• Writing and Communication Center Staff

    Rob Cannella

    COMMUNICATION Specialist: Face-to-face & online tutoring

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    As the leader of Hamline’s Writing and Communication Center (WCC), Rob coordinates and conducts tutoring in written, oral, visual, electronic, and nonverbal communication. His other responsibilities include hosting communication workshops and collaborating with various offices, departments, and programs to develop academic communication initiatives. Before joining the WCC in 2018, Rob taught first-year writing for Hamline’s English Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Merrimack College and a master’s degree in English from New Mexico State University.

    Andrew Birkestrand

    GRADUATE CONSULTANT: face-to-face & online tutoring

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    Andrew is a graduate student in Hamline’s MFA in creative writing program. He is at the midpoint of his second year in the program and is fast approaching thesis and all the work that accompanies that particular condition. He has had experience writing analytical papers (mainly for English courses), but he has been known to pen the odd research paper as well. He is skilled at preparing speeches and presentations as well as combining story with information delivery systems. He enjoys working with punctual students who know how to use spellcheck but also understand that it’s no substitute for reading the written work out loud. 

    Silas Coghill

    Graduate Consultant: face-to-face & online tutoring

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    As a graduate student in Hamline's creative writing MFA program, Silas works with various elements of communication from linguistic mechanics to rhetorical logic. While he loves creative writing, he's always had a passion for the essay, be it personal or research. Additionally, Silas totally geeks out over philosophy, linguistics, and psychology. When he's not at the WCC, he can be found at a local used bookstore or playing games with his friends.

    Trisha Daigle

    GRADUATE CONSULTANT: face-to-face & online tutoring

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    Trisha is a graduate student in creative writing. She draws inspiration for writing from meeting new people, travel, and Thelonious Monk. She comes to Hamline with a psychology degree and is familiar with APA style, but she enjoys working with students in all disciplines and at all stages of the writing process.

    Maddie Mickelson

    Undergraduate Consultant: face-to-face tutoring

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    Maddie is an undergraduate student studying biology and philosophy. When she's not in the Writing and Communication Center, you can find her crafting delicious espresso drinks as a barista at Ginkgo Coffeehouse or making things out of clay. She loves to collaborate with students at any stage in the writing process and help others be confident in their own writing skills.

    Vi Wagner

    Undergraduate Consultant: face-to-face tutoring

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    Vi (pronounced VY) is a third-year undergraduate, double majoring in psychology and English with a concentration in creative writing. They believe that every piece of writing has both infinite value and exponential room for improvement. They enjoy reading, writing, and hanging out with their cats.

    Skyler Kane

    UNDERGRADUATE CONSULTANT: face-to-face tutoring

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    Skyler Kane is a creative writing major with an English minor who excels with creative work and English analysis essays, as well as simply having an ear for fluency and structure. She is also in charge of the student orgs Her Campus Hamline, an online publication that posts every week, and the Fulcrum Journal, a student submission journal that publishes at the end of the school year.

    Chloe McElmury

    UNDERGRADUATE CONSULTANT: face-to-face tutoring

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    Chloe is in her last year of undergraduate studies at Hamline. She is studying digital media arts, professional writing, and management. She enjoys baking and being involved on campus media publications like The Oracle and Canvas Magazine. She has interests in social media, branding, graphic design, photography, and professional writing. Chloe has had a lot of experience with rhetoric and visual rhetoric and looks forward to helping students with documents like memos, infographics, flyers/posters, and presentations.

    Lydia Hansen

    UNDERGRADUATE CONSULTANT: FACE-TO-FACE TUTORING

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    Lydia is an undergraduate student studying creative writing and journalism. She transferred to Hamline with two certificates in communication and is experienced in various types of oral presentations. She’s also familiar with both MLA and APA style and can assist with different kinds of writing from professional projects, resumes, and cover letters to essays and long papers to creative projects like fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She enjoys seeing work at every stage of the writing process and believes in the importance of good structure to every piece of writing.

    Elle Obermeyer

    UNDERGRADUATE CONSULTANT: face-to-face tutoring