The Writing Center

Kresge Library, Room 212
100 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
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(248) 370-3120
Winter 2018:
Mon. - Thur.
8 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
3:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

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Anton/Frankel Center

20 South Main Street
Mount Clemens, MI 48043

Closed for the winter 2018 semester



Sherry Wynn Perdue

(248) 370-3105

Before finding a home in the Oakland University Writing Center, Sherry Wynn Perdue completed an American Studies program at Michigan State University and attended the School of Criticism and Theory, then located at Dartmouth College. She has actively participated in curriculum development and peer mentoring in addition to teaching composition within the Writing and Rhetoric Department since 1996. In 2009, Sherry affirmed her commitment to the lively art (and science) of writing at OU by taking the helm of the writing center, where she spends most of her consulting hours collaborating with faculty on their scholarly publications and with graduate students on their theses and dissertations. When she is not teaching or working one-on-one with clients, she is collecting data, developing training curriculum, mentoring one of the center’s writing consultants, or presenting at conferences. Sherry’s concurrent role as a Test Preparation Instructor for the ACT and SAT allows her to guide high school students through the significant transition to college; this position confirms her belief that students need rigorous high school preparation. To that end, it seems only natural that Sherry also devotes her energies to collaborating with high school English teachers as they craft Advanced Placement English Language and Composition courses for their districts. Although Sherry enjoys offering one-day AP workshops at other Midwestern campuses during the academic year, she relishes the week-long summer institutes in which she shares her passion for teaching with secondary educators. Sherry’s publications on evidence-based research in writing centers, the unique needs of dissertation writers, and information literacy have appeared in The Writing Center Journal, Education Libraries, and the Journal of Academic Librarianship. In addition to her own writing, she serves as managing editor of the Oakland Journal (and has edited such publications as Re-Visions: Journal of the Women's Studies Program at Michigan State University and The Oil Pipeline Monitor), reviews books for academic publishers, and heads WriteSpace Consulting, an editing and custom writing business. In her fleeting spare time, she vacations with her husband Don and daughter Alexondra in Suttons Bay and enjoys walks with her Standard Poodle Max. 

Operations Coordinator 

Ashley Cerku

(248) 370-3474

Education: BA in English and Writing/Rhetoric, MA in Liberal Studies
Specialties: Creative writing, Poetry, Research papers, Organization, Draft expansion

Ashley Cerku is currently the Operations Coordinator at the Oakland University Writing Center. She is a recent graduate of OU with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Writing/Rhetoric and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. She has her sights set on working in the publishing field in the future with the hopes of one day becoming an Editor and Novelist. She also likes to work with students and consultants to help create a more interactive writing environment at Oakland University.  

Writing Consultants


Education: Pursuing BA in Secondary Education with English endorsement
Specialties: Grammar, Organization, Word Choice

Amber is currently studying to become a high school English teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, watching TV, and playing trivia games/solving puzzles. She likes snow and considers the winter her favorite time of year.


Education: BA in Communications, Minor in Writing and Rhetoric, Pursuing MA in Counseling
Specialties: Graduate-Level Writing, Grammar, Organization, Brainstorming

Brian holds a BA from Oakland University and is excited to enter his second full year as a graduate student in Counseling and first semester at the Writing Center. His interests include research and supporting students who struggle with their writing. Professionally, he has written press releases for Special Olympics Michigan and the Troy Historic Village, and edited materials for the YWCA and Jewish Vocational Services. An avid lover of music and longtime choral singer on campus, Brian is also published in the American Record Guide. Outside of the Writing Center, you'll find him eating.


Education: BA in English, Pursuing MA in Counseling
Specialties: Research writing, Graduate level writing

Carol received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Saginaw Valley State University and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Oakland University. She is currently working on her dissertation for her Ph.D. in Counselor Education. In addition to working in the Writing Center, Carol is a graduate assistant, teaches classes in the Counseling Department, and counsels clients at a private practice. Carol hopes to obtain a faculty position when she completes her degree.


Education: Pursuing BA in International Relations and BS in Public Administration and Public Policy
Specialties: Brainstorming, Organizing, and APA

Caroline is a senior at Oakland University and has been working at the OUWC since September 2015. She loves music, her hedgehog, advocacy work, and traveling. After graduation, Caroline would like to work in international sustainable development.


Education: Pursuing BA in English
Specialties: Literary Analysis, Sentence Structure

Chanel is a full-time student studying English. She is in her second year of college and her nineteenth year of being a vampire. With her degree she intends to enter the field of editing and publishing and hopefully, somehow, help to improve literacy on a global scale. In her spare time you can find her reading, writing, or listening to Led Zeppelin while deciding where she’d like to travel next.


Education: Pursuing BA in English Secondary Education, Minor in History
Specialties: Grammar, Literary Analysis, Organization

Charlie aspires to teach English at the high school level and currently spends his summers as a camp counselor. His free time is consumed by reading, watching Netflix, and, depending on his mood, listening to country music or classics from the '80s. His weekends are devoted to watching football and supporting his struggling fantasy teams.


Education: Pursuing BA in Writing/Rhetoric and English
Specialties: First Year Writing, Brainstorming, Strengthening Arguments, Word Choice, Organization

David is a Senior at OU. He enjoys deep conversations about different philosophies of living and tries his best to keep up with those smarter than himself. When he graduates from Oakland he plans to continue on to receive a Masters in Biblical/Christian Counseling and hopes to use it in an after school ministry in the city.

Emily S.

Education: Pursuing BA in Writing and Rhetoric, Double Minor in Creative Writing and Cinema Studies
Specialties: First year writing, Organization, Brainstorming, Creative Writing, Video editing

Emily is a junior at Oakland University and has an obsession with dark films/TV shows, fantasy novels, and writing just about anything. Her humor knows no bounds. Her love of Teen Titans is never-ending. Once she is done at OU, Emily hopes to leave Michigan behind and work for a social media company.


Education: Pursuing BA in Criminal Justice
Specialties: First-year writing, Organization, Grammar, Sentence Structure

Jamie is the kind of person who always needs to be busy doing something. She played soccer, swam, and ran track throughout high school. Jamie loves to read or watch Netflix, which she often fits in during her time at the gym. She lives on-campus, but when she goes home, Jamie looks forward to sleeping in her own bed, her mom's home-cooked food, and seeing her two standard poodles. Jamie's life goal (set for after she travels the world) is to become a lawyer and FBI agent.


Education: Pursuing BA in Journalism, Minor in Communications
Specialties: Creative Writing, Brainstorming, Tone

Jeff is a junior at OU. He writes multiple stories and trilogies in all different kinds of genres. When he isn’t writing he enjoys reading and going to the movies. Jeff is a huge movie and TV fanatic and can name any show and actor/actress. Jeff hopes that one day with his degree he will work for an entertainment magazine like Entertainment Weekly.


Education: Pursuing BS in Human Resource Development
Specialties: Rhetorical Analysis, Outlining, Career Documents

Jennifer is a sophomore at Oakland University. This will be her first year working at the writing center. Jennifer is from Troy, Michigan - the Metro Detroit area has always been her home. Her favorite thing about writing is that you are able to convey anything and everything through it. Jennifer looks forward to learning with many fellow grizzlies at the Writing Center.


Education: BS in Psychology and BS in Communication, Pursuing MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Specialties: Graduate-Level Writing, Creative Writing, Organization, Research, Outlining

Jewel received her bachelor degrees in Psychology and Communication from Eastern Michigan University before entering OU’s Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in the winter of 2016. Her research interests and experiences include attachment styles, American Sign Language and transpersonal psychology. In her free time, Jewel enjoys cooking and making skin care products from scratch.


Education: BA in Elementary Education with focus in Math and English, Pursuing MA in Mental Health Counseling
Specialties: Narrative Writing, Personal Statements, Cover Letters, Research Writing

Josh is currently pursuing a degree in counseling. Aside from working at the Writing Center, Josh enjoys taking his dog, Harwell, for walks. To refuel, he loves foxing around Qdoba. Josh loves working with students/clients from all walks of life and academia. He looks forward to catering to your needs here at the Writing Center.


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Education: Pursuing BA in English, Double Minor in Political Science and Journalism
Specialties: MLA Format, Argumentative/Persuasive Writing, Brainstorming, Tone

Joshua graduated from Paul K. Cousino High School in 2015 and is currently pursuing his BA in English with a double-minor in Political Science and Journalism, with the hopes of becoming a political reporter or writer. In his free time he plays video games, reads, writes, and eats. A lot. He also buries himself as deeply into politics as he can get, but that's a less pleasant personal hobby. Joshua often peppers his speech with references ranging from Aristotle to ZZ Top, having a seemingly endless pool of nerdy-lore and allusions to drudge up.


Education: Pursuing BA in Journalism, Minors in English and French Language
Specialties: Grammar, Brainstorming, Organization, AP style

Katie graduated from Kearsley High School in 2016 and is now a member of the Honors College. She enjoys reading, writing, playing video games, and talking to friends in her free time. She loves her two cats and when horror movies have good endings. Katie aims to work in an online newspaper and hopes to write a poetry book that impacts the world.


Education: Pursuing BA in English
Specialties: First year writing, Outlining, Creative writing

Kiersten's favorite activity is reading, and her favorite books include  Harry PotterThe Maze Runner, and  To Kill A Mockingbird, but she enjoys all sorts of fantasy and historical fiction. She also loves to write, watch  Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones, hang out with her best friends, and attend events at her church. This past summer, Kiersten went on a two-week mission trip to Ensenada, Mexico, and three years ago she went on a mission trip to Guatemala City. These two events helped shaped Kiersten into the person that she is today. Kiersten also enjoys spending time with her mom, dad, younger sister, three younger brothers, and her adorable dog Skittles.


Education: Pursuing MSN in Forensic Nursing
Specialties: Brainstorming, Creative Writing, Grammar

Laura is a graduate nursing student in OU’s new Forensic Nursing program, with special interest in domestic violence. She was an NICU nurse for a number of years, and homeschooled her children for a number of years. Laura loves learning, meaningful conversations, and photography.


Education: Pursuing BA in English Literature with a concentration in Linguistics
Specialties: Grammar, Tone, Literary Analysis, Argument

Michael is pursuing a BA in English with the hope of attending graduate school to study literary theory and become a professor. In the interim, he spends his time tutoring students in Creative Writing and Language Arts at Oakland Christian School, memorizing Romeo and Juliet, organizing books, marveling at the magic of modern science, and maintaining his communication ratio of 70% speech 30% song. Areas of study include Classical Rhetoric, critical theory, Latin, and musicals.


Education: BA in Writing and Rhetoric, Minor in Political Science
Specialties: Research Papers, Case Studies, First-year Writing, Brainstorming, Organization, Creative Writing, Professional Resumes, Cover Letters

Noah is currently a third year student at Oakland University studying Writing and Rhetoric with a minor in Political Science. Once graduated, he aspires to either become a writing professor, work in editing, or the field of law. When not at work, Noah loves reading, writing, and spending time with his closest friends. He hopes one day to write his very own successful novel and see as much of the world as possible.


Education: BS in Public Administration and Public Policy, Minor in Business, concentration Pre-Law; Certified Paralegal; Pursuing MA in Liberal Studies
Specialties: Research Writing, Legal Writing, Proposals, Cover Letters, Citation

Reanna is working toward a Masters degree and is a proud alumna of Oakland University. Currently, she is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Honors College and works as an executive legal assistant for a local law firm. Reanna enjoys research and writing and is presently an editor for the Echo Cognito student journal. She is interested in history and politics, and enjoys traveling, reading, volunteering and golfing.


Education: Pursuing BA in English, Minor in Biology
Specialties: Grammar, Outlining, Organization

Shelby is a sophomore at Oakland University. She is majoring in English and minoring in biology. In her free time, Shelby likes to read, write poetry, play video games, and watch old movies. Her favorite time of the year is summer because she loves to go camping. After graduation, Shelby aspires to go into advertising or scientific writing.


Education: Pursuing BA in English, Minor in French Language
Specialties: Sentence Structure, Organization, Diction

Veronica is a junior pursuing an English degree. She aspires to go into either publishing or editing. She loves spending time with her dog, reading, and watching Netflix.

Reception Crew

Emily C.

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Education: Pursuing BS in Industrial & Systems Engineering

Emily is a Junior at Oakland University, studying Industrial & Systems Engineering. She is originally from Marysville, Michigan. This is her first year working at the OU Writing Center, and is excited for this new opportunity. Emily has spent an entire year interning for the Walt Disney Company, which she is very passionate about. She is very excited to get involved in Tau Beta Pi again, and finish her degree.


Education: Pursuing BA in Studio Art specializing in Drawing, minoring in Graphic Design and Art History

Hannah is a sophomore at Oakland Universtiy. She is a section leader in the Golden Grizzles Atheltic Band. Along with that, she is part of La Pittura, the art club on campus and plays the Clarinet in the Oakland Wind Symphony. Her hobbies are drawing, shopping, sleeping, and spending time with friends.


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Education: Pursuing a BA in Marketing

Marissa is an undergraduate student pursuing a marketing degree. Marissa loves OU and is very involved on campus. In her free time she enjoys softball, euchre, watching Netflix, and spending time with family and friends.


Education: BS in Psychology, Pursuing MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Neelam obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is currently in the second year of her program and a brand new addition to The Writing Center. Her interests include Holistic Counseling that pays particular attention to the mind-body connection and has done various seminars and trainings in stress-reduction and time-management. She hopes to open her very own wellness practice in the future. During her free time you can catch Neelam listening to Blink-182, watching American Horror Story and researching where she will travel to next!


Education: Pursuing BA in English

Sasha is interested in writing stories and reading science fiction books. She dreams of someday becoming a famous writer and editor. Other things Sasha enjoys include helping people, listening to music, and shopping for mostly anything. She most of all loves to roller/ice skate, browse the internet, and relax on brisk autumn day.


Education: Pursuing BA in English and BA in Public Administration and Public Policy

Shakira is a junior pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in English with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She wants to join the Peace Corps upon graduating and is the president of Alpha Phi Omega which is a co-ed national service fraternity. Shakira is a lifelong Disney enthusiast and participated in the Disney College Program for 6 months during the fall of 2017. You can find her in a mosh pit during any given weekend or re-reading Harry Potter for the 1000th time.