Alexandra McGreal (preferably Alex) is a senior in the Legal Studies program hailing from a small town in northwest Connecticut. She's been a consultant at the CWC since her first year, and during that time she has also had the awesome opportunity to work for Champlain in the Enrollment Service Center at Perry Hall as well as in ResLife as a Resident Assistant. She studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland during her junior year and left a rather large piece of her heart in the motherland. Her free time (which she has very little of) is typically spent reading, cooking indecent amounts of gourmet food, and exploring the outskirts of Lake Champlain with the coolest kids in Burlington. This year she will be spending most of her time interning for the Legal Advocate at HOPE Works (formerly the Women's Rape Crisis Center) and cramming for the LSATs. She loves her job at the CWC, almost entirely because it gives her the chance to get to know herself and her fellow students better.
My name is Megan Lambros, and I am a Senior Early Childhood and Elementary Education major here at Champlain. You may think that means I color and play games for all of my classes here, but you would be missing the point entirely, and we Ed. majors do this on purpose. Secretly we are always teaching, but we let you think that its all fun and games. If you stick around long enough though, you will discover that learning, in all subjects and at all ages, is a joyful experience. My job is to communicate and facilitate that joy to others. Primarily I work with young children, but the Writing Center holds a special place in my day. I get to facilitate the learning of my peers in writing. I believe that learning about writing is particularly joyful. Writing is something that we have been doing for thousands of years; it is a piece of human nature itself. Helping someone to unpack that part of themselves is a joy that is unique in my career as a teacher. The coolest thing about working with college students is that they have most of the pieces of writing with them already, and I get to help them find those pieces to create a whole. There is a special joy in helping someone find themselves in writing and in this world. So come see me at the Writing Center and we can enjoy the process of writing and learning together!
(Bio to come)
Hailing from the lush, tangled jungles of Montpelier, Vermont, Evan has honed his senses to become a powerful writing machine. A gift that admittedly had minimal uses when hunting tigers, usually being limited to lulling the prey into a false sense of grammatical superiority by slipping in the occasional "your a tiger" line. As an esteemed Junior in the Game Design Major, Evan enjoys the thrill of crafting complex narratives, colorful characters, and the occasional volley of witty jokes almost as much as he does that of the hunt.
Besides gaming, Evan also loves to create art, both digital and hand drawn, and indeed is essentially minoring in Game Art. He draws comics in his free time and is working on a web graphic novel. If you walk into the writing center when Evan has been on duty, you will likely find the white boards covered in awe-inspiring / absolutely mystifying doodles. He also enjoys interpretive literature writing, music of all genres (with a penchant for collecting electronic music), and reading books that involve epic journeys, fantastic worlds, and those little world maps on the inside covers. My goal is to be a level designer for Valve or Gearbox. I also have the tendency to switch from the third person to the first person at random to keep his audiences/enemies mentally off balance. A habit picked up from his Jungle days.
He also works on this very Web site to bring to you all an aesthetically pleasing and heart-pounding experience to be read in breathy tones.
He prefers the Xbox 360 over PS3. Deal with it.
Kevin is a junior psychology major with a penchant for interesting vocabulary words, like Lucullan, meaning luxurious. In writing, he thinks it is important (and fun) to search for new and exciting ways to express ideas - one of those ways involving the use of uncommonly seen words. Kevin dabbles in performance poetry and is often inspired by his co-workers and poetry friends to express his banal experiences using fanciful references to Pokemon, OneRepublic, and True Blood. Since the seventh grade, he has considered himself a grammar freak and is always willing to help teach about the winking beauty which is the semicolon. Kevin also feels that his heart-shaped kidney (
I am a Professional Writing major from the small town of East Hampton, Connecticut, which I'm sure you've never heard of. I have an unfortunate addiction to buying new books. Sometimes I get so far behind in my reading that I actually buy a small collection of new books before I've finished reading what I already have. My life's dream is to be a successful novelist and to illustrate my own books, both their covers and inside them as well. I write fiction that straddles the young adult/adult audience and doesn't usually bind itself to any particular genre. This year I am starting up a brand new writers' group for the students here at Champlain to workshop their creative projects into a form ready for publishing. I hope to meet many of this school's wonderful creative people and help them get their work out into the world.
I grew up in a town of about six hundred in southern Vermont. I learned to write when everyone else did - in school. I realized I had a knack for writing in tenth or eleventh grade, but even then, I didn't plan to do much with it. I didn't plan on doing much with anything, really - I wasn't going to go to college, my job was only part-time. It took a great English teacher to bring out the, "What the heck?" in me. I realized - corny as it sounds - that you only have one life, and I didn't want to spend it vacuuming a furniture store, so I came to Champlain, fine-tuned my love of writing into a love of journalism, and now I work in the Writing Center. Voila.
Jaime Turcotte was born in the small town of West Hartford Connecticut however her family now resides in the high strung state of Massachusetts. Now, she is a sophomore at Champlain College studying child psychology. She has high hopes of working with siblings of children with autism, however is always open to new career ideas since she secretly wants to be very prosperous! For the time being she is a content happy student who loves ice cream and candy, is fond of skiing and hiking, and lives for the drop!
I'm a Professional Writing major from Middleton, Massachusetts. I aspire to become a columnist or seek my MFA in creative writing or maybe even a strange combo of both. I'm also a staff writer for the Champlain Current and its sister from the information superhighway, The Beat. My main goal at the Writing Center is to make student re-imagine their writing in a fresh, exciting way. Revision can hurt, but re-imagining is an expenses-paid journey through the multiverse. But remember this: my life at the Writing Center isn't a one-sided learning experience, l'm here to learn from you too.
My personal tastes are almost entirely comprised of guilty pleasures: 80s music, greasy potato chips, pro wrestling, B-movie shlock, and cutthroat reality tv shows. I enjoy long walks, late nights, road trips, the color blue, rainy days, and those amazing moments when a song captures your current mood. I don't enjoy fire safety drills, acne chicken livers, anthills, rush-hour traffic, and I believe the word foodie should banish itself permanently from the English language. I plan to study abroad in Ireland, but I should probably defeat that fear of flying before I do anything.
Our Director: Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly is the new director of the Champlain Writing Center as well as a faculty member in the Core Division. A native flatlander, Mike has a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska and does not yet know how to ski, snowshoe or snowboard, although he does play hockey. In addition to teaching writing, Mike serves as the Faculty in Residence at the Q for the 2010-11 academic year.
When he's not on campus, he spends most of his time playing whatever sport is in season or having an impromptu jam session with his three boys, ages 4, 2 and 6 months. As a new Vermonter, he is still trying to sound natural using "wicked" as an adjective and getting used to calling soft-serve ice cream a "creemee."
His guilty pleasures include the television show True Blood and music by 80s hair bands. He does not like mushrooms.