Interim director (fall 2013): Felice Lopez Bell—email@example.com
Location: Renfro 133 (schedule)
Phone: (828) 689-1379
The Mars Hill University Writing Center, located in Renfro Library, room 133, offers free writing tutoring for all MHU students. Writers are encouraged to make an appointment, but drop-in visits are welcome, time permitting.
Writing Center tutors are trained to provide assistance at all stages of the writing process, from prewriting to revising final drafts, and they work with writers in all disciplines. Whether you’re working on that first essay for freshman English, tweaking a major research paper, or polishing your résumé for a job application, the tutors in the Writing Center can help you become a better writer.
Who We Are
The Writing Center is staffed by trained peer tutors, students with strong writing skills and a desire to help others. To become a peer tutor, students must have successfully completed English 111 and 112 (or 113); additionally, tutors must enroll in a one-credit- hour course, ENG262-Peer Collaboration in Writing.
Mrs. Felice Lopez Bell—Writing Center interim director and instructor of English
For the fall semester of 2013, I will be serving as the director of the Writing Center and the Writing in the Disciplines program while Virginia Bower is on sabbatical. When she returns from her adventures, I will be the assistant director of these programs. I have been teaching English courses at Mars Hill since 2008. I received my bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and my master’s degree in fiction at the University of Florida. I am very much enjoying teaching a creative writing class this semester and hope to teach many more. In addition to teaching English, recruiting and training tutors, running the Writing Center, and assisting with the WID program, I also coach soccer in Asheville.
Ms. Virginia Bower
Writing Center Director & Associate Professor of English
As an associate professor in the Department of Language and Literature, I teach all levels of writing at MHU; in addition, I direct the college Writing Center, located in Renfro Library. As director of our Center, I supervise, train, and work with peer tutors in order to help them provide the best quality tutoring for MHU students. I oversee, as well, the college’s campus-wide writing program which consists of writing-intensive courses that are paired with Writing Fellows, or classroom-based peer tutors. I love writing, and I love passing on this enthusiasm to students, especially those who are forever challenged by the craft of writing. In addition to being a teacher, I consider myself a lifelong learner; I’ve taken classes in Italian, landscaping, micro-economics, memoir writing, and Indian cooking. I hope that all students will take advantage of the support provided by the Writing Center to help them improve their writing, their grades, and their overall academic performance.
Maggie Mills I am currently a junior majoring in integrated education with a minor in psychology and specializing in reading. I am on the MHU swim team and am in the MHU Honors Program. Writing and reading have always been a passion of mine! I can’t wait to be working with you in the Writing Center. Hope to see you soon!
Tricia Ellis Well hello! My name is Tricia and I am a junior here at the Hill. With an Apparel and Interior Merchandising major and a Business minor, I plan on helping people express themselves through the art of fashion. For now, I plan on helping people express themselves through writing in the Writing Center. My personal strengths are the structuring of good arguments, critical analysis papers, and research assignments. I’m so excited about this year and I can’t wait to meet you in the Writing Center!
Derek Gibson I am a senior majoring in Religion with a concentration in Philosophy. I am interested in possibly using my skills in philosophy and writing to go into journalism where I might be a war correspondent or possibly report on alternative health practices. I am also pursuing a minor in pre-professional studies which will give me the base I need to study chiropractics in graduate school. Outside of writing and academics, I run track and field as well as cross country for a team that has won 15 consecutive conference championships!
Christy Rappold I hail from Fayetteville of North Carolina. I generally appreciate doing woodwork and painting. I am an Apparel and Interior Merchandising major, and this is my second year at Mars Hill University.
Shelbie English I am a junior at Mars Hill. I am an English major with a minor in French. I am also a Bonner Scholar and a member of Sigma Tau Delta. I hope to pursue a career in journalism following graduate school. I look forward to seeing you in the Writing Center.
Ciara Warren Hello! My name is Ciara, and I am a sophomore here at Mars Hill University. I am currently an English major, witha double minor in Spanish and business. I am also a Challenger this year. I truly cannot wait to contribute to the Writing Center.
Lucas Harper I am from a small town in South Carolina named Clover. I play on the golf team at Mars Hill University. I am classified as a junior. This will be my first year as a tutor at the Writing Center.
Chad Capobianco Hello! My name is Chad Capobianco, and I am a junior business major. I am also a member of the cycling team. I am from Athens, Georgia and love watching Georgia football.
Victoria Barrett I am from Newport, TN. I am in my second year at Mars Hill, and my major is psychology. I am on the golf team.
Catherine Harnden I’m a senior business major from Ontario, Canada competing on the cycling team. When I’m not on my bike, I can be found baking cookies, hiking, or searching for snow.
Meghan Thomas I’m from Marion, VA, which is in the southwest corner of the state, and it’s only about two hours away. I’m an art therapy and studio art double major here at MHU. Along with being a Writing Center tutor, I am also a student Ambassador, on the yearbook staff, work in the darkroom for Dr. Cary, work in the deli at Ingles, and I am a Mars Hill cheerleader. I am sure you will see me around campus often! I can’t wait to be of help to anyone who needs it.
What Students and Faculty Should Know about the MHU Writing Center:
Tutoring sessions are limited to 45 minutes maximum. If your assignment requires more time, please make an additional appointment for later in the week. Also, we have a 10-page maximum restriction on all assignments. These parameters help to encourage students seeking writing assistance to be actively engaged in the tutoring experience.
Feel free to stop by the Writing Center to make an appointment for a tutoring session. While appointments are not necessary (and drop-ins are welcome), an appointment will assure you the time you need with a tutor. Appointments can only be made AT THE WRITING CENTER!!
What We Do…and Don’t Do…
Peer tutors in the Mars Hill University Writing Center WILL...
- assist with writing assignments at any stage of the writing process
- provide kind, considerate, and professional tutoring
- help writers develop a clear sense of "the next step" for writing assignments once they leave the Center
- tutor up to 10 pages of text per 45-minute session
- complete a tutoring report for each student who receives help from a tutor in the Writing Center
Peer tutors in the Mars Hill University Writing Center WON’T…
- write papers for students
- correct written work (tutors work with students to find problems and to eliminate them)
- give students topics (that’s up to students and/or their professors)
- guarantee an "A" for having visited the center (students who seek help with writing assignments at the Writing Center will most assuredly improve in their writing, which is the main goal of the center)
- work on assignments that are longer than 10 pages (if your assignment is longer, you must return for a separate tutoring session for each 10 pages)