caring for people through nursing, I also love reading and writing! I have a list of additional hobbies longer than I can fit here, however, some of my favorites include hiking, kayaking, and piano playing. Although I’m not a perfect writer, I’d love to help you during any stage of the writing process. I hope to see you soon!

Hannah Jones

Hello! My name is Hannah Jones. I am an Early Education Major with an Art Minor. I am currently a Junior transfer and a commuter. I have two large black dogs named Maggie and Zeke, a beta fish named Finley, and six chickens. Some of my hobbies include: art, reading, writing, sewing, knitting, hiking with my dog, camping, and Netflix (of course). I am a huge nerd. I love comics, fiction/fantasy, and I am absolutely obsessed with playing Dungeons and Dragons! My favorite movie is Lord of the Rings. I love Matthew 4:16: "The people living in darkness have seen a great light. On those living in the land of the shadow of death light has dawned.

Kelsey Matthews

Kelsey Matthews

Hi friends! My name is Kelsey and I’m from northwest Washington state, just ten minutes south of the US/Canadian border. I’m a senior English Education major, and I hope to teach high school freshmen or sophomores in the future. When I’m not reading or writing, you might find me hiking, making a to-do list, drinking an oat milk latte, or creating a themed playlist on Spotify. I love reading all kinds of writing because I believe everyone has something unique to say about the human experience, and I want to hear it. I would be happy to work with you at any stage of the writing process!

Griffin Messer

Griffin Messer

Hello friends, I am an International Studies major with a handful of minors that only really matter to me (and maybe my mom). If you’re skeptical about my writing skillz, one of those minors is creating writing. I hate writing about myself, so to steal from the last bio I had to write, “Griffin is passionate about people, infatuated with music, and is secretly a hopeless romantic.” That’s a little bit about me, but you’re really only reading these to find out who you want to help you with your paper. Morale of the story: choose me.

Katie Milligan

Katie Milligan

Hello! My name is Katie and I'm from Christiansburg, Ohio. I'm a senior English major with minors in creative writing and editing & publishing. I hate writing bios because it reminds me that I'm not witty, but I enjoy painting with watercolors, perusing clearance sections, making to-do lists, organizing my closet, writing letters, interior decorating, and eating cookie dough. I also love brainstorming, outlining, and analyzing literature. No matter where you are in the writing process, I would love to meet you and work through it together!

Grace Norman

Grace Norman

Hi! I'm a junior Broadcasting and Digital Media major with an additional graphic design minor! I have a love for photography, design, and art! In the summers I work as a photographer primarily working with high-school seniors, and I feel so grateful that I can do something I love as a job. This year I have the opportunity of serving on Printy Staff as a CLC and am loving every moment! I love orange juice, cilantro, the smell of gasoline, my dog, visiting new places, and drinking lots of water. I would love to talk with you and get to know you over a Writing Center appointment this year, so schedule an appointment!!

Olivia Peak

Olivia Peak

Hi, I'm Olivia! Four things you should know about me. (1) I'm a Senior English Ed major from southwest Mississippi. (2) I promise not to use your session to ramble about Jane Austen and the Oxford comma. (2) My favorite and most often heard sentiment from people at Cedarville: "But you don't have an accent!" (4) I love writing and helping people improve their writing in any stage of the writing process. I look forward to working with you!  

Sarah Swanson

Sarah Swanson

Hey there! I’m Sarah Swanson, born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. At present, I am a Junior who is proudly disappointing her parents as an English Major. I’m also a Slytherin, pizza addict, and bingeing extraordinaire. A few things I enjoy are hiking, drinking tea, bombarding my friends with terrible puns, thrift-shopping, and over-analyzing movies. I love to ponder questions of human ethics and morality. When I’m not ensnared in an existential crisis, I love to write science fiction and fantasy. I hope to have a book published and a PhD by the time I’m 30. I love to chat with people about their papers at all stages of development, so feel free to bring your draft, or even just an idea, and we’ll see what sort of magic we can create!

Caroline Tomlinson

Caroline Tomlinson

Hi friends! My name is Caroline, and I am a junior Professional Writing major with a Public Relations minor. I was born and raised in Cincy, OH, and I love writing, watching movies, singing, and drinking coffee! I love meeting new people, and I would be happy to help you with any type of writing assignment! I struggled with writing in my early years of high school, but I fell in love with it my senior year - so I understand the struggle! I'm happy to help you with all your writing needs! I'm also very nerdy about grammar :)

Rachel Tracy

Rachel Tracy

Hello, my name is Rachel Tracy and I am a junior political science major with a minor in business. I live in Hillsboro, Ohio and have three older brothers and a younger sister. I'm a ravenclaw and love to flex my creative muscles. I love to crochet, paint or embroider, all while binging shows or videos on Netflix or Youtube. I also enjoy writing and would love to help you wherever you are in your paper.

Emily Walker

Emily Walker

Hi friends! I'm Emily. I grew up in San Diego, but I now call Ohio home. I love wacky conceptual discussions, trying not to kill my plants (I've named them, now I'm attached), international teas, philosophy, baking, and floofy animals. My favorite things to do are contemplate the definition and nature of art, read, organize my dorm, and watch Parks and Rec. I once wrote an essay about the levels of authenticity in Mexican food called “The Habanero Rant.” I love the Writing Center because it's a place to get to know people's ideas, opinions, and passions. I'd love to learn about yours when you visit!

Joshua Wong

Joshua Wong

Hello! My name is Joshua, and I hail from the beautiful city of Guangzhou in southeastern China. I love stories, and I think that every piece of writing has a story to itself. One of my favorite (self-contrived) myths about Cedarville’s magical lake is that the bottom of the lake is in fact the surface of a lake in Guangzhou. Since Guangzhou is exactly 12 hours in time difference (half a globe) from Cedarville, it’s reasonable to assume that Cedarville is on the exact opposite side of the earth from Guangzhou, giving credence to their being connected through a magical lake. However, as I’m avidly interested in commercial aircrafts and riding them, the idea of going home through the lake has little appeal for me (and the idea is also discouraged by Campus Security). But for the exorbitant costs of flying home, most of the year I am joyfully content with living in Brock (perhaps the best residence bar my Guangzhou home) and fellowshipping with some fellow Cedar-Lakers whose homes, far or close, may also be connected through Cedar Lake. This is the story of how God’s grace brought me here. I would love to hear yours.