Interested in working in the Writing Center? Here's what you need to know:
Our Current Staff of Consultants:
Hometown: Hickman, Nebraska
Major: English with an emphasis in creative writing with a minor in theatre
Specialties: poetry, MLA
Activities & Hobbies: Alpha Pi Epsilon, The Guild, Bad Movie Club, Doane Harry Potter Club, International Foods Club, Xanadu
Tiger Tidbit: I enjoy looking up word etymologies
Ambition: I’m honestly interested in doing something in writing.
Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird (RIP Harper Lee)
Vacation Spot: Somewhere rainy, cold, and gray. So probably England.
Classes I’ve taken that I can help with: ENG 238, ENG 231
Hometown: Lawrence, Kansas
Major: I am majoring in English and business (or accounting)
Specialties: MLA, grammar, sentence and paragraph structure
Activities: Doane Soccer
Tiger Tidbit: I have a twin on campus
Ambitions: either go to law school or be an accountant
Favorite Book: Game of Thrones series
Vacation Spot: Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Classes I’ve taken that I can help you with: Katy Hanggi's LAR classes, Brad Johnson English courses, and writing courses
Hometown: Greeley, Colorado
Major: religious studies
Specialties: MLA, style/syntax, clarity, rhetorical analysis, religion-related writing, literary analysis
Activities & Hobbies: reading, writing, running, cross country, track, researching (philosophy, science, psychology, religion, and spirituality), singing, choir, Bad Movies Club, 1014 magazine, IDEA, church
Tiger Tidbit: I consider myself deeply spiritual, finding beauty and meaning in nature, ideas in world religions, other people, arts and culture, philosophy, antiquity, and travel.
Ambitions: I want to go to seminary or divinity school and become a preacher.
Favorite Books: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, the Upanishads, Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh, the Tao te Ching, The Analects by Confucius, the Bible, the Qur’an, UFO Kids by Alan Zullo, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, and Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch
Vacation Spot: Boston, Massachusetts
Classes I’ve taken that I can help with: comparative religions, comparative philosophy, introduction to Old Testament, introduction to New Testament, the problem of evil, democracy and diversity, Islam, interpersonal communication, small group communication, gender communication, public speaking
Hometown: Friend, Nebraska
Major: strategic communications, English minor
Specialties: sentence fluency, grammar, MLA, Chicago, APA, argumentative essays, personal essays, graduate school applications
Activities & Hobbies: I am the head editor of Xanadu, Doane's literary magazine, and am a writer for the 1014 magazine. Also, I am a volunteer for Tabitha Care Center and enjoy spending time with children.
Tiger Tidbit: When I workout or am in desperate need of motivation, I listen to Kendrick Lamar which is very unexpected considering my sweet disposition and my regular music choices.
Ambitions: As far as future aspirations, I have learned over time that things may turn out very differently than planned. However, I am extremely passionate about nonprofit organizations and would love to perform their public relation duties.
Favorite Books: I enjoy historical novels, particularly the ones that discuss the Kennedy family. In addition, I read personal essays that discuss topics not often talked about. These matters consist of eating disorders, LGBTQ issues, and gender equality.
Vacation Spot: I have been to London and would love to go back!
Classes I’ve taken that I can help with: LAR 101 Heroes with Dan Clanton
Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska
Major: environmental science, emphasis in biology
Specialties: MLA, APA, poetic writing, 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 work in the National Parks Service one day, but for now I’m just trying to get my degree.
Favorite Books: The Martian by Andy Weir, Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Hero by Perry Moore, and anything with a gay main character
Vacation Spot: anywhere with lots of nature and not a lot of people
Classes I’ve taken that I can help with: LAR 101 with J.L. Vertin, ENG 101
Hometown: Hampton, Nebraska
Major: elementary education with a leadership minor and an early childhood endorsement
Specialties: grammar, sentence fluency/structure, MLA format
Activities & Hobbies: On campus, I am involved in the Hansen Leadership Program, Theatre, Chi Delta Sorority, and I enjoy jammin’ at concerts, bingin’ multiple Netflix series at one time, and reading novels.
Tiger Tidbit: I have heterochromia, meaning one of my eyes has different colors! My eyes are primarily green, but I have a large brown section in my right eye!
Ambition: To educate little minds.
Favorite Book: anything by Paulo Coehlo
Vacation Spot: Australia
Classes I’ve taken that I can help with: SOC 109, PSI 101, IDS 302, THE 101, leadership classes, education classes
Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska
Major: science education with a secondary endorsement
Specialties: proofreading, MLA & 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
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
Hometown: Bellevue, Nebraska
Specialties: grammar, sentence fluency, outlines, résumés, MLA, and APA
Activities: Theatre, Doane Choir, 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
Caitie Leibman, M.A.
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!