Staff Bios

Staff Bios

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Foster Collins

Year: senior

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

Major: biology and environmental science

Specialties: CSE, APA, lab reports, résumés

Activities & Hobbies: I play alto saxophone in Concert Band, play mandolin in my room, and sing in Doane Choir. I also compete in poetry slams, bike avidly, and am a member of Alpha Pi Epsilon.

Tiger Tidbit: I work event staff at Pinnacle Bank Arena and get paid to go to concerts.

Ambitions: I’d love to travel and see the world after I graduate and then go on to get my PhD and teach at the college level some day.

Favorite Books: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, The Martian by Andy Weir, Hero by Perry Moore

Vacation Spot: anywhere I can get los and make new friends while I do it

Classes I’ve taken that I can help with: LAR 101 with J.L. Vertin, ENG 101, organic chemistry, EVS research with Russ Souchek

 

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Jimmy Nguyen

Year: senior

Hometown: Bellevue, Nebraska

Major: theatre

Specialties: grammar, sentence fluency, outlines, résumés, MLA, and APA

Activities: theatre, Doane Choir, Doane Absolutely Unprepared Improv Team

Tiger Tidbit: I've met many people who have been on Broadway such as Darren Criss, Laura Benanti, and Alex Gemignani through my community and professional theatre work in Omaha.

Ambitions: actor, director or scenic painter

Favorite Book: Prodigal Son by John Patrick Shanley

Vacation Spot: New York City

Classes I’ve taken that I can help you with: LAR 101, communication courses, theatre courses

 

 

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Olivia DeFord

Year: junior

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

Major: science education with a secondary endorsement

Specialties: proofreading, MLA, and Chicago

Activities: Doane Dance Team, Chi Delta Sorority, Honors Program

Tiger Tidbit: I have a blue betta fish named Phichii (pronounced “fishy”)

Ambitions: I want to be a high school science teacher, but I don’t know what subject I want to teach yet. I’ll figure it out eventually!

Favorite Book: The Magisterium series by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Vacation Spot: Minnesota

Classes I’ve taken that I can help you with: LAR 101 with Brad Johnson, BIO 110

 

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Ryleigh Gebers

Year: junior

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

Major: English education with secondary and ESL endorsements

Specialties: proofreading, brainstorming

Activities: judge for high school debate

Tiger Tidbit: I carry around a small, handwritten notebook of all the insults I can find in Shakespeare's plays. If you ever want to insult or seriously confuse someone, feel free to look through it for inspiration.

Ambitions: I want to teach high school English. Maybe write a book someday if I ever actually have a decent story idea and the motivation to follow through on writing a whole novel.

Favorite Book: This question hurts. I'll go with the default answer that I love Harry Potter, but really anything that's sufficiently fiction, non-realistic, and well-written has a decent chance of being on my favorites list, assuming I have time to read it.

Vacation Spot: I love the Black Hills in South Dakota.

Classes I’ve taken that I can help you with: world literature, LAR 101 The Power of Stories, Intro. to Fiction, Intro. to Meteorology, Logic and Critical Thinking, Spanish 203 and 204, Intro. to Literary Studies, Linguistics, Modern American Literature

 

 

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Allison Jasso

Year: Junior

Hometown: Moundridge, Kansas

Major: political science with minors in communication and Asian studies

Specialties: brainstorming, research, APA, grammar, paragraph structure

Activities & Hobbies: I am a member of the Doane Forensics Team and am a CAPE Peer Educator. In my free time I like to nap, listen to music, and read the news.

Tiger Tidbit: Michelle Obama once retweeted my selfie.

Ambitions: I hope to work for an organization focusing on victim’s advocacy and interpersonal violence prevention.

Favorite Books: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea

Vacation Spot: anywhere with sweet tea

Classes I’ve taken that I can help with: LAR 101 with J.L. Vertin, PSI courses, ASN courses

 

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Abby Weber

Year: junior

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska 

Major: Theatre

Specialties: sentence structure, creative writing, paper structure 

Activities & Hobbies: Doane Choir, CAPE Peer Educator, APO, Doane Absolutely Unprepared Improv Team 

Tiger Tidbit: I would drink Dr. Pepper for the rest of my life. 

Ambitions: I want to move to Chicago and see what happens.

Favorite Books: Brave New World, Fun Home 

Vacation Spot: Moon

Classes I’ve taken that I can help with: Shakespeare, LAR 101 The American Experience, Intro. to Fiction Writing, theatre courses

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Jacob Hruska

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Waverly, Nebraska 

Major: Business

Specialties: creating outlines, paper structures, brainstorming

Activities & Hobbies: Member of Sigma Phi Theta, Doane track and field, & I spend most of my free time just kicking it with the fellas.

Tiger Tidbit: BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG Lakers fan

Ambitions: I just want to live a full life.

Favorite Books: Unwind series

Vacation Spot: Alaska

Classes I’ve taken that I can help with: LAR 101 (choose your own adventure), micro & macro economics, ENG 101

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Hannah Terry

Year: sophomore

Hometown: Bennington, Nebraska

Major: English language arts with a secondary teaching endorsement

Specialties: brainstorming, paragraph formatting, paper structure, creating outlines

Activities & Hobbies: I am a part of Chi Delta sorority here on campus. In my free time I love binge-watching Netflix shows and movies, journaling, and spending time with friends.

Tiger Tidbit: I don’t want to answer this without knowing the perfect answer.

Ambitions: I want to become either a middle school English teacher or a high school communications teacher.

Favorite Books: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Hamlet by Shakespeare, On Being Human by Jennifer Pastiloff, The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Vacation Spot: Rome, Italy

Classes I’ve taken that I can help with: ENG 101, LAR 101 Power of Stories, Acting 1, ENG 200, PSY 365, PRE 121

 

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Caitie Leibman, Ph.D.

Writing Center Director

Hometown: Louisville, Nebraska

Activities: Reading, writing, coaching and judging competitive speech, listening to pop. culture podcasts, reading the news, sitting on my couch at home with my people.

Tiger Tidbit: I’m a Doane alum!

Ambitions: to be here; to be the best Caitie I can be

Favorite Book: Maybe To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, maybe Lucky by Alice Sebold, but maybe Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

Vacation Spot: on a body of water (rivers count)

About my role: I’m here to support the staff of peer consultants, to coordinate writing services across campus, and to learn from you, the brilliant writers we serve!

 

 

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