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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Meet Our Writing, Speech, & Language Tutors

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Brent and Anthony~ Public Speaking


 Hi! We're Brent and Anthony, Graduate Assistants in the Communcation Studies Department. We assist with any kind of public speaking assignment for any course at MSU.  We also teach classes in public speaking and give classroom presentations on any aspect of speech preparation and delivery to instructors who request this service from the CAS.

We're available for scheduled appointments in the CAS and also hold a drop-in speech lab once a week.  We love helping people prepare for their speeches!

Curtis ~ Writing






Padam ~ Writing/ESL



Hi! I am Padam Chauhan. I have been working as a Graduate Assistant for Center for Academic Success (CAS), Minnesota State University, Mankato, for 2 years. Currently, I am in two programs: MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. My current research interests include L2 academic writing, genre-based instruction, L2 assessment, literacy development, bi/multi-lingual education, policy level issues in higher education, faculty development/learning, ethical decision making, equal access to education, and challenges and opportunities of executive leadership in higher education. In my leisure, I love visiting different places, meeting people, knowing about their culture and language, and listening to all types of music.

I love academic writing so much, and I am most comfortable with APA and MLA citation styles.  However, I can also guide the students with other citation styles by employing online and printed resources available on campus. I am looking forward to welcoming you at the CAS and working with you!       


Lisa ~ Writing


Hello!  My name is Lisa Crockett.  I am a graduate student in Education, getting a master's degree in English and Communications Education.  I am most used to using MLA and AP style, but I'm also proficient in APA.  In addition, I have some experience with Chicago style.  Writing is my true passion, and I can often be found with a notebook or a computer in my lap, jotting down ideas for what I might want to write about next.  Prior to coming to study at MSU, I spent many years working as a journalist, so in addition to being comfortable with writing, I'm also comfortable with impending deadlines and have developed some personal strategies for working under pressure.  Deadlines are an important part of college life, and I'm happy to share my thoughts about how to deal with the stress of due dates.

When I'm not at school, I can often be found in the kitchen, whipping up some tasty treats, One of my greatest pleasures is feeding the people I love.  


Kourtney ~ Writing and Norwegian



Hello, my name is Kourtney and I am a junior here at MNSU, Mankato. I am double majoring in English and Scandinavian Studies. I have a lot of experience with writing, so I know it can be difficult at times! My goal is to make writing a less daunting task for other students; whether that means grammar, brainstorming ideas, making revisions, citations, etc., I will try to help in any way I can. Aside from writing, I have taken two years of Norwegian, so I am willing to help students out with that as well. I am most comfortable with MLA and APA formats, but I will do my best to use our available resources to work through whatever format is required for your paper.

In my free time, I can often be found with a book as I love reading. I also enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures, watching movies, spending time with friends and family, watching football, and cheering for the Vikings. One fun fact about me is that I have an identical twin sister named Kaylee!



Sophia~Writing and ESL



Cristian ~ Spanish


Hi, my name is Cristian.  I am from Costa Rica and am bi-lingual.  While my major is Computer Engineering, I like working in the CAS because I have the chance to help people learn my language--Spanish!  I am involved in SHPE on campus, and I enjoy riding and caring for my horse. My favorite show is Stargate.


Sara ~ Writing


My name is Sara.  I enjoy working in the writing center because I always nerd-out about writing, so it's an amazing feeling to be able to use my skills and excitement to help others.  

Besides writing, I am a Learning Community Coordinator for ISET and Natural Resources Students.  A fun fact about me is that I have many pairs of Converse so that I can always match my shoes to my shirt.  My favorite book is All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.  My favorite movie is Dan in Real Life, and my favorite bands are Wilco and Train.

Jasmine ~ Writing










Tianna ~ Writing


Hello. My name is Tianna.  I am a first year graduate student in the MFA program.  My specialty is creative writing, fiction, but I can help with writing of all sorts. I like working in the CAS because I like discussing people's writing and helping them improve.  Writing is an essential skill, so I'm happy to help.

A fun fact about me is that I am a huge nerd. Huge.

Some of my favorites are Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the Phantom of the Opera, and musical showtune