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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 is currently a Grad student in the Liberal Studies program. 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.  

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Ron DelVillano

Education: BA in English

Ron DelVillano is a graduate from Oakland University's English BA program. When not working at the Writing Center, Ron spends most of his time writing and drawing his webcomic Duane, Average High School Werewolf and writing about video games for He has a strong passion for most geeky things in life.

Writing Consultants

Sam Boyhtari

Education: BA in Writing and Rhetoric, Minor in Sociology
Specialties: First year writing, Grammar/Sentence structure, Creative writing

Sam Boyhtari is a Writing and Rhetoric major, minoring in Sociology. Sam Graduated from Holly High School in 2012—he commutes to Oakland from his home in Davisburg. In addition to his school studies, Sam is an active musician, performing with his band Pines, as well as writing and producing his own solo work under the moniker War War War. He is also very involved in writing fiction, primarily of the horror genre. A few of his favorite authors are Tim O’Brien, H.P. Lovecraft, and Henry James. 

Paige Brockway

Education: BA in Writing and Rhetoric and Journalism
Specialties: First year writing, AP Style (Journalism), Organization, Brainstorming

Paige is a sophomore and is double majoring in Writing and Rhetoric and Journalism. She graduated from Pinckney High School in 2013 and is now a member of the Honors College and treasurer of the Student Writers Group at OU. She lives on campus during the school year with her lovely roommate and pet frog, Mistake.

Carol Burns-Wortham

Education: BA in English, 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. 

Kiersten Farstvedt 

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Education: 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.

Brittany Forth

Education: BA in Art History
Specialties: First year writing, Creative writing, Brainstorming

Brittany is majoring in art history. If you ask her to pick a favorite art movement you'll be there all day, because it's so hard for her to pick one. Her favorite season is fall. Also, she has never lived outside of Michigan.  

Tyler Fox

Education: BA in Public Administration and Public Policy
Specialties: German, Research, Opinion writing, Political writing

Tyler has always been interested in writing and its applications in the business world. He is very interested in politics, currently serving as the chair of the College Democrats at Oakland University. He is a member of the honors college and has participated in many organizations both in and out of Oakland University. Tyler looks forward to doing whatever good he can do with the Oakland University Writing Center, and appreciates this opportunity to help his fellow students adjust to professional academic writing.

Emily Gauronskas

Education: BA in English, Minor in Writing and Rhetoric, Marketing
Specialties: Grammar, Outlining, Literary analysis

Emily is majoring in English and minoring in Writing & Rhetoric and Marketing. Her last name is ridiculously long and very intimidating, but this is the actual pronunciation: Gah-ron-skis. Emily loves reading, breakfast food and dessert, the Tigers, and watching movies. She also has a super cute bunny named Graham Cracker.

Emily Hagan

Education: BA in Psychology, Minor in Spanish
Specialties: Grammar, Word choice, Brainstorming

Emily Hagan is a junior working toward a degree in Elementary Education. In her work at the Writing Center, Emily specializes in grammatical assistance, brainstorming and outlining, and working with ESL students. In her free time, she enjoys reading, shopping, and volunteering.  

Adam Kenney

Education: BA in Creative Writing, Minor in Journalism
Specialties: Screenwriting, Creative writing, Brainstorming

Adam is a Jr. Creative Writing major (screenwriting and fiction track), Journalism minor. He’s mostly comprised of coffee, tea, and a good sense of humor. In his free time he enjoys writing, reading, distance running, golfing, and traveling. Adam's favorite quote about writing and project creativity is:
“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney

Emily Kubo

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Education: BA in English, Minor in French with Secondary Education Certification
Specialties: First-year writing, Grammar, Brainstorming, Organization, Outlining, Word Choice

Emily is pursuing a BA in English and a French minor with Secondary Education Certification. In turn, Emily knows that her ultimate career goal will be fulfilled when she is able to bend the minds of her AP Language and Composition students after reading George Orwell's, 1984. In her free time, you can typically find her enjoying carbohydrates or napping. She is also very involved with her church, and enjoys leading a girl's high school small group.

Stefen Kutchey

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Education: BA in English Secondary Education with English endorsement, Minor in Biology
Specialties: Literary analysis, Grammar, Organization, Outlining, Creative writing

Stefen is working toward becoming a high school English teacher. He enjoys writing and reading fiction in his spare time. His favorite genre is horror (which extends to television and movies, too). Besides that, he has a weakness for Diet Pepsi and cats. Stefen also works at the Vandenberg Hall help desk.

Mike Medley

Education: BA in Secondary Education with English endorsement, Minor in Biology
Specialties: Literary analysis, Grammar, Brainstorming, and Creative writing

Mike Medley is currently a sophomore aspiring to become a high school English teacher. He also works at Oakland University's Lowry Center for Early Childhood Education as an assistant preschool teacher. In his free time, Mike enjoys reading, golf, video games, and the Detroit Lions. 

Natalie Noland 

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Education: BA in English, Minor in Spanish
Specialties: Literary analysis, Creative writing, Punctuation

Natalie spent the first eighteen years of her life in Texas, coming to OU for the snowy winters and honors program. Besides reading and writing, her favorite things are shoes and baseball - high heels and the Boston Red Sox, respectively. Natalie is currently writing her first novel, and hopes to find an occupation in publishing after graduation if she is not yet writing full time. Her hobbies include (but are not limited to) petting cats, crushing the patriarchy, and correcting people's grammar.

Mandy Olejnik

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Education: BA with a double major in Writing and Rhetoric and French Language and Literature
Specialization: Organization, Literary analysis, Creative writing, Cinema writing, Grant writing, Rhetorical analysis

Mandy is a junior here at Oakland University and is aspiring to attend graduate school following her completion of her dual major of Writing and Rhetoric and French Language and Literature. She is currently planning a study abroad trip to Orleans, France and has studied abroad previously in Montreal, Quebec. In her spare time, she squeezes in creative writing along with helping out on her family's farm. She tentatively hopes to become a professor of Writing and Rhetoric.

Andrew Petrykowski

Education: BA in English, Minor in Writing and Rhetoric
Specialties: First year composition, Brainstorming, Organization

Andrew works for OU Housing as a member of Nightwatch. He likes to think that he keeps students safe from dangerous intruders, but mostly he just tells people when their friends can't spend the night. Other than that and his work at the OUWC, Andrew spends his time reading, playing video games, and trying not to get back into playing League of Legends (He promised that he wouldn't do that to himself anymore). 

Adrian Schirr

Education: BA in Creative Writing, Minor in English
Specialties: Outlines, Organization, Creative writing

Adrian Schirr specializes in outlines, organization, brainstorming, creative writing, and close readings of literature. Writing is a passion that she has appreciated for as long as she can remember. This unwavering joy ultimately paved the way to help her succeed in her dream of becoming a published author. Her novel, Under the Orange Moon, was recently picked up by Bandit Publishing. When she is not working on her next novel or roaming the library at Oakland University, she can be found watching her two sons play sports, volunteering at their schools, or even cooking her husband’s favorite meals. 

Audrey Sharp

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Education: BA in Business and Communications
Specialties: Brainstorming, Synthesizing, Word choice

Audrey is a lover of music, theater and dance. She enjoys reading and watching TV in her spare time. Audrey feels very blessed to have amazing friends and family in her life and is very excited to meet more people at Oakland University.

Kaitlyn Sheets

Education: BA in Writing and Rhetoric
Specialties: First year writing, Organization, Outlining, Spanish

Kaitlyn Sheets is currently working towards her bachelor's degree in Writing and Rhetoric. She is a lover of cows and cats who enjoys reading. She is often spotted capturing the portraits of the woodland creatures around campus. On a serious note, Kaitlyn has a passion for the Spanish language and culture and hopes to study abroad in Argentina. 

Jamie Svisco

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Education: 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.

Caroline Wolber

Education: BA in International Relations
Specialties: Grammar, Outlining, Organization

Caroline is a sophomore at Oakland University. She is the president of ONE Campaign at OU and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, UNICEF at OU, Democrats of OU, and Golden Key Honour Society. She also tutors math at Mathnasium of Shelby Township. In her spare time, Caroline likes to go to concerts, read, and hang out with her friends. She loves good music, singing, and all things purple and sparkly. After graduation, she would like to work in human rights advocacy as a lawyer and eventually become a Child Protection Advocate for the UN.

Reception Crew

Sasha Brooks

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Education: 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 days.

Natalie Nick 

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Education: BA in Writing and Rhetoric, minor in Creative Writing

Natalie "Nidoran" Nick is a Writing and Rhetoric major and Creative Writing minor who dreams of becoming a novelist. They specialize in reading books, baking bread, playing video games, and going out of their way to pet any and all animals. Natalie is currently preparing for the arduous journey that is publishing their first novel.

Yexin Sun

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Education: BA in Mechanical Engineering

Yexin is an undergraduate student in Oakland University’s Mechanical Engineering program. If you ask her why she want to work in the Writing Center, she will say that she just loves it here and enjoys the wonderful environment. Yexin wants to be an engineer and dog trainer in the future.

Jie Wang

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Education: BA in Mechanical Engineering

Jie is an international student who is studying Mechanical Engineering. He likes study in public and enjoys the calming atmosphere in Kresge Library. Jie has been here for more than one year and is studying at Oakland University to earn his higher education degree.

Monica Ybarra

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Education: BA in Philosophy, Minor in Spanish and Sociology

Monica is currently in her senior year in the philosophy program and plans to attend law school in the fall. She enjoys rhetoric and debate and is a member of the OU Ethics Bowl team and the Philosophy Club. She recently had a paper accepted to an International & Interdisciplinary Conference and will be presenting it in India in early 2016.