The Writing Center

Meet Us

Tutors are either Writing Fellows or graduate students in the Department of English who are carefully and continuously trained in composition theory, writing across the curriculum pedagogy, and tutoring practice.

Who our 2013-14 tutors are, in their own words.

Alyssa Glazener Alyssa Glazener: I am from the wonderful city of Austin, Texas and recently spent a semester studying and travelling in Europe. I enjoy swimming, dancing and being outdoors. At Clemson, I am a Writing Fellow in the Writing Center, an intern at the Pearce Center for Professional Communications and a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. I am majoring in English with a concentration in Writing and Publication Studies and a minor in Public Policy.
Olivia Souther Olivia Souther: My name is Olivia Souther, and I am a senior pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Clemson’s Biological Sciences program. Although I have spent the better part of my life in the growing suburbs of Summerville, South Carolina, I have also spent a few years in Germany and Japan. As a transfer student, I have thoroughly enjoyed the change of pace that Clemson offers and the overwhelming sense of family that surrounds campus life. During my time at Clemson University, I have discovered my passion for research and wildlife through attending conferences and participating in the Creative Inquiry program. I am also a Writing Fellow for the Calhoun Honors College, where I hope to meet many new Clemson faces!
Jacob Webb Jacob Webb: I’m a senior from Knoxville, Tennessee pursuing a degree in Communication Studies, and I’m a 2013 Writing Fellow. I’ve long been interested in words and writing, but it probably wasn’t until high school that I realized how powerful writing is. I’m a firm believer that writing is a perpetually-evolving form of communication, so in an era of Tweets, longreads, and listicles, it’s important that writers are able to distinguish how to distinguish and adapt to different contexts and communication channels. I’m looking forward to helping students learn to become better writers, as well as having long, meandering discussions about writing with my fellow writers. I’m a full-time student, but I moonlight as a house painter and a music blogger for KEXP 90.3 Seattle, where I’ve been writing for about a year and a half."
Sloane Wiggers Sloane Wiggers: Raised in Beaufort, SC, I could not grow up without appreciating the natural environments surrounding me. I had the rich marsh, sandy beach, and beautiful pine savannas to learn from. As a senior Biological Sciences major, I continue to pursue my interests in learning about these vital habitats and their inhabitants. I help protect endangered Loggerhead sea turtles as both a volunteer and intern on South Carolina beaches and work extensively with a Clemson Creative Inquiry related to mammalian predator ecology. After graduation I hope to attend graduate school, continuing my studies in wildlife ecology and conservation. A significant part of my job will be relating my work to other scientists and the public. Writing and communication are the keys to being successful at this and other ventures in the “real world”. As a Writing Fellow I hope to inspire my peers to understand the significance of effective writing.
Shannon Kay Shannon Kay: I am a sophomore Industrial Engineering student involved in Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Clemson Triathlon Team, and the Writing Fellows Program amongst other organizations. I also coach three and four year olds in soccer and enjoy running and swimming. I love to travel, and in three months this past summer, I visited four continents—North and South America, Europe, and Africa. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with fellow writers to improve their writing skills!
Laura Lamantia Laura Lamantia: I am a senior from New York majoring in Psychology (BS) and minoring in Journalism. I decided to transfer to Clemson University after spending my freshman year at NYU because I decided I wanted a traditional college experience. Clemson beyond exceeded my expectations and I am so excited to be giving back to the university by working as a Writing Fellow! I am also a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, Clemson's Healthy Campus Staff, and the Aspire program. I addition to my extracurricular activities, I am a proud member of the Calhoun Honors College and have been named on Clemson's President's List for two consecutive semesters. Although I am sad to be graduating, I am looking forward to attending graduate school next year with the goal of earning a doctorate degree.
Rachel Solomon Rachel Solomon: My name is Rachel Solomon and I’m a senior from Atlanta, GA. My passion for writing began at a young age. Being the cool kid that I was, I spent many recess periods scribbling short stories into a notebook. From there, my interest in writing only grew, leading me to major in Communication Studies. I have an avid interest in healthy cooking and am a self-proclaimed foodie. Considering my two favorite past-times, it’s probably no surprise that I run a food blog, a two-year project documenting my experiments in my shoebox-sized kitchen. After college, I hope to pursue a career in health communication. When I’m not writing or cooking, I love practicing yoga, traveling, perusing thrift stores, DJing for WSBF-FM Clemson and petting other people’s dogs.
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Caroline Mercer Caroline Mercer: I am from the home of Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. As a child, I spent my summers in the town of Clemson, swimming in Lake Hartwell and picnicking on Bowman Field, because of my family’s ties to the university. Currently, I am a senior studying English Literature. Growing up so close to San Francisco, I naturally developed an admiration for literature and the powerful impact it can have on a community. I have a strong appreciation for everything written, and the Writing Fellows program seemed like the perfect opportunity to work with something that I love. I enjoy going up to the mountains for the weekend or down to the coast, hiking, kayaking, rock-climbing, and, of course, reading. I am excited to collaborate with the many students on Clemson’s campus and help enhance writing habits!
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Parker Essick: When I heard about the Writing Fellows program, it seemed perfect for me. Writing really is my passion, and I enjoy any opportunity to improve others’ or my own. One of the great things about this program is that, even though there are a few English majors like myself, a diversity of interests are represented to develop writing skills at Clemson. I hail from Johnson City in northeastern Tennessee, and stereotypically enjoy bluegrass and don’t enjoy wearing shoes. Aside from that, I row and hold a recruiting position on the Clemson Crew team and like to spend my free time with my teammates or on the docks at Hartwell. I can’t wait for this year’s football season and am anxious to get back to Clemson in the fall!

Haley Nieman: My name is Haley Katherine Nieman, and I am a Communication Studies major and Business Administration minor. I am from Columbus, OH, where almost everyone in my graduating class went to Ohio State. Wanting to experience someplace new, I chose Clemson and have loved it ever since. I have recently returned from study abroad program in Florence, Italy, and am spending the summer in Columbus with my family. However, I cannot wait to return to Clemson this fall; I miss my Tigers! At school, I work as a copy editor on The Tiger and am involved in Campus Crusade for Christ. I love taking weekend trips with my friends, as well as reading, running, and practicing yoga. I am extremely excited about the Writing Fellows Program so I can be exposed to new and different styles of writing, while helping others improve their writing skills!

Jenny Tumas Jenny Tumas: Growing up in the well-acclaimed town of Los Alamos, New Mexico, home of the Manhattan Project and the biggest government funded laboratory in the country, as a child I was convinced becoming a scientist was the only way to have a career. After high school I surprised every sock-and-sandal-wearing PhD scientist in Los Alamos and moved myself to Clemson, South Carolina—to study communication and political science! (I am still, however, irrationally convinced that I will have to start my life over in four years and learn the entire periodic table in order to find a job). Since moving to Clemson, I spend much of my free time on Lake Hartwell as a member of Clemson’s rowing team. I became a writing fellow because I believe the ability to write well is an invaluable skill and thus that this program is crucial to the success of Clemson students in all fields of study.