• Writing and Communication Center Staff

    Rob Cannella

    COMMUNICATION Specialist

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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.

    Trisha Daigle

    GRADUATE CONSULTANT

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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.

    Leea Biederman

    UNDERGRADUATE CONSULTANT

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    Leea is a second-year undergraduate studying English, creative writing, and professional writing. She is familiar with all sorts of writing from creative to academic, as well as the forms that come with them. She enjoys the grammatical and organizational aspects of writing, and can assist with them well. Leea is involved in the Hamline A Cappella Choir, and loves being involved with such a wonderful group. Leea enjoys singing, listening to music, and writing poetry in her free time. 

    Lydia Hansen

    UNDERGRADUATE CONSULTANT

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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.

    Skyler Kane

    UNDERGRADUATE CONSULTANT

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    Skyler 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

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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 in 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.

    Maddie Mickelson

    Undergraduate Consultant

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    Maddie is in her last year of undergraduate studies as a biology and philosophy double major. She believes that by emphasizing writing as a process, students can best articulate and contribute their unique voice to the academic conversation. She enjoys working with students at any stage in the writing process, and especially enjoys brainstorming with students to overcome the dreaded ‘writer’s block.’ When she’s not in the WCC, you can find her camped out at a coffee shop and listening to music. She also enjoys spending time with her roommates or watching a good episode of King of the Hill

    Elle Obermeyer

    UNDERGRADUATE CONSULTANT

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    Elle is a junior at Hamline, majoring in English with creative writing and sociology. She finds massive amounts of joy in the small and often tricky work of essays. Elle is also involved heavily with Hamline's A Cappella Choir. When she isn't in the Writing and Communication Center—or writing an essay of her own—Elle spends her time playing video games, browsing the internet, learning new recipes from Binging with Babish, and jammin' out to some Greta Van Fleet.

    Alex Torgrimson

    UNDERGRADUATE CONSULTANT

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    Alex is an undergraduate student majoring in psychology and creative writing. She believes that everyone has their own unique way of writing, which is what makes the subject so intriguing to her. Alex is currently involved in the Hamline Swim and Dive Team, but reads young adult fiction, watches T.V. series on Netflix, and writes her own stories in her free time. She enjoys playing with sentence structure, correcting grammar, fine-tuning hypotheses, and finding an effective layout for the flow of content within an essay. 

    Vi Wagner

    Undergraduate Consultant

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    Vi (pronounced VY) is 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.