Writing Center

Writing Center Staff

Writing Center Director

Gina R. Evers directs the on-campus Writing Center at Mount Saint Mary College. In this capacity, she hires, trains, and supervises the Writing Center staff; collaborates with Mount faculty and staff on writing-across-the-curriculum initiatives; develops co-curricular, writing-related programs and celebrations; and oversees the day-to-day administration of the Writing Center.

Evers holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Writing from Ithaca College. Prior to her work at the Mount, Evers taught College Writing courses at American University, where she also tutored a diverse student population in two different writing-center environments. Evers has worked within the field of higher education for the past 10 years, serving in the areas of residential life and judicial affairs, campus activities, and alumni relations. She is also a published poet and nonfiction writer. Evers is originally from Chicago, Ill. She can be contacted at either gina.evers@msmc.edu or 845-569-3626.

Writing Center Administrative Assistant

Steven Fowler is the Administrative Assistant for the on-campus Writing Center at Mount Saint Mary College. In addition to welcoming visitors into the Writing Center, he is responsible for managing the Writing Center schedule, maintaining the Writing Center's web presence, coordinating Writing Center events, and collaborating with Writing Center work study students.

Fowler graduated from Ithaca College, where he worked as a tutor in the Writing Center for over two years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing with a minor in French. A Hudson Valley native and enthusiast, Fowler has been published for his creative nonfiction. He can be contacted at steven.fowler@msmc.edu or 845-569-3629.


Writing Center Tutors

Writing Center Tutors are current Mount Saint Mary College students who assist their peers in all stages of the writing process. Through one-on-one, fifty-minute consultations, tutors can help students brainstorm and organize ideas; structure sentences, paragraphs, and essays; strengthen their arguments; incorporate research and appropriate systems of citation into their writing; improve their grammar and style; and more! Writing Center Tutors are also involved in planning and facilitating writing-related, on-campus events.

 Ashleigh Arena is currently a junior at Mount Saint Mary College. She is majoring in English and Publishing with a concentration in Writing. She has loved reading and writing since she learned how to hold a book and a pen. She believes that having the ability to express oneself through your writing is one of the most essential skills in life. She enjoys working with her peers and seeing them flourish by helping them to unlock their full writing potential. Her strengths include editing, organization, and proofreading. She is from Beacon, NY.
 Michelle Giannetta is a sophomore at Mount Saint Mary College. She is majoring in Psychology/ Physical Therapy. She is an active member of the Beginnings in Psychological Science Club on campus. She enjoys reading when she gets a chance to relax from her busy schedule. While employed at her local library, she has spent time tutoring English as a Second Language (ESL) elementary school students. She has also assisted teachers at a nursery school camp for children ages two to five. Some of her strengths in writing include grammatical revision and organization. She is from Westchester, NY.

Nichole Lopez is a junior at Mount Saint Mary College. She is currently studying Biology and Adolescent Education with a certification in Special Education. She was previously an English Elementary Education Major and has always enjoyed the literary courses offered here at The Mount. She believes that writing is a great way to communicate a message to others. Her strengths include her use of vocabulary, sentence structure, and organization. Working as a Writing Center Tutor is her way of keeping up with her passion for reading and writing. Lopez is originally from Cranston, RI. 

Danielle Nunziato is a sophomore nursing major at Mount Saint Mary College. She has always enjoyed the writing process and helping fellow students get their ideas on paper. Some of her strengths include organization, planning, grammatical revision, and establishing coherence throughout her work. She has a passion for supporting other students and their writing, as she focuses on conveying the student's argument throughout his or her paper. Nunziato is from Warwick, NY.

Heather Polgrean is a Senior at Mount Saint Mary College majoring in Biology with a minor in Mathematics. She has an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Dutchess Community College, of which she is very proud, where she served as Phi Theta Kappa President, and received numerous awards including the 2015 International Bronze Scholar Award which was awarded to 50 people across the United States for exceptional academic and service based achievement. At the Mount she served on the Honors program board as Webmaster for the 2015-2016 year and has participated in numerous multidisciplinary research studies since her arrival. Her strengths include multitasking, working under pressure, efficient planning, and time management. She enjoys finding simple solutions to seemingly complex problems and helping others to find the joys in writing. Heather is a lifetime resident of the Hudson Valley, NY.

Mike Reistetter is a senior at Mount Saint Mary College. He is majoring in Journalism with a minor in Film Studies. He is the Editor-In-Chief and President of Mount Messenger, also serving as the Sports Editor, Columns Editor, and Film/TV Critic during his first two years with the paper. In the fall of 2015, he launched his own film/TV analysis blog, called “The Reis Shredder.” He is a skilled screenwriter, and plans to produce a few of his short film scripts before graduating from MSMC. He is the Secretary for Big Brother Big Sister and Public Relations Representative for Musical Exchange. His strengths include creative story structuring, essay writing, and "fluff-elimination." He is originally from Hauppauge, NY.

Kelsey Simeone is a sophomore at Mount Saint Mary College. She is currently studying English in Childhood Education with Special Education and Early Childhood Extension with a double minor in Psychology and Mathematics. She is a member of the C.I.R.C.L.E club on campus and is also a scholar leader and an admissions ambassador. She is also a writer for Odyssey and has a passion for both reading and writing. Simeone is originally from Newington, Connecticut.

Nirmala Singh is a senior studying History, Political Science, and Sociology. She enjoys being active on campus as the President for Academic Council (SGA), VP of the History and HEOP Honor Society. She is also a member of GOJU Karate, EKT, S.A.I.D and LSU. Her passion for gender equity and women empowerment has inspired her career goal as an International Trial Attorney. Nirmala truly enjoys working with students and believes practice is key to becoming an effective writer. Her strengths includes organization, research, grammar revision, argument and vocabulary.

Writing Center Work-Study Students

Mount Saint Mary College work-study students are a vital asset to the Writing Center. Our students aid in welcoming visitors into the office, and assist in the important behind-the-scenes duties that are important in ensuring the the Writing Center run smoothly. Work-study students are also involved in the planning and facilitating of writing-related, on-campus events.

Shayla Hall is a freshman, majoring in Business concentrated in Marketing at Mount Saint Mary College. She thoroughly enjoys creative writing, creating short stories in her leisure, as well as helping others hone in on their creative writing skills. Her strengths include improving sentence structure and diction within an essay, effectively communicating ideas, and essay revision. She has an ardor for makeup, fashion and all things beauty. Shayla is from Newburgh, NY.

Amalee Martinez is a sophomore Nursing student at the Mount. She is enlisted in the United States Navy and aspires to be a Navy Nurse. She likes to sing and act in musicals and loves to read. She strives to be as friendly and kind as possible. She loves helping others and photography. Amalee is originally from Hyde Park NY, but now lives on West Point Military Base.

Kayla McKnight is a sophomore at Mount Saint Mary College. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in English. She has always enjoyed writing and strives to incorporate it into her daily life. McKnight is both friendly and easy going, and enjoys meeting and helping others. McKnight is originally from New Paltz, N.Y.

Lindsay Ostrander is a junior at Mount Saint Mary College. She is majoring in Nursing with a minor in theatre. Her hobbies include singing, improvisational comedy, and photography. She is also the treasurer of the Literary Society at MSMC; a new book club for lovers of literature. Ostrander is a local native of the Hudson Valley.

Sheila Pawelski is a freshman at Mount Saint Mary College. She is majoring in social work and minoring in English. She would love to work with children in the field of social work. She loves to dance and welcomes every student with a smile. I've always like to write in my free time and her favorite subject is English. She is a commuter from Shrub Oak, NY.

Arik Sansivero is a freshman currently majoring in Psychology. He hopes to one day be a Forensic Psychologist. His interest in writing comes from his belief that it can be therapeutic and help one express their emotions. He is also a member of the Allies Club and Essence of Poetry. Sansivero is from Poughkeepsie, New York.

Tanner Tait is a sophomore majoring in English and Media Studies with a concentration in Production. He is an aspiring author, hoping to fill the shoes of his mother, a published children’s author. He has a passion for poetry and is inspired by Poe, Dante, and Shakespeare. He is currently working on a novel, “From Echo,” which he hopes will one day hit the big screen. His strengths come from creativity, word flow, and a plentiful usage of metaphor. Tait is from Wappingers Falls, NY.

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