Writing consultants love talking to writers about their projects. They are observant readers who are good at explaining how they react to a draft. They are experienced writers themselves, and they know how much hard work goes into the writing process. They are good at asking questions that help writers see their projects in a new way.
Our staff is made up of experienced undergraduate student writers and graduate students and faculty with experience teaching writing. As consultants, all participate in ongoing professional development to continually improve their skills and to keep up with current writing center theory and practice.
Erin Boese received her BA in History at UND and is excited to have returned for her MA in History, where she reads comic strips and calls it research. When she isn't staring at microfilm, she enjoys watching bad science fiction. All she wanted for Christmas last year was the Chicago Manual of Style's 16th edition.
Therese Borkenhagen is a second year M.A. student in the Department of English at UND. Her main focuses are fiction writing and theater, and she currently works as an instructor of College Composition II. Her first language is Norwegian, and she does most of her writing in English. She also has experience using New Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, French, Italian, and German.
Kayla Ekart previously received her BA in Classical Archaeology from the University of Michigan and her MA in Education: Second Languages and Culture from the University of Minnesota. She is currently a senior at UND working on her second BA in Classical Languages with the aim of getting teaching licensure in North Dakota as well as Minnesota. She is also the writing consultant at the Apartment Community Center.
Reilly Ertman is a senior at UND and majors in German and English. He recently returned to UND after a year abroad in Germany. Reilly enjoys a good book and butchering the French language when he gets the chance to use it.
Steve Finney has taught writing and Humanities courses for the Integrated Studies program, Honors program and English department, and regularly teaches Norwegian for the Languages Department. He has worked for many years as a freelance writer, editor and translator. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in various publications. He enjoys working with both faculty and students on all sorts of writing, from the most scientific and technical to the most poetic.
Erik Haugan is a junior at UND where he is majoring in Public Administration, with a minor in Political Science. He grew up in the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities where he developed a passion for sports, snowmobiling, and fishing. He is now an active leader in the Greek community.
Stephanie Rausch is a senior at UND where she is obtaining a triple degree in Psychology, English, and Education. After graduation, she hopes to teach high school English and after a few years off, return to school to receive her MA in English. When she isn't sticking her nose in a good book, she enjoys playing her violin when no one else is around.
Beth Schoborg is a PhD student in the Department of English at UND. She received her BA in English and Philosophy at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and her MA in English Literature at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She is currently an instructor in the Department of English, teaching a variety of introductory English courses.
Megan Sevigny is a senior at UND majoring in English, with minors in Spanish and Biology. She was born and raised just north of Grand Forks and loves hiking, cooking, and photography. Megan is planning on continuing her education after this year, pursuing an MA in English and finding a job in magazine writing/editing. She also hopes to travel in South America, where she can practice her Spanish and eventually become fully fluent. She is also the writing consultant in the residence halls.
Kjerstine Trooien is a UND undergraduate pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. She has lived all over the Midwest, but currently calls Grand Forks home.
Kathleen Vacek is coordinator of the Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum. She is a PhD candidate in Composition and TESOL at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and she earned an MA in English and a BA in International Studies from UND. Kathleen taught English in China and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Georgia.
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