WELCOME BACK TO THE WRITING CENTER!
We know that over the years, the Writing Center tutoring experience has spawned many lasting friendships. We'd like to keep in touch with you and give you a space where your fellow tutors and friends can see how you are doing. Re-connect with colleagues and friends.
Attention Writing Center Alumni
Email Tom Denton ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) a brief current bio and digital pic for our Alumni News column. We'll be glad to post for you. You can, if you wish, include your updated contact information.
Donovan Borger graduated from DCC in 2013 with an associate’s degree in performing arts. At that time, he had worked at DCC’s Writing Center for three semesters and presented the results of his tutoring method utilizing theater exercises in tutoring sessions at the Northeast Writing Centers Association conference in 2013. Donovan transferred to Binghamton University, where he studies English, general literature, and rhetoric, with a concentration in creative writing and global culture. He will be graduating from Binghamton in the spring of 2015 with departmental honors, the Latin honors of either magna cum laude or summa cum laude, as well as the honor of having named the university’s undergraduate research journal, Alpenglow, and having an operative role in developing, organizing, and establishing The First Annual Art Awakening Festival, a student engendered and led project to create a thriving collaborative, cohesive artistic body on campus, connecting students, student groups, professors, and alumni with the purpose of sharing art. He has also been taken onboard as one of the readers of fiction submissions to Slice, a literary magazine based in New York City. In September of 2015, Donovan will be traveling abroad to spend a year in University College Cork’s creative writing program under a Fulbright Scholarship, earning him an MA in creative writing. Upon his return, Donovan plans to take a couple of years away from his time as a student to fill in gaps in his reading and develop his writing before returning to a United States college or university to pursue an MFA in creative writing.
Madeleine Ouellette ('09) I may not be exercising my Writing Center skills every day, but being a tutor at the Writing Center is an experience I will always cherish. I am currently in my 7th of 10 trimesters of Chiropractic School here at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. The Midwest was certainly something to get used to for this Northeastern gal! I will be entering clinic soon this trimester and it's a very exciting experience. Being a tutor at the Writing Center taught me patience, professionalism and a never-ending quest for self-improvement. Thank you Tom for giving me an opportunity to help others at DCC and learn myself through the process. I plan on returning to NYS once I graduate, and I can't wait to continue serving the community! I am thankful for the Writing Center and all it does for its students.
Caterina De Gaetano ('11) My experience at DCC is one that I have never and will never be able to replicate at any other school or institution. I made some wonderful memories and lifelong friends during my brief two years here, as well as achieving some honors, like becoming a tutor at the DCC Writing Center. After I graduated from Dutchess in the spring of 2011 with an associate’s in liberal arts, I continued my education at New Paltz and graduated in the spring of 2013 with a bachelor’s in journalism. I currently work at a close captioning company where, every day, I implement the grammar and editing skills I acquired taking English 218. I’ll admit, this is not where I expected to be after graduation, and in fact, I loved DCC so much that I am returning this fall! I realized half-way through my senior year that journalism wasn’t for me; in fact, writing as a profession wasn’t for me. I am returning to take courses in preparation for nursing school. A dream of mine has always been to pursue a medical career, and I always loved helping people while trying to alleviate their problems. Being a tutor at the DCC Writing Center made me realize how much gratification it gave me to help someone feel better about the work they put out. I also liked connecting with students I worked with personally during sessions, and that human contact also gave me great joy. I knew I liked helping others, but it took me three years to figure out how to implement that. I guess they say the average student changes her major seven times. Changing it twice isn’t so bad then, I suppose!
Natasha Glanzman ('11) is an Honors student at SUNY New Paltz majoring in Secondary Education: English and minoring in psychology. She plans to join the Peace Corps. following graduation and become a Special Education teacher. She believes that tutoring at the Writing Center helped her become a better future Special Ed. teacher, in the sense that she helped students with diverse ability levels, personality types and individual concerns. These are the best pieces of advice that she can give to incoming tutors, as they are values that she feels strongly about: learn outside of the classroom, and truly listen to your tutee so that you can tailor the session to their individual needs. When Natasha, or 'Tash', is not writing novels, she spends her time researching studies about psychology and neuroscience.
Francis Dougherty ('10) Looking back at my time at Dutchess, I have no idea how I made it. Literally, I had to drive thirty five minutes every day, twice, to get there and back. And then there was the big issue: I had no car. For an entire semester an older man with the name Israeli Reichman drove me. Best pal I ever made. A little too hilarious. Other than that I relied on my mother’s brother’s father’s car. Or the loop bus. What a thrill. Six a.m. wake up, hour long drive, biggest headache figuring out how it works. Although I did polish the best essay I ever wrote on the thing. The WC was a huge relief. Taking the peer-tutor advanced composition course and tutoring for a semester kept me anchored, but most of all, it was a great space. Never found anything like it at Bard College, where even though the trek was an easy five miles, the sort of blessing of being in a place to work, write, and read was hard to come by: where help on an essay meant running down stairs and harassing the professors from time to time. Nonetheless, I left the cradle of Dutchess, and after three years finished an undergraduate degree in literature. Wouldn’t change a thing.
Jerusha Aman ('09) After graduating from Dutchess Community College in 2009 with an AA in liberal arts-humanities and AS in business administration, I transferred to Boston University where I received a BS in communication/public relations and a minor in dance. Looking for a quick and creative way to earn extra money right out of college, I tutored two Taiwanese students in conversational English and one Ethiopian student in writing. Thanks to Mr. Denton and the DCC Writing Center, the tutoring skills I developed played a key role in enabling me to support myself as a dancer and to make my artistic dreams become a reality. This past spring while interning for a Boston-based contemporary dance company – Urbanity Dance, I had the opportunity to develop community partnerships and lead Urbanity in receiving a $20,000 grant from the BPS (Boston Public Schools) Arts Initiative to expand arts education opportunities for high school students. As a result, I was hired full-time as the Community Relations Manager where I train with company dancers, teach dance to children and youth of all ages, and lead the community outreach efforts of the company.
Kenyatta McKenzie ('09) Since graduating from DCC in 2009, I have become the Grand Emperor of a chain of several small islands in between Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Florida. I am a good ruler. In fact, in 2011, I issued an edict that wholly eradicated unemployment and taxation. I am a good ruler. I presently have plans to build many new science and technology facilities. In 2012, I received a B.A. from Hampshire College.
Chris Conroy ('10 ) received a BA from Bennington College in 2012 with a focus in literature and media, as well as a mean addiction to Vermont Maple Syrup. He recently began working as a freelance writer for Saugerties Times. In August (2012) he will begin working as a Teacher Assistant and pursuing an MA in English from SUNY New Paltz. When he isn't doing Englishy things, he likes to go on long runs in the nearest mountains.
NEWS FROM THE WRITING CENTER
If you are visiting this page in response to an e-mail I recently sent to Writing Center tutors/alumni, welcome back. On the occasion of our 25th anniversary year, we wanted to re-connect with as many old friends as we could. And a busy year it has been--our busiest ever. We've worked hard at encouraging students to use the Writing Center regularly: "Revise/Re-visit" has been our motto. With art exhibits, readings, Write All Nights, coffee and bagels, and welcoming tutors, we've tried to make the Writing Center a "third place"--a campus home--for DCC students.
In the coming year we will find out if we might be outgrowing our space. We'll be doing workshops on the use of Livescribe pens and recording sessions for students who want to use the Livescribe technology at home. We'll be working with business students on using Google Drive for collaborative projects. New signage for the Writing Center, a new classroom for the ENG 218 seminar with--finally--a smartroom projector instead of the overhead with transparencies for reading some of your old papers (I hear clapping).
Change happens, all the time. No doubt, you've had many changes in your lives. We're always glad to post on this page any news about yourselves you'd like to share with old friends. Stay in touch. Send me your news at