Meet Our Team
We are a team of upbeat, enthusiastic, and supportive individuals from across the disciplines! We look forward to working with you!
Dr. Christa Tiernan
Dr. Kelly Wenig
Senior in Political Science with minors in English and Economics
Sophomore in Marketing and International Business
Being a Communication Consultant gives me a plethora of opportunities to share my passion of writing with other students. I am excited to work with my peers and help them improve their communication skills.
Junior in Journalism with a minor in Political Science
Guiding others to be better and do better in their writing is exciting. I also love seeing people develop within their skillset and feeling more comfortable in both writing and sharing their work.
Senior in Performing Arts and French
Derek DoeingNewark, IL
Senior in Agriculture and Life Science Communication
I have been moved by great writers and communicators and hope to be able to help others hone their own skills and learn some new things for myself in the process.
Senior in English Education with a minor in Communication Studies
Dale GraumanFifth-year Ph.D. in English: Rhetoric and Professional Communication
I think it's cool how the right language can turn difficult ideas into easy ones.
Senior in Psychology
Second-year MA in English: Literature
East Dubuque, IL
The thing I love about communication is that it is the sole thing binding us together as human beings. Without communication there would never be a connection to another person or a way for us to express our ideas to each other. This is the foundation of learning and even of love or friendship. Communication makes it all work. That's why I work hard to learn the most about it.
Senior in English Education
Laura HittSanta Fe, NM
Third-year MFA in Creative Writing and the Environment
I love how writing reveals the way a person thinks, and how helping to bring someone's ideas and beliefs out of the woodwork is so fulfilling. Clear communication in today's world is vital, and I enjoy working with students from all backgrounds to refine their skills in order for their ideas to shine through.
Amanda HollowaySenior in Public Relations and Communication Studies
My favorite thing is the ability for people to be able to write about anything they want with no restrictions. This freedom allows for the upmost expression and creativity among people and their readers. I think it is so important to be able to speak freely and be able to express oneself.
Kinesiology and Health/Health Promotion, Food and Society, and Exercise Science
Sophomore in Statistics and Psychology
Des Moines, IA
I love writing because it challenges and pushes me to express myself creatively.
Senior in Advertising and English
Lena Menefee-CookPrescott, AZ
Sophomore in Performing Arts and Art & Design
I love how writing integrates learning, precision, artistry, and collaboration.
Third-year MFA in Creative Writing and the Environment
Amy NelsonSenior in Marketing and Technical Communication
I love working at the WMC for the people, because I have been able to meet a plethora of students from different disciplines across the university that I normally would never have had the chance to meet. Each student not only challenges me to help them develop their writing, but they also help me to learn and grow as a writer in the process.
Katherine PaulJunior in Political Science and Religious Studies
I find writing to be one of the most powerful tools wielded in communication. It gives one the ability to create a space of experience through which the reader can understand deeply a life much different from their own. The sharing of writing allows us to approach the world as lived by thousands of lives rather than the scope of one.
Second-year Junior in English Education Newton, IA I love the freedom of expression that comes with writing. I hope working at the WMC will give me experience that not only benefits my own skills, but also expands on my abilities to help others with their educations.
Madison PincombeSophomore in Journalism and Mass Communication
I love the way that writing allows me to express myself and my unique point of view. Personally, I find writing to be a great creative and informative mechanism.
Junior in Meteorology
Senior in Financial Counseling and Planning
Senior in English with minors in Mathematics and Technical Communication
Senior in Secondary English Education
Fifth-year Ph.D. in English: Rhetoric and Professional Communication
Kelli RozendaalSenior in Linguistics/TESL and Spanish with a minor in Chinese
I love the power that words have to precisely convey the writer's ideas, to stir the readers' thoughts and emotions, and to influence society. Great writing is a wonderful and powerful thing, and that's why I love working at the WMC. I enjoy helping other students create something unique and amazing through writing.
Tamara Schmeisser1st-year MA in English: TESL/Applied Linguistics
Mason City, IA
What I love about writing is that it is personal and unique for every individual.
Second-year MFA in Integrated Visual Arts
Senior in Psychology and Anthropology with a minor in Philosophy
Carolyn SimonJunior in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design with a minor in Communication Studies
Cedar Rapids, IA
My favorite thing about communication is the ability to express oneself over a vast amount of mediums.
Allison SteinebreyJunior in English Education
My favorite thing about the WMC is it is a collaborative space where people get to improve their writing and become better communicators. Writing is a powerful means of expression and I am excited to help others with the writing process.
Sara WadleSophomore in History Education with a Political Science minor
I love watching other people grow in their abilities and feel more confident about their writing! Everyone has their own unique style and strengths when it comes to communicating, but we all have the ability to do well, and the Writing and Media Center can help students achieve their writing goals.
Junior in Psychology with a Biology minor
Sophomore in Pre-Business, Spanish, and Leadership
I love that the WMC helps students with all sorts of needs and provides them with the services to help them better their writing skills. I really enjoy helping others learn about their own talents, and seeing them grow in them is what makes it all worth it.
Junior in Journalism with a Fashion Merchandising minor
Writing and communication has always provided a creative outlet for me and was the one thing in school that clicked. I'm looking forward to working with a great group of people who allow me to use writing and communication to help others!
Bailey Burke Sophomore in Journalism
Senior in Event Management
One of my favorite things about writing is the ability to express yourself throughout different outlets, whether that be a blog, a journal, a book, etc.
Sophomore in Journalism and Spanish
Cedar Rapids, IA
Writing is a powerful tool–it can be used to document and educate, to move people and create change. I love the freedom and the challenge of it. Working at the WMC gives me the ability to be apart of students becoming better, more passionate writers, and I am very grateful I get to experience that process.
Junior in Public Relations and International Studies
Saint Charles, IL
The WMC brings together so many people from various backgrounds. I love having the opportunity to meet and interact with all the bright and influential minds that come to the WMC.
Senior in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Social Studies
Sophomore in English & International Studies/Spanish & Women's Studies
St. Michael, MN
What I love most about writing, is that it can reveal so much about a person. Your personality, past experiences, and even literary tastes are things that can shape your writing and communication style; ultimately making it unique and interesting for each individual.
Junior in Supply Chain Management
Sophomore in Elementary Education
My favorite thing about communication is how it introduces you to lifelong relationships and friendships! I love meeting new people and developing deep connections with others, and I believe communication is key for those types of relationships to start.
Junior in Management Information Systems
Special thanks to photographer Christopher Gannon!